The best burgers in the city

At last, Time Out's definitive list of the top 25 burgers in Barcelona and where to get them

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When in Barcelona, don't settle for imported fast food joints or giant themed restaurants casting shadows on La Rambla in your quest for a great burger. Our hunt for perfect patties and fantastic fries turned up more than just those or snooty gourmet versions of the American classic (though a few of them as well). The obsession with fine ingredients that has gripped burger-makers in New York and London for the last few years has caught on in the Catalan capital too, with happy results: Our 'Top 25 burgers in Barcelona' list includes 1950s-style American diners, signature restaurant versions, and even a Russian import, proving that Catalan versions of US cuisines are much more than just a load of old carne picada.

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Bacoa Universitat

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The mothership of this small gourmet hamburger chain, a pioneer in the field in Barcelona, has opened a new space in Ronda Universitat, and the original, near Santa Caterina, is now called Little Bacoa. The original bears the name 'Little' because the new Bacoa, while still carrying on with its trademark excellence and informality, is enormous. So what's new? Owner Brad Ainsworth is betting that thinking locally will pay off: with the change of seasons, Bacoa will offer a burger with products grown nearby, such as artichokes from El Prat, for example. And apart from the house classics, the exclusive Bacoa burgers will make your mouth water just thinking about them: the San Jacobo is Iberian loin and Serrano ham with manchego cheese in panko, Japanese bread crumbs.

  1. Bacoa Gourmet Burger, Rda. Universitat, 31
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El Kiosko

  • Price band: 1/4
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Brad Ainsworth, the chef who brought the gourmet burger to Barcelona with his tiny Bacoa, also opened El Kiosko, which is along the same lines but more spacious and comfortable and open onto the street. Try any of the delicious recipes with special chutney sauce, home-cooked fries and you’ll know what I mean.

  1. 1, Marquès de l'Argentera, 08003
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Bacoa

Bacoa

Little Bacoa

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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Winner of Best Sandwich for 2010 awarded by Time Out Barcelona. Chef Brad Ainsworth won the prize thanks to his burgers made from the finest beef, his imaginative recipes, and his stone grill that gives the meat that inimitable smoky flavour.

  1. Colomines, 2, Born-Ribera, 08003
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Oval

  • Rated as: 3/5

This gourmet burger spot could very well become a meeting place for the indie set: their playlist is exquisite, Barcelona-based rock band Mishima occasionally dine here, and they brought along Daniel Johnston when he was in town. You can create your own burger from the billions of possible combinations, or order a recipe from the menu. Either way, the result is steller, and there's also Nebraska Angus beef available, as well as a small but choice wine list that will suit your budget.

  1. València, 199
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Timesburg

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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This burger joint, opened by an architect, a restaurateur and an engineer, is armed with 15 tantalising recipes: all made from Burgos beef (or you have the option of organic beef from Lleida) – all honed through trial, error and try, try trial again. The DF burger, with the spiciness of good Mexican food is a fine example, with its 200 g of beef, chipotle chili, coriander, cheddar, Jalapa chili, shredded lettuce and bits of tortilla chips.

  1. París, 95
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Negro Carbón

  • Rated as: 3/5
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Tapas and tango is their motto. Apart from that, these Argentineans serve stupendous barbecued meat (it’s one of the few one of the few places in Barcelona that can be described as an authentic Argentinean parrilla), and generous burgers made from premium beef.

  1. 16, Pla de Palau, 08003
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Santa Burg

Santa Burg

Santa Burg

  • Price band: 1/4
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One of the city’s venues that is committed to turning the humble hamburger into a quality dish that is healthy and, above all, delicious. They have a variety of burgers of their own creation, though whenever possible, these are tailored to the customer’s tastes. Don’t miss the Richard Burger, with onion confit, foie gras and egg. Xavier Pellicer, one of the owners, has helped to create the menu.

  1. 51, Vallespir, 08014
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El Filete Ruso

El Filete Ruso

El Filete Ruso

  • Price band: 2/4

This high-flying burger bar includes the eponymous  Russian fillet: a beefburger that is made from choice meat coated in flour. Their steak tartar is also a stand-out item on the menu.

  1. 95, Enric Granados, 08005
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Pijama

Pijama Ivan Gimenez

Pijama

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

We do not know if their claims of making the best burgers in Barcelona are true, but they do cook up some excellence. The two partners have a lot of experience between them: one was the chef at La Royale and the other was the maitre d' there. In their latest venture they make hamburgers that are created as complete dishes made into sandwich form. Try the excellent Mediterranean burger: tomato and basil sauce with toasted pine nuts, thick roasted mushrooms and parmesan.The tapas are worth trying as well, they're not just there to look pretty. There's a very good Peruvian 'tiradito' (raw fish, similar to sashimi, in a spicy sauce), and you should definitely taste the croquettes – a very happy find are those of chorizo ​​and manchego cheese.

  1. Granada del Penedès 29
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La Royale

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

With recipes created by the Michelin star-holder Paco Pérez, this gourmet burger bar serves meat from every continent: Japanese, Irish and Argentinean beef, and Chinese duck, just to name a few. And they have a list of highly unusual gin & tonics.

  1. 5, Plaça del Camp, 08022
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Hard Rock Cafe

  • Rated as: 2/5

It's Hard Rock, so you know what you're getting. Giant American portions of burgers and fries, salads and free refills on soft drinks, desserts that are dangerous for diabetics, and a bunch of video screens blaring mostly rock music the whole time. There's also the occasional live show and celebrations of American sporting events and holidays.

