Finally we have an excuse to pig out – today is National Burger Day! It may be an American classic, but the humble burger has become an international staple, with many countries adding their own unique delicacies and local flavours to the humble bun, patty and cheese. In fact, the UK burger bar market alone is worth billions, with more than a quarter of adults claiming to visit a burger joint at least once a fortnight or more.*
Here are five of the best burgers to look out for when you’re abroad – just don’t forget the ketchup!
Image courtesy of Ham Holy Burger
Sure, Rome has its fair share of pastas and pizzas but when you’re craving a big, juicy hamburger, then you have to go to Ham Holy Burger. Here you’re given a shiny new iPad where you can build and customise your order, then browse the web or check in on Facebook to pass the time while you wait for your dream bun to be created.
Via Brescia 28, 00198 Rome, Italy
Add Brie for the Caco Burger
Image courtesy of Lisboa Cool
If you’re travelling around Faro and the Algarve in Portugal, it’s well worth the day trip up to Lisbon just to taste the famed food at Hamburgueria do Barrio. The Caco is the real winner here with its unusual topping combo of thick sliced Brie, lettuce, fried tomato, garlic butter and a fluffy roll all the way from the island of Madeira.
Traverse Abarracamento Peniche, # 22, Lisbon
Industrial Street, # 9, Lisbon
Rua Duarte Pacheco Pereira, # 7-A, Lisbon
Rua Ramalho Ortigão, 47-A, Lisbon
Rua Ilha dos Amores (North Zone) Edf. Mirrors Tagus, Lot 4:07:01, Lisbon
Road of Light, # 148-L, Lisbon
Image courtesy of Tribeca Music Bar
Alicante has its very own American diner at Tribeca Music Bar. There’s a full menu of international and local Spanish fare, but it’s the international-style burgers everyone raves about. The Mexicana with homemade guacamole and spicy sauce, and the Italiana with melted Parmesan, rocket and sun-dried tomatoes are two of the favourites.
Calle San Fernando, 18, 03002 Alicante, Spain
The Camel Burger
Image courtesy of The Camel Bar
For some of the best views of Sharm El Sheikh, head up to the popular rooftop Camel Bar. It’s a great place to relax with its luxurious white sofas, exotic cocktails and collection of colourful shisha pipes. If you’re feeling hungry, there are plenty of options from nibbles to full size dinners. Don’t worry, the Camel Burger isn’t made from camels as you may think, but a huge hearty beef patty with all the usual trimmings, served with English-style chips.
Camel Dive Club & Hotel, Centre of Na’ama Bay, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
The Krusty Burger
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Fans of The Simpsons definitely won’t want to miss a trip to the iconic Krusty Burger. The real-life burger joint is open and ready for business at Universal Studios in Orlando – you’ll find all the cartoon classics such as The Clogger, the Ribwich and the must-try Kurly fries. Duff beers on the house!
Simpson Fast Food Blvd, World Expo/Springfield USA, Universal Studios Florida
Obviously these are just a taster, please leave us a comment if you’ve come across any more amazing burgers on your travels!
* According to a survey by market research company Mintel.