Last updated on January 20, 2020
What’s more satisfying than a big bite of juicy patty, soft cheese and crunchy pickles? Nothing, we daresay. If you thought nothing in Seoul compares to the burgers you had back home, think again. Here are the 10 best burgers the capital city of Korea has to offer.
1. Brooklyn the Burger Joint
The Garosugil location of this burger joint is one of those few restaurants worth waiting in line for. Try their signature cheeseburger or, better yet, Ms. Cheeseskirt.
2. NY B&B – Burger & Bagel (Gangnam and Hannam)
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Korean American entrepreneur Mark Kim with Michelin star chefs opened NY B&B to recreate “traditional New York style burgers,” according to Hankyung News. The patty is made of USDA prime chuck rolls and brisket, and smashed onto the hot griddle to maximize flavor. Signature menus are the B&B, the wasabi and the Bubba Gump. Oh, did we mention you can bring your dog to this restaurant?
NY B&B – Burger & Bagel (Facebook), 827-37 Yeoksam 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, and 744-5 Hannam-dong, Seoul; 02-553-7792
Related: Pet-Friendly Restaurants in Seoul.
3. Gilbert’s Burgers & Fries (Sinsa)
What started as a food truck in the back streets of Seocho-dong in 2008 is now one of the go-to burger joints in Garosugil.
Gilbert’s Burgers & Fries (Facebook), 545-2 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul; 02-546-5453
4. Johnny Rockets
5. Jacoby Burger (HBC and Apgujung)
Jacoby’s probably serves the tallest burger in Seoul, known as 내장파괴버거. Their spicy chicken wings are also good. Beware of the long wait and French fries that are overpriced for the portion.
Jacoby Burger, 45-6 Yongsandong 2(i)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul; 02-3785-0433. 643-28 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul; 02-548-0433
6. Itaewon the Burger
Once you taste their char-grilled beef patty and whole wheat sourdough bun, you’ll be back craving for more.
Itaewon the Burger (Facebook), 22 Noksapyeong-daero 32-gil, Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul; 02-797-8940. Also located in Seolleung and Incheon Songdo.
7. Shake Shack
This New York staple made its way to Korea in 2016, opening its first restaurant in Gangnam. And it seems that people in Korea are still suffering from the Shake Shack fever. Shake Shack plans to open 25 stores in Korea by 2025, according to HuffPost Korea.
Shake Shack, multiple locations.
8. Gony’s (Sungsu)
Their mean chicken burger is a “pretty hard thing to find in Seoul,” according to food blogger A Fat Girl’s Food Guide.
Gony’s (Facebook), 656-1069 Sungsu 1 ga 2 dong, Sungdong-gu, Seoul; 070-4127-0423.
9. Gusto Taco (Sangsu)
This Mexican restaurant has one burger on the menu. The Gusto cheeseburger is made of beef patty freshly ground on site with a secret gusto sauce on a toasted cheese roll. It comes with a side of pickles and cheese fries.
Gusto Taco, 146-6 Sangsu-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul; 02-338-8226
Related: Best Mexican Foods in Seoul
10. Plant (Itaewon)
The last on our best Seoul burgers list is a vegetarian option! This mushroom burger features a veggie patty, creamed mushrooms, melted mozzarella cheese, lightly pickled paprika and garlic mayo.
Plant, 16-20 Itaewon-ro, Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul; 02-749-1981
Which of these best Seoul burgers have you tried and liked? Please share with us in the comments below!