They're big, they're juicy & they're downright delicious. We ate our way across the island to bring you the best burgers in Bali. It's about to get messy...
Don’t get us wrong – we love eating local food in Bali. But let’s be real here. Ain’t nuthin’ like a big ol’ juicy burger, stuffed to the bun’s brim with drool-inducing fillings that balance succulent, smokey meat with crunchy lettuce, slatherings of sticky sauce and alllll the ooey-gooey cheese. And don’t even get us started on the fries. Oh, those fries…
Whether you’re into the classic beef burger, a chunky pork whopper or you’re all about the gourmet variations dripping in truffled aioli, crispy bacon, miso-glazed eggplant and even deep-fried avo, we’ve found Bali’s best burgers that’ll have you licking your lips and begging for more. Bring a big appetite, it’s about to get messy.
THE BEST BURGERS IN CANGGU
A sultry burger & gin bar in the heart of the ‘Gu, BB52 had us at dirty fries and Negronis. Slinging cocktails and foodgasms in a sleek space that makes us want to party, these guys have brought together all of our favourite things – and our tummies are eternally grateful. From naughty but oh-so nice meat burgers dripping in sticky sauces and plump rumps, to vegan variations that are as gluttonous as their carnivorous counterparts, BB52 knows how to get our burger juices flowing. And that’s before we mention the saucy sides, like wet corn with crispy pork, vegan chilli con carne and truffled parmesan chips. Top tip: keep yourself well and truly lubricated throughout your gourmet burger binge with BB52’s craft gins, beers and epic cocktails.
Best Burger: Try the BB52 Burger with bacon, cheddar and signature sauce, or go veggie with The Mushie, loaded with brie, mushrooms, mayo and BBQ sauce.
BB52 Burgers, Jl Tanah Barak No.52, Canggu, p. +62 821 47989 098, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 5pm – 11.45pm.
Naughty but oh-so nice (read: goddamn delicious) La Bandida is Canggu’s Spanish-Mexican fusion feaster that serves the kind of #foodporn you might only dream about on one helluva hangover. Leading the charge here is the big burgers, stuffed full of the good kind of sloppiness, i.e juicy and marinated pulled pork, melty cheese and slicks of dribbling sauce. And the kicker? They have burger happy hours ever Tuesday…
Best Burger: Try the Los Pepes burger made with Paprika crumbed chicken, coleslaw, guac, salsa and a spicy Chipotle mayo.
La Bandida, Jl Tanah Barak No.6, Canggu, p. +62 821 4547 4530. Open daily 5.30pm – midnight.
The Shady Shack
This tropical-cute Canggu cafe is without doubt one of Bali’s most iconic restaurants, famous for its epic vegan and vegetarian masterpieces that even carnivores can’t resist. Well, their burgers are no different, and if every veggie burger were as good as The Shady Shack’s, we’re pretty sure everyone would go vegan. Just as big, just as juicy and just as drool-worthy as any other, these burgers are stuffed full of the glorious goods, like gooey eggs, chunks of halloumi, marinated jackfruit and roasted peppers. YUM.
Best Burger: Try the Marinated Tempe Burger with grilled pumpkin, red onion and a homemade BBQ sauce.
The Shady Shack, Jl Tanah Barak No.57, Canggu, p. +62 819 1639 5087. Open daily 7.30am – 10pm.
There’s a burger, and then there’s a Shmurger Burger, AKA, the classic fave done mind-blowingly well. Is it a burger? Is it a slider? It’s neither, but rather, a little bit of both, plus a whole lotta freshness and tastiness served up proper. You see, Shmurgers are all about celebrating really good burgers, sans the grease, and with super soft potato buns and high quality ingredients. Go classic, or do it double, load on the bacon and don’t forget the ice cold lemonade (it’s homemade). And FYI, Shmurger Burger is from the same peeps who gave us Milk & Madu, Watercress and The Common, so you know you’re in good hands here…
Best burger: Try the Crishpy Chicken Box with two pieces of super crunchy Louisiana-style chicken, homemade kale slaw, pickles & sriracha hot sauce.
Shmurger Burger at Tamora Gallery, Jl Pantai Berawa N.99, Berawa – Canggu, +62 8133 813 5157, email@example.com. Open daily 10am – 10pm.
