On the hunt for the perfect patty? We’ve done the legwork for you and discovered where to find the best burgers in the city.
Whether you’re into the classic beef burger, are a fried chicken fiend, or partial to the veggie variety, burgers are always are top of our list when we’re craving something delicious. It has to be said that not all buns are created equal, so if you’re after the perfect patty, here’s where to go in Hong Kong to find the very best.
Burger Joys prides itself on using 100% USDA chilled black Angus beef with a one-of-a-kind Brioche Bun, created by a famous French pastry chef from Las Vegas. The result? A fully loaded burger bursting with quality ingredients. The idea is that the top tier method and recipe means a high-quality consistent burger to all customers. The soft, fresh and fluffy qualities are all thanks to the precisely-measured baking process done in its top-secret bakery. The experts say we couldn’t make it even if they gave us the recipe – and all you need is one bite to believe it! Oh, and with special promotions with Deliveroo, Burger Joys customer can get 1 x free beer for any purchase of any burger until the end of October.
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Beef & Liberty is a Hong Kong classic, and has made a name for itself as one of the top hamburger joints in the city, with good reason. With the skilled team perfecting the bun to patty ratio, and only using beef from Scottish Highland cattle, this fun, upbeat hamburger concept has a real focus on quality ingredients (grass-fed, hormone and antibiotic free beef). With 3 locations in Hong Kong, you can expect craft beer, monthly quiz nights and a welcoming vibe. The Group Executive Chef Uwe Opocensky is also environmentally friendly wherever possible! Along with its classic beef offerings, Beef & Liberty offer up the famed IMPOSSIBLE meat and vegan buns, as well as serving up a special new and invention creation every couple of months. The Society is a brand new loyalty programme rewarding the most loyal guests for dining with Beef & Liberty. And if you’re craving a burger before your flight, there are city-exclusive menu items at the airport location too!
Sassy Mama Tip: Check out Double Trouble every Monday from 6pm at the Lan Kwai Fong and Stanley Plaza locations, where you can buy any hamburger and a drink to receive the second hamburger free! There’s also Happy Hour every Tuesday to Sunday (from 6pm to 8pm) at Lan Kwai Fong; and every Monday (from 3pm to 6pm) and every Tuesday to Friday (from 3pm to 8pm) at the Stanley location. Drinks start at $33 at both!
A classic in the city, and with multiple locations to choose from, The Butchers Club Burger is always a solid choice. Whether it’s meat, chicken or veg you’re after, the varied menu delivers on all fronts. We love The Gambler ($140), consisting of a juicy chicken thigh marinated in buttermilk, which is deep fried and tossed in Frank’s Red Hot sauce, and topped with lettuce, coleslaw, pickles, and a creamy blue cheese dressing, but the vegan options using Beyond Burger patties are also must tries. It’s also worth knowing that TBCB serves up breakfast daily until 12pm, so if you’re feeling a little fragile be sure to drop by for a sausage n’ egg English muffin and a hash brown.
A top contender for our favourite burger spot in the city, you can find Honbo tucked away on the cute Sun Street in Wan Chai. Describing itself as a “grassroots burger restaurant”, Honbo takes pride in sourcing the very best produce, with everything from its buns, veggies and beer coming from local sources. We love the classic Honbo Burger ($98), made with two two-ounce beef patties, homemade pickles, house sauce and cheese. Make sure to wash your meal down with a beer, too! As Honbo stock local brewery favourites such as Moonzen and Heroes.
Honbo, G/F New Sun House, 6-7 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.honbo.hk
A relative newcomer to the HK burger scene, but one met with much fanfare, Shake Shack has got to be on our list of the best in the city. Just as good as those found stateside, and at some of the best prices found in the 852 (starting at $50 for a single ShackBurger), we also love Shake Shack for its incredible location. Where else can you enjoy burger, fries and a shake with a stunning view of the harbour? Whether you’re going for a classic ShackBurger, or the veggie ‘Shroom Burger, don’t leave without trying one of the delicious hand-spun shakes.
Sassy Mama Tip: Stay tuned for the opening of the Pacific Place location!
Shake Shack, Shop 4018, 4/F, ifc, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.shakeshack.com.hk
A favourite of ours in the city (and not just due to its close proximity to our office in Sheung Wan!), Little Birdy serves up the goods time and time again with its delicious chicken burgers. With a strong stance against cages, hormones, and any other unnecessary “fuss”, you can guarantee that you’ll be tucking into 100% succulent and juicy Aussie chicken every time. If you’re border-line hangry, head straight o the “Naughty Corner” on the menu. We love The Heisenberg ($80), made with crispy chicken, cheddar cheese, pickles and garlic aioli. Be sure to add on chips and an iced tea for an extra $40 and thank us later.
