Where to Get a Great Burger in Cape Town
There are few pleasures in life that come close to tucking into the perfect hamburger. Maybe it’s the fact that you have to get really tactile and hands-on with it, that it’s squishy, meaty and saucy all at the same time, or maybe that it’s just always satisfying and filling. Good thing there’s no shortage of places to get a great burger in Cape Town. It’s always tough to put a list together, especially when there are countless candidates to choose from, so here are a number of our favourite places to grab a burger in the Mother City.
Tuck into a Great Burger in Cape Town
CBD and Surrounds
We couldn’t put a burger list together without including Royale, they’re the original burger royalty of Cape Town. The menu is one of the most extensive lists of burgers you’ll see and has every beef, chicken, vegetarian, vegan or even fish patty you’d ever need. Definitely a tip-top spot to get a great burger in Cape Town. We’re also especially partial to their milkshakes, especially the ones with a shot of Jack Daniels.
Get your hands on The Burgerac with White Cheddar, Chipotle Sauce and an Onion Gherkin Salsa
Location: 273 Long Street
Contact: 021 422 4536
The Loading Bay
Located in the culturally rich and trendy De Waterkant, The Loading Bay is a multidimensional space offering an ethical eatery with seasonal meals and ingredients. Sharing the space is local skincare brand Aesop and a variety of selected menswear. One of our fave items on the menu is their beautiful burgs served with a freshly baked brioche bun with hand-cut fries/sweet potato crisps.
Get your hands on The 120g Grass-fed Beef Burger
Location: 30 Hudson Street, De Waterkant
Hours: Mon – Fri: 07h30 – 17h00 (kitchen closes at 15h00) Saturday: 08h00 – 16h00 Sunday: 09h00
Contact: 021 425 6320/1
Clarke’s burger is a no-frills and simple offering that doesn’t skimp on flavour. A 210g grass-fed beef burger topped with a slice of Underberger cheese and hugged between a crisp and buttery brioche bun, Clarke’s has nothing to hide and it’s clear why. Possibly one of our favourite places to get a great burger in Cape Town.
Get your hands on The Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich
Location: 133 Bree Street
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00-00h00 Sat: 08h00-00h00 Sun: 08h00-15h00
Contact: 021 424 7648
House of H
House of H is an awesome self-service concept in the heart of the CBD and they’re serving up some of the best burgers in the Mother City. The homely vibe, shared tables, colourful decor and arty finishes are all reasons in themselves to visit this trendy spot.
On entry, each patron receives a card on a lanyard which is used to swipe at the bar for drinks, at the salad/sides bar and the meat/mains table. This allows guests to navigate through the menu however they please and removes the complication of splitting bills at the end of the night.
Get your hands on The King Oyster Mushroom Burger/16hr Slow Roasted Brisket Sandwich
Location: 112 Loop Street
Hours: Mon – Sat: 07h30 – 23h00
Contact: 076 699 6146
Set up in a garage in Roodehek Road, there really are no words that quite sum up the Dog’s Bollocks. Their offering is pretty simple, choose between a beef, chicken or vegan patty with your choice of topping and sauce. Make sure you come hungry though, because the burgers are big, bigger than your head in fact, but always go down well with a local craft beer.
Get your hands on The Vag (vegan) with Pepperberry Blue
Location: 6 Roodehek St, Gardens
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00-22h30 Sat & Sun: 08h30-22h30
Contact: 021 461 8134
Robin Hood Burger Bar
Relatively new to Kloof Street, these guys are serving up delicious meat and meat-free burgers with a purpose. For every burger you buy, the Robin Hood crew donate a portion of the bill to one of the many charities they support – cool, right? We’re all for establishments that want to give back to the community, and even more so when they do it with something delicious.
Get your hands on Friar Tuck’s Bacon
Location: 66 Kloof Street, Gardens
Hours: Mon – Thur: 11h00 – 23h00 Fri & Sat: 11h00 – 00h00 (bar open till late)
Contact: 087 701 8454
Vegan fast-food in all its fried, saucy glory. The burgers here are insanely good and generous too. They have a whole host of other junk-food favourite but our best buy on the menu has to be their crispy, juicy and saucy vegan burgers.
Get your hands on The Lekker Triple Triple
Location: 105 Kloof Street | 37 Barrack Street
Hours: Kloof: Mon – Thurs: 12h00 – 22h00 Fri & Sat: 12h00 – 23h30 Sun: 12h00 – 21h00 | Barrack: Mon – Thurs: 12h00 – 21h30 Fri & Sat: 12h00 – 03h00
Burger & Lobster
As the name suggests, these guys specialise in two things, awesome burgers and lobster. Their burgers are crafted lovingly by hand and are 100% pure beef tastiness. We love that they are served on housemade buns and are positively popping with flavour. B&L serves a big burger for a big appetite and won’t disappoint.
