The Best Burgers in the World
While traveling I learned so much about the culinary styles and preferences of other countries. It was also interesting to see that wherever I was, there always seemed to be at least one or two places famous for their burgers. If I had any thought in my mind before traveling that the USA has the best burgers in the world, that assumption was put to the test.
Local ingredients and focuses on different cooking techniques have allowed the rest of the world to adapt their own unique preferences to what I believe is one of the best, simple foods in the world. From beef to pork, to vegetarian patties, there are no limitations. Prepare for a culinary journey around the world, one burger at a time.
The list will be updated ongoing as more of the best burgers in the world are discovered.
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Overload Surf & Turf Burger @ Fisch Art Street Food in Copenhagen, Denmark
Paper Island in Copenhagen is an indoor street food haven with over 30 local vendors of culinary focuses from around the world.
Fisch Art Street Food can be found in rear right corner of Paper Island under their large banner that proudly displays the massive Overload Surf & Turf Burger. An all-beef patty is topped with cheese, whiskey onions, king prawns, scallops, bacon, triple cream cheese sauce and sweet potato fries on a small homemade sourdough roll. Even if you opt to have the fries on the side (instead of having them stacked on top like they normally do), this monster of a burger may have been a challenge to eat, but that was part of the fun! Nearly every person who walked by took a moment to stare and smile when they saw this plate of food.
The burger and scallops were both cooked about medium rare, which was perfect. Surf and turf together have always been one of my favorite flavors. Add in some sweet whiskey onions, bacon and cheese and I’m in heaven. The sweet potato fries were also some of the tastiest I can remember. Savory, sweet and rich, this burger is an experience and a pleasure to eat. They also offer smaller versions of this burger. I would highly recommend checking out Fisch Art and the rest of Paper Island while in Copenhagen.
Peruvian Burger @ Donde Guido in Santiago, Chile
Chile might be one of the most beautiful countries in the world but, unfortunately, the same hype doesn’t apply to Chilean cuisine. But thanks to the influx of Peruvians into the country, you’ll find that Peruvian restaurants are extremely popular in Santiago de Chile.
Donde Guido is one of those establishments that goes beyond the usual Peruvian fare of ceviche and meaty dishes. This restaurant serves some of the most unique burgers I have ever tasted. While the meat patty and the bun are pretty standard, what makes Donde Guido’s Peruvian burgers delicious, are the sauces they are almost swimming in. There’s no way you could squeeze these burgers between your hands!
Each burger comes with a choice of up to three home-made sauces. The servings are incredibly generous! The burger pictured here includes a beef patty, crispy bacon and a fried egg. The creamy sea of sauces includes aji amarillo (a type of Peruvian yellow chili pepper), olive and avocado flavors. As if this wasn’t decadent enough, fries are served tucked inside the bread too!
Between the meat and the sauces, this is a highly flavored mess in a bun! And that’s why pairing it with the super sweet Inka Cola works so well. A truly Peruvian experience… that could almost give you enough energy to run from Santiago de Chile to Lima and back!
Barbecue Burger @ Burgermeister in Berlin, Germany
Sitting between two roads and underneath an overpass, Burgermeister really knows how to put the ‘street’ in street food. Located in a large shipping container in Kreuzberg, this is exactly what you would expect to find in one of Berlin’s hippest districts.
Burgermeister’s many styles include barbecue, chili cheeseburger, mushroom burger, a tofu patty and more. Don’t be surprised to see a line here and don’t let it deter you. The line moves relatively quickly, there is an opportunity for great people watching and most importantly, the burger is well worth the wait. After 15 minutes in line I ordered the Bar-B-Q Burger (€4.50) loaded with bacon, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato and the Burgermeister secret sauce. I also added a slice of cheese.
The patty was juicy and seemed to melt in my mouth. The bacon and onions were cooked perfectly and added some delicious smoky flavor. The lettuce and tomato were sliced thinly and the bun was nice and toasty. The special sauce brought everything together with a rich creaminess.
Burgermeister lives up to its reputation of being one of the best burgers in Berlin. Everyone I talked to said this had to be on my list and they were right. Do yourself a favor and head here when you visit Berlin.
NW Pub Burger @ Thirsty Lion Gastropub, USA
One of our favorites is the NW Pub Burger, found at Thirsty Lion Gastropub. It’s a Gorgonzola-infused burger with grilled sweet onion, maple pepper bacon, white cheddar, arugula and horseradish cream. This burger is one of Thirsty Lion’s signature items and it is not hard to see why.
The burger is cooked to the correct temperature (a huge pet peeve of ours) and is seasoned well throughout, not just on top. This makes for a burger that tastes great in every bite. The real star of this burger is the maple pepper bacon. It completely blew our minds! Think spicy candied bacon!
The savory and sweet flavor combinations of this burger make it a must try! Most people think that a majority of chain restaurants provide burgers that are just okay, well Thirsty Lion is more than that and is definitely worth a visit.
Double Pork Burger @ Rock Me Burger in Chiang Mai, Thailand
In Southeast Asia, pork is often the meat of choice. Since pork is my favorite, I tried the double pork burger with cheese and grilled onion at Rock Me Burger during my time in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It’s made with half a pound of grilled pork, three slices of cheese, grilled onion, lettuce, tomato, ketchup and mustard. A knife holds the burger together with a pickle on top.
This massive, juicy beast of a burger has tons of flavor. Rich pork, creamy cheese and grilled onion go together perfectly. In my experiences, it was one of the best burgers in all of Southeast Asia. It also comes with a humongous onion ring and a side of fries.
Though this is one of the more expensive casual meals by Chiang Mai standards, it’s still very affordable only 240 baht ($7). It may be also be the only meal you’ll need that day!
Double Burger @ Fergburger in Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown, New Zealand is known for extreme sports such as bungee jumping and skydiving. I was also excited to see that they had a great local food scene. When the topic of burgers came up, Fergburger has a near cult-like following.
When heading here, I asked the staff for their favorite. They recommended a double burger with brie. This isn’t something I would normally order as brie is usually a little salty for my preference but I went ahead and gave it a try. I’m glad I did. This burger is incredible! A soft bun, juicy beef, crisp lettuce and onions. Then there’s the brie! I don’t know what they did to this cheese but it was unlike any I had tasted before. It went perfectly with the burger.
It’s easy to understand why Fergburger has such a cult following. Every person I talked to about food in Queenstown told me to go here. The restaurant has a vast number of rave reviews. Some are even framed and posted on the wall. A great burger for anyone who finds themselves in New Zealand.
Best Burgers in the World Recap
Regardless of where you are in the world, we hope this list will help you to find your next favorite burger. We’ll continue adding to it over time as we search out more of the best burgers in the world.
Enjoy! And stay hungry!