Burgers… the universal food
Randy warthog bar & grill serves a top class burger.
If staying in is not your vibe… check out these top 12 burger joints in cape town. Thanks to www.insideguide.co.za for this post.
My personal favorites… Randy Warthog, Dogs Bollocks and Jack D Jerry’s.
1. JACK D, JERRY’S
What is it: A 100-percent pure beef burger basted in a sticky Jack Daniels sauce with caramelised onions and crisp bacon. (The B.A.F – bacon, avo and feta – came in a close second.)
What we love: The patties are made according to a secret mince recipe, with no eggs or bread crumbs. And contrary to many other burger joints, the price includes a generous portion of fries: thin, shoe-stringy perfection.
X-factor: The mouthwatering patties are served on gorgeous brioche buns. Tangy sauces such as chipotle mayo and mustard mayo are made in-house from scratch.
When: Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 2am
Contact: 021 447 8554
Location: Observatory (123 Lower Main Road, Cape Town)
2. COLOSSUS, WOODIES
What is it: A burger so big, it has its own hashtag! Four 100g beef patties (or two chicken fillets) with mozzarella, cheddar, lettuce, onions, tomato and gherkins. Hashtag: yum!
What we love: Burgers start at R25 and there are nine to choose from – all available in either a hand-pressed pure ground-beef patty or chicken fillet. Plus, everything on the menu is halaal.
X-factor: The Woodies experience is not what you might expect at the V&A. You’ll find it upstairs at the V&A Market on the Wharf. Grab a seat at one of the tables in the food court and wait for your name to be called to collect your order. If it’s a nice day, take your food and sit at one of the outdoor tables. Your traditional hand-cut chips (R10 extra) come in a styrofoam cup, the biggest burger you’ve ever seen on a paper plate and, finally, expect to use the heap of napkins provided – it’s hard to keep things together!
When: Monday – Sunday, 9.30am – 6pm
Contact: 079 125 7228
Location: V&A Food Market on the Wharf (upstairs)
3. THE GOOD BURGER, LOADING BAY
What is it: 100% grass-fed pasture-reared beef, served with truffle-salted fries or fresh greens, and a Devil’s Peak ale or a Lindt-chocolate milkshake.\
What we love: The truffle-salted fries (and, are we allowed to say this, owner JP Bolus’s smile).
X-factor: The first-grade meat from Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants.
When: Thursday, 6pm (early sitting), 8pm (late sitting)
Contact: 021 425 6321, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: De Waterkant, Cape Town
4. BEEF BURGER, TASHAS, CONSTANTIA VILLAGE
What is it: Two handmade sliders, served with polenta chips or skinny fries, and a side of tzatziki.
Cost: R68 (plain), R75 (with cheese)
What we love: If you’re not very hungry, it’s the perfect dish to share. The shoestring fries served in a glass are crispy and delish.
X-factor :The tzatsiki, which you can ladle onto your patty or use as a dipping sauce for your fries, is heavenly.
When: Monday – Wednesday, 7am – 9pm
Thursday – Saturday, 7am – 10pm
Sunday, 8am – 9pm
Contact: 021 794 5449
Location: Constantia Village
5. CLASSIC DOUBLE BURGER, GIBSON’S
What is it: Two x 200g pure beef patties on a homemade sesame-seed bun, topped with lettuce, sundried tomato, caramelised onions, cucumber and their Number 6 Secret Sauce, served with potato or sweet potato fries (or half of each).
What we love: The taste sensation of all the flavours together, enhanced by Gibson’s secret basting and Number 6 sauces. The ribbons of cucumber add freshness and crunch.
X-factor: The finger-lickin’ sweet-potato fries.
When: Daily, 11am – 12am
Contact: 021 418 3660
Location: V&A Waterfront
6. CHEESEBURGER, MONDIALL
What is it: 180g patty of locally reared wagyu beef and free-range ostrich, with a serving of fries
What we love: Everything about the Mondiall experience is delicious!
X-factor: The dollop of umami ketchup on top of the patty and, of course, the quality of the wagyu meat.
When: Daily, 9am – 10pm
Contact: 021 418 3003, email@example.com
Location: V&A Waterfront
7. OLD SCHOOL 1950S MEGA SLIDER, DOG’S BOLLOCKS
What is it: A beef patty topped with melted cheddar, caramelised onion, fresh shredded lettuce, slices of tomato and secret sauces.
What we love: The make-shift vibe (it’s in a driveway-cum-garage); proprietor Nigel Wood’s dry humour and no-frills approach (no waitrons, no cutlery) and, of course, the limited-edition burgers – Nige makes 30 a night and once they’ve been snapped up, that’s it. Oh, and you can bring your own corkage-free drinks.
X-factor: The Ukuva Afrika sauces, concocted by Nigel himself, that accompany all the burgers.
When: 5pm – the last burger is sold
Contact: 083 440 7843, firstname.lastname@example.org
8. CLASSIC ROYALE, ROYALE EATERY
What is it: 160g pure beef patty basted in Royale’s special sauce, topped with aioli, lettuce, tomato, caramelised onion and gherkins, and served with salad, potato or sweet-potato fries.
Cost: R66 (single), R78 (double)
What we love :The vibe. You have to order a shake to go with your burger – they range from tame (Choc Brownie) to devilish (Tequila and Coffee)
X-factor: Royale’s sauces are tang-tastic: have your burger with the house basting sauce or a go for the delicious homemade tomato relish.
When: Monday – Saturday, 12pm – late
Contact: 021 422 4536
Location: Long Street, Cape Town
9. BACON AND MELTING-CHEESE BURGER, THE SLUG & LETTUCE, DURBANVILLE
What is it: A 200g hand-pressed South African beef patty garnished with tomato, onion, greens, finished off with onion rings and served with fries.
What we love: The generous amount of melting cheese and bacon – you’ll leave satisfied.
When: Daily, 11am – late
Contact: 021 976 8705, email@example.com
Location: Heritage Square
10. CAPRICE BURGER, CAFÉ CAPRICE
What is it: 100% pure beef topped basted in barbeque sauce, topped with beer-battered onion rings and served with fries.
What we love: The setting – in the thick of the Camps Bay Strip. Although it attracts the glam squad, its beach-facing location make it quite chilled
X-factor: The onion rings – a mini meal in themselves – add texture, crunch and flavour.
When: Daily, 9am – late
Contact: 021 438 8315, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Camps Bay
11. CLASSIC AMERICAN BURGER, JAKES
What is it: A 200g handmade patty topped with mature cheddar, chipotle mayo, thick-cut gherkins and onion rings
What we love: The juiciness of the extra-thick patties.
X-factor: It’s unashamed go-big-or-go-home presentation (it’s American, after all); the spicy kick of the chipotle mayo.
When: Monday – Saturday, 10.30am – 10.30pm
Contact: 021 701 3272, email@example.com
Location: Steenberg Village, Tokai