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12 best burgers in the world

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Is it in America? Is it in Germany? Where do the best burgers in the world come from?!

The hamburger is probably most often associated with the USA. This is no surprise as it has become somewhat of a staple in that great nation. However, the story of the creation of the hamburger (one of many stories) is that the hamburger was brought to America by German immigrants from (surprise, surprise) Hamburg in the early 20th century. As a result you would expect the best burgers to come from either America or Germany right?

Well, in this list we have made our selection of the World’s Best Burgers taken from recommendations by our community and where to find them. And we’re choosing many different types of burgers, from the traditional hamburgers and cheeseburgers to the veggie burgers that taste like the real thing, or even better!

You might be surprised where some of the world’s best burgers come from! Head over to #9 and beyond for our list of veggie burger places!

1. O Talho – Lisbon, Portugal

1. O Talho – Lisbon, Portugal

Image: © O Talho, via Facebook.

O Talho is dedicated exclusively to perfecting the art of cooking meat. Therefore, their burger packs a punch in terms of the quality, taste and cooking of their patty. It’s a science for them, you know? Just look at that patty above… enough said.

2. Gott’s – St Helena, California, USA

2. Gott’s – St Helena, California, USA

Image: © Gott’s Roadside, via Facebook.

This roadside stand near Napa is the epitome of the American diner experience. Their burgers are deliciously juicy and must be washed down with one of their thick shakes or malts. Their garlic fries are also to die for… but perhaps not the best thing to eat before the car trip back to San Francisco if you are the only one eating them!

The perfect stop-over to enjoy the California sun and some American food on the drive between Napa and San Francisco, they also have some great other additions to their menu which sets them FAR above your average drive-through – Think Ahi tuna burgers and locally sourced Napa wine. These twists on the drive-through, and their kick-ass burgers and fries secure them their place on our list of Top 12 Best Burgers in the World!

3. Meat Liquor – London, UK

3. Meat Liquor – London, UK

Image: © Meat Liquor, via Facebook.

Located in a dark restaurant in Marylebone, their slogan is: ‘Come Hungry, Leave Drunk’. If you don’t get it from that, their name pretty much says it all: they serve meat, and they serve liquor… and they do both to perfection!

Their burgers are not overwhelmingly big, yet still manage to pack a punch in terms of taste. It’s quality, not quantity.

A side of fries will probably be welcomed by those with a big appetite. AND of course all of this is best washed down with one of their delicious cocktails!

If you are in the area and craving a burger but don’t have time to sit down, head to their take out shop in Covent Garden, Meat Market, for a quick bite! Don’t you dare head to McDonald’s!

4. Hamburger Foundation – Geneva, Switzerland

4. Hamburger Foundation – Geneva, Switzerland

Image: © The Hamburger Foundation, via Facebook.

Burgers + Switzerland = ?

But think about it…Switzerland is famous for cows eating grass on the mountain side (amazing patty), cheese (obviously! Best cheese in the world perhaps?!) and they make some great bread too.
Result? A really juicy and delicious burger!

The Hamburger Foundation in Geneva tapped into their knowledge of the great produce their country has to offer and, after spending a few years in the USA learning the art of the burger, they took what they learnt, fused it with Swiss products and have created perhaps the best burger Geneva has to offer! Therefore it had to be on our Top 12 Best Burgers in the World! Oh the Swiss and their perfection…

5. BBI – Berlin, Germany

Image: © BBI, via Facebook.

Go hungry is all we can say! This tiny little store in Neukölln makes a BIG burger! The patties are very thin, so as to allow for lots of other yummy fillings, but that doesn’t mean it is lacking in flavour. On the contrary, it’s great!

We recommend skipping the fries (it might be a bit of an overkill here) although they are pretty damn good. Here, there is both quantity AND quality! Why not take your burger to go and walk a bit further up Pannierstrasse to the Maybachufer/Paul-Linke Ufer to enjoy your burger in peace.

Note: Burger may require dismantling to avoid embarrassing burger face.

6. Big Chef Tom’s Belly Burger – San Francisco, California, USA

Image: © Big Chef Tom’s Belly Burger, via Facebook.

Delicious 100% ground pork belly, made into a patty and seared to perfection…need we go on?

Their classic is a patty (either the pork, chicken or veggie – go in a group and get one of each to experience the full taste explosion!) with fried chili pepper aioli tomatillo relish and cotija cheese. This is a seriously glorified burger!

The list goes on and gets more and more elaborate, and this is why it has made it on our list of the Top 12 Best Burgers in the World!

