The basic hamburger don't cut it for you? Find the city's best burgers in this droolworthy list
Wagyu beef, fried chicken, pulled pork, portobello mushroom, and even vegan options – lucky for burger connoisseurs in Singapore, outstanding options are abound in the city. With complete disregard to our waistlines, we sink our teeth into a whole lot of buns to compile this epic list of our favourites, from affordable restaurants creations to splurge-worthy works of art at new restaurants in Singapore. Behold!
25 Degrees Burgers & Liquor Bar
Know the precise temperature difference between a raw and well-done burger patty? The answer is in the name of this new Los Angeles export that promises authentic American-style burgers done just right. Pop by for their weekday lunch deal (11am-3pm) and enjoy your choice of signature burgers along with fries and a half pint of beer or soft drink. Psst, we hear these guys are a hit with Hollywood A-listers!
25 Degrees Burgers and Liquor Bar, 200 Middle Road, Singapore 188980. p. 6809 7990. Open Mon-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-1am. Closed on Sun.
“Good vibes on tap” isn’t all Freehouse offers its thirsty patrons. This craft beer bar with an exceptional beer selection also does up mighty good burgers like the fried chicken burger and the pork burger. But our standout bun? The classic beef burger – a 150g homemade beef patty with melted parmigiano-reggiano, rosemary, tomato, onion tempura, and bacon jam. Pop by on Tuesday, and you’ll get a burger and a pint for just $20!
Freehouse, 21A Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620. Open Mon-Thu & Sat 5pm-12am, Fri 3pm-12am. Closed on Sun.
The Chop House
Trust The Chop House to know how to handle their meats well. Options like the bacon, guacamole & chicken burger and the Black & Blue (one half pound beef patty blackened in Cajun spices – comes with homemade blue cheese dressing) are excellent. Oh, and all burgers are served with crispy tater tots.
The Chop House, #01-161-162 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585, p. 6376 9262.
These guys specialise in gourmet pork burgers, yum. On the menu are cheekily-named choices like the Elvisu (bacon, peanut butter and jelly), and the Hadoken – pork patty topped with spicy Asian chilli con carne, onions, cheese and bacon bits. Not feeling porky? There’s Fowl Play, the only chicken burger on the menu. Best of all – their edible goods don’t cost over $15.
Dojo, 313@Somerset, #B3-43, p. 6835 7606.
If you’re no stranger to The Big Apple, you’re probably well-acquainted with NYC burger institution, Burger Joint. The new Singaporean outlet, hidden away in Gemmill Lane, brings to mind retro diners and unpretentious American fare. This simplicity works in its favour; by eschewing exotic sauces and even salt and pepper, you’re left with a burger that easily shows off the quality of its ingredients. The proof is in the first bite of your burger – from the crisp, fresh lettuce and onions to the generous portions of melty cheese and, of course, the all-beef patties (served at your choice of doneness; we recommend the medium).
Burger Joint, #03-01, 115 Amoy Street. p. 6221 8648. Enter through the back door on Gemmill Lane.
Hot Buns and Thunder Balls
Feeling right at home in the quirky Hotel Vagabond is new restaurant, Hot Buns and Thunder Balls. With a unique menu that marries Western and Asian culture into one delicious, mischievous mess, Hot Buns and Thunder Balls produces locally-inspired delights such as the Chilli Crack, the restaurant’s take on the beloved chilli crab; and the Slow Burn, its sinful rendition of the kong bak pau (pork belly) sandwich.
Hot Buns and Thunder Balls, 39 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore, 207630. p. 6291 6677 . Open 12pm-3pm daily.
db Bistro Moderne
db Bistro Moderne’s chart topper is the Original db Burger (available for brunch). It’s not for every budget (this one rings in at $42), but just take a look at the ingredients – sirloin burger filled with braised short ribs and foie gras – it does promise a good burger punch!
db Bistro Moderne, #B1-48 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Galleria Level, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972, p. 6688 8525.
A guilt-free burger that doesn’t contain any meat? Sign us up, pronto! VeganBurg is all about promoting a plant-based diet as well as dispelling the belief that fast food equals junk food. Choose from options like the Smoky BBQ (minced mushroom patty), and the Cracked Mayo – the egg-free mayonnaise burger comes with a savoury, crispy soy patty.
VeganBurg, 44 Jalan Eunos, Singapore 419502, p. 6844 6868.
