Rome may be one of the world's culinary capitals but every now and then comes the urge to enjoy a classic hamburger with fries. Here is our guide to the best burgers in Rome, for those visiting or living in the Eternal City.
Trendy venue offering bumper burgers, skewered meats and crescia (a type of "cheese bread") with a range of toppings, salads, muffins, cookies and desserts. The house burgers include hamburger with egg, bacon burger, veggie burger with chinotto, and a trio of mini-burgers. Also decent range of drinks from craft beer to cocktails. For menu and opening hours see website. Via Francesco Bolognesi 16, tel. 065800758. website
With three locations in Rome, Er Burger is known for its fresh Piemontese beef and artisan bread buns. Customers can select their own toppings to create a burger up to four “stories” high. Also serving hot dogs, salads and desserts. Orders can be made online too for home delivery. Via Cesare Arzelà 9 (Marconi). Via Nemi 7 (Tuscolana). Via Eugenio Giovannetti 2 (Nomentana). For menu and opening hours see website.
The atmosphere in this hamburger joint in the heart of S. Lorenzo is laidback but it can get busy, particularly at weekends, when booking is advised. Known for its select meat and home-made bread, Ferrovecchio also offers pizza, fritti, craft beer and desserts. For menu and opening hours see Facebook page. Via dei Sabelli 32, tel. 064460002.
Italy's first gourmet vegan burgheria, Flower Burger prides itself a wide variety of creative and colourful burgers, home-made from the highest quality authentic vegan ingredients. Its signature burgers include Cecio (in various flavours ranging from cheesy to spicy) and the Tofungo featuring tofu and mushrooms. For menu and opening hours see website. Via dei Gracchi 87 (Prati), tel. 0645666538.
Fonzie – The Burger's House
Rome's first kosher burger joint is styled around a 1950s American theme. There are more than 20 burgers to choose from: simple, spicy, vegetarian and extra-large, all served with a wide variety of homemade sauces and craft beers. There are also fries, onion rings, chicken wings, tortillas and salads. For menu and opening hours see website. Via di S. Maria del Pianto 13 (Jewish Ghetto), Via Catanzaro 33 (Bologna), Via Cicerone 58b (Prati).
Ham Holy Burger
The Slow Food Movement meets technology at Ham Holy Burger which has four outlets in Rome. Customers can order gourmet burgers and craft beers from the iPad menus on each table. Burgers include the Porchettaro, made with Porchetta from Ariccia, and the Giga, a “mega burger” made from Garronese beef, as well as gluten free and vegan options. For menu and opening hours see website. Via Brescia 28 and Via Chiana 58/64 (Nomentana), Terrazza Termini (Stazione Termini), Castel Romano.
Hamburgeseria Burger Bar
A trendy burger joint offering gourmet burgers, complete with homemade bread and sauces, as well as American coffee, milkshakes, cookies, pancakes and desserts. Located in the S. Lorenzo district, Hamburgeseria also provides a takeaway service. Mon closed. Occasional live music. For menu and opening hours see website. Via Dei Reti 40, tel. 0644701298.
This pub-restaurant in Ostiense offers the winning team of burgers and beer, with a variety of international toppings, sauces and dips such as guacamole or hummus. In addition to its craft beer production-room, Hopside allows diners to "pimp" their perfect burger, based on the ingredients of their choice. The burger options include beef, chicken, vegetable and fish, with a rotating drinks menu of craft beer. For menu and opening hours see website. Via Francesco Negri 39, tel. 0669313081.
In the evenings this burger house allows customers to choose from a selection of quality burgers made from Italian, Danish or Scottish beef, as well as skewers, all grilled as they watch. The day-time buffet menu includes a brunch offering pasta, fish, side dishes, salads and desserts. For menu and opening hours see Facebook page. Via Tirso 30 (Nomentana), tel. 0664781752.
