The simple hamburger is easily one of the tastiest creations in the world; juicy, meaty and always reliable, it’s a relief for fellow greedy guts to know that the burgers in Belgium are some of the best in Europe.
From the huge and monstrous burgers packed with toppings; street vendors cooking up simple patties right through to fine dining restaurants with their gourmet take on this American snack, we’ve come up with a list that has something for everybody.
All you need to do now is hit those beautiful roads and start eating. Think of it as a road trip feast…
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For a tasty slice of classic Americana flavours in Ath, Burger 66 is the place to go. These burgers are packed full of incredible toppings such as oozing raclette cheese, and are made with only the best beef. Basically, the burgers are no fuss and just perfectly made.
And yes, they do taste just as delicious as they look.
The name is a reference to Ellis Island near New York which was the main place for Europeans immigrating to the US during the last century. The founders believe the best burgers are in America and want to bring that culture back to Europe, hence the name.
They have four locations in Belgium with plans to expand further in the future. If you live near one of these you’re pretty lucky. The burgers themselves have juicy patties, thick crispy fries and great dipping sauces.
There’s some truly great American diner-style burgers, named after iconic American personalities: the Sophia Loren has mozzarella cheese and Parma ham. The burger is so juicy, thick, packed full of flavour and well made that you’d be foolish to ignore it if you’re in the area. Throw in great service and you have the perfect combination.
This charming family restaurant serves up some of the tastiest gourmet burgers in and around Leuven. There’s more than 20 burgers to choose from on the menu, all made with prime Charolais beef and local farm ingredients. Our top picks? The Italian, with buffalo mozzarella, green pesto and sun-dried tomatoes.
If you want a seriously huge burger, then you need to to hightail it to Harrold’s. There’s 30 burgers to choose from, including duck breast and veggie burgers, as well as their juicy beef burgers. It’s a burger that is unbelievably tasty and a real struggle to get into your mouth in one go. One for the burger purists.
These rock ‘n’ roll burgers are inspired by the rock heroes of the past and present, from Jimmy James to Hendrix and Metallica. The space itself is funky while the burgers come with crispy, hand cut fries.
Choose meat varieties from around the globe, including 100% Irish beef patties, chicken, fish and lamb burgers, as well as amazing Black Angus and Wagyu beef choices for meat lovers.
This gourmet burger joint uses 100% Irish beef, so expect burgers that are literally dripping with delicious juices and flavour. The patties are made in-store and are juicy and tender. For a real treat, order the MGM with double cheddar, raspberry coulis and roquefort cheese.
The burger menu here might be small (with seven tasty choices), but when they’re this good, you don’t need to overcomplicate things. The burgers are big so you’ll want to come with a serious appetite but one thing is for sure… You will be leaving with a big smile on your face.
For a truly gourmet burger, this is the place to go. Jilles does artisan burgers, and has even brewed their own beer to match them perfectly. While the menu has plenty of choice, you can’t miss out on the Hot Gillian: this explosive spicy beef burger has melted cheddar cheese, red onion, pickle, lettuce, tomato and homemade spicy dressing.
This is a little taste of New York-style burgers with a Brussels twist: grass-fed Irish Angus beef, a tasty bun & fresh Belgian potatoes. The burger menu has all the classics, as well as some creative choices. Just get the most popular, the Big Boy Burger: cheddar, caramelised onions, three pieces of bacon, fried egg and tomato.
This great hamburger joint does 100% grass-fed beef burger, a delicious chicken burger and an organic veggie burger, all on a toasted spelt bread. JACK uses local, seasonal vegetables and home-made toppings such as caramelised stewed apple or wasabi sauce.
It’s cosy and homely and you’ll soon be a regular.
The beauty of these burgers begins with the soft, pillowy homemade buns. From there, they’re stuffed with either tender beef mince, tuna steak, cod, chicken or veggie patties and topped with all sorts of delights. One bite and you’ll realise why this is one of the best burgers in Belgium.
