Classic Carolina Burger | 4th of July | Cheeseburgers

The July, 2021 Burger of the Month is the Classic Carolina Burger! Happy 4th of July to all of my fellow Americans! Use my “NC Southern Slaw” recipe:


The “Carolina-style” refers to the use of mustard, onion, chili, and slaw. You can add cheese if you’d like but it’s totally optional. I can never argue with a melted slice of cheddar or American cheese over anything I’m about to top with chili!

As for the chili in this video I used a chili from Ruth’s Salads of Gastonia, North Carolina. They have supplied the Carolinas with sides and dressings since 1953.

If you can’t get your hands on Ruth’s and don’t have time to use my recipes for homemade chili or slaw, just use your best quality and favorite chili or slaw from your local grocery. You can even call around the restaurants in your area, I’m sure they’ll let you purchase some chili and slaw in containers.

Carolina chili in particular is generally made as a chili sauce, so it’s finely chopped and almost always missing beans. Texas chili far more hearty. I’m not saying you cannot use Texas-style chili here, but if you want it more authentic to Carolina-style then you should go with a chili sauce.

Okay so now that we’ve gotten all of that out of the way let’s do this! I think you’re going to love this Carolina Classic, oh and don’t forget the napkins!


  • 4 Ounces (quarter pound) 80/20 Ground Beef.
  • 2 Ounces Chili. 2 Ounces Slaw.
  • 1 Ounce Diced Red Onion.
  • 1 Ounce Yellow Mustard.
  • 1 Hamburger Bun, or in my case a Cheese Roll from Ingles.


  1. Grill a quarter pound burger patty (or cook in cast iron skillet) to preferred temperature.
  2. While burger is cooking, bring a small pot of chili to a low simmer and dice Red Onion.
  3. Once burger patty is cooked to preferred temperature, place patty over bottom half of a bun or burger roll (in my case I used a cheese roll from Ingles Markets) and top it with a drizzle of Yellow Mustard, some Diced Red Onion, heated Chili, and Coleslaw.
  4. Bring on the napkins and enjoy!

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