Where to find the best American hamburger in Rome
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 hamburger with some fries on the side. Luckily, there are plenty of sublime burger spots found around town.
A cozy, pleasant restaurant. With a dozen hamburger options and an equally delicious selection of fritti and cartocci, Ferrovecchio is for hamburger enthusiasts and foodies alike. This place attracts many locals in the neighborhood who are addicted to their fries. Enjoy one of their delicious cocktails or craft beers with your meal. If you’re planning to go on the weekend, booking in advance is recommended.
Via dei Sabelli 32 (San Lorenzo)
Open Sun – Thur 12.30pm – 12am, Fri – Sat 12.30pm – 1am
Fonzie is an American burger joint inspired by the 1950’s. It has a fun and informal atmosphere that’s great for anyone, couples, friends and families. Choose from a menu of over 20 different hamburgers, including vegetarian and vegan options if you’re not a meat eater. All the patties are homemade and kosher. Spread out in three locations, you’re sure to find one near you. An 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 Wed-Thurs 12pm-11pm, Fri&Sun 12pm-4pm, Sat 8pm-11pm
Ham Holy Burger
A supporter of the Slow Food Movement, Ham Holy Burger has a ton of options on their menu. They have three locations, including a very convenient one in Rome’s central Termini Station. Their service is pretty fast (you order with an Ipad), making it a great grab-and-go spot. The prices are a bit more expensive as you pay extra for all sides or substitutions. Nevertheless, the service is reliable and the food is a consistent quality.
Via Chiana 58 (06.8840685)
Via Brescia 28 (06.89562976)
Terrazza Termini Station
Open daily 12.30pm–3pm, 7.30pm–12am (8am–11pm at Termini)
This one of the “it” burger-bars in Rome, blending a classic American dive bar with delicious gourmet burgers. Philly Cheese Steak? Corn Dogs? It’s not often you hear these 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 until 2am on Saturdays, perfect for a late night bite to eat!
Via Dei Reti 40 (San Lorenzo)
Tue-Fri 12pm-4pm & 6.30pm-12am, Sat 12pm-4pm & 6.30pm-2am, Sun 6.30pm-12am
Best known for it’s top quality meat, this place should be on all meat lovers’ lists. Apart from their burger selection, there are many other dishes to choose from. Look out for their selection of skewers and daily buffet. At night Kilo turns into a grill where you can choose from the highest quality meats and have them grilled fresh in front of you. Their classic ground beef patty is served with a mountain of fries and is sure to satisfy your 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 excellent quality, served rare unless otherwise requested. 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
06 8765 2224
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 sauces. Try their “Norcino” burger, which comes with crispy bacon, BBQ sauce and a luscious ground beef patty on a lightly toasted sesame bun. Molto buono!
Via degli Specchi 6, Campo de Fiori
Open daily 12pm–2am
Pianostrada – Laboratorio di Cucina
The brainchild of four women passionate about simple and flavorful food, Pianostrada has recently opened a new location near Campo de’ Fiori. At Pianostrada you’ll get to try some unique flavours. Like their “Baccaburger” which consists of a Baccalà (fried codfish) patty with a squid ink bun, tomato confit, fiori di zucca (zucchini flowers), rucola and artisanal mayonnaise. Definitely a place to go for special flavors and the freshest ingredients!
Via delle Zoccolette, 22 (Campo de Fiori)
Open Tue-Sun 1pm-4pm & 7pm-11.30pm
This cozy little joint near the Vatican is often busy, so if you plan to go on a weekend try and book in advance. They have a nice selection of craft beers and their burgers are made with the freshest ingredients. The meat comes from the famous Macellerie Buccioni, so prepare yourself for the best quality! Staff are friendly and the service is good. 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
The Hard Rock Cafe
This world-wide chain is perfect for those looking for a break from the typical Italian food spots. Here you can enjoy a rock ‘n roll atmosphere with 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 a hearty veggie burger topped with portobello mushrooms and roasted red peppers.
Via Veneto, 62
Open Sun-Thurs 11.30am-1am, Fri-Sat 11.30am-2am
Tommi’s Burger Joint
Just a few steps from the Vatican Museums, you’ll find this unique burger joint. Serving classic American burgers, but with an Icelandic influence, it stands out from the rest. Friendly welcoming staff, a warm fun atmosphere, and exceptional burgers all add to the experience. If you’re looking for something a little different, along with great prices for great quality, this is the spot to try. Don’t forget to order an Icelandic milkshake to go with your burger, delicious!
Viale Giulio Cesare, 193 (Vatican)
Open daily 12pm-11pm
06 3973 0902
T-Burger Station & Bar
If you’re looking for a convenient lunch spot right in the historical centre, this is a good option. With an extensive menu to choose from, you’re sure to find something tasty to enjoy. Their burgers come in all sizes, from small to extra-large, with interesting combinations of toppings and fun names like “Soprano” and “Casanova”. Also on the menu are wraps, salads, fried foods, and lots lots more. The cherry on top is having the ancient Pantheon literally right outside!
Via della Palombella, 34 (Pantheon)
Open daily 11am-11pm
06 8881 8420
This tiny little gem is a must-try gourmet burger spot in Rome. Close to the Vatican, it’s the perfect lunch stop after a tour. Even though it’s 100% vegan, the burgers are big, juicy and satisfying, even for meat-lovers! Be sure to try their signature Ceci (chickpea) Burger, it will not disappoint. Choose from a small but delicious selection of sides and sauces. Friendly staff, colorful decor and bubbly messages all over the walls add to the feel-good atmosphere.
Via dei Gracchi, 87 (Prati)
Open Sun-Thurs 12.30pm-3.30pm & 7.30pm-10.30pm, Fri-Sat 12.30pm-3.30pm & 7.30pm-11.30pm
06 4566 6538
Er Mercato Marconi
This must be one of the best takeaway burger spots in Rome. Order online directly from their website or with an app like Just Eat. Made with fresh Piemontese beef, their burger patties have extra flavor. Select from a variety of toppings, or create your unique burger from scratch. Other than burgers, they also have hot dogs, panini (sandwiches), fried foods, desserts and more. But… go for a burger… that’s what they specialize in and they do it well!
Via Cesare Arzelà, 9-11 (Portuense)
Via Nemi, 7 (Tuscolana)
Via Eugenio Giovannetti, 2 (Nomentana)
Open daily 11am-2.30pm & 5.45pm-12am
06 5530 2583