Who doesn’t love a good gourmet burger every once in a while?
(We can’t be friends if you don’t, sorry!)
And by gourmet, we mean burgers that have full-fledged thick, juicy meat patties with customised sauce created by the chef that you generally can’t find from your standard fast food restaurants.
Thankfully for you and your wallet, there are several cafes, restaurants and even hawker stalls you and your pals could hit up that go on the cheap. Here’re 9 places to get gourmet burgers under SGD8.
1. The Humble Burger
Forget McDonald’s super overrated Nasi Lemak Burger – this humble hawker store has a Chicken Rice Burger (SGD5.50) for you to show off on the ‘gram!
With the rice serving as the ‘buns’ of the burger, the rice ‘buns’, according to a reviewer, are “so tasty they can be eaten on [its] own”, almost an echo to the late Anthony Bourdain’s comment on Singapore’s chicken rice.
For more Singaporean-Western fusion burgers, another must-try would be their Sio Bak Burger (SGD5.50), which is well, literally crispy roast pork belly topped with a dollop of mustard, and sandwiched in between two soft buns.
A stickler for traditional Western burgers? Check out their Stack Burger (SGD7), your classic beef patty burger topped with a giant Portobello mushroom and caramelised onions, and their Fish Burger (SGD4), which is exactly what you’d expect from a fish burger – perfectly golden fried fish topped with fresh coleslaw and parmesan cheese.
Price: from SGD4
Opening hours: 12pm – 9pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), closed on Tues
Address: 110 Pasir Ris Central, #02-22, Singapore 519641
2. I Love Burger Lah!
Whether you actually like McDonald’s rendition of Ha Cheong Gai burger or not, this humble hawker store at Ghim Moh serves up a pretty mean Har Cheong Gai Burger (SGD4), which is described by reviewers as having a strong prawn paste taste (check) and fried to a crispy golden finish (check). It is topped with maple syrup, mixed with BBQ sauce, for a truly indulgent mouthful.
Wanna go classic? Go for their King Delish (SGD4.50), a classic beef burger served with lettuce, tomatoes, and a side of fries.
P.S. Not burger-related, but I Love Burger Lah! has a pretty decent assortment of fries like Chili Chocolate Fries (SGD4), Salted Butterscotch Fries (SGD4), and Salted Caramel Fries with Pink Himalayan Salt (SGD4) that you can show off on your IG Story.
Hungry for more? Check out the butterscotch drizzle on top of the fries.
Price: from SGD4
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm
Address: Ghim Moh Food Centre, 20 Ghim Moh Rd, #01-06, Singapore 270020
3. Burgs by Project Warung
Located within Golden Mile Food Centre, this is a hidden find that serves up classic gourmet beef burgers from SGD4.50. It’s also halal – and that’s great news for Muslim readers!
Must tries would be The Classic (SGD4.90), a thick beef patty burger topped with caramelised onions American cheese, and a sunny side up, and their Nacho Fish & Chips Burger (SGD5.90), which is essentially your classic ol’ Fish & Chips in the form of a fish burger, with a side of thick cut steak fries.
Love your truffles? Go for the Truffle Mushroom Burger (SGD8) which features a thick beef patty topped with mushrooms and a creamy, indulgent truffle cream sauce. Are you drooling already? Because we sure are.
Psst, you can even double the patties if you’re looking for a hearty meal.
Price: from SGD4.90
Opening hours: 11.45am – 2pm, 5pm – 8pm (Tues – Thurs, Sat – Sun), 11.45am – 1pm, 5pm – 8pm (Fri)
Address: 505 Beach Road, Golden Mile Food Cente #B1-24, Singapore 199583
Famous for its affordable yet super tasty and innovative burgers, Hambaobao’s signature is the Spiced Pulled Pork Burger (SGD5). Filled with a generous pile of pulled pork, a thick slab of cheddar cheese and refreshing coleslaw to cut through the meaty flavour with just the right amount of spice.
Another must-try would be their Crispy Pork Belly Burger (SGD5), which sounds and looks as delicious as it actually is. With two rather thick slabs of pork belly and a satisfying crunch from the pork crackling, drizzled with savoury hoisin sauce and mustard, what more could you ask for in a sio bak burger?
Price: from SGD5
Opening hours: 12pm – 8pm (Wed – Sun), closed on Mon & Tues
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #04-49, Beauty World Food Centre, Singapore 588177
5. Moustache Burger
Another halal burger joint in the fray, Moustache Burger is run by a Japanese-Muslim couple serving up hearty burgers without massacring your wallet.
