Although it may be bad news for the big multinationals, the burger revolution has finally arrived in Riga and locals now know that a brown piece of cardboard no longer qualifies as a burger. Some Latvians even prefer the middle of their all-beef patty to be pink, if not bloody. To satisfy our readers’ cravings for big juicy burgers we’ve decided to tackle the awesome responsibility of recommending our favourite burger joints. They are (in no particular order):
Street Burgers in Old Riga seems like a logical place to start. It specialises in locally-sourced beef, but also offers a variety of burger fillings from falafel and chicken to lamb. Fries, sauces and craft brews can also be had in a hip, modern atmosphere that feels more like a bar than a burger joint.
RavBurger at the Centrālais food court in the Central Market is a simply mind-blowing experience. Many of their delicious burgers are served on a bun that’s part potato bread and part brioche. We, however, devoured an aged, marbled beef burger smothered in tzatziki, melted cheese, prosciutto and a fried egg served on a toasted English muffin. Did we mention the tater tots covered in cheese whiz?
Charlestons is famous for its barbecued ribs, smoked chicken and grilled steaks, but it also makes a good burger served with a side of sweet potato fries. It’s pulled pork burger topped with coleslaw is also one of the best the city has to offer.
Chef’s Corner is a swanky steak and seafood restaurant in the city centre that serves up some of the city’s best meat, including its signature burger served on a black brioche bun with caramelised onions. The angus beef is served medium rare and is so juicy that the staff offer rubber gloves to keep you from soiling your hands. Bear in mind that it’s also probably Riga’s most expensive burger.
Ziemeļu Enkurs has a reputation for excellent IPAs and pale ales, but not everyone knows that the Northern Anchor has a killer burger that can be enjoyed by a roaring fire in winter or on a second-floor terrace in the summer. A side of chicken wings or fried calamari is also a good idea.
Drama Burger does thick beef, chorizo or veggie burgers on a delicious brioche bun and bottles of Heinz ketchup are provided gratis. Also serves pastrami sandwiches and decent breakfast options like eggs Benedict.
Although Delisnack Riga has a tendency to serve burgers of a flat and slightly overcooked variety, the sheer number of creative burgers on offer (nearly 20) is worth noting, not to mention the fact that its three locations are open nearly all night long.