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The best burgers in Edinburgh 2024

When it comes to satisfying your burger cravings, Edinburgh certainly has no shortage of options. From classic beef patties to inventive plant-based creations, the Scottish capital offers a diverse range of mouthwatering burgers that cater to every taste bud. In this article, we will explore the best burgers that Edinburgh has to offer, taking you on a culinary journey through the city's top burger joints. Get ready to discover where to find the juiciest, most flavorful, and simply the best burgers in Edinburgh.

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1. Butta Burger

137 George St, Edinburgh EH2 4JY

Butta Burger in Edinburgh’s Quartermile is a trendy spot with a stylish and spacious vibe, perfect for groups and families. Known for its big, saucy patties basted in Butta, it’s gained a rep as one of Edinburgh’s best burger joints. Burgers are balanced, hot, and not heavy. The truffle chick burger is a winner, featuring a sizable escalope with truffle mayo, crispy onions, and American cheese. The beef and onion burger with aged beef patties, fried onions, and marrow mayo is also a hit, seasoned with the secret Butta baste for a salty, rich, and smoky flavor. Don’t forget the truffle, Parmesan, and rosemary salt fries and skinny ones with togarashi seasoning dust. Perfect for a gathering – Butta Burger nails it for a cracking meal out.

Opening hours: Daily from 12-10pm

2. Bread Meats Bread

90-92 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9BE

In Edinburgh’s West End, this burger joint on Lothian Road is known for its creative burger lineup – over twenty options, including six for vegans/vegetarians. A crowd favorite is the Luther burger with a doughnut bun, candied bacon, cheese, and maple syrup. The Lamburghini, a smashed beef burger with BBQ lamb, pomegranate molasses, peppadews, cucumber, feta salad, and Harissa mayo, is a hit. Halloumi fries, maple bacon sweet potato fries, and Canadian poutine are also stars.

Opening hours: Daily from 11:30am-10pm

3. August 37

24, 26 St Giles’ St, Edinburgh EH1 1PT

August 37 enjoys a prime location, just a stone’s throw from St. Giles Cathedral in the heart of the old town. Burgers here are crafted in the kitchen of the Fraser Suites Hotel, then served up in the hotel lounge. Originating as a pop-up, the fact that it’s still thriving after several years speaks volumes about their success. And yes, the burgers are nothing short of fantastic.

Take your pick between a Scottish grass-fed beef patty or a fried chicken burger, and customize to your heart’s content with toppings like BBQ bourbon or Nashville Hot Chicken. The sides are equally impressive, featuring delights such as stuffed jalapenos, kimchi, and creamed corn. It’s a winning combination – a superb location, coupled with mouthwatering burgers.

Opening hours: Daily from 12-10pm (12-5pm Sunday-Tuesday)

4. The Cambridge Bar

20 Young St, Edinburgh EH2 4JB

Nestled in a Georgian townhouse on a charming cobbled street, The Cambridge Bar embodies quintessential Edinburgh. With a focus on gourmet burgers, craft beers, and sports, simplicity and high quality define this pub.

Highly accommodating, The Cambridge Bar caters to all tastes – whether you crave a 100% Scottish beef burger, a veggie haloumi burger, or a mini burger for the kids. The menu is thoughtfully curated with locally-sourced produce.

Opening hours: Daily from 12-11pm

5. Down The Hatch

13 Antigua St, Edinburgh EH1 3NH

Down the Hatch brings Canadian burger goodness to Edinburgh, a stellar addition to the city’s diverse food scene. For drinks, dive into Boozy Milkshakes or Slushies – a must since there’s no dessert menu. The Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Mayo pack a spicy punch, a bit much for some, but the tender, succulent bites and the insanely good blue cheese mayo make it worth the heat. Enter foodie paradise with the Haggis Poutine – a forkful of chips, haggis, poutine, and gravy; a heavenly blend of Canada and Scotland in one dish, though be ready for a satisfying fullness.

The Stout Braised Chuck Burger at £10.50 is a meaty marvel, dripping with juicy goodness from the patty, luscious pulled beef, bacon, and melted cheese. It’s a messy, finger-licking delight, so grab those napkins or embrace the finger-licking experience!

Opening hours: Daily from 12-12pm

6. Burgers and Beers Grillhouse

192A High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RW

Centrally placed on the Royal Mile, Burgers & Beers Grillhouse lives up to its name. Towering burgers are their specialty – if you prefer your burgers as tall as they are wide, this spot’s got you covered. Beyond burgers, enjoy slow-cooked meats and a diverse selection of foreign and craft beers. Using fresh, locally sourced, award-winning produce, they get their fillet steaks and Aberdeen Angus beef mince from the acclaimed BUFFALO FARM. Lean and flavorsome, their 100% Aberdeen Angus beef is seasoned simply with salt and pepper, allowing the meat to shine.

Opening hours: Daily from 11am-10pm

7. Bell’s Diner

7 St Stephen St, Edinburgh EH3 5AN

In Stockbridge’s quiet side street hides Bells Diner, a gem serving top-notch burgers since 1972. With over 50 years of expertise, it’s a safe bet. Gourmet, generously sized, and customizable, their burgers are a delight. Locals have been loyal for half a century – that’s brand loyalty!

Expand your options with a 10oz rump steak or flavored butters for your burger. Dessert boasts sundaes, banana splits, pancakes, ice cream, or daily specials. Don’t miss their super-thick milkshakes – they’re a hit.

With just a few tables and a loyal crowd, booking is wise at Bells Diner – a mighty contender for the best burger in Edinburgh.

Opening hours: Tue – Thur 5-9pm, Fri-Sat 5-9:30pm

8. Earls Burger Co.

74 Raeburn Pl, Edinburgh EH4 1HJ

In the posh Stockbridge neighborhood sits the tiny gem, Earls Burger Co., a personal favorite and a strong contender for Edinburgh’s best burger restaurant. The smash patties are juicy, the buns soft yet firm, and the milkshakes thick enough to stand a straw – a winning combo. Not a burger fan? No worries – they’ve got you covered with wings andhot dogs.

Seating may be a challenge in this small spot, but Inverleith Park nearby offers perfect picnic spots to savor your burger while soaking in Edinburgh’s skyline.

Opening hours: Tue – Thur 4-10pm, Fri-Sat 12-10pm, Sun 12-6:30pm

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