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10 Tastiest Burgers In Singapore Without Regular Bread Buns

January 7, 2017

Written by Ynez Wahab

This one’s for all you burger connoisseurs out there!

I’m sure everyone loves a good burger. Whether the meat patties are barbecued, pan-fried or flame-broiled, it makes for a juicy combination when paired with freshly baked bread. Especially when you get varieties such as fried chicken, pulled pork and Wagyu beef.

But what if I told you they taste just as good without the actual buns? Unorthodox as it may be, these renditions of the popular fast food icon are certainly an interesting spin on the basic burgers we’re so used to.

Without further ado, I present to you an epic list of hybrid burgers:

10. Little Hiro 

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Little Hiro brings you the very best of Hawaiian-Japanese cuisine with their exotic flavours such as their signature Sanzoku black pepper and fiery Habanero volcano sauce. Think beachside barbeque when dining here.

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An interesting burger option they have is the Chicken Karaage Ramen Burger ($10.20). Imported from Japan, their ramen noodles are cooked in a homemade shio stock before they are shaped and grilled into patties. Paired with a crispy chicken karaage, it strikes the perfect balance with the soft ramen.

A word of caution: the ramen patty falls apart and almost crumbles when bitten into so it can be quite messy to chow down on. Perhaps the noodle bun would have stayed in shape if it was firmer. Nonetheless, I devoured the burger and didn’t mind getting my hands dirty at all.

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You can also opt for a set meal ($3.50/$2.80 for students) which comes with french fries and a soft drink.

Address: Little Hiro, King’s Arcade, #01-01, 559 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269695 | Tel: 6466 3477 | Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday & Sunday (11.30am – 9.30pm), Friday & Saturday (11.30am – 10pm) | Facebook

9. The Quarters

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Etched within the Tanjong Pagar district, The Quarters serves up Singaporean street food with a modern twist. The ingredients and spices used in their cooking best reflects our local culture and is eminent in the delicious dishes they whip up.

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Presenting their very own Satay Burger ($17), featuring a spiced chicken thigh that has been marinated for 24 hours. Wrapped between a handmade rice patty, the tender meat in burger form is juicier than any satay you can get on sticks.

Not only does the rice bun have a crisp exterior but it is also immensely chewy internally. Dipped in their fragrant satay gravy, it truly makes for a savoury burger. Definitely a fun take on a local favourite!

Address: The Quarters, Icon Village, 16 Enggor Street, #01-09, Singapore 079717 | Tel: 6834 4174 | Opening Hours: Monday – Friday (8am – 10pm), Saturdays (10am – 10pm), Sundays (10am – 6pm) | Facebook

8. Griddy

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Here’s one for those who enjoy both savoury and sweet waffle combinations. With waffle burgers as their mains and ice cream waffles as their desserts, there’s always something for everyone. What’s more, the prices are quite reasonable.

Situated at the basement of Westgate shopping mall, this eatery is the perfect place to go for a meal or even a short tea-break. Either way, the comfortable ambience is sure to make you feel right at home.

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I settled for the Barbeque Chicken With Turkey Bacon ($8.90) out of all their savoury waffle burgers. The bacon was pan-fried to crisp perfection and went surprisingly well with the lettuce and tomatoes. Although I had this for lunch, I would dub this as a well put-together breakfast set. My only gripe is with the waffles which could have been fluffier.

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Each waffle burger meal is usually accompanied with waffle fries but I was given onion rings as they ran out of those. Regardless, the onion rings were crisp and great when dipped in ketchup.

Address: Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive #B2-K12, Singapore 608532 | Tel: 6465 9465  | Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm daily | Facebook

7. MOS Cafe 

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Conceptualised as the flagship cafe of the popular MOS Burger brand originating from Japan, Mos Cafe offers a menu made up of new cafe items along with some familiar ones from the original chain.

As the only outlet located at the basement of Raffles City, diners can expect specially curated meals catered to the health-conscious. Aside from the usual burgers they are known for, they carry parfaits and desserts as well.

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Who can deny that MOS still carries some of the cheapest yet tastiest rice burgers? Their special Osaka Yaki ($4.65) is only available in their MOS Cafe outlet and is certainly one of their best inventions yet.

A fried vegetable and seafood patty together with a fried egg wedged in between their signature rice buns is definitely sizeable for those who like massive rice burgers. Great for those with a big appetite. 

Address: Mos Cafe Singapore, Raffles City Shopping Centre B1-38, 252 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179103 | Tel: 6338 7355 | Opening Hours: 10.30am – 10pm daily | Website 

6. Oh My Tian 

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The sister cafe of the popular Hatter Street Bakehouse & Cafe in Kovan, Oh My Tian is a carnival themed cafe located at Whampoa West at the ground level of a HDB block. Serving a variety of savoury dishes and desserts, the cafe itself has a whimsical style that is reminiscent of an Alice in Wonderland theme. They even have a merry-go-round set up in their shop.

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Introducing the Donut Burger ($13) with donut halves instead of the usual burger buns. You can opt for either the chicken or beef patty to go with. I chose the beef which was moist and tender, a great pairing with the soft and sugary donuts.

