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Burger Me: 6 of the Best Burgers in Berlin

Da Birdhouse and Chilli Cheese Fries at the The Bird West Berlin

Da Birdhouse and Chilli Cheese Fries at the The Bird West

Like just about everybody else in this city I’m constantly on the lookout for Berlin’s Best Burger.  Every time I think I have my list finalised a new place opens or someone recommends somewhere I haven’t heard of and I have to reshuffle it – that’s why this is ‘6 of the best’ not ‘the best’.

Discussions about the best burgers in Berlin can get quite intense and emotional so I’m sure some of you will be shouting at your screens when you get to the end of this post.

For now, these are my 6 top recommendations but I’ll update the list whenever I find a new favourite.

Clicking on the restaurant name will take you to a full post about it.

Da Birdhouse - the house burger at The Bird in Berlin

Da Birdhouse – the house burger at The Bird

The Bird – Prenzlauer Berg / Kreuzberg
You will never forget your first burger at The Bird – a meat feast followed by a food coma. Eating here is a burger lover’s rite of passage. Booking recommended.
My Advice: The Kreuzberg outpost offers a lunch special – a single patty version of Da Birdhouse with fries and a soft drink or small beer for €7.50.

 

Chilli Cheeseburger at Berlin Burger International in Neukölln

Chilli Cheeseburger at Berlin Burger International

Berlin Burger International (BBI) – Neukölln
BBI is barely more than a hole in the wall but there is plenty of outdoor seating, ideal for hot summer days. The burgers come loaded with mountains of toppings.
My Advice: Be sure to have some serviettes at the ready. There’s no way you’re eating one of the burgers here without making an almighty mess.

 

Chilli Cheeseburger and Süßkartoffel Pommes at Schiller Burger Berlin

Chilli Cheeseburger and Süßkartoffel Pommes (Sweet Potato Fries) at Schiller Burger

Schiller Burger – Neukölln & others
The burgers at Schiller Burger have proven popular enough to warrant opening 4 locations across Berlin with a 5th in Pankow in the pipeline.
My Advice: The original Schillerkiez location is still the best. Get the Sweet Potato Pommes with the Aoili dip (smelly breath be damned).

 

Cheeseburger with Bacon and Fries (close up) at Tommi's Burger Joint Berlin

Cheeseburger with Bacon and Fries (with added extras from the condiments bar) at Tommi’s Burger Joint

Tommi’s Burger Joint – Mitte
Tómas Andrés Tómasson, the man behind Tommi’s loves burgers so much he eats at least one every day – the burgers here are that good.
My Advice: The burgers are full of flavour but basic but you can add extras – as they say, everything’s better with bacon and don’t miss the ‘Extras bar’.

 

The De La Sauce Bao Burger at District Mot, a Vietnamese restaurant, in Berlin

The De La Sauce Bao Burger at District Mot

District Một – Mitte
There’s only one burger on the menu at District Một – the De La Sauce. Served in a Banh Bao bap this Vietnamese fusion burger is a 3 times winner of the Burgers n Hip Hop best burger vote.
My Advice: Check out the ‘For the Exotic Tongue’ section of the menu – Deep-fried silkworm anyone?

 

The Buckshot at Piri's Chicken Burgers in Berlin

The Buckshot at Piri’s Chicken Burgers

Piri’s Chicken Burgers – Kreuzberg
From Portugal via Sydney, Piri’s brings a much-needed dose of fiery chilli goodness to Berlin. ‘The Buckshot’ is a wonderful cheese steak creation.
My Advice: If you’re feeling brave, try the Trauma sauce but remember softly, softly catchee monkey as Henry Kelly would say.

 

If anyone has any recommendations for a burger joint I have to try please let me know in the comments.

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16 Responses to Burger Me: 6 of the Best Burgers in Berlin

  1. Trine 27 August, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    You should seriously try this one:
    http://www.rembrandt-burger.de/

    • andberlin 29 August, 2014 at 7:21 am #

      Thanks for the recommendation Trine. I have Rembrandt Burger on my to do list already because I’ve read good things about it before and seen photos of some delicious looking burgers. It’s hard to find the time to visit all the amazing places to eat in Berlin.

  2. Hannes 27 August, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    What about ZsaZsa? 😀 Still my favorite so far. Followed by the Pub… But to be fair, except the Bird I don’t know the other places (missed the BnB then, damn!).
    And now I’ll continue shouting at my Screen until you put Zsa Zsa up on that list 😛

    • andberlin 29 August, 2014 at 7:23 am #

      Haha, I’m a fan of Zsa Zsa too and for a while it was on the list but it got knocked off by some of my latest discoveries. I’ve only eaten at The Pub once but need to give it another go. Revisits need to be rationed though to give priority to trying something new.

  3. Felipe Tofani 27 August, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

    you have to try Zsa Zsa Burger, it is awesome: http://www.zsazsaburger.de/

  4. Dagger 27 August, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

    Good Choice. I think you know Lily Burger, Room 77, PowwoW, Hamburger Heaven, The Pub.

    • andberlin 29 August, 2014 at 7:30 am #

      I know all the names (PowwoW only through your blog) but haven’t managed to eat at Room 77 or PowwoW yet. The others are all solid choices. I could eat burger every day for a month and still have more burger joints in Berlin to try!

    • Best Burger Berlin 4 March, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

      I can’t recomment Powwow. The Burgers are like from the 90s.

  5. Carlotta 27 August, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

    What about Ruben & Carla in Mitte?

    • andberlin 29 August, 2014 at 7:36 am #

      Carlotta, you know I’m a big fan of Ruben & Carla – the pastrami sandwiches are to die for and definitely one of my top Berlin food tips – they’ve gone down well with everyone I have taken there or recommended it to. I’ve had the burger too and it was great, the 6 on this list were just a little more to my taste though.

  6. nicoleisthenewblack 28 August, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

    Room 77 is a fave of mine, I really need to make it out to Tommi’s in Mitte. I’ve heard good things.
    Nice write up

    • andberlin 29 August, 2014 at 7:39 am #

      Thanks Nicole. I’ve had Room 77 on my to do list for ages, though I’ve heard and read mixed reviews. The problem is that whenever I’ve walked past it has been (or looked) closed – I’m not even sure if they’re open during the day and their website is less than useless.

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