I love a good burger, but I wouldn’t want to 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, the meat is soft and grilled well. The cool branding doesn’t hurt either.
Here are some of the top burgers in 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 I think actually works to its advantage. Many people don't love lamb meat, but this one is made perfectly. 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 to indulge in.
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
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 when I took a bite. 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, 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. Order 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 burger joint 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. When I tried my first burger there, I was a bit miffed at the size of the burger. Wish it was bigger in size, but pair that with fries and a drink, I got up feeling pretty full.
Location: Dar Al Wasl Mall Cost: Dh35 for a burger, Dh18 for Cajun Fries Timings: Daily from 11am to 12am
If I am being honest, not every burger on the Parker's menu is worth ordering, but there is one that I go back for time and time again. Their Truffle Burger. It's made with Truffle infused Wagyu striploins, truffle ranch, white cheddar and crispy onions. I get that it's kind of heavy, but this has got to be one of my favourite burgers in Dubai. Try it and you'll see what I mean.
Location: Dubai Mall, La Mer Cost: Dh62 for the truffle burger Timings: Weekdays from 9am to 12am and weekends until 1am
5. Bareburger (a vegan burger!)
One of the beauties of Bareburger is that the ingredients are mostly all organic, so you can really taste the difference in quality. I have to say though, that their stand-out menu item is their vegan burger. I know it may seem a bit strange for people who eat meat to want to try a vegan burger, but it honestly completely changed my view of eating vegan 'meat'. Their vegan burger is called the Beyond Burger, and it's made out of 100 per cent vegan ingredients like beetroot, potato as well as other vegetables, there's even some vegan cheese on it! And honestly... I am not even exaggerating, it tastes just like the real thing.
Locations La Mer, City Walk, The Pointe Cost Dh44 Timings various opening hours but closes at 11.30pm
6. Shake Shack
Although this brand is slightly more mainstream, and mostly only located within malls, there is something completely comforting about biting into a burger at Shake Shack. The soft and pillowy bun, the sort of jagged edge burger and that melted cheese gives it a little bit of a messy and homemade feel. The only drawback about Shake Shack is the size of the burger. When something is so good, I tend to always crave more burger surface area that what they give us.
Locations Multiple Cost starting from Dh30 Timings various depending on location
Although it doesn’t top the list, I have a little soft spot for CaliBurger. They honestly do make a mean double cheese burger. My friend who loves a spicy flavour says their Cali on Fire is fantastic and always a go-to. Their French fries used to be those old school thick cut fries that kind of dried out after you left them out for too long, but they've recently stepped up their game with the introduction of skinny fries. CaliBurger is now delivery only in the UAE.
Location: Umm Suqqeim on Jumeirah Beach Road Cost: Starts from Dh26 Timings: 12pm to 12am
8. Blaze Burgers
I love anything that allows you to customise. Blaze is originally a Bahraini homegrown brand that makes these juicy, cheesy burgers in an old school nostaligia kind of way. The ingredients are all are fresh They are insta-famous for the 6Abooga Burger, but I honestly recommend just having a build-your-own exactly the way you like it.
Location: JBR Cost: Starting from Dh39 Timings: Daily from 9am to 2am
9. Five Guys
I know it’s another mainstream mall spot, but you cannot deny that their burgers really scratch that burger-craving itch. The burger itself isn’t made with those cool and trendy potato buns or gourmet cheese. But it’s a massive portion, really filling and cooked well. They also have a tendency to fill the entire brown bag with French fries and you get free unlimited peanuts.
Location: Multiple Outlets Cost: Starting from Dh38 Timings various
10. 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
Everyone talks about Salt when they think burgers in Dubai. What started out as a little food truck on kite beach, is now a full fledged success story with multiple locations and international pop-ups. Salt kind of pioneered the potato bun burger in the UAE. They kind of started the 'soft burger' trend. When everyone was still enjoying white sesame seeds on their bun, Salt focused more on the texture and it totally transformed the experience. Their burgers come in two's since they are quite small, but pair them with some fries and a shake and you are good!
