The humble burger, probably one of the most widely-available meals in Cardiff. But so often, 'a burger' is an excuse to serve up a mediocre patty, boring bread and crap chips. But not the burger joints in this list. Oh no. These select few - these diamonds in the rough - they're the burger champions of Cardiff. They've played the game of burger, and they've bloody won.
This burger round-up is for the meaties among you, however if you're veggie or vegan we've got a special little round-up just for you. Head here to check out the best plant-based burgers in the city. Whichever guide you chose you can be sure that these burger havens are the best in the city and should be worthy of your undying burger-lust.
Late last year saw meat aficionados, Hoof, move into the newly resurrected, and already much loved indoor street food market, Sticky Fingers. Heading up the exciting new pop-up are Dusty Knuckle's Phil Lewis and John Cook of Cardiff's Arbenning. Together they have created a meat lover’s paradise. Welsh flat-ironed steak in brioche buns, yep you heard right. Their signature burger aptly named, The Dirty Hoof, comprimises Welsh flat iron, cajun French fries, dirty beef ragu, pickles, Hafod cheddar, green herb sauce, candied jalepenos and cultured cream served in Alex Gooch’s potato bun.
Since 2015, Bwydiful's bright orange stall has been a well-loved fixture at events all around the 'Diff, and now they're a permanent fixture - hurrah! Their signature burgers feature local, independent produce and the best Welsh beef, from Farmer's Pantry at Rosedew Farm in Llantwit Major. Now you'll be able to enjoy their amazing artisan burgers whenever you fancy, and that, dear Wriggler, is excellent news.
Unlike the average burger bar in every way, Time & Beef is a 'dining concept' that pulls together our love of burgers, cocktails and coffee. These guys have a strong sense of pride in everything they do, and build their burgers in line with these values. The menu is filled with buzz-word ingredients such as chicory, demi brioche, beetroot crisps, and glorious glorious hummus. Diners are encouraged to build their bun from scratch, using a check-list menu to tick off exactly what they want on their plate.
One of the first independents to hit the scene, The Grazing Shed is now a local legend of sorts. The beef is supplied by a farmer in west Wales and patties are always juicy, slightly pink inside. Each bite promises a concoction of flavours, held together by melted cheese - choose from goat’s cheese, mozzarella, gorgonzola or cheddar. The burger-to-bun ratio is always perfect. The toasted sesame bun never dry, yet firm enough to keep the generous fillings in place. The triple-cooked fries are amongst the best in town too.
Another local stalwart, Got Beef began serving burgers at pop-ups and food fairs, then set up shop on Whitchurch Road. They have since amassed an ever-increasing fan base who feast on burgers with great names. The Soprano is our favourite, but many of you will relish The Heisenburger. Got Beef use Welsh Black cattle for all their patties, cooked tender, and served in a soft brioche bun. Try the unusual PBNJ burger, topped with crunchy peanut butter and craft beer jelly jam flavour - think a light satay sauce that works tremendously with the savoury fillings.
It would be fair to say that the humble bagel is the Bagel and Burger Kitchen’s crowning glory, but make no mistake - their burgers are top notch. What’s also worth mentioning is that they’re all ridiculously cheap. Nothing on their burger menu exceeds £5, and for an additional £2 you can upgrade to a meal deal. So head down to Salisbury Road right now and get your fill. It’ll satisfy both your belly and your wallet.
Tucked away down a side alley off Newport Road, Spit & Sawdust is a skate park with a cool café serving burgers at a banging prices. Their luscious patties are served in bouncy brioche buns made by Allens Bakery in Roath. The chilli burger with a side of skin-on fries, is the best of the bunch, topped with moreish chilli lemon mayonnaise. The next time you get that guilty craving for Maccy D’s, simply head over to this quirky place to gorge on something much more satisfactory.
You'll know that Tiny Rebel do great beer, but perhaps you aren't aware they serve a solid burger too. The favourites are a hot mess of delicious, marinated meat, tons of cheese, all infused with a little brewing flavour. The classic club combines chicken with maple bacon, while the veggie patty is infused with brewer's grain. And these guys aren't afraid to play around with flavour - take their #CardiffBurgerWeek special as an example: a southern fried chicken burger with sausage gravy (and fries). Hell yes!
Hungry students of Flora Street, thirsty young professionals of Hirwain Street, and all the movers and shakers of Cathays Terrace *know* that the Flora is the best pub in the area. A quirky modern interior, a great cocktail list, some sensational Sunday lunches, and of course, some very beefy burgers that would be sure to satisfy any appetite.
Part steak-house, part art gallery, but mainly a steak-house with a real passion for beef. Owner Steve searched far and wide for the right beef, focussing on the farms of Devon and Cornwall and on the Welsh Borders – eventually settling on Neil Powell's Master Butcher in Abergavenny. But most importantly, they serve up fantastic steak – and bloody juicy burgers!
A mac ’n’ cheese fritter topped with smoked BBQ pulled pork and a fried egg, all served in a brioche bun? No, seriously - you can get that burger at the Society Standard on Whitchurch Road. You can also get a schnitzel burger, which is up there with Ludwig van Beethoven in terms of top German exports. Pair it with one of the local beers on tap, and you’ve got yourself a great evening of indulgence.
If you’re looking to gobble down a juicy burger while sat in a French-Italian Gothic-themed church designed by a famous architect, then Chapel 1877 is probably a good option. When it was built in 1877, I doubt its patrons envisaged a time in which it would serve up a bunch of fancy foods, but thankfully time has provided the church a new (and less contentious) lease of life. And for the price - which is highly reasonable given the locale - you can’t really go wrong.
As well as being one of our favourite spaces to hang out in - the cinema, for one, is beautiful - Cardiff’s premiere Arts Centre is also home to a stunning kitchen full of talented cooks. And sure, the 10oz duck breast main goes out of its way to blind you from the rest of the menu, but trust us: their burgers are superb. The terrific burger trifecta includes the 6oz beef burger, a marinated chicken burger, and a homemade edamame and chickpea burger. They even offer an extensive list of burger toppings for those of you looking to create something unique. What more could you ask for?
Celebrate #WriggleBurgerWeek at Steakout with their two deliciously satisfying specials. To make the best out of this exceptionally burgilicious week, Steakout have decided to get you this glorious one-week only Wriggle. Specialists in all things meaty, these guys mince and hand-form all their beef burgers in-house, using a combination of cuts including chuck, sirloin, and fillet, and then season the whole with their burger seasoning mix - and the result is simply banging! The Juicy Lucy comes complete with oozing cheese-filled beef patty with lettuce, tomato, a slice of Mont Jack Cheese and our homemade burger sauce. Their signature Chicken Burger is a spicy concoction of chicken fillet with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and Monterey Jack Cheese served in a toasted brioche bun.