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Top five affordable burgers in Singapore

These five burger joints are easy on both your stomach and your wallet.

Jeremy Na
Jeremy Na

Just like that Khalid song, Young, dumb and broke. Ok maybe not dumb but definitely the other two.


Published: 3 December 2020, 11:10 AM

I’m a major fan of burgers and I probably have spent an unhealthy amount of time and money at fast-food joints like McDonald’s and Burger King. 

After all, there’s not much more satisfying than chowing down on a Double McSpicy or a Whopper on an empty stomach.

But as much as I enjoy them, I sometimes feel like it doesn’t quite fill the burger-shaped hole in my heart… or stomach. Perhaps it’s because I’ve simply grown tired of eating three McDoubles every week.

So I decided to venture out across Singapore to find the top five affordable burgers in the country. There might be better tasting burger joints out there, but you’d have a hard time finding some with better value for money than these.

1. Ordinary Burgers

Don’t be fooled by its name, because the ordinary burgers they make actually taste extraordinary. 

Take their Buttermilk Chicken burger as an example. If you liked the McDonald’s Buttermilk Crispy Chicken burger, then you’ll love this one.

 

The Buttermilk Chicken burger possesses a phenomenal crunch. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/JEREMY NA

 

In between two lightly toasted buns sits a thick cut of crispy chicken slathered in a peppery buttermilk sauce. The combination of the crispy batter and the thick, tender cut make for a super shiok bite. 

While the creamy buttermilk sauce provides a peppery kick, the lettuce serves to offset the richness of the burger and makes for a great overall experience.

For only $5.90, this is a must cop for anyone craving a chicken burger.

For the vegetarians out there, you can also choose to sink your teeth into Ordinary Burger’s Portobello Mushroom burger.

 

 

The Portobello Mushroom Burger is good for vegetarians and mushroom lovers alike. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/JEREMY NA

 

Paired with a generous serving of lettuce, the burger boasts a singular juicy portobello mushroom coated in cheese and sauces. Lightly peppered, it also contains onions which provide the necessary sweetness to help balance out the mildly sour mushroom.

You can grab one for yourself at the low price of $7.50

While I felt that they were not particularly filling, its low price point along with its high quality more than made up for it overall.

You can find Ordinary Burgers here.

2. Burgs by Project Warung

Tucked away in a corner of Timbre+ sits a humble food stand named Burgs by Project Warung. 

While the stall looks small, their burgers definitely pack a punch and are a must try for anyone in the vicinity. 

It’s also Halal-certified, making it a perfect choice for our Muslim friends.

I highly recommend their Pulled Beef Brisket Burger. While it’s a mouthful to pronounce, it perfectly encapsulates what taking a bite out of this burger is like – a mouthful.

 

The large amount of meat coupled with the generous amount of sauce make it a little messy to eat. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/JEREMY NA

 

Sweet and slightly spicy, this burger is dangerously addictive and I found myself always wanting to go in for another bite. Strangely enough, despite containing only brisket and lettuce, it isn’t as jelak as you would think and I had no problem finishing the burger even without a drink.

I feel that Burgs by Warung has got the secret to a simple delicious burger down to a tee. At $10 for a double portion of meat and fries, it’s definitely a steal.

For those who can’t take beef, don’t worry! Burgs by Warung recommends the Herb Grilled Chicken Burger at $9.50 so feel free to grab that instead.

You can find Burgs by Warung at these locations.

3. Pink Fish

It’s not everyday that you hear about a fast-food joint revolving solely around salmon but that’s exactly what Pink Fish is. A fast-food chain imported over from Norway, they opened their first outlet in Jewel in 2019.

While the joint focuses mainly on salmon, there are a few that stand out. One example is its Nordic Shrimp Mentaiko Bun.

 

Sweet, juicy shrimp make up the majority of this burger. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/JEREMY NA

 

If you love shrimp, then this is perfect for you. Coated in rich mentaiko sauce before being topped with roe, the shrimps in this burger are plump and sweet. One thing that really impressed me about this burger was the amount of shrimp provided. 

Oftentimes, shrimp burgers usually end up being three of four measly shrimps hidden within a patty (looking at you, McDonald’s). 

However in this case, my burger had a minimum of 15 shrimps for the surprisingly low price of $10.90.

For a more detailed review on Pink Fish’s other dishes, click here to find out more!

You can find Pink Fish at 78 Airport Blvd, B1-261, Singapore 819666.

4. Wolf Burgers

If you’re in the City Hall area and you suddenly feel the urge to wolf down a couple of burgers, then head down to Wolf Burgers at Funan for a treat!

My personal go-to haunt for gourmet burgers, they serve premium burgers at an admittedly premium price as well. After numerous visits, my favourite remains the Wagyu Beef Burger. 

 

The burger seems unassuming but its ingredients help bring out its punchy flavour profile. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/JEREMY NA

 

While one would assume the best part of this burger would be its Wagyu beef, I would argue that the sauteed onions are the real star of the show here. Slow-cooked until extremely tender, the resulting caramelisation really brings out the sweetness needed to offset the intense savoury flavours from the cheese and the beef.

Unfortunately, the cheese sometimes seems to be lacking in quantity and the beef can be a little dry. 

The Wagyu Beef Burger sits at $14.90 and is deceptively filling as the burger itself doesn’t look too big.

You can find Wolf Burgers here.

5. Two Blur Guys

Want to flex on Instagram about gourmet burgers but don’t really want to burn a hole through your wallet? Give Two Blur Guys (TBG) a try.

Located at Jalan Besar, it’s easy to miss due to its inconspicuous nature. Missing this would be a shame though, as it’s home to some amazing burgers.

 

The TBG’s Signature Burger is a serious contender for the best burger I’ve ever eaten. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/JEREMY NA

 

The setup is classic. Beef patty, tomatoes and cheese. But the quality of ingredients is what elevates this burger to the next level. Prime beef, gruyere cheese and toppings of sweet relish in between two toasted buns are what makes it unique. 

While many fast-food restaurants often have burgers that harbour a strong beefy taste, the TBG’s Signature Burger tastes clean and unmarred. 

The patty is juicy, tender and melts in your mouth. The melted gruyere cheese and sweet relish combine to add bursts of umami and sweetness which keep the burger from getting too jelak.

My only gripe is the price point which sits at a relatively steep $19.80, compared to the other options on this list. It’s a bit of a splurge but if you’re willing to spend it, it’s definitely worth it.

You can find Two Blur Guys at 387 Jln Besar, Singapore 209002.

My final verdict? If you’re going for taste, Two Blur Guys is the clear winner on this list. 

As for which joint provides the most value for money, I would definitely recommend Ordinary Burger’s Buttermilk Chicken burger.

Of course with that said, it’s still tough to beat a McSpicy on a rainy day.


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