Tom yum, khao soi, phat kaphrao and pad thai – there’s no doubt that Thai food is amongst the tastiest in the world. But sometimes only a juicy, cheesy, perfectly cooked burger will do, so if you’ve been struck by a mid-trip craving, we’ve got you covered. Here’s the definitive list of the best burgers in Chiang Mai from our local insiders.
Food Truck, American
Sometimes you just want a burger, and nothing else will do. Though Chiang Mai’s Ploen Ruedee Night Market offers plenty of traditional local food, it’s also where you’ll find Burger Box serving up juicy fare made from fresh ingredients, including the essential fries, bacon, cheese and other extras. You’ll find a show performed every night at the market, so your entertainment is covered, too. Recommended by local insider Troi Williams
The Duke’s has lived just across the street from the Ping River for years, and it’s long been on the radar of locals and visitors looking for international fare in Chiang Mai. Pizzas and steak jostle for space with burgers and seafood specialities – so you won’t leave hungry. With space indoors and outdoors, it’s a great spot to get the gang together over some good old-fashioned comfort food. Recommended by local insider Dan Edel
Gastropub, Restaurant, Italian, Steakhouse, American
If you’re in the up-and-coming area of Santitham and looking for a good time, head to the Corner Bistro. This place loves any excuse for a themed night – from Halloween to Valentine’s Day – and the team behind it love a party. Hip-hop nights are frequent and popular with those looking for a boogie, while the menu has an eclectic mix of international dishes, from a chicken parmesan sub to fried wontons – all best enjoyed with a chilled beer. Recommended by local insider Troi Williams
Takeaway, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Renegade Sports Bar
Here, you’ll get your global food fix in the company of the ancient Tha Pae Gate, and over 300 craft beers – which make for quite the combination. Imported from all corners of the globe, you’d be hard pressed to find a selection like it elsewhere in Thailand – beer lovers rejoice! Play a game of pool on one of the three large tables, before chowing down on a burger, filled French baguette, Hawaiian pizza or panang curry. Recommended by local insider Mattia Miani
You’d be forgiven for thinking world travel has reached its peak when you visit Arno’s. A French-owned, American-style, dry-aged burger joint in the heart of Chiang Mai. Isn’t life a gift? Tender, juicy and flavourful meat in soft, homemade buns is served with fries just as they should be. Steak lovers can choose their meat from the refrigerated cabinet, and the chef will cook it up just how you like it. The mac and cheese is worth a shout out, too. Recommended by local insider Mattia Miani
Restaurant, American, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Fast Food
Chiang Mai satisfies all kinds of food cravings, even if you’re in search of a classic burger and fries. Step inside the dynamic space of Rock Me Burgers & Bar, a restaurant that serves a variety of treats. Curly fries with dollops of cheese, crispy onion rings in a basket and the ever-popular Original Burger are some of the items you’ll find here. The spacious interiors, comfortable seating and vibrant ambience make it a popular spot.
Beast Burger serves glorious buns that capture real American flavours in every bite. This food truck is a gourmet spot, ideal for meat lovers, offering some of the juiciest burgers in Chiang Mai. Using fresh ingredients, the truck cooks patties with an assortment of spices. The beautifully crafted menu includes the popular BBQ pulled-pork burger.
Found on the corner of Moon Muang Road, Kafé 1985 is a restaurant where customers can enjoy a well-cooked meal of baked potatoes, mashed ham and butter-drenched burgers. Grab a bottle of Leo’s dark beer as you enjoy some sumptuous food at this local pub. It’s a popular place and is often crowded with expats and local professionals.
When owner Kirby isn’t skateboarding, farming or teaching at university, he is in the kitchen creating beautiful dishes for the good people of Chiang Mai from his open-air restaurant. This place is pretty unique. Pizza, pasta and salad classics sit alongside crab spaghetti and pork tenderloin. The burgers, inexplicably, come with crisps and a slice of watermelon. We’re not complaining. Recommended by local insider Mattia Miani
Treasured by expats of Chiang Mai, the Wild Hog Saloon has been voted best burger by local foodies for two years on the trot. Years of research and development go into the food here, including six months developing the perfect crispy-on-the-outside and fluffy-on-the-inside chips. Just ask owner Gaz, and he’ll gladly talk you through it. Recommended by local insider Mattia Miani