Wanna go classic? Try their Classic Beef Burger (SGD6), which is exactly what you’d expect in a good beef burger/. Think thick medium-rare beef patty sandwiched in between fresh greens and tomatoes a slab of cheese, and freshly made buns.
Wanna take it up a notch? Try their Meat Lover Burger (SGD7), an upgraded version of the classic beef burger, that also features beef pepperoni, turkey bacon, grilled onions, and a sunny side up to top it all off.
Don’t like heavy meats like beef? Try their Grilled Fish Burger, made with grilled Barramundi fish, home-made tartar sauce and fresh greens.
Price: from SGD6
Opening hours: 12pm – 9.30pm
Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-50, Singapore 150006
Striving to create simple burgers that don’t create a complete mess, Burgernomics is a relatively new burger joint that is run by three chefs (with17 years of F&B experience!) who’ve decided to take their skills to the local hawker scene.
Paying homage to many of the fast food chains’ classics, check out their burgers like The Deluxe Burger (SGD6.50), which comprises of a thick slab of beef patty, sautéed mushrooms and onions, cheddar cheese, and a tinge of truffle oil, a clear echo of Burger King’s Mushroom Swiss Burger.
Another must-try would be their Crispy Chicken Burger (SGD6.50), which is made up of buttermilk fried chicken, apple, red coleslaw, and mixed with yuzu and spices to cut through the greasiness. Think of it as KFC’s Zinger Burger upgraded.
Love burgers with a local twist? Check out their Rendang Burger (SGD7.50), which is slow cooked like actual rendang (instead of just infusing the flavour) and has a melt-in-the-mouth texture.
While you’re there, you should also order their Chili Cheesy Beef Fries. Trust us, just one look at the picture would make anyone salivate.
Price: from SGD6.50
Opening hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm to 9pm, closed on Wed
Address: 110 Pasir Ris Central, #02-03, Singapore 519641
7. Wolf Burgers
Popular amongst burger aficionados, satisfy your burger craving with Wolf Burger’s basic burgers such as the Coyote Burger (SGD6.90) – your classic beef patty with melted down cheese, Crunchy Curry Chicken (SGD6.90), or step it up a notch with their Nasi Lemak Fried Fish (SGD7.90).
Not filling enough for you? Go for their Double Wolf Burger (SGD13.90). Described as double the happiness, it comprises of two slabs of thick meat patty, which would be paradise to meat-lovers.
They also update their menu pretty frequently during festive periods like National Day, so check out their website for updates if you’re looking to try a completely unique burger you won’t find anywhere else!
Price: from SGD6.90
Opening hours: Differs for both outlets. Check it out here.
Address: 3 Temasek Blvd, 455-456 / 459-461 Suntec City, Singapore 038983 | #01-43, 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, Singapore 486038
A vegan burger joint, nomVnom surprisingly has a wider variety than many burger joints that serve meat.
Try their delicious Tempeh Rendang (SGD9.90), which has a deceptively juicy piece of tempeh that imitates the taste of rendang. The burger is topped off with crunchy cucumbers and fresh leafy greens to cut through the hearty burger. Another recommendation would be their QQ Cheezy Chicken Burger (SGD8.90), which one reviewer mentioned tasted “just like chicken”.
On a budget? Opt for the Otah Otah Burger (SGD6.90), or Dhall Fusion (SGD7.90), a crunchy soya bean patty with home-made dhall curry sauce drizzled all over.
Price: from SGD6.90
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen St, B1-44, Singapore 059817
9. DOJO Fusion
An all pork burger joint, this is where pork-lovers are going to be tempted to order everything on the menu.
A must-try would be their Kaiju (SGD8), a charred pork patty that is crispy on the outer edges, and soft in the middle. Slathered with a cheese sauce, this burger is topped with a generous serving of shiitake mushrooms in between two toasted buns.
Another must-try is the Sumo (SGD9) that features a standard pork patty topped with pretty generous portions of deep fried bacon. Yes, you’ve read that right – it’s essentially pork over pork. Love your pork? Get this bad boy STAT.
Dragging along with you a friend who isn’t very keen on burgers? DOJO also serves up some pretty good rice bowls below SGD10 too!
Price: from SGD8
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm
Address: 313 Orchard Road, 313@Somerset, #B3-43, 238895