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A Guide to the Best Burgers in Edinburgh

The best spots to satisfy a hearty burger craving

04 . 01 . 2020

The humble burger has risen in popularity in recent years, with several awesome burger bars springing up across Edinburgh.

Hungry for Burgers in Edinburgh?

There’s nothing more satisfying than a good burger and with its recent rise in popularity, Edinburgh has seen several independent burger restaurants springing up across the city. So whatever your preference, from traditional beef to gourmet pulled pork, there are a lot of options for burgers in Edinburgh! We’ve got you covered with our definitive guide to the best burgers in Edinburgh.

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The Boozy Cow

Edinburgh’s first socially-conscious burger bar The Boozy Cow has a “no plates, no cutlery, no wine glasses” policy, just unashamedly meaty food paired with boozy milkshakes and hipster-friendly beers.  Set within a grungey basement, with graffiti-covered walls and neon lighting, this trendy burger joint promises to donate 100% of its profits to local charities.

We recommend the Holy Cow Burger – a double burger patty topped with caramelised chilli onions, sliced mature cheddar, crispy streaky bacon and a hot chipotle sauce.

Address: 17 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EY

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© Boozy Cow


Candy Bar & Diner

An energetic eatery with a subterranean drinking den, the team at Candy Bar sure know a thing or two about their burgers. Their brand new £5 lunch menu offers extraordinary value for money on a number of mouth-watering buns. If that isn’t enough, £4 eye-candy cocktails will make the perfect get together. Candy Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a casual drink with a burger and a few friends.

Our personal favourite is the Chicken Parmo Burger – a beautifully breaded chicken burger topped with macaroni cheese sauce & parmesan in a pretzel bun.

© Candy Bar & Diner


Hard Rock Café

It may be one of the smallest but despite over 200 locations worldwide, Edinburgh’s Hard Rock Café has been voted the no.1 location a total of five times – which is no mean feat! With its unique rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere and original memorabilia it remains a popular choice amongst locals and tourists alike.

We recommend the Local Legendary Burger – made from locally sourced haggis, whisky-laced caramelised onions, mature Scottish cheddar and crispy ‘neep’ straws.

Address: 20 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF

Fountain Court guests receive a 15% discount on food.

Hard Rock Cafe Burger Edinburgh

© Hard Rock Cafe


The Mockingbird

A friendly neighbourhood pub just outside the city centre, The Mockingbird is the latest contender for the best burgers in Edinburgh and well worth a little walk. With a laid-back atmosphere and cosy interiors, it is already a favourite of locals and visitors alike.

Besides impressively huge burgers, it also serves mouth-wateringly large charcuterie boards perfect for sharing with a group of friends over a glass of wine. We recommend the Mockingburger, a true beast topped with bacon, onion, haggis and peppercorn sauce which is sure to satisfy a hearty craving.

Address: 72-74 Newington Road, Edinburgh EH9 1QN

© Mockingjay


The Cambridge Bar

A round-up of Edinburgh’s best burgers would not be complete without The Cambridge Bar. Sat on a quiet side-street, this hidden gem was awarded ‘Best Burger’ in I-ON’s Food and Drink Awards in 2016. This cosy pub specialises in craft beers and gourmet burgers made from 100% Scottish beef, and makes for a pleasant escape from the bustling city centre.

For something a bit different, we recommend choosing the Aussie Burger – a beef burger patty covered in bacon, cheddar, pineapple, and beetroot and topped with a fried egg.

Address: 20 Young Street, Edinburgh EH2 4JB

Fountain Court guests receive a 20% discount on food.

© The Cambridge Bar

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