10. Chuck’s, Raleigh, N.C. Opened last fall, Chuck’s is the creation of Raleigh restaurateur (and Iron Chef contestant) Ashley Christensen. The different versions feature ingredients such as seared peppers, truffle cheese and kale to accent the half-pound, house-ground, all-chuck beef used in the burgers. The menu offers a plethora of unique burgers, all with fun names such as The High and The Valley, which comes with avocado, bacon-onion jam and blistered red peppers. Fat, golden fries are served with dipping sauces including green peppercorn-dijon and malt vinegar aioli.
After eating there I am honestly surprised there are 9 better burgers in America. I had the sampled burger in the article and The High and The Valley did not disappoint. Since the burgers are so large I sampled some of Cara’s Dirty South burger with mustard, chili and slaw. The fries were awesome and the milkshake – Salty Peanut Butter with Roasted Banana was unreal.
We are planning to hit #5 on this list the next we visit Travis in Dallas. But as Travis noted – Char-grill was suspiciously missing from this list. He also sent along this – something we’ll add to another list – things we want to try when we get back to Dallas.