By Emma Hillman
Although claim to its origin has been disputed, if there’s one thing the US does well, it’s a burger. This staple of American fodder has to be one of the nation’s greatest exports, as the foodie scene in Singapore knows only too well. From gourmet delectation to instant fast-food gratification, there’s plenty of choice on the island and from familiar American restaurants that have made it here, too. What better way to dine this Fourth of July than chowing down on comfort food from home? Loosen your belts and check out these five burger joints.
If your appetite has been left wanting with modest sized burgers in Singapore, then you’re in for a treat: Fatburger has made it to town. Hollywood’s iconic burger stand has brought with it gargantuan-sized patties, which you can order sandwiched in a bun, or go bun-free by swapping the bread for additional burgers. If you’re super-hungry, bring on the meat sweats and go for The Quad Burger packed with four thick patties.
Kinex #01-70/71/72, 11 Tanjong Katong Rd
Velocity @Novena Square, #01-08/09, 238 Thomson Road
At either one of these American steakhouses you’ll find chefs fanning the flames for meat lovers who prefer their burgers on the smoky and slightly charred side. Although the showstopper at this rugged, rockabilly restaurant-cum-smokehouse is their pork ribs, another menu starlet has to be their thick, beef short rib cheeseburger, served on a brioche bun and topped with melted cheddar.
167/169 Telok Ayer Street,
21 Campbell Lane
Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer
Back in 2015, Black Tap started out as a small New York diner. Since then, the chain has grown and now has 11 restaurants worldwide, one smart outlet of which is located at Marina Bay Sands. Portions are generous, as you would hope with a premium-priced menu, but the All-American Burger and the Chili Cheese Burger, offering a little more kick, are worth every red cent. Wash your sandwich down with any one of their 18 craft beers or, for something sweeter, try one of their outrageous milkshakes that shot them to fame when they originally opened.
L1-80, Bay Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
OverEasy purports itself to be the “ultimate American diner” and it has done a pretty good job, fusing all the garish neon of the 80s with all the kitsch fun of the 50s. Again, this is a higher-end eatery, but you certainly get what you pay for with the “To-Die-For” Burger and the powerfully flavored signature Truffle Burger, both with a thick wagyu chuck blend patty, and upgrading with a side-order of fries is reasonably priced.
1 Fullerton Road #01-06 One Fullerton
541 Orchard Road, #01-01 Liat Towers
Burger Joint New York
This is a no-nonsense burger joint, hailing from NYC, and it’s almost as if it wants to remain the best kept secret in town. Its website is deliberately evasive, detailing only the address and the menu, and it’s hidden in the back-alley of Gemmil Lane, off Amoy Street, Telok Ayer. In what is tantamount to a speakeasy experience, you’re taken through velvet curtains before entering what feels like an underground, graffiti-adorned bunker. Go vanilla with either the single or double burger or cheeseburger, done your way.
115 Amoy Street #01-03