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The best burgers in Singapore

There's never a bad day for burgers – chow down this list of burger spots we love in Singapore

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Everyone loves a good burger every now and then. The way its juices trickle down the hand as you chomp down on a fluffy bun loaded with meat (we have vegan options too) and other decadent toppings – it's a divine and layered experience. Our quest for the best burger in Singapore is eternal. Here are some places we're really digging at the moment.

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The brainchild behind Carne is chef Mauro Colagreco, who owns three-Michelin-starred Mirazur in France. Naturally, Carne doesn’t just serve up your usual juicy stacks; chef Mauro believes that even the humble hamburger can be prepped using sustainable methods, and went about creating one that uses meat from grass-fed animals, and organic vegetables from local producers. Sample his creation at the first international outpost of this burger joint. 

Try A classic burger, with a patty and veggies, goes for $19.50. But exclusive to Singapore is the beef and chimichurri burger ($24) brightened with herbaceous notes from the green sauce.

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8ASH, the latest concept by the Ebb and Flow Group, is a multi-concept space located at 8 Ann Siang Hill. Inside, you’ll find vegan burger joint Love Handle Burgers, which puts a meat-free spin on classic fast-food options, making it much less sinful when chowing down on a juicy stack.

Try Apart from the usual cheeseburger ($12.50) and patties topped with mushroom and cheese ($17), the joint also puts a plant-based on the night market classic: Ramly burger ($15). Here, the sloppy mess comes loaded with gooey vegan cheese, eggless frittata, and sauces of garlic aioli and barbecue.

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  • City Hall

In a time when free-flowing lines of food are still prohibited, buffet restaurant Clove has pivoted and transformed into a brand new concept. Now, at its sun-drenched location on the second floor of Swissotel The Stamford lies Burgers and Shakers. This new all-day burger joint joins a scene that is already filled with big-name chains and gourmet eateries. But it’s hoping to win over the hungry crowd with a considered menu of, well, burgers and milkshakes – made less sinful with plant-based proteins and sustainably sourced ingredients.

Try Beef patties, the main highlight, come sourced from Stanbroke, a family-owned farm in Queensland, Australia where the cattle is reared in a “pristine environment”. The result: clean, bold flavours that is best sampled in the signature Double Up ($26).

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Sample creations from one of Amsterdam’s top-rated burger joint at Lombardo’s Singapore – the brand’s first international outpost. It has received over 2,000 five-star TripAdvisor review over the years, with many coming back for its hefty stacks that come larger than usual. 

Try Dutch Cheese Burger (from $22.50), which forms the foundation for many of Lombardo’s permutations. Beef patty comes layered with complementary fix-ins of melted English cheddar, sweet red wine onion compote, mini pickles, lettuce, and homemade burger sauce. Hangover Burger ($27.50), which comes jazzed up with the greasy goodness of pancetta and a fried egg, is also worth the splurge. 

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  • City Hall

Best known for its hand-formed patties and fresh, crispy fries, you can now satisfy your Five Guys craving without having to travel to the East Coast (or its overseas outpost). Besides, the juicy stacks, which are the main highlight, the fries are treated with equal reverence here, too. Two or more “fries calibration” sessions are held every day to ensure each strip of hand-cut potato reaches its maximum potential: firm and crispy on the outside, yet soft and fluffy when bit into.

Try On the menu includes burgers that come plain ($13) or topped with cheese ($15). But really, you should be getting the bacon cheeseburger ($17) that comes loaded with two rashes of applewood-smoked bacon. Layer your burger with all the fix-ins you want – there’s a total of 15 to choose from – and enjoy a greasy, sloppy stack that has earned the brand a loyal following. 

 

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We now have not one, but four Shake Shack outposts in Singapore, including the up-and-coming outlet at Suntec City – a testament to the popularity of this global burger brand. Beyond the usual burger and fries, each local store also comes with exclusive additions to the menu, like the hand-shaken lemonades at the Orchard outlet, or special Concretes available only at Neil Road. 

Try It uses 100 percent all-natural Angus beef to make the ShackBurger ($9.20/$12.70), its signature cheeseburger crafted to perfection with soft potato buns, lettuce, tomatoes, and its secret ShakeSauce. For those of you who like things over the top – we know we do – get the Shack Stack ($14.30), which comes with an additional Shroom Burger layer of deep-fried crusted portobello mushroom stuffed with colby cheese, monterey jack and tilsite cheese.

