August 27, 2011

Visiting Amsterdam? You Must Eat Lunch or Dinner Here!

There are many things that are delicious on the Dutch culinary scene - mint tea, stroopwafels, a fresh Heineken, oliebollen, and poffertjes are all must try's if you are visiting the land of wooden shoes and windmills.

However, I never thought the day would come that I recommend you try a hamburger in The Netherlands.

Why my disdain for dutch burgers you ask?

Dutch hamburgers, for the most part, taste funny to my American angus-hormone juiced up-beef loving taste buds. I don't know what it is - maybe we just do burgers exceptionally well in the U.S. of A. - but the hamburgers here in Holland just aren't right.

I felt very strongly about my anti-hamburger ordering stance...that was until while at a yoga competition, we stumbled upon one of the most amazing hamburger joints I have ever been to anywhere on this planet- and it is in, gasp, Amsterdam.

(If you can't tell by now how much I love hamburgers/meat in general, the shame I felt walking into a yoga competition with slaughtered cow juices on my conscious did not outweigh the need to eat that burger - hence why i will never become a vegetarian)

The name of this beefy heaven (no-not Alexander Skarsgard's home, although also a beefy heaven)..

The Burger Bar has two locations in the heart of Amsterdam, has been open since 2007 and is already  in the process of opening their third location!  If that doesn't attest to this restaurants awesomeness - read further.

This burger joint offers fresh, juicy, mouth watering, made to order burgers with incredible toppings (also always fresh) at unbeatable prices.  A 200 gram burger is more than enough to fill you for lunch or dinner and will only cost you 4.95 to 9.95 Euros, depending on your beef.  

Every euro is worth it, I promise.

In fact, we've taken several vistors from Chez' Shera and Slim there for lunch when gallivanting around Amsterdam.

At the Burger Bar you frst pick your type of beef - Irish Beef, U.S. Black Angus, Philly Steak (a new choice!) or Wagyu (Kobe) Beef and size of burger. That is some seriously awesome cow selection folks. I personally would recommend the Angus or Kobe - you won't be disappointed.  

I always go with the smallest size - 200gram (.44 of a lb.) and am stuffed when we leave.  However you big burger eating types can get a 270gram burger (.6 of a lb.)

Then, choose the temperature of meat and the type of fresh bun you would like (Sesame, Brown/Brun, or Italian), they have real bread at the Burger Bar - not just some yeasty wimpy sandwich caps.

Finally name your toppings - and they have a ton, each burger comes automatically with lettuce, tomato, pickle and the homemade super delicious sauce. 

 However, if you want a more fancy schmancy burger you can choose:
  • Bacon
  • Chedder Cheese
  • Goat Cheese
  • Blue Cheese
  • Grilled Onions
  • Grilled Mushrooms
  • Avocado 
  • Fried Egg

To top your meaty creation.

Not a meat eater? No worries! They have an incredible fresh portobello "burger" option as well.

I mean just look at these delicious pictures from our recent trip to the Burger Bar.

Slim's with bacon (have I mentioned how much he loves pork?)

Our friends with bacon and a slab of goat cheese...

Or  my burger choice with grilled onions and mushrooms to get your taste-buds watering...

The Fries are Fresh Home-made Belgium Fries.  Belgium fries = double fried = amazingly good.  You could share a 2.20 Euro order between two people and have way more than enough.

Make sure to try at least 2 of their 10 different fry sauces, sharing is caring!

For 8 - 10 Euros you can have a seriously delicious meal right in the heart of the city of sin.

Slim approved so it's sure not to disappoint.

Happy Eats!


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travelkate said...

Sounds delicious! If I ever find myself in Amsterdam I must try this place!

The Cake said...

This blog is awesome! I love traveling and it is great to hear about your international finds.

Shera "The Expatriate" said...

Definitely guys/gals it's a must try! Especially if you are a burger and fry lover.

The Cake - thanks so much for the sweet words and thanks for stopping by :)

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