Best Burgers in Seoul

Best Burgers in Seoul

BurgersSeoul is a city famed for many things, but burgers?  What if I need a proper burger?!?   Not to fear burger-aficionados, this town has a quality list of places not likely to disappoint.


Brooklyn Burger

A Brooklyn-esque setting, some 90’s hip-hop in the background, and oh what is this? The best darn burger in town!  Slow expansion hasn’t dimmed demand, but any wait you experience is likely worth it.  The 7 ounce C.R.E.A.M. burger is excellent (with great naming respect provided to the Wu-Tang Clan), but basically you can’t go wrong with any burger you choose.  Milk shakes are also quite good, with the mint chocolate chip being a favorite.

Locations: Seorae MaeulSamseongSinsaApgujeong

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Gilbert’s Burger & Fries

This non-pretentious burger spot provides a solid burger-munching ambiance. Some say it’s a bit of a Brooklyn burger clone (I’ve heard of worse things), but whatever it is, this place is delicious.  A  7 ounce Sunrise or (and/or) Mr. President and a cold Great White to wash it down, and you should find yourself in a good spot. Veggies also tasted quite fresh.

Location: Sinsa, Itaewon

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Libertine Bar & Kitchen

A standard burger joint? Absolutely not. But that doesn’t mean this place doesn’t cook up a mean one.  Lamb burger for-the-win!  Provides a bit of a Lower East Side Manhattan feel (minus the LES cramped spaces). Quality establishment all around (the other food is terrific too) with well crafted cocktails.

Location: Itaewon

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Left Coast

Great brews,  friendly staff and you guessed it,  delicious burgers!  There are a number of excellent choices, but give the legendary John Wayne a chance to win your heart. Fries aren’t too shabby either.

Location: Itaewon

Fire Bell

This little burger shop packs a punch! No literally, the Habana burger nearly lit my face on fire, but I couldn’t put it down.  The Rookie burger is probably a safe debut into their quality.  While the burgers are not huge in size, they make up for it by packing a lot of flavor.  Service is also very fast – they basically start grilling your burger immediately. An all-around win.

Location: Samseong

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This place is all sorts of goodness. Very tasty burgers covered by a signature soft potato bun. An assortment of fries to choose from as well, with a great variety of less-than-healthy toppings.  Wash it down with a selection of cold beers, or if you have a bit of a sugar craving, a cotton candy margarita. Green Monster or Captain America should steer you right.

Locations: Itaewon

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Butcher’s Cut

Oh you fancy, huh?  Head over for lunch and take in the ambiance while teeth down in a monster burger. Their single patty burger is beast, and the double-patty version should come with a NSFW tag, as you’re essentially incapable of productivity for some time after.

Locations: ItaewonCheongdamGangnamSamseongGwanghwamun

Mother’s Office

The name brings me back to my favorite burger place in Los Angeles, Father’s Office. Coincidence? While some information remains a secret, what can be noted is that this place makes a delicious burger. Father’s Burger is a safe bet, however the french souvenir cream burger will catch you off guard…let it happen.

Location: Itaewon

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I am A burger

A small unassuming burger joint in the back streets of Hongdae, this place is a delight.  Their Garlic Cheese Bacon Burger with a side of cajun fries will have you walking out of their with a whole new pep-in-your-step.  Go with the 200g, you’ve come all this way, and man those bad boys are juicy.

Location: Hongdae

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Burger Joint

The gem of Le Parker Meridien NYC has made it’s way to Seoul.  Tucked down in the depths below Hyundai department store, this burger spot packs a mean punch for it’s price point.  Doublecheese me please!

Location: SamseongYangcheon

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Phat Diner

Across from Samsung’s Digital City,  this burger place it’s aptly named. A juicy lamb chorizo burger with tzatziki sauce, American cheese and Cajun fries?! While this Greek/NOLA cultural alignment offered some confusion, the deliciousness was crystal clear. An afternoon nap may be required.

Location: Suwon

Guilty Pleasure

This is a one-pony show. This burger is both delicious, and crippling. Stacked tall as a hand, this trouble-maker retains surprisingly good structural integrity – though for naught as it’s nearly impossible to deal with, so good luck.  Signature add-on is the hash-brown on top.   Sliders are also a nice choice, as they are coated with truffle oil, and truffle oil = happiness.

Locations: Itaewon

9 Ounce Burger

Simple little neighborhood burger spot with a focus on high quality wagyu beef. While only select burgers stand up to the names claim in ounces,  all burgers hold their own in flavor. A number of the creative flavor combinations are solid, like the California, but you can’t go wrong with the signature “9 Ounce.”

Locations: Bongcheon

Honorable Mentions: Gourmet Burger 405, Two Broz, Burger B, Mozzie, Seocho Big Burger, Cali Kitchen

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