South Africa is a land of many tastes and the burger is just one of the delights we have evolved and made our own. We came across a factoid recently through The Huffington Post, which says that 50 billion hamburgers a year are eaten by Americans. Now that’s a “whopper” of a statistic; a real show stopper and a jaw dropper. Back here in Cape Town we have some really good burger joints too, so we went in search of the top three burger spots the city has to offer. Here are our picks:
1. Hudsons-The Burger Joint
This spot was established in 2009 and has become one of the trendiest burger joints in Cape Town. They took the humble burger and made it real again. It all started in Kloof Street with the American style theme and food to match. Their patties are pure meat, grilled and wrapped in their signature basting sauce.
The ‘La Di Dah’ burger is a must if you decide to go to Hudsons. It has an ostrich meat patty topped with an onion marmalade, dripping blue cheese, avocado and wait for it…biltong dust. You can order that with salad, potato or sweet potato fries. What really sets them apart from the rest is that they pay equal attention to their vegetarian offerings, with chickpea and lentil burger alternatives. A Hudson burger and an ice cold glass of your favourite brew is the ideal way to end the week.
Find them in Gardens, Claremont, Green point and Stellenbosch, open from 12pm to 11pm daily.
2. Frankys Diner
If you looking for an experience with “that burger”, you know – the one dreams are made of – then Franky’s needs to be your next stop. This 1950s style diner based in the heart of Sea Point has been serving up burgers, foot longs, sloppy Joes, curly fries and shakes since 2014. Walking into the restaurant is like stepping into a different era, from the furniture to the décor.
Unwind to some hound dog music while sipping on one of their decadent ice cream milkshakes. For those that are really hungry – come on, we all have a friend like that – Franky’s has the ‘Chubby Burger Challenge’. It’s a challenge like no other in the Mother City. The Chubby Burger is a gargantuan six patty burger stacked with cheese, jalapeno peppers, bacon, lettuce, tomato, fried onions, pickles, mayo, fries, onion rings and coleslaw. The challenge is to finish the entire meal in 10 minutes! Winning gets your name inscribed on the wall of fame, a T-Shirt and your entire meal for free.
Find them on Sea Point Main Road and they are open 24 hours a day too.
3. Café Caprice
So we are little spoilt for choice in terms of views in Cape Town. Just about every turn you make really offers something different, but Camps Bay is one of the most popular spots for locals and tourists. What makes the going there even better is that there is a burger spot there too. Café Caprice is a beachside restaurant that was established in 1999, is open seven days a week and is coined as one of the “ultimate sunset viewing spots”.
Expect homemade sauces and fresh ingredients all round with an extensive menu to explore. Our pick has to be the ‘Royal’ burger. It’s a mouthwatering behemoth filled with streaky bacon, cheddar cheese, fresh chilli and beer battered onion rings.
Find them on Victoria Road, Camps Bay. Open from 9am till late, Monday to Sunday.