June 15, 2016
Burgers mean the world to me. There is nothing I could want more than a good burger after a long day of work but I don’t want just any burger, I want a good burger.
So what makes a good burger? There is the meat to fat ratio of ideally 70% meat to 30% fat so that it’s juicy enough. The meat to bun ratio is just as important because you don’t want too much bread with a miserable patty. Diner-styled burgers tend to have a thinner patty, while pubs and bistros usually serve chunkier ones.
Hold on tight buddies, here we go. Here’s my list of the 15 best banging burgers in Singapore with great buns that cannot lie.
Need a good burger after all that shopping? OverEasy is your go-to stop for comfort food. The diner-styled interior offers a daily dose of nostalgia of the 1970s.
OverEasy serves great diner classics with a twist too. Popcorn Chicken with Salted Caramel Popcorn ($16.00), Bourbon Doughnut Holes with Homemade Fudge ($12.00)… But we’re here to talk about burgers right?
The Truffle ($28) at OverEasy is a must-try. With melted Swiss cheese, sauteed onions, mushrooms and truffle mayo, The Truffle is an unforgettable burger.
The wagyu patty has a good amount of wagyu marbly fats. The buns are golden-brown and buttered. The sauteed mushrooms are a unique melange of truffle and shiitake from China, and Honshimeji from Korea!
So if you are ever in need of a shopping break, you know where to head to.
OverEasy: 541 Orchard Road, #01-01 Liat Towers, Singapore 238881 | Tel: 6684 1453 | Website | Opening Hours: (Mon to Fri) 11am–12am, (Sat to Sun) 10am–12am
Situated in the middle of the financial district, the Black Swan is home to Singapore’s CBD working population. From bankers to top-notch executives, the Black Swan is a place for discussion and indulgence for lunch, dinner or supper.
The Black Swan Burger ($32) is a thicker burger that will fill you up. Topped with chuck, matured cheddar, a sunny side up egg, streaky bacon and accompanied by chunky fries, the Black Swan Burger is great atas grub.
The Black Swan: 19 Cecil Street S049704 | Tel: 6438 3757 | Website | Opening Hours: (Mon) 11:30am–11pm, (Tues to Thurs) 11:30am–12am, (Fri) 11:30am–1am, (Sat) 5pm–1am
There’s always a burger party at Three Buns (Potato Head Folk). Hipster and spacious, Three Buns or Potato Head Folk is located at Keong Saik Road’s iconic pre-war Tong Ah Kopitiam.
Known for its chill vibes and casual food, Potato Head Folk is a place for all, especially burger enthusiasts.
The Rambo ($24) is the only lamb burger on the menu and is definitely worth your time. The lamb patty is juicy, succulent and softer than beef. An aubergine pickle and cumin aioli accompanies it too, so if you like lamb over beef, this is the choice for you!
If you are up for a challenge, the Burning Man ($24) would be a better choice. Made of 150g of prime beef, jalapeno relish, hot ketchup and dashi mayo, the Burning Man offers nothing less than a burning sensation!
Potato Head Folk: 36 Keong Saik Road Singapore 089143 | Tel: 6327 1939 | Website | Opening Hours: (Tues to Sun) 11am–12 midnight
Hidden away in Amoy Street’s Gemmill Lane, Burger Joint Singapore offers you an authentic Big Apple experience without needing to fly to New York (It even plays the same music playlist as Burger Joint New York!).
With a large selection of unique craft beers ranging from the Shiga Kogen to the BBN that you can’t get anywhere else in Singapore, what’s stopping you really?
The burgers here aren’t so pretty, but simplicity is where it’s at. The Cheeseburger ($13.80), medium rare, is slabbed with melted white cheddar cheese, lettuce, B&G kosher dill pickle, Grey Poupon dijon mustard, Heinz Tomato sauce and some fresh onions. Unlike other burger outlets in Singapore, the patties are made from Nebraskan beef.
Burger Joint takes their patties very seriously – the owner, Heaney, knows exactly where the meat is from, when it’s cut, grounded and pounded! – and they taste absolutely delicious. Completely made in-house, you will want to bite into your burger again and again. Help yourself to a boozy milkshake while you’re at it too.
Burger Joint: 115 Amoy Street, #01-13 (Entrance at the back at 22 Gemmill Lane) | Tel: 6221 8648 | Website | Opening Hours: (Mon to Wed) 11am-11pm, (Thurs to Sat) 11am-12am, (Sun) 11am-10pm
Just a stone’s throw away from the famous 328 Katong Laksa, Corner Burger’s located in Brunner’s Coffeeshop and it serves a range of burgers at different price points. On top of that, the burgers are placed in traditional and rustic looking bowls that some of you may remember having soup in when you were younger.
The highlight would have to be the Breakfast Burger ($7).
Served with a very buttery brioche and some lightly-seasoned straight-cut fries, the Breakfast Burger comes with a sunny side up, fried luncheon meat, bacon, hash brown and ketchup drizzle – perfect for a hangover.
