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-style 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.
1. Huber’s Bistro
Huber’s Bistro is located at Demsey exuding the vibes of an old-school cafe. Whether you’re here with your girlfriends or family, you’ll have a delightful time at Huber’s Bistro with quality meats.
Feast your eyes on this 21 day dry-aged Angus beef burger (S$24). 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?
Meatsmith has been on my “must-try” list since forever. Whenever I ask my friends for a recommendation for burgers, Meat Smith is a popular restaurant mentioned. Its two outlets are situated on bustling streets at Telok Ayer and Little India, at iconic locations where many people walk past. Featuring southern American BBQ meats, if you like your meats smokey and charred, you’re in for a treat. Do note the differentiation between outlets though— Telok Ayer specialises in American smokehouse barbecue, while Little India’s outlet specialises in Modern Indian Barbeque. So if you’re particular in the version of meats, be sure to check out the correct outlet.
If you’ve heard of them before, you probably have heard of their Aged-Meat Platters. Starting from the price of $64 per person, don’t get shocked by the price. A plate contains beef brisket, spice pork ribs, pastrami burnt ends, pork belly burnt ends, brisket spring rolls, fried buffalo wings, and several other sides.
However, they also have “one of the best burgers”.
Don’t be deterred by their prices. Meatsmith has exclusive promotions of S$10 cheeseburgers on Meatsmith Express if you opt for the self pick-up option. This is extremely worth it, especially if you don’t mind not eating in!
Unwrap into soft fluffy buns that sandwich thick substantial beef patties that are seasoned to a heavenly manner. If you intend to purchase online, opt between the Chef’s special: Piggyback Sandwich, MSX Single Cheeseburger (S$10), Double Cheeseburger (S$14) or Fried Chicken Sandwich (S$12) for a bang for your buck.
If not, if you’re dining in, you can enjoy the Meatsmith Wagyu Cheeseburger that retails for S$29.
Ashes Burnnit shouldn’t need any introduction. This halal burger joint opened its flagship store at Golden Mile Food Centre back in 2018, and they’ve been thriving ever since. The brand has expanded rapidly from a Bedok South outlet to Alexandra Village Food Centre to Teck Whye Lane and many other areas. Syafiq— the owner, was one of the few that brought in halal gourmet burgers into the hawker scene.
You might realise that Ashes Burnnit doesn’t produce conventional burgers like how you’d recognise the dish. Specialising in charcoal buns, I believe Ashes Burnnit were one of the first few burger stalls that introduced the mouthwatering alternative of buns to the community.
Some of their delicious fares include the Ashes Classic Cheeseburger (S$7.90/S$11.40), Short Ribs Brisket Burger (S$9.50/S$13), Fried Shroom Burger (S$9/S$12.50) and Spiced Honey Chicken Burger (S$8.50/S$11).
I personally love the Smoked Honey Chicken Burger, because the chicken patty is gently glazed and drizzled with honey glaze, and grilled to a caramelised char.
A word of warning from me: expect to get your hands dirty while tackling this hefty meal, the juices from the patties run.
4. Fatboy’s The Burger Bar (Thomson Branch)
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 are some special ones to take note of.
The Elvis Presley ($13) of course. A thick peanut butter-slabbed bacon-stuffed pork patty smashed between honey oat buns. The well-done patty is topped with caramelised banana 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.
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.
They’ve recently grown to open a second outlet at Riverside, located in Kallang.
You’ll never go wrong with the Beef Baconator (S$17): melted cheddar dripping on a succulent beef patty and toasted brioche buns topped with sinful servings of bacon, served with crispy fries.
If beef is not your thing, try the new inclusion I Am Go Rang (S$14) – a crispy succulent chicken that packs a punch with the inclusion of several peppers and a special sauce.
For occasions, Working Title debunks the idea of traditional cakes, they serve the ultimate burger birthday cake at the North Bridge outlet, made with signature patties and cheese— a treat that you can’t miss!
6. Shake Shack
One of the iconic dishes to try in New York City is burgers. So when Shake Shack first landed in themselves at Jewel Changi Airport in 2019, the Americanised burger chain attracted the bulk of Singaporeans. Everyone rushed down to get a bite of the popularised fast food chain, something that they could only attain in America.
Clearly from their massive expansion, they’re crazily appreciated by Singaporeans as they’ve grown to open 9 outlets across Singapore. I mean… What’s not to like about crinkle-cut fries and simple American burgers?
