Last updated February 17th 2023
In the land of milk, honey and hummus, the burger still reigns supreme! Tel Aviv is blessed with many great burger spots, most of which thankfully serve a mean cheeseburger. There is also a great variety of burgers in Tel Aviv, including American, French, Argentinean, German, Kosher and Vegan options!
Special thanks to Jake Pemberton, Merav Kleinmann, Vanessa Perplies, Liat Kisos, Amir Cohen, Sarah Tuttle Singer, Katerina Savina, and Scott David Renwick for helping to write this!
1. Vitrina – The Real American Burger
ALLENBY and KIKAR RABIN | Lilienblum 40 and Ibn Gvirol 36
For this self-titled burger snob, I just gotta say: Vitrina truly does make the best burger in this town.
The meat sandwich tastes like it is cooked by angels and then smothered in just the right amount of fattening and parmesan-y goodness. You can drown your burger in the beet-ketchup and creamy, garlic-mayo, and find yourself living like a local, experiencing “the most satisfying bites of burger you may taste in this burger-wasteland of country.”
Nay fine people of Secret Tel Aviv – there is simply *NO* other burger in Israel worthy of my highest honour of most mind-numbingly delicious burger EVER!
Review from Vanessa Perplies!
2. GDB – The New Burger in Town
KIKAR RABIN | Shlomo Ibn Gabirol 22
George’s Dry-Aged Burger is making a name for itself as the best burger joint in Tel Aviv! With a brioche black “Rabbi Bun”, black garlic topping, perfectly grilled beef, and crispy yet creamy fantastic fries, the 60 shekel combo is well worth it. Brilliantly seasoned, the grilled beef is the star of the show, complimented by toppings like jalapeños and many choices of cheese.
3. Prozdor – The Burger Specialists
FRISHMAN | Mendele Mokher Sfarim 6
A real treat – Prozdor’s burgers are delicious. With 15 burger options to choose from, they split their menu into ‘Hamburgers’ and ‘Hamburgers without Cheese’, as if a hamburger without cheese is not really a burger! The burger comes in a fluffy white bun that absorbs all the juices – yummy! Also, don’t miss their chicken wings… they are also amongst the best in Tel Aviv!
4. Benz Bros – The Best Burger in Florentin
FLORENTIN | HaRav Yizkhak Yedidya Frenkel 4
Check out Florentin’s favourite burger joint! Benz Bros burgers are packed with delicious and fresh meat, marinated red onions, and many nice things to add! Make sure you try their delicious mint aioli – it’s something special. And last but not least, get their sweet potato chips, amazing stuff – especially with the aioli!
5. 26 Hamburger Gourmet – Le French Burger
SOUTH TEL AVIV | Mikve Israel 26
26 Hamburger Gourmet takes the standard American burger, and gives it a gourmet French twist – ooooh lala! Instead of a boring bun, the burger nestles between a soft brioche. Instead of greasy fries, the burger comes with crunchy sweet potato frites. And instead of a tomato on top, enjoy some juicy foie gras. C’est très magnifique! The shop is rather small, but you can chow down on the tables on the street.
6. Fat Cow – The Best Burger in North Tel Aviv
NORTH TEL AVIV | Dizengoff 265
Juicy, smokey, meaty – all words to describe a Fat Cow burger. With gluten-free buns and a Beyond Meat option, within the perfect buns you experience fresh, quality meat cooked to perfection. The menu is to-the-point, but you can deviate with a Sloppy Joe, crunchy curly fries, or a delicious cheesecake for dessert. Read more.
7. America Burgers – The Israeli American Burger
ROTHSCHILD | Allenby 112
These guys opened in Summer 2015 and quickly established themselves as one of the best burgers in Tel Aviv. America Burgers has a simple, no non-sense menu with choices like a meat burger, chicken burger (also great), or vegan burger, coupled with a side of fries, green beans, salad or amazing fried onion, and ice-cream for dessert. We highly recommend this burger spot, it is delicious!
8. Port 19 – Das German Burger
DIZENGOFF | Shlomo HaMelekh 2
This German spot offers a unique yet delicious burger at a fair price. With monthly specials like shrimp, garlic butter, or cheddar burgers, combine your order with excellent coin chips. This funky joint has sriracha on tap to spice up your order, and try their juicy sausages if you want a culture taste!
9. Meat Bar Burger – Best Burger in Sarona
SARONA MARKET | Aluf Kalman Magen 1
Meat Bar Burger is a delicious new burger joint in the Sarona food market. From the owners of the Meat Bar restaurants, excellent burger chefs who are passionate about their creations use the finest beef (hung for three weeks) to create large, juicy burgers.
10. TLBS – The customisable Burger
DIZENGOFF | Dizengoff 125
Talk Clean Eat Dirty! with The Little Burger Shop’s small but interesting menu built by the Merketo butchers chain. The burgers are a mix of fine beef cuts (butchers mix, Short rib, etc.) with toppings to compliment like pineapple, arugula and more. TLBS also has great fries with fun toppings like cheese and lamb bacon. The burger spot serves Beyond Meat burgers as well, along with classic burgers and fries. Read more.