The cheapest burger, the Canteen Burger ($4) will remind you of those nostalgic days and unreal prices back in primary school. Good quality burger buns are hard to come by and furthermore, very rare to be found in a Kopitiam.
Corner Burger: Brunners Coffeeshop, 228 East Coast Road, Singapore 428925 | Tel: 9827 4562 | Website | Opening Hours: (Mon – Fri) 8am – 2:30pm, 6pm – 9pm , (Sat – Sun) 8am – 3pm, 6pm – 9pm, (Closed Thurs)
Originating in Los Angeles back in 2004, 25 Degrees has other branches in Huntington Beach, Chicago and Bangkok. Located in Middle Road, this one is unlike the traditional American burger bars.
25 Degrees completes itself with retro posters of models from the 1940s plastered on the fancy red walls and blasts funky music, adding a refreshing twist to the usual burger bars around.
The Number One ($14) features the signature juicy beef patty topped with caramelised onions, good ol’ greasy bacon, arugula, bits of gorgonzola and thousand island, a very different take from the usual mayo or bbq sauce.
Compared to most burger buns, this one’s a little on the thicker side and for the very affordable price tag, the burgers served here are definitely any hungry souls’ BFF.
25 Degrees: 200 Middle Road, Hotel G Singapore, Singapore 188980 | Website | Tel: 6809 7990 | Opening Hours: (Sun to Thurs) 11am – 1am, last order at 12:30am, (Fri & Sat) 11am – 3am on, last order at 2:30am
You’ve probably heard a lot about the famous Lobster Rolls from The Market Grill but did you know that this isn’t the only item that the restaurant’s famous for? With its really chic exterior, this place is located in the heart of Telok Ayer and it’s mostly packed with the CBD happy hour crowd during dinner time.
With a beef patty that was chargrilled to perfection and dressed with a generous portion of creamy, sauteed portobello mushrooms, the CW Portobello Burger (150g for $25, 200g for $34) is a classic favourite, especially for mushroom lovers.
Fans of seafood can try the CW Cod Fish Burger ($28); grilled buttery Atlantic cod complemented with vine cherry tomatoes, herbed lemon mayo and a parmesan bun. It’s unlike the usual sub-standard greasy fish burgers around.
The Market Grill: 208 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068642 | Tel: 6221 3323 | Website | Opening Hours: (Mon – Sat) 11.30am – 2.30pm and 6pm – 10pm, (Closed Sun)
As a Malaysian, I could not have been happier when Kaw Kaw SG opened its doors in Singapore. I used to live 10 minutes away from the original store in Subang Jaya. Now I know that if I ever need a burger bakar, I just need to go to Aliwal Arts Centre for some bakar goodness.
The Smokey Beef Bacon Burger ($14.80) has 175g worth of beef coated in melted cheese. The smokey BBQ sauce and toasted sesame buns were a joy to devour with the juicy beef patty. This burger will keep you coming back for more.
If you have a truly Malaysian taste in food, go for the Permaisuri Burger ($16.70). Everybody knows Malaysians do fried chicken the best (the best KFC isn’t in Kentucky, you know?) and this burger doesn’t disappoint with a chunk of fried chicken thigh sandwiched in between toasty buns with melted cheese, turkey ham slices, chicken floss and lemongrass sauce.
Kaw Kaw SG: 28 Aliwal Street, #01-01 Aliwal Art Centre Singapore 199918 | Tel: 6444 8349 | Website | Opening Hours: (Mon – Thurs) 12pm – 11pm , (Fri – Sun) 3pm – 11pm
Loof is another hot spot for cocktails and bites for people who work in the CBD. Located atop Odeon Towers, it is fancy but not too extravagant, definitely a chill out rooftop bar that is known for its Asian fusion goodies.
The Ramly Burger ($18) for example, tickles the inner kanak Malaysia in me. Made of 100% Australian prime beef, the patty is made in house and enveloped in an omelette which is then dressed with lettuce shreds and a secret sauce. The Loof fries are just as amazing too.
Loof also makes really delicious Babi-que Sliders ($16). Slow braised pulled pork doused in BBQ sauce, pickled onions and fresh white cheddar, the sliders are perfect for a meal or as an appetiser to share. I especially liked the fact that the white cheddar wasn’t melted. It gave the dish that extra oomph since you could really taste the cheese.
Loof: 331 North Bridge Road, #03-07 Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop (Opposite Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade), Singapore 188720 Tel: 9773 9304 | Website | Opening Hours: (Mon – Thurs) 5pm – 1am, (Fri-Sa) 5pm – 2am
Not too far away from Botanic Gardens MRT, Little Hiro is pretty easy to get to. A second home to many Singaporean students studying around the area, Little Hiro is a casual joint that promises unique ramen burgers and spam fries.
Also, be warned that you will almost always leave a mess behind when you visit Little Hiro. Why? Well…
Unlike normal burgers, ramen burgers are harder to hold because the ramen loosens up, but they are so worth the trouble. The BBQ Bacon Bleu Ramen Burger ($11.90) is highly recommended.
You will never go wrong with a succulent flame grilled Australian beef patty grounded daily and soft bacon strips wrapped in a network of beautifully packed shio ramen that is fried into a compact state.
