While there's nothing wrong with a Steers burger or a Burger King whopper every now and then, if you want a sit-down meal or a burger venue with a bit of atmosphere try one of these places.
Two Americans missed the taste of home so much that they decided to open a burger joint, BGR, which now has a home in Rosebank's sexy new art hotspot Keyes Art Mile. Burgers come in three varieties - Cheeseburger, Hamburger or the lettuce-wrapped "Cardio" version. Ground beef patties using the best meat with no basting, super fresh buns and basic toppings is the simple formula which has made this fast-food-style joint such a hit. Average burger price: R60 On the side: fries, ketchup, and a soft drink - what else do you need? This one's for the purists. Where to find it: Rosebank Best for: Dropping by for a quick and satisfying meal on your lunch break.
Pink, sparkly and staffed by muscular topless men, Beefcakes is almost more popular with gangs of horny 'ladies' in glittery cowboy hats than it is with the gay men it was originally intended for. The name is a word play on the restaurant menu which quips: “Best Buns in town and the Burgers aren't bad either." The Beefcakes stage sees action every night with fun drag shows and camp cabaret starting at 20.30. It's wise to book a table in advance. Average burger price: R90 On the side: saucy drag queens and hot, muscular topless men in tight pants. Where to find it: Illovo Best for: A camp night out with friends
Featuring a Wednesday night ‘Rock’ menu created by some of the biggest local music acts (with co-owners Ari Shapiro and Lori Baar ensuring the burger options are more easy listening than clashing heavy metal) Dukes’s offers plenty of choice and unusual combinations. Vegetarians are made to feel at home with five different options to choose from. A busy bar area leads onto the street and there's also a sheltered courtyard out back. Average price: R90 On the side: Sweet potato wedges, fries or for those who are trying to make this into a healthy meal, you can also order a salad. Where to find it: Greenside Best for: An ideal starting point for a night of cocktail bar-hopping with friends on Greenside's Gleneagles Road.
Build your own 'smashburger' by ticking off your toppings from the long list and hand it over. Rocomamas is a sit-down fast-food joint, with a lively atmosphere boosted by colourful decor and classic rock playing solidly in the background. Service is swift and teenagers will relish the opportunity to order a burger piled high with unusual toppings like saffron chilli chutney, brinjal pickle, guacamole and blue cheese sauce. Average price: R50 On the side: A bowl of shoestring fries plus craft beers for the grown-ups, and shakes for the kids. The hot sauce is only for the bravest chilli eaters. Where to find it: has numerous locations across Joburg including in Rosebank, Melrose Arch, Craighall Park, Randburg, Cresta, Fourways and Rivonia. Best for: A quick and easy crowd-pleasing lunch or dinner with the kids in tow.