Best burgers in Edinburgh

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Zopaash Iqbal | Date posted - 28 Oct 2018
Get your buns out! We’re talking burger buns of course, or better still leave the burger-making to the pros. Very few things in the world beat a great patty, classic cheese, ad a tasty bun. There’s always time for a great burger come rain or shine, and if you’re in Edinburgh, make sure you stop by our top picks of the best burgers in Edinburgh. (or should we call it Edinburger?)

Smoke Stack

A local favourite and close to the city centre, Smoke Stack is well known for serving the best in Scottish Steaks but did you know they serve one of the best burgers in Edinburgh as well? As members of the Scotch Beef Club and Sustainable Restaurant Association, their aim is to take top quality locally sourced produce and cook it simply. The beef burger (£8.85) made with 100% Scottish steak mince, handmade on the premises, is a simple classic and you have the option to double up your burger for an extra £3, don’t mind if we do.

Lebowskis Edinburgh

Burger Joint, Cocktails
After a few years wowing Glasgow, Lebowkis took its winning formula to the capital in 2009 and has been bringing White Russians and burgers (much to the joy of many Scottish rugby fans) ever since. Stacked high and packed with flavour, Lebowkis serve up some of the best burgers in Edinburgh, after all it’s what they do. Sink your teeth into the famous Lebowski burger (£9.95), their exclusive aged minced rump steak burger or if you see yourself as a real burger badass might we suggest The Big Lebowski (£13.95) – Not for the faint hearted, this burger is made with a huge stack of the exclusive minced steak burgers and double melted cheddar. If you're really up for a challenge, try one of their incredible White Russians, although we'll be surprised if you can even roll out after both of those. Are you up to the challenge?

Howies Waterloo

The flagship venue of Howies, Waterloo can be found in a beautiful Georgian building at the foot of Calton Hill. Each restaurant is unique with its own passionate chef and team creating wonderful dishes from Scotland’s incredible natural larder. Pop in for lunch and enjoy the delicious handmade beef burger with chutney and fries which is delicious on its own, or depending on how hungry you feel, add bacon, cheese, onion rings, or haggis for an extra quid each. Bargain!

The Scran and Scallie

At The Scran and Scallie, “Sit ye doon, yer welcome” is their motto, so we took them up on it. The Scran and Scallie is a charming pub with two of Scotland’s top chefs and Michelin star chefs, Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack. Together, they create the most delicious, fresh home-cooked dishes using seasonal local produce. Now that you have some background, let’s get to what you really want; the burger verdict. We recommend the Highland beef burger and chips (£14.50) a juicy and delicious classic, and aifter yer burger we suggest making your way to the bar for a wee dram…or two.


If you’re looking for the best burgers in Edinburgh, Brewhemia will be right up your street. This German-inspired space is all things to all people, going from a chilled out coffee shop to a Moulin Rouge-inspired paradise, depending on the room you’re in. But we’re here to talk about great burgers, or should we say sehr gut burgers? These guys have got it down to a T regardless of the language, letting you choose from buffalo burgers, cajun chicken, and a super-tasty sweet potato and mushroom patty. Then top them off with cheddar, bacon, haggis, black pudding, or onion rings, and enjoy with their famous IPA compote and house fries. Remember and wash it all down with a beer; there’s a Beer Palace onsite!
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