In case you haven’t heard, rumour has it that popular US burger chain Shake Shack might open its first Singapore outpost next year. The eatery will launch its first Hong Kong outlet later this year, and opened its sixth South Korea branch in January, so it’s evident its sights are set on Asia. We’re keeping our fingers crossed as we wait for more updates — we’re truly looking forward to indulging in Shake Shack’s famed milkshakes and tasty burgers.
For those who can’t resist the allure of a fat, meaty burger laden with cheese and artery-clogging goodness, here’s some good news: New York restaurant Black Tap, which is known for its burgers and over-the-top milkshakes, will officially open at Marina Bay Sands during the third quarter of 2018. Expect diet-busting highlights like its signature Greg Norman Burger, where wagyu beef is bedecked with blue cheese, arugula and buttermilk-dill sauce, and presented in a soft potato bun.
To tide you over till then, we’ve compiled a guide to where you should go for the best burgers in Singapore. Filled with everything from dry-aged beef to salted egg yolk and yellowfin tuna, these buns are completely worth those extra trips to the gym.
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Aside from its famed seafood and meat specialties, Luke’s also whips up a mean burger. Its Blue Label Burger is composed of tender beef patty, onions, pickles, tomato and lettuce rolled in a secret sauce and held together by fluffy, house-made buns. To maximise your enjoyment, we recommend going the full monty by adding on extra ingredients such as cured bacon, fried egg or cheddar cheese. The burger — the only one of its kind on the restaurant’s dinner menu — is available in limited quantities each day.
Luke’s Oyster Bar and Chop House, 22 Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069257, +65 6221 4468
An extensive burger menu awaits at Three Buns, which bakes its brioche buns in-house and uses prime grass-fed beef and lamb from Australia in its patties. Choose from popular items like Smokin’ B-Boy (which features a Black Angus beef patty layered with Dingley Dell beer and treacle streaky bacon, smokey mayonnaise and fried shallots), and Fun Boy Three (pictured) — a decadent concoction of Black Angus beef, smoked applewood cheddar, roasted portobello mushroom, garlic and miso butter, and truffle aioli.
Three Buns, Potato Head Singapore, 36 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089143, +65 6327 1939
Expect your meal to be a messy affair at Omakase Burger, which offers cheeseburgers packed with USDA beef patties so succulent that every bite sends juice running down your fingers. The patties are hand-ground and marinated in a secret medley of spices, before being smashed and grilled to create a gorgeously caramelised crust encasing a tender interior. Try the Ultimate Cheeseburger, which is topped with grilled onions, mushrooms, and uncured applewood smoked bacon. The restaurant, which has two outlets at Wisma Atria and Turf Club, has cheese fries and a vegetarian burger on its menu too.
Omakase Burger, Picnic, #03-15, Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore 238877, +65 6734 8352
This American-style diner has long been one of our favourite spots for comfort food like milkshakes and mac and cheese. It serves up excellent burgers too, a standout being the truffle burger, which is crammed with a delectable wagyu chuck blend patty covered in a creamy and salty blend of Swiss cheese, sautéed onions and mushrooms, and truffle mayonnaise. You can even jazz it up with additional ingredients such as guacamole and blue cheese if you’re in the mood for a more extravagant treat.
Overeasy, 1 Fullerton Road, #01-06, One Fullerton, Singapore 049213, +65 6684 1453
Formerly located at Pacific Plaza — where it closed down in 2015 — this casual restaurant is now back in the game. It reopened last year at Robinsons The Heeren with a stylish new open-concept space and a refreshed repertoire of gourmet burgers. Menu highlights include the B Burger (which contains a dry-aged beef patty, caramelised onions, French Comte cheese, and a caper and garlic mayonnaise), and a chicken burger comprising a boneless chicken leg, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise teriyaki sauce. Who knew burgers could get so fancy?
&Made, 260 Orchard Road, Robinsons The Heeren, #01-40/#02-02/03, Singapore 238855, +65 6235 4475
Originally from Los Angeles, this burger joint launched its first Singapore outpost last year. Its burgers are simply named with numbers: Number One, for instance, features a US Angus beef patty, caramelised onions, crescenza and prelibato gorgonzola cheese and bacon smothered in thousand island sauce, while Number Four is filled with yellowfin tuna and spicy aioli. But what really gets our vote, is its craft-your-own-burger option, where diners get to choose from four different meats (ground sirloin, turkey, yellowfin tuna and a veggie patty), 14 sauces (with options like chipotle and ranch), and more than 10 types of cheese such as truffle brie and burrata.
25 Degrees Singapore, Hotel G Singapore, 200 Middle Road, Singapore 188980, +65 6809 7990
The Refinery may be more known for its Japanese-inspired rice bowls and cocktails, but the Double Confirm Shiok Burger on its weekend brunch menu is absolutely worth trying. The burger sure lives up to its name, with its indulgent combination of two crispy chicken cutlets (not rendang, don’t worry) drenched in a thick salted egg sauce and snuggled up in a pillowy soft, slow-grilled brioche bun. Curry leaves and chopped chilli are thrown into the mix for a hint of spice, and help to prevent the sauce from getting too cloying. If that’s not sinful enough, the burger also comes with truffle fries.
The Refinery, 115 King George’s Ave, Singapore 208561, +65 6293 1204