Where To Find The Best Burgers in Hong Kong
The burger’s reputation has evolved over the last two decades. Once seen as pure fast food, the burger has managed to rebrand itself as a gourmet meal. First, a more organic burger started appearing on menus, with ingredients such as grass-fed beef and locally-sourced vegetables. Then came the artisanal burger, filled with gourmet ingredients such as bison meat, blue cheese or raclette. And finally the impossible happened— a plant-based burger that will fool you into thinking you’re eating beef.
Hong Kong took a while to catch up with the rest of the world when it came to burgers, but these joints have managed to satisfy our juicy burger craving:
Lobster Bar & Grill
As part of the new bar nibbles menu crafted by newly-appointed executive chef at Lobster Bar & Grill, Cary Docherty recently polished the burger concept with his reinvention of the classic, joining the range of other nibbles such as lobster roll and poutine, a Canadian classic French fries with gravy and cheddar cheese curds. The Lobster Bar burger is a rare breed on its own. The patty is made with a variety beef cuts, including flank, neck, and chuck, ensuring richness in flavour and texture. Each patty is seared in a cast iron skillet which helps building a beautiful charred crust on the patty's exterior. The restaurant also custom-made a potato bun, a lighter and not as sweet alternative to the brioche bun. The bun is fried one side with beef drippings, while complimented with caramelised onions, streaky bacon, gherkins, an overflowing blanket of melting mild cheddar cheese, spiced mayonnaise and ketchup. The Lobster Bar burger is served alongside French fries cooked in beef dripping and a bowl of mixed greens.
Lobster Bar And Grill, 6/F Island Shangri-La Hong Kong, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong; +852 2820 8560
Henry, Rosewood Hong Kong’s steak and grill house is home to not one, but two signature burgers. The signature Henry burger has been a staple on the restaurant’s bar menu, but it is Nathan Green’s new classic cheese and bacon burger that win hearts. The new burger, now available on the newly-launched Sunday lunch menu, is beautifully crafted with Black Angus beef patty, house bacon and soft, molten bandaged-wrapped cheddar cheese, accompanied by red onion, tomatoes and lettuce, together with American mustard and the restaurant’s house-made ketchup. The burger will be available from Henry’s Sunday lunch as well as part of the restaurant’s lunch menu starting June 16, 2020.
Henry, 5/F Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong; +852 3891 8888
Known more for its tipples prepared with vintage liquors, the speakeasy bar actually serves one of the best burgers in town. The cheeseburger is classic and straight to the point. Even the tomatoes and French pickles are on the side. One bite into the burger and you’ll notice three things: how perfectly done and juicy the wagyu patty is, the gooey American cheese, and the soft texture on the two halves of sesame bun—a welcome change from the often dense buns that take over most of the burger.
The Diplomat, LG/F, High Block, H code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 3619 0302; thediplomat.com
From Sun Street in Wanchai to The Mills in Tsuen Wan, Honbo has got you covered with its #RealGoodBurger. With an all-natural potato milk bun, beef flown in from Wisconsin and pickles made in-house, the American diner strives to deliver the best flavours of the West. Popular favourites include the Honbo burger, the cheeseburger and the sweet potato fries, but what makes the burger joint stand out is its secret house sauce.
Honbo Wanchai, G/F, New Sun House, 6-7 Sun St, Wanchai, Hong Kong; +852 2567 8970; Honbo The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par St, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong; +852 2567 89616; honbo.hk
The Big Bite
With so many American-style burgers in town, The Big Bite decided to go its own way with a Canadian-style burger joint. The menu is overwhelming in the best possible way. With choices of Canadian sirloin burgers, chicken burgers, mushroom burgers and even lettuce-wrapped burgers, there is something for everyone. Don’t skip out on the big selection of fries, from poutine-style with gravy and cheese, to chilli cheese style and simple tater tots.
The Big Bite, Shop 4B G/F Kar Fu Building, 196-202 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong; +852 979 9690; facebook.com/TheBigBiteHK
Located in Sai Ying Pun, the burger joint is home to some of the best burgers in town. The tiny space is perfect for groups of 2 to 4 maximum. The menu is extensive, with a variety of classic American burgers dressed up in house sauce, onion confit, tomato jam and more or the curry lamb burger and the NWA burger with whisky cheddar, bourbon bacon and port and wine mayo.
The sides are equally as impressive, with chips cooked in bone marrow, rosemary fries or chilli fries.
Electric Ave, 301 Queen's Rd W, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong; +852 2858 8883; facebook.com/electricavehk
Caprice Bar at Four Seasons Hong Kong
If you are looking to over-indulge, treat yourself to a wagyu burger from the comfort of the Four Seasons’ Caprice Bar. The burger there may cost a pretty penny, but it comes with lux ingredients, such as comte and beaufort reblochon cheese as well as black truffle and culatello ham.
Four Seasons; 8 Finance St, Central, Hong Kong; +852 3196 8888; fourseasons.com
The all-American diner on Hollywood Road’s focus on the quality of its burger ingredients is evident, as can be seen from the soft spongy bun, the deeply juicy patty and the ooziness of the melted cheese. If you’re looking for a classic American burger, look no further than Burger Circus.
Burger Circus, 22 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2878 7787; burgercircus.com.hk
...and let's not forget burger chains
Burger chains such as Beef and Liberty, Five Guys and Shake Shack should not go unmentioned, because if all you need is to satisfy that burger craving, they will get the job done. Efficient, consistent and easily available, these restaurants offer extensive menus that have something for every palate, with the added benefits of fun milkshake flavours and tasty fries.