The winners of the Eat Out Savanna Best Burger Eatery have just been announced. Sponsored by Savanna Premium Cider, this category at the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries recognises our readers’ favourite burger joints in their province.
Eat Out and Savanna challenged you, our readers, to go in search of the best burger joint in your hood, and rate and review them on the Eat Out site. The winners are the burger eateries that received the highest average ratings on Eat Out over the past 12 months. In some instances, where burger joints were clear crowd favourites but didn’t quite meet all the criteria to win, we awarded highly commended certificates.
Without further ado, here are the winners:
Winner: Craft (Parkhurst)
It might be famous on Instagram for milkshakes sprouting ice cream cones and candyfloss, but Craft also knows a thing or two about burgers. Eat Out fans recommend the lamb burger, which features a ground lamb patty, nestled in a wood-fired pita, adorned with minted tzatziki and served on bright steamed greens, with sweet potato fries on the side. Banting devotees can ask for their burger to be served on a crispy cauliflower rösti. Other reasons to visit include Turkish-delight mojitos, pulled-pork burgers and OTT waffles (think caramel popcorn or a crazy waffle breakfast sandwich).
Highly commended: Rocomamas (Hazeldean)
The chilled vibe and excellent chips are just two of the reasons that this restaurant has such loyal fans. Eat Out reader Grant Shorten recommends the bacon, cheese and guac burger (with his personal addition of sautéed mushrooms) and we’ve heard that the chicken wings are stellar.
Winner: Smokin’ Joe’s (Berea)
Brioche buns and Karan beef lay the foundations for some pretty great burgers at this funky little burger spot. Single-origin coffee, crisp fries flavoured with thyme and truffle oil, and a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere seal the deal for Eat Out users. “Best burgers and fries in town,” says Mohammed Omarjee. “Fresh ingredients and always consistent.”
Winner: Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers & Ribs (V&A Waterfront)
The burger selection here is extensive: There’s a build-your-own section, a gourmet section, and a menu of options dubbed the Rolls Royce of burgers. Highlights include the Royal Burger with two patties and two kinds of cheese, and the Sunday Blues Brunch Burger, which comes with cheddar, a fried egg, bacon and barbecue sauce. They also offer some pretty mean ribs and decadent milkshakes. Eat Out fan Kwandiwe Madikizela said: “Best burgers and ribs I’ve ever had. If you are a foodie like me, this is for you!”
Highly commended: Jerry’s Burger Bar (Observatory)
This popular burger haunt is known for cheekily named buns and juicy patties. The Seven Deadly Sins patties are stuffed with all manner of things and are a serious hit with the locals. Service here is efficient and friendly, with a bit of edge. It’s a good place for weekend feasting with beer and friends.