Burgers were an alien concept to Saudi Arabia, but that changed dramatically with the emergence of fast food joints in the Kingdom. Beginning in the late 80’s, early 90’s to the Burger craze that the citizens of the kingdom are currently experiencing, it has become a household favourite with both kids and adult equally cherishing the opportunity to eat out at a Burger joint.
The Eastern Province is no stranger to this, and in recent years there has been a sharp increase in the number of burger shops, both local and international opening up in Sharqiya. I have compiled a list of my favourite Burgers haunts in the EP and a surprise entry from Bahrain.
The American Muscle Double is hands down, the best burger they have on their menu. The double beef patty is generous and comes stacked with double gooey cheddar, pickles, their special relish and mustard aioli that really enhances the flavour of the burger. For SR. 39 (ex VAT) it is worth the Riyal you pay for it. You can also order the single patty version for SR. 32 (ex VAT).
The Hook Burger from Salt is a perfect combination of Wagyu Beef, their secret Hook Sauce packed with a little heat, a super creamy cheese sauce, Jalapeno and a very frilly lettuce held in place by butter buns.
The meat and cheese blend was on point and the hook sauce gave it a twist. It is pricey at SR. 37 for the single patty sliders (2 Burgers) and SR. 53 for the double. Watch out for their Chicken Cheetos Slider too!
Based in Bahrain, their must have is the “Sugar Glazed Donut Burger”. The Beef Patty is combined with sloppy cheese, Maple drenched bacon and Ketchup all held together in a locally made Sugar glazed donut. Though this fusion of ingredients might sound out of place for some, it is both succulent, delightful and surprising. I would, however, recommend Crave replace the Ketchup with Sriracha to add a bit of heat.
“The Frankster” caught me completely by surprise. It is featured under their list of “Promo Burgers” and it was an absolute revelation. Served in a Potato bun, the patty is beautifully seasoned and dressed with aged cheddar, warm caramelized onions that intensifies the flavour of the meat and Roco mayo. Based out of South Africa, they are bringing in variety into an ever-changing burger scene. For SR. 40 (ex VAT) there is no room for disappointment.
I’m always out and about looking for new and unique eats in the Burger scene and this unassuming eatery has a secret up their sleeve. The Hashi Burger is different from the rest of the pack thanks to its main ingredient, “Camel Meat”. The patties are made fresh, in-house and served with cheddar cheese and lettuce in a soft toasted bun. This might be a fried chicken joint but they know their burgers! Check out my review of their “Spicy Broasted Chicken”.
The Cuts – Urban Kitchen
The Cuts has been a recent addition to the food scene in the EP and I headed there to try out what Burgers they had in store. The waiter recommended I try the “Double Cheese” SR.32 (ex VAT), a grilled Angus Beef burger with crispy onions, generous serving of cheddar cheese and their specialty cut sauce that gave the meat an edge. The highlight of the burger was the potato bun, slightly toasted and satisfying. The only drawback was that the onions weren’t fried evenly, leaving it a little chewy. Still a great burger, but do make sure you ask them to fry the onions a bit longer!
You know you aren’t getting in here without a key, but it looks like they have relaxed that cardinal rule. Popular among the youth, they are always packed and seats are hard to come by so make sure you get there early. That being said, we ordered what was a highly sought-after item, “The Truffle Burger” & reading the description itself was intoxicating. Truffle Infused cured Striploin, wagyu beef patty, truffle ranch, white cheddar and topped with an onion web all housed in their special burger buns made in-house. The patty is delicate and delicious, breaking down without much effort.
I ordered the “Armenia Beef” after reading the description wondering if the combination of Eggplant, Tahini, Pomegranate Molasses & Roasted Pine would make a good combo.
This burger absolutely hit the spot. Great tasting bun that holds a delicious patty topped with Eggplant, the molasses really spiking the flavour profile and the Tahini balancing it out.
If you are looking for a Burger that tastes different from the other Burger joints in Khobar, then this is the place.