Other than the big boys, I thought of focusing on some of the more humble burger places in the hawker centres, kopitiam and kiosks.
(Fun-fact: 28 May is actually “International Burger Day” in the United States. But I guess people will come out with all sorts of excuses to market or consume burgers.)
31 Commonwealth Crescent, #02-93 Market & Food Centre, Singapore 149644
Tel: +65 9818 8014
Opening Hours: 11am – 5pm or sold out (Wed – Sun), Closed Mon, Tues
Hammee’s had a very humble beginning when they initially started out with just two burgers on the menu – Classic Beef Cheeseburger and Fried Chicken Burger in original and spicy versions.
However, with time they flourished and evolved to set a solid foundation and attract a loyal customer base. So be prepared for a long wait. I waited for about an hour during off-peak. Just so you know.
This also gave them the chance to expand their menu, giving you the juiciest variety of delicious American cuisines.
It would be a crime to not try their classic Premium Beef Cheeseburger ($6 for single, $8 for double) when visiting the stall.
So, what’s new about their Classic Burger v 2.0?
Their beef patties have been upgraded after partnership with Huber’s butchery for beef supply – never frozen, freshly hand formed, and contains no growth hormones.
I loved how stuffed it was for the given price, with generous amounts of American cheese, mouthwatering caramelized onions and a lip-smacking homemade sauce amongst other ingredients to compliment the juicy beef patty. Accompanied with fries.
(Updated June 2021: Hammee’s has stopped selling burgers temporary and switched to offering Nasi Ayam Goreng.)
Sprout Hub, 102 Henderson Road, Singapore 159562
Tel: +65 9665 6070
Opening Hours: 5pm – 7:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Dirty Buns is a new burger stall located at City Sprouts at 102 Henderson Road – no signage, no Facebook what-so-ever, yet.
There are only 80 burgers sold per day.
The menu is really straight-forward, with DB Classic Single at $8 or $11 for a set with fries and Coke; Double Patty at $11 or $14 for the set.
Between the two, I would say just go for the “Dirty Double” rather than the single patty.
The star of the burger was indeed the meat patties, grinded and made from scratch. Nothing extraordinary, but good-old juicy, flavourful beef patties. Good stuff for the price.
Skirt and Dirt
Tiong Bahru Food Centre #02-66, 30 Seng Poh Road Singapore 168898
Opening Hours: 11pm – 7pm (Mon – Sun)
Skirt and Dirt is possibly the first hawker stall in Singapore to serve Cheese Skirt Burger, which has the cheese seared with a salty, cracker-like texture which is also an eye-catcher.
The patties are more of 100% beef rump, which was juicy and complemented the crispy texture of the cheese skirt very well.
If I have a feedback, I wished there was a double patty option for a better, fuller bite, and better balance the saltiness and crunchiness of the cheese.
Oh yes, the cheese may get rather soggy if you takeaway, so it is best if you can have it there and then.
Also on the menu are Duck Confit Burger ($6.80), Burger of the Month – to keep things interesting ($5.80), Dirt Fries ($4), Soup of the Day ($2), Cajun Fries ($3) and Garden Salad ($3). Skirt & Dirt (Tiong Bahru Food Centre)
Burgs by Project Warung – Bukit Batok
Blk 451 Bukit Batok West Ave 6 #01-11 Singapore 650451
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Timbre+, 73A Ayer Rajah Crescent, JTC Launchpad. No 39 & 40, Singapore 139957
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun
Viva Business Park, Centuries Food Court. 750 Chai Chee Road #01-19, Singapore 469000
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Burgs by Project Warung serves up halal and fresh, appetizing burgers at affordable prices.
Started at Golden Mile Food Centre, they subsequently moved with outlets at Timbre+, Bukit Batok and Viva Business Park.
They were probably one of the first known for quality burgers items available at hawker stalls, with a great line up of juicy and succulent halal burgers ranging from fried fish to grilled chicken thigh.
The queues are known to be long and the burgers sell out like hot cakes so make sure you get to the stall well before lunch time.
The signature is the Burgs’ Classic Cheeseburger ($6 for single, $9.50 for double) with handcrafted beef patty, pickled green chilli, American cheese, crispy fried shallots and drizzled with Burgs’ signature sauce.
The beef burgers are recommended for the juicy patties with unique concocted sauce, with the taste really paying homage to local flavours. Each burger also comes alongside a generous amount of thick cut fries.
Others include Burgs Classic Cheese Burger, Burgs Bacon & Cheese Burger, Pulled Beef Brisket Burger, Herb Grilled Chicken Burger, Crispy Rendang Chicken Burger (okay, we know where that came from), and Nacho Fish & Chips Burger.
Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road, #B1-24, Singapore 199583
Tel: +65 9270 4670
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 8:30pm (Mon – Sun)
In case you have not realised, Ashes Burnnit occupies the same exactly stall location as Burgs by Project Warung previously.
The partners split ways, but there is slight differentiation in the recipe for Ashes.
A main highlight is the price. The basis Ashes Smash Cheese Burger complete with handcrafted beef patty and American cheese, is priced at $5.90 for a single patty complete with fries. Pretty neat price, and more value than those offered by the typical fast-food joints.
You can also expect Truffle Mushroom Burger ($8), Best of Both World ($9), Fried Chicken Burger ($5.90), and Grilled Chicken Burger ($6.50).
I thought that the Truffle Mushroom Burger ($8) provide good value with its juicy beef patties with slight char on the outside, though the truffle cream sauce lacked that ‘aroma’ people would love.
The fries slightly seasoned and crisp, were quite the bomb. For health-conscious people, you can add $2 to replace with salad. But then again, why have salad when you can have those fries?
Zipp Burger And Pasta
1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World #B1-K106, Singapore 069111
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
[Update: Zipp Burger has moved from Amoy Food Centre to Great World] Of all the hawker burgers I tried, Zipp Burger actually tasted the most ‘home-made’ – you can see this in a good way.
Signature items include the Hamburger ($5.70, $8.70), Pork Burger ($5.70, $8.70), along with Beef Balls ($4 for 6 pieces), Pork Balls ($4 for 6 pieces) and Truffle Fries ($5.20).
While beef burgers are common, what is more unusual is their Signature Pork Burger – a juicy breaded handmade pork patty served with secret homemade sauce.
The pork patty was deep-fried with a crisp layer, and quite sizable (look at the thickness) without being too greasy.
Perhaps the weak link would be the Pork Balls. Interestingly, this felt lacking in flavours and I found the need to dip in some chilli sauce.
WhatsApp +65 9656 6865 for delivery or self-collect slot.
Wok In Burger
124 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-136 Singapore 150124 (within Keng Eng Kee Seafood)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:00pm – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun)
2 Jurong East Central 1, #02-08, Singapore 609731
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
It is introduced with the novel idea of incorporating local zi char dishes into Western style burgers.
So something like Coffee Pork Burger ($11.80) has become a reality, with a piece of sweet-slight-bitter glazed piece of pork chop sandwiched in between.
Offerings include Sweet & Sour Pork Burger ($10.80), Salted Egg Chicken or Pork Burger ($11.80), Fish Skin Salted Egg Chicken or Pork Burger ($14.80), Sambal Fish Burger ($10.80), Green Apple Curry Burger ($14.80), Black Pepper Beef Burger ($13.80), Marmite Chicken Burger ($10.80), and Chilli Soft Shell Crab Burger ($16.80).
There is also a meat-free choice of Impossible Wanton Burger ($18.00).
Islandwide delivery is available, via Keng Eng Kee’s online order website at https://kengengkee.oddle.me/en_SG/. There is a flat $5 delivery fee, though min order of $50 applies.
Beauty World Food Centre #04-42, 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 588177
Tel: +65 9753 7859
Opening Hours: 11am – 5pm (Mon – Sun)
Hambaobao may be closed, but there is a new burger stall called “Burger House” just opened in April 2020. Yes, during the challenging “Circuit Breaker” period.
Selection includes Beef Burger ($7.90), Chicken Burger ($6.20), Mushroom Burger ($6.90), Nuggets ($3 for 6 pieces), Truffle Fries ($4.50) and Cheese Fries ($3.90).
Add $2 for additional ala carte fries and lemonade drink ($2.00) to complete the set.
The burger patties are made from quality beef from New Zealand, all hand-made in store.
While the beef patty was rather tasty, I thought that it needed a less generic-tasting bun or sauce of some kind to better differentiate this with a number of burger stalls that are sprouting out in Singapore.
Still a value-for-money Western food stall.
Toko Burgers and Cheesesteaks
1 Tampines Walk, #B1-43 Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 528523
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Meet the crowd favourites of cheesesteaks, burgers and sides at the Toko Burgers and Cheesesteaks.
The kiosk, formerly known as Carnivori, started out as a small Halal food stall in 2016 at the Geylang Bazaar. Demands increased and they now have an outlet at Our Tampines Hub.
Food is largely inspired by classic American comfort diner fare, with Korean and Italian twists.
Other than the best-selling The Philly ($8.90), other items to look forward to include The Hot Chick ($7.90), Toko Burger ($6.90), and Beef Chilli Fries ($5.40). The fries are a must-get.
The Philly is well-loved and stands out, plus you don’t find that many Philadelphia Cheesesteaks around in Singapore.