7. Burgerz – Schveningen, Netherlands

Image: © Burgerz, via Facebook.

Fresh and pure are the keywords here! Not to mention responsible. Everything is made in house daily from the patty down to the sauces so you can be sure they are 100% top quality burgers! The meat is made from quality livestock, and purchased from sustainable farms before being made into patties in an artisan way. The buns might not be made in the shop, but are baked by local bakers, so a little bit goes back to the local community!

Go pure with one of their yummy cheeseburgers, or try one of their other inventive creations! There are also great vegan and vegetarian burgers that are to the same standard for those who want to be a bit healthier. Want one more reason to head down?

For once this is a burger that might be considered healthy for you! With high quality ingredients, and no flavourings, colourings or frozen products, just good natural food (as if you bought all the fresh ingredients from the best producers and made it at home…and bake-your-own-bread kind of good) so don’t feel bad about indulging…go on, you know you want to!

8. PNY – Paris, France

Image: © PNY, via Facebook.

All the ingredients are always fresh with special attention paid to the meat sourced from artisan producers.

The place is always super busy due to both its popularity, and because each burger is made from scratch upon ordering (hence why there can be a 15-minute wait for your food when it’s busy!). All we can say is, this is definitely not your average burger!

Actually they don’t serve normal burgers – their burgers all come with extra toppings according to various themes such as the Indochine Mon Amour or The Return of the Cowboy. So if you are in Paris and the French food isn’t really flying, you can quash that craving for some good old ‘murican here! Get ready to have one of the best burgers in your life!

9. Flippin’ Burgers – Stockholm, Sweden

Image: © Flippin’ Burgers, via Facebook.

We put Jon Widegren’s creation on our list because of the great story of how it came about. Similar to that of The Hamburger Foundation in Geneva, Widegren decided that Sweden needed a quality burger joint…and that he has created!

He spent a few weeks in America, also learning the art of the burger, and returned to Stockholm to open a burger joint which takes the essentials of the American burger and fuses it with Scandinavian design (clearly this isn’t just applicable to furniture!) and top quality Swedish produce, with meat sourced organically and served in freshly baked bread.

This delicious burger joint in Stockholm, opposite the Karlberg Castle, rightly earns its title as Sweden’s Best Burger!

10. Temple of Seitan

Oh, my goodness, when I tell you that their veggie chicken burger is tastier and crunchier than the real thing, beloved, I am being dead serious!!!

The Temple of Seitan is London’s first vegan fried chicken shop, but it also makes delicious vegan burgers. While the name is an obvious pun about the devil of the Abrahamic religions – which stirred quite some controversy from Christians – it also makes reference to the type of wheat called seitan, which creates the realistic texture and crunch of Temple of Seitan’s famous vegan chicken burgers.

It was a sunny spring day when I first went to their Hackney joint, and while the place was small, it was well-frequented by locals who are mostly under the age of 30.

Hipster Hackney delivers!

The vegan chicken at Temple of Seitan is so good. It tastes so much like real chicken, it’s almost positively Seitan-ic. After that spring day, I made it a thing to go to the place twice or thrice a month! To this very day, I have not found vegan fried chicken this amazing – or fried chicken, point-blank!

11. Hank Burger – Paris, France

Hank Burger is one of the many vegan joints that have been springing up across Paris. It is located in an assuming corner in the 9e Arrondissement, in a tall and narrow building.

Their veggie burger selection is impressive, and they also serve a Beyond Meat alternative – an American innovation of vegan meat that tastes just like the real thing. When they serve it, they wrap it in a delicate piece of paper that makes the whole experience feel like you’re unwrapping the gift that is a delicious vegan burger with buns sourced from the local bakery!

The veggie burger is well-seasoned, juicy and colorful. They also have melted vegan cheese that serves as an amazing alternative to cheddar.

12. The Vegan Bar – Malmo, Sweden

If you want to have the Scandinavian experience but vegan, head over to the Vegan Bar in Malmo Sweden for one of the best selection of vegan burgers and beers in Malmö.

When I came here, I had the succulent mustard mayo burger in a sourdough bun, which was topped with vegan meat, bacon and cheese. Alongside a pint of Brooklyn Brewery beer, it was so nice and affordable. The thick potato wedges dipped in vegan mayo were delicious, too!

This article is an updated version of World’s Top 10 Best Burgers by Alexandra Mackenzie

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About the author Julian Canlas

Julian is a 20-something content strategist who loves to travel and write about online culture. Follow his journeys around the world and find more of his recommendations for amazing places to eat, sleep and drink on the TWISPER app.