Get your hands on The B&L Burger
Location: 105 Bree Street
Hours: Mon-Sun: 11h00-23h00
Contact: 021 422 4297
Refreshing the face of fast food, Junior offers quick and satisfying burgers with no fuss but plenty of flavour. They really don’t mess around, you can order a regular, cheese or a double trouble with your choice of sides, which are also kept simple. Veggies are also catered for with two burger options on the menu. Junior also sells glazed and baked doughnuts, enough said.
Get your hands on The Double Trouble Burger
Location: 12 Kloof Nek Road
Hours: Mon-Thu: 12h00-23h00 Fri & Sat: 12h00-00h00 Sun: 12h00-22h30
Contact: 021 422 2968
The Charles Café, De Waterkant
The Charles Café prides itself on serving up a seriously tasty free-range, grass-fed Farmer Angus burger. It comes on a brioche bun and is topped with melty cheese, pickles and tomato relish. With it is your choice of a side of hand cut fries or sweet potato fries, we recommend the sweet potato ones, they are banging!
Get your hands on The Brioche Beef Burger
Location: 137 Waterkant Street, Cape Town
Hours: Monday-Friday 07h00-22h00 | Sat & Sun 08h00-16h00
Contact: 021 409 2500
The Butcher Shop & Grill
The Butcher Shop & Grill features a bunch of amazingly juicy burgers to choose from. We’re torn between the Cheese and Bacon and the Lamb and Tzatziki – both are hugged by a housemade sesame roll and topped with fresh tomato and pickles. A great place to grab a great burger in Cape Town with a great view of the Atlantic.
Get your hands on The Camembert and Avo Burger
Location: 125 Beach Rd, Mouille Point
Hours: Mon-Sun: 09h00-23h00
Contact: 021 434 0758
Located on Main Road, Seapoint, The Press boasts a cool interior and vibe, as well as seriously tasty food. Monday night is burger night so buy one and get one free (excludes gourmet burgers). The Mother Hen burger is a crispy chicken patty sandwiched between a toasted bun and topped with rocket, onion, fresh tomato, and ranch dressing. It’s a mouthful but so worth it!
Get your hands on The Mother Hen Burger
Location: 176 Main Rd, Sea Point
Hours: Sun-Thu: 10h00-01h00 Fri: 10h00-16h00 Sat: 21h00-02h00
Contact: 021 434 7724
Gibsons Gourmet Burgers and Ribs at the V&A Waterfront
If you’re a burger and shake kinda girl or guy then you need to get down to Gibsons. Located at the bustling V&A Waterfront, Gibsons boasts a serious burger menu with options to suit literally every palate and belly – 47 of them to be exact. From a Mexican-inspired burger, with guacamole, salsa and nachos, to a Rolls Royce Long Island burger with hickory ham, bacon, cheddar a BBQ sauce. You can literally create the burger of your dreams with every kind of topping available, from a variety of cheeses, to exactly how you like your onions, to pickles, jalapenos and more. Their grain-fed beef burgers are flame-grilled and are hugged by a glossy brioche bun and served with hand-cut fries.
You should definitely accompany your burger goodness with one of their 217 shakes… yes, you read that correctly, 217! From SA favourites such as Peppermint Crisp and Lunch Bar to classics like Oreo or salted caramel, it’s a milkshake lovers dream come true.
FYI, they also have a vegan-friendly section!
Get your hands on The Governor’s Deluxe Burger
Location: Shop 157, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Hours: Daily from 11h00 – 22h00
Contact: 087 357 3465
Devil’s Peak Taproom
Located in Salt River, the Devil’s Peak Taproom is a hotspot for great beer and a great burger in Cape Town. Apart from their amazing burgers, the restaurant always has cool specials so keep an eye on their menu to see what goodies are on offer.
Get your hands on The Taproom Cheeseburger with Rosemary Fries
Location: 150 Cecil Rd, Salt River
Hours: Mon-Sat: 11h00-00h00
Contact: 021 201 1401
These guys are whipping up hardy, real-deal burgers that focus on quality ingredients. Based in the GOODFood centre, Truck Norris provides an authentic burger experience that proves that less really is more. The menu is short and sweet just the way we like it with a choice of 100% free-range juicy beef, crispy chicken or vegan Beyond Meat patties sandwiched between gorgeous glossy buns. Also, truffle fries. DO NOT miss out on the truffle fries.
Get your hands on the Texas
Location: The Ironworks Building, 187 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock
Hours: Mon – Sat: 09h00 – 21h00
Contact: 072 529 7999
Redemption Burgers can be found conveniently placed next to the ATM at the Biscuit Mill – coincidence? We think not. You’ll want to spend your money at this epic biker-vibe spot with so many fun burger variations and plenty of craft beer on tap – their very own Redemption Lager included.
Get your hands on The Homegrown Veg Burger
Location: Block B, Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Salt River
Hours: Mon-Sat: 09h00-19h00
Contact: 079 476 3648
The Mash Tun
Located in vibey Woodstock at the Iron Works (also home to the new GOODFood) is the Mash Tun, a ‘restobar’ offering a menu full of delish options. The burger menu is comprehensive with cute names and quirky write-ups. Best yet? They have a 2 for 1 burger special every Monday from 12h00 to 19h00.
