Burgers are more than just the patty and the bun. This ultimate comfort food has all the flavorful elements of a well-rounded meal. We scoured Macau to find the best choices of this cult favorite best paired with french fries, hot off the fryer! Boasting premium ingredients, special toppings, and a variety of side dishes, our top picks of Macau’s best burgers will definitely not disappoint.
853 Burgers is one of the most recent additions to the burger scene in town. If Italians know their pizza and Japanese know their ramen, it’s safe to say that Americans know their burgers and have mastered taking this staple food to a whole new level. At 853 Burger, American chef Orey runs the kitchen. After working in a famous upscale steakhouse in the city, Chef Orey joined hands with founder Dennis to introduce the real handcrafted American-style burgers to the community in the 853. The burgers are crafted with dry-aged high-quality beef which makes for an extremely juicy and flavorsome patty. Their classic burger is made with a cloud-like brioche bun (supplied by The Factory), layers of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onion plus a slightly sweet signature sauce and dripping cheddar cheese. If you feel extra indulgent, go for their 853 signature burger with two patties and double cheddar cheese. You may add bacon, Japanese egg, and caramelized onion too. No wonder these burgers sometimes sell out before closing time, they are to die for!
853 Burgers is located in the Macau University of Science and Technology campus at MUST Like, a hub for experiential learning. MUST Like brings to life a cool concept reminiscent of a food truck park experience, extremely popular in the US, except that at MUST Like eateries, are set in numbered containers instead of food trucks. Expect a friendly and laid-back vibe at this hip joint. It has a few tables inside and a comfy alfresco dining area with large sunshades.
MUST Campus container area (behind P building) Avenida Wai Long, Taipa, www.facebook.com/853burgers
Café Esplanada at Wynn Macau
For a few years now we have been coming to Café Esplanada to enjoy fresh, tasty and quality food from a menu that features dishes from all over the world. And of course, what could be more international than a burger? Café Esplanada’s burger is mastered to perfection: a tall sesame bun just soft enough to manage the flow of burger juices; a delicious patty well-seasoned and grilled to order; and golden crunchy fries on the side. It comes with a layered olive dip for a little Portuguese touch and you can also add bacon, caramelized onions or cheese of your choice.
The St. Regis Bar Macao
In 2020, The St. Regis Macao reopened its signature bar, a classy and stylish establishment with original cocktails, in-house infused gins, and live jazz. Their food menu crafted by Sous Chef Ben Hu is an attraction of its own. Even if you are not a bar-goer, we recommend booking a table to taste some of the chef’s creations. Among them are a sumptuous chicken and seared foie gras burger. The presentation will make you reach for the phone to update your Instagram with some cool foodie content. The burger is served on a wooden board covered with a glass cupola, which contains apple tree smoke. two juicy chicken patties grilled with herbs are topped with seared foie gras, comté cheese, arugula, and marinated onions. It comes with French fries, ketchup, and truffle mayo on the side. Who said chicken burgers are boring?
McSorley’s Ale House
Using only prime Angus beef and with options for everyone especially with their veggie burger, McSorley’s has been consistently one of the best burger joints in Macau. For the ones who appreciate a good old classic burger without extra details, there is the premium hand-crafted Angus cheeseburger, a true piece of art. It comes with tomato, lettuce, red onions, and pickles on a side, so squeeze it all in between the buns and juicy patty with cheddar. There’s always a burger of the month so if you are looking for something new, we strongly recommend asking a waitress about them, as there is always something unique. The Texas BBQ burger is a long-time classic and one of the best-selling burgers in town. All burgers are served with perfectly crispy fries and let’s not forget that it’s an alehouse so you must check their extensive beer list for an ice-cold pint to accompany your dish.
The Roadhouse Macau
Situated at Broadway Macau, The Roadhouse Macau is a big boy spot. They are all about, as their slogan says, “blues, bikes, rock & booze”. In other words, if you like live rock and blues music and your heart beat faster with the sound of a motorcycle engine, this is your place. Even if you are not a fan of bikes or rock’n’roll, their great food menu, a decent selection of drinks and fun vibes would make anyone feel happy. The Roadhouse Macau has a whole page of delicious and succulent burgers, including their signature gigantic Biker’s burger and Filipino Haba Haba burgers. We recommend the Hawaiian burger, where the pineapple just gives it that extra juiciness. If you are one of those who believe pineapple should not belong on a beef patty, go for the chili burger. The meat patty is just as delicious, and you will get that Tex-Mex flavor that just makes everything better. Feel free to ask for add-ons and be sure to let the staff know how you like your meat done!
