There’s absolutely no shortage of restaurants serving fantastic burgers in Singapore – from fast food conglomerates and Western hawker stalls to home-grown burger specialists and cult-favourite American franchises. Whether you’re looking for a saucy smashburger or more keen to go with the thick steakhouse style, we’ve got you covered with this list of Singapore’s ten best burgers.
1. Social Smoker
While better known for their American-style barbecue offerings, Social Smoker’s burger certainly deserves its spot on the menu, alongside smokehouse requisites like brisket, pulled pork and tender fall-off-the-bone smoked pork ribs. The burgers here are deceptively simple, but it’s the attention to detail that makes them an essay in perfection. The Signature Smashburgers are crafted with a special blend of beef that’s ground in-house and smashed while on the grill to maximise the patties’ lacey, crispy edges. Topped with crunchy homemade pickles, the burger is served in a pillowy potato brioche bun that’s been tailored to the restaurant’s specifications. The side of pickled onions and jalapeños also allows you to add a little more complexity to your burger if desired.
2 Jalan Leban. Buses: 163, 167, 169, 855, 980
2. Three Buns, Potato Head Singapore
The first international outpost of the Indonesian franchise, Three Buns at Potato Head Singapore in Chinatown – opened in 2014 – lives up to the acclaimed Balinese beach club’s reputation with its whimsical façade, tropical cocktails and hearty burgers. Three Buns, the brand’s burger concept, occupies two levels of the building, and also operates a stand-alone restaurant in Robertson Quay which opened in 2018. Vegetarians aren’t without options here – try the plant-based burgers like the Impossible Dream and The Impossible Chedda which feature a char-grilled medium-rare Impossible patty between a toasted brioche bun. Guests can opt to enjoy their meals at the rooftop bar.
36 Keong Saik Road. Nearest MRT: Outram Park
3. Burger Labo
Burger Labo made a name for itself after coming out tops in a 2019 blind taste test by The Straits Times, against 11 other burgers in Singapore. The restaurant opened in 2015 with just a single item on the menu, a “Basic” Burger that was anything but. It comprised of a single or double patty made with a blend of 100% grass-fed Aberdeen Angus and Kuroge Washu grilled a la plancha (on a steel griddle), topped with red onions pickled in IPA, American cheese, Wagyu fat, a homemade special sauce and gherkins – all sandwiched between a buttered and toasted potato bun. While the Basic Burger is a signature that’s still available today, you can now try additional menu items like the blue cod fillet burger, chicken burger and even a Connecticut-style lobster roll.
41 Malan Road. Nearest MRT: Labrador Park
Sister establishment to Burger Labo, 2280 features an even more pared down menu that distils their burger crafting know-how into just three burgers: a single and double beef burger and a cod burger. The beef burgers here are priced more affordably and have smaller 100g patties (as opposed to Burger Labo’s 150g patties) that are infused with beef garum (a fermented beef extract) and topped with American cheese, pickled red onions and the same house-made sauce as Burger Labo.
213 Henderson Road, #01-10 Henderson Industrial Park. Buses: 57, 145, 145A, 175, 176, 272, 273
5. Shake Shack
The famed New York burger joint Shake Shack opened its first Southeast Asian outpost at Jewel Changi Airport with much fanfare (and snaking queues) in 2019. Signature menu items like the ShackBurger – a grilled Angus beef patty topped with American cheese and served between pillowy potato buns – and the vegetarian ‘Shroom Burger, with crispy fried portobello mushrooms and a tangy blend of melted Colby cheddar, Monterey Jack and Tilsit cheese as its patty, are a must-try. The Jewel outlet is Shake Shack’s flagship in Asia but you can now grab their burgers at nine outlets across Singapore.
6. Five Guys
Hot on the heels of Shack Shack, Five Guys opened their first Singapore outlet in December 2019 where they sold over a thousand burgers on opening day. Like Shake Shack, Five Guys has a devoted following of burger aficionados that include former US President Barack Obama. Burgers here come with two 100g patties (or a single one if you opt for the “little” burgers) and you’ll have the option to add free toppings like onions, jalapeños, hot sauce and sautéed mushrooms. The burger menu here is kept restrained, offering regular and little burgers, with or without bacon and cheese, along with Cajun spiced fries, all-beef hot dogs and a decadent selection of milkshakes.
7. Burger Bar New York
With only a neon-lit sign betraying its location, this secret burger shack found in a back alley of Gemmill Lane is a little hard to spot. Venture past the heavy metal doors and thick velvet drapes and you’ll find a casual American-style diner within. The venue is styled after its original outpost in New York’s Parker Meridien Hotel. Burger Bar New York’s menu is scrawled on torn cardboard boxes features a selection of burgers along with sides like crispy shoestring fries. For drinks, there’s craft beer on tap as well as an array of milkshakes. What makes this one of the best burgers in Singapore is the freshness of the meat, which is flown in from Nebraska. For an introduction to their offerings, opt for the bacon cheeseburgerwhich comes with a five-ounce medium-rare patty topped with melted cheddar, crispy bacon, ketchup, mayo and mustard served on a toasted bun. Be sure to order “the works” for toppings such as pickles and onions, at no additional charge.
115 Amoy Street (entrance on Gemmill Lane). Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer
8. 25 Degrees Singapore
The Singapore branch of the swish Los Angeles burger and wine bar is named after the temperature difference between a raw and well-done burger. 25 Degrees Singapore’s main menu is a tight one, featuring just six burgers. A must-try is the signature Number One, which has a 200g USA Angus beef patty and strips of smoky bacon, topped with creamy Crescenza cheese and Thousand Island dressing. Number Two and Number Three contain beef patties with a variety of toppings like burrata or Monterey Jack cheese, while the Number Four consists of seared yellowfin tuna topped with fresh lettuce, fried onions and spicy aioli. Its original Hollywood location has also developed a reputation as a hotspot for A-list celebrities.
200 Middle Road, Hotel G. Nearest MRT: Rochor, Bencoolen
9. Meatsmith Telok Ayer
The meat mavens at the longstanding “full metal” smokehouse Meatsmith are savvy with more than just briskets and pulled pork. The Meatsmith Cheeseburger is a hefty proposition with two beef patties, American cheese and pickles sandwiched between a soft brioche bun. Come by between 11.30am and 2.30pm and you can enjoy their lunchtime offer which includes crinkle cut fries, slaw and a tap beer of your choice for $30. Other burger-adjacent offerings include the Nashville fried chicken, pulled pork, brisket and eggplant sandwiches.
167-169 Telok Ayer Street. Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer
10. Wolf Burgers
From humble beginnings as a gourmet food stall, Wolf Burgers has since made a name for itself and expanded to seven locations across Singapore. The chain offers quality burgers at an affordable price point. There’s also a menu for kids as well as family bundles with sliders as an option. If you’re particularly hungry, sink your teeth into the Alpha, a double beef patty burger stacked with cheddar, pickled onions and their specialty WOLF sauce sandwiched between brioche buns. If you’re a fan of mushrooms in a burger, the Forager is another great pick which features a single beef patty smothered in sautéed onions, shoyu mayo, Provolone cheese and white button mushrooms.
Please check the establishments’ respective websites for opening hours as well as booking and seating requirements before visiting. Remember to adhere to safe-distancing measures while out and about.
This article was originally published in the June 2019 issue of SilverKris magazine and updated on 30 November 2022.