Fancy a burger? There's no need to settle for less than gourmet in Barcelona. Here are our favourite places to sink our teeth into a juicy burger..
This little place near Sants station has a great vibe, an excellent playlist and friendly staff who will make you feel instantly at home. Santa Burg also offers delicious burgers at reasonable prices. Chef Alain Guiard has created an innovative menu with 12 burgers made with beef, pork, salmon and a veggie option, from the Santa Chinatown with sweet sauce and Chinese lettuce, to the Santa Jordi with botifarra meat, caramelised onions and cheddar. Wash it all down with a glass of carefully selected wine or a craft beer.
You design your own burger at Oval in the Eixample, from the bun and the type of meat right down to the cheese, and the list of choices and extras is simply huge. The ambience here is fresh, Nordic-style minimalist chic, all natural woods and white, and it has fast become one of the city's trendier hangouts for burger-lovers. For a topnotch burger experience, plump for the Nebraska beef.
There's absolutely nothing fast food about Filete Ruso's burgers. In fact, this burger joint is part of the Slow Food movement, using only organic, locally-sourced ingredients. The meat comes from a family farm in the Pyrenees and the bread is made fresh each day in Barcelona. Their raison d'être is to 'dignify the burger' and we think they do a pretty good job of it. Inside, the restaurant is simple, natural and elegant. Outside, there's a small terrace for warm days.
This uptown hangout is the place to head if you're looking for something more exotic in your bun. A true gourmet burger joint, you can feast on burgers made from organic meats (minced on the premises) sourced from all over the world, as well as a vegetarian option made from tofu, soy, and vegetables. Play safe with beef or Iberian pork or try the wonderful tuna burger with shitake, soy sprouts and alga nori sauce. La Royale is also following the trend, already popular in London and New York, of accompanying gourmet burgers with gin and tonic. We'll drink to that!
You know exactly what you're getting when you go to the Hard Rock: classic American fare, generous portions, a rock soundtrack to accompany your meal and efficient, friendly service. There are five burgers to choose from, including our favourite, the Original Legendary Burger, a finger-licking monster of a burger with added smoked bacon, cheddar and fried onion rings.
Dig into an authentic homemade American burger in this retro Fifties-style diner on Via Laietana. complete with Fifties music, film memorabilia and jukebox. Settle into a shiny red booth and enjoy a classic American burger. If you're up to it and very, very hungry you could even attempt the 400g Bernie's Challenge (we didn't). A fun place with friendly staff, very reasonable prices and a decent cocktail menu.
This welcoming space in the Eixample has a fresh, urban vibe, with huge windows, reclaimed furniture and lots of wood details. Burgers are all made with 100% beef, and there are lots to choose from. Try the classic cheeseburger, or the Japanese-inspired Osaka with terriyaki and wakame. Our favourite was the Cabra, a delicious concoction of melting goat's cheese, caramelised onions and rucula. You can put your own burger together by adding in the menu 'extras', such as different cheeses, bacon or jalapeños. You can also pay €2.50 extra and plump for organic meat.
There's another branch in Poblenou at Pujades 168.
One of the newest additions to the gourmet burger scene in Barcelona, the vibe at Filburg is more fine dining than burger shack, with comfy, leather chairs and more than a touch of elegance. The three-finger-thick patties come piled high with mouth-watering toppings, making them nearly impossible to get your mouth around. The meat all comes from local Catalan farms and many more of their ingredients are sourced locally.
Small but perfectly formed, this friendly locale tucked away on Aribau is the creation of French and Uruguayan owners. Opened in 2013 their mission is to show that fast food can also be fresh and creative. Choose from five sublimely tasty beef burgers or a veggi burger made with courgettes and goat's cheese. The star of the show here is El Chivito from Uruguay, more of a sandwich than a burger, but delicious nonetheless and well worth the trip. Wash your burger down with a vermouth or gin and tonic.
This is the place to head for a laid back California vibe by the beach. It's lively and fun with friendly staff, good prices and a creative menu. Try the Jamaican Holiday chicken burger with Jamaican spices, the Argentine-style Maradona burger or the spicey Hot Mama. Get there early to get a table on the very popular terrace and enjoy one of their very tasty cocktails.
This small burger joint in Gràcia is becoming a local favourite and for good reason. The menu really has something for everyone. If you can't find what you're looking for in the 14 burgers they offer, you can always create your own by choosing from a host of extra fillings from mango chutney to philapdelphia or sundried tomatoes. There's also organic beef and a salmon burger.
Formerly Ubeda restaurant, well-known for its tapas and excellent gin and tonics, this locale in the Eixample has been transfomed into a bright and friendly burger joint. It still has tapas on the menu and superb gin cocktails though. The burgers are tasty and, ingeniously, come wrapped in a flour tortilla to soak up the juices. For a Spanish twist try the Sobresada burger.
There is another branch at Avda de Josep Tarradellas 133.