Other trends such as pulled pork may turn out to be flash in the pan, but the deep seeded love for the once humble burger remains strong with the British public.
Following our original burger guide, if you find yourself in Cardiff with a craving that only a grilled disk of meat can satisfy, then these ten places should see you right.
Urban Tap House
— DEPOT (@DepotCardiff) August 27, 2015
Located on Womanby Street, this bar not only has a great atmosphere and incredible selection of craft beers, but also some of the best burgers in Cardiff. With a creative menu taking in most imaginable cuisines, each option is densely packed with flavour and texture. It’s worth trying The Pizza; meaty beef topped with tomato source and mozzarella, or The Saag which uses a curried spinach and potato patty topped with minted crème fraiche.
25 Westgate Street, Cardiff, CF10 1DD, urbantaphouse.co.uk
Just tried the new Brewdog Firestone Walker burger at Brewdog Cardiff. Comes with a fried egg, bacon and hot sauce.… pic.twitter.com/EKjokUOmif
— Surfing and Beer (@SurfingandBeer) July 8, 2015
Just around the corner from Urban Tap House, you’ll find yet another bar serving a great selection of craft beers with a decent side line in meaty bar food. Their burger selection may be smaller, but they never fail to disappoint, or to soak up the many recommended drinks the helpful bar staff will no doubt offer you.
31 Westgate Street, Cardiff, CF10 1EH, brewdog.com/bars/uk/cardiff
— Gareth Mercer (@RedDevilDisco) December 1, 2015
Not to be confused with The Smoke House in Pontcanna, the Smoke Haus offers extreme gut-busting Americana themed grub, and their burgers are no exception. Try the Southern Comfort; a cheeseburger topped with a whole chicken breast, or the New Orleans topped with cheese, dirty sauce and slow cooked brisket. Or for something different, try The Donut Burger: as you might have guessed, a standard cheeseburger nestled in two burgers. Sharing is recommended.
Mary Ann St, Cardiff, CF10 2EN, thesmokehaus.co.uk
Barely settling into their first Cardiff premises in the Brewery Quarter, this American chain have now moved to a second location in the Red Dragon Centre in the Bay. At both places, you’ll find an authentic American experience where you choose a burger base and then proceed to pile it high with toppings at no extra cost until you have your personalised messy stack of meat and cheese ready to demolish.
The Old Brewery Quarter, St Mary’s Street, Cardiff CF10 1AD, fiveguys.co.uk
Greenwood & Brown
If you’re in the mood for something slightly more refined, Greenwood & Brown offer an authentic welsh dining experience, sourcing all their ingredient from across Wales. The beef in their rumpsteak burgers are no exception: all Celtic Pride beef predominantly from Mid Wales, served with apricot chutney and blue cheese. Or for a meat free option, you can give the Broad Bean, Pea and Spinach burger a go.
Quay St, Cardiff, CF10 1EA, greenwoodandbrowncardiff.co.uk
Similarly to Five Guys, this American chain has recently started to pick up traction across the UK, and their first offering in Cardiff has now landed in St David’s Centre. Their selection of burgers are reliably decent with a sauce that you’ll taste for hours, and as the name suggests, their selection of thick and creamy milkshakes with a frozen custard base are a required accompaniment. For a local twist, try the Welsh Cake Jam concrete, a dense milkshake mixed with the Bay’s Fabulous Welsh Cakes.
St. David’s Dewi Sant, Upper Grand Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 2EF, shakeshack.com
If meat isn’t so much your thing, then head out to City Road to sample Milgi’s vegan wares. Even the most voracious of meat eaters may be converted after trying the butternut squash and sage burger, and it’s not every day you can hang out with a beer inside a yurt, which fills up much of the back garden of the premises.
213 City Road, Cardiff, CF24 3JD, milgicardiff.com
Locke & Remedy
— Travel Dinner (@TravelDinner) December 14, 2015
The newest restaurant to open in what was the Old Library, this spacious setting always lends itself well to whatever you’re planning, be it cocktails at the bar or a sit down meal. No matter what you’re here for, you should order one of their much celebrated burgers whilst you’re here: you’ll regret not ordering a Glazed Short Rib or Black Pudding burger.
18-19 Trinity Street, Cardiff, CF10 1BH, lockeandremedy.com
— Buffalo Bar (@buffalocardiff) January 25, 2016
Not only a nicely decked out bar with a great selection of clubnights and gigs happening every week across its two floors, Buffalo also has a great menu to choose from. Their tasty burgers on offer include the Breakfast Burger complete with sausage, hashbrowns, a runny egg and of course bacon, or you can go for their signature Buffalo Classic Burger. Make sure you go whilst their 2-4-1 offer on cocktails is running from 5pm daily.
11 Windsor Place, Cardiff, CF10 3BY, buffalocardiff.co.uk
Burger and Lobster
— Jarrad Hoeata (@Hoeata) August 27, 2015
Say what you like about this emerging chain, they don’t mince their words. Offering burger or lobster (or if you have the mixed plate, a bit of both), all items are priced at £20 which probably makes this the priciest option on the list. For that though, you get a burger made from three cuts of corn fed Nebraskan steak with marbling to make it naturally flavourful and juicy. Maybe one to visit on payday though.
2, St David’s Dewi Sant Cardiff, 9-11 The Hayes, Cardiff, CF10 1AH, burgerandlobster.com
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