A delish collab between the owner of a famous burger hotspot in France, and the brother of our girl crush, Inka Williams, Burgerz brings the best burger recipes from Europe to the island (with some Bali-exclusive additions thrown in, like waffle buns and hash brown patties for the veggies and vegans). What’s more, all of the bread is baked daily by a French baker, and all straws, take away boxes and coffee cups are 100% biodegradable made using corn starch and cassava. Guilt free burger feasting? We’ll take it!
Best Burger: Try the Frenchy burger with camembert cheese and a drizzle of honey.
Burgerz, Jl Batu Bolong No.88a, p. +62 878 6187 0495. Open daily 8am – 11pm (2am on weekends).
It’s official: burger-loving vegans need not miss out on the beefy bandwagon thanks to this Canggu trailblazer. Swapping macrobiotic bowls for “meaty” fast-food and allll the dirty fries, at Plant Cartel you can gorge on vegan hotdogs, Popcorn Chick’n, a plant-based version of a McMuffin, and of course, epic vegan burgers – and they’re just as naughty and satisfying as their carnivorous and carby contenders. Sorry Maccas, this is fast food of the future.
Best burger: Try the Double Pleeseburger with two vegan beef patties and a mountain of gooey ‘cheese’, plus onions, tomatoes, pickles, lettuce and Plant Cartel’s secret sauce.
Plant Cartel, Jl Batu Bolong No.83A, Canggu, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 8am – 10pm.
THE BEST BURGERS IN SEMINYAK
A badass burger joint that’s all up in your grill, BO$$ MAN means big business when it comes to a serious feed. As neighbour and tougher relative to Sisterfields (Seminyak’s ultra-famous cafe that’s rightly raved about) BO$$ MAN is all about top notch ingredients done right – think 60-day dry-aged chuck steaks shaped in-house daily, and juicy, tender pork cooked low and slow over 18 hours. And then there’s the BO$$ MAN vibe. The waiters are dripping in gold, the decor has more swag than Pharrell, and the hip-hop beats keep the burger party going ’til 4am on the daily. And psst – they have a second location in Kuta, too.
Best Burger: Try the Texas-style Al Capone with bacon, cheese, and house-smoked BBQ sauce. It’s a cheeseburger on steroids.
BO$$ MAN, Seminyak: Jl Kayu Cendana, No 8b, p. +62 361 738 454 || Kuta: Jl Poppies 2, p. +62 811 3867 063. Open daily 11am – 4am.
Oh, Strawberry Fields. where to even begin? Well actually, we know exactly where to start: with their beer battered loaded fries, piled high with gluttonous toppings like maple aioli, chorizo, bacon and melted cheddar that’s dripping with umami goodness. And that’s before we even mention the big guns, AKA the Strawberry Fields burgers. The menu is as big and beefy as Strawberry Fields’ Le Big Mac burger, with its double Wagyu patty, double American cheese, gooey Mac sauce and allll the pickles and onions. You’ll want to arrive extra hungry here, because these guys will knock your greedy socks off.
Best Burger: Try the “Blame Bieber” burger with Canadian poutine fries inside this juicy whopper, plus extra cheese, some crispy AF maple-glazed bacon and more of that sweet maple aioli.
Strawberry Fields, Jl Batu Belig No.77, Gg Anisa, Seminyak, p. +62 859 6900 9245, e. email@example.com. Open daily 8am – midnight.
The Butcher’s Club
The name kinda gives it away, but let us tell you, The Butcher’s Club knows exactly how to serve its meat. Brought to Bali from Hong Kong, this international knockout slings next-level burgers made with dry-aged Australian beef (grain and grass-fed) sandwiched between homemade buns that are both bouncy but firm. As for the carnivorous fillings? Expect maple-glazed bacon, fried feta, crispy pork belly and sticky BBQ sauce. And if that doesn’t curb your caveman cravings, double up on the meaty deliciousness with their duck fat fries. #sorrynotsorry, waistline.
Best Burger: Try The Double Happiness burger that uses grilled cheese sandwiches instead of a bun (yes, you read that right!).
The Butcher’s Club, Jl Cenderawasih No.1, Seminyak, p.+62 361 897 4004, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 11am – 11pm.
