There are times that many of us just want a good burger, especially after an afternoon of soaking and relaxing. The Hamburger Foundation (Rue Philippe-Plantamour 37, 1201 Genève), started by three Genevese childhood friends, began as a food truck; then another food truck, and finally two restaurants. The restaurant in Paquis (by the Grand Hotel Kempinski) is a true hamburger joint, serving juicy medium-rare burgers with buns crammed full of leafy lettuce, fresh tomatoes, crisp onions, crunchy pickles and just enough mayo, mustard and ketchup to seal the delicious deal. It is pretty straightforward: order a hamburger, cheeseburger or bacon cheeseburger along with a side of slaw or fries, add in a bottle of either Cheap, Better or Best red or white wine and it is a meal accompli. The beef is all local, and ground to exacting standards by the in-house butcher. Burger bliss.
Burgers start at around CHF 15, and a “Cheap” bottle of red is CHF 30. No need to be afraid of ordering the “cheap” wine; anything local is delicious.