The city of the dim sum bun has another patty in town – and is fast becoming the land of the connoisseur burger. Read on to discover Hive Life’s picks of Hong Kong’s best burgers.
Hong Kong’s burger restaurants may vary in theme, price and vibe – but they don’t scrimp on taste. In a town packed with small, artisan and high-quality burger joints aimed at vegans, meat-lovers and everything in between, the city has plenty on offer to suit everyone from those looking for a fast food fix to others seeking out the best in burger cuisine. Read on to discover Hive Life’s selection of the best burger joints in Hong Kong.
It might not be fine dining, but Five Guys ticks all the boxes, creating buzz across the city since it opened last November fresh from Virginia. With all burgers, eat-in or take-out, served up wrapped and ready to go, the casual, no-frills atmosphere and extensive burger list – think jalapeño or sautéed mushroom toppings – keep regulars coming back time and time again.
Insider tip: Don’t get overwhelmed trying to order your custom and complex dream burger – you can always just go ‘all the way’ and get their classic burger toppings.
Address: 60 Johnston Rd, Wan Chai
Open From: 11 am – 10 pm
Styled as a traditional American diner, Burger Circus presents their classic combo of delectable burgers, fries and milkshakes in their retro, train carriage-themed restaurant. Head here for juicy, USDA prime patties and a house burger sauce that’s both unique and tasty enough to merit a recommendation. As a cherry on top, they’re open late into the night from Thursday to Saturday.
Insider tip: The beef burgers here are great, but regulars often opt for their flavourful chicken burger – so be sure to keep it in mind!
Address: 22 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Open From: Sun – Wed: 11 am – 11 pm, Thu – Sat: 11 am – 3 am
The only burger restaurant in Hong Kong to make it into the Michelin Guide for four consecutive years, the Butchers Club is a definite contender for the crown of best burger in HK. Praised for their ‘nose-to-tail’ butchery, where off-cuts from prime steaks are ground in-house into their burger patties, this is the place to go for hungry carnivores seeking out a truly high-grade patty and bun – served up with a side of Duck fat fries.
Insider tip: For those of us for whom one is never enough, try their ‘Double Happiness’ burger, or for the ultimate in daring, a ‘Triple Happiness’ sensation.
Address: 82 Stanley St, Central
Open From: Sat – Thu: 11:30 am – 9:30 pm, Fri: 11 am – 10:30 pm
For a classy experience in a stylish but relaxed setting – and an extensive menu – Beef and Liberty have it covered. With a huge variety of options ranging from your classic beef and chicken to Thai-infused and falafel, they’re big on quality and all the trimmings. Another restaurant to jump onto the Impossible Burger train, they’ve also got your vegan options covered.
Insider tip: The house sauce, a spicy mayonnaise, that comes with their fries and other dishes is to die for.
Address: 3/F California Tower 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central
Alternatively: G04, G/F, 23 Carmel Road Stanley Plaza, Stanley
Open from: Mon – Fri: 12 pm – 3 pm, 6 – 11 pm, Sat: 11:30 am – 11 pm, Sun: 11:30 am – 10 pm
Electric Ave is without a doubt where you’ll find some of the juiciest burgers around town – and better yet, they stay open into the early hours of the morning most days of the week. While they offer reasonably-priced lunch sets for less than HKD 100, there’s also a list of more interesting burgers for the more adventurous – think a carbonara burger, complete with a whole poached egg on top, or for the lavish, a truffle burger.
Insider tip: Arguably the under-credited star of the menu, their bone marrow chips are a quirky highlight, taking 5+ hours to prepare.
Address: 301 Queen’s Rd W, Sai Ying Pun
Open from: Mon: 5 – 11 pm, Tue – Fri: 5 pm – 2 am, Sat: 12 pm – 2 am, Sun: 12 – 11 pm
Beef and Liberty
Feeling a little adventurous? Then head on down to one of Hong Kong’s favourite (and most daring) burger joints. Besides the usual beef burgers on offer (which are truly delicious), those in the know give Honbo’s HIGHLY-Instagrammable soft-shell burger and scallop burger a go. Here, timing is key, as Honbo fills up quickly at peak hours, and the place doesn’t do reservations.
Insider Tip: A great option for vegans, be sure to check out their take on the Impossible Burger – a sustainable meatless alternative that tastes just like beef and has the foodie world buzzing.
Address: 6-7 Sun Street, Wan Chai
Open From: 12 – 4 pm, 5 – 10 pm
Not your typical burger restaurant, Little Bao brings a bit of local flavour to this list, serving up a selection of East-meets-West fillings in delicious, Hong-Kong-style baos – the fluffy white buns more often associated with dim sum. The brainchild of May Chow, Asia’s Best Female Chef 2017, this place offers a delicious, original and fun take on fusion cuisine, spicing things up with dishes such as a Szechuan Fried Chicken or Pork Belly Bao, Short Rib Pan Fried Dumplings and Truffle Fries, and mouth-watering ice-cream bao deserts.
Insider tip: Their Causeway Bay branch is a little more spacious, while their truffle fries are the perfect accompanying side dish for their baos.
Address: 66 Staunton St, Central
Alternatively: Shop H1, G/F, 9 Kingston Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay
Open from: Mon – Fri: 6 – 11 pm, Sat: 12 – 4 pm, 6 – 11 pm, Sun: 12 – 4 pm, 6 – 10 pm
Hankering after something different?
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