Eating Hamburgers in Hamburg

The Best Hamburgers in Hamburg

When in Hamburg, eat hamburgers. That’s what I was told. Back in the 19th century, a hamburger was really just steak tartare; raw minced meat. Nowadays it’s evolved into so much more but Germany’s second largest city still gets the credit as the creator of the humble burger.

In Search of Hamburgers

Disclaimer: Not being much of a meat eater, I left the hamburger taste testing to my accomplice so any complaints should be directed at him. At Jim Block I had a chicken burger, which didn’t rate at all compared to the delicious burgers I had in Berlin and at Heimat Küche & Bar I had fish and chips which I’d definitely recommend if burgers aren’t your thing.



Arriving in Hamburg cold and hungry, we headed straight to the nearest restaurant. Bullerei is a very popular restaurant in Hamburg (which you need to reserve in advance) but we were there for the burger which you’ll find in their informal cafe. There is only one burger on the menu and just from a presentation perspective it didn’t look inviting at all. Even though it looked dry and was prepared sloppily it got the thumbs up taste wise which is all that matters really. Offering a burger without sides seems a little stingy but the place has a really nice atmosphere and the staff were friendly. Price: €10.

Hamburg at Bullerei Restaurant in Hamburg Germany

Bullerei Cafe Restaurant in St Pauli Hamburg

Jim Block

Jim Block is like an upmarket version of Mcdonald’s. It’s a fast food restaurant local to Hamburg and very popular for a quick bite to eat. It’s definitely better than your average fast food joint but if you’re only in Hamburg for a city break I wouldn’t waste a meal by eating at Jim Block. They do have a wide range of burgers including chicken and veggie burgers so it’s not too bad for a snack on the run. Price: €4+

Hamburgers in Hamburg

Heimat Küche & Bar

I don’t often eat at hotel restaurants but the burger at Heimat recently made it onto a list of the best hamburgers in Hamburg so we decided to check it out. This was by far the best of the 3 hamburgers tried. It was juicy, flavourful and prepared with care. The chips were the best we had too. The beef used at the 25hours Hotel’s restaurant is sourced from local farms in northern Germany and butchered by a family-run butcher in Hamburg which adds to its appeal. Is it worth the hefty price tag? Apparently yes. Price: €15.

Hamburger at Heimat using German beef.

I did enjoy my fish and chips in Hamburg.

More Hamburgers

If we’d had more time we would have done a little more personal research into the best hamburgers in Hamburg but I’ve heard good things about the following restaurants.

  • The Bird in Hamburg – This hamburger joint in St Pauli gets consistently great reviews as does their sister restaurant in Berlin. The napalm chicken wings look like a goer too. I regret not making a visit to The Bird a priority but I won’t make the same mistake next time.
  • Meatery – For a more upmarket experience, this steakhouse has an excellent reputation and central location near Hamburg’s Town Hall.
  • Old Macdonald – Great reviews on Foursquare but it’s a little out of the city centre.
  • Kleine Pause – Well known burger joint in St Pauli. Worth trying if you’re staying in the area.

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Where to Stay

In Hamburg I was hosted by Superbude Hotel St Pauli and recommend it as a place to stay. Superbude is walking distance to Bullerei, Kleine Pause and The Bird so it’s ideally located if you want to enjoy a hamburger or two in Hamburg.

For a more upmarket hotel experience I recommend the East Hotel but for longer stays you might prefer an apartment for more privacy and a homey feel. This Airbnb apartment has perfect reviews and is in a great location.

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Guide to the Best Hamburgers in Hamburg

About Andrea

Andrea Anastasakis is the founder and author of road trip blog Rear View Mirror. She is currently driving her Fiat 500 around Europe. Follow her travel adventures on Instagram.


  1. Is it wrong that I now want a juicy burger and it’s only 7:00 in the morning?

  2. Wish I’d visited half of these burger places when I went to Hamburg. Am well jealous!

  3. Kleine Pause was my favorite place but admittedly it was also the only burger I got while in Hamburg. I went mostly for the fish :)

  4. Make sure to visit the “Hollywood Canteen” as well… best burger in town 😉

    Greetings from Hamburg

  5. You (well, your accomplice) truly missed out by not going to the Bird. It is the. best. burger. in HH (and probably Germany, and even better than most in America). But that’s because it’s run by an American. No matter the controversial origins of the burger, it’s really an American specialty, not a German one. I have German friends who talk about how most German burgers pale in comparison to American ones. But man, the Bird, so good. Even now, sitting back at home in the US of A, I miss their burgers.

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