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Saturday, July 20, 2013

[Q] The Best Burger in Dublin?

The arrival of the epic Bunsen Burger on Dublin's Wexford Street has got me thinking. Where is the best burger in Dublin to be found? A few quick questions on Twitter, and I had assembled a list of candidates. Some were obvious like Jo'Burger, Bunsen and The Counter. Others were a little less obvious.

Not all burgers are created equal and everyone has a different opinion. Some prefer the more American (broiled) style, while others choose the gourmet burger style. All have their merits, but surely there are some common elements that all burgers share. At the very least, a good bun, a juicy patty and a tasty selection of toppings should all feature. 

The cheeseburger at Bunsen Burger

The burger at the Wild Boar pub, Stepaside

The glamburger from Rustic Stone
I plan to visit a selection of the candidates listed below in an effort to find what I think is Dublin's best burger. In order to baseline the judging, I am proposing to only choose cheeseburgers or house special burgers, while sides will be limited to classic fries. (Lamb burgers or other variations will not be considered). I am yet to figure out a scoring system, but I'd imagine that the different criteria will include bun. patty, toppings and sides/sundries.

UPDATE: See here for my results, including my best burger in Dublin

The candidates so far are listed below. If you know of any stand-out burgers that you think should feature, then please comment below.  I look forward to your comments, and make sure to return later to see how I'm getting on with this quest.

  • Bunsen Burger
  • Jo'Burger
  • The Counter
  • Eddie Rocket's
  • Rick's
  • Izakaya
  • BóBós
  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen
  • Real Gourmet Burger
  • Rustic Stone
  • Jamie's Italian
  • Damson Diner
  • Whitefriar Grill
  • Elephant & Castle
  • Aussie BBQ
  • Woolshed Baa
  • Moo Burger Bar, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre
  • Yum Yum
  • O'Connells, Donnybrook
  • Dillinger's
  • Tribeca
  • Canal Bank Cafe
  • The Sussex
  • The bar at the Four Seasons
  • The Morrison Grill at the Morrison Hotel
  • The Hole in the Wall
  • McGettigan's
  • The Bridge Bar & Bistro


Will said...

The Bunsen Burger looks yummy I am dying to get in, honest to goodness burgers. Pay day cannot come soon enough next week.

dudara said...

Bunsen is pretty damn good, but I'm hoping that there might be some hidden gems out there that I'm not aware of.

Unknown said...

I think BoBo's and Damson Diner should make an appearance on the candidate list?

dudara said...

Claire - thanks for reminding me. Can't imagine how I omitted BóBós & Damson Diner is a great suggestion.

dudara said...

Whitefriar Grill and the Four Seasons added to the list, based on Twitter suggestions

dudara said...

Adding O'Connells restaurant in Donnybrook

dudara said...

The Hole in the Wall added based on the recommendation of my work colleague!

dudara said...

Adding Moo Burger Bar at the suggestion of @liquidirish

dudara said...

The Morrison Grill (at the Morrison Hotel) have put themselves forward with this beauty of a cheeseburger

Anonymous said...

It has been a few years since I've been there but I always liked Elephant & Castle burgers when I lived in Dublin. They are definitely of the big, eat with a knife and fork variety though.

Anonymous said...

The Izakaya burger is beef and pork, unless it's changed. Good burger though. And the Damson Diner burger is wrapped in bacon. Again, good burger.

Unknown said...

Marks and Spencer make a very good one as well!

dudara said...

Two new suggestions added to the list - McGettigans (thanks to @jacobscrackers9) and the Bridge Bar & Bistro (thanks to @gwynandmorris)

Aodhnait said...

Dillingers burger has poor bunability, that's a fail for me.

I enjoy the TriBeCa burger - cooked rare.

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