Best burgers in Dubai
We’ve sampled the Dubai’s burgers to bring you the best. But we need you to help us scale down the list 37 Comments
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We’ve sampled the city’s burgers to bring you the best. But we need you to help us scale down the list – for the first time ever, we want you to be the critic. Click here to vote for your fave and, while you’re there, learn how to cook the perfect patty. Finally, watch this space for news of our big burger event!
The Exchange Grill
The bun: At this price, even the bread is fancy. More a brioche than a bun.
The toppings: Patties come topped with a generous helping of melted aged cheddar.
The burger: The meat is ground wagyu. The quality is so good, the burger hardly needs any seasoning.
The sides: Served with perfectly cut, crisp truffle fries (purely addictive) and a portion of fennel coleslaw.
Cohesiveness: All men in a kilometre radius will envy this beast’s width and girth, making it tricky to eat without spillage.
Fairmont Dubai (04 311 8316). Burger available lunchtime only. Dhs125
The bun: No-frills: squishy, white and passable.
The toppings: There’s a range to choose from. Our personal favourite is the barbecue ranch burger, which comes with turkey bacon, crispy onion rings, cheddar cheese and a creamy combo of barbecue and ranch sauce.
The burger: Juicy, plump and cooked to order.
The sides: A portion of thin-cut fries that are crisped to perfection.
Cohesiveness: The excess of toppings makes it messy. Bring a bib.
International City, Persia (04 420 0600)
The bun: Crisp on the outside thanks to a turn in the toaster.
The toppings: Beef bacon, fried egg and cheese are all available. All burgers come loaded with shredded iceberg (urgh), tomatoes, onion and gherkin.
The burger: The patties – each served well-done – are shrivelled and dry.
The sides: The thick-cut fries have a crisp shell that gives way to fluffy heaven, while the onion rings are chunky and coated in a crumbly batter.
Al Samadi Café and Sweet Shop
The bun: Fluffy and coated in sesame seeds. The toppings: Quality lettuce, tomatoes and melted gruyère cheese. Simple, but effective.
The burger: The patty is made of lamb and is loaded with Arabic spices. The result is a juicy beast with lots of flavour.
The sides: We only wish they served more of the meagre handful of otherwise lovely chips. There’s also a small side salad sprinkled with fresh herbs and pomegranate seeds, which left us feeling rather smug.
Cohesiveness: A well-sized, though thoroughly manageable burger.
The Boulevard, Old Town (04 432 9520)
The bun: Well balanced between soft and crisp, sprinkled with sesame seeds and branded with the More logo. Impressive.
The toppings: The three-tiered tray of toppings comes with everything any burger connoisseur could hope for: mango chutney, fried onions, gherkins, wholegrain mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, lettuce and tomato.
The burger: Plump, juicy and cooked perfectly to order.
The sides: If you want fries, you’ll have to order them separately, and if you have the cash we recommend you do. The resulting chips are perfect, square-cut, crisp shards of heaven.
Cohesiveness: Even if you use a knife and fork, chances are you’ll end up with chutney on your chin.
Garhoud (04 283 0224). Other locations: Gold & Diamond Park (04 323 4350), Al Murooj Rotana (04 343 3779), Festival City (04 232 6299), The Dubai Mall (04 339 8934)
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