Fancy a fusion burger? You’ll want to head to Street Boi, where big burgers meet their match with a bao bun twist. Yup, here you can take the perfect pillowyness of a traditional bao, with its soft, supple and slightly moist feel, then stuff it full of killer fillers that you’ve only ever seen on the inside of a juicy quarter pounder. The result? Asian flavours meet American attitude, where two gluttonous worlds collide to create a bao burger Utopia. Think serious slabs of twice-cooked pork belly, doused in a slap of Asian salsa verde and a Chinese glaze. Sticky and soulful, expect deep Asian flavours fused with slow cooked, succulent meats.
Best burger: Try Chuck’s Bao with beef patty, smoked cheddar, garlic confit aioli, caramelised onions and Street Boi’s house sauce.
Street Boi, Jl Petitenget No. 18AA, Seminyak, p. +62 812 3676 8665. Open daily 12pm – midnight.
Wah Wah Burger arguably kickstarted Bali’s gourmet burger trend, bringing its big, juicy creations to central Seminyak. Their world-class burgers broke boundaries with luxurious, gluttonous toppings, from foie gras and Australian Wagyu beef (dry-aged in-house), to poached and grilled butterfish with miso mayo. Heck, they even offer a trio of sliders to get the full Wah Wah experience.
Best Burger: Try the Seared Foie Gras Burger with WahWah’s wild berry reduction.
WahWah Burger, Jl Kayu Aya No. 11a, Seminyak, p.+62 361 736 585. Open daily 11am – 11pm.
This Seminyak original has been pushing Bali’s burger boundaries for many years now, grilling up the wackiest burger combos we’ve ever seen. Sure, you can wrap your chops around the classics (with bacon, gherkins, cheese – the works) but at Wacko Burger, you’ll want to load up on weird and wonderful “Next Generation Burgers” filled with the likes of mac & cheese, fried sausages and even crispy noodles…
Best Burger: Try the Macintosh Burger with beef, chorizo, mac & cheese, fried onions and a mac ball on top.
Wacko Burger, Jl Drupadi 18, Seminyak, p. +62 821 4401 0888.
THE BEST BURGERS IN ULUWATU
If you fancy a healthier feed on your burger tour, then check out the “superfood” creations at Omburger in Uluwatu. Their burgers are healthy reincarnations of the classics, made with feel-good ingredients like black rice, organic sweet potato and dragon fruit salsa. You can order your burger naked or in a bun, and it’s not only vegan and vegetarian burgers here. There’s also fish, organic lamb and grass-fed beef, best enjoyed with avocado wedges.
Best Burger: The Triple Veggie Stack with three layers of superfood scumminess!
Omburger, Jl Melasti No. 432, Padang Padang Beach, p. +62 812 3913 617. Open daily 7.30am – 10pm.
THE BEST BURGERS IN UBUD
Locavore To Go
As the little sister to Ubud’s world-famous restaurant, Locavore, Locavore To Go is where you can get a taste of Locavore’s legacy without the three-month advanced reservation. Slinging sandwiches, homemade brekkies, deli goods and a collection of burgers, expect all of Locavore’s kitchen tricks here, including the all-local, top-notch ingredients and the flair of a fine diner (without the hefty price tag).
Best burger: Try the Burger a la Ray with its big beef patty between a soft brioche bun, filled with pickled zucchini, local cheddar cheese, homemade ketchup, caramelised onion and crispy homemade bacon.
Locavore To Go, Jl Dewi Sita No. 10 3/4, Ubud, p. +62 361 9080 757. Open Mon – Sat 8.30am – 7pm.
Pizza Burger Liquor
Dishing up exactly what it says on the tin, Pizza Burger Liquor in Ubud is where you can feast on all your fave comfort foods, with plenty of booze to wash it down. But of course, we’re here for the rockin’ burgers (and craft cocktails, obvs). The burgers here are all served with a stack of onion rings, plus fresh-outta-the-oven potato wedges and an optional (AKA highly recommended) side of cheese fondue. And yes, it’s big enough to dip and dunk your burger in….
Best Burger: Try the Buck Burger with slow roasted lamb leg and a tamarind glaze, and knock it back with the Smokin’ Toni Negroni.
Pizza Burger Liquor, Jl Sriwedari No.11, Ubud, p. +62 811 3807 770. Open daily 10am – midnight.