A couple of weeks ago we were all about the best fitness apps to get you on your way to a fitter body and mind. Well, all that exercise calls for a treat – and some major refuelling. And sometimes there’s nothing that quite hits the spot like a good ol’ burger, loaded with cheese, salad, whatever you fancy – it’s the ultimate comfort food, and it’s always a good option for a meal out with the fam. Luckily Dubai is full of awesome joints – and we’ve (happily and hungrily) rounded up the best burgers in Dubai!
Warning: this post is likely to cause severe hunger and immediate need for a burger…
A gourmet burger restaurant all the way from New Zealand (where they know a thing or two about meat), the only problem with the Burger Fuel menu is making a choice about what to have. Our ultimate fave? The Ford Freakout topped with beef bacon, avocado, salad, relish and aioli. Mmmmm. There are also chicken and veggie options plus the most delicious sides including tender chicken pieces marinated in rosemary, salt and pepper plus pumpkin, carrot and chickpea ‘motobites’. And their kids nuggets are the real deal (no processed breadcrumbed stuff). The guys at Burger Fuel really believe that you are what you eat and they have made it their mission to source ingredients that are 100% natural, wholesome, healthy and ethical. They also offer inclusive lifestyle options like gluten-free, low-carb, halal and dairy-free because they believe everyone should be able to eat a great burger. We agree.
Yo yo yo! Comin’ at ya from NYC where a loyal fan base is fast spreading to our shores, Burger Joint is proof that sometimes, with a burger, simple is best. The meat comes from top shoulder certified Angus beef – it’s never frozen – and it’s minced in-house by a special butcher before being grilled on coals imported from the US to get that very special taste. And with the patty itself tasting so good, there’s little need for a huge list of toppings so you can choose from the original lettuce, tomato, onion, sliced pickles, mustard, ketchup and mayo. That’s it, mamas! And French fries or a whole pickle make up the list of sides. We love the restaurant’s quirky interior, exposed brick, graffiti and railings to resemble the iconic New York fire escapes.
City Walk, Dubai
Burgers (and hot dogs) with a cause – this joint is rebellious but in a good way. There’s nothing usual or ordinary on the menu here, sliders (mini bites) include Foie Gras, Duck and Seasoned Ground Lamb options while the burgers themselves come with the usual cheese and salad or Australian-style with pineapple, beetroot and bbq sauce (surprisingly amazing combo) and filled with everything from bacon to egg and turkey ham. There are also ‘melts’ (a cross between a burger and a toastie), hot dogs made with everything from seafood to rabbit, scrummy side dishes (we crave their coleslaw) and completely decadent desserts. With a location inside Wafi Mall and now one at Souk Al Bahar (yes, it’s licensed – if you like a glass of something with your meal), the décor is industrial-meets-graffiti chic – all the cool kids love it.
Wafi Mall Dubai and Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai
No points for guessing where one of Dubai’s newest Burger Joints hails – yup, that’s right – all the way from Californ-I-A and the land of the beautiful. Well, if they can eat burgers and look that good then we’re totally up for it, mamas. Maybe it’s because the patties are quite small (but that’s okay, you can always order two!) and also that they’re made from 100% lean beef with simple add-ons including salad and cheese. The flavours here pack a punch, the meat is flavoursome (try the Chipotle Calidouble for a bit of spice) and the venue really cute with a sunny décor complete with pastel colours and surfboards. One thing to mention – the food is cooked to order so can take longer than you’d imagine – but it’s worth it.
Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai
This organic gourmet place is one to put on the bucket list, mamas! Elevation Burger is recognised as one of the most innovative burger chains in the country – hurray! They are proud believers that “ingredients matter!”, which supports our view that “health matters…”, whilst still keeping our priority: top quality taste. They serve only 100% USDA-certified organic, 100% grass-fed, 100% free-range beef burgers freshly ground on site. These burgers are perfect for those cheat days where you’re looking for that (fairly healthy) treat! AND their Beach Road location has a fab little soft play area meaning that while you chow down the kids can climb up and bounce around (read about it here). Perfect.
Don’t let the name put you off (nobody wants to think ‘fat’ when going for a burger – enough of the guilt, already). Fat Burger is called that because the burgers were some of the biggest and best ever created back in the day (1952 to be precise) and are still, well, fat! Juicy, fresh (never frozen) patties cooked to order with lots of variations – we dare you to go for the triple fatburger if you’re feeling hungry or try their delicious mushroom cheddar burger (sooooo yum!) and real hand-scooped ice cream shakes. There are also fat salads on the menu… but why would you do that?
As one of the oldest and most loved burger chains in Sweden, they headed over to the UAE to satisfy our burger needs across the nation! Their first outlets are already open and busy in Dubai, and several more are due soon! They believe in burgers that, not only taste great, but also come at a greater value… Sounds good to us, mamas! These guys give you that deliciously simple burger experience, that oozes comfort food. Their extensive menu, at reasonable prices, means that this is just the perfect grab-and-go burger we crave when we are in desperate need of a pick-me-up. They even have Max Kids’ Meals to keep the little tummies of the family happy… Plus, they deliver!
This fab burger joint really is the whole package. With great service, ideal location (right opposite the fishing harbour), easily accessible parking, and burgers to make any mama’s mouth water – we are huge fans! Their compact menu proves that these guys know exactly what they’re good at and make sure they serve it! Great burgers don’t need to be over-stacked, they just need to be of the best quality. We know their snickers milkshake is enough of a sugar kick to keep the kiddos sipping away, and their crispy Chizu fries (with extra cheese) are delish! Want to know more? Read our full review here.
Al Souq Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suquim 2 Dubai, UAE
Burgers that claim to be the best in Dubai? We are willing to put that to the test, mamas – even if it means we have to sample the entire menu! This resto specialises in American gourmet home-made burgers, making everything on their menu using the freshest ingredients every day! From the quirky décor (signs on the walls, milkshakes in mason jars, and table legs made out of compressed cans), everything about Moylos is pretty impressive. We absolutely adore the truffle fries, and the littles lapped up the salted caramel milkshake (with a few massive gulps from mama)!
Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, UAE
A super cool beach shack that serves the most delicious burgers from a vintage airstream trailer? Yes, please! Apart from being one of the best places to kick-back, feel the sand between your toes and eat to the sound of the sea while fairy lights twinkle overhead – there’s also table-tennis to keep the fam amused – and, even the beach for the kids to run about on. Plus the burgers are completely yummy. Each order comes as two sliders (each big enough for one kiddo) and there’s a chicken option if beef isn’t your thing. The patty, soft bread, salad and sauce – we don’t know how they do it but they just do – an absolute must for all burger fans. Open from 11am – 2am (perfect for late night or morning after munchies).
Kite Beach, Dubai
This place truly is a modern day “roadside” burger stand! They serve the most delicious burgers, hot dogs, and shakes! By using local ingredients to make their own personal version of the much-loved American classics, Shake Shack definitely satisfies our busy city’s on-the-go cravings! Although it’s slightly on the pricey side, their Angus beef burger is a dream! Plus, their milkshakes (chocolate and peanut butter – yum!) are thick, creamy and absolutely heavenly. With friendly staff, and kiddo options, this is one the whole clan can enjoy…
Happy eating, mamas!