The Hot List: 5 Spots to Grab a Burger and Fries

One of the many special burgers available at Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint in Kill Devil Hills.

Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint

  • Where: 800 S. Virginia Dare Trail, milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
  • Info: 252-715-3328,

The name says it all.

It's a hangout spot, where every day is a burger-palooza.

The building, which formerly housed the legendary Mex-Econo restaurant, sits on the west side of the beach road in Kill Devil Hills.

On the menu are an intriguing list of eight burgers, including “Shocker,” “The Cowboy,” and “Cool Hand Luke.”

Among the other offerings is “Dr. Gonzo,” a burger topped with sautéed mushrooms, fried onions, applewood smoked bacon, and Swiss cheese.

And then there's an “Elvis” burger in the building. It's a hunka-hunka burning item, topped with peanut butter, mayonnaise, smoked bacon, and a blend of American and cheddar cheese.

Another specialty, which is only served on Sunday, is a burger surrounded by glazed doughnuts.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

  • Where: 1203 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 9, Kill Devil Hills
  • Info: 252-255-0006,

The chain restaurant is known for its quality burgers and low-end prices.

It's a family-friendly atmosphere, where you order at a counter.

Listed on the menu as made with “100 % fresh beef,” the burgers come in regular size and “little.”

Choices include hamburgers, cheeseburgers, bacon burgers, and bacon cheeseburgers.

The fun is loading them up with onions, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, grilled onions and mushrooms, green peppers and jalapeno peppers.

They can be seasoned with a variety of sauces.

Art's Place

  • Where: 4624 N. Virginia Dare Trail, milepost 2.5, Kitty Hawk
  • Info: 252-261-3233,

Billed as “the Outer Banks' best-kept secret for 30 years, '' the eatery in a nondescript, wooden building sits on the west side of the beach road in Kitty Hawk.

A signature item at Art's is the half-pound, handcrafted beef patty that's cooked on an old-school flattop grill. It's so thick we're not sure Superman could leap it in a single bound.

And it's plenty juicy.

You can load it up with spinach, a fried egg, chili, cheese, and sweet green onions.

The hamburgers have gotten props in a number of publications, including “Our State” magazine.

Most diners make it a meal by adding an order of the crispy, hand-cut, black-peppered seasoned fries.

Mulligan's Grill

  • Where: 4005 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 13, Nags Head
  • Info: 252-480-2000,

The two-story restaurant is on U.S. 158, about a-half mile south of Jockey's Ridge State Park.

It's been a mainstay for about 20 years, catering to locals and visitors with a wide range of food offerings, a bar, an outdoor deck, and live music.

But we're talking about hamburgers, so here goes.

Mulligan's has beef, turkey, veggie and bison burgers.

One favorite is the “Carolina,” which tops the meat with southern chili and coleslaw.

The “Cali” burger may be the hippest choice: avocado, bacon, chipotle sauce and pepper-jack cheese are on top of the burger.

Popular with locals is the “Mulligan's” burger, which is topped with lump-crab meat, bacon and cheese.

Duck Duck Burgers

  • Where: 1211 Duck Road (Scarborough Lane Shoppes), Duck
  • Info: 252-715-4999, and on Facebook

The eatery is in a wooden building in the Scarborough Lane Shoppes in Duck.

It features a checkerboard floor, with several tables.

And as the name states, it's a burger and fries place.

Made from 100% Angus beef, the 6-oz., flamed-grilled patties can be topped with Swiss, American, and cheddar cheese.

All the usual condiments are available.

They also offer a veggie burger.

Other items, including hot dogs and chicken sandwiches, are also on the menu.

Please Note: This is not a "Best Of" list. Rather, it's a recurring feature in which we list places and things that help make the Outer Banks a great place to visit — and an even better place to call home.


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