Whether your idea of a juicy burger is at a greasy-spoon sort of spot, or at a foodie’s favorite local joint, Delaware has plenty of options for grabbing a bite. Here are ten places in the First State that are sure to tantalize your taste buds, from the simple to the simply decadent!
1. The Charcoal Pit, Wilmington, DE (Two Locations)
If you’re looking for a quintessential burger joint then The Charcoal Pit is the place to be, and it has been since 1956 when it first opened. You might even run into Vice President Joe Biden hanging with the locals over an old-fashioned, hand-dipped milkshake and quarter-pound charbroiled burger.
2. Restaurant 55, Dover, DE
Want a good burger with a twist? Restaurant 55 is a mid-Delaware mecca for gourmet burgers and craft beer. Every day features a special burger that’s not found on the normal menu and a selection of homemade cupcakes. Try a Baltimore burger: ground beef with Old Bay, provolone cheese and steamed shrimp!
3. Burgers-N-Beans, Milford, DE
Looking for a burger that will warm you from the inside out? Try the chili at this little joint, either on your burger or on the side, and add jalapenos for a little kick. Other than bacon and chili, all extra toppings are free!
4. Ulysses American Gastropub, Wilmington, DE
A classic made with the very best ingredients. In an area of Delaware that doesn’t lack for restaurant options, Ulysses still shines with a modern twist on classics, from the decor to the burgers. What makes this different? The high quality ingredients shine through in the food made with care. This place is usually hopping with young professionals and local foodies, especially on Wednesday nights for half price burger night!
5. Cantwell's Tavern, Odessa, DE
Looking for a tasty burger in southern New Castle County? Stop by Cantwell’s Tavern in historic Odessa for a Farmhouse BLT Burger. This treat is made with local beef and topped with a fried egg, sauteed spinach, cheddar cheese, pork belly, and roasted confit tomato. In the summer, dine outside on the brick patio. If it’s cold out, snuggle up beside one of the brick fireplaces inside!
6. Klondike Kate's Restaurant and Saloon, Newark, DE
With half price burgers every Monday and a list of toppings a mile long, Kate’s is a favorite with college kids, townies, and working professionals. Grab a beer and a burger to watch the University of Delaware Blue Hens games on TV at the bar.
7. Wayback Burgers, (Various Locations)
A chain restaurant on this list?! Absolutely, and especially because whether you still call it Jake’s, or Jake’s Wayback Burgers, or just Wayback Burgers, this burger joint got its start in Newark, Delaware in 1991. We suggest pairing your burger with a famous milkshake and onion rings. With eight different Delaware locations, and restaurants in 19 other states, you can get a taste of Delaware all over the U.S.
8. 33 West Ale House and Grill, Dover, DE
For most of us, a burger means beef, but if you’re craving a burger that’s from another mother, you might want to try 33 West. In addition to really great traditional burgers, their turkey burgers and black bean burgers are really fresh. The best non-beef option, though, is Porky’s Revenge: a pork sausage burger with maple bacon and Swiss cheese on a pretzel bun.
9. Pickled Pig Pub, Rehoboth Beach, DE
Tucked in a strip mall near the outlets, you might cruise right on by without giving this great gastropub a glance. But with burger options involving peanut butter and jelly, or bacon jam, you might just want to give it a try!
10. Gus and Gus Place, Rehoboth Beach, DE
When you see the words “burger joint” and picture a place with a greasy countertop and bar stools, with a cook in a white folded hat...this is that place. What Gus and Gus lacks in keeping with the times, it makes up for with a classic flat top grill burger and an awesome view of the ocean.
Now, we know there are many more places in Delaware to get a tasty burger, but we’re drooling on our keyboard and need to stop at ten.