To take the experience a level up, order the spam fries ($4.50) too. These bites of unhealthy goodness are just what you need to fulfil your grubby desires.
Little Hiro: 559 Bukit Timah Rd, 269695 | Tel: 6466 3477 | Website | Opening Hours: (Sun – Thurs) 11.30am – 9.30pm *last order 9pm, (Fri – Sat) 11.30am -10pm. *last order 9.30pm
Tucked away near hipster avenue a.k.a Haji Lane, Working Title Burger Bar is a cosy little cafe that prepares their gourmet burgers and artisanal drinks with all halal ingredients.
You’ll never go wrong with the Hawaii Five-O Burger ($15): melted cheddar dripping on a succulent deep fried chicken patty and toasted brioche buns topped with a juicy pineapple ring, served with crispy fries in a cute dim sum steamer.
If chicken is not your thing, try the crowd favourite Duckwing Duck Burger ($18.00) – smoked duck with hoisin sauce, a sunny side up and not forgetting the signature melted cheesy goodness.
Being a merchant of The Entertainer, Working Title offers 1-for-1 burgers for users of the app. Now, there’s simply no excuse to say that you can’t afford a good burger!
The Omakase Burger hype in Singapore was pretty big at one point and regardless of what people say, you know it has to be on this list. One of the pioneers of Singapore’s modern burger scene, Omakase Burger uses USDA choice beef, American-imported cheese and pillow-soft artisanal buns. No wonder they’re so in demand aye.
Smash-grilled, the Omakase Cheeseburger ($14.90) is finger-licking good. You have to really bite into it to enjoy all the fresh ingredients. Although some complain that the burger size is rather small, at least you know you can finish it without feeling full to the brim.
If you’re a fan of bacon, the Omakase Applewood Smoked Bacon Cheeseburger ($17.90) is something you’ll surely fancy. Do take note though that this is only available at the Wisma Atria branch.
Omakase Burger @ The Grandstand: 200 Turf Club Road #01-05, Bukit Timah, Singapore 287994, | Tel: 6763 2698 | Website | Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs 11:30AM-3:30PM (last order 3:00PM), 5:00PM-9:30PM (last order 9:00PM), Fri – Sun 11:00AM-10:00PM (last order 9:30PM)
Omakase Burger @ Wisma Atria: 435 Orchard Road, #01-02/03/37 to 41 Wisma Atria, Singapore 238877 | Tel: 6737 3218 | Website | Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs 10:00AM – 10:00PM (Full menu served from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM; all other hours: desserts and drinks only), Fri – Sun 10:00AM-10:00PM (Full menu served from 11:00 PM – 9:30 PM; all other hours: desserts and drinks only)
Here’s another Singapore classic burger place – Fatboy’s. Affordable, huge and sinfully good, Fatboy’s is famous for their outrageous burgers. With branches all over, Fatboy’s is never too far away, and I can always get my grease fix, especially when I’m in the Upper Thomson Road area.
So what’s good at Fatboy’s? Almost every burger is a delight, but there’re some special ones to take note of.
The Elvis Presley ($11) of course. A thick peanut butter-slabbed bacon-stuffed pork patty smashed between honey oat buns. The well-done patty is topped with caramelised bananas slices too.
The sweetness of the banana and honey oat is the yin to the yang of the salty peanut butter and savoury patty. The perfect balance.
Fatboy’s Burger Bar: 187 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574335 | Tel: 6252 8780 | Website | Opening Hours: (Mon – Thurs) 4pm – 12am, (Fri – Sun) 12pm – 12am
Wolf Burgers is new to Singapore’s burger scene too, coming in strong to the game. Serving quality burgers, Wolf Burgers is a must-stop at Suntec’s Pasarbella.
The Buttermilk Fried Chicken Burger ($9.90) is a quality burger that is surprisingly affordable. Where in busy shopping centres these days can you find a burger below $10? The fried chicken is crispy, greasy and is balanced by julienned carrots and beetroot enveloped by a toasty pair of buns.
Go during non-peak hours if you are planning on sitting down and wolfing down the burger. It is quite an experience.
Wolf Burgers: 3 Temasek Boulevard, #01-455 Suntec City North Wing, Singapore 038983 | Tel: 98204564 | Website | Opening Hours: (Mon – Sun) 12pm -9:30pm
Feast your eyes on this 21 day dry aged Angus beef burger ($17.50). You can expect nothing less but quality meats from Huber’s butchery, and their burgers are no exception.
Opt for your meat patty to be cooked medium rare or medium; not many places offer this choice due to ‘health concerns’, but fresh beef is perfectly fine even when not thoroughly cooked and retains more flavour.
By far one of the best burgers you can find in Singapore is at Huber’s. Many restaurants use meat supplied by this butchery so why not enjoy it straight from the source?
Huber’s Butchery: 22 Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249679 | Tel: 6737 1588 | Website | Opening Hours: (Tues to Fri) 11am – 10pm ; (Sat, Sun & PH) 9.30am to 10pm (Closed Mon)