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8 Great Places to Get a Burger in Prague

Published on September 10th, 2016 in Dining & Drinking

  • Enjoy burgers from a vintage food truck in Prague (Photo: Crush Street Food / Facebook)

  • An American roadhouse in Prague (Photo: Bejzment / Facebook)

  • On the grill at Prague burger festival (Photo: Burgerfest / Facebook)

  • A selection of gourmet burgers at Burgerfest (Photo: Bejzment / Facebook)

I once heard someone say that wherever they travel they like to sample that country’s version of the burger as some sort of indicator of local taste preference. I would say that those served here in Prague indicate a taste for towering burgers served on glossy brioche buns that occasionally come with oddball toppings (cucumber, anyone?).


Czech burgers tend to be very big and unwieldy and nearly impossible to eat with your hands so it should come as no surprise that people here tend to eat them with a fork.


Most restaurants in Prague that bill themselves as burger joints are anything but casual. Not only are reservations necessary but you are often given a time slot of about an hour in which to eat, which is highly unusual as at most local restaurants if you a book a table it is yours for the night.


Despite these quirks there are some great hamburgers to be found in the Czech capital, and it must be said that nothing pairs with a good burger quite like a Czech beer.  Here are my Prague burger picks:

 


Dish Fine Burger Bistro


Among the pioneering Prague burger joints, this minimalist space just above the
National Museum is famed for its Smoky Dish, a satisfying cheeseburger with bacon, homemade ketchup, fried onions, and bbq sauce.

 


The Smoky Dish (Photo: Dish Fine Burger Bistro / Facebook)

 

Římská 1196/29, Prague 2, Vinohrady
www.dish.cz/
tel 222 511 032
hours Mon-Sat 11:00-22:00; Sun 12:00-22:00
metro A/C to Muzeum

 

Meat & Greet Burgerhouse


This restaurant not far from Prague’s Municipal House was started by a former chef at Dish. If you are in search of a burger made with local palates in mind, you will find it here. Try the sinful pancetta and camembert burger topped with cranberry sauce. One the few places in town that does sweet potato fries

 
Photos: Meat & Greet Burgerhouse / Facebook


Senovážné nám. 994/2, Prague 1, Old Town
www.magburgerhouse.cz/
tel 222 222 089
hours Mon-Fri 11:00-23:00; Sat-Sun 12:00-23:00
metro B to Náměstí Republiky

 

Cafe Palanda


 A cozy wood-paneled space serving burgers with a gourmet twist—think bacon aioli, sun-dried tomato, or onion confit—though if you are a purist, the bacon cheeseburger with homemade ketchup is a winner. I find the bun here is just right, not too chewy or crumbly, and they serve fries topped with cheddar and portobello mushrooms which are messy but to die for.


Photo: Cafe Palanda / Facebook


Zlatnická 1122/11, Prague 1, Old Town
www.cafepalanda.cz
tel 777 700 422
hours Mon-Fri 11:00-23:00
tram 8 to Bílá labuť

 

Naše Maso


This local butcher shop is a must for foodies not just for the burger, which is more of a loose meat sandwich with pickles, red onion, and Dijon mustard on a Czech roll, but because it’s currently one of the hippest dining experiences in Prague. Also serving delicious meat loaf, pastrami, sausages, and pull-your-own Albrecht beer. No reservations so expect a bit of a wait and there are only a couple of bistro tables but if you order a glass of wine from Via Del Vino  next door, the very nice owner will let you use his cafe seating.


A burger at the butcher shop (Photo: Nase Maso / Facebook)



Dlouhá 39, Prague 1, Old Town
nasemaso.ambi.cz/ 
tel +420 222 312 533
hours Mon-Sat 9:00-10:00 
metro A to Staromestka or B to Namesti Republiky

 

Black Dog Cantina


Black Dog Cantina in Beroun (a village outside of Prague) opened a branch in the capital late last spring much to the delight of its local fan base who had to travel for its legendary burgers and Mexican food. The new restaurant is largely focused on tapas with a small selection of well-made, no-frills burgers. Not so sure it met my exceptions; also came with a questionable side of pickled vegetables but the bright airy space and generous portions make it worth a mention.


Photo: Black Dog Cantina / Facebook



Gorazdova 357/1, Prague 2, Nové Město
www.blackdogs.cz/praha/
tel 735 750 050
hours Daily 11:00-22:00
metrro  B to Karlovo náměstí

 

The Tavern


A tiny dive bar on the fringes of Riegrovy Sady park, the Tavern has always been a favorite of mine for years for its unpretentious burgers, wonderful cocktails, and swift service. The place is owned by American expats who recently opened a sister restaurant
U Kurelu that has quickly become a neighborhood favorite and also makes a great hamburger.


The Tavern, a personal favorite (Photo: The Tavern / Facebook)


Chopinova 26, Prague 2, Vinohrady
www.thetavern.cz/
tel N/A
hours Tue 17:00–22:00; Wed–Sat 11:30–22:00
metro C Muzeum, I.P. Pavlova, Metro A Náměstí Míru
tram 22 to I.P. Pavlova, Náměstí Míru

 

Bejzment 


If you want to experience a very entertaining Czech take on an American bar and grill, you will have to travel to Prague’s Smíchov district where Bejzment (the Czech phonetic spelling of Basement) serves up baskets of burgers and delicious onion rings in a kitsch-filled dining room heavy on Harley gear and pin-up girls. The sliders and fries basket will be a big hit with little ones.


A litlte piece of America in Prague 5 (Photo: Bejzment / Facebook)


Zborovská 6, Prague 5, Smíchov
www.bejzment.cz/
tel 731 406 163
hours Mon-Fri 11:00-23:00; Sat-Sun 16:00-23:00
tram 14 to Zborovská

 

Crush Street Food 


No list of Prague burgers would be complete without mention of one of the many food trucks that have been popping up around town recently. In my neighborhood, Crush Street Food appears regularly at the Jiřák farmers market, but you can also catch it at the Náplavka market on Saturdays where it sells tasty burgers from a vintage truck. Follow their Facebook page  or see their website to find the next outing.

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