What they have to offer is simple, really, ranging from different variations of cheeseburgers and shroom burgers. One of their classics is the Shack Burger (S$9.90)— a classic cheeseburger that sandwiches a juicy beef patty with a combination of tomato, lettuce and their special ShackSauce. Add a portion of Apple-wood Bacon for S$2 to complete your bacon-tastic burger experience.
My favourite out of all has to be the Shack Stack (S$15.50) though. For the uninitiated and the purists who aren’t aware of this delicious option, I’m here to share my (not so secret) secret.
Think of a hamburger topped with cheese and a crisp-fried layer of a thicc breaded-patty of portobello mushrooms with gooey cheese oozing out. That’s my definition of a perfect burger. Now how should you complete your meal? Order Shake Shack’s seasonal Pandan Shake (S$8.60) to crank up your whole experience.
The burger scene in Singapore is extremely saturated. For one to differentiate themselves against the rest of the burger restaurants in Singapore, one has to be really creative. In doing so, Wildfire Burgers gave themselves a whole new look and concept at their newest Robertson Walk outlet.
I’m not going to lie, the new space is easily overlooked as a bar with the bar counter and alcohol-filled shelves as the backdrop. Interestingly, their newest concept introduces burger and cocktail pairings— how luxurious! The spirit-forward classic cocktails will surely win you over with a never before experience.
Wildfire Burgers has made a name for themselves with their servings of delicious burgers. You can’t go wrong with Classic 001 (S$12/S$17)— Serving up aesthetically pleasing buns that sandwich delightful plates of cheddar-coated black angus beef patties, one might even mistake their burgers for Spongebob’s Krabby patties.
The burgers are definitely the real deal. Starting with the pillow soft brioche buns that are easy to bite, they’ve perfected the flavour ratio of every ingredient from the grain-fed beef patty to the caramelisation of onions.
If beef isn’t your cup of tea, Wildfire Burgers has interesting incorporations of The Eggstarter (S$11) and an Ebi Burger (S$18). The former introduces a glorious stack of butter-folded eggs that envelop several types of American cheese, making this dish the perfect archetype of an egg-lover’s dream.
Have you heard of NBCB? Woah woah woah, before you chastise me for being rude, I mean the burger brand NBCB— Nothing But Cheese Burger.
The cheeky owner opened his brick and mortar store in the heart of Orchard, at Orchard Central back in early 2022. Tommy, the owner, started NBCB during circuit breaker as a home-based business. They succeeded with their immense popularity online, which warranted the opening of a physical store after several years.
Branding themselves in an uncanny localised, yet vulgar manner, they’ve proven themselves to serve up vulgarly-good burgers. One might wonder: what’s their secret? Over at their flagship store, their open kitchen concept allows full transparency with their customers, giving insight to what goes on behind the scenes. You’ll realise that their burgers just carry a type of charisma— attracting a never ending crowd.
I mean, how can we resist this beauty of a sack? Despite its unglamorous and unruly dish names of DCB (S$11.90/S$15.90), PCB (S$10.90), CCB (S$8.90) and WTF (S$9.90), you’ll realise that how glorious each burger is once you take a bite.
You also have the option to Zhng Your CB by adding S$8 to change out a regular beef patty for a wagyu patty just to feel expensive. This section means upgrading your burgers with toppings of your choice between pickles (S$0.50), truffle mayo (S$2.50), sambal mayo (S$2) or a soft shell shrimp (S$5)!
181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, #04-23, Singapore 238896
+65 8872 0160
Daily: 11.30am – 9.30pm
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.
How else can you test out a restaurant’s quality of burgers other than eating their Signature Cheeseburger (S$26)? Featuring 150g of an Angus chuck patty with a layer of melted cheddar cheese gracefully topped on, the pickles add a sour flavour palate that adds a refreshing touch when you take a bite.
Alternatively, fans of seafood can try the Fish Burger ($30); grilled buttery Atlantic black cod complemented with vine cherry tomatoes, whole grain mustard and a parmesan bun. It’s unlike the usual sub-standard greasy fish burgers around. Considering how much they prioritise serving quality foods only, you’ll be given a peace of mind knowing how fresh each cut is.
10. 25 Degrees
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 ($16) 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.
If you’re bored of the typical choice of beef, you could opt for Number Four (S$16), which features the expensive yellowfin tuna paired with crispy bits of fried onions, buttered lettuce and spicy aioli.
If there’s anything that appeals to me the most— it’s good food on a budget. HamBaoBao famed its way up to the locals by serving affordable burgers at a wallet-friendly price tag.
HamBaoBao used to be a westie’s (not so) hidden secret. Previously located at the open-air food court at the top level of Beauty World Centre, they relocated to Sam Leong Road in recent years.
