There are cheeseburgers and then there are cheeseburgers. Cheeseburgers that are thick with quality meat, topped with fresh vegetable fixings and served in a quality-made bun. This is the type of cheeseburger you’re going to find served at Farm Burger in Asheville.
Established in 2008, Farm Burger is a unique type of American grill restaurant that has really successfully fulfilled the farm-to-table mantra that’s become so popular. The company was founded by two industry leaders: Jason Mann, an organic farmer and cattle rancher, and George Frangos, a veteran of the local hospitality industry. Their goal was to elevate the beloved American burger by building a community of farmers, ranchers, chefs, and customers.
The primary way in which Farm Burger has fulfilled this mission of theirs is by ensuring that all of its ingredients are sustainable and made or raised using humane, environmentally friendly methodologies. They also prioritize buying from local farmers, ranchers, and other producers. The result is a well-made burger with delicious, fresh ingredients. But it isn’t just the burger that draws people to this hamburger restaurant. They also simply have a fantastic vibe that draws people into a comfortable, enjoyable dining experience.
You will find Farm Burger located right in the city’s downtown sector on the bustling Patton Avenue, right across from Kimpton Hotel Arras and a block east of the Asheville Museum of Science. This Asheville restaurant sits on the bottom floor of a two-story red-brick building. Its facade features large, floor-to-ceiling windows with a mosaic above its doors that reads, “The Leader”. During the warmer months, the team behind Farm Burger will raise a false facade in the front of the building to reveal about a dozen of outdoor patio seating. This is a great place to relax and enjoy a good meal while people-watching in Downtown Asheville.
Or enjoy your meal in their spacious interior dining room. When you step into Farm Burger, you will find yourself in a large open room that has a very rustic, laid-back feel. Booths and half-wall partitions feature wood paneling while the walls themselves are a mix of wood paneling and the same red brick that makes up the building’s exterior.
While Farm Burger Asheville does bill itself as an upscale burger joint that takes cheeseburgers to the next level, it is, at heart, a burger and fries joint. In other words, service is pretty laid back and informal. You will order at the counter and then a team member will bring your meal to whichever table you choose once it is ready.
Popular items at Farm Burger include:
The Farm Burger
This titular entree item is made from 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef that was locally raised without any antibiotics or added growth hormones. The patty is thick and made in-house with the whole of the burger cooked to to order and to your preferred temperature. The Farm Burger comes topped with aged Tillamook white cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and their special sauce. You can also opt for some crispy bacon for a small surcharge.
The Pastured Pig Burger
The beef is fantastic at Farm Burger Asheville, but it’s not all they serve. Those looking for a different type of taste might consider the Pastured Pig burger. This entree features pasture-raised pork that’s topped with candied jalapenos and a special homemade slaw that mixes lemongrass, Brussels sprouts, and apples together.
-Farm Burger really is a great addition to any day spent exploring Downtown Asheville. If you’re looking for a bit of an itinerary idea, we recommend going early in the morning and parking at the small lot called The Car Park that’s one block up on Patton Avenue at the Church St. intersection. This parking lot is right across from the Asheville Museum of Science and offers easy access to other attractions like Woolworth Walk and Bountiful Cities Edible Garden.