Read more: Try these 25 outrageously good burgers in HK
"The burger is omnipotent and irresistible, it can never be weakened, it can never be slowed down, it can never stop its ever-increasing growth in popularity. It is the single most powerful force in the food universe."
– Josh Ozersky (American food writer and historian, 1967–2015)
There are few more polarising topics than where to find the best burger in Hong Kong (Trump, though – strong contender).
With happy hours, we can all agree on a few favourites.
On madeleines, our hearts belong to one and one alone.
But when it comes to who does the best burger...
Without further ado, these are our contenders for the 10 best burgers in Hong Kong (in no particular order).
Note: the burger restaurants selected had to be burger specific. Even if there is a cracking burger at Wagyu, for instance, they are not a burger-speciality restaurant and therefore cannot be included.
More notes: best to view this on a real computer over a mobile for optimum GIF-burger-build action.
Beef & Liberty
The beef: grass-fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef from Tasmania is ground in the restaurant each day.
The bun: baked to their own recipe in Hong Kong.
The rest: the classic is comprised of beef, butter lettuce, tomato, red onion and pickles.
2/F, 23 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, 2811 3009
The beef: imported from the US.
The bun: baked to their own recipe by a local bakery.
The rest: the original is comprised of beef, mesclun, tomato, caramelised red onion and American cheese. All veg comes from the wet markets in Kennedy Town. The sauce is a Thousand Island dressing from the States.
Shop 5, Block A, 25 New Praya, Kennedy Town, 2812 2328
The beef: Australian Angus beef. 80% chuck eye roll, 20% chuck tender.
The bun: from France.
The rest: Tomme de Savoie cheese (all cheeses are imported by air every week from France. Most are raw milk cheeses), sun-dried tomato, parsley (from France) and daily, in-store made Tata Fernand sauce.
Shop 2107, Podium Level 2, ifc Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, 6650 0580
The beef: 5 ounces of USDA beef (three-way chuck).
The bun: handmade locally to their own recipe.
The rest: lettuce and tomato from America and house-made Circus sauce.
22 Hollywood Rd, Central, 2878 7787
The beef: non-frozen 1855 Black Angus.
The bun: recipe created by a famous chef from Las Vegas, Michael Gillet, which is baked fresh daily in the restaurant's own bakery.
The rest: American cheese, house-made secret sauce, local lettuce, tomato and red onion and pickles.
G/F, De Fenwick, 42-50 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, 2787 1288
The Butchers Club Burger
The beef: dry-aged Black Angus beef from Australia. Rump, chuck and brisket.
The bun: made by HK's Bread Elements.
The rest: NZ-aged Cheddar cheese for some and, for the others, a house-smoked version of the same cheese, aioli-based sauce with secret spices and caramelised onions, lettuce, tomato and pickles from around the world, plus streaky bacon.
G/F, Rialto Building, 2 Landale Street, Wan Chai, 2528 2083
G/F, Sunwise Building, 112-114 Wellington Street, Central, 2897 7522
Shop G34-35, G/F, K11, 18 Hanoi Road, TST, 2897 7522
The beef: imported patty.
The bun: also imported.
The rest: (you guessed it) imported cheese, secret sauce, lettuce, tomato and red onion and pickles all from America.
59 Wyndham St, Central, 2420 4888
Double D (closed)
The beef: grass-fed Australian beef, hand ground in house daily from five secret cuts.
The bun: brioche.
The rest: aged Cheddar cheese from the States, Double D secret sauce (a mix of onion, garlic, mayo, pickles etc), local organic lettuce and tomato, red onion and pickles.
The beef: 6-ounce USDA patty.
The bun: ciabatta.
The rest: bacon, onion rings, local lettuce, Cheddar cheese and smoked jalapeño BBQ sauce.
Note: these guys don't do a 'regular' burger. It's either this one or the cheeseburger for the same price. So this burger is a little more pimped than the others.
109 Electric Road, Tin Hau, 2805 7811
Did we miss one?
We left this last spot open because inevitably there will be a thousand people who tell us that we forgot to check the burger joint behind the noodle store that emerges at sunset every eighth year. If we did forget one, please comment to tell us which burger you think deserves to be included and we'll add it in!