With a branch in hidden out at Bukit Timah's Grandstand and more recently in Wisma Atria, this burger joint went scientific with its patty making. Owner and former banker Cheng Hsin Yao has hyped up his burger patty smashing technique, which keeps the meat pucks rounder and juicier on the inside. One outcome of that, however, is that the burgers come out looking smaller than the competition, but they're undeniably tasty, with American cheese perfectly melted on top and the package offering a satisfying mouthful with each bite.
OTHER VARIETIES There’s the Bacon Cheeseburger and the Deluxe (with onions and mushrooms), both $15.90, or the Ultimate with everything ($17.50). An extra patty can be added for $5.90.
SIDES None; you can upgrade to a meal set (fries and a drink ) for an extra $5.90.
Home to the Terminator Challenge (finish a massive six-patty wagyu burger in under 20 minutes and get the meal on the house; otherwise, it’s $58), you know this Dempsey diner doesn’t fool around with their burgers. Everything is cooked in their wood-fired Josper grill, the prices are reasonable (everything else is well under $25) and nothing is the least bit pretentious. You won’t go wrong with any of their burgers, but our favourite by far is this foie-topped option, which is nicely balanced with a mild mango salsa and some balsamic onions to make one of the tastiest burgers in town.
OTHER VARIETIES 15 burger options, including chicken and fish burgers, are on the menu. Try the Plain Jane ($21) and local favourite Bacon Marinated ($24), with gorgonzola, mushrooms and bacon, or newer options like Yolks on You ($22 – watch out for the exploding yolk, which is slow-cooked and molten) and the hearty Prawn Star ($24).
SIDES Burgers come well-presented on a wooden board with fries in a cute tin and a small salad. Every Tuesday, get free-flow truffle fries with every order.
One of our favourite venues along the Jalan Besar stretch (located on the ground floor of the boutique nostalgia-tinged Kam Leng Hotel), this warm and cosy diner is perfect for a lazy weekend brunch or casual dinner date. Their signature Suprette Burger is offered around the clock, and it’s a picture of near perfection. The basic option comes with a juicy, pan-seared Australian beef patty (made in-house in small batches to maintain freshness; they’re chilled and never frozen), Gruyere cheese melted evenly all over the beef and crisp, fresh lettuce and tomato on top, all between a perfectly-toasted and buttered sesame bun.
OTHER VARIETIES Add-ons include a balsamic onion relish ($1), avocado, bacon, mushrooms ($3 each) and even foie gras ($12), which can get expensive if you pile them all on.
SIDES Free-flow skinny fries – definitely a major bonus, helping to offset the somewhat steep price.
While not exactly a beef burger, Burnt Ends’ version of a hearty meat sandwich is too good to pass on (plus, it looks like a burger). Named after the Australian slang for sandwich, head chef David Pynt’s take veers a little more American with threads of pulled pork mixed with a mildly piquant chipotle aioli. A purple cabbage and carrot coleslaw, as well as jalapeno pickles give contrast to the bite against the airy sesame brioche buns, though we wished there was a much neater way of eating this sloppy burger without having to lick our arms after.
OTHER VARIETIES None.
When Loof revamped its concept and reopened its doors in May 2012, the rooftop bar decided to go Asian with a twist for its drinks and bar snacks. With that, came the idea to create a Ramly Burger – a gutsy take on regional favourite which we think makes a great gourmet version of the original. Unlike the Malaysian original with its suspect meat, it opts for nothing but 100% prime Australian beef for its patty, which is then encased in a paper-thin omelette layer and topped with a generous drizzling of secret sauce, raw red onions and shredded lettuce. A fitting tribute.
OTHER VARIETIES Loof also makes Babi-que Sliders ($16) with slow-braised pulled pork, barbecue sauce and pickled onions, but we found it a little dry and heavy-handed on the sauce.
SIDES Chunky Loof Flies, accompanied by a serving of secret sauce, which somehow tasted better in the burger than as a dip.
