The humble burger, probably one of the most widely-available meals in Cardiff. But so often, 'a burger' is an excuse to serve up a mediocre patty, boring bread and crap chips. But not the burger joints in this list. Oh no. These select few - these diamonds in the rough - they're the burger champions of Cardiff. They've played the game of burger, and they've bloody won. 

Whether you're meaty, veggie, or vegan - these burger havens are the best in the city and should be worthy of your burger-lust for the next few minutes. 

Burger Theory @ Kongs Cardiff

The thing that really stands out about Burger Theory is how they cook their patties. Grilling at a very high heat allows the beef to caramelise, leaving a distinct and meaty flavour; making sure the meat itself is the star of the burger. The flavour combos here are not run-of-the-mill with adventurous options to suit everyone (including their excellent vegan burger). Our favourite? The Kimcheese: Beef patty, rich smoked cheddar, tangy kimchi, pulled beef rib with black pepper glaze and chipotle mayo. Oof!

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This young but ambitious burger business is owned and operated by friends Chris Mason and Jon Gregor. The pair first started trading as a mobile street food stall, Bwydiful, in October 2015 and they have since enjoyed success in serving wholesome, artisan burgers from a bright orange ‘street kitchen’ at events across South Wales and beyond. From the very beginning, Bwydiful has worked closely with several other local, independent businesses to source the top quality ingredients needed to make the best burgers (including burger buns specially made by Cardiff Portuguese bakery, Nata & Co). These guys will be trading from from their pop-up kitchen all summer long, before moving into their first permanent premises opposite Victoria Park in Canton in early Autumn.

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The Greazy Vegan

Greazy Vegan is the perfect antidote to the preachy, smug narrative that so often surrounds veganism and 'clean eating', making it seem unapproachable and unaffordable. Sick of the constant cycle of kale and quinoa, the chefs at Greazy Vegan decided to take a stand, and began cooking the indulgent, greasy, tasty junk food of their wildest drunken fantasies – completely cruelty free. Thus, Greazy Vegan was born, bringing joy to junk food-loving vegans across Cardiff.

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Time & Beef

Unlike the average burger bar in every way, Time & Beef is a 'dining concept' that pulls together our love of burgers, cocktails and coffee. These guys have a strong sense of pride in everything they do, and build their burgers in line with these values. The menu is filled with buzz-word ingredients such as chicory, demi brioche, beetroot crisps, and glorious glorious hummus. Diners are encouraged to build their bun from scratch, using a check-list menu to tick off exactly what they want on their plate.

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The Grazing Shed

One of the first independents to hit the scene, The Grazing Shed is now a local legend of sorts. The beef is supplied by a farmer in west Wales and patties are always juicy, slightly pink inside. Each bite promises a concoction of flavours, held together by melted cheese - choose from goat’s cheese, mozzarella, gorgonzola or cheddar. The burger-to-bun ratio is always perfect. The toasted sesame bun never dry, yet firm enough to keep the generous fillings in place. The triple-cooked fries are amongst the best in town too.

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Milgi serves up everyday plant based eating with style. The 100% vegetarian lounge uses seasonal ingredients to make pretty platefuls of nourishing food including soups, salads and superfood smoothies. For the less virtuous, there are burritos and beer-battered halloumi and chips, and an eye-watering selection of vegan cake, as well as some CRACKING vegan and veggie burgers. At night-time, Cardiff’s cool cats hang out and sip cocktails but don't be put off by the hipster vibe; grab a drink and join in – or just people-watch to your heart’s content.

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Got Beef

Another local stalwart, Got Beef began serving burgers at pop-ups and food fairs, then set up shop on Whitchurch Road. They have since amassed an ever-increasing fan base who feast on burgers with great names. The Soprano is our favourite, but many of you will relish The Heisenburger. Got Beef use Welsh Black cattle for all their patties, cooked tender, and served in a soft brioche bun. Try the unusual PBNJ burger, topped with crunchy peanut butter and craft beer jelly jam flavour - think a light satay sauce that works tremendously with the savoury fillings.

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Anna Loka

A good burger doesn't have to stick to being a beef-only patty –in fact it doesn't have to even be a meat burger at all – as proven by vegan pioneers Anna Loka. These guys make a burger that would convert the most meat-loving burger fan to the green side. Our favourite is the ultimate burger - Their red lentil & beetroot patty has a great bite to it and holds shape and texture well. On top is a decadent selection - onion ring, jalapeños, tomato, cucumber, garlic mayo & sweet chilli sauce. If that wasn't good enough, their fries on the side are lush. You have to try it.

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Spit & Sawdust

Tucked away down a side alley off Newport Road, Spit & Sawdust is a skate park with a cool café serving burgers at a banging prices. Their luscious patties are served in bouncy brioche buns made by Allens Bakery in Roath. The chilli burger with a side of skin-on fries, is the best of the bunch, topped with moreish chilli lemon mayonnaise. The next time you get that guilty craving for Maccy D’s, simply head over to this quirky place to gorge on something much more satisfactory.

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Tiny Rebel

You'll know that Tiny Rebel do great beer, but perhaps you aren't aware they serve a solid burger too. The favourites are a hot mess of delicious marinated meat, tons of cheese, all infused with a little brewing flavour. The classic club combines chicken with maple bacon, while the veggie patty is infused with brewer's grain. And these guys aren't afraid to play around with flavour - take their #CardiffBurgerWeek special as an example: a southern fried chicken burger with sausage gravy (and fries). Hell yes!

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The Flora

Hungry students of Flora Street, thirsty young professionals of Hirwain Street, and all the movers and shakers of Cathays Terrace *know* that the Flora is the best pub in the area. A quirky modern interior, a great cocktail list, some sensational Sunday lunches, and of course, some very beefy burgers that would be sure to satisfy any appetite.

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The Lazy Leek

The team behind the Lazy Leek have experience running chalets in the French Alps; working in commercial kitchens, and even cooking food for refugees in Calais. With all of this foodie finesse now behind them, the Lazy Leek was born. Everything on the menu here is free from meat and dairy - the LL team want to share with the world how easy, tasty and exciting eating vegan can be. This means hungry plant-based easters can chow down on anything and everything, from glazed blueberry donuts, huge TexMex burgers, fresh and tasty onion bhaji wraps and 'pulled' portobello mushroom dirty fries.

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Steak of the Art

Part steak-house, part art gallery, but mainly a steak-house with a real passion for beef. Owner Steve searched far and wide for the right beef, focussing on the farms of Devon and Cornwall and on the Welsh Borders – eventually settling on Neil Powell's Master Butcher in Abergavenny. But most importantly, they serve up fantastic steak – and bloody juicy burgers!

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Buffalo Bar

Serving up an adventurous variety of beers, an easy-drinking selection of cocktails and a satisfyingly uncomplicated food offering, Buffalo's mix of proper nourishment and vibe-led lounge-chiq does "well-deserved chilling" pretty damn well.

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Published -23rd August 2018