Wednesday, November 29, 2017

My Best 5 Burger Destinations in Berlin

With winter and cold weather just around the corner, it is about time to start exploring the varied food scenery of Berlin. A friend of mine which had lived here for a long time and got used faster with the unfriendly winters and rainy summers told me that one of the reasons there are so many pubs and restaurants and bars in this city is the unfriendliness of the seasons. I am not so sure about it, but I can hardly finish my journey through so many food styles and alternatives, and it is a good thing as it is part of my ever growing love for this city.
Since this summer, I started a long research - with more than one tasting for each place - looking for the best burgers joints in the city, and right now I am happy to introduce you to my best 5 places for a veggie - non-meaty treat.

1. Burger Art, Steglitz, Albrechtstrasse 131

This is the place to be not only for burgers lovers but for art lovers too. How could you chose between Hokusai (octopus and salmon), Dali (beef, Irish Cheddar, mayo, eggs and bacon, among others) or Frieda Kahlo (beef, goat cheese, avocado cream, onion, dried tomatoes and cucumber). For the Vegetarian-conscious customers, there is the choice between Kandinsky (with a strong addition of Gorgonzola cheese) and Mihri (my choice this time). Accompanied by some crispy sweet potatoes, my burger was a happy meeting between many different and complementary tastes: eggplant, tomatoes, mozzarella, pesto and zucchini. 
Situated right on the other side of the spectacular Steglitz city hall and the shopping avenue, Art Burger doesn't have too much space indoors, but you can easily take away your treat or adventure outside when it is not raining. The preparation lasts around 15 minutes and a full menu - with a drink - costs around 10 EUR.

2. Loui's Burger, Zossenerstrasse 25 

A couple of minutes of walking from Gneisenaustraße U-Bahn and very close to Markheineke Markthalle, Loui's Burger offers a wide range of burgers, prepared on the spot, and served in an underground space with long wooden tables with some limited number of tables outside. Their vegetarian burger didn't impress me to tears, but the salmon hand-made one was amazing, with the right sauces and many veggies to die for. During the week, there is a special business lunch offer of 6.50, which includes drink, potatoes and a burger, that is totally worthy. A plus for the bread which is always fresh and delicious.

3. Kreuzburger, Linienstraße 74

Kreuzburger in Rosenthaler Platz is everything about burgers. Classical, well done, fast served at a convenient price. If you are visiting this hip area, you can take a break and enjoy one of them. My veggie burger was made of cheese, with cauliflower and salad. My bread was a bit dried, not as fresh as I expected, but the portion of sweet potatoes was big enough to make me forget about this failure. The full menu - with a drink added - can be purchased with less than 10 EUR.

4. Homemade TS Burger, Carl-Schurz Straße 61, Spandau

For all the wrong reasons, Spandau is usually off the beaten travel path, and even locals are rarely going there, although there are so many interesting things to see and explore (coming post featuring this past of Berlin in the making). During my often visits there - among other things, they have a very rich library with top notch books - I discovered a lonely burger joint, where your meals are prepared in the front of you - which might have the disadvantage of smoky oil smell all over your clothes after -, with a friendly and family friendly service - they even have a special box with pencils and colouring sheets for the little ones. The vegetarian offer of Homemade TS Burger includes only veggies, mozarella and haloumi cheese. There are also vegetarian wraps.
My choice was a creamy Mozarella burger with potatoes and a Coke, a delicious and cheesy fast way to finish your lunch.

5. Burgers Berlin, Pestalozzistr. 25 

Charlotteburg-Wilmersdorf area do have a lot of burger joints which might be interesting, but none of them convinced me completely. The problem when you don't eat meat at the restaurant, is that you are often left with some bland, unattractive veggie options, especially available when it comes to burgers. Burger de Ville, for instance, on Ku'damm 22, do have some great menu, but the veggie one was completely unimpressive and when I went there, on a Sunday, a couple of months ago, the place was looking a bit unkept too. My latest discovery is Burgers Berlin, a relatively newly open plance, which has a nice American ambiance, with blues playing in the background and a fast, friendly service. My vegetarian burger was a pleasant surprise too, with a well balanced combination of Italian mozarella, pickled cucumber, onion and a generous portion of ruccola.

If you are visiting Berlin soon and looking for some inspiration about what to do, check this list of 75 Best Things to do in the city.

10 comments:

  1. It would be impossible to choose from all of these! But since I love food puns, I'd probably go with the first. The Frieda Kahlo sounds delicious. What's your favorite burger out of all of these?

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    1. The Kandinsky one - with Gorgonzola - was delicious. I also cannot refuse a salmon burger either :)

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  2. A burger trail sounds like a good idea for a person like me who doesn't have burgers that often. All of these look like great recommendations. I wish they were bite-sized like chinese 'Bao'.

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    1. Thank you! There are Bao versions as well, in some Asian restaurants, but haven't tried them yet!

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  3. Such a good article for Burgher lovers like me!! Do you recommend any vegan Burger places too?

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    1. Thank you! There are some vegan options as well - using tempeh, for instance - at Markthalle IX.

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  4. I would like to know if all these places have options for vegetarians like me too?

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    1. My options were all vegetarian! I only eat meat homemade burgers at home.

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  5. Each one of them look so yum. I would go for homemade. Amazing post and lovely recommendations. Love them all

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    1. Homemade is also a good idea. Thank you!

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