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Meat, meat, meat. If you’ve read any of my other blog posts, you’ll know that Big Body is a BIG người of meat. Whether it American BBQ, Japanese izakayas, or Vietnamese goat curry, I’m a big fan of a good hunk of beef, lamb, chicken, pork, và most anything else.
One of my go-lớn meals anywhere in the world is a burger, so I spent a healthy portion of my time in Ho Chi Minch City (aka Saigon) searching for the best burger(s). And, I think I found them.
Below is a compiled menu of my definitive sầu best burgers in all of Saigon.
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1. Soul Burger
2. Chuck’s Burgers Saigon
3. Marcel Gourmet Burger
4. Jake’s American BBQ
5. El Gaumang đến
6. So, Did I Find the Best Burger in Saigon?
Picture courtesy of Soul Burger’s Facebook page.
Located right next to the bustling Ben Tkhô giòn Market in District 1, Soul Burger (in my humble opinion) is the G.O.A.T (greakiểm tra of all-time) burger in Saigon – và it isn’t just because it was featured on Secret Eats with Adam Richman (who is one of my favorite food show hosts). Soul Burger is a burger-aficionado’s dream and is creative sầu, high quality, & just downright tasty.
I mean, what can you possibly hate about a burger joint that has a burger named the Blues Brother Smash (beef patty with crumbled blue cheese, bacon, dijonaise, & more) và steak poutine? My go-khổng lồ bộ combo alternates between the Blues Brother Smash burger và onion rings (they also have a truffle fry that is worth ordering as well), & the ever-so-hearty Atomic Smash Burger and steak poutine. Very few burger spots in Asia know how lớn cook a medium rare burger, & I have sầu never been let down by Soul Burger (hopefully I didn’t jinx myself).
Vegetarians can rejoice as well, as Soul Burger offers a deluxe veggie burger, The Jackson 5, consisting of a lentil, walnut and shitake patty, covered in American cheese, onions, pickles, and dijonaise.
So, whether you want a place to pop in for a craft beer & burger after a day of haggling at the Ben Thanh Market, or simply are on the hunt for one of the best burgers in all of Saigon, I cannot recommover Soul Burger enough.
Website, Address, và Details: https://www.facebook.com/soulburgersaigon/
Pro Tip: Soul Burger is a great spot to lớn start off your night before embarking on my self-guided craft beer pub crawl spanning 7 bars! All stops are within a walking distance from Soul Burger! Or, simply head lớn one of Saigon’s many breweries after, which you can read about in my post breaking down the best breweries in Saigon.
Chuck’s Burgers Saigon
Picture courtesy of Chuck’s Burgers Facebook page.
I remember lying in bed after a huge night out on Bui Vien with a buddy – who also happened lớn have passed out on my couch after a long night of funky balloons – calling Chuck’s Burger with such desperation for a burger that it was as if my life depended on it. To this day, if one of Chuck’s classic American burgers did not make its way down my gullet that day, I might not be here writing this. Chuck’s Burger Saigon saved me. And for that, I am thankful.
Chuck’s Burger isn’t the sexiest burger out there by any means, but it is incredibly reliable, flavorful, và won’t leave you hungry. I would almost compare Chuck’s Burgers lớn a Five Guys burger – you are not going to be able to lớn customize how thoroughly you want it cooked, but that’s alright because there is so much flavor khổng lồ begin with.
What’s great about Chuck’s Burgers is that it elicits a sense of nostalgia, & will certainly take you back khổng lồ the days when you and your family would have sầu a night out at the local diner in your small town khổng lồ chow down on burgers, fries, and shakes.
I especially have the Philly cheeseburger lớn thank for my recovery that painful hangover day, topped with mushrooms, onions, bell peppers and more cheese than you can shake a stiông xã at. I’m also a sucker for a good hot dog, which there are no shortage of at Chuck’s. I prefer sticking with the classic dog, topped with just ketchup (and sometimes mustard), however I have also indulged and taken down several of their chili dogs – all of which hit the spot.
Website, Address, & Details: https://chucksburgerjoint.com
Marcel Gourmet Burger
Picture courtesy of Marcel Gourmet Burger’s Facebook page.
Located across from my favorite Mexican restaurant in all of Ho Chi Minh (well, just one of their locations), Gringos Tacos, Marcel Gourmet Burger is a French burger joint specializing in classic burgers with an upscale twist. I know, I know. It sounds a bit hokey, but they are the real deal. Marcel Gourmet Burger takes classic burgers và then spices them up with extremely high quality và unique ingredients.
For example, my all-time favorite burger from Marcel is their Le Smoky – which just so happens to be the 2019 winner of the best burger at the Saigon Burger Festival – boasts Comte cheese (slightly sweet) with tea leaves, grilled onions, shiitake relish, and Bearnaise sauce on a briobịt bun. To be honest I never knew what the difference between bearnaise và hollandaise sauce was until writing this.
