Not that we ever need an excuse to grab a burger but today is International Burger Day and it’s important to celebrate appropriately. There is nothing worse than trying out a new burger spot only to discover they’re stingy with pickles or they use that gross watery tomato sauce instead of the real deal. So we’ve saved you the hassle and selected the best spots in South Africa for you to grab a burger at this International Burger Day (and any other day TBH):
Here Are The 5 Best Spots to Grab a Burger in South Africa
Where: Cape Town, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Umhlanga and Stellenbosch
If you want classic burgers done right Hudson always hits the spot. Their free-range beef is super tasty (and you have the option to double up on your patties if you’re bulking up for a race or just have, like, tons of space in your stomach), plus they have excellent vegetarian patties which you can swap onto any of their burgers for no extra cost. If you’ve got commitment issues and can’t choose just one type of burger then order their sliders, which are adorable mini-buns featuring some of Hudson’s greatest hits. And if you love all things deep-fried and delicious you need to have some chili poppers on the side.
Must-have: The Bacon Jam, it’s got jam… made out of bacon. Drool.
If you’re the type who wants to leave a restaurant feeling like you really got your money’s worth you should head to Duke’s. Their portions are generous and they specialise in making burgers so tall they need a stick to keep them upright and are impossible to eat without breaking all the rules in the table manners book. They also have vegan options and offer potato skins as a side, which is a crispy dream.
Must try: Their signature burger (The Duke) is massive and comes with an egg so you’ll leave on a protein high.
Jerry’s Burger Bar
Where: Cape Town and Johannesburg
Not only is Jerry’s good for flawless burgers but it’s also a great place to spy on hot tattooed men. The vibe here is laid-back and whiskey drinking is encouraged. All burgers are 100% beef (no sneaky bulking up with bread crumbs here) and served on a rich brioche bun with sides (any burger that comes with onion rings is instantly a hit in our eyes). While you’re here you also need to try their cheese bombs and corn dogs because no burger eating experience is complete if you’re not ordering way too many sides.
Must-have: The Greed. It’s a patty stuffed with chorizo and roasted tomato then topped with bacon, cheese, and egg.
Republik encourages creativity and burgers here are ordered on a build-your-own basis. Choose a base (a roll, a big Portobello mushroom or their bun-less ‘No Roll, Doll’ option), a patty (they have a lamb option!) and then whatever toppings your heart desires. Experimental foodies will have a fun time choosing from ingredients like curry mayo, spicy guacamole, tomato chili chutney, or a whole entire deep-fried camembert as toppings.
Must-have: The Veggie Pizza Burger. Any meal that has both the words ‘pizza’ and ‘burger’ in it gets a huge thumbs up from us.
For days where you just want some no-frills fast food (but are too proud to head to McDonald’s) RocoMamas is always a safe bet. The atmosphere is delightfully tacky and OTT, and we’re so into it. If you’ve ever seen someone post an Instagram of a way-too-big burger covered in cheese, accompanied by an overflowing milkshake it was probably taken at a Rocomamas. They also have a good halaal menu so no one has to miss out on the cheesy, meaty fun.
Must-have: For lovers of a sweet and savoury combo the Cracker Jack features bacon and maple syrup, plus the nacho crumbs that add a nice crunchy texture.
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