Hamburgueria do Bairro, Lisbon – One of the best

Ah Lisbon…

Beautiful city, full of history, good food and drinks, great views and a lingering smell of piss. But there’s an aura that cannot be explained and draws me for more.

This city, and Portugal in general, are known for excellent seafood, pasteis de nata (get these cream pastries), piri-piri chicken (and not peri-peri, as a popular awful chicken restaurant claims to be), chouriços and more.
Gastronomically a great place to be and possibly the first fusion kitchen in the world. Excellent quality and very decent prices.

With globalization, the popular sandwich Bifana (pork steak sandwich), has given up some space for the all-American heavy weight sandwich, the Hamburger.
This has led some to adopt it and give it a little Portuguese twist.

After a lot of recommendations, I had the time to go the Hamburgueria do Bairro.
Originally situated near the Bairro Alto, which is an area mostly known for the night life, this restaurant has become very popular. At this moment they have opened up all around Lisbon.

Location link.

The entrance is very inconspicuous

and the restaurant quite small. It maybe sits 20 people very tightly.

So small, in fact that is recommendable to go during lunch time and to avoid weekends. It gets full very fast and will have a queue.

The selection has Portuguese influences. The bread in “Hamburguer do Caco” will exchange the bun for a “Bolo do caco” which is a wheat bread from Madeira Island that is done as if it were a cake.

The one I tried was the “Bairro Alto”

In short, a Bacon Cheeseburger with a fried egg and salad.

Taste matters. And in this case, the taste is all there. The meat is top quality. Flavorful, succulent, nicely made.
The bacon. The best. so crispy and smoky that becomes decadent. And to finish all off, the fried egg tastes like it’s homemade.

Each bite is a trip. And before you know it, the hamburger is finished 😦

On the side, some wrinkled, almost unsalted, fries that will have more taste than they seem to have.

The last five or so years have been very hard on Portugal. Somehow, the Portuguese keep reinventing themselves and every time I go back there, there’s something new to eat and to see. This small and relatively unknown restaurant chain is a great example of that.
Unfortunately, I cannot give enough praise to what they have achieved in terms of taste and presentation. Also, as this blog doesn’t reach everywhere it won’t have the coverage they deserve.

That being said, this is possibly the best proper Burger Restaurant I have ever eaten in ( Five guys sits in another niche, so they can’t directly compare, however taste is not that dissimilar).

And the price for all of this?
A meal for 2 (Hamburger and drink), €17.50. Not per person. Total.
That’s the cost, per person, at Byron’s. And this is better. Period.

Food – 4.65/5
Choice of drinks – 4/5
Service – 4.5/5
Location – 5/5

Try this. You won’t regret it.

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H3 Hamburgers – Portugal

There is this burger “joint” franchise in Portugal that I would consider unorthodox but definitely one of the best there.

The concept is very different from MacDonald’s or Burger King, where it’s not really a restaurant with seats and not a fast-food place as well.

The meat is very high quality, tasty, well seasoned,cared after and definitely not rushed. You do have to wait a bit for your burger even after going through a considerable large queue.

Prices vary, but they go from ~5euros to 9 a meal. There is a selection of burgers, none of which are a “bacon cheese burger”, but rather a fusion of Portuguese cuisine and something not at all Portuguese, i.e. the burger.

This is the place


(The photo is not mine)

It’s called H3 “hamburgology” or something of sorts.

What I always have is a “Cheeseburger” with a fried egg. And a side of rice (as I can’t stand the fries).

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The presentation is very “mom and dad” type of restaurant. So, it’s typical and basic.

The Mayo and ketchup are AMAZING. Fried egg done right and rice just perfect for this type of dish.

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The burger is done on a grill in front of you. The taste of it is present and transforms the patty into a high quality burger. The cross-section of the patty shows that is cooked through and it’s a good quality meat.

Also recommended the bread version:

super bread h3

super bread h3

The same grilled burger in focaccia bread. Delicious! It’s a shame the chips, but the meat is definitely worth it.

Drinks wise, no real selection of beers mainly sodas. Good strawberry lemonade. Great value!

  • Food – 4/5
  • Choice of drinks – 2/5
  • Service – 3/5
  • Location – 5/5