About Time You Tried: Tel Aviv’s Best BurgersBy Angelica Malin
Are you a burger lover? Well, it’s about time you tried the best burgers in Tel Aviv – one of the most foodie, fun cities in the whole world. We munched our way through Tel Aviv’s burger offerings to find the tip top ones – nothing but the best here. If you’re looking for a very special trip to Israel – try exploring the programmes on offer by Masa Israel, discover their internships, courses and experiences here. Now, let’s talk Tel Aviv’s best burgers:
The Lowdown: We’ll be honest, if you’re after a gourmet burger, Ad HaEtzem Express is not the place. But stay with us on this one, because for a grab and go joint, Ad HaEtzem Express hits the spot. And c’mon, we’re never one to turn down free drink refills. The burgers are decent, the chips are freshly fried and the service isn’t too shabby. The double patty topped with a fried egg is an About Time favourite.
Where: Ibn Gabirol Street 21, Tel Aviv-Yafo
The Lowdown: Ask any Tel Aviv native where’s the best place to go for a burger, and we’ll guarantee Vitrina will be on their list. Vitrina is not just a sausage grill, their burgers are far superior than their hot dog numbers. All burgers are made fresh to order and they’re served with sweet potato and potato fries. Grab some of their homemade hot sauce to finish off your burger. You’ll also find a mad mash up of zany flavour combinations including their basil and strawberry juice, jam aioli, and you can even order your fries with a sprinkling of lemon zest. Decor may not be up to much, but the burgers certainly are.
Where: Ibn Gabirol St 54, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
The Lowdown: Take some French flare, mix it with American ingredients and some proper naughty burgers, and you end up with 26 Hamburger Gourmet, Tel Aviv’s answer to this Stateside staple. The secret? Their brioche buns. Heavenly slightly sweet doughy buns are the perfect match to their thick patties and European toppings.
We say, the le truffle burger is the best – melted cheese, truffle and a rich, thick, meaty burger. What’s not to love? Let’s not forget about the supporting roles here, because they’re just as good as the burgers. The sweet potato fries are incredibly moreish, and if you can stomach it – opts for the fries covered in melted cheese. Just glorious.
Where: Mikveh Israel St 26, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
The Lowdown: Vegans need burgers too, and that’s why Buddha Burger has become a plant power hotspot in Tel Aviv. Known on the circuit for their meatless delights, Buddha Burger dish up burgers along with their famed burritos, hot dogs and shawarmas. It’s cheap, tastes good and you can be in and out in less than 30 minutes. It may be free from meat, but it’s not free from flavour – we’ll tell you that for free.
Where: Yehuda ha-Levi St 21, Tel Aviv-Yafo,
The Lowdown: If you’ve had your fill of challah and hummus, Burger Bar will satisfy all your meaty needs. Another takeaway joint in Tel Aviv, this no frills, no fuss diner keeps it simple with their beefy offering. Order your meat (the lamb burger is pretty good), your toppings and a choice of sauce. If you end up going at night, you may have to fight your way past the party revellers who are in desperate of sweet carbs. Swing by in the day and dine al fresco on their outdoor patio.
Where: Branches here
The Lowdown: Agadir may be a chain, but don’t let that deter your choice – the burgers here are really, really good. There’s three outlets across Tel Aviv, and they draw crowds thanks to their varied menu. The burgers here put Ronald’s own creations to shame. There’s the choice to build you own burger – choose form toppings such as egg, different cheeses, mushrooms, guacamole, pickles and crispy onions. They’ve recently opened a smaller, sister restaurant, 110 burger which offers a more refined menu. They also roll out their special late night menu, along with their business lunch deals.
Where: 2 Nachla’at Binyamin, 120 Ben Yehuda St. and Agadir Hotel
The Lowdown: Come day, come night, Brasserie is open to feed your beefy needs. This 24 hour restaurant is worlds away from early morning cafes. Walk into Brasserie and you’re transported back to the roaring 1920’s. With its art deco interiors and Parisian style features, this eatery has nailed the traditional Parisian grand brasserie look. And while traditional Parisian fare is on the menu, think special plat du jours, beef carpaccio and French onion soup, their burger is why they’ve become such a hit in Tel Aviv. It doesn’t contain half the condiment aisle; it’s simply salad, burger and a cracking bun. Job done.
Where: 70 Ibn Gvirol St