Carolina Style Burgers

George travels to Charlotte, NC, to sample different types of "Carolina-style" burgers with roots in Southern barbecue cuisine. First, he visits Monroe, NC, for a burger slathered in chili and coleslaw. Then he enjoys a jumbo cheeseburger at an old-school drive-in burger joint before finishing up with a Southern-style burger from a tiny burger spot.

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George Motz
George Motz

George Motz

George Motz enjoys a “Big Block Burger” at the counter of the Diamond Restaurant in Charlotte, NC. 960 1280

  

Brooks' Sandwich House

Brooks' Sandwich House

The “All The Way” cheeseburger at Brooks' Sandwich House is topped with chili made from a 40-year-old family recipe, slaw and onions. 960 1280

  

Brooks' Sandwich House

Brooks' Sandwich House

George and NASCAR engineer Josh Browne tailgate with their burgers in front of Brooks' Sandwich House. 960 1280

  

Diamond Restaurant

Diamond Restaurant

Here, at the Diamond Restaurant in Charlotte, NC, they serve a delicious Southern-style burger topped with Pimento cheese. 960 1280

  

Co-owner Andy Kastanas

Co-owner Andy Kastanas

Co-owner Andy Kastanas bought this beloved restaurant along with his partners in 2010 on the restaurant’s 65th anniversary. 960 1280

  

Diamond Restaurant

Diamond Restaurant

At the Diamond Restaurant, the burgers are all named after racing engines, including the small block, the big block and the full-blown hemi. 960 1280

  

Diamond Restaurant

Diamond Restaurant

George chats with customers at the Diamond Restaurant. 960 1280

  

Duke's Grill in Monroe, NC

Duke's Grill in Monroe, NC

Duke's Grill in Monroe, NC, opened in 1951 and is a no-nonsense diner with a strict “no cellphone use” rule enforced by owner Dennis Parker. 960 1280

  

Duke's Grill in Monroe, NC

Duke's Grill in Monroe, NC

Duke’s hand-measured burger comes with Dennis’s homemade beef chili, slaw and onions. He also mixes a little bit of egg and some breadcrumbs into the patty to keep it extra juicy. 960 1280

  

Duke's Grill in Monroe, NC

Duke's Grill in Monroe, NC

George places an order with owner Dennis Parker at the counter of Duke's Grill. 960 1280

  

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Charlotte Motor Speedway

George slides into the driver’s seat of a racecar at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Charlotte is a city filled not only with racing fanatics, but also 90% of NASCAR’s pro drivers. 960 1280

  

South 21 Drive-In

South 21 Drive-In

Opened in 1955, Charlotte’s South 21 Drive-In comes complete with car stalls and an intercom system that has been there from the beginning. 960 1280

  

South 21 Drive-In

South 21 Drive-In

George enjoys the jumbo cheeseburger at South 21 Drive-In. 960 1280

  

South 21’s jumbo cheeseburger

South 21’s jumbo cheeseburger

South 21’s jumbo cheeseburger is comprised of 2 thin 3-ounce patties, with 2 slices of American cheese -- all held together with a sesame seed bun. 960 1280

  

George and Maria Housiadas

George and Maria Housiadas

George chats with the owners of South 21, George and Maria Housiadas. 960 1280

  

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