  1. Plaça Catalunya, 21, Ciutat Vella, 08002
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Bernie's

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Bernie's

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

This small chain seeks to replicate the concept of the typical American diner, to the point that the furniture and fixtures were imported from the States. What makes Bernie's different from the others like it is the size of their menu. Sure, they make excellent burgers from premium-quality beef, and tailored to each customer, but they do more than burgers. They also offer other typically American dishes, and they have a great grill for steaks, ribs and fillets, as well as house specialities. Burgers (with fries, of course), homemade sauces, and shakes and desserts that would have driven Elvis wild. Plus, the kitchen stays open late.

  1. Via LaIetana, 20, Born-Ribera, 08003
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Meatpacking Bistro

Meatpacking Bistro

Meatpacking Bistro

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This quirky, original restaurant that bears a resemblance to a New York eatery combines American dishes like barbecue pork ribs burgers that have a touch of the Mediterranean, like the tuna with wasabi mayonnaise variety. Have a slice of cheesecake for breakfast (like they do in ‘Sex and the City’), or drop in for lunch or dinner.

  1. 50, Travessera de Gràcia, 08021
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LaBurg

  • Price band: 1/4

A beefburger restaurant with the soul of a gourmet.

  1. 55, Passeig Sant Joan Bosco
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Flash-Flash Truiteria

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

If you want a good omelette, this is the place. It’s also advisable to come here at off-peak hours. You have got to try the house beefburger, made with a secret recipe.

  1. Granada del Penedès, 25, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, 08006
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Sagàs

  • Price band: 3/4
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The Rovira brothers, from the Michelin-starred farmhouse-restaurant Els Casals de Sagàs, have set up shop in Barcelona. Here they practice the noble art of the gourmet sandwich, stuffed with meats and vegetables that they produce on their farm in Bages. It’s worth trying such delicacies as their Chinese sandwich with bacon. Everything straight from the land, with no middlemen involved.

  1. 13, Pla de Palau, 08003
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El Club de la Hamburguesa

El Club de la Hamburguesa Ivan Giménez

El Club de la Hamburguesa

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

This burger joint offers no secrets, mystery or theme, but it has its charms: an assortment of a dozen burgers with imaginative recipes and fresh daily produce thanks to their proximity to the Boqueria. Almost all the burgers are made of 200 grams of beef, and their painstaking attention to their recipes shows (try the caprese, with pesto, mozzarella and rocket) above and beyond their wide variety of drool-inducing ingredients.

  1. Valldonzella, 3
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Ivan Giménez

Carrot Café

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The ultimate place for sandwiches in Sant Martí: they offer four different kinds of custom-made bread that they use in recipes as compelling as grilled tuna with wasabi, or in typical catalan sandwiches, such as coca bread with black sausage and garlic mayonnaise. You can always order a big, juicy hamburger, and was it down with a selection from the menu of more than 40 beers from all over the world. Finish up with, of course, their home-made carrot cake.

  1. Tànger, 22, Poble-nou
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5º Pino

5º Pino

5· Pino

  • Price band: 1/4

This cafe and gourmet restaurant is a tiny oasis in the desert of Bonanova: they serve simple, quality food – good burgers, fried eggs, rice and pasta dishes. Interesting tapas. For breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  1. Passeig de la Bonanova, 98, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi
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Paddy Flaherty

  • Price band: 1/4
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Good burgers, good Irish breakfasts with black pudding, and classic dishes from this energetic cuisine, like Irish stew. Despite it's being in the epicentre of tourist madness, you can eat quite well here.

  1. Pl. Joaquim Xirau, s/n, Gòtic, 08002
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Peggy Sue's American Dinner

  • Price band: 1/4

With its decor that evokes the American diners in ‘Grease’, Peggy Sue's is a high-quality franchise: its burgers might not be huge, but they are certainly tasty, similar to American patties. Hamburgers play only a small part in a menu that is based on 1950s America.

  1. 24, Balmes, 08011
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Nello's Bar

  • Price band: 1/4
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Located in what used to be the venerable Bar Roselló, Nello's burger bar lends this part of ​​the Eixample a more cosmopolitan air, with a decor that is reminiscent of New York. Varied selection of hamburgers made from select ingredients. Good gin & tonics and the finest imported beers.

  1. 255, Rosselló, 08008
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Tommy Mel's

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

As you might deduce from the name, you can get a nice burger here, American-style – that is, giant. They also have a range of American cuisine, and if you think that's an oxymoron, you haven't tried their meatloaf. Or tuck a serviette in your shirt and grab on to some fried squid and shrimp the likes of which you might find on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, or a healthy chicken breast marinated with lemon and served with a side of veg. All quality dishes and brought to you in generous Stateside portions.

  1. Potosí, 2
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Tootsie

  • Price band: 1/4

Who can forget the film this diner takes its name from, with Dustin Hoffman in drag? We have Hollywood to thank for that, as well as for showing us their big-screen version of an authentic American diner, something this Barcelona-based Tootsie aspires to. Here the lengthy menu of burgers and sandwiches conjure big American appetites and all-American film, but with a taste of the local fare as well: order a Burt Lancaster burger with tartar sauce and a tapa of pig snout or 'lacón' on the side.

  1. Calàbria, 29, Sant Antoni, 08015
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Louise se va

Louise se va

Louise Se Va (Cafè Bar)

  • Price band: 1/4

At Louise Se Va you can choose from sandwiches and salads with names of rock'n'roll legends that are just as tasty as they are cheap. It’s a young atmosphere and the waiters give you a warm welcome. A delight in three-four time.

  1. Plaça d'Eivissa, 11, Horta-Guinardó, 08031
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Jack
Jack

I think Kiosko is overrated. They just give huge burgers with lots of sauce.

Zerline
Zerline

I miss Makamaka! :-)