One of my favorite things about travelling is experiencing the diverse culinary delights that each area of the world has to offer. From amazing pizza and pasta in Tuscany, to mouth-watering Thai food in Bangkok and lobster on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. Food is a huge part of the travelling experience for me.
There is one food I often seek out, especially when in less exotic locations to the ones above. The humble beef burger.
Whenever I’m in a city I will make an effort to seek out the best burger joint in the local area. A great experience whenever I’m in the States, Canada, around Australia or back home in the UK.
I’m pretty simple when it comes to burgers, while at the same time very picky. Bun, beef patty, lettuce, tomato, bacon and blue cheese being the preferred burger combination of choice.
So, here are my top 5 burgers… for now. The list is subject to change at any time as global exploration continues.
No 5 – Mayan Lounge (Roatan, Honduras)
This was completely unexpected. Sat on the beach of a little Caribbean island off of the coast of Honduras. I was rather hungry after a morning of snorkeling. The burger ordered from a beach side café called the Mayan Lounge was simple yet delicious, and so so unexpected.
No 4 – BenBry Burgers (Manly, Australia)
I have to admit; this is a little bit of a biased entry (it just gets the nod over Beastie Burgers in Brisbane because of its proximity to home). It is however an awesome burger nonetheless. Inexpensive with healthy ingredients and just the right amount of blue cheese. 5 Sydney Rd Manly, Australia.
No 3 – Pearl Street Diner (New York City, USA)
For me this is a symbol of what a burger should be. An old-fashioned diner in the heart of the financial district of New York City. An amazing selection of burgers and great milkshakes. Exactly what I was looking for from a burger in the big apple! 212 Pearl St, New York. USA
No 2 – The Drake Hotel (Toronto, Canada)
A regular location for brunch with a good friend when I was living in Toronto. On the corner of Queen Street West & Beaconsfield Avenue they have a great patio and an even more amazing roof-top bar. An incredible burger (blue cheese optional) with so much taste, and pretty good ginger beer too. Burger photo courtesy of www.thedrakehotel.ca
No 1 – The Beaconsfield (Toronto, Canada)
Bizarrely this bar is opposite The Drake Hotel (no.2 in this list) in Toronto. While I called out the burger above as a great brunch option, the Beaconsfield is definitely more of an evening venue. Another great patio I spent many evenings outside with the Beaconsfield burger, a bowl of chilli fries and a few Corona beers. The burger is more gourmet than the others on the list. It’s made up of a bun, an amazing patty and a homemade tomato sauce / salsa. A truly fantastic burger worthy of top place in this list of strong contenders. Burger photo courtesy of www.thebeaconsfield.com
If you’re ever in any of the above locations, check out the burgers and let me know what you think. And if you have any favorite burger joints of your own, leave a comment below and let me know. I’m always on the lookout to update the top 5.