Get your hands on The Froomage
Location: 240 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock
Hours: Mon – Sat: 07h00 – 00h00
Contact: 021 447 1619
This little gem in Woodstock opened up no too long ago, and serves up a great burger in Cape Town. The spot is small, but booming with character. Think colourful furniture, plant life everywhere and the shell of a groovy old-school VW van parked in the middle for DJs to play tunes out of – its a serious vibe. Grab a beer, eat a burger and have a boogie.
Get your hands on The HT Burger with Craft Beer Battered Onion Rings
Location: Corner of Woodlands and Ravenscraig Roads, Woodstock
Hours: Thursday: 16h00 – 22h00 Friday: 16h00 – 00h00 Sat & Sun: 14h00 – 00h00
Contact: 082 364 6464
The Woodstock Lounge
This quaint little spot in Woodstock is quite famous amongst the locals. The Woodstock Lounge is ultra trendy, with whitewashed wooden tables and sleek interior. Expect a laid-back vibe with a homey atmosphere, good food, and great service.
Get your hands on The Springbok Burger
Location: 70 Roodebloem Rd, Woodstock
Hours: Mon-Sat: 11h30-00h00
Contact: 021 448 3338
Jack Black Taproom
Beers and burgers – is there honestly anything better? The Jack Black Taproom offers a home for patrons to sample the Jack Black Brewing Company beers and delicious food (including their famous burger) in a laid back environment.
Get your hands on The Butcher Block Burger
Location: 10 Brigid Road, Diep River
Hours: Wed – Fri: 10h00 – 22h00 Saturday: 10h00 – 16h00
Contact: 021 205 1991
This wholesome spot in Claremont is well-known for their beautiful baked goods, brekkies and burgers. The space is quaint, homely and inviting with a couple tables inside and an outside courtyard.
Get your hands on The Burger
Location: 8 Grove Avenue, Claremont
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00 – 15h30 Sat: 08h30 – 13h30
Contact: 021 671 1958
The Local is the spot to hang out, watch the game and grab a cold one. The burgers not only fit right into the vibe but also happens to be pretty dang tasty. Both the Local and Terrace burgers feature 200g of free-range beef, homemade pickles and hand cut chips on the side, you’re onto a winner whichever burger you end up choosing.
Get your hands on The Local Burger
Location: 32 Spaanschemat River Rd & Brounger Rd, Deurdrif
Hours: Mon-Sun: 11h00-23h00
Contact: 021 794 7747
Copper Club Eatery
Copper Club Eatery is well known around the Southern Subs for having really tasty food. Apart from their amazing brekkies, mains and wood fired pizzas – they have some seriously delectable homemade gourmet burgers with all the trimmings.
Get your hands on The Atchar Burger with Crispy Bacon and Sour Cream
Location: 3 Main St, Newlands
Hours: 021 687 0025
Contact: Mon-Sat: 07h00-22h00 Sun: 08h00-17h00
All Over Cape Town
Jerry’s Burger Bar
Found at a few select spots around the city, Jerry’s is always a fail-safe option to get a great burger in Cape Town. The vintage tattoo-style interiors and good selection of craft brews make it a great place for an after-work drink, date night or just hanging with friends. Look out for their stuffed burgers too, especially Sloth, it’s filled with cheddar cheese and jalapeños and topped with avo and bacon – that’s worthy of a Home Alone scream face.
Get your hands on The Jack D with Extra Cheddar Cheese
Location: Check on their page here
Hudson’s was one of the first places to serve up a really good gourmet burger. Consistently good, they offer a number of interesting, as well as classic toppings on their burgers, they also have two very good veggie burgers on offer. We’re suckers for their peanut butter milkshakes and chilli poppers, it’s simply not a meal at Hudson’s without them. The Rockafella – a beef patty topped with pulled pork, cheddar cheese and a fried egg. Yum!
Get your hands on The Rockafella – a beef patty topped with pulled pork, cheddar cheese and a fried egg
Location: Check their page here
Craft Burger Bar
Burgers and craft beer, what’s not to love about that? Craft Burger Bar serves up a juicy selection of handcrafted burgers and if you’re not in the mood for a burger (whaaat?) you can build your own salad. We really love the Mfuleni burger that boasts good ol’ Monkeygland Sauce, cheddar cheese and fresh chilli. If you prefer being in the driver’s seat you can also build your own burger and get exactly what you want.
Get your hands on The Mfuleni burger
Location: 82 Regent Road, Sea Point | 63 Buitengracht Street
Hours: Mon-Sun: 11h30-23h00 | Mon-Sun: 11h30-22h30
Contact: 021 439 7407 | 021 424 0082
There are a few Tiger’s Milk branches around Cape Town and they are consistently good. The decor and ambience are always on point, as is the food. Get your hands on an Evil Twin – your choice of patty topped with red onion, lettuce, tomato, cheese slice and truffle infused mushroom sauce. We love their fries too and recommend ordering the truffle and aioli ones.
Get your hands on The Evil Twin
Location: Check their page here
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