Best Burgers in the Midlands

“Hot Mess” Burger – Grill Marks

Whether you like your burger medium or well-done, fully loaded or cheese only, it’s near impossible to not LOVE a great burger! Whether you’re looking for a classic burger or something more gourmet, here are some of my top places around the Midlands for delicious burgers that are hard to resist!

The Root Cellar – Lexington, SC
The Root Cellar has something for everyone with a classic, pimento, or my personal favorite, “The Root Cellar,” a ground chuck burger with goat cheese and fried green tomato on a brioche bun. YUM!

Wayback Burgers – Lexington, SC
Wayback Burgers is a family-friendly franchise known for its made-to-order burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. Whether you are looking for a taste of Texas with the “Rodeo” or something more Southern with the “Carolina,” burgers are sure to please. Restaurant also offers single and double “Craft Your Own.”

Grill Marks – Columbia, SC
Known for its “sophisticated” hamburgers, Grill Marks uses a blend of Certified Angus beef cuts to make fresh, chopped (not ground) made-to-order burgers with unique toppings on buns baked daily. Don’t forget the side of White Truffle Parmesan Fries! WOW!

Kingsman Restaurant – Cayce, SC
This long time Cayce favorite is known for its 10 oz Ribeye burgers, which are ground and formed daily. Order the “Palmetto,” topped with pimento cheese, bacon, and fried jalapeno, or be bolder with “The Big Cheese,” a burger between two bacon grilled cheese sandwiches.

Tombo Grille – Columbia, SC
In the heart of Forest Acres lies Tombo Grille, home of the Monday night “Burger and a Beer” special for just $10. Live music included.

Pawleys Front Porch – Columbia, SC
Pawleys Front Porch made a name for itself on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives for serving half-pound burgers named after South Carolina cities. Try the “Kiawah” with marinated portabella mushrooms, fire roasted peppers, red onions and melted brie, or the “Wadmalaw” with chipotle barbeque sauce, fried pickle chips, applewood smoked bacon and cheddar cheese. All burgers served with choice of hand-cut fries or coleslaw.

Steve’s Classic Burgers – Columbia, SC
Recognized as “the most Deliciously Cheap Burger in South Carolina,” the list would not be complete without Steve’s on it. Burgers are made from ground chuck with Steve’s special seasoning and cooked to order. Burgers are classics with choice of cheese and special add-ons such as pimento cheese, fried egg, grilled onions, bacon or mushrooms.

If you have a favorite that you think should have made my list, please let me know so it can be added! Happy hamburger eating!

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