7 must-try burger joints in Pretoria

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The good folk of the greater 012 area just can’t get enough of a burger. And, luckily for us, there are plenty of excellent joints out there. Here are some of the top spots.

Brewers BBQ (Rietfontein)

There’s nothing new-fangled about Brewers, and nor should there be: the original branch in Waverley opened in 1997. And in the twenty-odd years since then, Brewers has become known for great service, reasonable prices and some of the juiciest burgers you could hope to sink your teeth into. The old-fashioned Brewers burger is an unpretentious classic – much like the wooden benches in the outdoor seating area. Add a fried egg and voila – you have a feat of flavours, with a vegetarian option available.

Burger Bistro (Villieria)

Oh, burger, how do we love thee? At Burger Bistro, you can quite literally count the ways ­ with an amazing 31 burgers to choose from. The Karate Kid comes with a black peppercorn sauce that doesn’t detract from the deliciousness of the patty, while vegetarians love the Gandhi burger, which features a gigantic mushroom in lieu of a patty. There are now six stores dotted about Gauteng, but it’s worth undertaking a pilgrimage to the original and first joint in Villieria with its retro design, LP placemats and epic milkshakes.


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Capital Craft Beer Academy (Menlo Park) ? 

? Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app.

It’s no secret that burgers and beer are BFFs, and Capital Craft has become known for offering the best of both. This cool establishment in Greenlyn Village has a festive vibe, which sets the scene for an epic kuier. This is just the spot for those who like something out of the ordinary. Try the Chakalaka Burger for some cool local flavours, or the ­ – a beef burger with bacon, cherry-ale balsamic caramelised onions, a fried egg and three cheeses. Any of the burgers can also be made with a 160g vegan Beyond Meat patty.


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Hudsons, The Burger Joint  (Hazelwood) ? 

Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app.

You may have guessed from the name that Hudsons takes its burgers pretty seriously. Choose from 14 burgers on the menu, all available in 180g or 250g options as free-range chicken, beef, or Beyond Meat patties. The Rockabilly features a pepper-crusted patty, with lashings of blue cheese, chilli oil and pepperoni. Another excellent option is the Bacon Jam, topped with cheddar, onion, rocket and bacon jam.


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Lucky Rodrigo (Lynnwood)

Lucky’s is the ultimate place to kick back with friends, but a slightly lesser-known fact is that their homemade burgers are juicy, meaty masterpieces. The Lucky Burger keeps the trimmings to a minimum, and the result is a massive 250g of perfectly grilled goodness. Vegetarians have three options, including the veggie burger, veggie burger stack and the Beyond Meat burger. For something decadent, try the Big Kahuna burger, which comes with bacon, pineapple, pickles and other yummy toppings.

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Moo Moo (Brooklyn)

Tucked away along the far end of Brooklyn Design Square, Moo Moo is quirky, classy and – more importantly – serves some of the tastiest burgers in town. The 200g patties are available in three different options: beef; chicken breast and hand-chopped steak. In terms of bread, diners can choose between a sesame bun and pita, or opt for the ‘naked’ version. The Moo Burger (the steak patty is highly recommended) is an exquisite, unadulterated taste experience, while the Shroom Cowtoon comes topped with a deliciously earthy mushroom sauce and emmental cheese.


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Taste of Tennessee Public House (Centurion)

For owner Willem Nel, opening an American-style pub was a lifelong dream, which finally took shape after a visit to the Jack Daniel’s distillery in Lynchberg, Tennessee, in 2014. A good thing he did, too. That Taste of Tennessee was a work of love is evident from the care that has gone into every detail, and it’s a breath of fresh air on the local restaurant scene. It also happens to whip up some of the most flavoursome burgers this side of the Atlantic. The Cheesy Colonel is all flame-grilled smokiness and cheese with just the right ooze factor; while the signature Jack Burger is basted with a Jack Daniel’s BBQ sauce and features – among many other things – an enormous beer-battered onion ring. Can’t make up your mind? Order the Nashville sliders, which comprises your choice of any three burgers.


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