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I love a good burger, but I wouldn’t dare waste the calories on fast food burgers. I prefer independent, standalone spots. Places that use gourmet cheese, potato flour bread, a secret sauce or even lamb meat instead of beef! What makes these places stand out is the fact that their produce is fresh and the meat is soft grilled to perfection. The cool branding doesn’t hurt either.

I am currently hating myself for exposing these hidden gems, but here are the four best kept burger secrets of Dubai.

1. Meat Me There

My number one, undisputed burger spot for the best, juiciest, simplest, yet most unique burger in town is Meat Me There. If you were to mention this place to your friends, most of them wouldn't know about it. Their burger patty is made with lamb meat, rather than beef, which actually works to its advantage, because it’s super succulent and juicy. They also have a very unique white bread bun, sprinkled with black sesame. Their cheese fries are served with melted gruyere cheese, rather than that plastic stuff that comes out of a pump. It’s the perfect burger and also my favourite one.

Location: Al Souq Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 2 — Dubai

Cost: Dh38 for the Meat Me Burger and Dh25 for the fries

Timings: Saturday to Wednesday from 12pm to 12am, Thursday and Friday from 12pm to 12.30am

2. Moylos

When I was in college, I used to always put an onion ring in my cheese burger, Moylo’s signature burger comes with a large Cajun tempura onion ring inside, which made me so happy. Moylo’s specialises in gourmet home-made burgers, fresh ingredients and the soft potato bread is their unique selling point.

The patty is made with 100 per cent wagyu beef, American cheese and a super special sauce and of course a giant onion ring. The venues are small but comfortable and super trendy with wooden details and exposed light bulbs. Have their Moylo’s Burger with a side of parmesan truffle fries.

Location: Near Sunset Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 3, JLT and Trade Centre

Cost: Dh39 and Dh20 for the truffle fries

Timings: Daily from 12pm to 2am

3. She Burger

She Burger started out only taking deliveries via WhatsApp, so you had to be in the know, to enjoy one of their amazing meals. The understated burger delivery service became so popular with its fans that they finally opened an outlet at Dar Al Wasl mall. The delicious burger is the brainchild of Emirati entrepreneur Shaikha Eissa. What’s unique about her burgers, is that she adds shredded potatoes within them, so they make for an interesting flavour and a nice crunchy texture.

Location: Dar Al Wasl Mall

Cost: Dh35 for a burger, Dh18 for Cajun Fries

Timings: Daily from 11am to 12am

4. Burger Pit

Burger Pit is a quintessentially classic American burger place, located at Dubai’s Last Exit. The venue draws its inspiration from the retro 1950s, but combines an old-fashioned concept with the fast paced life in Dubai. This gourmet food truck’s motto is simple — good quality food, done well. Classic beef burgers are paired perfectly with fries and the classic all-American shakes are there to wash it all down.

Location: Last Exit (all of them)

Cost: Dh30 for the original, Dh20 for loaded cheese fries

Timings: 24 hours