The hamburger has evolved tremendously from its humble beginnings in Hamburg, Germany; that’s where it got its name, after all. From street vendors to gourmet servings, everyone loves a good meat-in-bun meal for its versatility, variety, and tastiness.

And, honestly, there is nothing better than a juicy slap of patty. Here are a few of our favourite burger places in the Klang Valley.

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1. Smashed Burger, Shah Alam

Easing our way into this list, we first have Smashed Burger, a local favourite serving delicious patties in soft buns for under RM20. Working with local suppliers and bakers, they select high-quality cuts of meat to prepare their smashed patties and burger buns.

Try their Super Smashed with Egg & Beef Bacon, which goes for RM18. The Smashing Mantou, a smashed beef patty fresh off the grill, dipped in ginger, scallion and sesame sauce, sandwiched between a deep-fried fluffy mantou bun, costs RM8. This is only available for walk-in orders based on availability.

Address: Nasi Kandar Zubair Bistro, Persiaran Balairong, Bukit Jelutong, 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor
Contact: +6018 364 0096

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2. Kaw Kaw Burger, Ampang

Next on the list is Kaw Kaw, founded in 2011; they are known as the first kiosk for grilled burgers in Malaysia. Their beef, chicken, and lamb burgers start at RM10 and go up to just under RM30 for the unique burgers selection.

Buttery soft buns, toasted and slathered with special sauces, sandwich the grilled patties perfectly, making them one of KL’s best street burgers.

Address: 46 Jalan Awf 3, Ampang Waterfront, 68000 Ampang, Selangor
Contact: +6017 695 9586

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3. Om Burger, Ampang

Next stop: Ampang! Head to Om Burger, also known as ‘burger sampah’, which directly translates to trash burger. Their patties are fried in melted margarine, wrapped in cheese and a fried egg before being loaded with caramelised onions, ketchup, and mayonnaise.

This sloppy burger will cost you no more than RM25, with their cheapest burger being a Banjo Burger at RM3 and the Triple Special Oblong Burger at RM22. These are pretty standard rates for a street-side burger in KL. Open till 11.45pm, they’re the perfect snack if you have late-night munchies.

Address: 7-11, Jalan Ayer Kerja Lama, Ukay Heights, 68000 Ampang, Selangor
Contact: +6018 975 7554

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4. Burger on 16, Kuala Lumpur

Moving up, we take on Burger On 16, an inviting burger joint that serves up some of the best Western burgers in town. Averaging between RM20 to RM30, their menu offers a selection of beef and chicken burgers, sandwiches and vegan options. Patties and sauces are all made from scratch.

The California Cheese Skirt (under RM29) is a must-try on the menu, along with the Cowboy Fries (RM15 to RM18), crispy fries doused in jalapeno sauce, topped with minced meat and melted cheese.

Address: 16 Lorong 1/77a, Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 9224 2117

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5. KGB Burger, TTDI

Killer Gourmet Burgers, or KGB, have become a local staple, offering a wide selection of burgers perfectly cooked to satisfy any burger craving. 100% Australian beef patties and chicken burgers make up most of the menu, but meatless selections are also available.

Expect to spend an average of RM15 to RM30 on a meal here. Savour the taste of their newly launched Buldak Burger 2.0––a whole chicken leg brined for 12 hours, twice-fried, basted with the KGB spicy buldak sauce, and topped with a creamy coleslaw made in-house. The Korean Buldak Burger is also made with a grilled beef patty for beef lovers.

Address: 107 Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 7733 2284

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6. The BRGR, Seksyen 14

The BRGR will surprise you with their assortment of non-traditional burgers: Soft Shell Crab Burgers, Thai Tomyam Burger, and Dirty Cheese Burger, where liquid cheese is poured onto the entire burger.

This messy job isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, be prepared to spend an average of RM15 to RM30 for your meat-filled buns. The burgers are available in chicken, beef, and lamb options.

Address: 17 Jalan 14/22, Seksyen 14, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: +6016 900 9538

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Price range: $$$

7. Mean Mince, Mutiara Damansara

Mean Mince is the home of the Deep-Fried Burgers and the winner of the BurgerFest Championship. Now if you think that sounds like an American-type indulgence, you’re not wrong.

This American-themed restaurant wraps a beef patty in bread dough filled with caramelised onions, cheddar and mozzarella cheese before deep frying the dough in hot oil.

This viral burger will cost you just under RM20 but prepare to fork out anywhere between RM20 to RM60 for a meal here, including sides and drinks.

Address: 31-1, Jalan PJU 7/16a, Mutiara Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: +603 7733 2512

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8. The Daily Grind Gourmet Burgers, Bangsar

The Daily Grind is known as one of the early gourmet burger places in Kuala Lumpur. Having maintained a standard of serving high-quality, delicious burgers through the years, it’s no surprise that it’s become a local favourite.

Try the Mini Burger Sampler to get a little taste of their best-selling burger sliders, including the Japanese Yodel, a beef patty served with cheese fondue and mushroom tempura.

There’s also the Lamburgerni, a grilled lamb patty paired with tomato sauce, pesto, and grilled vegetables; opt for the Classic Chicken Cheese for something simple. Meals will cost you anywhere between RM25 to RM60 or more.

Address: LG8 Bangsar Village, 1, Jalan Telawi, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2287 6708

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9. Burger & Lobster, KLCC

Burger & Lobster is a food chain originating in London and has since opened restaurants worldwide, including in Malaysia. Head to Suria KLCC and tuck into servings of prime-cut burgers, wild Atlantic lobsters, and a delicious drinks menu. The B&L Beast Burger promises the best of land and sea.

A juicy beef patty and lobster claw are sandwiched between their homemade sesame seed brioche bun, along with fennel and Chinese cabbage slaw, truffle mayo, and melted brie cheese. This beast of a burger will set you back RM90.

The Texan Waffle Chicken and The Avocado Burger are also customer favourites, priced at RM60 and RM62, respectively. A typical burger meal here averages between RM60 to RM120, depending on your selection of add-ons, drinks, and sides.

Address: Lot G46, Ground Floor, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2707 5932

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Price range: $$$$

10. Vantadoor, Sri Hartamas

Standing alone as possibly the most outrageous burger you could splurge on is Vantador’s 24k Gold Foie Gras Wagyu Burger, which sells at a whopping RM193. When we talk about liquid gold in the context of burgers, we’re typically referring to a creamy egg yolk or molten cheese. But in this case, gold is literally in your burger.

An impressive tower of Wagyu beef patties coated in 24-karat gold leaf and pan-seared foie gras is sandwiched between their homemade brioche bun. Topped with a mustard seed pickle and hand-cut fries, this burger is quite an upgrade from the humble meat-in-bun we’re used to. So, if you think you’ve tried it all when it comes to burgers, think again.

Address: 38 Jalan 25/70a, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6012 675 5868

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