Wouldn’t you agree if we were to say burgers are one of the world’s greatest guilty pleasures? As much as we want to experiment with authentic local delicacies during our travel, there are times when we eventually find ourselves longing for that mouth-watering taste of a freshly prepared burger. Besides, burgers are classified as a comfort food for a reason: they make you full, literally and figuratively, thus well-loved by many.
So, to help you in times of sudden craving for this joy-filled comestible, we have compiled a list of several homegrown purveyors of fantastic gourmet burgers around Peninsular Malaysia, which are either halal-certified or pork-free establishments. Make sure to pay them a visit when you are in proximity to any one of them!
1. Selangor – TPC Burger
TPC Burger is taking the street burgers to a whole new level by serving handcrafted gourmet creations at unbeatable prices. The stall, situated opposite of Aeon Shah Alam, is run by a full-time accountant, yet the epic flavours coming from his burgers sometimes make us wonder if he were actually a trained professional chef! Try the best seller, the Dirty Bulk (single patty: MYR15 / double patty: MYR22) served with homemade Australian patty, caramelised onion, beef streaky, sunny side up, and special secret sauce made up of Korean Gochujang and Sriracha. Pure perfection!
Operating hours: 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Wednesdays till Sundays)
2. Kuala Lumpur – Fowlboys
“I refuse to die before I eat Fowlboys at least once in my life,” wrote one Twitter user. That’s a strong statement, but truly relatable. Who could blame her since the shop has been worshipped by many due to its own rendition of the crispy southern-styled fried chicken sandwiched between fluffy potato buns? Each time, the chicken are seasoned perfectly and cooked in small batches to maintain its flavour. Its signature, The O.G. (MYR16), might appear simple, but is packed with an addictive, wholesome taste – why do you need to fix something that is already close to perfection, right?
Operating hours: 11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Daily)
3. Johor – WoodFire JB
WoodFire is no stranger to burger lovers in Johor Bahru with a strong fan base covering as far as the neighbouring country, Singapore. Their burgers are monstrously huge, almost sinful but prices are reasonable. The signature here is the Gourmet Burger that consists of handmade patties of your choosing and laced with a dollop of spicy egg yolk sauce, streaky beef dill pickle, tomatoes and vegetables. We, however, personally love the Brisket burger that comes with smoked beef slice and brisket -yumm!
Operating hours: 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Tuesdays till Sundays)
4. Melaka – Le Que
Named as one of the best places to eat burgers in Melaka, Le Que specialises in Italian and fusion dishes. The portions are as big as their flavours, yet affordably priced. The joint’s signatures include lamb shank burger, seafood avocado burger and their latest offering: Japanese A5 Wagyu beef burger. Simply drool-worthy!
Operating hours: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Daily)
5. Kelantan – KBB Burger & Steak
Wagyu beef is rare in Kelantan, but here at KBB Burger & Steak, customers can find a wide range of premium quality beef, including Wagyu and Angus. Of course, steaks are the joint’s specialties, but their burgers are also not to be missed! The crowd’s favourite is the Double Meat Extreme (MYR24) piling double patties made from 100% beef, two slices of cheese and a slice of streaky beef, all smeared with homemade cheesy sauce and barbecue sauce. If you’re willing to splurge, this restaurant also serves a Wagyu burger (MYR88) made up of homemade wagyu patty and house-special Bolognese sauce.
Operating hours: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Daily)
6. Terengganu – Banafsha Cafe
Nasi dagang, keropok lekor and satar are usually the delicacies that people seek when food hunting in Terengganu. But when a sudden crave for something ‘meatier’ comes, that’s when you should head to Banafsha Cafe, a joint in Kemaman specialising in gourmet burgers and milkshakes. Don’t be fooled by its humble appearance; the burgers are so unforgettable that some regular customers do not mind travelling the distance just to have a bite here. Sink your teeth into one of the joint’s best sellers, the Great Burger Onizuka (MYR20) – a delicious combination of grilled chicken patty marinated in teriyaki sauce and bonito flakes, including kewpie mayo – and you’ll understand the reason behind such loyalty.
Operating hours: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Saturdays till Thursdays)
7. Kedah – Burg & Go
Burg & Go is only a few months old with its first full-fledged shop just opened in December 2020 at Amanjaya, making it the youngest joint in this list. However, judging from the constant crowd flocking this joint and how fast the burgers are selling out, we say Burg & Go is the one to watch! The burgers are freshly made from scratch and use special in-house sauce that elevates the whole experience. The best part about this joint is the fact that Burg & Go’s founder is a well-travelled man, which is reflected by his progressive menu. Come back often to check out their weekly specials. The current crowd favourites include The Cave of The Golden Pineapple and the All Eyes on Beef.
Operating hours: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Thursdays till Tuesdays)
8. Pulau Pinang – Burger Society
Pulau Pinang, or Penang, is such a food paradise that choosing only one burger joint seems impossible. But if we were to trust the locals, then Burger Society would top their list. The menu comprises various options like chicken, beef, and fish, including vegetarian, each boasting bold flavour with an Asian twist. The signature burger here includes the Moopy (MYR20.90), which features 150 grams of premium beef patty topped with mozzarella cheese, sweet relish, beef bacon, all sandwiched between homemade buns.
Operating hours: 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Daily)
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