Burgers are popular but there are few winners

With great many varieties of burgers on offer in Shanghai, which one is your favorite? We picked the classic and the most popular one — beef burger — to vote the winner.


With great many varieties of burgers on offer in Shanghai, which one is your favorite? This time, Sophie Wang has selected five popular burger restaurants in Shanghai, and made a detailed comparison. Whose burger will be the best? Shanghai Daily picked the classic and the most popular one — beef burger — to vote the winner. 

Hamburgers from five popular burger restaurants in Shanghai

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Tools: An electronic scale, two knives and a chopping board

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First, weigh each burger to get its net weight.

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Second, put each part of the burger on the chopping board and count.

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Third, weigh the beef.

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Last but not least, eat the burger and judge the taste!

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Fanier

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Fanier has wide choices of burgers, pastas and brunches. It’s a pleasant and casual American food joint that has gained popularity in Shanghai. There are many burgers to choose from besides quesadillas, pastas and pancakes.

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Name of the burger: The Fantastic

Price: 60 yuan (US$8.9)

Taste: The Fantastic, which is their specialty, is worth trying. The bread is soft, while the beef inside is juicy and tender. With BBQ sauce, mayonnaise and cheese, the taste of the burger is rich. It is stuffed with different kinds of fresh vegetables inside.

Rates: ★★★★

Hooters

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The menu of this American restaurant includes hamburgers, sandwiches, steaks and seafood entrees. An interesting thing is that you can make your own burger with several kinds of materials. There are three kinds of meat, four kinds of cheese and numerous extras.

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Name of the burger: Western BBQ Burger

Price: 78 yuan (with French fries)

Taste: This burger is full of BBQ sauce and Cheddar cheese, which makes it sweet and spicy. The fried onion rings inside are really a highlight. However, while the bacon has a strong flavor, the beef is tasteless in comparison. It is a little tough, and you can feel the tendon inside.

Rates: ★★★

Blue Frog

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The Blue Frog pub & restaurant has been around in Shanghai for over 10 years and serves burgers, pastas, salads and sandwiches.

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Name of the burger: The Blue Frog

Price: 78 yuan (with French fries)

Taste: The burgers here are smaller than others, and the taste is nothing to write home about. The beef is a little raw, while vegetables inside are dry.

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Bistro Burger

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This is one of the highly recommended burger restaurants in Shanghai and also offers a range of craft beers and spiked milkshakes among others. You can choose one or two of your preferred homemade dressing or salsa to go with your burgers for free. Meantime, you can also make your own unique burger toppings for extra 5 yuan to satisfy your cravings.

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Name of the burger: Original Bistro Burger

Price: 70 yuan (with French fries or salad)

Taste: With caramelized onion inside, the burger has a sweet flavor. However, the overall taste is dry. The tough and crispy bread is surprisingly good, while the beef is soft.

Rates: ★★

KABB Bistro Bar

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This American restaurant and bar is a popular joint for afterwork drinks. It has a vast selection of burgers, pastas and salads. Brunches like smoked salmon Benedict and spinach & cheese Frittata are popular among customers.

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Name of the burger: Classic Beef Burger

Price: 100 yuan (with French fries or salad)

Taste: The burger here uses 100 percent imported beef and fresh mixed green vegetables. However, though the beef is thick, it can be unpalatable. Since the sauce is not rich, the overall taste is also dry.

Rates: ★★



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