With four locations around the city, these guys serve up super tasty and simple burgers that don’t go overboard on the toppings. They also nail the “frites”, which in a country where they’re practically religion is seriously important. Plus, with a huge band of loyal customers they never shirk on quality.
Easily one of the top spots for juicy burgers in Brussels, this bright and funky place has everything you want from a burger joint. Freshly baked buns, tender beef and droolworthy toppings.
Choose from a superb menu of burgers, with toppings including truffle mayo, gorgonzola, candied tomatoes or a seared tartare burger.
This is like classic Belgian frituur, but way more gourmet. Order your burger and fries at the bar and take a seat to wait for your juicy burger to come out. Choose from succulent Irish beef burgers, chicken burgers and fish burgers, as well as lots of veggie options. Kudos to owners Elise and Bruno for the fun names too, like ‘Sex Pistols’ and ‘Escobar.
This funky burger joint goes all out with its creative and delicious toppings, from chorizo and basil mayo to a juicy lamb burger with courgette and feta cheese. If you like a burger that’s stacked high with toppings and dripping jus and cheese, this is the place for you.
Fancy something different? Rachel’s makes amazing Japanese, American, Mediterranean and European inspired burgers, with Halal meat. Burger creations range from a simple cheeseburger to a lamb and Tzatziki style.
Just don’t expect French fries: burgers come with a side of tasty herb potatoes and slaw.
Monkeys is a casual, laid-back eatery in Deurne, just 10 minutes from the city centre. Super popular with a trendy, young crowd, the menu is chockablock with good things to eat: thick millshakes, juicy burgers and homemade pizzas.
Burgers come with chunky potato wedges or sweet potato fries and are seriously good.
Bro’s Burger Kitchen is a hip spot with tasty bites to eat. Try the Olkarny, which is premium Irish beef with truffle cream, Swiss emmental cheese, rocket, sauteed mushrooms and tomato. But honestly? You’ll be satisfied no matter which of these amazing burgers you choose – they are some of the best burgers in Belgium, after all.
The Potato Bar is a superb example of just how great Belgian cuisine is: you can dig into 100% real Belgian fries with extraordinary toppings, and try their flame-grilled burgers on a soft brioche bun. As well as their classic beef burger, there’s also a crispy fried chicken burger and a vegan option.
The sort of place you wish there was one on every corner in the world.
Uncle Babe’s Burger Bar is a cosy, retro-style restaurant with upmarket diner food and excellent cocktails. All burgers come with either chunky wedges or homemade onion rings, and the range of toppings is super tempting. Our top pick? The French Burger: camembert de Normandie, caramalised onions, bacon, arugula, honey mustard and tomato.
Pistola is street food done better than you ever thought possible. The unique burger blend is made fresh everyday using premium Irish Aberdeen Black Angus beef, as well as homemade brioche buns.
They keep things simple with basic burger or cheeseburgers on the menu, available in full or slider size. Keep an eye out for specials such as raclette! Perfection.
Not only are you getting a world class burger here, but you also get to combine it with the famous Belgian “frites” and their beer, which is widely regarded as the best in the world. It’s nothing fancy, just a ‘grab with both hands and dig in’ sort of burger, which is the best kind in our eyes. Simple, yet perfect.
This BBQ restaurant and rooftop bar American BBQ traditions with local influences for a fire-grilled burger that’s fantastic.
Their signature burger is an insanely tasty Aberdeen Angus bone marrow burger by The Butcher’s Store, with coleslaw, Provolone cheese, pulled beef, pickles and bold & beefy BBQ sauce.
For one of – if not the best -burgers in Belgium, you need to make a pitstop in Namur for Tasty Bar & Burger’s outstanding creations. They’re all about championing local producers and the sheer quality really shines through in their burgers. Top options include homemade truffle sauce and St-Lambert cheese.
You’ll come back here again and again.