Sassy Tip: Little Birdy also offers veggie options, so you can still tuck into a burger if you’re looking to minimise your meat intake.
Little Birdy, 15-17 New Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.littlebirdy.com.hk
We’re huge fans of Morty’s Rueben sandwiches, but this NY style deli also serves up a mean burger. Offering up classic diner vibes, head to the Wan Chai location and order a Double Smoked Meat Burger ($138), with cheddar cheese, tomato, lettuce, pickles and thousand dressing. The burger comes serves alongside your choice of fries or a salad, but we recommend upgrading your fries and indulging in Morty’s Poutine for an extra $30.
Morty’s, Jardine House, Shop 2-14, LG/F, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
Morty’s, 8-10 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.mortys.hk
The burgers at The Big Bite range from simple classics, all the way to the more unique peanut butter and jam burger (yes, actually), and all of its sizeable patties are served on the freshest Kaiser bread rolls. Stop by this cool Canadian spot on Tuesday nights for even more bang for your buck for $3 juicy buffalo wings with the purchase of any beer.
The Big Bite, Shop 4B G/F Kar Fu Building, 196-202 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/TheBigBiteHK
Green take-away joint in Central, Veggi Monster’s burgers are worth all the hype – especially The Dark Giant ($68). The burger is made with a soft charcoal bun and consists of a heap of mushrooms along with other veggies, on top of a black truffle and black bean patty covered in soy cheese and black truffle sauce. Everything here is vegan and guaranteed to be made fresh daily, so it’s the perfect spot to drop by for a lunchtime treat.
Sassy tip: Not that into truffle? We have also tried out the Forest Guardian, made from a broccoli, pea, mash and pesto patty, and topped off with vegan cheese and mushrooms, you won’t be missing any meat. Still hungry? Add on fries to your meal for just $18.
Veggi Monster, G/F, Shop 1B, Cheungs Building, 1 Wing Lok Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/veggimonsterhk
All beef at Blue is aged in Blue’s very own Himalayan Salt, so you can be sure that the experts here know what they’re doing and that you’re getting the very best! If you’re after a burger and fancy a gourmet offering, we suggest going for the Blue Burger, that features sweet caramelised onions, sharp melted cheddar, and a secret sauce that we’re still trying to get the recipe for. Accompanied with hefty homemade fries, this dish is a tried-and-tested classic. The only caveat is the #treatyoself price of $260.
Sassy Mama tip: The Blue burger is also available as part of the set lunch menu (that runs Monday to Friday, from 12pm to 2:30pm) and includes free-flow fries and a starter for $198, or for $228, the deal also includes a dessert!
Blue Butcher & Meat Specialist, G/F, 108 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.bluebutcher.com
Okay, not strictly a burger in the traditional sense, but if it’s delicious fillings and carbs that you’re after, Little Bao is another great choice. Home of the “bao” in Hong Kong, and its signature Asian take on the humble hamburger, the menu features much loved classics, with an Asian twist. We’re fans of the classic Pork Belly Bao, but also love the Fish Tempura and Fried Chicken varieties, and the restaurant has recently also starting serving up plant-based meats from IMPOSSIBLE foods. Whatever you order, don’t forget to finish your meal off with the salt ice cream bao with caramel sauce!
Little Bao, 66 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.little-bao.com
If you’re after 50s diner-style vibes, Burger Circus is where to head to. The menu here offers all the classics, with everything from traditional burgers and cheese burgers, to spicy chicken burgers, veggie burgers, onion rings, chicken wings sodas and shakes available. The best bit? Burger Circus is conveniently located on Hollywood Road, and is open until 3am from Thursday to Sunday, so it’s a good-choice for a late-night bite after you’ve had a drink or two.
Burger Circus, 22 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.burgercircus.com.hk
Found in Harbour City in TST, BLT Burger serves up a wide variety of burgers to hungry Hong Kongers, with its menu that ranges from classic beef burgers, to the likes of the “Canton Road” pork and shrimp burger. The menu is large, and sure to please burger fans of all tastes, but we’re particularly fond of the Buffalo Chicken burger ($98), which gives us all of the delicious taste of buffalo wings without any of the mess!
BLT Burger, Shop 301, Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.bltburger.com
With locations in both Sham Shui Po and Tai Kok Tsui, Burgerman is a great spot to know if you have a hankering for a burger when over on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong. If you’re feeling hungry, the Trucker Burger ($80) features two layers of beef patties, with double cheese, a fried egg, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, sautéed fresh onions and mushrooms. Be sure to complete your meal with a side of our favourite waffle fries.
Burgerman, Shop C, G/F, 95-97 Ivy Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Burgerman, G/F, 65-71, Yen Chow Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/burgermanhk
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Sassy Hong Kong on 23 September 2016, and was updated by Annie Simpson on 12 October 2018.
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