Best gourmet burgers to feast on in Singapore
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Marina Bay Sands welcomes newcomer Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, famed for its whopping-sized craft burgers and gravity-defying CrazyShake milkshakes. It all started three years ago as a 15-seater burger joint in New York's SoHo neighbourhood, and has since expanded to 11 restaurants worldwide. This is the brand's first outpost in Asia.
Sink your teeth into classics such as the All-American Burger and the Greg Norman Burger, composed of wagyu beef, house buttermilk-dill sauce, and blue cheese. Or the new "Cantonese" burger comprising beef patty with kimchi pickles, Swiss cheese, mayo, and sambal barbecue sauce, served with sweet potato fries. There are also 13 dramatic milkshakes to savour with your burgers, such as the original Cotton Candy Strawberry Shake. Other thirst-quenchers include craft beers, local brews and signature cocktails.
Solo diners can sit at the bar counter, while larger groups can grab a table at the atrium's freestanding pavilion. Fun '80s and '90s hip-hop music complete the experience — definitely a no-brainer for a great night out.
10 Bayfront Ave, L1-80, Bay Level, Tel: 6688 9957
Opening hours: 11am-11.30pm
Another burger chain has landed in Singapore: Fatburger from Los Angeles, which has been around for 70 years. Every cooked-to-order burger comes with "The Works" (mustard, pickles, relish, onions, mayo, lettuce and tomatoes). But you can customise your burger with add-ons such as beef bacon, cheese, onion rings, American-style chilli, ketchup, barbecue sauce, or Thousand Island dressing. You can also make your burger "FAT" by adding fries (choose from Skinny Fries, FatFries or Sweet Potato Fries) and free-flow drinks.
Fatburger's main hero is probably the Quadburger, which comprises four (4oz) patties (equivalent to one pound of 100% ground beef) and is loaded with "The Works". If that's too hefty for your palate, then opt for the Skinnyburger: burger patties become the buns, and layered in between are fresh ingredients. Need something sweet to finish off? Fatburger's Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry and Oreo ice cream milkshakes will hit the spot.
#01-08/09, 238 Thomson Road
The newly launched Mo & Jo Sourdough Burger restaurant along the charming Greenwood Avenue is the brainchild of Baker & Cook founder Dean Brettschneider and chef Jenna White. This 30-seater neighbourhood concept focuses on burgers made fresh using daily-baked sourdough buns, alongside high quality ingredients.
Choose from a range of handmade fillings to pair with their buns, from Australian grain-fed burger patties and fresh Australian barramundi, to delectable pulled pork or chicken. The burgers are layered with lettuce, tomato, cheese and homemade mayo, sauces, relish and pickles. Some of the highlights include 'Holy Smoke' comprising beef patty, smoked bacon, caramelised onion, house mayo and barbecue sauce, as well as the 'Classic Kiwi' brimming with beef patty, beetroot, fried egg, cheddar, house mayo and mustard.
We say don't stop there. Kick back with a refreshing handcrafted beer — the exclusive Baker Boy Summer Ale, and round off your meal with Mo & Jo's soft serve or apple and cherry pie.
8 Greenwood Ave, Tel: 6463 4626
Opening hours: (Tues-Fri) 12pm-3pm,5pm-10pm, (Sat-Sun) 8am-10pm
The three-year-old Wolf Burgers currently has outlets at Pasarbella (Suntec City) and Changi City Point, with a new one slated to open in the last quarter at Marina One. The outlets offer affordably priced gourmet burgers such as the classic Wolf Burger, packed with a freshly made beef patty with cheddar. The menu also offers unique items to include the Magic Shrooms Burger with truffled mushrooms and provolone cheese, and the punchy Salted Egg Fried Chicken Burger. Scoff these down with some wacky Kimchi Cheese Fries. Or if you must, "pimp" your burgers with jalapenos or more salted egg sauce (because you can never have enough, right?). In February, Wolf Burgers released a new line of burgers called the "Wolf Basics", which include the Coyote Burger and Nasi Lemak Fried Fish Burger.
3 Temasek Blvd, 455-456 /459-461 Suntec City, Tel: 9384 7096
Opening hours: 11.30am-9.30pm
CBD folk, don't fret — you can still zero in on the selection of signature burgers by The Market Grill. This casual joint has been around since 2013, and is most popular for its lobster rolls and juicy burgers. The menu includes classics such as Bleu Cheese Burger layered with a juicy Angus chuck beef patty and topped with savoury blue cheese, sweet burnt onion marmalade and bacon, and sandwiched between walnut and raisin buns. You can even upgrade to Wagyu Beef patty at an additional cost, which might just be the key to winning gourmands over.
208 Telok Ayer St, Tel: 6221 3323
Opening hours: (Mon-Sat) 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm