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Tried & Tasted: Juiciest Burgers in Cairo

Tried & Tasted: Juiciest Burgers in Cairo
    written by
    Hannah Cooper

    In
    the Cairo 360 office,
    not only do we believe in treating ourselves but our connoisseur tendencies
    lend us to both scathing and glorious reviews as well as a keen sense for
    detail… and taste. As we take our food quite seriously, we’re quick to offer
    a god honest opinion.

    It’s time for another
    tried and tasted session – and what says good all around deliciousness more
    than burgers? Burgers are an all time classic meal, any time of year and for
    any occasion. While a burger’s quality can range greatly including various
    toppings and seasoned meat, a burger with fresh bread, dripping with cheese and
    juicy meat is always appreciated… it’s a go big or don’t go at all sort of
    thing.  

    So, we put our brains
    and stomachs together. Twenty added kilos and a lot of moaning later, we’ve
    tried and tasted burgers from five different establishments in Cairo, some
    known and some not-so-known, that claim to serve up some of the best burgers
    around. Here are the results. We will only warn you once that this is not for
    the weak-of-stomach. 

    Buffalo Burger: We opted for the standard, 200 gram cheeseburger and the
    Cholo’s chilli burger, consisting of added jalapenos and spicy chilli sauce. The plus side is that the vegetable toppings come in their own separate
    container, but the patties themselves have a peculiar spicy after taste. 30LE for a
    combo of coke, tasty curly fries, and a burger isn’t bad but between the
    aftertaste and over abundance of mayonnaise gracing the layers, you might as
    well have pumped it straight into your arteries… be ready for heartburn.

    Lucille’s: While they only deliver to the Maadi area, Lucille’s
    reputation for true-to-style diner food is absolutely true. Not only do they
    mix their own hamburger meat but the homemade bread is grilled to perfection.
    For 34LE, an appropriately sized, juicy cheeseburger topped with fresh vegetables
    is served paired with a large portion of crispy fries. If you’re looking for
    consistency and freshness; Lucille’s has it.

    Spago: We had never heard of or dined at Spago in
    Mohandeseen before, so we chose this one with our eyes closed. Not only did the
    burgers have a divine freshly grilled and smoky taste but the bread, topped
    with sesame seeds, was also grilled accompanied by veggies and a sufficient
    amount of mayonnaise and mustard. Delicious yet really messy, for 35LE, the double
    beef patty Spago burger weighed in at a whopping 500grams, enough to send
    anyone into an instant red meat coma… hands down, Spago makes an allround
    fantastic burger.  

    Burger Kitchen: Unlike others on this list, Burger Kitchen is a
    little more accessible citywide, with locations in nearly every major
    neighbourhood of Cairo.
    With standard burgers and unique options, this place is a safe bet. For 17LE,
    the standard TBK burger is as original as they come and like buffalo burger,
    comes accompanied with fresh veggies on the side so no worries if you’re not a
    fan of tomato or onion. If you enjoy a little spicy kick, the
    teriyaki treat cheeseburger is fantastic. Burger Kitchen’s bread is always
    fresh too, which is a must for us.

    Crave: While you may dismiss this casual eatery as just
    another Euro-menu café on the scene, you would be wise to give the kitchen’s
    formidable zombie burger a try. For 37LE, the burger combines a generous slab
    of beef bacon and barbecue sauce, or copious amounts of melted cheese and
    mushrooms– or both, if you’re up for it. Add or subtract fixings to your
    heart’s content, and a pile of tasty fries are included. Crave’s fresh baked
    bun also makes a difference; no flimsy fast food white bread fare, the bread is substantial, crispy and seasoned
    with sesame seeds. Other options include a mushroom-heavy combination that always
    satisfies our deepest burger cravings. The patty itself is well-grilled and
    juicy with a hint of smoky flavour. Crave serves fixings of standard lettuce,
    tomato, onion and pickle on the side; a polite gesture for those who wish to
    assemble their own plate. However, we’re a bit put off by Crave’s lack of
    delivery.

    We’ve done it again and
    eaten ourselves into a stupor on your behalf. We firmly believe that burgers
    are a paramount fixture in any diet, and while we say the juicier the better, all you health-conscious diners should
    remember that they don’t always have to be greasy fast-food mishaps. Just don’t
    do what we did, and practice a little moderation.

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