Have a hankering for devilishly good burgers in Singapore? You know, the type of craving that a trip to a great Singapore family-friendly restaurant just won’t fix? The kind of hunger that demands a dedicated burger menu? Eat healthy the rest of the week and squeeze in a workout, because it’s time to indulge in some of the finest examples of American fast food cuisine to be had island-wide. We’re talking proper, top-notch patties – from beef and chicken, to pulled pork, tempura fish and portobello mushroom nestled inside soft buns alongside delish toppings. Bonus points for chunky fries. Not all burger joints are created equal, and we need only bother with restos that welcome kiddos with open arms, no? We’re yet to meet a burger we don’t like, and if you stick to our tried and tested list of knockout burger joints, you won’t either…
Fatboys The Burger Bar
Fatboys has cemented its place in this writer’s family go-to-list of family restos, and our teen reporters rated Fatboys as their favourite too! The hits just keep on coming at this ‘ole American diner with staples like the royale with cheese (at a super affordable $12) and more off-the-wall offerings like Pizza the Hut. Our kids loved the chicken mac and cheese (and, okay, so did we). We favour the Holland Village branch as the street is closed to traffic from 6pm every night so the kids are safe to have a little wander. And if you’re hosting a shindig you can also take home a tray of 28 ‘lil’ basterds’ – mini-burgers just perfect for smaller burger connoisseurs.
29 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277689; www.fatboys.sg
We’d be lying if we said we didn’t feel every inch the cool parent for knowing about the new Singapore branch of Burger Joint New York. Tucked away in a little doorway on Gemmill Lane, as you enter through the maroon velvet curtain it’s like you’re being let in on a little secret. And let us tell you, you ARE! You’d be forgiven for thinking given it’s location it would be the reserve of the hip inner-city work crowd. No, no, my friend. Decked out in comfy booths, cardboard sign-boards and rows upon rows of ketchup and pickles, it’s every kid’s dream hangout. And the best bit (aside from the burgers, which are sensational, by the way) is that kids are positively encouraged to doodle with sharpies on the wooden walls! It doesn’t get much more family-friendly than that (highchairs too- hurrah!). Psst: All through September on weekends (11am – 4pm) score a burger, fries and a drink for just $20. We’d probably head there on a weekend anyway when the foot traffic is lower and you’re more likely to grab a seat. It’s popular!
#03-01, 115 Amoy Street. Enter through the back door on Gemmill Lane; www.burgerjointny.com/singapore
The Josper-grilled burger menu at Roadhouse is so awesomely sinful that you owe it to yourself to indulge. The signature Fabulous Foie Gras wagyu beef burger with mango salsa, balsamic-reduced shallots, rocket and garlic mayo is pretty fancy. And we’re happy to report you can craft your own burger from a mouth-watering list of ingredients. We like that the devilish kids’ menu isn’t just the standard fare you’d expect from a burger joint, but offers healthy options for dessert such as berries and honey yoghurt (to offset those fries). For a special treat go for the aptly named ‘I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream’ deconstructed ice cream sundae. It kept our crew’s little hands and mouths busy for a good half hour. Bliss. The kids’ menu is great value at just $12 for a main, dessert and drink (Jazzy Juice or Moo Moo Milkshake!)
13 Dempsey Road #01-07, Singapore 249674; www.theprivegroup.com.sg
Huber’s Bistro is super casual, designed as an add-on to their ginormous two-storey butchery. Sit inside to keep cool or snag a seat within view of the gated soft-fall playground. It’s such a hit with the kid squad that you’ll probably be nipping in and out a bit, but because it’s such a lovely leafy spot you won’t mind. As you can imagine, the burger patties are fresh, fresh, fresh. Our pick is the beef burger with decadent bacon and gruyere. Before you leave, don’t forget to stock up inside, and you’ll be sorted for dinner for the next week or so!
22 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249679; www.hubers.com.sg
Oxwell & Co
We’ve been known to herald in le weekend with a Friday night drink and nibble at the gastro-pub with the mostest, Oxwell & Co, and the chefs have shared some amazing salad recipes for us to whip up at home too. Until now we’ve treated it as more of a parent’s guilty pleasure than a family-friendly destination. Well, do we have news for you…Chef Nick Scorpion, being the clever fellow that he is, has designed an all-new kids’ menu ($20), which will mean you can still chillax with delectable burgers and beers while your kids scoff junior beef burgers (or meatballs or fish and chips if that appeals). You’ll squeeze in a nightcap as they doodle away on their menus and inhale their ice cream dessert. And for those of you with older kids, head to Oxwell & Co on a Friday or Saturday evening, and nab an alfresco table on the street for a Parisian vibe (road closed to traffic from 7pm).
5 Ann Siang Road, Chinatown, Singapore 069688; www.oxwellandco.com
Brewerkz has a killer burger menu featuring hearty options like the King Brew – with not one, but two juicy beef patties with cheese, bacon, sautéed mushroom and beer chilli! Or if something a little different floats your boat go for the salmon caper burger with, you guessed it, smoked Norwegian salmon, herbed cream cheese, capers, arugula and onion served on a charcoal bun. The kids can join in burger fest with a mini-cheese burger, or go off-piste with a hot dog or fish ‘n chips. Don’t worry, drink and dessert included for the little chickens too for just $14. We frequent the Riverside Point and Singapore Indoor Stadium branches as both have ample space for kids to stretch their legs.
