Step into one of Düsseldorf’s favourite restaurants and you could be forgiven for thinking that you’ve taken a trip across the Atlantic. Many of the city’s most popular eateries are looking stateside for inspiration, while making the most of regional ingredients. Düsseldorf’s adventurous chefs have travelled the globe in search of the secrets behind the perfect hamburger, generally acknowledged as an American invention despite the German-sounding name, and the results are certainly tasty. You may prefer a classic burger made with locally reared dry-aged beef and served with fresh toppings sourced from the surrounding region, or something a little more exotic, reimagined with inventive fusion flavours. Burgers aren’t the only north American delicacies on offer; barbecue and Canadian poutine are also on the menu. In Düsseldorf fast food is the new fine dining.
What’s Beef is known and loved locally for its top quality, gastronomic approach to the classic burger and fries. Diners can expect premium ingredients such as locally reared beef, while crispy beef salami is used in place of bacon. Soft, buttery buns are baked in house and tasty toppings include organic ketchup, pickles, locally grown lettuce, tomato and onions. Owner Selim Varol sampled over 150 burgers from around the world before settling on his perfect version for What’s Beef and believes that a mouthful of the restaurant’s patties will transport diners to New York.
What’s Beef, Immermannstrasse 24, 40210 Düsseldorf, +49 (0)211 3677 9196
Grindhouse was inspired by the impressive burgers on offer in London and New York. Ingredients are paramount, including freshly baked buns and the region’s best homegrown beef and visitors are encouraged to customise their burgers. Start with the delicious wasabi shrimp or crispy onion rings, served with a sweet chilli mayo. Then move on to one of the dry-aged beefburgers, such as the Smokey BBQ which is topped with caramelised onions, cheddar, smoked bacon and barbecue sauce. Discerning eaters should try one of the entrecôte gourmet burgers, which include the aptly named Truffle Heaven.
Grindhouse, Bankstrasse 83, 40476 Düsseldorf, +49 (0)211 5145 5606
Butch Becker founders Eldad Schönfeld and Christopher Schlechter wanted to create a perfect burger in which you can taste every ingredient. Having travelled the world studying the art of the patty, the duo established Butch Becker with the premise that everything should be both fresh and handmade. Enjoy an appetite-whetting cocktail such as a Ginger Punch or Fruit Cup before tucking into mini ribs with a honey jasmine glaze, or light and aromatic Vietnamese summer rolls. The deli burgers, which are highly recommended, include the Surf & Turf, which combines shrimp, avocado and a mango chilli chutney, and Into The Blue, a patty topped with Roquefort and pear poached in port wine.
Butch Becker, Klosterstrasse 24, 40211 Düsseldorf, +49 (0)211 9138 6921
Frittenwerk is committed to making fast food that’s as fresh as it is delicious. The restaurant works closely with local suppliers and thoughtful touches like homemade dips and fresh herb garnishes have locals coming back again and again. The centrally located beer garden is also an excellent spot in which to pass a warm summer evening. The house speciality here is poutine, a Canadian dish with a base of French fries and cheese curds topped with a gravy style sauce. The classic Quebec and Montreal versions are impressively authentic. Other favourites include the barbecue pulled pork poutine served with homemade coleslaw and the Tijuana street fries, which are garlic fries with homemade guacamole, sour cream and tomatoes.
Frittenwerk, Friedrichstrasse 145, 40217 Düsseldorf, +49 (0)211 9717 4369