Tastings: Burger Bites


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OVER the past few years, burger lovers have been pleasantly surprised by a growing number of burger joints. From the premium, gourmet and personalised versions right up to the all-time favourites — we have it all here in Malaysia. Here are some of the different burger-centric eateries that are bound to tickle your palate with their delish burgers and equally mouth-watering side dishes.

the-counterThe Counter® Custom Built Burgers

The premium build-your-own-burger restaurant opens the doors of its first outlet in the country at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, with a mission to challenge the traditional burger joint. It provides customers with over a million possible burger combinations owing to a choice of seven proteins, 16 cheeses, 45 toppings, 23 unique sauces and eight types of buns. The Counter also advocates “burgers with a conscience” using naturally raised, hormone and antibiotic-free beef, all-natural chicken and turkey as well as ahi tuna. https://www.facebook.com/counterpavilionmall


Aimed at selling good juicy burgers in a fresh bun, the patties are placed between the signature charcoal buns that are baked form scratch at its very own bakery and slathered in a generous helping of secret sauce. The menu includes, “Beautiful Mess 5.0”, with fried portabella mushroom and a sunny side up egg stacked on a patty, the interesting combination of a beef patty with blueberry jam and peanut butter in “Jamming with Elvis” as well as monthly specials like the “Rendang Burger”. myBurgerLab outlets are located at Seapark, Taman OUG and Bandar Sunway. http://myburgerlab.com/

ninja-joeNinja Joe

The brainchild of a husband-wife duo who found that their pork burger cravings could only be satiated when travelling overseas, this burger joint is built with the objective of making high quality pork burgers accessible to the average Joe. This quick-serve concept eatery serves up a few types of pork burgers and can be found at Low Yat Plaza, Tropicana City Mall, The Gardens, 1 Utama and Setia City Mall, The Shore Shopping Gallery Melaka, Matrix Court, Seremban as well as an outlet in Singapore. https://www.facebook.com/porkburger


KGB (which stands for Killer Gourmet Burgers) was jointly opened by two former accountants. There is no mistaking their burgers for any other as the artisan buns have the letters “KGB” branded on them while the beef patties are made from Australian 100% grass-fed beef. Some of the burger choices you will find on the menu are the green chili slaw and jalapeno mayo “Bobcat Burger” and the crisp bacon and crunchy honey cornflake filled “The Bash”. Savour these handcrafted burgers at outlets in Jalan Telawi, Bangsar, The Gardens Mall and TTDI. https://www.facebook.com/KGBBangsar

fatboys-burger-barFatboy’s Burger Bar

In addition to its speciality burgers, this graffiti-walled eatery at Solaris Dutamas also offers a build-your-own-burger option. Their bestsellers are the double patty and streaky bacon filled “The Fat Basterd” and its partner in crime, “Wimpy”, a smaller version of the former. Other burgers on the menu are the juicy lamb patty “Bolly Wooly” and beef patty in crushed peppercorn with bleu cheese dressing “Bleu Peppercorn”. Fatboy’s Burger Bar strives to provide delicious comfort food with the choice of personalising your meal. Other outlets are in Avenue K, Subang One City and Jalan Sutera Utama, Johor Baru as well as a few outlets in Singapore. http://fatboys.my/

ramlyRamly burger stalls

Burger lovers throughout Malaysia are more than familiar with the good ol’ Ramly burgers that can be found almost anywhere in the country. The aroma of a meaty patty being flipped can tease your taste buds even when you may not have been planning to have one. The burgers come in the usual single or double patties or the “burger special” (patty wrapped in an omelette) with the option of adding cheese to any of these.


This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on April 29, 2015.