Burgers are such a big deal in this city that it was only a matter of time before we followed up on our guide to 10 of the best burgers in Edinburgh from last April.
We’re sure you’re ready to get stuck in, so we’ll let these meaty (and sometimes veggie) wonders speak for themselves.
Bread Meats Bread
Famous in Glasgow but still the new(ish) kids on the block around these parts, Bread Meats Bread opened on Lothian Road last November. While you can eat yourself silly on the same gourmet burgers, Canadian poutine and maple syrup drenched sweet potato fries you know and love from the Glasgow restaurant, there are a few unique items on the menu at the Edinburgh branch. The brilliantly named spicy Fear & Lothian burger is one of those specialties, as well as Sunshine on Beef and the signature Lothian Wolf.
92 Lothian Road, EH3 9BE – breadmeatsbread.com
Undoubtedly one of the quirkier restaurants on this list, Bells Diner is a Stockbridge institution that shouldn’t be judged by its modest exterior. Tucked on the corner of St Stephen Street, the small, simply decorated restaurant serves gourmet burgers that rival the flashier players on the Edinburgh burger scene and blow the big chains out of the water. Definitely one to tick of the list if you consider yourself a local burger connoisseur.
7 St Stephen Street, EH3 5AN – tripadvisor.co.uk/BellsDiner
Although we don’t think the Dude ever actually tucks into a burger during the course of The Big Lebowski, we’re sure he enjoys them off-screen just as much as us. Themed after the Coen brothers film, Lebowskis has a really nice rug and White Russian cocktails galore (as you’d expect) but they also serve up some brilliant burgers for meat eaters, chicken lovers and veggies alike.
18 Haymarket Terrace, EH3 8BJ – lebowskis.co.uk/edinburgh
A bit of a hidden gem in Leith for burger lovers, Diner 7 serves simple diner-style fare but specialises in locally sourced burgers and steak. Just choose your burger size – there’s a 12oz if you’re feeling particularly peckish – pick your topping (from bacon and egg to pineapple salsa) and enjoy. Everything’s cooked fresh and the price per burger – including chips and salad – is refreshingly low for Edinburgh.
7 Commercial Street, EH6 6JA – diner7.co.uk
The Scran & Scallie
Run by the same team behind the critically acclaimed Kitchin restaurant in Leith, what’s on the menu at The Scran & Scallie in Stockbridge is probably the closest thing you’ll find to a Michelin starred burger in Edinburgh. There’s only one meat burger on offer here, but it’s expertly sourced, cooked and served – what more could you ask for? They’ve also got a unique and tasty spelt and lentil burger for vegetarian burger fans.
1 Comely Bank Road, EH4 1DT – scranandscallie.com
The Cuckoo’s Nest
Much more than just a Tollcross boozer, The Cuckoo’s Nest has a long and varied menu of gourmet pub grub and burgers take centre stage. Laidback but almost always busy because of it’s great reputation, once you’ve grabbed a table here you’re only remaining problem will be choosing which generous burger to go for. Keep your eye out for the occasional tempting burger special, and don’t forget to peruse the veggie section for the meat-free burger options.
69 Home Street, EH3 9JP – facebook.com/thecuckoosnestedin
Sister to steak restaurant Kyloe, its no real surprise that beefy burgers are top class at The Huxley. They keep things simple at this cosy (but still kind of posh) bar and restaurant, giving burger fans the choice between classic beef, pulled pork and a somewhat spicy affair, as well as fried chicken and mushroom burgers. All of the beef burgers are handmade and grilled to order, plus prices aren’t sky high considering the classy setting.
1-3 Rutland Street, EH1 2AE – thehuxley.co.uk
The Boozy Cow
The chefs at The Boozy Cow are famous for taking everything they cook to outrageous extremes, especially their burgers. Here you can look forward to sampling the biggest, spiciest, sweetest and messiest burgers going in Edinburgh, with a huge side of fries, of course. As well as catering for vegetarians, The Boozy Cow menu has a section for gluten-free burger lovers so everyone can join in the finger-licking fun.
17 Frederick Street, EH2 2EY – boozycow.com/edinburgh
Good for cocktails, craft beer and – most importantly – braw burgers, Red Squirrel was ruling the roost on Lothian Road for years until Bread Meats Bread showed up on the same turf. That being said, Red Squirrel’s burger menu still packs a serious punch, and they offer some interesting alternatives to your standard cheeseburger – from a pork and chorizo combo to veggie haggis.
21 Lothian Road, EH1 2DJ – redsquirreledinburgh.co.uk
Wee Burger Kitchen
Here at WOW247 Edinburgh we know all too well that a lot of smaller but popular Edinburgh restaurants have an against-all-odds, David and Goliath-style backstory, and we think something similar might be on the cards for Wee Burger Kitchen. Not long opened on Nicolson Street, this casual restaurant is serving up handmade gourmet burgers at seriously low prices and many Edinburgh locals have already dubbed it the best burger in the city. Small but mighty, Wee Burger Kitchen is definitely one to keep your eye on.
4-6 Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH – facebook.com/weeburgerkitchen
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