 

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  • City Hall

With five options on the burger menu, you’d think that picking one to devour would be easy. But the burgers at Mischief – each made with premium a 150g Wagyu patty – come dressed with a range of toppings, making it difficult to settle on one. The Classic ($20), with a touch of smoky island mayo and bourbon-infused pickle, is a safe bet, while those looking for a little spice can hit up Mamacita ($20), and its special blend of roasted chillies, Sriracha mayo, and crispy shallots. 

TRY The Stoners ($24). The grilled patty is topped with mushrooms, slow cooked in herbs and a creamy cheese sauce sandwiched between toasted brioche buns. This greasy, gooey burger is best paired with a pint or two from Mischief’s affordable happy hour deal. 

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Earning the number 12 spot on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants of 2018 is no easy feat – it would take something real special to do so. Something like a couple of custom-made ovens and grills fired by coal, apple or almond wood, to achieve temperatures of over 1,700 degrees. With the high heat, come the strong flavours, and that addictive subtle smoky taste – exactly what to love from a modern Australian-style barbecue restaurant. At Burnt Ends, the menu changes every season to always include a wide range of different smoked and barbecued dishes, from meat and fish to eggs and vegetables – and even ice cream.

Try As one of its signature dishes, it is a miracle that The Sanger ($20) is also one of the cheapest on the menu. This burger really brings things to the next level with its savoury pulled pork shoulder drenched in coleslaw, between two of the fluffiest buns that you can ever imagine. Despite the wide spectrum of flavours, they all come together in perfect harmony.

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  • American
  • Rochor

If you like your meat slightly charred and smokey, then this American steakhouse is where you should plant yourself and never leave. With two locations in Little India and Telok Ayer, you can be feasting on plates of barbecue ribs, brisket and some drinks from the barrel-aged cocktail menu.

Try One of the all-time favourites from the menu is the Cheeseburger ($10). Sitting in between two soft and fluffy brioche buns (the same ones from Burnt Ends) is a very thick and beef short rib and brisket patty topped with melted cheddar. Things can get extremely juicy so be prepared to use your hands. 

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  • Mexican
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As one of the few Mexican fast food restaurants in Singapore, Muchachos is definitely a cool and hip place to hang out. This restaurant promises to serve you with happiness wrapped in a burrito, assembled right in front of you. Though this happiness takes on the names of either Breakfast Burrito ($13.50) or California Burrito ($13.50), both of them are delights to your taste buds.

Try Though the restaurant is known for its burritos, it sure prepares a mean Cheeseburger ($12) worth skipping all the burritos for. Between two puffy glazed buns, the flavours of the savoury patty are complemented by the sweet and sourness of pickles and tomatoes, under a blanket of cheddar cheese. If you're looking for a quick dirty burger, this is it. 

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Black Tap opened its first burger joint in Soho, New York back in 2015. What started out as a small 15-seater  has now grown into a restaurant chain with over 11 restaurants around the world. Catapulted to fame by its CrazyShake, Black Tap's signature over-the-top milkshakes that come in flavours like Cotton Candy, a strawberry shake topped with a pink lollipop, rock candy, whipped cream and cotton candy, as well as the Bam Bam Fruity Pebbles shake that comes fully rimmed with fruity pebbles and Rice Krispies finished with a strawberry pop tart and laffy taffy rope.

TRY If all that sounds too sweet for you, balance things out with Black Tap's range of juicy burgers. Favourites include the All-American Burger ($22) and the Crispy Chicken Sandwich ($23) which might be on the pricier side but they are huge and come with a generous side of crisp fries. 

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They may come from different islands of New Zealand, but brainchild of Baker & Cook Dean Brettschneider and Chef Jenna White couldn't agree more that its time to flip the current gourmet burger trends on their head. The pair have designed Mo & Jo’s top notch burgers to be eaten with two hands, and the baked sourdough buns are made fresh daily. Choose from a range of fillings to pair with their buns, from Australian grain-fed or vegetarian burger patties, fresh Australian barramundi, pulled pork or chicken, sandwiched between lettuce, tomato, cheese and onion, and topped off with Mo & Jo’s homemade mayo, sauces, relish and pickles.

TRY For a classic cheeseburger, go for The Jo ($19) and for something more adventurous, order the Naughty CCC ($18) with crumbed and fried chicken breast, camembert, cranberry sauce.

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  • Novena

This iconic burger stand from Hollywood finally makes its way to Singapore, bringing with them their brand of fresh, authentic and tasty offerings. If you feel that the burgers you've had in Singapore have been pretty small, gear up for the tower of patties you'll find in most Fatburgers (you can swap your buns for patties if you're on a keto diet). Remember to complete your American diner meal with a side of fries, or buffalo wings and a milkshake.   

