There are few meals more comforting than a juicy patty laden with melted cheese between two pieces of bread. Here is our pick of some of the best burger joints in Vienna, from American-style diners using 100% Austrian beef to the restaurants experimenting with vegan versions of a cheeseburger.
Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, $$$
A gigantic portrait of a man prepping his carving materials is the domineering feature of the interior of Weinschenke—a clear statement of their hospitality for meat eaters. The burgers appear ready to topple, a tasty looking stack composed of juicy patties and fresh salad, arranged between two soft brioche buns. The chips are not the classic American fries, but thin potato discs—more similar to a crisp. Although beer is the conventional accompanying beverage for a burger (and Weinschenke offer a good selection), consider sampling the restaurant’s home-brewed vodka, with a variety of punchy flavors including coffee, chocolate, basil, and cucumber. Veggie options are also available (hallumi or falafel).
Restaurant, Fast Food, Contemporary, American, $$$
The chefs at Die Burgermacher want to prove that “a burger can be much more than a piece of meat between two slices of bread.” Set up in 2008, this trendy joint gets creative with their menu—alongside the classic beef and cheese burgers, you’ll find the Wie Bei Oma (with whiskey onions, emmenthal, and ham) and the Alp Tram (with an omelet patty and paprika sauce).
This award-winning burger joint allows customers to assemble their own creations from a medley of fresh ingredients. After selecting your basic materials (you can choose between Austrian beef or vegan carrot and celery), you can go mad with the add-ons—bacon, cheddar, feta, grilled onions, jalapenos, and more.
Restaurant, Steakhouse, Fast Food, American, Vegetarian, $$$
The imaginings of a conversation between a butcher and a cow inspire some interesting (and potentially horrifying) thoughts, however, this American-influenced restaurant is optimistic that it would be a cordial experience. Proclaiming to deliver “a burger that has never been seen in Vienna before,” this trendy eatery in the heart of the city has clearly set their heights high. The meat section reads like a carnivore’s paradise, with the pinnacle being the surf and turf burger. Vegetarians may find the carnivore-friendly vibe a little hard to digest, however, there are some creative meat-free options on the menu too: black bean, halloumi, or corn. There are some rich desserts for the gastronomically ambitious, including oreo or New York-style cheesecake.
Food Truck, Restaurant, American, Fast Food, Vegetarian
One to visit after you’ve had you’ve satisfied your cultural cravings, this American Airstream van is located in the city’s creative hub of the Museum’s Quarter during the summer months. Choose between various meat and meat-free options and pair with sweet potato fries.
Vegans shouldn’t miss out on the indulgent experience of devouring a burger. Swing Kitchen is the Viennese vegan’s go-to joint for fast food—partially devoid of guilt. Burgers and chips are the focus, with a good few varieties to choose from. The Vienna Burger offers the chance to experience a veal-free version of the city’s national dish, Wiener Schnitzel, made using a breadcrumbed soy patty. All the fast-food essentials feature on the menu: nuggets, coleslaw, onion rings, and wraps. Even the desserts impressively follow suit with the vegan theme—with offerings of tiramisu, muffins, and “cheese” cake.
A traditional eatery renowned for its burgers and steaks. The fries that come paired with the beef burger are delightfully chunky and cooked to perfection. A little pricier than other options, but highly recommended nonetheless.
Ulrich has a diverse and exciting menu, with everything from pumpkin risotto to wild boar schnitzel. However, albeit a conventional option, their burger is one of the highlights. Made using 100% beef, melted gruyère cheese, brioche buns, romaine lettuce, red onion, tomato relish, and spicy mayo, it will transport you to burger heaven.
Beer and burgers marry together like kindred spirits and Hawidere, in the 15th district, embraces this matrimony with gusto, serving a variety of carefully curated burgers to be paired with craft beers and ales. Their signature dish is an epic-sounding jumble of beef, double bacon, double mountain cheese, roasted onions, chili mustard sauce, tomato, onion, and garlic sauce.