10 of Johannesburg's Best Burger Spots

Dukes in Greenside is one of the best burger spots in Johannesburg |Courtesy of Dukes
Dukes in Greenside is one of the best burger spots in Johannesburg |Courtesy of Dukes
Photo of Carina Claassens
23 June 2017

Grab a seat at one of these top burger spots and satisfy your craving. Enjoy anything from a basic cheeseburger to unusual, yet delicious, combinations of ingredients.

Social on Main

Bar, Restaurant, BBQ, Tapas, $$$
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Social on Main, Johannesburg
Social on Main, Johannesburg | Courtesy of Social on Main

Social on Main is the ideal mixture between a bar and restaurant. The menu has a wide range of tapas on offer but of course, the burgers trump all. We recommend the Moroccan lamb burger with sun blushed tomatoes, cucumber, hummus, and spiced feta.

The Griffin

Bar, Gastropub, Pub Grub, South African, $$$
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This is a laid back venue popular for after work drinks and the buzzing gastropub atmosphere. The Griffin only serves food that’s in season and they never freeze anything, resulting in dishes filled with flavor. Have the gourmet cheese burger with caramelized red onion tzatziki and tomato relish and don’t forget to add bacon.

Hudsons

Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, Fast Food, BBQ, $$$
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Hudsons, The Burger Joint (Parkhurst), Johannesburg
Hudsons, The Burger Joint (Parkhurst), Johannesburg | Courtesy of Hudsons

Hudsons in Parkhurst is all about burgers and beer, whether you’re after something basic or a mix of interesting toppings, you’ll find it here. The Boss is one of our favorites—it’s a beef patty stuffed with mozzarella and cheddar cheese, topped with BBQ beef rib meat and dill pickle.

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner, Dessert

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual, Casual, Modern

The Great Burger Company (GBC)

Restaurant, South African, $$$
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The beauty of the Great Burger Company (GBC) is that patrons can build their own burgers. You literally have a choice of everything, from the bun to the garnish, and in essence, you can’t be anything less than satisfied. GBC has four branches in Johannesburg, in Illovo, Morningview, and Fourways.

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner, Dessert

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual, Casual, Modern

The Wolfpack

Restaurant, Contemporary, South African, $$$
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The Wolfpack Parkhurst, 4th Avenue
The Wolfpack Parkhurst, 4th Avenue | Courtesy of Wolfpack

The Wolfpack is a favorite among hip locals, serving delicious gourmet burgers and only the best craft beer—all in a trendy environment. The Big Bad Wolf, their signature burger, is a cheddar stuffed beef patty, pan finished in tomato stock on crispy lettuce topped with wasabi onion rings, jalapenos, pineapple, pancetta, fresh tomato, and garlic aioli.

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner, Dessert

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual, Casual, Cosy, Modern

Burger Republic

Restaurant, South African, $$$
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Think gourmet burgers, craft beer, and gourmet milkshakes—that’s what Burger Republic specializes in. We can’t get enough of their Nacho Libre burger—it really is the best of both worlds—a beef burger patty is set on baby leaf lettuce, topped with cream cheese, nachos, tomato relish, streaky bacon, guacamole, and finished off with Danish feta. What more could you want?

Dukes Burgers

Restaurant, South African, $$$
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Dukes Burgers, Gleneagles Road
Dukes Burgers, Gleneagles Road | Courtesy of Dukes

Dukes Burgers in Greenside is the creator of the impressive Drunken Onion burger. The beef patty is basted in their homemade BBQ sauce, topped with blue cheese, mushrooms, crispy bacon, and Southern Comfort drunken onion, and is the ultimate hunger-buster.

Hell’s Kitchen

Bar, Craft Ale Bar, Restaurant, South African, $$$
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Hell's Kitchen, Johannesburg
Hell's Kitchen, Johannesburg | Courtesy of Hell's Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen is the place to be on a Friday evening in Melville and the rock ‘n roll vibe and old-school décor is completed by black and white music posters, skulls, and deer antlers. The HK Burger may seem simplistic, but it’s juicy and super tasty. It comprises a 300g beef patty, bacon, American cheddar, house-made pickles and wild rocket, all served on a fresh brioche-sesame seed bun.

Tiger’s Milk

Bar, Restaurant, South African, American, $$$
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Tiger’s Milk in Bryanston is a gourmet restaurant with an industrial edge and an amazing bar area. The food is reminiscent of an American-style diner and their big cheeseburger is any cheese-lover’s dream come true. A beef patty is topped with red onion, lettuce, tomato, a tangy three cheese sauce, and a slice of cheese.

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