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The best burgers in Hong Kong

These are the burgers you need in your life

By Time Out Hong Kong
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Burgers are the ultimate comfort food pretty much anywhere in the world. Sure, a big, juicy burger might be messy, and it will obviously cancel out all the hard work you did at the gym, or on that hike last weekend, but sometimes what's bad for the body is precisely what the soul needs.

A great burger is so much more than grab-and-go fast food. The right combination of fresh ingredients, delicious condiments and buttery buns can be sheer ambrosia. If your mouth is watering already, we've tracked down the best burgers in town – from low-cost, Hong Kong-style bites to patties from popular chains, not to mention some off-the-radar neighbourhood joints we urge you to try. Whichever you choose as your next burger destination, it's time to loosen those belts, people. By Chloe Li and Sam Evans

RECOMMENDED: Looking for something a little healthier? Check out our list of the best salad spots in Hong Kong.

The best burgers in Hong Kong

Beef & Liberty Bacon and Cheeseburger
Beef & Liberty Bacon and Cheeseburger
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Beef & Liberty

Restaurants American Lan Kwai Fong

Located right in the centre of our city's ever-bustling nightlife hub, Lan Kwai Fong, Beef & Liberty makes burgers that leap off the menu at you. There are nine in total, ranging from the classic cheeseburger to the chilli-laced El Cabrón ($129) – Spanish slang for badass – to the Notorious PIG ($89), which is, appropriately enough, made with pulled pork. Don’t pass on the bacon cheeseburger, though. Topped with New Zealand bacon, creamy raclette cheese and caramelised onions and finished with two home-baked buns. It sounds simple, but it’s oh-so rich.

honbo burger
honbo burger
Photograph: Courtesy Honbo

Honbo

Restaurants Burgers Wan Chai

Just around the corner from buzzy Star Street, Honbo fits right into the neighbourhood. The blue and white walls give off a Santorini vibe during the day while the neon accent lights scream ‘Hong Kong’ at night. So it should come as no surprise that burger lovers pack the place on the weekends, grabbing whatever spots are available.

It’s all about quality over quantity at Honbo. From the cheeseburger ($88) to the chicken burger ($98) and soft shell crab burger ($138), every element – patty, bun, sauce – is made in-house. The beef burgers, featuring a combination of local brisket and US chuck, are meaty with a bit of umami and are flat-out delicious.

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Fast Taste

Restaurants Burgers Cheung Sha Wan

You wouldn’t expect to find a western-style burger joint in the back streets of Cheung Sha Wan. Sure, the brick walls, dark wooden furnishings, and faux newspaper wrapping for the food scream English pub more than American burger bar, but the place’s kitsch nature is part of its charm. Get past this and order a burger, and you won’t be disappointed, because they are to die for.

The homemade beef patties are incredibly melt-in-your-mouth tender, and the chefs pair them in interesting combinations to make for truly memorable burgers. The Fast Taste Special burger ($99) is made with a wagyu beef patty, truffled fried egg and bacon, and the caramelised foie gras burger ($99) has a big slap of foie gras on top of a homemade beef patty. For those looking for something other than beef, the deep-fried soft-shell crab burger ($70) with wasabi mayonnaise is a sure-fire hit.

Top Blade Steak Lab
Top Blade Steak Lab
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Top Blade Steak Lab

Restaurants Steakhouse Causeway Bay

Top Blade may be best known for its flat-iron steak (a relatively recent cut discovered after research by the University of Nebraska), but the restaurant's reputation for meaty mastery means its burgers are as scrumptious as its steaks. Try the signature Ultimate burger ($160), which uses a patty made from the marbled, tender flat-iron cut. This is a simple, yet melt in the mouth creation that you can't go wrong with.

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Butcher's Club
Butcher's Club
Photograph: Courtesy The Butchers Club Burger

The Butchers Club Burger

Restaurants Burgers Wan Chai

What started as a place for passionate chefs and butchers in Aberdeen has evolved into one of Hong Kong’s premier burger joints in Wan Chai (there are branches in TST and Quarry Bay, too). The beef is ridiculously high quality here: 100 percent all-natural, grain-fed Australian beef, dry-aged for 21 days, mixed with rump, chuck and brisket.

There are nine burgers on the menu, but make sure to try the Double Happiness ($180) – twice the patties, twice the cheese and toppings that include tomatoes, pickles and maple bacon. Pair it with crispy duck fat fries, and you’ve got pleasure in its purest form.

chesseburger
chesseburger
Photograph: Courtesy Burger Circus/Nicholas Wong

Burger Circus

Restaurants Central

Think strawberry milkshakes, candy stripes and bow ties, and you've got Burger Circus in a nutshell. Taking the biscuit as Hong Kong's most charming American diner, this tasty late-night spot, located oh-so-conveniently between Soho, Lan Kwai Fong, and Wyndham Street, serves up irresistible burgers until 3am between Thursday and Saturday – perfect for curing that midnight hunger pang.

Whether you stick to safety with a classic American cheeseburger ($98) made with a juicy 5oz beef patty with real Wisconsin cheddar cheese, crank up the heat with the spicy chicken burger ($98), or make your very own cheesy masterpiece with selected ingredients such as fried eggs, jalapeños or blue cheese sauce, your tummy definitely won't be rumbling after a trip to this 1950s-inspired, vintage gem.

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Shake Shack - Shack Stack
Shake Shack - Shack Stack
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Shake Shack

Restaurants American Central

Shake Shack now has six locations around Hong Kong, from Central to Sha Tin. This much-loved US chain is a total knock-out, rising high above any fast food chain stereotypes. If you have (somehow) never experienced Shake Shack’s angus beef burgers in all their greasy glory, you can make your pilgrimage to the shops in IFC, Causeway Bay, Pacific Place, Elements, Harbour City, or New Town Plaza and start with the original. But if you’re a regular, you might prefer to order one of the ‘secret’ off-menu items, such as the peanut butter burger.

Electric Avenue
Electric Avenue
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Electric Ave

Restaurants Burgers Sai Ying Pun

This popular burger joint in Sai Wan offers a gourmet twist. Think truffle, foie gras, garlic thyme shrimp, aged gruyere, stilton and more; not to mention grass-fed Aussie Angus and British beef patties fried in beef bone marrow.

For a change-up, try the Black Daddy ($160), a beef burger topped with house-made pickles and English black pudding. If this doesn't tickle your fancy, try the classic cheddar burger ($135), or the American burger ($100) with American cheese, mustard, ketchup and mayonnaise.

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Burgeroom

Restaurants Causeway Bay

Located on Causeway Bay's trendy Fashion Walk, you can satisfy yourself here with any of the ridiculously fat juicy burgers on offer, with options such as the double-decker, the foie gras beef burger, or the Portobello cheeseburger. If you're feeling extra decadent, order a side of their deliciously saucy wings or curly cheese fries.

Burgerman
Burgerman
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Burgerman

Restaurants Burgers Sham Shui Po

Burgerman serves up some big portioned juicy burgers from their signature double patty trucker burger ($90) and crispy foie gras burger ($137) to more refined offerings like the black truffle wagyu burger ($107). Order sweet potato fries or buffalo wings to make it a full meal, but definitely pop the top button on your pants before doing so, because a mouth-watering food coma might well await you after all this carb and protein-filled grub.

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