(SPOT.ph) Very few things bring as much comfort as a perfectly grilled, juicy burger. Add in cheese and crisp veggies between two soft buns and you’ve got yourself a winner. If you find yourself craving burgers while in big, bustling Quezon City, you’re in luck—the city has plenty of options, some of which you can only find here.
Here are 10 great places for burgers in Quezon City:
It took several tries but Sweet Ecstasy is back in Quezon City (Fun fact: Before their Jupiter branch, there was the Cubao X branch, where they were first fondly called Sweet X by regulars). Their Cheeseburger, a picture-perfect rendition with a juicy beef patty blanketed with melted cheese, crisp lettuce, and onions between two pillow-soft buns, is currently our choice for Metro Manila’s best burger. It's a spot previously occupied...by Sweet X, too (their off-menu Steamed Cheeseburger, to be exact), so you know they only offer the best stuff.
Sweet Ecstasy is at Scout Tobias corner Scout Gandia Street, Laging Handa, Quezon City.
Charlie’s Grind and Grill
From a small burger shop adjacent to a car wash, Charlie’s Grind and Grill now has several branches around Metro Manila, including Quezon City. They offer two kinds of patties—Wagyu and Black Angus—which only differ in fat content, but either will still get you excellently grilled, juicy burgers. We think the secret is in their house-made sauces. Not sure with what to order? You can’t go wrong with the classic Black Angus Cheese Burger (P250).
Charlie’s Grind and Grill is at 26 Courtyard Building, Sergeant Esguerra Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City.
Pound by Todd English
Dining at any of Pound’s three Quezon-City branches feels like being transported back to the '20s with its brick interiors, copper accents, and brass utensils. The burgers are just as classy, too: If you’re in a treat-yourself mood, go for the Pound Foie Gras Burger (P700), which comes with a 50-gram seared foie gras for an extra layer of sinful, fatty flavor. But you’ll also be more than satisfied by their signature Backyard Cheeseburger (P280), a classic cheeseburger that has every element—juicy beef patty, cheddar cheese, crisp lettuce, tomato, and brioche buns—in perfect form. You can even get the burger with double patties (P380).
Pound has branches at G/F Ayala Malls Vertis North, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City; 2/F Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City; and UG/F Main Building, SM City North EDSA, Bago Bantay, Quezon City.
Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse
Once a neighborhood smokehouse from Marikina, Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse has since moved to UP Town Center. They’re best known for their ribs, but their burgers are worth a shot, too, especially if you have a voracious appetite. You’ll need a lot of space for their hefty burgers, like their signature Daddy’s Burger (P350) with two quarter-pound beef patties, bacon strips, and crisp veggies, dressed to smoky perfection with chipotle mayo and barbecue sauce. Meanwhile, The Triple Death Burger (P440), with two quarter-pound beef patties and sweet-smoky pulled pork, lives up to its name—if this is indeed how we go, we honestly wouldn’t mind.
Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse is at G/F Phase 1, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.
POPS Beyond Better Burgers
A gas station is probably the last place you’ll think to go to for a great burger, but that’s sure to change after a visit to POPS Beyond Better Burgers, which is hidden inside a gas station along Katipunan Avenue. The burger joint makes great use of their limited space by filling it with pastel decor and posters with classic pop-culture references. Their burgers are great renditions of a classic, too: The Moo Melt (P199), a classic cheeseburger with cheese melted on top of an Angus beef patty, is an easy crowd-favorite. Pair your burger with a Whooper’s Malt Milkshake (P99) for the full American-diner experience.
POPS Beyond Better Burgers is at G/F Petron Gas Station, Katipunan Avenue corner Mangyan Road, Quezon City.
For, ahem, out-of-the-box burgers, head to Burger Box in Banawe. Their three signature burgers have burger fillings as fun as their names. The After-Gym Hawaiian (P220) has two grilled slices of pineapple for bursts of sweet-tangy flavor with every bite while Hey, Mario (P220) is packed with umami thanks to a blend of mozzarella, Parmesan, and American cheese plus pan-fried tomatoes. Meanwhile, You Had Me at Bacon (P220) comes with a strip of bacon and candied bacon bits, complemented by honey mustard and BBQ sauce.
Burger Box is at 2/F BLC Building, 578 Banawe Street, Santo Domingo, Banawe, Quezon City.
This gorgeous garden-inspired café on Mother Ignacia Avenue not only offers meticulously brewed third-wave coffee and a reliable WiFi connection, but they also serve up a pretty amazing signature burger. The Kandle Burger (P325) is full of pleasant surprises—from the cheesy tomato center of their hefty beef patty to their egg-in-a-basket brioche bun.
Kandle Café is at 113 Mother Ignacia Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City.
Big Boy’s Diner
Whether you’re a fan of Riverdale or just can’t get enough of neon, you’ll fall in love with the aesthetics of Big Boy’s Diner. From the linoleum floor to the vinyl booths, they’ve got the look of a classic '50s diner down to a tee. Of course, what is an American diner without a signature burger? The Big Boy’s Burger (P200) is a heavyweight with a one-fourth pound beef patty plus cheese, caramelized onions, bacon, lettuce, and tomato. Cheese lovers should check out the 4-Cheese Burger (P180), with a rich and gooey blend of mozzarella, cheddar, American cheese, and Monterey Jack.
Big Boy’s Diner is at 128 Sto. Domingo Avenue corner Sta. Catalina Street, Siena, Banawe, Quezon City.
The Snack Shack
This stall inside UP Diliman has earned quite the legendary status with burgers that have managed to stand the test of time and inflation. Don’t let their humble appearance fool you—they grill some of the best burgers you can find this side of the Metro. Get a Grilled Bacon Cheezeburger (P130), with a smoky, juicy beef patty that’s made even better by salty bacon.
The Snack Shack has branches at J.P. Laurel, UP Diliman Area 2, Diliman, Quezon City and 109 V. Luna Extension, Barangay Sikatuna, Quezon City.
The Fat Seed Café + Roastery
This all-around comfort-food restaurant is known for adding their own twist to classics, and that includes their signature burger. The Fat Seed Burger (P395) is an eye-catching sandwich, thanks to the black brioche buns. But it’s not all looks—the thick, beef burger patties are doused in a secret homemade umami sauce.
The Fat Seed Café + Roastery is at G/F Phase 2, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.