Edinburgh’s Best Burgers

No matter where you go in Edinburgh, one thing is for certain, there will be a burger supply close by.

We love burgers and have been on the hunt for Edinburgh’s Best ever since we set up the site, we’ve had our fair share and had our own view on where to find Edinburgh’s Best Burger, but we thought we’d open it up to a public vote.

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Update for 2018: We are updating our top five burger listing and will have some more additions to announce shortly, please sign up for our newsletter to find out which Edinburgh burgers make the cut.

Edinburgh’s Best Burgers

We crowdfunded suggestions for Edinburgh’s best burgers on social media, which resulted in a pretty long shortlist.

After lot’s of research, we narrowed down the best burgers in the city to the following five:

Cambridge Bar Burger

5. The Cambridge Bar

What makes a great burger?
A great burger demands quality ingredients, delicious flavour combinations, and the attention to detail which elevates a staple to something special.

What is the most popular burger on your menu?
Our customers love a classic Cheeseburger, but the other top-sellers are the BBQ Bacon and the Bacon Guac.

What’s the perfect drink to enjoy alongside this burger?
There are a few beers that really complement the Bacon Guac, cutting through all that unctuousness. On draught, Black Isle’s Goldeneye offers something with body and bite, while Harviestoun’s Schiehallion is a bit lighter. If you prefer bottled beer, Sierra Nevada has a bit more fruit with that bite.

Is there an essential side order to keep the burger company?
Chips are a classic for a reason and you need to make sure you do them right. They’re even better when paired with less traditional sauces, like chipotle mayonnaise, or covered in Cajun spices.

What makes your burgers unique?
Our burgers are unique because they stay true to the burger’s identity as a comfort food while experimenting with new flavours. A monthly special allows us to keep things fresh and interesting.

Fry, Broil, Grill or Steam, how do you cook your burgers?
We think grilling is the best way to cook a burger. It keeps the meat juicy and adds that lovely bit of char.

How much does your most popular burger cost?
A Cheeseburger is £7.95 and the BBQ Bacon & Bacon Guac are £8.95. 

When and where can we access your award-winning burger?
The Cambridge Bar is in the city centre, at 20 Young St. The kitchen is open every day from noon to 10pm. Tables can be booked by phoning: 0131 226 2120.
www.thecambridgebar.co.uk

Still hungry? Check out our Edinburgh food blog

Burgers and Beers Edinburgh

4. Just Burgers and Beers

What makes a great burger?
The bun. Too many places get this wrong. We get ours baked fresh every morning from the local French bakers. A good selection is also important. We offer a plain white glazed, a seeded brioche, a specially created focaccia bun, and the Navajo flatbread which we bake ourselves in-house.

What is the most popular burger on your menu?
The Mac Attack. 6oz beef patty / Home-made mac & cheese fritter / Virginia sweet cured bacon / Home-made beer mustard / Cheddar / Lettuce.

What’s the perfect drink to enjoy alongside this burger?
One of over 60 beers on our menu. We have cleverly paired all of our burgers up with specific beers to compliment them. For example, porter ales go well with spicy burgers as the beer helps tame the heat without compromising the flavour!

Is there an essential side order to keep the burger company?
Beer battered gherkins. They are to die for!

What makes your burgers unique?
Our toppings. We spent ages deciding what toppings made it on to the menu and even longer creating the perfect combos. Time and care was taken when choosing the ingredients. We have a selection of 7 cheeses, nicely balanced from mild to strong flavours. We also offer beer infused pulled pork, the Wee man’s fiery beef cchilli haggis fritters and to top it all off you can always ‘build your own badboy’ where you can create a burger as unique and individual as yourself.

Fry, Broil, Grill or Steam, how do you cook your burgers?
Broil. We have a brand new all singing, all dancing huge American style chargrill. It consistently cooks the burgers to perfection and can also deal with large amounts for extra busy times, tried and tested throughout the Edinburgh festival.

How much does your most popular burger cost?
£10.

When and where can we access your award-winning burger?
Just Burgers & Beers, 192A The High Street, Edinburgh – 7 days a week, 11am-11pm.
www.justburgersandbeers.co.uk

Roseleaf-Burger

3. The Roseleaf

What makes a great burger?
Quality meat, good portion of meat to bun, juicy-ness.

What is the most popular burger on your menu?
Royale with Cheese although our long running Beetroot burger is about to be change with a Falafel burger with home tzatziki & rocket.

What’s the perfect drink to enjoy alongside this burger?
A good beer is the majority & our recommendation is Ceasar Augustus from Williams Brothers – an IPA/Lager hybrid.

