Thursday, May 28 is National Hamburger Day, so what better way to celebrate than sinking your teeth into a classic burger decked with all the toppings? Whether you’re a classic cheese kind of person or more of a creative type, we’ve got plenty of inspiration in the Myrtle Beach area.
Warning: this post may cause you to drool.
River City Cafe
This beloved local restaurant has a variety of burger options, ranging from your average slice of cheese to toppings like pulled pork and pimento cheese. Want something sweet? Try the melty Peanut Butter Burger. Feel like something spicy? The Nacho Crunch burger will rock your world with guacamole, Doritos, and jalapeños. If you want to try the most unusual offerings on the menu, you can’t go wrong with burgers topped with fried mac and cheese or spicy chili popcorn shrimp.
The Original Hamburger Joe’s opened right after Hurricane Hugo in 1989, and now in their 31st-year diners still can’t get enough of their signature thin patties. The restaurant cooks around 1,600 burgers and 300 pounds of fries a day, slapped onto a flattop grill. Settle into a booth, add a dollar to the hundreds lining the walls, and prepare for a classic meal.
Burky’s offers smash-style burgers cooked on a griddle in a nostalgic diner setting. Inspired by 1950s diners, the food here is served hot, fresh, and quick, making it beloved among tourists and locals alike. Get classic burgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and more (or try their decidedly unique chili cheese spaghetti). Traditionally on Friday nights Burky’s has hosted a “cruise-in” where all makes and models of classic cars can park and get 20% off their orders.
This classic burger joint has been around since 1937, slinging slaw, chili, and cheese for customers with gusto. Try the “Beach Party” for a beer-battered burger topped with bacon, ranch, lettuce, tomato, and cheese sauce. Pair it with hand-scooped ice cream or a hot fudge sundae for the perfect American meal. Extra hungry? Try the Peaches Corner challenge, where diners go up against a whopping five pounds of food, including a foot-long hot dog and a double-double cheeseburger.
Art Burger Sushi Bar
While you may not think of burgers pairing well with sushi, this spot serves both with impeccable flair. Their burgers are named after famous artists and their works (try blue cheese on the Picasso or duck fat on the Rembrandt), while the sushi ranges from the classic dragon and eel rolls to a sweet potato tempura roll called American Gothic. Basically, if you can dream it, this spot will get it done and serve it with fries on the side.