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burger with a brioche bun and a knife sticking out of the top

The Carolina Burger

  • Author: Debi ~ QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


The Carolina Burger originated in the coastal and piedmont areas of North and South Carolina, and it ever tasty!




  • 1 (16 oz) package coleslaw mix
  • 2 Tbsp. minced onion
  • 3/4 cup Duke's Mayonnaise (ad)
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 packet chili seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 small sweet onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup


  • 1/2 pound ground chuck (80%)
  • 1 tsp. steak seasoning
  • 2 slices cheddar cheese, optional


  • 2 bakery buns
  • 1 Tbsp. yellow mustard 
  • 1 Tbsp. diced onions for topping


  1. For slaw, mix ingredients together in a large bowl and refrigerate until ready for use.
  2. For chili, brown ground beef in a skillet (ad) over medium heat, then add chili seasoning, water, onion and ketchup. Simmer for 10 minutes until meat is tender and chili is thickened.
  3. For burgers, pat ground chuck into patties and sprinkle with steak seasoning.  Fry in skillet (ad) over medium heat until cooked throughout. Top with cheddar cheese until it melts.
  4. To assemble burgers, spread yellow mustard on inside of buns. Place hamburger patty on bottom bun. Top with chili, then add slaw and onions. Close with top bun.
  5. Insert a steak knife (ad) into top bun to hold burger together.


Serve Carolina Burgers with an extra side of homemade chili and slaw.

  • Category: Sandwiches
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: hamburgers, chili burgers, the carolina burger