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

Santa Burg
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

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.

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Ciutat Vella

El Kiosko

Critics' choice

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.

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Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera

Little Bacoa

Critics' choice

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.

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Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera

Oval

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.

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La Nova Esquerra de l'Eixample

Timesburg

Critics' choice

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.

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La Nova Esquerra de l'Eixample

Negro Carbón

Critics' choice

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.

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Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera

Santa Burg

Critics' choice

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.

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Sants - Montjuïc

El Filete Ruso

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.

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L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample

Pijama

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.

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Sant Gervasi - Galvany

La Royale

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.

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Sarrià - Sant Gervasi
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Comments

6 comments
rubbertoes
rubbertoes

First of all, I can't believe Peggy Sue's Diner is on this list.  Their burgers and food in general is AWFUL!!  They should focus less on this audacious decoration and more on the food they serve.  YUCK!
As far as good burgers go, you should add De Paula Hamburgueseria on the list

Sandra N
Sandra N

Os habéis olvidado de la MEJOR HAMBURGUESA DE BARCELONA, El OK SARRIÀ, sin duda la mejor y desde hace muchos años!


The best burguer in Barcelona is not on the list, OK SARRIÂ

Sandra N
Sandra N

Os habéis olvidado de la MEJOR HAMBURGUESA DE BARCELONA! El OK SARRIÂ!

Jack
Jack

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

Zerline
Zerline

I miss Makamaka! :-)

2Hundred B
2Hundred B

@Jack You should try 2HundredBurger in Gràcia