The hottest burger joints in Cape Town

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There’s certainly no shortage of great burger spots in and around the Mother City. Whether you like to wrap your hands around gourmet buns towering with trimmings of bacon and crunchy slaw or prefer yours cooked to perfection with melty cheddar (or both!), these burger joints have got you covered.

Burger & Lobster (City Bowl) ? 

With a menu built on three things that few people can resist – burgers, lobster and the lobster roll – it’s easy to see why this Bree Street restaurant is so popular. The B&L flagship burger comes highly recommended, with its tasty and filling combination of 180g or 250g beef steak patty with streaky maple bacon and cheese, all served on a warm, toasted brioche bun. Burgers come with French fries.

Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app.

A scrumptious burger meal from Burger & Lobster on Bree Street.

A scrumptious burger meal from Burger & Lobster. Photo Supplied.

Clarke’s (City Bowl)

While the Clarke’s menu has expanded in recent years, this American-style diner first rose to fame for its glorious burgers – and they still sell out fast. They comprise buttery brioche buns, patties cooked pink and juicy, and a topping of Underberger cheese. There’s also a crispy chicken burger, and a zucchini-and-beet burger for the vegetarians. Burger extras include avo, crispy bacon and Clarke’s hot sauce. If your appetite is on the smaller side, the baby burgers are the ultimate little treat.


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Craft Burger Bar (City Bowl and Sea Point) ? 

Here you can either build your own burger or choose one of the hand-crafted burgers named after places in Cape Town. For a classic local taste, try the Gugulethu – a 160g beef burger patty garnished with lettuce, tomato, red onion and gherkin all brought together by the subtle sweet spiciness of chakalaka and guacamole. They all come served with chips.

Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app.


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Darling Brew (Woodstock)

Darling Brew @Woodstock has been serving up juicy burgers and craft beers just steps from the Woodstock Exchange. They’ve also introduced a new Wednesday half price burger special set to impress their guests. Try their signature Darling, Cheese, Swiss, Up-Market and Tex-Mex burgers served with chips at half price every Wednesday between 12noon and 10pm. Their burgers are cooked to preference on fresh burger buns, topped with an array of sauces and mouthwatering garnish.

De Vrije Burger (Stellenbosch)

Bertus Basson’s little burger hatch continues to please with his take on this fast food favourite. The 200g free-range beef patty sits on a fluffy and golden brown bun. It’s topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and double cheese, and satisfies with every bite. If you want more, add bacon, smoked chilli sauce, Melrose or biltong. You’ll also score a free soft-serve ice cream with every burger bought. Win.

The majestic De Vrije Burger. Photo by Romy Wilson.

The Dog’s Bollocks (City Bowl) ? 

This laid-back spot in what was once a garage is known for serving hefty burgers in some tasty combinations. Toppings include caramelised onions and cheddar, jalapeño-and-nacho cheese sauce, Mexican beef chilli sauce, prego sauce, blue cheese, and arrabbiata pasta sauce. There are also bunless options available.

Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app.

A saucy burger from The Dog’s Bollock’s. Photo supplied.

Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants (Durbanville)

Frankie Fenner has upped the ante, with this latest branch opening that features a small dining space and menu comprising their spectacular cuts of meat. Regulars of their Woodstock HQ will be familiar with their burgers, which feature in all their glory here. Think options like a 200g grass-fed patty with house pickles, secret Viking sauce and emmental cheese, or a Reuben burger topped with a slice of housemade pastrami, melted Swiss cheese, kraut and Russian dressing.


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House of H (City Bowl) ? 

No-fuss grub is the name of the game here. The house-made patties are juicy and tender and come with a choice of seriously good chips and salad (or both). Order yours with melty cheddar, or order the wildly popular oyster mushroom burger with a herby basting sauce and halloumi topping.

Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app.

Hudsons, The Burger Joint (Claremont, Green Point, Gardens, Stellenbosch) ? 

Expect delicious and juicy free-range beef and chicken burgers and sliders – with all beef burgers served medium rare. For a light and easy experience, try The Hudson: a beef burger with mustard mayo and home-made pickles. The Bacon Jam delivers bigger flavours in a beef burger with cheddar, bacon jam, dusted onions and rocket.

? Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app.


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Jerry’s Burger Bar (Sea Point, Willowbridge, Blouberg, Gardens and Observatory) ? 

Besides offering 100% beef burgers that come on brioche buns, Jerry’s also makes stuffed patties cheekily named after the Seven Deadly Sins. It’s hard to choose between Gluttony – which has chorizo and cheddar cheese inside, and mushrooms and feta on top – and Envy, a tantalising combination of pecan nuts and blue cheese inside, topped with caramelised apple and bacon. Burgers come with skinny fries, onion rings, salad or sweet-potato fries.

Jerry’s Burger Bar Gardens is available for online bookings on the Eat Out app.


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Junior (Tamboerskloof)

The soft, takeaway-style burgers at this stylish fast-casual joint are simple but tasty and, unlike those at most takeaway spots, they’re preservative-free. Try the regular burger with all the usual trimmings; the double burger with two patties and two slices of melting cheese, pickles, and the in-house tomato sauce; or the bacon-and-cheese burger. There’s also a veggie burger, a tofu option, and a fried chicken burger with pickles. Order a side of cheesy fries and, to finish off, an Oreo doughnut.

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The Mash Tun (Woodstock)

With some of the country’s finest comics appearing on its stage, this chilled resto-bar is as serious about comedy as it is about food and drinks. Standard burgers come with a free-range 100% beef patty or chicken breast basted in their secret sauce. Little Miss Piggy – a crispy pulled pork burger patty – comes highly recommended. The Mac Daddy is another hit: a beef or chicken burger with crispy bacon, mature cheddar and avo. Vegetarian and banting options are available. Burgers come with hand-cut farm style potato fries, sweet-potato fries or a side salad.

Redemption Burgers (Woodstock)

Situated in the hip suburb of Woodstock is this burger joint that’s well known for craft burgers and good coffee. All burgers are served with crispy onion rings and fresh chips, with the Straight Ace being the house favourite. This beauty comprises a 200g real beef patty that sits pretty on a bed of crisp lettuce and is topped off with organic cheddar, home-made tomato relish, gherkins and a sweet mustard mayo. There’s also a Karoo lamb version with crispy fried brinjal and cheddar cheese, and a veggie option with lemon-and-herb mushrooms, rocket, tomato relish and grilled halloumi cheese.


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Robin Hood Burger Bar (Gardens)? 

What makes this Kloof Street burger bar unique is that it supports charities with a portion of its revenues – much like Robin Hood and his commitment to social justice. The dishes come as meals, with your burger, fries, cool drink and a dessert all included for very reasonable prices. And if it’s a standalone gourmet burger you want, you’re also catered for, with vegetarian and bunless options available. Try the scrummy Richard the Lionheart – a locally sourced grass-fed beef patty on a brioche bun with truffle mayo, truffle ketchup, lettuce, sautéed mushrooms, Fontina cheese, fried egg, rocket and parmesan shavings.

Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app.


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Royale Eatery (City Bowl)

Long Street’s famous burger joint has been going since 2003, and the burgers are still fabulous. There are over 50 options in every incarnation, from beef, chicken, lamb and fish to pork, ostrich and vegetarian. Go for one of the classics, like the version with white cheddar, or the Miss Piggy with bacon and guac. If you’re after something different, the El Burro comes with chorizo, chillies, coriander, mozzarella and smoked jalapeños, or the Burgerac with white cheddar and chipotle chillies. There are also 12 veggie and vegan options, so everyone’s catered for. Pair your bun with excellent sweet-potato fries and magnificent milkshakes.


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Vadas Smokehouse (Stellenbosch)

PJ Vadas is no stranger when it comes to glorious meaty fare. On Wednesdays the wine farm smokehouse serves up a monster burger combo of Farmer Angus’s 600g beef patty on a supersized burger bun garnished with tomato, cheese and lettuce. The big bite is paired with chips fried in pork fat and a pint of beer.

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