HONOLULU’S BEST BURGERS
Hamburgers in Hawaii aren’t quite your average patty and bun
Thoughts of Hawaii usually conjure up images of bikini bodies, rather than beautifully built burgers, but rest assured the islands are home to both. Scratch the food surface of Hawaii’s capital city, Honolulu, and a tasty burger scene appears. With access to fresh ingredients procured locally from cattle ranches, family-run farms and esteemed bakeries, the Hawaiian Islands produce top-quality patties, fillings and buns.
Honolulu’s best burgers come with a huge helping of creativity, from ’50s-style inspiration and 1980s pop culture, to comic-book decor and beer-infused ingredients. This is not your average list of burger joints.
PINT + JIGGER
Pint + Jigger is a “hipster” gastropub in Honolulu specialising in highquality cuisine, craft beers on tap and classy cocktails. The gourmet menu showcases food intended to be paired with specific beverages. Burger choices are limited; it’s about quality, not quantity. The Stout Burger is a must-try experience for all burger connoisseurs. The highlight is a tossup between the thick and juicy patty and a slice of beer cheese. Eat it with the standard trimmings of lettuce, pickles and garlic aioli, or elevate the indulgence with caramelised onions, avocado or bacon. PINTANDJIGGER.COM
BURGERS & THINGS
Burgers & Things is a small burger joint filled with comics, actionfigures and anime paraphernalia. The meat patties are braised in different house-made jus depending on the burger type, giving them complex flavours that pack a punch. The original Juicy Burger is a fingerlicking good time. The patty is soaked overnight in a “secret-recipe” signature jus and housed in a basic bun with tomato, lettuce and balsamic aioli. Upgrade your eat with a pretzel bun or by adding one of 10 cheese options. BURGERSANDTHINGS.COM
TEDDY’S BIGGER BURGERS
With 11 locations on Oahu, Teddy’s Bigger Burgers is Hawaii’s largest burger chain. The first retro-themed restaurant opened in 1998 at the foot of Diamond Head, and it’s become an international franchise. Its focus is on fresh burgers, shakes and fries. Teddy’s Original Big, Bigger or Biggest Burgers are the main attraction, with patty weights of 150g, 225g or 450g. Each burger is served on a potato or wheat bun (or lettuce wrap for the carb-conscious) and stacked with a flame-grilled patty, tomatoes, sweet white onion, pickles, lettuce, and teriyaki and “special” sauce. Enhancements are encouraged – choose the Volcano Burger for a fiery kick of jalapenos, pepper jack cheese and Kilauea Fire barbecue sauce. TEDDYSBB.COM
Founded in 2016, Chubbies Burgers is a 1950s-style food truck offering Oahu’s first “smash burgers”. Smash refers to a method of cooking where the patty is pressed hard on a hot griddle; it forms a crust and locks in all the flavour. Chubbies uses superior grass-fed Kauai beef, locally sourced produce and cloudlike buns. The menu is kept simple; choose from only three burgers and three fries. The crowd favourite is the ’50s Burger, a classic cheeseburger with American cheese, tomato, lettuce and ’50s sauce (“special” burger sauce). Complete the meal with homemade pickles and a box of old-school crinkle-cut fries. CHUBBIESBURGERS.COM
HONOLULU BURGER CO
The Honolulu Burger Co brand is built on the premise of natural produce “grown, bred and fed” in Hawaii. With a selection of 15 burgers and eight styles of fries, plus the option to “create your own”, it caters for every taste. The Blue Hawaii Burger is the top seller with blue cheese, bacon, tomato and lettuce. Another house favourite is the Mushroom Mushroom Burger – jam-packed with garlic-herb butter mushrooms and AmericanSwiss cheese. For something special, opt for a soft taro roll. Taro is similar to sweet potato but with purple flesh. HONOLULUBURGERCO.COM
The burgers at Franky Fresh come with a unique twist – the opportunity to step back in time to the 1980s. This “rad” restaurant honours all things ’80s pop culture with boom box adorned walls, posters of artists such as Prince, menus made from vinyl records, TV screens looping hip-hop music videos and a Super Nintendo that’s ready to play. It serves a decent burger too, using naturally raised and humanely handled Big Island beef. With cool names like Marky Mark, Fresh Prince and Notorious P.I.G, it’s hard to pick. The MC Hammer, while more roast beef sandwich than burger, garners rave reviews. The Shakes are a meal in themselves, they’re a mix of vanilla thickshake and a bowl of sugary cereal. FACEBOOK.COM/ITSFRANKYFRESH
Found only-in-Hawaii at two Oahu locations, Mahaloha Burger is famous for freshness. Burger patties are made daily from free-range, grass-fed Big Island beef with no preservatives, antibiotics or growth hormones. Vegetable fillings are island-grown, bread baked fresh and sauces made from scratch. Try the Loco Moco Burger; a popular local dish morphed into burger form. It’s a seared butter bun and delicious patty covered in gravy, melted cheese, crispy onions and bacon, and topped with a fried egg. Grab extra napkins, it’s a little messy, but it’s worth it. MAHALOHABURGER.COM