Drifting away from the conventional is the famed Crispy Pork Belly Burger (S$8.50). If you’re a fan of siew yoke on rice, then I’ll guarantee that you’ll love this giant piece of crispy siew yoke on brioche.
This option is one for those who like heavier flavours; generously drizzled with English mustard rests and a thick cut of pork belly, this might be a roast meat lover’s dream.
To fulfill your maximum feasting experience, order a set of Hand Cut Fries for an additional S$2.50.
12. Black Tap
Crazy shakes and innovative craft burgers are Black Tap’s iconic specialities. Just search up Black Tap on Instagram and you’ll understand what I mean.
Decked in sleek black columns and pseudo-industrial bulbs, Black Tap arrived in Marina Bay Sands looking like they brought the whole of New York City as well. As they were the first branch to open in Asia, they garnered a huge following for being the famous New York burger joint that finally arrived in Singapore. Since their opening in 2018, they’ve persistently brought in long queues, so be sure to make a booking in advance!
The burgers served at Black Tap are all deconstructed. Expect a large plate presented to you with the 2 burger buns separated, unique-looking onion rings and a side of french fries. All burgers will be served with 2 sides, you can choose to substitute the sides between sweet potato fries, onion rings or a house salad for S$3.
My personal pick would be The Texan Burger (S$26); it has crispy caramelised bacon pieces topped on the prime beef burger and a drizzle of sweet baby ray’s barbecue sauce that makes the whole experience mouth-watering.
Black Tap also has several interesting incorporations in their menu. Have you heard of The Pizza Burger (S$24)? If you’re a fan of American cuisine, this burger gives you the best of both worlds. The mozzarella and tangy tomato sauce tucked between the burger makes the burger taste like a pizza. If I was put on a blindfold, I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.
Thought I was done? Nope. If you happen to patronise Black Tap, try out one of their crazy shakes for dessert. It’s a 2-in-1 drink and dessert combination, incorporating actual cakes and brownies in the milkshake itself.
From crazy Cakeshake (S$22) that includes a funfetti cake slice, to locally inspired Milo Pandasaur (S$23), with the inspiration deriving from a local favourite flavour pandan, it’s difficult to stray away from ordering a cup yourself because of how aesthetically pleasing it is.
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 ($21) 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’re one of the purists, then stick to beef buns; Smokin’ B-Boy (S$24) is a good choice containing Tasmanian Vintage beef patty with smoked Applewood cheddar and bacon. If not, Three Buns includes Big Krabby Kane (S$25), featuring a seafood favourite, Blue swimmer crab as its main source of protein.
The downside of Three Buns would be the fact that they’re definitely on the pricier side, considering how the burgers don’t come with sides. However, try ordering some of their signature side dishes and perhaps, the flavours would distract you away from its price point.
14. Five Guys
Seems like all Singaporeans are big on American diners and burger chains. Another one to add to this burger list is Five Guys. The American fast food chain is a well-loved option selling made-to-order burgers, fries and hotdogs.
If Five Guys travelled all the way from America to Singapore, then this place is definitely a safe option to get burgers and fries. One of the best burgers they have on the menu would be the Bacon Cheeseburger (S$18.50). I recommend getting an additional beef patty to add on if you’re hungry, you probably won’t get enough with just a single patty.
Alternatively, if you’re not into having a greasy time, try out the Bacon Cheese Dog (S$15.50), as you can tell by now, I’m a fan of bacon.
The best part about dining at Five Guys would be their hand-cut potato fries. Lightly salted and seasoned, I always find myself digging for more whenever I’m over at Five Guys.
Need a good burger after all that shopping and walking around Fullerton? OverEasy is your go-to stop for comfort food. The diner-styled interior offers a daily dose of nostalgia of the 1970s. Their relatively new space especially reminds me of old-school American diners.
OverEasy serves great diner classics with a twist too. Beer Can Chicken (S$68), Hot Fudge Bourbon Doughnut Holes ($13)… But we’re here to talk about burgers right?
The Truffle Burger (S$29) at OverEasy is a must-try. With melted Swiss cheese, sauteed onions, mushrooms and truffle mayo, The Truffle Burger is an unforgettable burger— especially the signature wagyu chuck blend patty… Yum.
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!
In addition, if you’d like something lighter but you also want some of the wagyu patty, try out The “To-Die-For” Burger (S$27), it’s literally as stated: to die for, except the difference with the former would be how this burger is tomato based instead of truffle.
So if you are ever in need of a shopping break, you know where to head to.
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