McDonald’s announced the suspension of all of its outlet operations in Singapore till 4 May over the weekend and the news broke us all. 

Scalpers were selling frozen burgers for exorbitant prices, and many headed to their nearest joint to get one last taste of the iconic fast-food restaurant’s treats. Yet, there are so many burger options available island-wide they really didn’t have to fret. No, we’re not talking about Burger King. 

That can only mean one thing: its time to give your favourite burger an upgrade.

Whether you like your patty medium or well-done, smothered in cheese and topped with bacon, or even plant-based, here are seven gourmet burger places that are heading to your homes during the circuit breaker period to tide you through tough times.

1
Overeasy

Overeasy is one of the first few places in Singapore you’d think of when you’re hankering for a good ol’ classic American-style burger. Think juicy wagyu chuck blend patties served between pillowy, toasted brioche buns — yes, it does taste as amazing as it sounds. Hungry diners should definitely get the Double Trouble, which features two patties with OverEasy’s secret sauce, but those looking for a more decadent meal, the truffle burger (made complete with sauteed onions, mushrooms and truffle mayo!) is the choice pick for you.

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Wolf Burgers

The roast meat specialists from the now-defunct Carvers & Co opened Wolf Burgers in 2016 and have never looked back since. Despite innovative creations like the King Salmon Burger and the Wasabi Fried Fish Burger, the Original Wolf Burger has always been the store’s bestselling option on the menu. The hefty burger comes with a thick mouthwatering piece of beef patty and a generous amount of caramelised onions, making it a no-frills fix for any burger fanatic out there.

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VeganBurg

McDonald’s might have taken out the veggie burger from its menu, but there are other options for plant-based diets out there. Before Impossible and Beyond Meat landed on our shores, VeganBurg has always been the go-to stop for a guilt-free burger. The San Francisco brand’s bestsellers may be the Smoky BBQ and the Avocado Beetroot, but the other options like the Hawaiian Teriyaki and the Chili Krab Burg don’t fare too far behind either. If you’re trying to cut down on carbs, VeganBurg allows you to switch your bun up for a lettuce wrap too.

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25 Degrees SG

Every bite of the succulent burgers from 25 Degrees is one to remember — from the moment you use both your hands to pick it up the sizeable bun to the juicy medium-rare patties, no detail is spared in its making. The joint is offering its four signature burger options in the takeaway and delivery menu, along with other crowd favourite sides like the Filthy Fries, a piping hot plate of potato goodness topped with bacon gravy, caramelised onions and a generous serving of cheese.

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5
Omakase Burger

Omakase Burger took Singapore by storm in 2013, long before Shake Shack came into the picture. Fresh, sloppy delights made with USDA Choice Grade beef patties are grilled to a glistening char and paired with the Omakase Burger’s secret sauce and applewood-smoked bacon: this is the definition of fast-food on steroids for sure. Looking to go plant-based? Impossible beef options are available as well.

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6
MeatSmith SG

What do you get when you cross a restaurant specialising in slabs of thick, smokey cuts of meat and a burger? That’s a trick question because the answer is always going to be MeatSmith. Here at the barbeque smokehouse, pair juicy, smoke-kissed patties with perfectly melted cheese, crunchy pickles and sturdy potato buns for a burger unlike any other. We’d go for the Beef Marmalade Cheeseburger or the classic MS Cheeseburger, but feel free to select from six other decadent options if you’d like.

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Jocelyn Tan
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Jocelyn Tan is a travel and design writer. She's probably indulging in serial killer podcasts or reading one too many books on East Asian history. When she actually gets to travel, you can find her attempting to stuff her entire wardrobe into her luggage. Yes, she's a chronic over-packer.