• Rob Glover

Pick a Perfect Patty: 13 Burgers to Try in Gaston Right Now

What's your favorite burger?


Do you go for a triple-patty leaning tower of burgers, cheese, chili and bacon? Or is your burger vibe simply high-quality beef on a perfectly grilled bun?


With so many restaurants in so many towns, you can find your perfect patty in Gaston no matter which way your burger preference bends.


There’s no way we could possibly list every amazing hamburger option here, so we’ve collected a list of varying choices to get your own exploration started.


Brightstar Drive-In Grill - Mount Holly

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A Mount Holly standard.


What to get: The double cheeseburger all-the-way. That’s melted cheese, slaw, catsup, and pickle. Oh, and it’s not on the menu, but you can get it as a triple! The honorable mention here is the Brightstar take on the lotta burger— that’s a burger topped with cheese, slaw, catsup, tomato and pickle.


Peace-N-Hominy - Belmont

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High-quality BBQ joint tucked in behind a pharmacy.


What to get: Burger topped with their house cured, cherrywood smoked bacon.


Shake Shop - Cherryville

Photo Courtesy of The City of Cherryville

There are no shakes and they only accept cash. But you’re here for the burger.

What to get: The Lotta Burger with cheese. It’s 2 thick beef patties on a hoagie roll topped with slaw, pickles, and mayo. Our State Magazine has honored the greatness of this burger more than once.

String Bean - Belmont

Photo courtesy of The String Bean

Don’t forget the duck-fat fries.


What to get: The Angry Cowpig. They grind up smoked bacon, roasted jalapenos, and smoked onions, mix it in the beef patty, and then top it off with spicy smoked ghost pepper cheese. There’s also a standard Cowpig for a tamer dining experience.


Grille Works - Gastonia

Casual dining and a full menu.


What to get: Chase’in The Mac. It’s their signature half pound patty covered in mac-and-cheese AND american cheese.


Country Kitchen - Dallas

Friendly local spot for no-frills good food.


What to get: The Ultimate Burger. Onion rings, cheese, lettuce, and tomato.


Kyle Fletcher’s Barbeque and Catering - Lowell

Famous BBQ restaurant with a fun vibe. Cash only.


What to get: The double cheeseburger. It’s a monstrous, two-handed beef burger that’s just as good as their legendary smoked pork.


Glenway Premium Pub - Belmont

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Laid-back downtown restaurant with a great covered patio.


What to get: Buffalo blue burger. Custom beef blend burger dipped in wing sauce and served with blue cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion.


Groovy Beast - Gastonia

Hidden gem with amazing daily specials that shares space in a gas station convenience store.


What to get: The breakfast burger. That’s a hearty beef patty topped with hash browns, bacon, and cheese on a brioche bun.


Tommy’s Drive In - Dallas

A classic american diner.


What to get: The ultimate cheeseburger. Their certified Angus beef burger but the bun is made of grilled cheese sandwiches.


Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar - Gastonia

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Local chain with a great draft beer selection.


What to get: Build your own burger. Top it with buttermilk fried bacon, rosemary ham, and creamy feta cheese.


Black’s Grill - Cherryville

A Gaston County institution since 1946


What to get: Double burger. Nothing fancy here. Just two juicy beef patties covered in cheese and topped with thick slices of fresh tomato and onions.


Ray’s Country Roadhouse - Gastonia

Masters of all things BBQ with a creative flare.


What to get: They’ll create just about anything you want, so challenge them. Try two half-pound patties topped with brisket and BBQ sauce.

See something you can't wait to try? An old favorite? Or maybe there’s an amazing burger that belongs on this list. Let us know!

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