The Best Burger Joints in Puerto Rico

© Pedro Fernandes/flickr
© Pedro Fernandes/flickr
Photo of Kris Pethick
28 January 2018

You may not think of Puerto Rico when you think of burgers, but you’ll find some of the best homemade burgers on the island. Use this list of unbelievable burger joints to get you started on your path to burger paradise.

The Copy

Restaurant, Pub Grub
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Fishburger and homemade fries
Fishburger and homemade fries | © Jessica Rossi/flickr

The Copy is a great place to people watch while you sit in the covered outdoor patio, listen to music and try one of their amazing burgers. Come hungry or share it with a friend because these sandwiches are hefty. Try it plain or load it up with their many accompaniments and wash it down with a cold Medalla or choose from their menu of about 20 different mojitos. The watermelon one is incredible. Try their chickenburger, fishburger and porkburger. Indoor seating is also available.

Xtreme Burgers

Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, Caribbean, American, $$$
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Try the unique flavors at Xtreme Burgers in Jayuya
Try the unique flavors at Xtreme Burgers in Jayuya | © Kevin Jarrett/flickr

Xtreme Burgers in Jayuya has a wide variety of homemade burgers created by Chef Javier. The Italian Burger is one of the most popular, along with the Churrasco Burger, but there are so many more from which to choose. Chef Javier also has daily specials. He works diligently to use local ingredients and to provide a flavor of his island.

Waldo's Food Truck

Food Truck, Restaurant, Street Food, Vegetarian, $$$
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Loaded french fries
Loaded french fries | © Arnold Gatilao/flickr

Waldo’s Food Truck in San Juan redefines burgers. Stuffed burgers; tripleta burger with ham, steak, pork and a layer of fries with sauce of your choice; or how about grilled chicken with coleslaw and spicy mayo topped with mozzarella cheese, caramelized onions and churrasco? Get a side of french fries with cheese, or try their cheeseburger papa fritas. Hungry yet? Book your flight to San Juan now! Waldo’s is located in the parking lot of the Puma gas station on Avenida Ana G Mendez

Coffee Sides

Restaurant, American, Spanish, $$$
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Try the decadent cheesecake at Coffee Sides
Try the decadent cheesecake at Coffee Sides | © Sean MacEntee/flickr

When you hear the name “Coffee Sides,” your first thought is probably not “burgers,” but after a visit to this excellent cafe in Ponce it will be. Big juicy hand-patted hamburgers topped with a variety of cheese and sauces and perhaps a thick slice of onion ring. Not only can you choose your toppings, you can choose the type of bun you would like. The mallorca bun is a sweet alternative to your everyday hamburger bun. Try to save room for a slice of cheesecake.

El Conuco

Restaurant, Gluten-free, $$$
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Sandwich made with tostones
Sandwich made with tostones | © Kim/flickr

The burgers at El Conuco are so tasty, but what makes them really special and gives them a Puerto Rican touch is that they are served on tostones (fried green plantains) instead of on a hamburger bun. Great for those who follow a gluten free diet. They also have tender juicy pernil (roast pork) or stuffed chicken breasts.

Kílátá's Grill & Bar

Bar, Pub, Restaurant, Pub Grub, Caribbean, American
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Burgers stuffed with cheese and meat
Burgers stuffed with cheese and meat | © Awaya Legends/flickr

Try a cheeseburger in Puerto Rican paradise in this newly remodeled pub. The stuffed burgers are out of this world. Can’t decide if you want a burger or nachos? Get the nachos burger, topped with pepperjack cheese and comes with a side of chicken nachos. Stop into the restaurant in Cabo Rojo or try the original Kílátá’s Grill outside of Mayaguez.

Buns Burger Shop

Restaurant, American, Fast Food
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Lunch from Buns Burger Shop
Lunch from Buns Burger Shop | © Kim/flickr

Buns was founded by Bengie and Fidel in 2011, and according to their website “Buns Burger Shop prides itself on providing the Best burgers in Puerto Rico. With a simple tasty menu where you could also find: Dogs, Hand Cut Fries, Sandwiches, Shakes, Soft Drinks, Wine and Craft Beers. We take careful attention while sourcing our ingredients and that’s why we only use 100% Angus Beef, always fresh NEVER FROZEN.” They also strive to use local product. Make sure you try your burger with their BUNSauce. They have locations in Condado, Old San Juan and Guaynabo.

Hacienda Perichi

Restaurant, Healthy, $$$
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Tuna burger with spicy horseradish sauce
Tuna burger with spicy horseradish sauce | © tomcensani/flickr

The burgers are phenomenal at Hacienda Perichi and pair them up with an order of their loaded fries covered in pulled pork and cheese for comfort food delight. They also have a tuna burger that can keep you on the healthier side. They bring a selection of sauces to your table, make sure you try them all.

Pinchera la Garita

Food Truck, Pub Grub, Caribbean, Street Food
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Try a simple dog with just pickled onions, sauerkraut & mustard | © Kristine Pethick/flickr

There is nothing like starting your day with a burger for breakfast, and Pinchera la Garita has the best. This food stop has a very simple menu of pinchos, hot dogs, burritos, tripleta, and, of course, homemade hamburgers. The ladies make their burgers fresh, and they are about the size of a paper plate. Load it up with fried onions and cheese and wash it down with a cold Coke. This is heaven on a bun. If you can’t make it for breakfast, head there for lunch.

Jungle Burger

Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, $$$
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Burger and a shake
Burger and a shake | © Kurman Communications/flickr

Jungle Burger opened in 2012 and offers yet another stupendous burger opportunity. Try the burger stuffed with bacon and sweet plantains, it is just fabulous. They have locations in Humacao and Caguas, and coming soon to Old San Juan. Don’t forget to try a shake!

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