You must try these 8 giant burgers in West Virginia

What makes a hamburger special to you? Is it the chargrilled, juicy beef? Is it the way you dress a burger with just the right toppings? Or maybe it’s the favorite memories it evokes—of picnics and baseball games and fun times with friends. Whatever the reason, there’s no denying that people love hamburgers. Just check out what these West Virginia restaurants are serving up hot off the grill:

  1. With locations in Huntington, Teays Valley and Barboursville, Fat Patty’s has cornered the market on gourmet burgers in the region. Make your dinner a knockout with the Patty Balboa, an Italian-inspired burger covered in marinara sauce and topped with mozzarella and provolone cheese, lettuce, onion and diced tomatoes. You’ll feel like the heavyweight champion ofthe world!
  2. The Blue White Grill has been serving up burgers in the Martinsburg area since 1941, when it was called the Snow White Grill. This old-fashioned diner serves up a bevy of homemade selections, from breakfast items to soups and salads to hearty country dinners. You can’t go wrong with a Black & Blue Burger, a handcrafted patty cooked in in blackening seasoning and topped with chunky blue cheese sauce and crispy onion straws. Save room for a slice of chocolate peanut butter pie!
  3. The Fairplain Yacht Club might sound like a seafood joint (and they do make a mean Swashbuckler Grilled Shrimp) but you can also find a dozen varieties of steakburgers on the menu, including the delicious Jameson, a juicy patty basted in Jameson whiskey glaze and topped with Irish cheddar and “rashers” (bacon). The Ripley restaurant also features a different gourmet burger each month. You can even enjoy your burgers with a ’shine cocktail made with moonshine from the neighboring Appalachian Distillery.
  4. Tailpipes has been voted Morgantown’s best burger joint, a distinction the restaurant strives to maintain with a weekly, limited-run special (and we do mean special; have you ever had a burger topped with a ramp chimichurri and fried green tomatoes?) and a menu filled with drool-worthy signature burgers named after classic cars. Feeling adventurous? How about a Charger, topped with peanut butter, fried banana, smoked bacon, red onion and pepper jack cheese? Wash it down with a Fruity Pebbles milkshake, which fans say tastes like a frozen, creamy bowl of cereal.
  5. Secret Sandwich Society may best known for its creative sandwich combinations named after presidents and other world leaders, but this Fayetteville restaurant cooks up so darned good burgers, too. One crowd-pleaser is the Eagle, an all-natural beef patty topped with seared mortadella sausage, an over-easy egg, roasted garlic mayo, pickles, crispy onions and aged American cheese. The burgers come with a side of fries but you might want to upgrade to the restaurant’s famous homemade Pimento Cheese Fries.
  6. Charleston’s newest hamburger joint, Gonzoburger, is reeling in the customers with custom burgers featuring creative toppings like fried bologna, pastrami and even chicken breast. In a nod to its Mexican heritage (Gonzoburger is owned by the same folks who brought you Mi Cocina de Amor), El Fuego brings a little heat to your palate, with Anaheim green chiles, jalapenos, roasted red peppers, butter bibb, sweet habanero sauce and pepper jack cheese on brioche bun. Cool off with a side of Blue Shroom Fries topped with sautéed onions and mushrooms and blue cheese fondue.
  7. Wheeling’s Avenue Eats puts a gourmet spin on casual dining with a menu featuring unique selections like lamb tacos. Naturally, you can expect the burgers here to be just as original. The delicious Brie & Grilled Pear burger is topped with caramelized onion and bacon, served on a ciabatta roll, while the vegetarians in your group might be tempted by the Black Bean Sliders topped with chipotle aioli. Yum!
  8. Jim’s Drive-In has been a perennial favorite in the Lewisburg area since the early 1950s. There’s no indoor dining—just curb service and a few picnic tables outside. But don’t let this unobtrusive little place fool you: This restaurant’s food has been featured on the Food Network’s “Southern Fried Road Trip.” You won’t find a whole lot of fancy fixin’s on these burgers; it’s their fresh, homemade taste that keeps the locals returning again and again. The Famous Ranch Burger, with cheese, ham, purple onions and pickle, goes great with a side of Jim’s onion rings and a blackberry milkshake (made with real fruit!).

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This post was last updated on March 17, 2022