Krakow’s burger scene has really taken off in recent years. It seems like every month brings a new selection of patty kitchens touting sesame buns and mouthwatering haloumi burgers. So, we thought we’d go a-hunting for the five best burgers in Krakow. Let’s just say it was a darn tasty hunt…
Moo Moo Steak & Burger Club (Old Town)
The Moo Moo Steak & Burger Club is something of a more upscale joint compared to its packed-patty touting competitors. It’s done out in shimmering metro tiles and tactically placed bottles of red and white wines courtesy of Italy.
The menu works hard to distinguish itself from the usual collection of American buns. For example, there’s a focus on prime meat cuts and steak burgers.
And while it’s true that the stylish interior of polished ceramics keeps this one on the more business end of the scale, there’s still room for those classic BBQ flavours. Just look for the trademark Moo Moo burgers dressed in whopping slices of Camembert – what’s not to love?
Świętego Krzyża 15, +48 531 007 097
Corner Burger (Kazimierz)
It’s monochrome negatives of Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield that greet customers to this quirky Tarantino-inspired joint on the corner of Dajwór, Kazimierz.
That’s fitting: The menu follows up with a range of all-American staples, packed with fresh ingredients and relishes. One example is ‘The Boss’ – a 200-gram beef patty complete with bacon, cheese, mushrooms, pickles and tomatoes. Then there’s ‘Polish Pride’, adding a local twist with its grilled blood sausage. Last but not least is the unique approach to the veggie option – it’s basically a whole wheel of Camembert.
Dajwór 25, +48 535 850 109
Moaburger (Old Town)
This Kiwi-owned establishment is arguably the king of all of the burgers in Krakow. Its kitchen cooks up hefty slabs of meat that are truly worthy of the Southern Pacific. The offering starts with the relatively simple classic burger. That layers gherkin, red onions, tomatoes and in-house mayonnaise. Meanwhile, the fancier Surf&Turf burger includes tiger prawns, and the BBQ burger comes packaged, like a carnivore’s Christmas pressie, in smoky bacon. For the veggies, there’s a choice of either goat’s cheese of fava-bean burgers.
Mikołajska 3, +48 12 421 21 44
Antler Poutine&Burger (Old Town)
The much-lauded Canadian poutines (chips doused in thick and flavoursome sauces and a heavy grating of cheese) of this Old Town eatery are something special. But the burgers are also truly fantastic!
A twist on the usual American bun, Antler’s offerings come with flat-topped sesame breads, all packed with fresh layers of rocket salad, pickle and onion.
Inside, the décor is tight-knit and easy-going. There’s a black-and-white colour scheme playing off artsy, moose-inspired graffiti. It’s the perfect place to dine before hitting the Old Town sights or joining the pub crawl.
Gołębia 10, +48 12 349 07 57
Krowarzywa Vegan Burgers (Old Town)
Vegan burgers in Krakow hardly get better than the ones at Krowarzywa. That’s why it’s hardly surprising that this joint on Slawkowska is always busy. The menu touts seitan, chickpea, and even the famed Beyond burgers, but they are known to sell out fast. Customers can pick their type of bun and several toppings. Personal faves include the spicy sauce, jalapenos, and a good topping of beansprouts. You can eat inside, but if the sun’s shining we often head for a burger picnic up in the nearby Planty Park.
Sławkowska 8, +48 531 777 136
Insider tip: For more vegetarian food options, be sure to check out our guide to the top vegetarian restaurants in Krakow!
If you can think of any more burgers in Krakow that simply HAVE to be on this list, we’d love to hear about them in the comments below!