The hamburger fever has hit the city with force, and there are more and more locals and bars that add to this wave of burgers. A bane for many, a challenge for others and a delicacy for us.
A Yankee bite, originally from Hamburg, and representative of every American film capable of knocking anyone out. It is certainly difficult to choose which is the best, so here we leave our five favorite burgers in Barcelona for those hungover days when our appetite is triggered.
If you are a fan of the Chivito, this is your place. A small corner in the Eixample district run by Jorge and Juan, two Uruguayan brothers who settled in the city of Barcelona and Foc i Oli in 2013.
The size of the food doesn’t scare you, because you don’t need any more. They have an open kitchen where you can see Juan in charge of the iron and appreciate his laborious work. And if you add a bar that surrounds the whole place, the result is an excess of family essence that makes this nook a special place. As Juan says: “I only need fire and oil to open the local”. Of course, besides the raw material. It is in Foc i Oli that only fresh products from the area are used and are flown in daily due to high demand.
And if you are one of those who prefer takeout, bag another burger, because if anything is certain, you’ll be back. This Chivito deserves a monument. An exquisite cult to the Uruguayan sandwich on par with excellence. Here they make their own version of the originally typical dish Punta del Este; a Chivito wrapped in Brioche bread made with thin slices of veal entrecôte, sweet ham, bacon, mayonnaise, salad with vinaigrette, gouda cheese, red pepper and onion confit.. all grilled! The temple of the Chivito is called Foc i Oli.
Juan Latuff and Alejandro Bringas, both Venezuelan, met in the kitchen at Rojo y Negro restaurant. That’s when they decided to open their own place. Thus born Chivuo’s, a gastronomic concept based on slow street food with a wide menu of delicious and well-prepared snacks.
An American kitchen with Irish airs in the center of Barcelona. Here they perfectly blend their American heritage with their passion for artisan beer, which rotate monthly.
The irresistible “El Cerdo” is a strict obligation. A pulled pork burger cooked at a low temperature for about 18 hours, with a touch of their homemade barbecue sauce and a bittersweet cabbage salad. All this wrapped in a salty artisan bread, and accompanied by potatoes with paprika and garlic. A real delight!
In this family burger joint, you decide how you want your burger. Choose from a complete list of quality products to make you’re favorite combination. And in Oval they make it easy. Choose your bread, cheese, ingredients, meat, that sauce you like so much, and, if you want the whole package, you can get some seasonal sweet potatoes or some delicious french fries. And if you go on, you can also choose from one of their brand burgers from the house.
An idea born in Los Angeles, a city where Eduard lived for a few years and where he developed his fever for gourmet burgers. Since 2013, they have been in the Eixample district of Barcelona, a cult corner of local gastronomy, in a diaphanous space, modern, with high ceilings and an elegant aesthetic. All according to the quality product line.
We can’t help but make ourselves our own burger, and make a Nebraska-based burger, two slices of cheddar, bacon, thin slices of tomato, some arugula, all wrapped in a classic bread. Our mouths water as we make our order… and that’s Oval! L-OVAL-E!
Carlos and Debora, a couple of passionate foodies, are the owners of this burger joint in Barcelona’s Eixample district. A place that flees from titles, where they’re rewarded for their products from the area and a first quality matter D.O. with which they build a menu of “soul food” with South American touches from their native Venezuela.
Here comes the great recommendation of Carlos, his Melty hamburger made with 180 grams old Galician cow D.O. with piquillo peppers, crispy onion, sriracha mayo and melted cheddar cheese. If you haven’t tried it yet, you have to go.
An authentic hamburger joint where the kitchen product is awarded with American airs and Latin style.
From Sitges to Barcelona, from the United States to L’Eixample. A burger like those we can see in every American film. Big Al’s is born of the need for a place to devour a real American hamburger.
The passion of its two partners, Patxi, originally from Barcelona, and Allan, from Seattle (in the United States). For the American cuisine led them to open their first place 5 years ago in the heart of Sitges. And just two years ago, they decided to settle in the city as well. A place where they serve all kinds of burgers and where it rewards the quality product for the Catalan Pyrenees.
You cannot fail to try its Three-Way Burger made with mear, melted cheese, pulled pork, crispy chicken and hot OMG sauce and crispy onion. A delicious Yankee burger.
And if you like challenges, Big Al’s gives you the opportunity to enter the corner of fame with its challenge WindowMaker. A super burger you have to devour to win a t-shirt and a spot in the list of winners. American Style!
Text: Alejandro Moneva
Photos: Anel González