Although once simply ground meat on a bun, burgers in Singapore have become a mark of culinary bragging rights, with Singapore restaurants offering up tons of variations in addition to gourmet patties. Veggie or rice burger anyone?
But, at the end of the day, the juicy hamburger with all of its beefy goodness and sinfully good toppings still remains the ultimate comfort food.
We find the five best burgers in Singapore to sink your teeth into.
dB Bistro Modern
With a slew of accolades and a thriving restaurant empire to his name, culinary maestro Daniel Boulud is still best known for elevating the humble burger to an artisanal masterpiece.
While dB Bistro Moderne is a casual spinoff of Chef Daniel Boulud's Michelin-star restaurant in New York, there’s absolutely nothing casual about the dB approach to burgers. The Original dB Burger, for example, is an mark of Boulud’s creative cuisine genius.
This monster of a burger packs in sirloin along with braised short ribs, foie gras and black truffles, all served on a Parmesan bun, putting other burgers to shame with its size and impeccable execution.
dB Bistro Moderne, 10 Bayfront Ave, #B1-48 Marina Bay Sands, +65 6688 8525
Find out more about dB Bistro Moderne here, or check out what other fine dining choices The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands offers.
Morton's The Steakhouse & Bar
The heart and soul of a burger lies in its patty, and Morton’s treats its hamburger filling with as much TLC as it does its steaks -- marinating and spicing them with finesse.
The USDA Prime Burger is the star of the bar's menu, a huge beef patty done to your preferred degree of rareness, and topped with Swiss cheese and bacon. You can opt to have your burger at the bar lounge or in the main restaurant, but the latter is only available upon request.
For those with smaller appetites, the butler-served, bite-sized filet mignon sandwiches served during happy hour (Monday to Friday, 5pm to 7pm) are equally delicious. Last we tried, we managed six each in the span of two hours.
Morton's The Steakhouse, 5 Raffles Avenue, 4F Mandarin Oriental Singapore, +65 6339 3740
Check out our full review of Morton's The Steakhouse here.
PS Cafe at Palais Renaissance
There’s nothing quite like the relaxing views of lush foliage, far away from civilization, to whet your appetite for a hearty Singapore burger. At P.S Cafe situated at Palais Renaissance, the laidback vibe of the venue complements the simple menu featuring everyday favourites.
The Brunch Burger, though slightly pricy, packs a punch with a chargrilled wagyu and U.S chuck patty topped with a fried egg, crispy bacon, onion rings and melted provolone. This decadence sits between two lightly toasted sesame buns, and comes with the cafe's steak fries. Thick, juicy and perfectly done, the burger is worth every cent -- and calorie.
P.S. Cafe, Level 2, Palais Renaissance Shopping Centre, 390 Orchard Road, +65 9834 8232
The laidback cousin of Wild Rocket, Relish is founder Wilin Low's foray into the world of gourmet burgers. The concept here is straightforward: great burgers with premium ingredients and lots of creativity – and it works well, very well.
The classic Wild Rocket Beef Burger wins over hamburger purists with its flavourful beef patty infused with pepper and tomato relish, while those with a more adventurous streak love the Blue Cheese and William Pear Beef Burger. The combination of the strong blue cheese and the light, sweetness of the pears make for a surprisingly gastronomic experience for the senses.
For something with a more local flavour, try the Ramlee burger. A generous beef patty wrapped in an omelette and topped off with tangy chilli sauce, the Ramlee burger is a gourmet take on the famed Malaysian staple. Not quite like the real thing, but well worth an order.
Relish, 501 Bukit Timah Road, #02-01 Cluny Court, +65 6763 1547
Seah Street Deli
With its retro-themed interior and selection of American sandwiches, entrees and salads, Seah Street Deli is every bit your quintessential New York delicatessen. And, its burgers are made with this theme in mind, serving hearty, old-fashioned patty.
Opt either for the restaurant’s signature Seah Street Deli Burger, with a simple beef patty and cheddar cheese that surprises with its juiciness and aroma, or go for broke and conquer the massive Texas Burger, a whopping 250-gram beef patty topped with Hickory barbecue sauce, smoked bacon, sauteed peppers, sweet onions and melted cheese.
Seah Street Deli, 1 Beach Road, Raffles Hotel, +65 6412 1110