Let’s face it, hamburgers have become a staple in the diets of millions around the world, and a lot of people who come to Shanghai will inevitably look for places where they can fulfill that certain craving. As the quintessential “comfort” food, hamburgers give expats the flavors they’re used to having at home, and sitting down for a burger and fries can seriously help make moving to Shanghai a little more agreeable.
Tasting authentic Chinese food while in Shanghai is, of course, a definite must. But if you’re a new expat who has been eating noodles and dumplings for the past few weeks, chances are you will begin to wonder “Where can I find a good burger?”
Listed below are five burgers around Shanghai that any expat should seriously consider trying.
Blue Frog – Food That Tastes Like Home
One of the most popular places to get a burger in Shanghai is at any one of blue frog’s locations around the city. This trendy, up-scale restaurant is a great spot for casual-business dinners and serves food that Executive Chef Ling proudly refers to as, “Food that tastes like home.” New Australian meat is ordered every day and we’re told that blue frog may go through 45-50 tons of burgers a year! As a symbol of their style and flavor, the tall Montana Burger measures up as one of the Best Burgers in Shanghai.
Add: Super Brand Mall, Ground Floor, 27 Super Brand Mall, 168 Lujiazui Xi Road, Pudong, Shanghai
Phone: 021 5047 3488
NY Steak & Burger – Making Burgers Is A Science
Hidden inside the tightly packed, artistically-inspired halls of Tianzifang is one Shanghai’s hottest restaurants – NY Steak & Burger. Having just won an award from That’s Shanghai Magazine for having the “Best Beef,” this restaurant and its owners are easily producing one of the Best Burgers in Shanghai – for a great price!!
The secret weapon that NY Steak & Burger uses, aside from importing USDA grain-fed Beef, is Chef Adam Levin, who treats making burgers as if it were a science. He shared his 3-step process for creating the “perfect” burger.
By the way, NY Steak & Burger is one of the only places in Shanghai that will serve you a Dr. Pepper, A&W Root Beer or Hawaiian Punch. Just saying, that’s pretty awesome.
Add: Tianzifang, Lane 155 Jianguo Lu, near Ruijin Lu
Phone: 021 5465 1676
Piro – The New Kid on the Block
Though it’s relatively new to the Shanghai restaurant scene, Piro has created a buzz within the expat community as a place to get one of the Best Burgers in Shanghai. The selection of burgers includes specialties like Breakfast in America and the Animal-Style In-and-Out burger, but it is the Bacon Guacamole Burger that Piro is most proud of.
Add: 89 Changshu Lu, opposite Bi Feng Tang, Jing’an District
Phone: 021 5403 8513
Morton’s The Steakhouse – Simply the Best
Founded in Chicago in 1978, Morton’s has always been known for its superior quality in both cuisine and service. If you’ve ever had the Morton’s experience, you might recall it as “the time we went to Morton’s.” Perhaps one reason that has made this steakhouse such a success is because of their commitment to consistency and excellence. Everything you see in any Morton’s is exactly how it is in all of their restaurants around the world, including the décor. Same goes for the food. If a new item is put on the menu, it is introduced at Morton’s around the world on the same day.
We should also briefly mention that Morton’s is currently featuring a phenomenal Crab burger, which is ridiculously tasty.
Add: Shop 15-16, 4/F, Shanghai IFC Mall, 8 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai
Phone: 021 6075 1701
Malone’s American Café – Sometimes Less is More
If you have visited or lived in Shanghai for more than two or three months, chances are you have heard of Malone’s American Café. The first Malone’s opened in Shanghai 18 years ago on Tongren Lu in the Jing’an district, and it has since become a go-to place for expats that are looking for a good burger and entertainment. The 3-level establishment hosts live music performances every week and there are [pool tables and dart boards] to keep you busy between drinks.
Malone’s has one of the city’s largest selection of burgers and the staff tries to change the menu every six months to make room for new additions. However, The Double-Double burger has been on the menu since the beginning.
Add: 255 Tongren Lu, Near Beijing Xi Lu
Phone: 021 6247 2400