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Wedged in between the donuts are also hashbrowns, mushrooms, caramelized onions, cheddar, mixed greens and a dollop of BBQ sauce. As rich as these might sound, it was surprisingly light and wasn’t as greasy as I’d expected it to be.

Address: Oh My Tian, 34 Whampoa West, #01-79, Singapore 330034 | Tel: 6612 1166 | Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday (12pm – 10pm), Closed on Mondays | Facebook

5. Full Of Luck Club 福乐

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Enter Full Of Luck Club 福乐: a modern Chinese restaurant slash bar that boasts a menu of authentic Cantonese cuisine with a contemporary twist.

Located conveniently at the entrance of Holland Village MRT, this eatery is great to dine-in as they have a rooftop bar and a private room on top of the main dining area. Patrons can also choose to take away their food through the take-out window.

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The Panko-crusted Portobello 霸王菇 (Any 2 for $9.80) is probably one of the greatest offerings on their menu. Unlike the normal hamburger bun, their white mantou-like buns have a softer texture and is much fluffier in comparison. 

Together with whole portobello mushrooms that are fried and topped in teriyaki mayo sauce, carrot cabbage slaw and grilled pineapples, this is the perfect burger combination.

Address: Full Of Luck Club, 243 Holland Ave, Singapore 278977 | Tel: 6208 6845 | Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday (11am – 11pm), Friday & Saturday (11am – 1am) | Facebook

4. nomVnom

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Who says burgers only taste good with meat patties? nomVnom is here to prove you wrong with their mouth-watering vegan burgers. I’m sure these healthier alternatives will appeal to both vegans and non-vegans alike. Made from scratch with all-natural ingredients, their buns are non-greasy and their patties are all homemade with soy potatoes and mixed vegetables.

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Their Vola Flora Burger ($8.90) was certainly one of the most eye-catching burgers on the menu. Garnished with blue pea flowers, this croquette burger is aesthetically pleasing indeed.

Sandwiched in between the potato patties are hummus, red coral lettuce and rocket leaves, which go so well together. If you want something healthy but with a deep fried element, this is the perfect choice for you.

It’s no wonder they are regarded as one of the best vegan burger joints in Singapore.

Address: nomVnom, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #B1-44 Central Clarke Quay, Singapore 059817 | Tel: 6224 4996 | Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm daily | Facebook

3. Spathe Public House

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Spathe Public House is situated in the River Valley neighbourhood, inside a historic shophouse that still holds many pre-war fixtures. Guests can dine in the communal dining room while sharing huge platters of contemporary European and Southern American dishes.

As they believe in striking a healthy balance, they offer vegetarian sides as well. Fresh food of the highest quality is also guaranteed as their menu changes seasonally depending on the ingredients.

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Its Spathe Mac & Cheese Burger ($24) is definitely one for all you meat lovers out there. Unlike typical burgers, the condiments are held together by a long skewer and stacked up with a tantalizing combination of bacon, pickled gherkins, cheddar cheese and onion rings. Here is a burger I will keep coming back for.

Address: Spathe Public House, #01-01, 8 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238958 | Tel: 6735 1035 | Opening Hours: Monday – Friday (12am – 11pm), Saturday & Sunday (10am – 11pm) | Facebook

2. FOC Restaurant

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With exquisite Catalonian tapas dishes and cocktails concocted by award-winning bartender Dario Knox, FOC Restaurant has everything going for it. This Spanish tapas restaurant-bar constantly pushes the envelope with their gastronomical creations and conceptual tapas dishes that are known for their solid flavours.

Looking for vibrant food in the heart of Singapore? You’ve got it right here.

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Behold, the only non-savoury “burger” on my list. The FOC Chocolate Burger ($12) is in fact a dessert made with white chocolate and chocolate ganache as the bun and patty respectively. Other fruity condiments include strawberries as tomatoes and mango as the cheese slice. Mint leaves are also added to mimic the greens. Mad props for the innovative and delectable spin on a chocolatey dessert.

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Address: FOC Restaurant, 40 Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059679 | Tel: 6100 4040 | Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday (12pm – 2pm, 6pm – 10pm), Friday & Saturday (12pm – 2pm, 6pm – 10.30pm), Closed on Sundays | Facebook

1. Salted & Hung

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Salted & Hung is a contemporary Australian restaurant that focuses strongly on their curing and grilling methods, all of which are done in-house. Upholding a high integrity in the flavours of their meats, their menu has a wide selection of pork and beef cuts.

Located along Purvis street, this meatery brings you six distinct categories of cured meat with elements of smoking and pickling thrown into the mix. What’s more, they have an Animal Farm-themed design throughout the restaurant.

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The Fried Chicken & Pancakes ($13) on their menu may look unassuming and sound like a weird combination, but trust me when I say that this was a match made in heaven. Coupled with a hint of sweetness from the sugar dusting and maple syrup, a whole new dimension was added to this sweet and savoury burger. 

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Thicker and fluffier than your average flattened pancakes, their pancakes were not only moist and soft but also excellently paired with a tender fried chicken and crunchy purple cabbages. 

Address: Salted & Hung, 12 Purvis Street, Singapore 188591 | Tel: 6358 3130 | Opening Hours: Monday – Friday (11.30am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 10.30pm), Saturdays (11.30am – 4pm, 6 – 10.30pm), Closed on Sundays | Facebook

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