16 big, beautiful burgers to try in Dubai

These are the finalists of Dubai’s Greatest Hellmann’s Burgers

16 big, beautiful burgers to try in Dubai

We’ve been on the hunt to find Dubai’s Greatest Hellmann’s Burgers this month, (and if you’ve not seen any of the series so far then you can catch every episode right here).

Along the way we visited eight top restaurants and burger joints across Dubai, trying a meat and vegetarian option from each place, as we searched for some of Dubai’s biggest, most outrageous or just straight-up tastiest bites.

Here are the 16 that made the list, and here’s how you can get a free burger at the winning restaurant in Dubai this week (contains spoilers over the winning restaurant).

Beyond Burger from Pickl.
This plant-based patty is unlike most other burgers you’ll find out there in Dubai – vegetarian goodness, smashed onto the grill and served with a generous dose of special sauce and American cheese. How many patties does it come with? That’s up to you, because you can get your hands on a triple cheese beyond burger if you so choose. In a potato bun, too, so that’s extra marks from us.
From Dhs35. One JLT Tower, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 584 6859).

Chicken Sando from Pickl.
Hormone-free, antibiotic-free and entirely organic chicken that’s left to brine in green tea then battered and seasoned fresh in-store every day. Jeff it up (that’s Pickl’s way of asking how hot you want the burger) and go as bold as you want, because this beast of a burger can prove a test for even the most asbestos-mouthed among us.
From Dhs35. One JLT Tower, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 584 6859).

Baja Veggie from Big Smoke Burger
A soft, crumbly, spicy veggie burger sits in a properly soft bun, atop some freshly smashed avocado and topped with a spicy tomato salsa. It has a smoky flavour that gives this burger something a little bit different. And to top it off, you can also play classic arcade games while you eat – bonus points for one hand burger and gaming skills.
Dhs35. Various locations including The Dubai Mall (04 328 2108).

Urban Cowboy from Big Smoke Burger
Let’s take a second to think about some of the elements which make up a brilliant burger. A big beef patty – check. Crispy onions – yup. Bacon – you betcha. Oh, and copious delirium-inducing amounts of cheese – that’ll be a big, mature, sweating check. All of those plus a bucket of fries on the side.
Dhs53. Various locations including The Dubai Mall (04 328 2108).

High Jamz from High Joint
Start with a potato bun. Add a smashed beef patty, topped with cheese, and some bacon jam. Repeat. Then repeat again if you’re going big. Then add some crispy, fried onions. Squash it down with the top of the bun, and shovel it in your expectant gob as soon as humanly possible. But don’t forget to savour, because this is a treat. Every bit of beef here is hormone-free, antibiotic-free, it’s never frozen, and any leftover meat gets cooked up daily and handed out to local workers.
Dhs48. Corner of Street 8A and 11B, Al Safa (04 268 1586).

Katsu Halloumi from High Joint
For veggies, this is a remarkable burger. Recently we’ve been seeing more and more alternative options arising for vegetarians – and this one is among the best. A crispy katsu-style coating surrounds an entire slab of halloumi cheese. But this isn’t a chewy, turgid block or squeaky cheese – this is a gooey, flavoursome patty that treads the line between bite and ooze pretty much perfectly.
From Dhs38. Corner of Street 8A and 11B, Al Safa (04 268 1586).

Mad Chicken from She Burger
Fresh chicken coated in a Laban-based batter that keeps this burger crunchy but not dried out. Slap it in a bun that’s freshly prepared on-site every day, and top with lettuce, tomato and American cheese. It also has a spicy edge that’ll warm your gob without setting fire to it – the right medium as far as we’re concerned.
Dhs39. Dar Wasl Mall, Jumeirah (04 333 3258).

Veggie Burger from She Burger
Another plant-based patty, with this veggie burger melding chunks of soya meat and veggie-based proteins within a breadcrumbed, spicy burger. A flash fry later, it’s served up in a freshly-made bun and plated up.
Dhs35. Dar Wasl Mall, Jumeirah (04 333 3258).

Lobster Roll from Burger & Lobster
An absolute classic from this globally recognised burger restaurant. A zesty, flavoursome mayonnaise-based sauce slathers freshly prepared lobster and packed within a toasted bun. Don’t just have one, smash down a few of these bad boys.
Dhs105. Burj Daman, DIFC (04 514 8838).

O.G. Burger from Burger & Lobster
An absolutely massive beef patty is packed inside a fresh burger bun and topped with some tangy cheese to give you one of the biggest, beefiest burgers from one of the city’s most-famous restaurants. An absolute gem.
Dhs80. Burj Daman, DIFC (04 514 8838).

Beyond Burger from UBK
The second Beyond meat burger on our list is the only entirely vegan option – thanks to its vegan mayonnaise (made using carrot purée, soya milk and various herbs and spices). And it’s absolutely packed full of flavour.
Dhs69. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A (04 438 0000).

Classic UBK Burger from UBK
This is one of the meatiest, most tender beef patties of the bunch – with UBKs classic burger ready to just fall apart with the slightest provocation, like that kid in school with a seriously nervous disposition. Slather it in grated, full-fat cheese, whack it back under the grill and destroy that beast.
Dhs84. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A (04 438 0000).

Cheese Injection from Beach Buns
Cheese, cheese and more cheese. A massive beef patty is topped with cheese, Cheetos and caramelised onions, and then a huge syringe full of molten cheddar cheese sauce is jabbed into the top of the bun, so you have one of the biggest cheesefests around at this Atlantis The Palm restaurant.
Dhs65. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).

The Italian Job from Beach Buns
To deliberately misquote Michael Caine’s classic movie – it’ll blow your doors off, because this is an entire slab of mozzarella cheese, coated in breadcrumbs, deep fried to a gooey perfection and served in a huge bun with pesto mayonnaise, fresh tomatoes and rocket. It’s sort of like a caprese salad, in a burger, that’s been deep-fried.
Dhs65. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).

6abooga Burger from Blaze Burgers
Now this is something we’ve never seen before. It’s not a regular burger, but a double cheeseburger, and it’s not served in a regular bun either, but in between two grilled cheese sandwiches. It’s a monster. A beautiful, cheesy, bready, double cheeseburgery monster.
Dhs72. The Walk, JBR (800 25293).

Portabello Burger from Blaze Burgers
This is a bit of a classic. The Portabello mushroom burger was sort of like the first iteration of veggie burgers – as OG vegetarians will attest to. This one is grilled with garlic butter, and placed underneath a plate of (deliberately) burned cheddar cheese and jalapeños – so it’s not just about the mushroom.
Dhs42. The Walk, JBR (800 25293).

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