Team shortlist25 Jul 2019 AT 07:00 AM

Building Dubai’s Ultimate Burger

We’ve combined our favourite ingredients from some beloved burger joints to create the perfect sandwich
Team shortlist25 Jul 2019 AT 07:00 AM
Building Dubai’s Ultimate Burger
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Dubai’s food scene is hardly short of burger joints. Not only have the last two years witnessed an explosion of independent, standalone purveyors of posh patties and innovative innards, but the sandwich is now a regular staple on upmarket restaurants’ menus. With so much variety to choose from across the emirate, we decided to combine our favourite ingredients from the many different burgers we’ve consumed recently to make the Ultimate Burger. Here’s how we’d construct Frankenstein’s burger…

The bun
Toasted brioche bun
Restaurant: Clinton St Baking Co.
From: Every burger, AED68
Where: City Walk
Contact: +9714 428 1331

All Clinton St Baking Co’s buns are produced on the premises so you know you’re getting the freshest dough possible here. The brioche buns are lightly toasted and buttered, and with a touch of sweetness tucked inside, they’ll add a delicate flourish to our monstrosity of a burger.

The cheese
Truffle Monterey jack
Restaurant: The Tap House
From: Heisenburger, AED90
Where: Club Vista Mare, The Palm
Contact: +9714 514 3778

The Tap House’s eclectic menu contains too many options but we’re going to pinch a piece from the Heisenburger – a chicken burger caked in southwest mayo. We don’t know if the name is Breaking Bad-related, but we’re sure that this one-of-a-kind cheese will light up your tastebuds.

The patty
Chuck steak burger patty
Restaurant: The Scene
From: Angus Chuck Burger, AED99
Where: Pier 7, Dubai Marina
Contact: +9714 422 2328

We couldn’t have an ultimate burger without a slab of beef in the middle. The Scene’s chuck steak patty is incredibly succulent whether it’s served medium or well done. Even without the sauce, the beef patty is flavoursome – a feat that shows The Scene puts some serious love into their burger craft.

What: Chicken Cheetos fillet
Restaurant: Salt
From: Chicken Cheetos Burger, AED40
Where: Kite Beach, Jumeirah

Yes, you read that correctly: this burger is fused with Cheetos. Salt’s one-of-a-kind, spicy chicken sliders are dusted in the savoury snack and then smothered in additional cheese. We’re suckers for anything that combines our love of crisps and burgers.

The extravagant extra
Tarragon mayo and fennel slaw, a lobster tail and brie
Restaurant: Burger and Lobster
From: Beast Burger, AED145
Where: Burj Daman Building, DIFC
Contact: +9714 514 8838

A curious choice, maybe, but the seafood and brie combo is not to be missed. Every burger needs a bit of cheese on it, but melting it on sea-fresh lobster really ups the ante taste-wise. Burger and Lobster has some of the finest lobster meat around so this extra deserves a place atop our creation.

What: Foie gras
Restaurant: Jones the Grocer
From: Jones Wagyu Burger, AED114
Where: Al Safa
Contact: +9714 388 1038

To be fair, it’s a shame to deconstruct Jones the Grocer’s wagyu burger; the ground beef, for instance, is like a taste of meaty paradise. But the show-stopping and somewhat extravagant foie gras is what makes it into our ultimate burger. The rich and buttery flavours work perfectly with the other ingredients.

The sauce
Honey mustard sauce and garlic aioli
Restaurant: Moylos Burgers
From: Honey Bee, AED42
Where: Jumeirah Beach Road
Contact: +9714 388 3140

We really could’ve picked anything from the menu here but the intriguing Honey Bee burger really makes our mouths water with its smattering of honey mustard sauce and garlic aioli. This concoction has a secret in-house recipe that you won’t find anywhere else in Dubai.

The side
Fried mozzarella sticks
Restaurant: Perry & Blackwelder’s Original Smokehouse
From: Empire State Burger, AED115
Where: Madinat Jumeirah
Contact: +9714 366 6197

We’re dipping back into cheese country with these tasty mozzarella sticks, pulled from the whopping Empire State burger. The only problem now is deciding exactly where to place them in our behemoth creation. Probably at the bottom. Or the top. Any ideas?