Singapore's best burger

Singapore's best burger

The hamburger may be the world's most democratic food, but not all burgers are created equal. This trio represents Singapore's elite

Singapore's best burger -- Recommended: Carl's Jr. Portobello Mushroom Burger

Portobello burger It's not easy to get your mouth around a Carl's Jr. burger.

“It’s big, the sauce oozes out and you end up having to clean your fingers … that’s a real burger experience,” says Eric Teo, Best Eats judge and president of the Singapore Chefs’ Association.

While some may debate that a fast food option should be included in this category, we beg to differ -- Carl’s Jr.'s juicy burgers are as good, if not better, than many gourmet rivals.

“It just leaves you feeling so satisfied,” says Teo on his favorite, the portobello mushroom burger, a combination of charbroiled 100-percent Angus beef patty, topped with portobello mushrooms.

Outlets island-wide, check Carls' Jr. website for all details.

Singapore's best burger -- Recommended: Astons' ieat Super Burger

A burger that fits its moniker, the ieat Super Burger.

The hamburger of hamburgers -- that's what Best Eats judge and food blogger Leslie Tay wanted to achieve when he approached Astons in 2006 to create the ieat Super Burger.

A burger of epic proportions, it features a homemade patty made from freshly chopped sirloin steak, topped with a hodgepodge of melted cheese, bacon, fried egg, onion rings, barbecue sauce, mayonnaise and crisp romaine lettuce.

“It’s tasty, juicy and all about the beef-y taste,” says Tay, who nominated the burger for this category.

And while its consistency has always been a bugbear, at S$12.50, it's one of Singapore's better values in the gourmet-burger category.

Outlets island-wide, visit Astons' website for details.

Singapore's best burger -- Winner: Relish's Ramlee Burger

Ramlee burger Relish's almighty Ramlee burger, a local twist on an American staple.

When chefs decide to dabble in burgers, there seems to be only one adjective they consider: gourmet.

Gourmet burgers are what Singaporean lawyer-turned-chef Willin Low has designed for the menu at his low-key burger bar, Relish.

His goal is simple: give burgers a makeover with premium ingredients and a touch of creativity. The result are selections such as the chunky Wild Rocket Beef Burger or the BBQ Char Siew Pork Open Burger.

Best Eats judge Shermay Lee, from Shermay’s Cooking School, picks the signature Ramlee Burger as her favorite.

A refined version of Malaysia’s hallowed Ramly burger, this version is made up of a homemade beef patty wrapped in a moist omelette and laced with a tangy sweet chili sauce.

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