The Polish capital of Warsaw has seen an influx of independent restaurants in recent years, all aiming to get their slice of the local and tourist markets. Adding to the city’s craft beer pubs, Mexican restaurants, kebab houses and sushi venues are a range of up-and-coming gourmet burger joints. Feast your eyes on the menus from this eclectic list of the best burgers in Warsaw, from black bread to blue cheese to vegetarian options, there is something for everyone here.
Barn Burger is one of the most recommended burger joints in Warsaw. Since they began, their menu has included a great number of unusual and unimaginable burger options. There are over fifteen crazy, specially crafted burger recipes to fit all appetites, with the exception of a lack of vegetarian options. Good-quality Polish beef is used, and burgers are served on a tray with chips and sauces. Barn Burger also has limited-time burger offers – in the past these have included burgers with raspberries, peanut butter and beetroot in them. Soft drinks and bottled beer are available. Regular options on the well-designed menu include burgers with bold names like Heart Attack, Sex and Violence, and Muppet, and each burger is explained in detail. You order at the bar, and they bring your burger to you. Get ready for it – Barn Burger is a fine establishment.
Located in the huge Arkadia shopping mall, Black Real Burgers has created a whole niche of its own. Specialising in huge burgers brimming with scintillating tastes, this place is a treat for any burger lover who wanders through its doors. Try the delicious Black Mamba (Czarną Mambę), which has juicy beef, onions fried in a mushroom sauce, a slice of eggplant and crunchy bacon – all locked in a black bun! The menu includes burgers made of beef from abroad – for example, a classic British beef burger, with meat sourced from Hereford. For a test of your hunger, try one of the huge burgers on their menu, and wash it down with a cold Polish beer or a trademark cocktail. The venue is very cosy and can cater for large groups. Price-wise, be on the lookout for their special offers, and you will see this is a super place to get a tasty burger for a decent price in the Polish capital.
A truly unique and self-styled venue in Warsaw’s local Ochota neighbourhood, Bart’s Burger has made its presence felt as the best gourmet burger joint in this part of the capital. From the cheese lover’s blue cheese burger to the spice lover’s jalapeño burger, this place has its own self-designed menu with some interesting burgers. For a really unusual treat, try the Jackfruit Burger, which is a delicious beef burger jam-packed with guacamole, owoc chlebowca (jackfruit), tomato and barbecue sauce in a sesame seed bun. All burgers can be made into a meal deal with a soft drink and a choice of French fries or coleslaw. The venue has indoor and outdoor seating and free Wi-Fi.
For those who just want a decent burger but with a quirky range of fillings, popular chain Bobby Burger will satisfy your taste buds. The restaurant does a 19 złotych (US$5) lunch menu that includes a burger, fries and a soft drink. Only the classic and the cheese are included in that promotion. If you’re feeling adventurous, try some of the brand’s trademark burgers, including the Double Death by Cheese or the Mango and Onion. The venue is also licensed and has a good range of bottled Polish craft beers.
If you mention the words ‘Zakład Mięsny’ to Polish people, they will tell you ‘Oh, it’s a butcher shop’ – which is exactly what the term means. But this is a bar with great beef that serves superb burgers in a quirky setting. It is housed in what is an old-school Polish building in the city’s up-and-coming Praga neighbourhood. The place has an actual butcher’s counter at the rear, to go with 12 beers on tap (always changing), a peculiar seating arrangement where you can opt to eat and drink in a dentist’s chair, a high stool, a builder’s bench or a cosy sofa. As well as great burgers (which are served with fries on a slice of wood), the bar also has daily promotions that include tatar (raw beef with egg and vegetables), vodka promos and pizza. This is more than its title of ‘Butcher’s Shop’ suggests and is yet more proof of the trendy revival in Praga. It feels like another world here. As a bonus, the bar has fast Wi-Fi, a friendly staff and, of course, no television.
Krowarzywa is a vegan restaurant that is definitely one of the best places to have a burger in Warsaw. The small selection of burgers on the menu are complemented by a variety of fillings such as tofu, mushrooms and buckwheat. They are tasty and always made from fresh, top-quality ingredients. The restaurant is ideal for vegetarians and vegans (the place even has vegan mayo), but the tasty burgers will please even the most obstinate meat-eater. There is also a new special burger offered every week, so customers will never get bored. In addition, the restaurant serves a great variety of healthy smoothies made with fresh fruits and vegetables. There are two venues in the city, but most locals normally head to the Hoza Street location.
Joining a list of up-and-coming restaurants on Warsaw’s trendy Nowy Świat (New World) Street is Beef ‘n’ Roll. Like many of the latest line of burger joints, Beef’N’Roll has also created their own range of quirky burgers. These include a Holiday Burger with beef, mango salsa, crispy bacon, onion and more. Burgers can be ordered with fries, a soft drink and beers. The menu is written in English as well as Polish to cope with the flow of tourists. Try the Philly cheesesteak or the pulled pork burger. There is also a special ‘Warsaw’ burger on the menu for 18 złotych (US$4.90).