12 of the best burgers in Ireland: Beef up for National Burger Day

Bunsen Burger. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile
Box Burger, at Bray and Eatyard (Dublin)
LegenDerry… at Pyke 'N Pommes, Derry. Jalapeno burgers are popular too…
The Hungry Moose, Kilkenny
Biting into the Dunloe's burger…
Featherblade: That's bernaise, not cheese, baby!
Bujo at Sandymount, Dublin
Handsome Burger, Galway
Five Guys burger and fries, Dundrum
Lino's Club Burger, Mullingar
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  • 12 of the best burgers in Ireland: Beef up for National Burger Day


    Where's the beef? My quest for Ireland's best burgers continues with this delicious dozen for your summer grazing pleasure…



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Where's the beef? My quest for Ireland's best burgers continues with this delicious dozen for your summer grazing pleasure…

1. Bunsen Burger, Dublin, Cork, Belfast

Is this the best burger in Ireland (above)? Bunsen led the country's casual burger charge and continues to reap the rewards. These are brilliantly built burgers, best served a little pink – a smooth, umami-friendly fix that sets a little juice drizzling down the fingers… but not too much. Turnover is quick and space can be tight in its fast-casual spaces, but Bunsen is the standard by which any new burger business must be measured. It's ongoing expansion testifies to a great basic recipe. There are great gluten-free options, too.

Price: From €7.45 for a basic hamburger.

Details: Branches in Dublin, Cork, Belfast;bunsen.ie.

More: 10 Best Burgers in Dublin: Beef up with our blockbuster list!

2. Handsome Burger, Galway

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Handsome Burger, Galway

"It's all about the juice," Rory McCormack told me as I bit into a beast of a burger in Caribou, the craft beer bar in Galway's Woodquay. Before he'd finished the sentence, that juice was running down my fingers. Rory and business partner Cathal O'Connor use a 6oz beef blend from Brady's butchers in Athenry (80pc chuck, 20pc short rib), adding brioche buns, pickled cucumber, sticky onions and a secret 'Handsome Sauce' to seal the deal. and they've since moved to a permanent location in Galway's West End, and won Best Burger in Ireland at the 2019 Kepak National Burger Day awards. Oh, and the fries, triple-cooked in beef dripping, are the devil…

Price: From €8.

Details: 49 Dominic St Lower, Galway; handsomeburger.com.

3. Pyke N Pommes, Derry

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LegenDerry… at Pyke 'N Pommes, Derry. Jalapeno burgers are popular too…

Kevin Pyke is a legend in his own lunchtime. Ditto his LegenDerry burger. Pyke gave the Walled Citys food scene a kick in the pants when he began selling street food from a van by the Foyle a few years back, and today has upgraded to a permanent shipping container (and sit-down restaurant, @57). His signature burger, made with local grass-fed Glebe wagyu beef, has been with him all the way, and alternatives include a hot Jalapeno burger and a VegenDerry version… with a chickpea and sweetcorn patty.

Price: From £6.50/€7.30 for the Legenderry Burger.

Details: N124 Strand Road; pykenpommes.ie.

4. The Hungry Moose, Kilkenny

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The Hungry Moose, Kilkenny

Last year's winner, and this year's runner-up, at National Burger Day is a charcoal-grilled chuck, brisket and short rib patty served by The Hungry Moose in Kilkenny. In a former life, chef Chris Telford cooked for stars like Jay-Z and the Rolling Stones, so it's no surprise to find a touch of rock 'n' roll to his creation. Smoked bacon, dill pickles, Canadian moose cheddar and organic maple barbecue sauce are among the toppings, and the brioche bun is brushed with melted rendered beef fat.

More: National Burger Day: How I make Ireland's top burger

Price: €14.95 with a choice of fries.

Details: 60 Upper John St; facebook.com/thehungrymoosekilkenny

5. Featherblade, Dublin

Featherblade: That's bernaise, not cheese, baby!

This is a beautiful burger. Stepping into Featherblade, with its subway tiles, minimal lighting and matt black table tops, I expected gourmet overkill. I got the opposite. A simple burger, served on its tod on a small plate. No fuss. Just a lightly smoked patty, gooey bearnaise sauce and a thin layer of caramelised onions. Granted, you need to like tarragon (a strong note in the sauce), and it gets messy, but the 'house smoked burger' deftly mixes strong flavours without them repeating on you all afternoon. It would be rude not to add the beef dripping chips (€3.50).

Price: €9 (lunch menu).

Details: 51 Dawson St, featherblade.ie

6. Boxburger, Bray, Co Wicklow

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Box Burger, at Bray and Eatyard (Dublin)

I've got two basic burger rules. 1) They should fit in one hand (not to mention one set of jaws). 2) They should not be pinned together with a stick. Both are staples at Box Burger. Burgers start simply, with a moist, brioche-style bun, and follow through with a succulent patty and ridiculously melty cheese. Fancy options include a beef and Clonakilty black pudding patty, and there's a Dublin outlet in Portobello's Eatyard if you don't fancy the Dart ride.

Price: From €9.50 (takeaways also available)

Details: 7 Strand Road, Bray; boxburger.ie

7. Son of a Bun Cork

Now for the hunger shot. The Drunken Bun. Rebel red BBQ sauce, Chieftan IPA Battered onion rings, Porter stout cheddar, rebel red beer candied bacon, 2 x 3oz patties, mayo, brioche bun. All served with a taste of Archway lager. Out tomorrow. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/1h1xkCcJEw

— Son of a Bun (@sonofabuncork) June 24, 2018

Cork is catching up on Dublin's burger scene, now boasting a Bunsen, as well as sizzling stops at the West Cork Burger Company and Coqbull. Son of a Bun has generated the biggest national buzz, however. Here, burgers begin with the daily baking of brioche buns and mincing of West Cork Aberdeen Angus beef. Several varieties include a burger of the month, a recent 'Drunken Bun', for example, with a riff on barbecue sauce featuring Franciscan Well's Rebel Red ale.

Price: From €9

Details: 29 MacCurtain St; sonofabun.ie

8. Five Guys, Dublin, Belfast

Five Guys burger and fries, Dundrum

Five Guys gets the nod for its happy-clappy helping of old-school Americana. €13.95 for a cheeseburger and fries is a hefty price tag but there's quality under the hood in the shape of two fresh Irish beef patties that make a moist mouthful, combined with big-ass pickles and nice squishy buns. Everyone from Ed Sheeran to Barack Obama has sung the praises of this US staple, and toppings are free (as are the peanuts). The fries can be insanely salty, so be sure to address this when you place your order.

Price: From €7.95.

Details: Dundrum Town Centre; 56 South Great Georges St; fiveguys.com

9. The Duck Terrace, Gorey, Co Wexford

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