TRY If you're super hungry, or feeling adventurous, hit up The Quad Burger ($15.90) stuffed with four thick patties. Good luck!

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Fast food for vegans – it's a thing. Why shouldn't vegans enjoy some good ol' burgers? Veganburg assembles stacks of egg-, dairy- and meat-free soy and mushroom patties between wholemeal buns.

TRY Get the barbecue sauce-slathered Smoky BBQ ($10.90) or opt for the Cracked Mayo ($8.90) – the egg-free mayonnaise burger comes with a savoury, crispy soy patty.

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  • Bishan

Re-think your burger. That was what inspired brothers, Kennie and Bernie Tay to bring to Upper Thomson what they feel has been lacking in the "comfort food" market. A good old handmade and tasty hamburger. The chain has also recently opened an outlet in NEWest. 

TRY Choose from 16 types of burgers including the Fat Basterd ($19.50), a double beef chuck patties with Fatboy’s homemade barbecue sauce. And remember to save some tummy room for a creamy milkshake. 

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On the back alley of Gemmil Lane, shift through the metal doors next to the neon burger sign, run your fingers down the red velvet curtained passageway, and enter the joint. Split into burger kitchen and craft beer bar, the space feels like an underground bunker, clad in graffiti-covered swirly timber. ‘It’s almost creepy how much this one looks like the original in New York,’ an expat friend tells us in shock horror.

TRY The menu of hamburgers ($13.10), cheeseburgers ($13.80), bacon burgers ($15.10) and bacon cheeseburgers ($15.80). Choose a burger, its doneness and trimmings like lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, ketchup, mayo and mustard. We’re never fans of paying extra for fries, but the crispy shoestrings ($5.50) are a must. 

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Eclectic decor and mismatched furniture dominate this casual chill-out spot along Arab Street. We all need a spot to refuel after shopping after all, right?

TRY It does a mean double beef burger that’s topped with caramelised onions and veg ($22). Have it with a side of truffle tater tots ($5), seasoned with truffle oil and grated Parmesan. For a more localised spin, try the beef dendeng version of a burger, its patty dripping with satay sauce ($18). 

Omakase Burger
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  • American
  • Orchard

Omakase caused quite a stir when it first launched in Singapore. 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.

TRY Stick to the classic Omakase Cheeseburger ($18.50), with American cheese perfectly melted on top and the package offering a satisfying mouthful with each bite.

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  • Raffles Place

Welcome to the fun '80s – think pastel palettes and a menu that owes a debt to the classic American diner. Signatures like Reuben pastrami sandwiches, waffles and wings drizzled with honey maple syrup are definite highlights here.

TRY This OverEasy favourite is loaded thick with the scent of the pungent mushroom. Truffle oil and bits go into the housemade mayo between two 160g Aussie wagyu patties of The Truffle Burger ($28), and there are added caps of browned shiitake and hon-shimeiji, plus onions under fluffy potato buns baked in-house. Oh, and don’t forget the $2 upgrade for truffle fries to take the experience the full hog.

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The OG of local rooftop bars might be – literally – overshadowed by younger upstarts on taller buildings, but it hasn't yet lost its place on our list of watering holes for a fun night out. When theyteamed up with "dude food" guru chef Bjorn Shen to craft its supper menu full of comfort food, magic was made.

TRY We love the Pork Chopper ($19), Hainanese cream cracker crusted pork chops served with a salted vegetable slaw in a fluffy brioche bun and the BCM grilled cheese ($18) a sourdough cheese toastie stuffed with bak chor mee pork mince. But Loof's crowning glory is still the original Ramly that's been on the menu since 2012. Unlike the pasar malam with its suspect meat, this one 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. 

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Come for drinks but stay for the burgers. Potato Head Folk manages it with fun and flamboyance, even while juggling split personalities: burger joint Three Buns occupies the first two floors, artsy cocktail club Studio 1939 is nestled on the third, and a twinkle-lit tiki bar operates on the building’s lovely open-air rooftop.

TRY Prepare to get messy with the Baby Huey ($17). This Jakartan import’s hearty burgers on the iconic corner of Keong Saik and Teck Lim roads injects a punch of flavour and texture to the 150g Black Angus beef patty with a piquant sweet and spicy Notorious T.O.M sauce. There's lettuce and pickles for some acidity and crunch but the oozing melting cheese between house-baked brioche buns to deliver bite after bite of juicy, balanced flavour.

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