I love Burgers. The meat, the juice, the flavor and most of all, the toppings. Recently, I took a trip to Berlin and while I was there, I learned how many Germans love burgers and fries. They may eat their fries with mayonnaise, while most Americans use ketchup, but when it comes to the burger, they have something special. In my travels, I found two of the best burgers I have had in years.
For this tale of two burgers, I want you to search your mind for a second. Think about that time where you may have tried something new and while the experience might have been less than perfection, you found yourself wanting more. Now that you have a better understanding of what my mindset was, here are my top two burger joints I found in my 7 day stay in Berlin, Germany.
First off, we have the second place runner-up in the Charlottenburg district. I was walking around Berlin on my third day in and came across a hole in the wall (Well, to be honest, most places in Berlin are holes in the wall). I Saw the clean, spacious layout, tables outside and in, beer and soda in an accessible fridge, a grill behind a counter and a menu on a changeable letter board above the order counter. The joint had a smell of beef and cheese and I was curious to know what they had on the menu. As I walked up to the counter, the gentleman greeted me with a smile and said hello. I was nervous at first because of my lack of ability to speak German, and just before I started to ask if he speaked English, he asked me if I did. Maybe it was the clothes on my back or the beard on my face, whatever the case, I was pleasantly surprised to have a local ask me first. Just then, I was overwhelmed with happiness when I realized the menu was in English. No more Google Translate for me, I thought.
After studying the menu and having some questions answered, I decided to try their Berlin Burger Special, which came with mozzarella, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, pickles ketchup and mayonnaise. I Ordered a beer and sat down to wait for my food. As I was waiting for my food, I realized that the staff had hand-picked the music playing and the sound was a little less than perfect but, hey, they were playing American Hip-Hop.
A few songs later and I was served a luscious looking burger with, what?! a thick block of fried mozzarella! Lightly breaded and served right over the beef, I couldn’t wait to take a bite and loved every moment of it. After having A burger, beer and fries for under 10 Euros, I am pleased to tell you the name of the second place runner-up is Burgers Berlin and it’s truly one of a kind.
Now, you may be asking yourself how a place can top Burgers Berlin with their cool vibe and friendly staff. Well, you have yet to hear of the best burger in Berlin, and quite possibly the world. Yes, I said world. If you have ever had In n Out and loved it, this burger is In n Out on steroids. Seriously! However, before I go any further, I want you to know, this place isn’t going to sound all that appealing at first, but please, trust me.
The time is 10 PM on a saturday night, the air is cold and the stomach is growling. I’m standing in a line of probably 50 people outside, a train track above and a liquor store behind me. I am waiting to eat a burger cooked inside a building which I’m told used to be an old public bathroom. Yes, people used to relieve themselves where my burger was being cooked. Nonetheless, I waited to get to the front of the line, which probably took somewhere between 30 – 60 minutes and when I finally came to the front, I found there were a few choices of burgers, I decided to go with the Meisterburger. This Burger, I mean, I really don’t even know where to start, it was by far the juiciest, most flavorful, epic burger to touch my lips. I mean, when I got it, I had to find a bike rack to sit on because they only have a few tables and no chairs. (Most others are sitting on the ground to enjoy this beautiful creation.) I can’t tell you what it was that made this burger so decadent, but I can promise you, the lack of beer, chairs and indoors, combined with the hour wait in line, was no problem and I would be more than happy to return to BurgerMeister, the one of a kind, public toilet turned best burger in Berlin. Don’t believe me? Go find out for yourself, I know I’ll be going back someday.