Burgers Bar in Givat Shaul, Jerusalem is a fast food restaurant with decent hamburgers, very good service and pleasant indoor and outdoor seating. It is kosher mehadrin, supervised by the badatz of Rav Machpud.
The Burgers Bar franchise has thirteen branches in Jerusalem alone and many other cities as well.
Three of the branches, including this one, are mehadrin under badatz supervision (Machpud or Rubin) and there’s one mehadrin branch (Jerusalem Rabbinate) in the Jerusalem central bus station.
Most fast food joints don’t have much ambiance per se, but there are variations in the dining area that can make a significant difference for your experience.
This Burgers Bar in Givat Shaul offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The indoor area is plenty bright because the large windows at the front augment the restaurant’s own lighting. The tables and chairs aren’t fancy, but they’re in good shape and kept very clean.
I almost always prefer sitting outside to dine so I can appreciate the sunshine, the fresh air and take in the sights or people watch. Most of the seating outside has an awning so don’t have to bake under direct sunlight.
Unfortunately we had several people who took turns smoking around us so instead of enjoying the fresh air, all we could do was to pray that the wind direction might change.
Burgers Bar offers several different types of meat: beef, spicy beef, lamb, mixed beef & lamb, their classic burger and entrecote. After you choose your meat you decide which veggies want on your hamburger: lettuce, tomato, dilled pickles, red onion, sauteed onions and jalapeno peppers. All of the vegetables looked of high quality and very fresh.
If you’re willing to part with some more of your shekels you can have them add smoked turkey breast (10 NIS), a hard boiled egg (8 NIS), portobello mushrooms (9 NIS), avocado (9 NIS) and garlic confit (5 NIS). Although I can totally understand charging extra for smoked turkey, charging 9 shekels for a couple of slices of avocado or 8 shekels for a hard boiled egg?! By the way, who would eat a hamburger with a hard boiled egg?
Hamburgers can be ordered with a regular hamburger roll or in a Ciabatta which is an elongated Italian bread made with white flour and yeast.
You can choose from a very wide variety of sauces to be added to your hamburger – different strokes for different folks. For the boring, square, nostalgic types they have ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, thousand island etc, but if you’re one of the bold, macho or Mediterranean types you can order more avant garde sauces like Chimichurri, tahini, vinaigrette, pesto, regular spicy sauce and flaming hot spicy sauce (watch out!). I went for the nerdy, old fashioned ketchup sauce.
Although the meat in my entrecote burger seemed to be pretty tasty, it was a bit outsized by the hamburger roll and so I tasted a lot of roll and not enough burger.
My friend ordered the chicken breast salad which is a bed of lettuce mixed with the vegetables of your choice (tomatoes, cucs, sunflower sprouts, red cabbage, grated carrots), covered with strips of grilled chicken breast and topped with the sauce of your choice. My friend enjoyed his meal very much and it looked really inviting.
Some of the other offerings include sandwiches/wraps (chicken breast, crispy schnitzel), grilled chicken wings with various sauces, and crispy schnitzel nuggets.
If you’re a vegetarian, you can order either the health salad (37 NIS) or the portobello mushroom sandwich/wrap.
They have several smaller, specially priced meals for kids: hamburgers, chicken nuggets and hotdogs (all priced 19 NIS, 39 NIS with fries & a drink).
The service at Burgers Bar was very good. The staff taking our orders were extremely friendly, patient and motivated. There is plenty of staff which allows them to service all the orders without being stressed out.
The tables and dining area are constantly being cleaned and so the standards of cleanliness are quite high.
To sum it all up, this is not a restaurant whose food will blow you away, but the food is good and the service is above average and so if you’re looking for mehadrin fast food, Burgers Bar is a good choice.
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Address: 11 Beit HaDfus, Givat Shaul
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11:00-24:00 | Fri Closed | Motzei Shabbat ½ hour after Shabbat-24:00
Kashrut: Rav Machpud (Yoreh Deah)
It’s always recommended to verify that a restaurant’s kashrut certificate hasn’t been changed
Burgers Bar Website
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