I also have to inform you about their “Le Signature” beef burger, which spurred my fascination with Raclette cheese. While you don’t get to lớn use that cheese guillotine lớn “scrape” (that’s what Raclette means) cheese over the top of your burger, you still receive sầu all the benefits of a perfectly melted, gooey cheese blanket. Taông xã on pepper sauce, balsamic caramelized onions, gherkin relish, lettuce & a slice of tomakhổng lồ & you have one mighty fine burger.
Marcel Gourmet Burger does have a killer buttermilk fried chicken sandwich for all your poultry lovers out there (me included) that is the perfect phối of crispy, juicy, and succulent. I even am giving props khổng lồ it as a mayonnaise-hater.
Website, Address, & Details: https://marcelburger.vn
Jake’s American BBQ
Picture courtesy of Jake’s American BBQ’s Facebook page.
I’m always the type of guy who says, “Why would you ever get a burger at a BBQ joint?” Well, it was at Jake’s American BBQ in Saigon that I realized sometimes a man just needs a damn burger & doesn’t care what type of restaurant he is in. As you probably know from my post on best BBQ restaurants in Saigon, the ribs are typically my go-to at Jake’s.
However, one day I stumbled upon a burger so juicy and packed with bacon that I had khổng lồ have sầu a difficult talk with the ribs to let them know that we would have khổng lồ meet next week (some say our relationship still isn’t the same lớn this day). That burger my friends? The Triple B – The Big Bacon Blue – a 6 ounce patty topped with six (count em’) pieces of crispy bacon và melted blue cheese.
The Triple B, which happens to mirror my nickname (Big Body Boris), is packed with flavor và perfectly cooked (you can always trust a BBQ guy to lớn cook meat lớn your liking), melts-in-your-mouth (thanks khổng lồ the blue cheese), & has a delightful crispy contrast balancing everything out. This is a burger of multitudes. Jake’s is also a perfect spot for those looking to play mad scientist & customize their burger – I ultimately think you can’t go wrong with any one of their three specialty burgers (the Triple B and Juicy Lucy especially).
I also must recommover that you skip the fries & instead snag yourself a homestyle BBQ side, such as Jake’s mashed potatoes or macaroni và cheese. Seriously, the macaroni and cheese is the best I’ve sầu ever had, so why not enjoy the best of both worlds by mixing in a BBQ side?
Website, Address, & Details: https://www.jakesamericanbbq.com
Picture courtesy of El Gaucho’s Facebook page.
If you’ve read my Review of El Gauđến on Hai Ba Trung, then it shouldn’t be a surprise that they are on the danh sách for one of the best burgers in all of Saigon. After all, El Gauđến knows meat. El Gauđến is an Argentinian steakhouse chain peppered across Asia, serving up the best steaks I’ve had not only in Asia, but across the globe. Oh, and of course they make a mean burger as well. That’s why we’re here after all.I won’t dive too much into lớn the other three dozen reasons why I love sầu El Gaumang lại (but do know that they give sầu you táo bị cắn pie vodka shots after your meal) and will stiông xã solely to lớn breaking down their burger(s).
I’m a glutton, so it should be no surprise that my favorite El Gaucho burger is their homemade burger with foie gras. One of my best buddies gave sầu me a lot of grief one time because I was remarking how I had eaten too much foie gras the other day. The foie gras is a nice creamy rich contrast lớn a premium cut of juicy beef. It is literally lượt thích having a second patty on your burger – except that patty is a blast of buttery, rich umami.
Pro Tip: I recommend ordering one of the steak sauce sides khổng lồ dip your burger in. My favorites include their blue cheese, wild mushroom, or red wine sauce.
Cost-wise, El Gaumang lại will run you a bit more than the other restaurants, coming right in around VND $800,000 (USD $35) for the foie gras burger, & around VND $500,000 (USD $21) for their standard cheeseburgers. But, I assure you that it is well worth it, and you are paying for premium cuts of beef.
Website, Address, & Details: https://vn.elgaucho.asia
So, Did I Find the Best Burger in Saigon?
I think so. In fact, not only bởi I think I found the best burger in Saigon (for my tastes), I think I found five sầu of the best burgers in all of Saigon (& Asia). Comparing the amount of high unique burgers I’ve sầu eaten in Saigon lớn Hong Kong, which is exponentially bigger, Saigon easily edges out Hong Kong và most other cities I’ve lived in!
And, each burger place is perfect for a variety of moods. Whether you are looking for a hole in the wall burger joint slanging old-fashioned diner-style burgers, an award winning burger adding a unique twist to lớn classic favorites, or indulgent premium patty (or two) at one of Asia’s best steakhouses, Saigon has you covered.
I’d love lớn hear your favorite burger joints in Saigon in the comments, or feel không tính phí to reach out khổng lồ me by email over at info
tui-giay.com. I know I can’t wait khổng lồ get baông xã lớn Ho Chi Minh City once things open up, as I know I will be posting up there for another year-long stint (at some point).
P..S. Once you’ve sầu gotten your fill at any of the above burger joints, I definitely recommend checking out one of my Saigon’s countless rooftop bars. Read more about them by reading my blog post breaking down 9 of the best rooftop bars in Saigon.