Burger Quest

Over the past couple of years, we’ve sampled a very wide range of burgers across the city. Quite a number, particularly from the “usual suspects” – the burger places in Edinburgh that have traditionally been highly prized – have been very disappointing. However, we have come across some crackers along the way. These are now listed for you, here, and will be updated over the coming weeks and months.

This is a burger

This is a burger

BBL, on the Pleasance, is home to the best burgers in the city. With meat from Malone’s, BBL’s butcher Allan crafts some mighty fine burgers that are a delight to eat.

Belly Buster
Belly Buster is a fairly humble little cafe takeaway on Ferry Road that serves burgers of hugely impressive quality. Well worth seeking out.

The fish burger on Blackfriars’ bar menu was one of the finest lunch items in all of the city. Sadly, the place is now closed but until we find a fish burger worthy of replacing it we’ll leave it here as a marker.

Checkpoint has grown to be a real favourite, with their chunky, beefy burger a real winner.

Broughton Deli
With a stronger reputation for brunch and healthy lunch options, the Broughton Deli’s specials menu regularly features excellent burgers. Often showcasing outstanding local produce from the likes of Grierson, this is a place to keep your eye of burger excellence.

Educated Flea
An absolutely fantastic duck burger in this lovely new Broughton Street restaurant from the team behind the Apiary and Three Birds.

Seriously good burgers form the core of the menu at Feed, at the St Vincent in Stockbridge. With meat from Grierson’s, they are impressive beasts that you should sample soon.

Fresh Revolution
Fresh Revolution’s beetroot, leek and blue cheese burger is far and away the best veggie burger we’ve sampled on quests.

Holy Cow
Holy Cow’s pulled jackfruit burger is the best vegan burger we’ve found in the city.

Jones & Son
A pop-up and market favourite, Jones & Son are now on an extended run at Salt Horse. Buttermilk chicken burgers have been added to their excellent pulled pork and exceptional burgers, featuring meat from Shaw’s.

Man on Fire
From their humble Portobello premises, Man on Fire are knocking out some mighty fine burgers. Well worth the trip to the seaside to sample, but also handily available as a delivery service.

BLT burger from Jones & Son

BLT burger from Jones & Son

Very Good
Akva offers a fish burger of distinction, well worthy of your attention.

Bell’s Diner
Perennial favourite Bell’s Diner has been producing highly pleasing burgers for many a year.

Along with Bread Meats Bread, Bloc is the finest burger purveyor we’ve come across, thus far, in Glasgow.

Bread Meats Bread
Now serving the burger needs of people at both ends of the M8, Bread Meats Bread offers very good burgers in fantastically friendly surroundings.

The Buffalo Farm
A staple of the farmers’ market circuit, the Puddledub buffalo burgers at the Buffalo Farm stall are really very good.

Cafe Tartine
A very stylish spot in Leith, the burger at Cafe Tartine, with meat from John Gilmour, is well worth a try.

With meat from Saunderson, the burgers at quality beer bar Cloisters are very tasty.

The famous Broughton Street butcher’s shop has a little hot food counter where you can sample all manner of delights including delicious, reasonably priced burgers.

Di Giorgio
I’m a big fan of the halloumi burger and sweet potato fries from Di Giorgio. What’s more, it’s one of the friendliest cafe/bistros in the city.

A surprisingly good hotel restaurant in the Ibis on South Bridge, Fogg’s Smokehouse does a very good burger.

A fine purveyor of Puddledub meats, Greenmantle serves its highly enjoyable burgers until midnight so is a good one to know about.

A great Leith boozer, Nobles has a really nicely balanced menu with very good burgers as part of that impressive selection.

Six Degrees North
A well-seasoned and juicy burger to back on Six North’s outstanding selection of beers on tap.

The Square
At the top of Dublin Street, The Square is knocking out crackin’ good burgers for a very reasonable price.

Tartan Stag
Offering very good venison burgers, the Tartan Stag is a friendly little southside cafe that you should visit soon.

Tron Theatre Bar
Flavour-packed burger served in the smart, artistic surroundings of Glasgow’s Tron Bar & Kitchen.

Twenty Princes Street
With their meaty delights prepared on the Josper grill, the burgers at Twenty Princes Street are very pleasing indeed.

Whistle Stop Barber Shop
A smart, American-style diner and cocktail bar, the Whistle Stop Barber Shop has very good burgers as part of their extensive menu.