Four expert judges battled lunchtime traffic, salad cravings and meat sweats to taste 10 burgers in two days. David Mann delivers the verdicts on who’s dishing up the best beef burgers in Hanoi. Photos by Julie Vola


There has been much talk recently about which joint serves up the best burger in Hanoi. So, we decided to find out for ourselves and hit 10 restaurants known for the quality of their patties-inside-a-bun.


A quick disclaimer. Each restaurant agreed to join the tasting — this certainly wasn’t done blind. And each restaurant was allowed to choose the burger they would make for the challenge.


Our instruction was simple and clear: give us your best burger. Even better, give us two of them, exactly the same.


Our entrants duly complied.




The Judges


Peter ‘The Foodie’ Nacken



Tall, German, and armed with razor sharp taste buds, Nacken helps run the Foodies in Hanoi Facebook group which has accumulated more than 3,600 members since its inception. Peter has dined in restaurants from New York to Fiji but maintains that “at heart, I’m still a Hamburg-er.”


David ‘The Food Writer’ Mann



Seasoned food writer, Word staff editor and self-declared burger lover.


Soren ‘The Butcher’ Nielsen



This is one man who knows his meat. A butcher turned food production manager turned hotdog-maker; Soren is the man with the hottest wieners in town. Pioneering Hanoi’s first authentic Danish hotdog stand, he’s also launching a range of authentic German bratwursts and Italian sausages.


Cyprien ‘The Food and Wine Guy’ Pierlovisi



Few people love food as much as Frenchman Cyp, co-founder of the new hit gastro pub, Cousins, and the regional manager for gourmet food importer, Classic Fine Foods.


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David Mann

Hanoi Editor at Word Vietnam, David relocated from sunny Sydney to chaotic Hanoi in 2013 to pursue his passion for journalism. In between writing articles, David can be found chasing after his frisky cocker spaniel, Rosie, and eating too many bagel eggers at Joma.

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  • Comment Link john powell john powell Jul 28, 2015

    Omitted, and maybe worth a visit....and report

    Provecho 95,000 with fries
    Black jack's (big burger, nicely cooked.) 155,000 with fries
    Kangaroo (great value, big burger nicely cooked) 150,000 with bacon, lots of chips

  • Comment Link Nika Nika Feb 02, 2015

    Kangaroo cafe burgers (and salad, and chips) on Bao Khanh str are also worth to include in the list!!!

  • Comment Link dl dl Feb 02, 2015

    bone "barrow"

  • Comment Link Olivier Olivier Feb 02, 2015

    Must have to try the burgers from Factory47 on Hang Buom Street!!!!

  • Comment Link jason jason Feb 02, 2015

    Think we missed the Jw Marriott burger???

  • Comment Link Don Tuan Don Tuan Feb 02, 2015

    This is BS. Jacksons does a damn fine burger dudes! Get with the programme!

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