Looking for a good burger can seem like a meaty mission. You may be guaranteed the same price, style and taste of a fast food chain’s burger line, but what if you’re looking for a new flavor or better meat to try? Delaware is loaded with burger joints that will have your mouth watering and craving Friday night where you can kick back after work with a cold drink and enjoy the kind of burger that makes you thankful you worked hard all week. Here are just 10 of the best burger joints in the state of Delaware.
Owned and operated by the Harry’s Savoy Grill genius Xavier Teixido, Kid Shelleen’s Charcoal House & Saloon was purchased by Xavier in 2010 after much success with the original Harry’s Savoy in Wilmington and on the riverfront. Boasting award-winning char-grilled burgers that were voted best of Delaware five years in a row, there are over a dozen varieties of burgers to choose from. Have someone in your party who needs gluten-free? Kid Shelleen’s offers an entire gluten-free menu, including the Atkins burger.
If you’re looking for a unique dining experience with a great burger, look no further. Bellefonte Café has an amazing menu, filled with delicious recipes such as Tropical Spinach salad, the Moroccan sampler, angus beef burgers, and vegan friendly recipes. Explore the mango and brie quesadilla and enjoy the fully stocked bar that seems to always be brimming with locals. Brunch and dinner reservations are highly recommended.
American Gastropub 8th & Union Kitchen of Wilmington was rated as one of the best brunch restaurants in America by the Food Network. Offering a half dozen burgers such as an aged cheddar burger brimming with caramelized onions, crispy shallot and aioli, the Smokey Burger laced with gouda, chipotle jam, ham, barbecue, and aioli, and even a vegan/vegetarian-friendly black bean burger, there is surely something for everyone on the menu here. Get here Monday through Friday for half price happy hour from 4 p.m.- 7 p.m.!
Back in 1995, the dream was born to host New Castle County’s 1st brewpub. Stewart’s Brewing Company was born and is now celebrating their very successful 22nd anniversary. Stewart’s brews American, German, English, and Belgian style lagers and ales, and features a wild game buffalo burger with hoisin lime glaze to go with those brewed recipes.
Voted Best of 2016 by Delaware Today readers and Reader’s Choice, Home Grown Café has turned up the flavor selection for Delaware foodies. Featuring a fully stocked burger bar with entrées such as the smokehouse, black & bleu burger, Buffalo and vegetable burgers, Home Grown shares an amazing menu for every palate.
Argilla Brewing Company out of Newark has serious creativity with both their craft beer and their burgers. In the mood for a Scrapple burger? How about a half pound of ground beef burger that you can barely fit in your mouth? This and more is awaiting you at Argilla Brewing, home to over 10 beers on tap, plus guest craft beers in house while supplies last. Be sure to check their events page, they host music, paint nights, and open mic nights weekly.
Voted one of the best burger joints by Yelp readers and reviews, Two Nine Nine in Middletown is one of the busiest and happening places mid-state. Known for both burgers and wings, TwoNineNine has a lot of events going on such as, paint nights and fundraisers, live music and entertainment. Make sure to check their Facebook page for more information.
Care to sink your teeth into a delicious pile of meat by the water? Irish Eyes Restaurant & Pub is located canal front in Lewes, Delaware. One of their top burger specialties is the Lewes Burger—a half-pound burger piled high with crab imperial, tomatoes and melted cheddar cheese. Irish Eyes has plenty of seafood, American fare, and Irish recipes to go around. They also host a number of musicians and bands at both their Lewes and Milton locations.
Many folks might know this location as the Fenwick Ropewalk, but it is now known as Big Eye Jack’s. Owned by the same company, Big Eye Jack’s is a Caribbean-inspired restaurant serving seafood from the Delaware shore down to the Caribbean with a stop in Key West! Enjoy the Big Kahuna burger topped with Kalua pork and tropical pico de gallo, or a traditional Royale burger. There is plenty of seafood to try such as Key West Shrimp, Island Wings and Crab & Tuna Stacks. Enjoy eating indoors then let your children play outside on the sand in their pirate ship playground.
Locally grown angus beef out of Camden is used for some of the most delicious burgers around. Featuring over 12 rotating taps with local craft beers and over 35 bottled brands, you’ll always find a cold one to go along with your new favorite burger. Not sure what to try out of their 16 different burger entrees? Don’t worry, you can keep going back and trying each one until you decide which is your favorite. Some recommendations? Restaurant 55, Sante Fe, and Black and Bleu.