Is there any food more quintessentially all-American than the hamburger? Whether you like it with or without cheese, topped with everything under the sun or kept pure and simple, one thing is for certain: Beef patties are a staple of American cuisine.
And much like you can find foods from almost every country in American restaurants, eateries in other nations have added burgers to their menus as well. While some stay faithful to American-style burgers, others put their own twists on the classics.
Let’s take a trip around the world and explore some of the best hamburgers you’ll find in every corner of the Earth.
1. Taqueria dos Parados: Mexico City, Mexico
The burgers at this standing-room-only joint are famous for being among the best in the city, with beef patties grilled over hot coals and served Mexican-style, on fresh buns with spicy house-made salsa, bacon, cheese and ham. The result is a rich and delicious concoction that may make any American burger pale in comparison.
2. Foie Gras Burger: Au Pied de Cochon, Montreal
Heading north into Canada, you’ll find some of the most decadent dishes anywhere at Au Pied de Cochon in Montreal; however, one of the most popular items on the menu is the PDC Burger: A venison patty topped with foie gras, maple-cured pork belly, cheddar cheese, port and red-wine-infused mayonnaise, balsamic sauce and marinated onions served on a white bun. It’s an explosion of flavors unlike anything you’ll ever taste.
3. The Super: Burgerman, Sydney
At this unassuming little burger joint in the Darlinghurst neighborhood of Sydney, you’ll find a burger that consistently ranks among the best in the city: The Super. This burger is made from a hormone-free beef patty topped with beetroot, gherkins, bacon, onions and melted cheese.
4. Mapetla: Jo’burger In Dublin
When you’re reviewing your options for Dublin hotels you may want to find a spot close to Jo’burger, a popular burger joint. With a whimsical 1970s-inspired theme the place is fun, but the real stars are the burgers, made from organic beef, lamb or fish. Order the Mapetla, a patty served with beetroot salad and relish, or the Zondi, served with chili, green curry mayonnaise and coriander.
5. “The Fresco Burger:” Jacoby’s Burger In Haebangchon, Seoul
The Fresco Burger isn’t your average burger — it’s much taller. It’s almost impossible to capture the whole thing in one bite, but if you do, you’re treated to a mixture of beef patty, mozzarella cheese, bacon, tomato sauce and onion rings.
6. Burgermeester: Amsterdam
What makes these fresh, all-natural burgers unusual is their size: They are huge, and most would serve as a meal on their own without the bun and toppings. De Burgermeester keeps things simple, but you can choose from beef, lamb, fish or falafel patties to satisfy your particular craving.
7. Honest Burgers: London
A growing chain in London, Honest Burgers are simple, fresh and delicious. Made from chicken or aged beef (an organic veggie burger option is also available), Honest Burgers are served on homemade buns with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese with a side of homemade rosemary-seasoned chips. A popular destination with Londoners, it can be hard to get a table in these unassuming restaurants.
8. Ramly Burger: Singapore
It’s not difficult to find traditional American burgers in Singapore, which is packed with U.S. chains including Carl’s, Jr., but for a more unusual taste, pick up a Ramly Burger from one of the street vendors near bus terminals and other crowded areas. Traditionally a Malay specialty, this burger consists of a patty topped with chili sauce, mayo and egg.
These are but a few of the literally hundreds of international interpretations of the classic American burger. No matter where your travels take you, there’s a good chance that you’ll find a taste of home with a regional twist — and ideas that you can bring home to impress your friends at your next backyard barbecue.