It’s Friday – it’s warm and sunny and I’ve got a craving for a burger and a beer. I’d usually grab some mince, garlic, chilli and burger buns from the shop and make them myself but I’m feeling rather lazy today.
I’ve ventured to numerous burger joints around Edinburgh so it’s difficult to choose a favourite, hence researching my favourite burger bars around Edinburgh, for your reading enjoyment. If you’re ever in Edinburgh I’d suggest visiting one of these, your life depends on it.
Edinburgh is a haven for burger lovers, a real foodie’s dream! If you don’t find a dedicated burger joint then most bars and restaurants will have a burger or two on their menu. I’ve got some definite favourites that deliver perfectly scrumptious burgers on every visit. But it’s not just about the burger, it’s about the bar and the location too.
Holyrood 9A is located on Holyrood Road, near Arthur’s Seat and the Royal Mile.The best thing about the burgers here is the variety: pork burgers, venison burgers, haggis burgers, a number of vegetarian burgers and much more! Combined with some salty shoestring fries, purple coleslaw and a pint from one of their 20 beer pumps and you’re set! If that doesn’t ignite your taste buds, they have sundaes too, yes they do.The bar opened about three years ago and has really made a name for itself, especially during the Fringe Comedy Festival where you’re lucky to get in let alone get a seat.
The next bar is much more established with the locals of Edinburgh and they have secured a place in history with their burgers. The Cambridge Bar is located on Young Street behind Edinburgh’s high street. It’s hidden away on a small back-street which isn’t stumbled upon often by tourists but is always rammed with locals of Edinburgh demanded their award winning burgers. The bar is always packed with people watching sports and Sundays are particularly busy. The Cambridge bar also has a great variety of different burgers but my favourite way to get a burger here is a little unorthodox.
If you get a burger without a bun you get this massive salad with gorgeous dressing, it’s so much better than a bun if you’re in the mood! If you get a burger here, get onion rings and some dips, you won’t be disappointed.
The Gourmet Burger Kitchen hasn’t been open long and my boyfriend and I accidentally stumbled upon it when one of our favourite restaurants was fully booked for the night. It’s located on George Street so is probably pretty busy with the tourists. This place has an American diner-style thing going on, you order and pay for your food and drink at a counter.
There’s a great choice of burgers here too, lots of weird ones actually including the Kiwi which has beetroot, egg, pineapple, cheddar and salad. As you’d imagine from this burger, the GBK gets its heritage from New Zealand so you’ll find some awesome Kiwi beers and drinks on offer to go alongside your Kiwi burger.
Last but absolutely not least is Bell’s Diner, this is my absolute favourite place to go for a burger. Bell’s Diner is located in the unique suburb of Edinburgh, Stockbridge – a little foodies haven full of boutique cafes, delis and markets.
Bell’s Diner has been open in Stockbridge as long as anyone can remember, it seems like it’s always been there. It’s seemingly always had the same menu too!
They pride themselves on simplicity, well made beef burgers with a selection of flavoured butters (garlic butter, mustard butter etc), good fries and salad. When your burger arrives you’ll receive a platter of sauces and relishes which really make the burger special.
The diner only has seven tables and booking is ESSENTIAL, it is fully booked most nights. Bell’s Diner also have the best milkshakes I’ve ever tasting, including the unusual lime milkshake – it works, trust me. The diner is surrounded by a variety of lovely pubs for an after-dinner tipple. The best burger joint EVER!
Before I moved to Edinburgh I wasn’t really bothered about cooking or food but this city has a way of drawing you in and getting you excited about food. It’s a city that really does have everything: culture, music, history and it isn’t spoilt by food chains which is unusual for a capital city.
Please, please, please let us know if you’ve visited any of these burger joints or if you have any other burger-related recommendations. We’d love to hear from you and the comment section below is wide open.