A good hamburger is more than just a bun and patty. With quality meat, homemade buns, and special recipes, the following places in Istanbul seem to have perfected their burger game. If you are looking for something more elegant but still as tasty as the ultimate late-night food, ıslak (wet) hamburger, head to one of these joints.
Burgerhood’s motto is “original taste for real burger lovers”, and the corner-joint in Teşvikiye meets expectations. You can go for the classic or cheeseburger from the six signature burgers on offer or pick one of the more creative renditions that up the ante with ingredients like Swiss cheese or Roquefort. Each burger comes with truffle fries. Hacı Emin Efendi Sokak No.24/E, Teşvikiye; T: (0212) 234 63 03
Opened late last year in Bomonti, Marotiri is a venture from the minds behind But First Coffee. Done up like a chic eatery, the restaurant’s burger menu is not long, but covers all the essentials with local twists. The secret to their burgers is the quality meat that comes from their own farm in Adapazarı. The Marotiri Bazlama Burger is a lighter option with bazlama in place of a bun. Afterward you can order coffee from next-door neighbor But First Coffee. Feriköy Fırın Sokak No.5/9A, Bomonti; T: (0212) 343 02 07
Jimmy’s Burger is a hole-in-the- wall in İstinye, yet there is one burger on the menu that is worth the trip even from the farthest corner of the city. The casual burger joint’s Tereyağlı Burger (butter burger) is dense and buttery with a homemade bun and juicy patty. Koru Caddesi No.7, İstinye; T: 0534 812 48 46
Tucked away between stores in Tophane, Black Angus is a steak and burger house that you have probably passed dozens of times and never noticed. Next time you are on Boğazkesen Caddesi, follow the smell of freshly baked hamburger buns blending with the aroma of well-seasoned meat. The restaurant has a variety of burgers, including one with sucuk (Turkish sausage), but go for the Black Burger Alaturka for a mix of a Turkish take on the classic burger format. Boğazkesen Caddesi No.19/1, Tophane; T: (0212) 806 62 04
Akali revamped its menu to serve only hamburgers, and we are quite pleased about it. The standard hamburger comes with cheddar cheese, pickles, and pickled onion. You can also add delicious ingredients like avocado cream or bacon to create your own special hamburger. Dibekçi Sokak No.11/A, Beşiktaş; T: (0212) 227 42 42
Nusr-et’s precision when it comes to meat—and salt-sprinkling—is a world phenomenon now. You can taste the quality from the first bite. Nusr-et has just a few burger options: the Nusr-et Burger, Lokum Burger, and Islak, or Wet, burger. If you are looking for something different, go for the Lokum Burger, which has pieces of beef tenderloin in place of a patty. Lucky for you, there are four locations in Istanbul--in Nişantaşı, Bebek, and in the IstinyePark and Kanyon shopping centers--where you can take a big bite out of these burgers.
Sourcing from one of Cihangir’s oldest traders, Kasabım Ethane, a butcher that has been around for more than 50 years, Kasabım Restaurant’s Fümeli Burger is a carnivore's dream, with the patty topped with smoked deli beef. The restaurant’s steaks are also top-notch. Şimşirci Sokak No.4/A, Cihangir; T: (0212) 251 25 75
Hungry for more? Check out Lara's Gourmet Burgers
Newly-opened Lara’s Gourmet Burgers offers comfort food’s finest for VIPs and casual diners alike. This cozy eatery in Ortaköy, created by celebrity photographer Lâra Sayılgan, delivers on both presentation and flavor. Lara’s signature burger is the one with an extra layer of pastirma; whether enjoying this specialty or another chef’s special option, be sure to snap a photo and share. Eski Bahçe Sokak No.16 Ortaköy; T: (0212) 327 27 58