Location: Kite Beach, Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina Mall, La Mer. They also have locations in RAK, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and even Saudi Arabia Cost: Dh32 for the original, Dh18 for cheese fries Timings: various
12. Le Burger
Le Burger is apparently Vienna’s best kept secret. This spot is more for the picky person, who wants to know exactly what's in their burger (me tbh). Le Burger allows you to make over 2,000 burger combinations. Mall of the Emirates is the first international opening for the brand. Le Burger takes fast-casual dining to new heights with gourmet burgers, specially curated mocktails and a sustainable outlook in a fresh, design-savvy setting. The dedicated beverage bar lets diners pick from an elaborate drinks menu so they can enjoy sips of delicious milkshakes, mocktails, iced teas, coffees and soft drinks.
Location: First floor of Mall of the Emirates, next to Ski Dubai Price: Dh52 for a classic cheese burger Timings Open Daily
13. Black Tap
When Black Tap first opened in Jumeirah Al Naseem, it was common to find 40 to 60 minute wait times. The popular burger joint, which hails from New York is famous for its generous burgers (American Portions) and its Crazy Shakes. Black Tap’s flavours are simple and uncomplicated, with each burger made from scratch. It's definitely an enjoyable night out and the burgers are tasty. Perhaps a bit on the pricy side, with the burger meals starting at Dh75, which slides it down the list a little. However, most people I come across seem to really like their craft burgers. It has since expanded to several locations across the UAE.
Locations: Jumeirah Al Naseem, Rixos Premium and Dubai Festival City. They have one location in Abu Dhabi Cost: Dh75 for the All-American Timings: Daily from 11am to 12am
14. Pickl. Dubai
This JLT burger joint has hit Dubai by storm. Anytime you are there you will find a slew of delivery drivers waiting to pick up orders, as well as a line of people ordering to dine in. You can't deny, their burgers are really good. Apparently they ship their beef especially from the USA, and they use potato buns to soak up all the sauces and meat juices, so it's like a pillowy, yummy burger. Their fried chicken is one of the best in the city. It tastes really high quality. Every dish is served with a side of sliced pickles, depending on how you like them.
Location: One JLT Cost:Dh30 for a cheeseburger Timings: Open Daily from 10.30am to 1am
15. High Joint
High Joint can only seat five people at a time. It's locate in a bit of a random residential area in Al Manara, sandwiched between an Afghani bakery and a grocery. This homegrown burger joint, is clearly more of a grab and go spot. The menu is one page. Pretty simple, but incredibly good! Not for the purists, more for the "flavour loving, sauce loving, okay with Cheetos inside of a burger" type of people. I loved their Millionaires High burger (Dh45).
Location: Al Safa 2, Near Al Manara Road Cost: Dh35 for the High Burger Timings: Monday to Wednesday from 11.30am to 12am, Thursday and Friday from 11.30am to 2am, Saturday from 12pm to 1am
16. Bite Me Burger Co
Bringing London's hottest mini burgers to Dubai, Bite Me Burger Co, has opened its doors in Gate Avenue, DIFC. Serving 15 varieties of mouth-watering mini burgers, from lamb and duck to beef and vegan, each mini burger is drizzled with a fun homemade sauce. Perfect for DIFC's lunch hour, Bite Me Burger Co also does office deliveries and sharing boxes of 12 to 24 mini burgers (ideal for team meetings). Guests can choose from a "pick and mix" box of two mini burgers (called a Duo), three mini burgers (called a Trio), four mini burgers (called a Quad), 12 mini burgers (Dozed) or even 24 mini burgers. Bite Me Burger Co shares its address with its sister brand, Get Plucked, a destination for gourmet chicken connoisseurs. Get Plucked dishes up grilled and fried chicken burgers, Instagram-perfect chicken waffle cones, chicken wings and bites, and homestyle sides.
Location: 151 Gate Avenue, North Entrance, Podium Level, DIFC Cost: Dhs 42 for a box of two mini burgers (DUO) and Dhs 18 for regular fries Timings: 8.30am to 10pm
17. Freddy's Steakburgers
This burger spot is famous in the US with 350 restaurants there. Freddy’s renowned Steakburgers are now available in the UAE at 3 locations (Nakheel Mall, Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates). Freddy’s makes cooked-to-order Smash Steakburgers. They use a 85 per cent lean beef patty, smashed on the grill, topped with cheese and cooked to come out with crunchy tidbits around the edges. Pair the burger with their Shoestring Fries, a Freddy’s signature, cooked in a hot and crunchy style. They come with a special Freddy’s dipping fry sauce.
Location: Nakheel Mall, Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates Cost: Dh22 for a Freddy's Original Double