I am a huge burger fan and this cold weather makes it absolutely perfect to sink your teeth into a juicy burger. Here are some burgers to try out in Durban this winter.
Republik has an expressive range of burgers, ranging from basic burgers with your choice of toppings and you can even get an ostrich, lamb and venison patty. Their signature dishes include a lamb burger for R120, the patty is done in harrisa paste served with hummus, olive tapenade, baba ganoush and tzatziki. Their Republik burger is topped with potato rosti, balsamic reduction and rocket is a must-eat.
The glorious beach setting at Surf Riders Food Shack is complemented by an amazing array of burgers made using free-range, hormone-free and grass-fed beef. It starts with a basic version for R50 and moves on to bacon and cheese for R60. Their habanero topped with guacamole, pineapple salsa and a spicy sauce is mouth-watering and the camembert crunch combines cheese with deep-fried onions and a berry coulis. The vegetarian Shroom burger has a large brown mushroom as a patty substitute and the Chicken Deluxe is done with a lemon and garlic sauce and served with rocket and homemade mayo. Fries (ordered and charged separately) are finger-licking good and those smothered in a cheese sauce are understandably labelled on the menu as addictive.
Freedom Café has burgers on a brioche bun accompanied by hand cut fries, this burger is simple, with a barbeque basting and comes topped with caramelised onions. They also have a falafel version, with a chickpea patty, seasoned with lemon, parsley, coriander and a hint of chili.
The Press Club has a single burger on their regular menu and it comes topped with bacon, avo and melted cheese. On Monday’s they mix things up on ‘Build-a-Burger Mondays’. Customers get the basic toppings of tomato, lettuce, onions and mayo. They then get to choose the type of buns and patties they want. Wine, beer or a cold drink is included for R60.
Unity Brasserie and Bar has an extensive selection of burgers to suit all budgets. For R69 you’ll get a standard burger with lettuce, tomato, mayo and pickles. Unity has a unique selection of toppings ranging from sour cream, guacamole, jalapenos and tomato salsa. Vegetarians can find happiness in the veg option of chickpea and feta patty with avo, tomato relish and rocket.