• Katie McCarthy

Think Outside the Bun with 18 Burger Places Right in your Backyard

Spring is in the air and burgers are on the grill. Nothing quite says warm weather like a good burger, no matter if it's beef, black bean, Beyond meat or any number of options. Exciting things are happening on the grills in Gaston County, where the possibilities extend much further than the classic all-beef patty, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun. Burger joints with small-town charm are on the menu serving up juicy sliders and southern classics. Don't forget your daily serving of veggies with plant-based burger options that will leave you wondering how it isn't the real thing.


With so many restaurants in so many towns, you can find your perfect patty in Gaston no matter which way your burger preference bends. Grab your burger to go, set up in an old-school booth or hit a patio at these delicious diners.


Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar

Bad Daddy's thick burger topped with buttermilk fried bacon
Photo courtesy of Bad Daddy's Burger Bar

2211 E Franklin Blvd. Suite #120, Gastonia

Sunday-Saturday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.


Since 2007, Bad Daddy's Burger Bar has been spreading their passion for burgers. Originating in Charlotte, this local chain has exploded in the past few years with locations popping up in 7 states, including this one in Gastonia. Create-your-own or try one of their signature sliders, paired 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. For a great vegetarian option try the Cantina Black Bean Burger, served crispy or grilled.


Black’s Grill

1915 Lincolnton Hwy., Cherryville

Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.


See what the folks in Cherryville have been chewing on since 1946. The burgers at Black's Grill have become a town favorite. Give it a try yourself next time you're in Cherryville.


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.


Blackwood's Drive-in

Photo Courtesy of Trip Advisor

201 York Rd., Kings Mountain

Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 12 noon-8 p.m.


One of Kings Mountain's cult classics, Blackwood's Drive-in is a fan favorite when it comes to burgers. This drive-in is worth the drive no matter the meal.


What to get: Lottaburger basket with chili, slaw, onions, pickles and tomato- $6.75. Don't forget the Cherry-Lemon Sundrop for dessert.


Brightstar Drive-In Grill

Chris Rodarte, Gatson Outside

205 Madora St., Mount Holly

Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

A Mount Holly standard. In fact, some residents may say it's the best burger in town. Brightstar Grill is a true family restaurant located in Mount Holly. With something for everyone in the family, you'll want to bring your whole family for great food and memories any day of the week!


What to get: It's double the pickle double the fun with their plant-based Awesome Veggie Sandwich at a price you'll love. Also, try 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.


Country Kitchen

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

116 E. Main St., Dallas

Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 6:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Located in Dallas, Country Kitchen is a friendly local spot for no-frills good food. With a variety of vegetable choices and appetizers, the Country Kitchen has something for everyone.


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


Friendly's

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

119 N. Main St., Stanley

Tuesday-Wednesday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.


Burgers in a real log cabin? Breakfast all-day (except Sundays)? What could be better than Friendly's in Stanley. With food homemade from scratch, this small business does not disappoint. A cozy atmosphere, friendly staff, and delicious food is the recipe Friendly's uses to grill their way right into your heart. Join them on the first Thursday of every month for their "Memory Cafe" in support of Alzheimer's research.


Glenway Premium Pub

Glenway's large burger and a plate of crispy fries
Camille Renner, Gaston Outside

55 Glenway St., Belmont

Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.


Located in Belmont's historic district, Glenway Premium Pub brings a southern twist to pub classics. Whether you're dropping in for a weekday special or grabbing one of their specialty drinks, you'll love this 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. If beef isn't your thing, try the Crisp Black Bean Cake served over mixed greens.


grille works

Photo Courtesy of grille works

3826 S. New Hope Rd., Gastonia

Tuesday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-8:30p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.


Casual dining and a full menu. Grille Works offers something for any appetite any day of the week. Next time you're in Gastonia, stop-by for big portions and big flavor for lunch or dinner. Not ready to dine-in? Call in and order ahead of time to bring the flavor home with you.


What to get: Chase’in The Mac. It’s their signature half-pound patty covered in mac-and-cheese AND American cheese. Or, take the Beyond Burger Veggie Burger for a spin for a unique plant-based option. Try it "Cali" style with havariti, avocado, pickled onion, red pepper, fresh spinach, and tomato.


Groovy Beast

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

109 E. Hudson Blvd., Gastonia

Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.


Next time you find yourself filling up a gas tank in Gastonia, look around. You might just find this hidden gem with amazing daily specials that shares space in a gas station convenience store. This fan-favorite is serving up house-ground meats, freshly prepared sides, and daily chef specials topped with excellent customer service. Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.


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


Jack Beagle's Bar and Restaurant

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

125 S. Main St., Mount Holly

Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.