The best burger restaurants in Munich
A wave of gourmet burger restaurants has taken over Munich, transforming this simple fast-food staple into a foodie delight. The humble patty has been reinvented, so be sure to sample some of the best burgers the city has to offer at these six excellent restaurants and one must-visit food truck
The Burger House
Burger House founder Nicolas Hegewisch trained at the French Culinary Institute in New York before he and his wife returned to Munich to open their first American-inspired restaurant in 2012. Today they have six locations in Munich. The Burger House philosophy focuses on high-quality produce and great taste. Beef burgers are made from 100% organic Bavarian beef, house-made buns are baked every day, and all the trimmings – from salad and guacamole to the secret house sauce – are made by the team. Vegetarian and vegan options are also delicious.
The Burger House, Theresienstrasse 60, 80333 Munich, +49 (0)89 4438 4377
Vogl Wild's two Munich food trucks are some of the most popular in the city. Bringing local game to the masses, the menu offers twists on fast-food classics, from veal burgers and pulled wild pork patties to the crispy and moreish veal nuggets and even a chilli con game. Garnished with fresh local produce and home-made sauces, Vogl Wild’s burgers are known as some of the tastiest in Munich. They are also sustainably sourced, low in fat and free of additives, making this burger indulgence a little less guilty.
Vogl Wild, locations across Munich
Describing itself as a premium burger bar, MC Müller was one of the first of its kind in Munich, and has developed a cult following. The burgers here are juicy and delicious, made from 100% local and organic beef, piled high with delicious toppings and wrapped in a soft bun from a nearby bakery. We love the pulled pork burger, a beef patty topped with juicy pork, tangy coleslaw and skinny onion rings, though it’s always worth sampling the burger of the month. At the weekend, MC Müller transforms into a party space (the burgers are still on offer, of course).
MC Müller, Fraunhoferstrasse 2, 80469 Munich, +49 (0)89 1891 0039
Ruff’s Burger started life in 2008 as a food cart that appeared weekly at a market in the bohemian Schwabing neighbourhood selling simple and delicious burgers. Little did the team behind it expect the overwhelming success of the venture, which saw queues so long that people had to be turned away. In 2012 they finally brought their winning formula to a permanent location, which expanded two years later along with the menu. It now offers American-style barbecue alongside the mouth-watering burgers that made Ruff’s a sensation.
Ruff’s Burger, Occamstrasse 4, 80802 Munich, +49 (0)89 1259 8616
The name of this local favourite is more than just an attention-grabber: Holy Burger is committed to providing 100% organic and free-range meat. Juicy patties are served up on your choice of wheat or spelt buns, and toppings range from classic cheddar to brie, shallots and truffle. As well as organic beef and chicken, there’s a range of vegetarian and vegan burgers tasty enough to tempt even committed carnivores – the halloumi burger with olive and caper tapenade is a particular triumph. Prices are very reasonable, which leaves no excuse not to try several of the indulgent side orders.
Holy Burger, Schulstrasse 2, 80634 Munich, +49 (0)89 1894 7296
Burger & Lobster Bank
Fusing the best of an haute-cuisine eatery with the best of a classic diner, Burger & Lobster Bank is a refined take on a burger joint. As the name suggests, the restaurant serves freshly caught lobster as well as juicy burgers, and is also known for its high-quality steaks. Its burgers are handmade in-house from premium ingredients and, though classic toppings are available, we suggest making the most of Burger & Lobster Bank’s seafood expertise and ordering The Surf and Turf, which comes with shrimp, mozzarella and rocket.
Burger & Lobster Bank, Prannerstrasse 11, 80333 Munich, +49 (0)152 2727 2782
Hans im Glück
The beauty of the menu at Hans im Glück is that it offers customers incredible choice while remaining simple. First choose from either sourdough or multigrain bread – both delicious – then choose your patty. Juicy beef will please classicists, the grilled chicken breast is also a tasty option and, refreshingly, there are numerous vegetarian and even three vegan options on the menu. The tagline here is ‘surprising burger creations’, and it’s true that toppings such as avocado or goats cheese and fig sauce are unusual, but there are no gimmicks here. Everything on the menu has been chosen to enhance your burger’s natural deliciousness.
Hans im Glück, Sonnenstrasse 24-26, 80331 Munich, +49 (0)89 5599 9966