“If you don’t know what to order in a restaurant, stick to the hamburger” goes the philosophy of so many diners. Don’t get us wrong, we lobe a good patty. But in ordering minced meat from amongst a menu of the unknown it can either go very right, or horribly wrong. Well not any more. Mad4Madrid has done it’s homework, interviewed a local cow, and out together a list of the best hamburgers in Madrid. We’re talking whoppers that have you licking your fingers after every mouthful. Whoppers that throw you into a deep depression after you’ve finished. Because tucking into one of these bad boys can be a dramatic experience in itself if they’ve been prepared properly.
Goiko Grill: For Many the Best Burger Joint in Madrid
It’s been a while since we first stepped into Goiko Grill Madrid, back when they were just starting out. Today, the Grill has 11 restaurants in Madrid and whichever, you’ll leave convinced it twas the best. Enormous hamburgers, peculiar combos, fantastic fries, and quality across the menu. If you don’t know what to get, try the Kevin Bacon, and if you’re after something special, then the M30 comes with goats cheese and caramelised onion; while the Ragazza has a healthy does of pepperoni, mozzarella, salami, pesto, and fresh basil. Got an imagination almost as big as your appetite? Then have a go at building your own burger and have Goiko make it on the spot.
Where: 11 restaurants in Madrid.
Average price: 20€
Five Guys: Obama’s Choice (Or So They Say)
We haven’t gotten round to asking the former US president himself, but that’s what they tell us. Five Guys only landed on Spanish turf a few short months ago, but is already causing quite a stir in Madrid. There’s not a time of day, be it lunch, or dinner, that this place isn’t full (especially at peak ours which here translates as 14:00 and 22:00), so we recommend you find a break between the waves to some by and truly enjoy the experience. At any rate, here the orders here are always to take away.
Take your best shot at the Bacon Cheeseburger (9’75€) and pile it up with as many toppings as you like (they’re free!). Can’t decide? Get yourself the “All the way” or in layman terms, Mayo, lettuce, tomato, fried onion, mushrooms, ketchup and mustard. This is fast food with a pedigree. The ingredients on the menu may have you fooled into thinking you could do a better job at home, but when you bite into those buns, you’ll see why these the gentlemen in question have made such a name for themselves. The flavour is rich and rounded, with the meat taking the centre stage whilst simultaneously harmonising with the varios toppings. And the fries (3€) though they might be a little on the small side, are famously rich. Choose between normal, cajun (spicy), or wedges fried in peanut oil.
If that wasn’t enough, have a go on the Grilled Cheese Sandwich (4,5€) and hotdogs (5€ for a regular). The soft drinks are bottomless (2,75€) and watch out for their milkshakes, which look like the things addictions are made of: cherry, Oreo, peanut butter, salted caramel, vanilla, chocolate… with or without whipped cream they’re 5,75€ a pop. Oh and you can add bacon… to all of them!
Where: Calle gran Vía, 44
Average Price: 15€
Home Burger Bar: Gourmet Burgers
Hickory Burger (13€) with beef burger, barbecue sauce, hickory, cheddar, bacon, and fried onion. Sided off with french fries and coleslaw. Every bite was a delight. And that bacon! We’ll never forget it. Home also serves up gourmet burgers made from organic meat such as the Blue Burger with (you guessed it) blue cheese, caramelised pear and walnuts. One interesting little twist here is that the hamburgers here come sliced in half, so you can share them if you fancy. Home Budget Bar’s kit is americanised and retro, but over the years these joints have gained their own, very special Madrileño feel.
Where: 3 restautants in Madrid
Average ticket price: 20€
Viva Burger: Hamburgers that Hold the Ham
Yes we know that this is a post about burgers but shame on you if you thought we were going to leave out all our leaf-lover friends. Viva Burger’s are all fresh from the soil and contain no meat. On the menu you’ll find more than just faux-beef n’ buns but this is where the real fun lies. Set those tastebuds to flavour time with the Fried yucca with alioli and salsa brava (6,5€). And when it comes to the burgers you can’t go wrong with the Arabe (falafel, orange, plums, walnuts, and mint sauce); the De la Huerta (made with fresh vegetable noodles, soy bean spouts, and sun-dried tomato, with extra cheese for 1,5€); and the Burger Queen (goats cheese, grilled tomatoes, and caramelised onion). All at 12,95€ and amply substituted with vegetables, soy meat, beans, and nuts. Served in between fresh baked bread, and paired with a generous side of fries. A party in your mouth that you won’t soon forget… even if you’re a real meat lover.
Where: Costanilla de San Andrés, 16
Average price: 25€
Hard Rock Café: For the Famous
When you first touch down in a new city and you don’t know where to go, you’re always going to end up at the Hard Rock. There’s always one nearby, with bad ass hamburgers and a setting to match. It’s a no-brainer.
Madrid’s edition to this most famous of franchises is certainly not letting the chain down, and their burgers truly are amazing. Enormous, with the beef at that sweet spot that so manny wannabe joints fail to attain, some spectacular combos, and fries that refuse to play second fiddle.
It doesn’t matter which way you go, you cannot go wrong. Then again, if you’re looking for some help we suggest you try out the Local Legendary that, just like other Hard Rock Cafe’s, is inspired by a celebrity fro the area. Not convinced? Then the Hickory Barbecue Bacon Burger (ain’t that a mouthful?) , covered in a walnut barbecue sauce and crowned with caramelised onion, cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, lettuce and tomato.
And then there are the dessert. The hot fudge brownie: vanilla ice cream and molten chocolate, over a home made brownie, topped with walnuts, chocolate chips, whipped cream and a cherry. Drooling yet?
Yes it may be a chain, but checking out Hard Rock is throwing yourself into Spanish culture with a twist. Just take a look around and check out all the guitars and personal positions of some of the biggest names in Spanish popular culture.
Where: Paseo de la Castellana, 2
Average Price: 20€