Let’s face it- you don’t have to be a food critic to talk about your favorite foods. And...you don’t have to travel far to eat amazing fare. So grab a few friends, offer to drive, and go on a burger excursion. You can thank us later.
Del Sol Cantina & Grille - Lewisburg, WV
Want a burger with a little Latin twist? Look no further than this zesty Cantina Burger— eight ounces of beef grilled to my liking, served between two grilled flour tortillas. Chopped lettuce, Pico de Gallo, and a lively chipotle sauce give the burger a bold flavor. You’ll be scraping up the scraps with your tortilla chips for sure. I take mine with a Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company Devil Anse IPA.
~ Mark Trent
Greenbrier Breakfast Burger
The Greenbrier Resort - White Sulphur Springs, WV
Leave it to The Greenbrier to do a mash-up of eggs benedict and loaded burger. This exquisite construction starts with an Angus beef patty of enormous size, topped with American cheese, caramelized onions, sunny-side-up fried egg, and Canadian ham before a velvety, rich Hollandaise sauce is dolloped atop. You might need a fork for this one, or at least a couple napkins. The bold flavors work perfectly together and you probably aren’t going to be looking for your next meal for a little while.
~ Josh Baldwin
Secret Sandwich Society - Fayetteville, WV
As if you didn’t need another reason to visit this hugely popular Fayetteville gem. Yes, the sandwiches are the titular item here, but you’ll notice a WHOLE LOT of burgers being delivered by the servers. And for good reason. I enjoyed the Dynamo, a thick, juicy patty topped with bacon and a blue cheese spread, house-made oven-dried tomatoes, and (my favorite) crispy onion straws. In a place where all the sandwiches are named after U.S. Presidents, these burgers get their esteem titles from Presidents’ Secret Service code names! Add the pimento fries as a side. Well worth it!
~ Mary Baldwin
Big Jim Ranch Burger
Jim’s Drive-In - Lewisburg, WV
This drive-in favorite is my go-to on a sunny day. Juicy burger topped with ham and a sweet pickle. Pair that with some onion rings and it’s a little slice of heaven. It’s no wonder Jim’s Drive-in has been in business for over 60 years and has been featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Dives and Drive Ins” and the Cooking Channel’s “Chuck’s Eat the Street.”
~ Cindy Lavender-Bowe
Le Burger du “Goat”
The French Goat - Lewisburg, WV
I lived in New York City for the last four years and figured it would be hard to find a burger back home here in Lewisburg that matched all the offerings found in the Big Apple. But the Le Burger du “Goat” made me completely forget about all those Brooklyn hotspots with the first bite. Chef Gustard advised me to go medium to medium well to give the patty some texture and the consistency did not disappoint. I added a poached egg and bacon, which worked perfectly with their arugula pesto. The toasted, seeded bun adds the perfect compliment to this entree of a burger. Wanna make it fancy? You can even add Foie Gras butter for an extra $3. Served with truffle fries and goes great with a Pinot Noir... or two.
~ Mickayla Pence
The Asylum–Lewisburg, WV
The Asylum offers a great bar burger that won’t disappoint you, especially on these long, cold, snowy winter nights that beg for a night out to meet up with friends and chow down. I order my burger to the exact specs of what I like—Medium Beef, Lettuce, Grilled Onions, Pickles, Ketchup, Spicy Mustard, a touch of mayo (yeah, I know...no Tomato), and a side order of sweet potato fries. The burger is cooked perfectly and stacked exactly how I ordered it on a unique soft bun, definitely a good fix to go along with a little imbibing there.
~ Tamera Pence
The Market on Courthouse Square Hinton, WV
On the left, eight ounces of char grilled Angus beef and a thick slice of melted yellow cheddar. On the right, a healthy dollop of yellow mustard under a stack of incredibly thin sliced red onion topped with four delicious pickles. Bring the two sides together on their toasted brioche bun and you have, in my humble opinion, the best burger in the valley. Served with thick-cut fries on a colorful Fiestaware dinner plate, the Famous generally comes with lettuce tomato and mayo, so… “Give me a Famous with cheddar, hold the salad and add mustard, pickle and onion.”
~ Russell Williams
Mushroom Swiss Burger
The Meeting Place - Alta, WV
The meeting place has a number of burgers but I landed on one of my favorites—the Mushroom Swiss burger. Meaty texture and hearty sauce, this burger really hits the spot and sticks to the ribs. The thickness of the burger kept it in check so it wasn’t overly messy. I’ve been through my share of Mushroom Swiss burgers and this one is the real deal.
~ Chris McMillion
Stardust Cafe - Lewisburg, WV
The Stardust Burger begins with a thick patty of Swift Level beef and keeps stacking up from there. I take mine with LTO and add bacon (crumbled bacon, which makes it even better) and provolone cheese. A seeded bun keeps everything tamped down. Pioneers in the local farm-to-table movement, Stardust applies the same principles to this delicious burger. Highly recommended for either lunch or dinner.
~ Deva Wagner
Mountain Burger - Route 60 Grill
While the Route 60 burger and the Toby are the usual crowd favorites, I always go for the Mountain Burger. They grill a brioche bunto hold together a half-pound patty and top it with grilled onions, bacon and cheddar. Double-down and get the onion rings as a side and you won’t be hungry for awhile.
~ Ashley Vickers