The title of ‘Best Burger in Berlin’ is one of the most highly contested titles on the Berlin food scene. Put plainly: Berliners take their burgers very seriously. There are dozens upon dozens of burger joints across the city, so figuring out where the best ones are can be a little challenging. Here’s a list of 12 burgers you need to try before you make up your mind.
Burgermeister joins the ranks of Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap and Berghain as far as Berlin icons go. Located in a renovated restroom under the U-bahn train tracks at Schlesisches Tor, Burgermeister could be mistaken for just another run-of-the-mill Imbiss, but it’s so much more than that. The burgers are some of the best you’ll find in Berlin. A true ‘must’ for the real Berliner experience.
Burgermeister, Oberbaumstraße 8, Berlin, Germany +49 30 23883840
Burgeramt is best described as urban geek, with hip hop music setting the mood and movie posters lining the walls. It has a wide selection, featuring everything from juicy beef burgers with pineapple to kofta burgers with tzatziki and feta. Burgeramt takes its burgers and anti-fast-food image very serious, and that shows on the plate.
Burgeramt, Krossener Straße 21-22, Berlin, Germany +49 30 66763453
Dudes Deli is the cool rock ’n roll bad boy of the burger game. All of its burgers are made with high quality pork, cooked for 18 hours with hickory smoked wood by a Texan pit master. Burgers aside, Dudes Deli also has a comprehensive drinks menu to help wash down your hearty meal.
Dudes Deli, Schlesische Str. 19, Berlin, Germany +49 30 49081971
Although not a burger place per se, District Mot‘s Bao Burger is arguably one of the best burgers (if not the best) in Berlin. It has even taken the top prize three times running at the Burgers & Hip Hop event, hosted a few times a year that features burgers served to the hip-hop hits of yesterday and today.
District Mot, Rosenthaler Str. 62, Berlin, Germany +49 30 20089284
The people who brought you Santa Maria (+Eastside) and Maria Bonita have taken a step back from Mexican fare to bring Portuguese Piri-Piri chicken burgers to the streets of Berlin. Berlin takes its burgers very seriously, and it’s hard for a newbie to really break the market, but Piri‘s has done just that, with mouth-watering burgers that strike fear into Berlin’s most popular burger institutions.
Piri’s, Wiener Straße 31, Berlin, Germany +49 30 338 49 120
Bunsmobile is a food truck known throughout the city for making some of the freshest and tastiest burgers around. The bright yellow van is hard to miss, and the burgers even harder to forget. Look out for the Béarnaise sauce; it’s dynamite.
Bunsmobile +49 1701608646
The real selling point of White Trash Fast Food is the crazy, cool, kitsch decor. It offers classic US BBQ mixed with some unusual items (like the octopus burger) that fit the eclectic atmosphere. The hearty servings are another reason White Trash is definitely the place to go when you’re really hungry.
White Trash Fast Food, Am Flutgraben 2, Berlin, Germany +49 30 551506587
Shiso‘s Korean-style burgers are light and quite small in proportion, which won’t leave you feeling overly full like a lot of traditional burgers. It’s a perfect place for a light lunch bite in a popular area for shopping and food.
Shiso Burger, Auguststraße 29 c, Berlin, Germany +49 30 88944687
Mogg & Melzer is very popular among Berliners and increasingly draws in the tourist crowd after being featured in a New York Times article last year. It’s not known for its burgers, but they’re amazing. The Rubens Burger is composed of a beef patty, crispy pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing, served on a soft bun and topped with a pickle.
Mogg & Melzer, Auguststraße 11-13, Berlin, Germany +49 30 330060770
The team of Irish culinary geniuses behind Butter Bronson’s can be found at numerous street food markets and events throughout the city. The Frank Drebin features buttermilk fried chicken, streaky bacon, fresh lettuce, and chipotle mayo, all served on a brioche bun.
Butter Bronson’s +49 1577 1341282
Street Food Thursday features a number of interesting food options, and Fräulein Kimchi is often on the roster, serving an amazing and unique burger: the ramen burger. Pulled pork and kimchi are placed between two portions of fried ramen, which serve as a bun. Fräulein Kimchi recently opened its own permanent location in Prenzlauer Berg, where you can try a number of offerings in the self-proclaimed ‘part Korean, part American, part German, all kimchi’ style.
Fräulein Kimchi, Kollwitzstraße 46, Berlin, Germany +49 30 89755102
Tommi’s started in Scandinavia and made its way to Berlin a few years ago. It is known for simple, no-nonsense burgers that pack in a ton of flavor. The menu options are pretty standard, but the sides and add-ons are what really make the food stand out.