Is there an essential side order to keep the burger company?
Chips of course! Ours are skin on, cut in house & twice cooked red rooster tattie belters.

What makes your burgers unique?
Half pork belly/beef patties & home baked seeded mustard buns.

Fry, Broil, Grill or Steam, how do you cook your burgers?
Fry for colour & finished in the oven.

How much does your most popular burger cost?
£9.95

When and where can we access your award-winning burger?
Opening hours are 10am till 10pm 7 days a week.
www.roseleaf.co.uk

Burger Edinburgh

2. Burger

What makes a great burger?
A nice burger to bun ratio. A slightly sweet, soft, lightly toasted bun. A great sauce. That gives you a great slate to fill with your meat or veg patty and interesting toppings. Everything should be fresh, not bought-in or frozen. And a great burger is cooked to order, not sitting around under a heat lamp.

What is the most popular burger on your menu?
Our specials are the most popular which change twice monthly. Other than that, our Bacon Cheeseburger is the popular classic.

What’s the perfect drink to enjoy alongside this burger?
Our burgers go best with our boozy milkshakes, made with large servings of our homemade frozen custard ice cream, high-quality add-ins and choice spirits.

Is there an essential side order to keep the burger company?
The essential side order would be our skin-on fries made fresh daily from Russet potatoes. Or you could try them with our Beef or Veggie Chilli and cheese on top. Or our newest addition, Poutine!

What makes your burgers unique?
We have put a lot of thought into our burger recipes. Our Beef burger uses five different cuts of beef and loads of other ingredients. Our Chicken Burger has a Japanese twist on it, and our Veggie burger is definitely unique with hunners of components and a unique taste to boot.

Fry, Broil, Grill or Steam, how do you cook your burgers?
Our Beef and Veggie burgers are grilled on a flat-top. Our Chicken Katsu burger is fried.

How much does your most popular burger cost?
The bacon cheeseburger is £5.45.

When and where can we access your award-winning burger?
Anytime between 11 am and 9:30 pm on Shandwick Place or Fountainbridge.
www.burgeruk.co.uk

When you’re done eating burgers, you can go down the road to Escape Reality

Bread Meats Bread

1. Bread Meats Bread

What makes a great burger?

We think a great burger is one that’s made by hand, using selected cuts of dry-aged grass-fed beef sourced from local ethical farms.

We use three specific cuts of beef, we mince them and shape into burgers by hand and add salt & pepper only. We buy all our grass-fed beef from small ethical farms in Perthshire.

What is the most popular burger on your menu?

Our most popular burger is our Wolf Burger. It was meant to be the indulgent and over the top one- named after the Wolf of Wall Street.

That’s why hence its name varies across three BMB units- Wolf of St Vincent, Lothian Wolf and Great wester Wolf.

It is topped with crispy bacon & American cheese, a drop of spicy Nduja sausage and finished with generous heaps of slow pulled BBQ pork.

What’s the perfect drink to enjoy alongside this burger?

We believe that an easy drinking beer or a craft IPA compliments this burger well. A great German premium lager on draft is ideal, alternatively one from our fine selection of local, bottled or canned IPAs.

Is there an essential side order to keep the burger company?
We brought Poutine to the masses of Scotland in 2013 in an almost authentic form, using freshest curds from a local dairy. Our burger calls for a warming side of small poutine or a big one to share.

What makes your burgers unique?
We believe that our combination of cuts used to make our burgers is just the perfect combo. The fat content, the texture and the taste has to be balanced and it needs to be served in a nice bun that withholds everything together. Our baker is small local artisan baker that only specialises in burger buns.

Fry, Broil, Grill or Steam, how do you cook your burgers?
We use flattop chrome griddles for a perfect sear and we steam the cheese on top of the burger at the end of cooking process to keep the moisture locked-in and get that perfect cheesy gooeyness.

How much does your most popular burger cost?
Somehow, our most popular burger -the Wolf- is our most expensive one at £10.

When and where can we access your award-winning burger?

We currently have three branches – two in Glasgow: one in City Centre- St Vincent Street and one in Glasgow’s West End on Great Western Road whereas the Edinburgh branch is located on Lothian Road.
We plan to slowly expand further- ideally another central unit in Edinburgh and another possibly further north.

More details available at: http://breadmeatsbread.com/

So there we have it, Edinburgh’s Top Five Burgers (inc. one bonus burger), thank you to everybody who suggested some for us to try out.

Update for 2018 – we’ve tried a few more excellent burgers recently and are scheduling revisits to each restaurant above to make sure the quality is still good. Stay tuned for another update in the coming months.

Do you have a favourite you think we should try? Leave a comment below, we’d love to hear from you.


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