You’ve been here for awhile, and although you respect Rome’s culinary traditions, you’re ready to steer off the pasta path for a meal or two and go for a good old- fashioned burger with some fries on the side. Luckily, there are plenty of sublime burger spots found around town.
Touted as US-style dining with Italian quality ingredients, Burbaca is a modern locale whose décor is a nod to the classic American diner. Piedmontese beef is ground on site, placed inside buns made with Burbaca’s own recipe and topped with Italian ingredients such as Calabrian ‘nduja and Puglian stracciatella. Not-to-miss the Lamburger with smoked provola cheese, lamb, anchoviesand puntarelle (Roman speciality).
Via del Porto Fluviale, 5c
Mon-Thurs, 12pm-12.30am; Fri-Sat, 12pm-2am, Sun 12pm-6pm
A cozy, pleasant restaurant. If you’re planning to go on the weekend, book in advance. With dozen hamburger options and a equally delicious selection of fritti and cartocci, Ferrovecchio is for hamburger enthusiasts and foodies alike. This place attracts lots of locals in the neighborhood who are addicted to their fries.
via dei Sabelli 32, San Lorenzo
Open Tues–Sun, 12.30pm–12.30am
They’ve got three locations and a double-decker on their menu served on a soft, fresh sesame bun. There are vegetarian and vegan options if you’re not a meat eater, and the patties are all homemade (and kosher). Lots of topics to choose from with limited drink options. Ideal spot for a quick bite or a leisurely break, as you wish!
Via Cicerone, 58b (Prati)
Via Santa Maria del Pianto, 13 (Jewish Quarter)
Via Catanzaro, 33 (Bologna)
Open Sun–Thurs, 10.30am–11pm; Fri 10.30am–4pm; Sat 5pm–12midnight
Ham Holy Burger
A supporter of the Slow Food Movement, Ham Holy Burger has tons of options on their menu these days. They have three locations, their service is pretty fast (here you order with an Ipad), and it’s a good grab-and-go spot. The prices are a bit steep and you have to pay extra for all sides or substitution. Nevertheless, the service is reliable and the food consistent. Must-try: the Cherryburger.
Via Chiana 58 (06.8840685)
Via Brescia 28 (06.89562976)
Terrazza Termini Station
Open daily, 12.30pm–3pm, 7.30pm–12midnight (8am–11pm at Termini)
This is the “it” burger-bar in Rome, blending a classic American dive bar with delicious gourmet burgers. Philly Cheese steak? Corndogs? It’s not often you hear those words this side of the Atlantic. Safe to say, it’s probably one of the only places you can have mini burgers for aperitivo. They also have homemade cookies and cakes daily as well as an extensive coffee and tea menu. The kitchen is open till 2 am!
Via Dei Reti 40, San Lorenzo
Tue-Sat 6.30pm-2am; Sun 12-5pm; 6.30pm2am
This place should be on all meat lovers’ lists. The quality of meat that can be enjoyed in this restaurant is deliciously high. The classic ground beef patty is served with a mountain of fries and is sure to satisfy lunchtime cravings.
Via Tirso, 30 (Salario)
Open Mon–Fri, 7.30am –3pm, 7pm–2am; Sat–Sun, 12pm–3pm, 7pm–2am
Knick Knack Yoda
Right next to the Vatican, Knick Knack Yoda is a hidden gem. Your experience begins with the sign posted at the entrance “Al Papa”, meaning “ To the Pope.” Once you walk in, it feels like you’ve temporarily left Rome and entered East Berlin. Besides the cool atmosphere they also serve a mean burger. The meat is of excellent quality and it’s served rare unless requested otherwise. They also do DJ sets from time to time.
Piazza del Risorgimento, 11 (Prati)
Open Mon–Wed, Fri and Sat 10am–2am; Thurs 11am–2pm; Sun 6pm–2am
Food, beers, desserts, atmosphere and staff all score pretty high in this vintage-style establishment. Baladin has an extensive list of artisanal beers plus an impressive selection on tap, which we all know by now ain’t easy to come by in Rome. Expect everything here to be homemade, even their sauce. Top honors go to the “Norcino” burger, which comes with crispy bacon, BBQ sauce and a luscious ground beef patty on a lightly toasted sesame bun.
Via degli Specchi 6, Campo de Fiori
Open daily, 12pm–1am
Pianostrada – Laboratorio di Cucina
You’ve never had one of these before. The “Baccaburger” at Pianostrada, consists of a Baccalà patty with a squid ink bun, tomato confit, fiori di zucca, rucola and artisanal mayonnaise. The brainchild of four women passionate about simple and flavorful food, Pianostrada has recently opened a new location near Campo de’ Fiori.
Vicolo del Cedro 26, Trastevere
Tue-Fri 1-4pm;7pm-12am; Sat-Sun 1pm-12am
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This little cozy joint is always busy so if you plan to go on a weekend try and book in advance. They have a nice selection of beers and their burgers always use fresh ingredients and the meat comes from the famous Macellerie Buccioni. Staff is friendly and the fries have to be ordered separately but are definitely worth your money. We haven’t tried the cheesecake but rumor has it, it’s to die for…
Via Crescenzio 52, Prati
Open daily, 12pm–3pm, 7pm–1am
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The Perfect Bun
The Perfect Bun offers a blend of American and Mexican flavors that will remind you of home when you’re craving a good old fashioned burger. Burritos, soft tacos and fried chicken liven up the menu but the burgers are the star. At €12 the Cindy Burger is the cheapest and though they say it’s the “light” option, it’s comes with a pile of crispy fries and is sure to fill you up. Try the thick, crunchy onion rings as a starter.
Largo del Teatro Valle 4, Largo Argentina
Open daily, 12pm–2am
The Hard Rock Cafe
This world-wide chain will satisfy any need you feel to revel in kitschy musical accoutrement, bedazzled walls, on-screen concerts and the sound of English (admit it expats, sometimes you just want to hear the sounds of home!) They also have the best veggie burger that tastes like meat and is topped with a Portabello mushroom and roasted red pepper.
Via Veneto, 62
Open Sun-Thurs 11.30am-12am; Fri & Sat 11.30am-1am