The Best Burgers in Dublin
Dublin has established itself as one of the young, hip European capitals on the up and with a huge community of international tech heads working in the city centre, there is a vibrant food and drink scene. It’s a great city for burgers, with quality Irish beef at hand and a pub culture that suits the fast-casual form of eating. Here are ten of the best burgers in Dublin.
1. Bunsen Burger
With three restaurants, all on the southside of the river at Temple Bar, Wexford Street and Baggot Street, this fast-casual restaurant has cracked the burger code. No fuss, cool and just really, really good burgers. The devil is in the detail, from the high-quality patties, to the artisan buns - the compact menu allows you to choose your own topping. Whether you’re setting up yourself for a night in Temple Bar, or getting a feed in on your way home, you can’t go wrong with Bunsen Burger.
The name is a riff on the Gaelic for cow - bó - and the three branches of this restaurant are all about the beef. Irish beef is among the best in the world and this burger keeps it simple, allowing you to appreciate the great quality. With the beef supplied by a master butcher, it’s 100% Irish and fully traceable, meaning this burger always hits the spot. Also a good place for a full Irish breakfast.
3. Davy Byrne’s
A Dublin institution, this heritage pub is an old-school establishment serving Dubliners since 1798. With its art deco interior, outdoor seating and traditional bar service, it’s a slice of history. High-quality local produce takes central stage here, especially with the burgers that are supplied by the best Dublin butchers and put together with care. The pub was immortalised when James Joyce included it in the 'Lestrygonians' chapter of Ulysses. History, culture, Guinness and burgers all in one place.
4. FX Buckley
The Dublin butchers supply their own steakhouses and the centrally located one in Temple Bar can boast one of the best burgers in the city. This family-owned business takes great pride in their meat and the burgers come from grass-fed heifers from only traditional Irish breeds.
5. Sova Vegan Butcher
This no-frills Portobello eatery specialises in vegan food of all kinds, from faux meats like sausages and black pudding, to kebabs and especially their vegan burger. Not just for vegans, this burger is worth a detour for anyone looking to fill the gap.
An upmarket steakhouse on Dawson Street with a solid burger offering. With an excellent taste and texture, the burger is smokey, has a real depth of flavour and is very juicy. From bacon to bun, the whole thing is of the highest quality. Voted best burger in 2020.
7. Boxburger, Eatyard
Born from the Dun Laoghaire-based music festival Beatyard, the Eatyard has evolved into a freewheeling food brand including everything from a deli, to a wine and cheese shop and collaborations with everyone from food upstarts to Michelin-starred chefs. Boxburger, with its HQ in Bray, is a permanent fixture, and practice makes perfect with this beef burger. Expect a brioche bun, quality beef patty and melty cheddar cheese.
Eating burgers can be a messy business, but these burgers, which come wrapped in foil to keep it all in, are all the better for it. Served with house sauce and lettuce, the burgers come with a choice of free toppings. Starting as a burger joint in the hipster venue the Workman’s Club, Wowburger's success has seen it spawn multiple locations around the city, so there’s sure to be one of these burger joints near you. A good value burger that will definitely hit the spot.
There's a “good heft” of beef in this burger. Choose your toppings for a gourmet twist or go for a more traditional white cheddar lettuce and tomato, gherkin and bearnaise. This is a proper Dublin pub with a proper Dublin burger on George’s Quay.
Ely Bar & Brasserie
In the heart of Dublin’s tech scene in the Docklands is the Ely Bar and Brasserie, a light-filled wine bar above a super-cool stone-clad cellar restaurant. The award-winning burgers can safely be labelled ‘gourmet’, and the chicken burger could be the best in the city. Whichever one you go for here, you're assured a top-drawer burger to be enjoyed in swish surrounds.