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Best burgers in Paris

Find out where to get your teeth into one of the best burgers in Paris

The best burgers in Paris are a tall order, in a city devoted to fine dining and elite restaurants. But our hunt for perfect patties and fantastic fries turned up more than snooty gourmet versions of the American classic (though a few of those 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 French capital too, with happy results: Our 'Best burgers in Paris' list includes full-on American diners, signature restaurant versions and even a jolly burger truck, proving that French versions of US cuisines are much more than just a load of old viande hachée.

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Burger vans

Le Camion qui fume

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Fancy one of the best burgers in Paris? Forget your posh napkins, tablecloths and seating, the Camion Qui Fume is Paris’s first American-style burger truck, run by Californian Kristin Frederick; and you only have to look at the long lines of salivating bobos to know that the burgers here are good. The secret lies in the ingredients: baker-made bread, top quality meat, hand-cut fries... 

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10th arrondissement

Le Camion Gourmand

Fresh ingredients, home made chips and French beef have been on offer at the Camion Gourmand since December 2012. Fresh ingredients are bought and cooked on the same day, making up their selection of incredibly generous burgers. They come in four versions: classic, Seguin with goat’s cheese and honey, the Vicomte with comté cheese and pepper sauce... 

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North-east Paris

Cantine California

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Paris is gripped by a new trend. All it took was for one Californian to set up a burger van, and before you can say ‘viande hachée’, more and more food trucks are beetling around the crisscrossing streets of the capital. Cantine California, the new van from chef Jordan Feilders, is a gourmet slice of America on four wheels, and the Parisians are crazy for it...

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Paris

Le Bateau qui fume

Moored on the banks of the Seine since August 2015, Le Bateau Qui Fume is the latest opening from Californian entrepreneur Kristin Frederick, who also owns and runs the incredibly successful ‘Camion Qui Fume’ food truck. Although this ‘burger boat’ isn’t very flashy (it’s just a van on a barge, with seating space for ten or so), the waterscape behind the serving area is beautifully serene, making this a relaxing spot to come at lunch or dinnertime...

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Paris

Burger restaurants

Le Ruisseau

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You might have thought that burgers would have become passé in Paris by now, one hipster fixation too far – even we were starting to feel ennui. But then, caught short in Montmartre with a hangover, we discovered Ruisseau. Drawn in by their pretty outdoor terrace, we discovered a menu featuring a dozen different burgers for €12 with chips...

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Mairie du 18e

La Maison Mère

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If you somehow managed to miss La Maison Mère throughout the media frenzy around its opening in January 2011, it’s time to get up to speed. First, forget any ideas of a traditional French kitchen: it’s more Mom than Mère. Embrace, instead, the New York-esque décor, with its white tiles, vintage furniture, enamelled mirrors, lamps disguised as bowler hats and a sign...

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Pigalle

Big Corner

Nestled between a battered old bridge and a motorbike repair shop, New York-style burger restaurant Big Corner is an unlikely addition to the slightly down-at-heel Avenue Jean Jaurès. Its arty, pared-back look with leather padded settees and a bright colour scheme certainly sets it apart from the neighbours, but doesn’t whiff too strongly of gentrification...

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North-east Paris

Blend

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Parisians have officially gone burger bonkers: After the Camion qui Fume (a mobile gourmet burger van) and Big Fernand (an über-trendy take-away burger joint in the 10th), Blend has opened its doors, in the bobo quarters of Etienne Marcel. And if the queues are anything to go by, this modern, 24-seater burger bar is going to be relished for a long time... 

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Cantine California

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Paris is gripped by a new trend. All it took was for one Californian to set up a burger van, and before you can say ‘viande hachée’, more and more food trucks are beetling around the crisscrossing streets of the capital. Cantine California, the new van from chef Jordan Feilders, is a gourmet slice of America on four wheels, and the Parisians are crazy for it...

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Paris

Le Ruisseau - Burger Joint

Burger aficionados may already be familiar with the ever-popular Ruisseau in the 18th arrondissement, its home made burgers easily as special as anything larger Parisian chains such as Blend and Big Fernand have to offer. Opened in autumn 2015, Ruisseau’s little sister outlet, the small Burger Joint in the Marais, pursues the same winning formula with its wooden chalet décor and familiar set menus of burger, side and drink for €12...

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3rd arrondissement

East Side Burger

A newcomer on the veggie scene, this fast food joint has taken a meatless approach to another trend in Paris – the mighty burger. Vegans and vegetarians finally have a place to mingle with options for both camps. With just two choices a day from their four varieties of burgers, don’t expect a big greasy bacon-topped concoction. Mushroom and tofu patties... 

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11th arrondissement

Baagaa

Located in the chic, mostly residential Trocadéro area, Baagaa stands out boldly with its ink black frontage and bright orange tables that spill over the pavement. One of the growing number of trendy restaurants giving the not-so-trendy 16th arrondissement a new gastronomic lease of life, Baagaa serves ‘luxury burgers’, made exclusively from wagyu beef (a Japanese speciality famed for its tenderness and unique buttery taste) and bread from reputed Parisian baker Jean-Luc Poujauran...

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16th arrondissement

Le Boeuf Volant

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The beef here really does have wings – it’s flown in from the US, Bavaria, Australia and Spain, and its labels read ‘Black Angus’ or ‘Simmenthal’. In a little corner of Batignolles,  you’ll find a doorway crowned with a pair of horns that opens onto a pretty, chic little restaurant, all hanging lamps, stained glass, vintage crockery and plain wooden furniture... 

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Batignolles

Hank

Located at the left edge of the Marais, vegan burger restaurant Hank feels a little out of place next to the grander, more traditional Le Connétable on Rue des Archives. With its nondescript modern façade and 100 per cent vegan, fair trade menu, the younger business operates out of an incredibly small, sometimes stuffy, space (seating eight or so). Luckily, the nearby Square du Temple is the perfect setting for a takeaway order...

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Comments

5 comments
Huw O
Huw O

Big Corner is just next to my house haha. It's dangerous tbh - I can't keep away!

Amo
Amo

I think you could another great restaurant called "AMERICAN BISTROT" in the 11th! Great burgers, nice people, cool place.

finsta
finsta

these restaurants are VERY good

Céline
Céline

J'étais très déçue par l'hamburger de American Kitchen. Pour le prix je l'ai trouvé très beau mais sans saveur ;(

mirko
mirko

moi, j'adore HD DINER @ rue saint denis!!! Le BB2 c'est magnifique!!!