It’s been weeks since the New York burger chain Shake Shack opened in Jewel Changi Airport, yet the peak time queues are as long as ever. In fact, expect to wait at least an hour to get a taste of their famous burgers.
While hype definitely figures into the still-snaking queues, you can’t deny the main reason behind Shake Shack’s popularity here and the world over: their burgers are legit.
Pretty much everything on the menu is ace, but the real MVP is the signature Shack Burger, $9.20, Shake Shack’s take on the classic cheeseburger:
Featuring a juicy US Angus beef patty, melted American cheese, lettuce, tomato and tangy Shack Sauce sandwiched between fluffy potato buns, it’s the gold standard as far as burger’s go.
We’ve got killer burgers, too
But that doesn’t mean you need to head all the way to Jewel Changi Airport and brave a crazy queue to get your fix of quality burgers. Here are five homegrown burger joints that can hold their own in a taste-off with the almighty Shake Shack.
Omakase Burger was founded six years ago by its owner Cheng Hsin Yao with one simple vision: to create and serve the perfect burger. To that end, Hsin Yao has been relentlessly refining and improving on his recipes, travelling the world in search of the very best ingredients for every single component. The fruit of his labour is the signature Omakase Cheeseburger, $16.90. What sets this burger apart is the patty, a secret four-cut blend of USDA Choice beef that explodes with flavour and juiciness; and the buns, which are the world-famous Martin’s Sandwich Potato Rolls imported from the US. Pillow-soft and buttery, the buns absorb the juices from the patty without crumbling, making each bite a bona fide flavour bomb.
Omakase Burger is at #03-15 Wisma Atria.
BURGS by Project Warung
This homegrown burger brand was co-founded by none other than 2019’s CLEO Most Eligible Bachelor Lee Syafiq. And from one of Singapore’s top bachelors, we have one of Singapore’s top burgers: The Classic, $5.50. Despite being the cheapest burger on this list by a mile, it doesn’t cut any corners in terms of ingredients, featuring handcrafted patties made of freshly ground Australian beef, pickled green chilli, American cheese, fried shallots and a housemade secret sauce. This burger is a dance of textures (from the crunch of the fried shallots to the silky mouthfeel of the melted cheese) and flavours (the tang of the pickled chilli to the beefy goodness of the patty), and is a must-try for every burger lover.
BURGS by Project Warung is at #B1-24 Golden Mile Food Centre and #01-19 Viva Business Park (Centuries Food Court).
Over the past five years or so, this local burger joint has been peddling both classic (like The Wolf, a straight-up cheeseburger made with premium ingredients) and Asian-inspired (like the Pork Gochujang Burger) gourmet burgers at pretty affordable prices. Not one to rest on its laurels, WOLF Burgers recently refreshed its menu to include a slew of new creations, including the Hainanese Chicken Slider (tender chicken thigh topped with housemade chilli sauce and achar served in a steamed bao-style bun). But we were most impressed by the Dry-Aged Beef Burger, $17.90. The 30-day dry-aged beef patty has a bold flavour profile and is topped with chipotle mayo, cheese and pickled onion—a winning combination that’s hard to top.
WOLF Burgers is at Pasarbella @ Suntec City and #01-43 Changi City Point.
Fat Boys The Burger Bar
One of the OG’s of the local gourmet burger scene, Fat Boys was founded a decade ago by brothers Kennie and Bernie Tay with the aim of rethinking the burger. They’ve certainly delivered on that, with a menu that includes leftfield creations like Jamaican Me Hungry, $14, which features a pork patty stuffed with jerk-seasoned bacon; and Monster Mash, $16.50, a fried chicken burger slathered in bechamel sauce and topped with wasabi-infused mashed potato. But for our money, we’d go for classics like the Royale with Cheese, $12.50, which features a handcrafted beef patty and aged cheddar smothered with BBQ sauce and onion marmalade on a sesame bun.
Fat Boys is located all over Singapore.
OverEasy is an American-style diner, so you’ve got all the Americana staples like chicken and waffles, pastrami sandwiches, mac & cheese and milkshakes. But the real star of the menu is the “To-Die-For” Burger, $24. Featuring a wagyu chuck-blend patty, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, pickle and a housemade sauce served between a fluffy brioche bun, you’ll know how this burger got its name after a single bite, we promise.
OverEasy is at #01-01 Liat Towers and #01-06 One Fullerton.