Burgermeister burger restaurant review in Berlin


Since opening in 2006, Burgermeister has established itself as the most famous burger joint in Berlin, and a main stay of the food scene in general. It’s up there at the top of the culinary bucket lists of almost every visitor to the city, along with Curry 36 and Mustafa’s kebab. The original branch is housed in a renovated public loo under the train tracks in Kreuzberg, where the Burgermeister himself saw beauty in the old derelict building and decided to give it new life. This re-use of abandoned and discarded objects / spaces in Berlin is quite a consistent theme throughout the city. The location of this ‘up-cycled’ ghost bathroom has clearly been to its benefit, as it sits at one of the busiest sections of the city, especially at night time, when queues of hungry locals and tourists find themselves drawn to the light, sounds and smells. Burgermeister is surrounded 360 degrees by bars and Spatis (24-hour kiosks with tables out the front) so there’s plenty to do before and after.

The burgers themselves have been evolving since the beginning – all the patties and buns are hand made by chefs at burger HQ and delivered daily all over the city. There’s no doubting the quality and freshness of the food here. If meat’s not your thing, veggie options are available – the ‘Waldmeister’ with soybean and mushrooms is the most popular. These days there are ten locations across Berlin, but for the realest experience head to the original.

Oberbaumstraße 8, 10997 Berlin

Sun-Thurs – 11am-2am

Sat/Sun – 11am-4am

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