Berlins best Burgers

If your favorite burgers are served at McD, you don’t need to read further. This article is about really good high quality burgers.

We love to make home-made burgers but as with all food, now and then, it is nice to get served. We’ve tried most of the places that are well-known for their burgers and here are our top 3 in Berlin.

  1. The Bird. Without doubt the best burgers in town. All burgers are made of home minced beef! They come with different classical toppings and our favorites are Jack with blue cheese or the BBQ-Burger. Not only the beef has the highest quality. They have a burger with guacamole on the menu, but it’s only served when the chef gets ripe avocados. The place is always crowded and you’ll need a reservation. The interior is rough, wooden tables, benches and brick walls. It’s loud so this is not the place for a candle-light dinner. The only thing to complain about are the fries. They are not crunchy but rather soggy. Although this is an imperfection you can live with.
  2. White Trash Fast Food. A place known for its parties and the crazy interior. You won´t miss, this was once a chinese restaurant. The parties are not the only reason for a visit. The american menu is really good, especially the burgers. The burgers are of course home-made and so are the buns. They come with different toppings and you should not be afraid to try the one with sauerkraut. It is really tasty. They have a home-made veggie burger that kicks ass according to my green friends. The place is huge but on weekends you better make reservations.
  3. Tartane. When we went here we didn’t expect to see burgers on the menu. I am always sceptical towards restaurants that do not have a clear concept or restaurants that serves too many dishes. The quality at such places are often poor. Tartane is a restaurant with many dishes and no clear concept. They must have had problems deciding what kind of concept they should have because they covered themself fully by serving all kind of food. We didn’t have high expectations but the lamb burger with merguez sounded promising. And it truly was a great burger. Juicy, perfectly grilled with a spicy sausage. The home-made fries were ok. We only went here once (Oct 2010) but at this time we had a delicious meal. Note that some of the interior was taken from the Palast der Republik in the old Eastern Berlin.

Good but not good enough are Marienburger, Burgeramt, Kreuzburger.

Inspired by the restaurants above we made a hell-of-a Scandinavian Burger – Elk, red onions sweet-sour style, Västerbottencheese, horse-radish sauce.

Ingredients

  • 800 minced elk (or minced beef)
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 onion grated
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 dl home-made mayonnaise
  • 1 dl grated horse-radish
  • 2 tbsp chives finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 a tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 red onions
  • 50 g muscovado sugar
  • 1 dl balsamic vinegar
  • 4 slices Västerbotten cheese (swedish ripe cheese)
  • pickled gherkins

Start with the sauce. Mix the mayonnaise, mustard (1 tbsp), horse-radish, chives and soy sauce. The flavor will get more complex the longer you wait.

Fry the onions in butter and sugar until they are caramellized. Add the balsamic vinegar and let it simmer for 15 min. Taste it and if it is too sour add sugar. Flavor with salt.

Mix beef, Dijon (2 tbsp), grated onion, oil, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Form for burgers and let them rest for 10 min before you grill them. Grilling time depends on the size of the burgers but they will at least need 3 min on each side.

I am not a big fan of buns so we served the burger on a sour-dough bread with pickled gherkins, Västerbotten cheese, caramellized onions and the sauce.

Music: Listening to Bob Hund

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