The Burger game at Chunky – More Than Just A Burger, and Bangkok generally, just got an excellent upgrade. Though the venue has been around for a while, enlivening the food enclave district of Sukhumvit 23 since August 2016, the menu was recently completely revamped to excite and whet the appetites of Bangkok’s burger-eating crowd.

The establishment’s chunky burgers boast the typical structure of pristine and juicy Thai farm-raised beef and pork patties, made-from-scratch buttery buns, Chunky’s special sauce (think In-N-out animal-style dip), strong cheese and house-made pickles. With different add-ons like truffle brown sauce, mulberry onion jam and Thai salted egg and cheese dressing, every burger on the menu contains delightful surprises with a unique Thai twist that sets chunky’s meat-on-the-bun game apart from the usual American classic rendition we all know and love.

So if you’re a burger buff looking to gorge on impeccable burgers with an exotic twist, we guarantee the industrially-made burgers you’ll find around town are nothing compared to Chunky’s umami-packed delights.

Must-try items 

Classic Chunky Burger (Pork/Beef  THB 250/300)

Personified as the husband, the Classic Chunky Burger portrays the character of a charming married man who has got a sweet trait spiked with a bit of playfulness, like that of your usual chap. Sandwiched between the warm buttery bun, the juicy dry-aged beef (or pork patty) is topped with house-made mulberry onion jam – which displays the sweet nature of a gentleman — alongside tart pickled shallots that also represent the sneaky lad’s slyness. So if you love a bit of a kick from your burger, the Classic Chunky Burger is really a sure-win.

Chunky’s Wife Burger (Pork/Beef  THB 270/330)

The sassy and spiteful wife… well, really, we all know one. The key to this excellent Chunky’s Wife Burger lies in the spicy jam and bacon smeared generously atop the fat-packed patty that oozes the sapid juice of the meat. Inspired by Nam Prik Ong, the staple relish of Chiang Mai, the spicy jam gives a pleasantly piquant taste to the burger and does a dual job of yielding some appetising flavours and depicting a character of a wife who’s charming yet courageous in her role. The burger also comes stacked with a sunny-side-up egg in the middle. So, make sure you cut the burger in half and let the yolk drip to get that much-loved creaminess and an extra dose of deliciousness.

Truffle brown sauce oozing out of The Daddy Burger

The Daddy Burger (Pork/Beef  THB 275/335)

Meeting a father-in-law is usually a dreadful occasion but hey, not at Chunky. The Daddy Burger here comes with a truffle brown sauce-infused patty which showcases the strong and macho character of the father-in-law. A generous smear of mulberry onion jam along with sliced pickled cucumber also depicts the spiteful personality when he’s being overly protective of his little girl. So if you’re a true truffle aficionado, this one couldn’t be more fit for your palate.

Chicken with Salted Egg and Cheese Burger (THB 340)

What would you get when you switch a pork patty for a golden deep-fried chicken? Bliss. Rolled and dipped in an egg and flour mixture, the chicken then gets fried in sizzling hot oil until crispy and cooked before being showered in Chunky’s unique salted egg and cheese dressing — which is made from Thailand’s far-famed Chaiya Salted Egg, cheese, and house-made mayo. Pickled shallots and cucumbers are also added for a tangy brightness that cuts through the richness for some well-balanced flavours.

Spaghetti Carbonara (THB 290)

If what you’re looking for in a carbonara is nothing more than the simple egg and parmesan cream-coated spaghetti with bits of sad-looking pancetta, then this one is definitely not for you. Covered in yolk and parmesan-enriched cream, Chunky’s Spaghetti Cabonara’s greatness is elevated through the addition of raw yolk and a blanket of bacon crumble made using bread crumbs, bacon bits and kaffir lime leaves. Try one dish and you’ll get a trio of textures: crunchy, creamy, and chewy — and as you can already guess, the latter is from the al dente pasta.

Chunky, 10/1 Soi Sukhumvit 23, Khlong Toei Nuea, Bangkok, +6691 742 4094

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Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.