One of our favourite options for better-than-fast-food fix, Everything With Fries (by the Awfully Chocolate group) keeps things simple. Their signature Cheese Burger ($11.90) is a basic affair consisting of just a beef patty, cheddar cheese and stewed tomato concasse, topped with a sesame bun and served with their fries as you like it (see below), as well as a small Caesar salad. They get bonus points for their excellent buns, which are made fresh daily and come out light and soft.
OTHER VARIETIES The Lamb Burger ($11.90) and Duck Leg Burger ($11.90) are worth the try as well.
SIDES Be spoilt for choice with their shoestring or straight-cut fries, which come in barbecue, sour cream and onion, garlic and curry flavours. The Har Jeong Kai prawn paste nuggets ($6.90) have also been raved about.
Prepare to get messy. This Jakartan import’s hearty burgers on the iconic corner of Keong Saiks and Teck Lim roads injects a punch of flavour and texture to the 150g medium prime beef patty with a piquant sweet and spicy Notorious T.O.M sauce. Head chef Adam Penney and his team throws in lettuce and pickles for complement and crunch and oozes melting cheese between house-baked brioche buns to deliver bite after bite of juicy, balanced flavour.
OTHER VARIETIES Mouth-searing Burning Man ($24) with spicy ketchup, roasted jalapeno relish and smoked cheese with the same beef patty, the James Brown AKA the ‘Codfather’ of Soul ($26) with stacks of cod fish fingers, mushy peas and a butter pickle tartare sauce in a rice bun.
Multi-hyphenate spaces generally don't have food menus worth writing home about, but gallery-cum-cafe Artistry serves up a Nasi Lemak burger that reinterprets all key aspects of our local breakfast favourite into burger form. The essentials are there: cucumber slices, crispy ikan billis and peanuts, sunny-side-up; these are then stacked with a juicy heft of boneless chicken thigh – it’s marinated with lemongrass and gula melaka – between pandan buns sprinkled with toasted dessicated coconut. Oh and of course, that all-important sambal on the side. This weekend brunch special sell out early, so head down before 2pm if you don’t want to be disappointed.
OTHER VARIETIES Also on the weekend brunch menu is the crab cake burger served in brioche buns, with a tomato relish and truffle fries. ($20)
SIDES None. But if you’re up for some booze in the afternoon, pair this with their Rum Chendol cocktail. ($10 with the burger, $15 on its own)
French chef Daniel Boulud was one of the first celebrity chefs to set up shop at Marina Bay Sands, bringing with him his Paris bistro-styled casual dining. His db Burger is something of a legend, and often cited as the best burger in town – at $42, it’s also by far the most expensive. Still, the price is somewhat justified given the whopping 1.5-inch-thick sirloin patty, stuffed with braised short ribs and foie gras, all stacked so high it’s tough to get a bite down.
OTHER VARIETIES Two other burgers: the basic Yankee Burger ($22) and the Frenchie Burger ($26) topped with pork belly confit, onions and Morbier cheese.
SIDES A handful of fries.
A burger joint nestled in between the Orchid Hotel’s tiny Japanese restaurants, this spot was set up by Anthony Koh and Maximilian Tung, two self-proclaimed ‘blur guys’ who were new to the food industry when they first started out. With only a few tables down a single row next to the kitchen and window where its baked goods are displayed, this intimate space becomes easily packed during peak hours. Chef Jimmy Chok (formerly of Bistro Soori) consulted on the burgers here, of which our pick is the Portobello Prime Beef Burger – a hybrid of their prime beef ($12.50) and Portobello ($9.50) stacks. Sandwiched between two homemade wholemeal buns is a thick, juicy slab of beef topped with mushroom slices, Gruyere cheese, relish and truffle mayo sauce. Note: the burgers here are smallish, much like the space.
OTHER VARIETIES There’s the somewhat loose pulled pork burger ($11.50), a grilled spice chicken burger ($10.50), duck rillette burger ($10.50) and a smoked salmon avocado option ($9.50).
SIDES Each burger comes with leafy greens and a potato salad.