Open Baladin Rome
Tucked away on a side street near Campo de' Fiori, Open Baladin offers more than 100 craft beers from all over Italy as well as quality burgers made from Fassona Piemontese beef. The buns are produced by the Gabriele Bonci bakery, and all toppings are homemade and produced freshly each day. It also offers fries, chicken dishes and salads. For menu and opening hours see website. Via degli Specchi 6, tel. 066838989.
Pianostrada – Laboratorio di Cucina
Tastefully-decorated venue offering a range of creative dishes from pasta, fish and meat to panini, street food and vegetarian options. Many customers however opt for its signature burger – the Baccaburger – made from baccalà and fiori di zucca, with squid-ink black bun. Slightly on the expensive side. For menu and opening hours see Facebook page. Via delle Zoccolette 22 (Campo de' Fiori), tel. 0689572296.
A busy spot near Castel S. Angelo offering around 20 burgers ranging from the Cicorione, with cicoria ripassata, to the spicy Messicana. The meat comes from the well-known Buccioni butchers while the bread buns are made by Gabriele Bonci. In addition to burgers, Quarto serves hotdogs and a good selection of craft beer. For menu and opening hours see website. Via Crescenzio 52 (Prati), tel. 0645432249.
Queen Makeda Grand Pub
Located on a quiet street in S. Saba, this trendy gastro pub boasts 40 craft beers as well as various international dishes. Queen Makeda has a good range of quality burgers too, ranging from the classic double bacon cheese to the more adventurous octopus or baccalà varieties, as well as a vegetarian option. All served with tasty potato wedges. For menu and opening hours see website. Via di S. Saba 11 (Aventino), tel. 065759608.
TED Lobsters and Burgers
As the name suggests this modern venue offers lobster and burgers, as well as tacos, fish & chips, burritos, salads and cocktails. The burgers on the menu range from the classic to salmon, pulled pork, crispy chicken and vegetarian. There are two Ted outlets in Rome, one in Prati, the other in Ostiense. For menu and opening hours see website. Via Terenzio 12-16 and Via del Gazometro 25.
The Burger Factory Rome
Located in Testaccio, this lively venue offers high-quality burgers at affordable prices. The beef used in the burgers includes Texan Black Angus, Prussian and Scottona, with a special burger of the month. Favourites include the enormous “Bomber”, the Matriciana, and the Pulled Pork burger. Also available are chicken nuggets and homemade chips (fries). Closed Sunday. For menu and opening hours see website. Via Giovanni da Castel Bolognese 20, tel. 0632090588.
The Hard Rock Cafe
This internationally known rock'n'roll-themed venue serves up a range of burgers and American classics, often to the backdrop of live music. Burger specialties include Black Bean & Quinoa, Guinness Bacon Jam Cheeseburger, and the "Atomic" burger with spicy fried onions and fried jalapeños. For menu and opening hours see website. Via Veneto, 62, tel. 064203051.
Tommi’s Burger Joint Rome
Described as Rome's “best American burger with Icelandic soul”, Tommi's serves classic American hamburgers, cheeseburgers and chicken burgers. Located near the Vatican Museums, Tommi's also has rib-eye steak, sweet potato fries and milkshakes. For menu and opening hours see website. Viale Giulio Cesare 193, tel. 0639730902.
Well-established American burger and steak house celebrating more than two decades in Rome. T-Bone's three-step burger building method allows customers to create their own burger, choosing the beef and bread buns, as well as toppings and sides. Signature burgers include Soprano (provola affiumicata with grilled melanzana) and Godfather (provola, carmelised onions, bacon and zucchine). For menu and opening hours see website. There are three T-Bone outlets in Rome: Via Vittoria Colonna 21 (Prati), Via Francesco Crispi 29-31 (Spagna), Via di S. Dorotea 21 (Trastevere).
T-Burger Station & Bar
With three T-Burger outlets in Rome (Tuscolana, Pantheon and Corso Trieste), burger fans are spoilt for choice. The extensive menu includes a dozen burger varieties as well as hotdogs, wraps, potato wedges and chicken wings. For menu and opening hours see website. Piazza Istria 16 / Via Appia Nuova 336-338 / Via della Palombella 34.