Tel Aviv, Israel is home to such an incredible array of cuisines, deciding where to get the best of something is often an exercise in frustration. If you’re craving a hamburger, here are the tastiest options.
Vitrina, Ibn Gvirol
Restaurant, Israeli, $$$
Most locals and visitors already know about Vitrina. But for the uninformed, Vitrina had elevated the hamburger back to gourmet status with its flavorful burger, topped with arugula and homemade beetroot ketchup. Nothing is overlooked at this burger stand from the proper-sized lightly toasted bun, to the plates slightly decorated with condiments. Voted one of the top spots year after year, Vitrina even brags about having the best fries in Tel Aviv. These are a delightful combination of regular and sweet potato fries topped with herbs and spices and lemon zest. If that does not awaken your tastebuds do not fret – as well as having some of the best burgers in the city, Vitrina also 14 varieties of outstanding sausages. Some might say they could even rival the burgers.
Located in the Farmer’s Market at the Tel Aviv Port (Namal Tel Aviv) this little known non-nonsense burger counter is king. The dining experience is utterly simplistic but incredibly satisfying. Like Vitrina, this burger counter has minimal seating, with a frenetic pace behind and in front of the counter. Delicious Deli Baris your no-frill destination for the perfect burger spot. It evokes the spirit of small-town American diners of the 70s. If you are lucky, you may get a seat at the counter, beside the classic red ketchup squeeze bottle and the cheap metallic napkin dispenser. There you will witness the sizzling grill cook up these mouthwatering patties. Enjoy the burger with lightly spiced potato wedges that will make you nostalgic of your mother’s homemade cooking. Your friends will thank you, and your stomach too will love it.
Often described as the crown-jewel of restaurants in Tel Aviv, Brasserie’s reputation is well deserved. This Tel Aviv landmark restaurant has garnered a loyal following because the owners, the R2M group, deliver authentic French cuisine, with exceptional white-table cloth service. This is all inside a beautifully art-deco designed atmosphere. So it should be of no surprise that their burger is often cited as ‘one of the best’ or ‘the best’ in Tel Aviv. Brasserie has plenty to offer, burgers aside, so it makes the perfect place for large groups to enjoy a meal. The fact that Brasserie is open 24 hours gives you one more reason, if you needed it, to make this your final dining destination.
With 10 locations around Israel this chain restaurant deserves some attention. Agadir’s hip and casual restaurants offers a full menu with some of the tastiest burgers in Tel Aviv. All three Tel Aviv locations are in the hottest tourist spots – The Namal/Tel Aviv Port, The Carmel Market, and the Agadir Embassy on Ben Yehuda St, near enough to the beach make Agadir a worthwhile choice for visitors looking for a place to eat. What differentiates Agadir from other burger restaurants mentioned is the number of toppings available. When it comes to dressing up your patty, Agadir has you covered. There are several types of cheeses, bacon, mushrooms, eggplant, egg, and a variety of vegetables you can choose. Stack your hamburger high with the as many flavors and combinations your wild imagination can devise. Agadir also has a fully stocked bar, so it makes an ideal spot to relax with some brew and booze to accompany your burger.
You may wonder how a vegan place can be considered as serving some of the best burgers but Israel is leading the charge in vegan/vegetarian dining options. Buddha Burger has been serving up a full menu of meatless dishes for years to very satisfied customers. With two locations in Tel Aviv, and 10 in total across Israel, this brand has a reputation for excellent burgers. Besides, the ethically based restaurant has food that is reasonably priced. It has been said you will be pleasantly surprised by the fact that you are not eating meat. While many might believe nothing can substitute a good old fashioned beef burger – having the option of Buddha Burger makes you ready for any dining situation. Your vegan/vegetarian friends will thank you and so will the cows.