Brewerkz, 30 Merchant Road #01-05/06 Riverside Point, Singapore 058282, or 2 Stadium Walk #01-06/07 Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore 397691; www.brewerkz.com
Potato Head Folk
If, like us, you usually head straight to the rooftop bar, you probably didn’t know that Potato Head has an amazing family friendly space on its second floor. Three Buns burger shop is where it’s AT people. For the kids: fun little burgers on legs, brightly coloured bunting and high chairs. For you: some of the tastiest (and most sophisticated) burgers to be found in the Lion City (wagyu beef patty with pan-seared foie gras, confit onion jam, black truffle, and four artisan cheese anyone?). Not only is the Dizzy Rascal kids’ burger and milkshake combo a winner, the kids’ Vanilla Guerilla dessert burger workshops held each month are not to be missed. The kids get busy making treats while you chill out. Big thumbs up!
36 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089143; www.pttheadfolk.com
Relish by Wild Rocket
A pioneer on the Singapore burger scene, Relish has been plating up awesome specimens of American comfort food for over 10 years. They had us at the beef burger with blue cheese, poached pear and walnuts (although the paper-thin omelette wrapped ramlee burger has garnered quite a local following). When your hunger is sated, pop across the road to the Botanical Gardens for a scoot and frolic with the rug rats. The boutiques in Cluny Court are worth a little browse too – Twelve by Elly is the biz for cute kids’ apparel.
#02-01 Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760; Relish by Wild Rocket
If satisfied kiddie customers are what you’re after, then chow down at Orchard Road institution OverEasy. Just quietly, the adults will be pretty happy too. Think melt-in-your-mouth juicy wagyu patties served on super soft brioche buns. Delish. We tucked in to the to die for, which, owing to the melty cheese and the more-ish top-secret sauce, does live up to its name. Oh, and let’s not forget the delectable truffle fries! The kids went mental for the killer milkshakes, and we all enjoyed a window shop down Orchard Road post-feast. Perfect.
#01-06, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213; www.overeasy.com.sg
We’ve got to give it to Chili’s for nailing the ultimate American-style diner experience. From the fun padded booths, to the bottomless drinks and colouring sheets for kids, it’s hard not to have a wow of a time here with your family. And the multiple screens showing sport for dad and movies for kids mean everyone is happy! The menu is bang on, with the sweet and smoky burger tickling our fancy with its spiced panko onion rings and mango-infused smoky BBQ sauce & Chili’s signature sauce. Need we say more? Oh, we’d best mention that the kids’ meal comes with generous scoop of vanilla-bean ice cream. Perfect ending if you asked our junior reporters…
Tanglin Mall, Resorts World Sentosa and Clarke Quay Central; www.chilis.sg
The Chop House
The Chop House has a small but delish selection of burgers. Think Aussie beef or free range Australian chicken patty topped with melted cheddar and applewood smoked bacon. Mmm! Save the cosy i12 Katong branch for when you’re out with the teen and the Vivo branch for when you’re taking the kids to the rooftop free water play area. The outdoor area in Vivo opens up to a gorgeous view of the waterfront, perfect for keeping the kids occupied until the food comes. Good news for eco-friendly parents, The Chop House is doing away with plastic straws so bring your own or use the biodegradable ones.
112 East Coast Road, #01-13 I12 Katong, Singapore 428802, and 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-161-162 VivoCity, Singapore 098585; the-chop-house.com
Located in kiddie haven Turf City, Omakase Burger is the perfect post-rugby or gymnastics re-fuelling station. And boy do they know how to churn out a tasty burger. The ultimate cheeseburger with the works packs a punch with hand-ground beef patty, toasted artisanal bun, melted American cheese, and topped with bacon, grilled onions and mushrooms. Run off your burger coma at the outdoor playground (near Marsden swimming school) or stock up on goodies at PasarBella next door.
#01-05 The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, Bukit Timah, Singapore 287994; www.omakaseburger.com
Hard Rock Cafe
For years we’ve been frequenting this kid-friendly American joint and we admit, we come for the hot fresh helpings of nachos and stay for the burgers. While the kids get creative with colouring sheets, free balloons and kids activities on Saturdays from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, you’ll get to dig into some legendary burgers and equally legendary rock and roll. Oh and did we mention kids eat free on weekends?
Hard Rock Cafe, 50 Cuscaden Road #02-01 HPL House, Singapore 249724, and Resorts World Sentosa, #01-209 to 214 The Forum, 26 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269; www.hardrock.com/cafes/singapore
We’re huge fans of this fast food joint and how its burger sizes are anything but junior-sized. If you’re feeling ravenous after a shopping trip with the kiddos, pop over to Carls Jr for burgers stacked high with patties, cheese and fresh veg. Grab some skin-on natural-cut fries, hand-breaded onion rings or crisscut fries (waffle fries!) for the little ones to munch on and you’ve got yourself a fuss-free lunch. Extra bonus: drinks are free flow! A word of warning, the queues get a little long but it’s definitely worth the wait.
Branches at Marina Square, Vivocity and SingPost Centre; www.carlsjr.com.sg
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