Bel Mondo isn’t for anyone counting calories. But hey, a little indulgence every now and then is a good thing, and the onion rings and fried calamari here are crispy and delicious, drawing on the dense, moreish flavors of homely, Southern-style cooking. The signature cheeseburger here is unmissable, made using fresh beef, leafy greens and cheese sourced from the local market. Shisha smoking is rife here, so diners can sit back and experience the traditional Middle Eastern activity after enjoying a sumptuous burger treat.
Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, Rodeo Grill sets the standard for steakhouses in the area. Featuring warm grey timbers that line the walls and floor, a contemporary dining experience is created here where only the finest ingredients are served. The burgers here are made from prime aged beef, and are all served with salty, hand-cut fries. Complementing the food is the large beverage list offering a wide selection of first-rate cocktails and a wealth of wines from the two walk-in cellars.
Situated in the basement of the Crowne Plaza on Hamdan Street, Heroes Pub is a typical sports bar, with live local bands and a warm, inviting atmosphere. If you’re looking to watch any major sporting event with a throng of like-minded fans, then this is the place to go. Build your dream burger here, with ingredient options including bacon, beef patties, fresh vegetables and three types of cheese. Alternatively, try the delicious nachos, brimming with guacamole and sour cream.
If you ask any Abu Dhabi local where to get the best burger in an authentic Middle Eastern setting, they’ll direct you straight to Café Arabia. This is a haven for food lovers, serving simple yet outstanding burgers with top-notch accompaniments and flawless service. This rustic cafe features a chic, elegant interior, with charming lanterns hanging from the ceiling and traditional tapestries adorning the walls. In addition to burgers, the restaurant offers an array of tasty seafood dishes, and a community atmosphere is encouraged through the book-swap service on offer here.
Rather than being a typical, casual burger joint, Mirabel Restaurant features art deco furnishings which transport diners into 1920s class and sophistication. The chic setting and dimmed lighting make it the perfect date spot, and the array of gourmet burger options on offer elevate the Mirabel to one of the top venues to enjoy the American classic in the city. The menu is comprised mostly of French inspired dishes and decadent desserts, with the goat’s cheese millefeuille an intensely creamy top pick. The dark chocolate cake here is to die for.
Mirabel, Fotouh Al Khair Centre, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi UAE +971 (0)2 631 5111
NRG Sports Café
The NRG Sports Café in an ex-pat favorite and is a first-class establishment serving quality burgers. It exudes a warm, upbeat atmposphere and hosts international sport screenings on large indoor and outdoor televisions. And this venue boasts one of the biggest menus in the area. If you have a craving for guacamole, order the Acapulco burger, oozing with the green stuff. There are great vegetarian and vegan options on offer too, with the veggie burger being topped with creamy mayonnaise, gherkins and fresh feta cheese.
Rock Bottom Café
At Rock Bottom Café visitors can throw darts, drink beer and enjoy an array of tasty food. This is a homely, amiable establishment which regularly hosts live DJs, and is home to some delectable burger options. The Old Fashioned here is a particular favorite, topped with onion rings and cheddar cheese, and there is also a wealth of international options to choose from, including chicken curry and fish and chips.
Rock Bottom Café, Al Diar Capital Hotel, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi UAE, +971 (0)2 678 7700
This decadent FANR Restaurant is one of Abu Dhabi’s best-kept secrets, a sophisticated dining venue featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and a chic, white interior. Come here and expect to find impressive salads and traditional Middle Eastern favorites brimming with tasty, exotic flavors. And if you’ve ever wondered what a camel burger tastes like, here’s your chance to find out. Be sure to try the Cajun spiced fries, and indulge in a fruity triple berry blast smoothie to keep refreshed. The outside terrace is a beautiful space offering the chance to dine and enjoy breathtaking views of the city.
The One Cafe
Calling to mind the glamor and sophistication of a chic New York café, The One Café features classy furnishings and serves only the freshest, locally sourced produce. Tucked away in the corner of The One Shop, a tasty array of gourmet burgers featuring an assortment of toppings, including caramelized red onions and homemade ketchup are available. Follow your burger with a freshly-squeezed fruit juice, and if you’re still hungry, don’t miss the brioche French toast here, served with almond praline and a zingy raspberry coulis, it is delicious.
Upon entering the UAE visitors can see a sign on the metro which states ‘Extravagance is the only way.’ And Yas Rotana is a venue exuding this luxury. Is it the porcini mushrooms or the truffle oil mayonnaise that gives it away? The elegant decor or the idyllic pools available for enjoyment? Don’t miss the Y Burger here, although other top picks include the sesame encrusted oysters and the tempura artichokes. The menu also features a number of pub classics, and with impeccable service too, this is a great place to relax with a burger after a day exploring Abu Dhabi.