There’s nothing like biting into a good, juicy burger. These days you can get pretty much anything on a bun, from a chunky beef patty smothered in Pinotage-and-onion marmalade, to a succulent lamb burger with freshly made tzatziki.
But when it comes down to it, we’re just as happy with a classic cheeseburger – especially when it’s handmade with local grass-fed beef and served with shoestring fries and crisp, light onion rings. Craving a burger yet? Here’s a list of our favourites around the country.
Johannesburg 2B Cuisine Try: The 250g lamb and mint burger topped with rocket, red onion marmalade and mint mayonnaise on ciabatta. Or: The pork and sage burger topped with rocket, cranberry jelly mayonnaise and crispy bacon. Side: None. Price: R79 and R76 respectively.
Dukes Try: The flagship Dukes burger, a pure beef patty topped with tomato relish, Cheddar, egg, mushroom, pineapple, bacon, deep-fried tomato, gherkins and onion rings. Side: Sweet potato wedges, potato wedges, chips or salad. Price: R77.
Fire and Ice Try: The Jaw Breaking burger, a spicy 300g beef patty topped with lettuce, tomato and Cheddar cheese. Side: Crispy chips, wedges or a side salad. Price: R90.
Fruits and Roots Try: The Mighty Burger, a patty made of borlotti beans, quinoa, butternut and shiitake mushrooms, topped with a tofu mayonnaise. Side: Chips or salad. Price: R52.
Gourmet Garage Build a burger of your own choice, using ingredients such as bacon, egg and five different types of cheese. Choose from 18 sauces, including peanut butter sauce. Side: Chips, mash, salad, onion rings or stir-fry veggies. Prices vary.
The Grillhouse Try: The basted, flame-grilled 200g beef burger. Side: Chips, rice, baked potato, veggies or salad. Price: R55.
The Local Grill (Boksburg) Try: The bacon and avo beef burger, topped with sweet chilli sauce. Side: Fries, baked or mashed potato, pap, onion rings, side salad, mushrooms or onion rings. Price: R70.
The Local Grill (Parktown North) Try: The blue cheese and rocket beef burger. Side: Fries, baked or mashed potato, pap, onion rings, side salad, mushrooms or onion rings. Price: R68.
Salvationcafe Try: The Salvation Burger, a grass-fed beef mince patty topped with bacon, Jong Belegen cheese and guacamole. Side: Home-made potato wedges and home-made sweet chilli tomato relish. Price: R86.
Thunder Gun Steakhouse Try: the Wizz burger, a beef burger topped with Cheddar cheese, a cheese sauce and a spicy Wizz sauce. Side: Chips, baked potato, rice, vegetables or salad. Price: R57.
Pretoria Ed’s Diner Try: Ed’s 5 in 1 burger, with a beef patty, bacon, mushroom sauce, cheese and egg. Side: Chips, side salad, onion rings or veggies. Price: R80.
Lollipop Roadhouse Try: the Cadillac Burger with a 130g beef patty, bacon cheese, egg and mushroom sauce. Side: Chips, salad, veggies or deep-fried onion rings (extra). Price: R37.
Aubergine Bistro Try: The beef burger on the special menu (call ahead to find out when it will be served). A chargrilled home-made medium rare beef patty is topped with sautéed onions, pickles, crispy smoked bacon, mature Cheddar cheese and truffle mayonnaise. Side: Skinny fries. Price: R75.
Billy the Bums Try: The Billy Triple Challenge of three 200g beef burgers topped with cheese, bacon and BBQ sauce. If you finish this in 20 minutes, along with a Black Label quart, you will receive a certificate and a reward worth R50. Side: Chips or onion rings. Price: R150.
Freshly Ground Café Try: The basted beef burger topped with cream cheese and sweet chilli sauce. Side: Chips or salad. Price: R57.
Unity Try: The blue cheese and onion marmalade beef burger, with lettuce and tomato. Side: Chips. Price: R75.
Beefcakes Try: Buffy the Hamburger Slayer, a 200g beef patty topped with a thick slice of Cheddar cheese, caramelised onion, avocado and bacon and drenched in a creamy mushroom sauce. Side: French fries, spicy wedges or a house salad. Price: R85.
Bistro Sixteen82 Try: the Steenburger; an 80% beef fillet and 20% pork burger patty, with fresh rocket, red onion, a tangy tomato ‘konfyt’, and goose liver and truffle aioli. Only 10 are made a week, and served on a Friday, so pre-order if you've got your eye on one! Side: hand cut potato chips with Parmesan. Price: R105
Café Manhattan Try: The Tons of Fun burger, a 250g beef burger with Cheddar cheese, camembert, blue cheese and caramelised onions. Side: Chips, salad, rice or mash. Price: R72.
Clarke’s Try: The cheese burger with optional bacon. Side: Fries (extra) Price: R50.
The Dog’s Bollocks Try: The Mega Slider, a beef patty with cheese and onion. Side: None. Price: R55.
Fire and Ice Try: The Jaws, a spicy beef patty topped with lettuce, tomato and Cheddar cheese. Side: Crispy chips, wedges or a side salad. Price: R90.
Hudson’s Kloof Street; Claremont and Greenpoint Try: The Original Royale, a beef patty topped with bacon, Cheddar, chilli and two beer-battered onion rings. Side: Fries or a house salad (extra). Price: R55 to R67.
Knife Try: The bacon, cheese and avo burger Side: Chips. Price: R75.
Manna Epicure Try: The beef burger topped with balsamic caramelised onions, Brie, rocket and aioli. Side: Skinny fries Price: R80.
Royale Eatery Try: The Sweet Petunia, a beef patty topped with rocket, grilled mushrooms and homemade mustard mayo. Or: The Federale, a blended patty made from beef, chorizo, chilli and coriander and topped with guacamole. Side: Fries, sweet-potato fries or a side-salad. Prices: R65 and R70 respectively.
Saints Burger Joint Try: The Heartbreaker, a chargrilled beef burger served on ciabatta roll, topped with white Cheddar, grilled mushrooms and creamy pepper sauce. Side: Fat chips, skinny fries, sweet potato fries or crispy onion rings and a simple green salad, house pickles, simple tomato salad or simple cucumber salad. Price: R85.
The Woodlands Eatery Try: The 250g beef burger with crispy streaky bacon, onion rings, pickled cucumber, lettuce and home-made tomato sauce. Side: Roast baby potatoes and onion rings. Price: R65.
The Farmer’s Kitchen Try: The home-made grilled lamb burger with red onions, red pesto, feta and tzatziki. Side: chips or salad. Price: R68.
Goederust Farm Kitchen Try: the homemade beef burger on 'roosterkoek’ topped with bacon, mature cheddar and sweet potato. Side: hand cut regular or sweet potato chips Price: R65
La Vigna Try: The gourmet sirloin burger with mature Brie, bacon, red-onion chutney and slow-roasted tomatoes. Side: French fries or salad. Price: R78.
The Red Leaf Restaurant Try the: Signature Pinotage Burger, a 250g beef patty served with Pinotage onion marmalade. Side: Chips or salad. Price: R85.