A Selection of the Best Burgers in Jerusalem.
This post summarizes my selection of the 10 best burgers in Jerusalem. I know that not everyone has the same taste in burgers, so I have tried to explain my choices. While most people love lists, there are always some keyboard warriors who love to hate. If you do not agree with my selection, I would love to hear your thoughts on your favorite burger in Jerusalem, but please do so in a kind and constructive manner so we can all keep things positive!
Here is my list of the best burgers in Jerusalem:
- Josef Burger (Kosher)
If I am looking for a good burger in a nice setting, Josef Burger is my number one choice. I always order the Angus Burger 240g (NIS 47) which I find to be more tender and juicy than the regular Josef burger and worth the extra money. They have a great choice of toppings and the service is normally quick and friendly. There is also a good business lunch deal for NIS 55 including a main, side dish and drink. My standard order is a medium Angus burger with goose breast and as a special treat, I get goose liver and/or chili pineapple toppings.
- Jacko’s Street (Kosher)
The burger at Jacko’s Street is my all-time favorite. It is succulent, flavorful and served with a generous serving of roasted potatoes (NIS 78). The only reason it is not number one on my list is because it is a chef restaurant and not an everyday burger restaurant. But if you are looking for an amazing gourmet burger, this is the one to try.
- Memphis (Badatz Beit Yosef)
While I love the burger at Memphis, the bun is too soft and often disintegrates and it is convenient for a quick bite, but it is not a place you want to sit and enjoy a meal. The burger is cooked like a steak, with a great sear on the outside and juicy in the middle. The burger is slightly more expensive than other burger joints (NIS 48 for 220g and 58 for 300g), but the quality of the meat is clearly superior. It is also a nice takeaway restaurant, with friendly and quick service.
- Bolinat (Not Kosher)
Bolinat is located on a small side street off Ben Yehuda and is popular with local Israeli students. Although not exclusively a burger restaurant, the burger menu offers a variety of eight burgers, including a classic American cheese-burger (NIS 49), Dutch with Gouda and smoked goose breast (NIS 59), and Jamaican with blue cheese and pineapple (NIS 59). They also have a wide selection of toppings and a vegetarian burger (NIS 49). The patty is juicy and well flavored and in the summer, it is a great place to sit at night and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere. All burgers are 220g and fries are included in the price.
Bolinat is popular for late-night snacks and is especially busy on Friday night and Shabbat.
Bolinat, 6 Dorot Rishonim Street, 02 624 9733.
- Harvey’s Burger Shack (Mehuderet)
The specialty at Harvey’s Burger Shack is a smashed burger which allows for a nice crispy outside. The downside is that the size of the burger is only 125g (NIS 36) and then you can have double (NIS 48) or triple (NIS 58) if you want more. I am not a big fan of stacked burgers, I think a single 250g burger tastes much better than two 125g served together. Another specialty at Harvey’s is the smoked meat so toppings include Applewood smoked Asado Bacon (NIS 14), Hickory Smoked Pulled Beef (NIS 16) and Montreal Smoked Meat (NIS 22). The burger and toppings are very tasty but the bun is a bit big for the burger and I find the prices to be high, considering it is a fast food place.
- Iwo’s Burger (Not Kosher)
Iwo’s Burger is a typical burger restaurant with American diner-style booths. The choice of burgers includes beef, veal, lamb or bacon, and among the more gourmet toppings are Emmental, Roquefort and Parmesan Cheese, Bacon, Goose Liver and Truffle Butter. They also serve a selection of sandwiches and salads, as well as, sticky chicken wings and tater tops with cheese. A classic beef burger is NIS 45 for 250g or NIS 61 with a side dish and a drink. Other burgers range in size and price, here is Iwo’s Burger English menu. Iwo’s Burger is open until 3 am, 7 days a week and they deliver within Jerusalem.
- Captain Burger (Kosher products, not supervised)
The burgers at Captain Burger are better than the average chain but they are still fast-food burgers. Burger meals start at NIS 46 including a 110g burger and fries. You can order Captain Burger online in Hebrew.
Captain Burger, 4 David Remez Street, First Station, 02 671 9403.
- Agadir (Machpud)
One of the better burger chains in Tel Aviv, this is the first branch of Agadir in Jerusalem and one of the few kosher branches. The quality of the food is not as good as the non-kosher branches. Despite being in Cinema City, the service is slow and unreliable, so be warned if you are going for a pre-movie meal.
- Black Burger (Not Kosher)
Although the quality of the meat at Black Burger is superior to other chains, it is still a chain restaurant and the quality and service can vary greatly. As with Agadir, be warned, if you are going for a pre-movie meal. They don’t deliver but you can call in advance for takeaway.
Black Burger, 4 Naomi Street, Yes Planet, 02 930 9575.
- McDonald’s (Kosher & Not Kosher)
Sometimes you just want a simple burger in a hurry, and for that McDonald’s is the perfect solution. The Entrecote burger is better than a regular BigMac, but is sometimes overcooked. If I want a real fast-food burger experience, I prefer McDonald’s over some other Israeli franchises, which lack quality control and consistency.
Some people like to stick with what they know. McDonald’s has a number of branches around Jerusalem, some kosher and some not.
Other places not included in the list:
- Burger Room JLM (Not Kosher). Convenient for the students living in Rehavia, but I was not impressed enough to include it in the main list. Order online or by 02 540 8484.
- Burger Market (Kosher). Popular as it is cheap, but I didn’t like the texture of the burger, the meat disintegrated when I ate it. I prefer to spend a bit extra for a better quality burger.
- Segev Burger (Kosher). I was not sure why there is so much hype, I didn’t find the meat to be very flavorful. Order online or by phone 02 501 7170.
- Karma Restaurant (Not Kosher). Family-friendly bistro in Ein Kerem village with a classic style burger and toppings.
- Tommy’s (Mehadrin). Not my favorite place but popular with some, Tommy’s English menu.
I hope that this post is helpful in providing tips on where to eat pizza in Jerusalem. For more information on where to eat in Jerusalem, check out The Ultimate Guide to Eating in Jerusalem.