Dubai: I love a good burger, but I wouldn’t want to waste the calories on fast food burgers. I prefer independent, standalone spots. Places that use gourmet cheese, potato flour bread, a secret sauce or even lamb meat instead of beef. What makes these places stand out is the fact that their produce is fresh, the meat is soft and grilled well. The cool branding doesn’t hurt either.
Here are some of the top burgers in Dubai:
1. Meat Me There
My number one, undisputed burger spot, for the best, juiciest, simplest, yet most unique burger in town is Meat Me There. If you were to mention this place to your friends, most of them probably wouldn’t know about it. Their burger patty is made with black Australian onyx beef, rather than regular cow beef which I think actually works to its advantage. It gives it such a different flavour and it’s succulent and juicy. They also have a very unique white bread bun, sprinkled with black sesame seeds. Their cheese fries are served with melted gruyere cheese, rather than that plastic stuff that comes out of a pump. It’s the perfect burger and my favourite one to indulge in.
Location: Al Souq Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 2 — Dubai Cost: Dh38 for the Meat Me Burger and Dh25 for the fries
2. Good Burger
This spot is one of the latest additions to the Dubai burger scene. It was founded in February 2020 and was born out of the kitchen of Maiz Tacos. They offer great and high-quality burgers. Since launching, Good Burger has grown its menu to include fried chicken burgers, portobello mushroom burger, messy fries and more. Their unique selling point is how well their season their patties and the quality ingredients they use on their meat. They also have a special collab burger, which they’ve made with Maiz Tacos, the Good Mexican Chicken Sandwich.
Location: JLT Cluster Y Lakeshore Tower, inside Maiz Tacos Cost: Dh40 for the burger
3. No. FiftySeven Boutique Café
The recently opened cafe in Dubai serves an incredibel gourmet Wagyu burger made with two different types of cheeses, a brioche sesame bun and very simple toppings. The burger is cut in half and grilled once again down the middle. It is one of the best burgers I’ve ever tried. It also comes with a bunch of truffle parmesan fries.
Location: THAT Concept Store Cost: Dh35 for a burger, Dh18 for Cajun Fries
If I am being honest, not every burger on the Parker’s menu is worth ordering, but there is one that I go back for time and time again. Their Truffle Burger. It’s made with Truffle infused Wagyu striploins, truffle ranch, white cheddar and crispy onions. It could feel a bit heavy for some, but this has got to be one of my favourite burgers in Dubai. Try it and you’ll see what I mean.
Location: Dubai Mall and La Mer Cost: Dh62 for the truffle burger
5. Bareburger (a vegan burger!)
One of the beauties of Bareburger is that the ingredients are mostly all organic, so you can really taste the difference in quality. I have to say though, that their stand-out menu item is their vegan burger. I know it may seem a bit strange for people, who eat meat to want to try a vegan burger, but it honestly completely changed my view of eating vegan food. Their vegan burger is called the Beyond Burger, and it’s made out of 100 per cent vegan ingredients like beetroot, potato as well as other vegetables, there’s even some non-dairy cheese on it! And honestly… I am not even exaggerating, it tastes just like the real thing.
Locations La Mer, City Walk, The Pointe Cost Dh44
6. Shake Shack
Although the brand is slightly more mainstream and mostly only located within malls, there is something completely comforting about biting into a burger at Shake Shack. The soft and pillowy bun, the sort of jagged edge burger and that melted cheese gives it a little bit of a messy and homemade feel. The only drawback about Shake Shack is the size of the burger. When something is so good, I tend to always crave more surface. To feel full, I sometimes have to order two burgers, which tends to be heavy on the wallet.
Locations Multiple Cost starting from Dh30
7. Blaze Burgers
I love anything that allows customisation. Blaze is originally a Bahraini homegrown brand that makes these juicy cheesy burgers in an old school nostaligia kind of way. The ingredients are all are fresh. They are insta-famous for the 6Abooga Burger, but I honestly recommend just having a build-your-own exactly the way you like it.
Location: JBR Cost: Starting from Dh39
8. Five Guys
I know it’s another mainstream mall spot, but you cannot deny that their burgers really scratch that burger-craving itch. The sandwich itself isn’t made with those cool, trendy potato buns or gourmet cheese or caramalised whatever. But a simple and tasty portion. I also love that it’s a massive portion and is really filling. They also have a tendency to give you an entire bag of French fries and free unlimited peanuts if you dine in.
Location: Multiple Outlets Cost: Starting from Dh38
9. Burger Pit
Burger Pit is a quintessentially classic American burger place, located at Dubai’s Last Exit. The venue draws its inspiration from the retro 1950s, but combines an old-fashioned concept with the fast paced life in Dubai. This gourmet food truck’s motto is simple — good quality food, done well. Classic beef burgers are paired with fries and the classic all-American shakes are there to wash it all down.
Location: Last Exit (all of them) Cost: Dh30 for the original, Dh20 for loaded cheese fries
Everyone talks about Salt when they think about burgers in Dubai. What started out as a little food truck on kite beach, is now a full fledged success story with multiple locations and international pop-ups. I even saw one in the middle of the desert in Saudi Arabia. Salt kind of pioneered the potato bun movement in the UAE. They kind of started the ‘soft burger’ trend. When everyone was still enjoying white sesame seeds on their bun, Salt focused more on the texture and it totally transformed the eating experience. Their burgers come in two’s since they are quite small, but pair them with some fries and a shake and you are good!
Location: Kite Beach, Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina Mall, La Mer. They also have locations in RAK, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and even Saudi Arabia Cost: Dh32 for the original, Dh18 for cheese fries