Third & Sixth
Making Seah Street a hip alcove for post-work Joes and Janes is this cosy bistro-bar, and its burgers are a fine reward for anyone who swings by. All burgers contain a home-made 150g Australian grain-fed beef patty, and these sport a spectrum of flavours from Messy Mexican to a Korean Jong Un, and even a sinful Ram-Lee for those craving some Malaysian goodness.
Third & Sixth, 36 Seah Street, Singapore 188392, p. 6336 1248.
&Made Burger Bistro
This haven for burger-lovers, previously at Sentosa, will reopen in Orchard where they’ll continue serving droolworthy and unorthodox burgers like The Blue Moon (a dry-aged beef patty topped with French blue cheese and grilled bacon), and The 3 Little Pigs (a medley of pork fillet, bacon and chorizo patty, spicy yuzu-kosho mayo, shibazuke pickles, shiitake and white cabbage). There’s even The Tandoori Chicken burger if you fancy Indian cuisine!
&Made Burger Bistro, reopens in Orchard road March 2007..
Go big with the Terminator Challenge at Roadhouse – SIX wagyu patties topped with cheese, streaky bacon, jalapenos and chilli. Take it down within 20 minutes and you get it free! But for something a little more traditional (but decadent nonetheless), there’s the Fabulous Foie Gras burger.
Roadhouse, 13 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249674, p. 6476 2922.
Fatboys The Burger Bar
We love ourselves a good ol’ American style burger and Fatboys really hits the spot with staples like the royale with cheese ($12) and oddities like The Elvis ($11): a bacon stuffed pork patty with grilled bananas and peanut butter. Though definitely a burger place, the chicken mac and cheese and the fried chicken waffle sandwich are no slouches in the taste department either.
Fatboys The Burger Bar, 11 Kensington Park Road, Singapore 557263. p. 6280 8596.
This gastropub’s décor is a mix of modern and classical, referencing its history as a British military armoury. But another thing that’s traditional in this joint? Its passion for good ol’ burgers. Dig into the eopnymous Armoury Burger, stacked with a 180g house-ground beef patty, red wine Maker’s Mark Bourdon, candied onions, gorgonzola, baby arugula, and garlic horeradish mayo. Otherwise, the crispy pork belly and egg burger will make you weep tears of joy too.
The Armoury, 36 Beach Road, Singapore 189677, p. 6385 3173.
Few do classic American-style burgers as well as OverEasy. All of them come with juicy wagyu chuck blend patties served on super soft, toasted brioche buns. Our picks are the Double Trouble (two patties with OverEasy’s killer top-secret sauce), and the irresistible truffle burger, which features Swiss cheese, mushrooms, and truffle mayo.
OverEasy, #01-06, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213, p. 9129 8484.
It’s a four-in-one concept here at Potato Head Folk, but for gastronomically good burgers, head straight to Three Buns, which is split between the first and second floor. The Baby Huey (prime 150g beef patty with cheese, spiced mayo, and the special Notorious T.O.M. Sauce) is pure gold, and so is the Truff Ryder (wagyu beef patty with pan-seared foie gras, confit onion jam, black truffle, and four artisan cheese… phew!)
Potato Head Folk, 36 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089143, p. 6327 1939.
Omakase Burger takes great pride in their burgers. Their signature Omakase Cheeseburger is a real crowd-pleaser because of the hand-ground, smashed beef patty. Get those taste buds ready for the top-secret sauce,; it’s guaranteed to knock you off your feet.
Omakase Burger, #01-05 The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, Bukit Timah, Singapore 287994, p. 6763 2698.
Local lingo is all the rage at BERGS. Order the Alamack – their signature fish burger that comes lightly crumbed is topped with lettuce, tomato, red onion, and completed with some good ol’ dill tartare and aioli. Go BERGS size (large) or go small.
BERGS, #01-01 Far East Square, 137 Amoy Street, Singapore 049965, p. 6438 6505.
Two Blur Guys
This hole-in-the-wall joint doesn’t look like much from the outside, but step in to try their burgers (all of which come with Gruyere cheese, by the way) and you’ll be impressed. The ultimate comfort food choice would be the pulled pork, but if you want something a little fancier, go for the duck rilette. Their portobello mushroom burger isn’t too shabby either.
Two Blur Guys, #01-13 Orchid Hotel, 1 Tras Link, Singapore 038981, p. 6636 4183.