11. Hamosad – Best Burger in Kikar Rabin
KIKAR RABIN | Ibn Gabirol 67
This classy burger spot has all the combinations – a spicy Mexican-style burger, bacon double cheeseburger, a Trump or El Chapo burger (order to find out), or their signature dish a sloppy pulled-meat burger. Along with divine onion rings or fries, the juicy meat between a pair of fluffy buns will satisfy your fast food craving.
12. Holstein – The new Burger
KIKAR RABIN | Ibn Gabirol 67
If you’re looking for a tasty and new burger joint that hits the spot, Holstein Burger is the place to be! The vibrant atmosphere and delicious, juicy burgers make it a perfect hangout spot. They even have a wide selection of vegetarian and vegan options for those who don’t eat meat. So whether you’re looking to indulge in a classic burger or try something new, Holstein Burger has got you covered. On top of that, it’s in one of the nicest and busiest streets off the Shuk. Definitely give it a try!
13. Smash Burger – The Smash Specialist
Central Tel Aviv | Allenby 47
Get ready to smash your hunger at Smashburger, the ultimate hotspot for delicious eats in Tel Aviv! With its mouth-watering menu of juicy hamburgers, crispy chicken dishes, fresh salads, and heavenly desserts, you’ll be in food heaven. And don’t worry about leaving your couch – delivery is available too! The burgers are the star of the show here, made with fresh veggies and served on a buttery brioche bun. But if you’re feeling particularly hungry, there are other dishes to satisfy your appetite, like the crispy chicken wings and Cajun-seasoned potatoes. You’ll never leave hungry!
BEST KOSHER BURGERS
1. Bodega – The Kosher Burger
SARONA | Carlebach 14
Don’t miss Bodega American Kitchen, a chef-driven family-run business pumping out the best classic American smash burgers, as well as signature recipe hot dogs, crispy cornflake chicken, truffle fries, and freshly baked chocolate chip & sea salt cookies. Their (kosher) bacon double cheeseburger has already become an Israeli institution and makes Bodega a must-try Tel Aviv destination. Oh, please get their hand cut & panko battered onion rings (trust us) and wash it all down with Israel’s widest variety of imported American specialty soft drinks.
2. Memphis – The Tennessee Burger
SARONA | Carlebach 20
The American burger of the Middle East! Chef Amir Ilan and butcher George were involved in collaborating with the founder, during which the team tasted, tested, compared, mixed, and grilled different ingredients. Ultimately, a winning patty was created, consisting of a mixture of four pieces of 100% beef. Definitely a premium hamburger joint – some call it the most delicious in the history of the people of Israel… but you be the judge for yourself. Kosher, suitable for those who are sensitive to gluten, oh and don’t miss out on their delicious portobello burger!
BEST VEGAN BURGERS
1. Goodness – The Vegan Burger
DIZENGOFF | King George 41
Goodness is your friendly neighbourhood street-style diner, that just so happens to produce the single most satisfying and mouth-watering vegan burger in the Middle East. With all its vast competition in Tel Aviv alone, Goodness’s very own mushroom burger takes the (plant-based) cake with its enticing rich and earthy flavours. You can make this a cheeseburger, customise or double it to your liking and it already comes with delicious caramelised onion and juicy, heavenly flavours that melt in your mouth.
2. Rainbow – Another great Vegan Burger!
KIKAR RABIN | Shlomo Ibn Gabirol 88
Truly, Rainbow Burger is the perfect pit stop for born-again vegans who loved meat in a past life, and need that feeling of meaty satisfaction in the pit of their belly (minus the actual meat of course). For that, Rainbow Burger has definitely got you covered! One juicy bite of Rainbow Burger and it *almost* had me convinced that this was the real deal. The texture, look and taste are darn near identical to meat. Not to mention, the soy and mushroom burger blend gave me the same warm, fuzzy, happy-tummy feeling I get from eating meat.
This restaurant is also included in the ‘Best Vegan Restaurants in Tel Aviv’ Secret Tel Aviv Guide.
PUBS AND AMERICAN BARS
Porter & Sons – HaArba’a 14 – Porter & Sons has it all: big and good choice of draft beers, good burgers, beautiful design. Read more.
Molly Blooms – Two branches in Tel Aviv: Sarona and Hayarkon – Molly Blooms is the perfect place to sit with friends for happy hour drinks or tasty pub grub. No matter which way you’ll have it (beer, whiskey or cider), Molly Blooms is the ultimate destination for Irish food and drink. Read more.
Mike’s Place – Several locations across TLV – Mike’s Place is a chain of ultimate American sports bars with great food, great beer, and great entertainment. The BIG MIKE is a double stacked bacon cheese burger that only the super hungry can devour! The Mike’s Mega Burgers are ground fresh everyday and are the only true American burger in Israel. Read more.