Xiao Ting at Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip
Experience burgers redefined at Xiao Ting at Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip, that are ideal for any occasion, and any season. There are two burgers to choose from and both of them embody perfection. Their signature Four Seasons Wagyu cheeseburger is a classic burger made of hand-ground Wagyu beef with a 30% ratio of fat for just the right kick of flavor and juiciness. Then, you have a classic combination of ingredients accompanying the patty and glazed buns. Pickled cucumbers, fresh tomato, lettuce, aged cheddar, and crispy bacon–do you really need anything else? To our delight, it comes with an extra serving of pickles and just the right portion of French fries in a rustic pot. Not in a mood for beef? Give their Impossible burger a try. You won’t even notice that it’s not meat and you probably won’t find that delicious assembly of tahini, eggplant, and mozzarella anywhere else. We give extra points to Xiao Ting’s burgers for being perfectly assembled to eat–nothing falls out from the sides and the bun doesn’t crumble. Last but not least, there is also a selection of kombucha which, of course, we couldn’t resist pairing with the burger–a winning combo!
The Manor at The St. Regis Macao
Among other delights, The Manor boasts its selection of prime meat sourced from the best farms of the US, Japan, Australia, Spain, and Italy. Hence, if you crave some succulent meat, this signature restaurant of The St. Regis Macao is a place to go. There is only one burger on the menu. But trust us, you won’t need any alternatives as this one is perfection. Two thick juicy hand-ground beef patties, spinach, serra de estrela cheese, and spicy mayo create an ideal marriage of flavors. Highly valued Portuguese sheep cheese serra de estrela makes a luxurious addition to the burger. On the side, there is a generous portion of crispy French fries and a pickled jalapeno. Mind you, the pepper is really hot so if you are not afraid to add some heat to your dish, you should try it as it adds quite a bold note.
The Lobby Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Macau
The Lobby Lounge is always a place of comfort for many guests and even city dwellers. We love the laid-back vibe inviting us for a bite no matter what time of the day. While the afternoon tea is more popular at this location, they remarkably serve an interesting diverse menu of Asian and Western favorites. A must-try is the MO wagyu burger. The secret hides inside the fresh blend of bacon, cheddar cheese, tomato, and onion with french fries. The meat is juicy and the other ingredients complement the patty perfectly. One great thing about this dining spot is that you can upgrade your burger to a brioche bun, pan-fried foie gras with sweet potato fries! It’s the kind of burger you don’t find too often in the city.
Café Bela Vista
Sporting a charming colonial atmosphere, Cafe Bela Vista makes you feel like you’ve traveled back in time. The restaurant is spacious and full of natural light, which makes it extremely welcoming. Try their delicious Grilled Prime Beef Burger, which is one of our long-time favorites. The patty is made of a flavorsome 100% prime beef and made in-house from scratch. Besides being packed with flavor, the patty’s consistency is perfect, as it is perfectly cooked to have a crisp outside layer and at the same time keep in the meat’s moistness. Bela Vista’s Grilled Prime Beef Burger is served on an incredibly soft sesame seed bun with layers of tomato, melty cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, smoky BBQ sauce, and a caramelized pineapple slice which adds in a punchy sweet taste! The accompanying fries are also noteworthy and were crispy on the outside, soft on the inside.
The Cheesecake Factory
Juicy and with delicious, high-quality meat, the patty really is the king of this burger! With a side of french fries and ketchup–or any other American condiment you can think of, really–this is a perfect dish to have when looking to satiate that crave for comfort and wholesome food. The melting cheese, plus pickles–you either love them or hate them and we would certainly go for the first option–and crunchy, thinly sliced, fried chips on top, allowing for a very crispy texture. Why not go all the American way and pair this with a glass of soft drink that they’ll refill until you’re full!
Coast’s California burger is a must-order item for sure! With oozing brie cheese on top of a chunky yet very freshly grilled and moist beef patty, it also includes arugula and caramelized onion. We believe it’s the sum of all these ingredients that make this burger one of our favorites. Either going solo to address that craving, on a romantic dinner, or an evening out with friends, Coast is great and this gorgeous and delicious burger should definitely be on your order! Also, the menu comes on an iPad, making miscommunication with the kitchen a thing of the past, plus you can choose the cooking level of the beef patty. Flawless and flavorsome, just like we love our burgers.
OTT – Old Taipa Tavern
Being a usual get-together spot for expats, as well as local youngsters, OTT makes sure that besides a fun time, the patrons have plenty of pints and yummy pub grub. Among their most tempting items is the lamb burger served on a wooden board with a side of rustic potato wedges. There are no unnecessary condiments or ingredients in this sandwich, only the essential juicy lamb patty, fresh lettuce, tomato, gherkins, red onion, and a bit of mayo. For this burger, it’s worthy to step aside from whatever absorbing conversation you are having with your mates to bite into its satisfying goodness.