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VOX POP: WHERE'S YOUR FAVOURITE BURGER FROM?

Tags:   Food & Drink,   Vox Pop,   Burgers,   Opinion

By The Swag Team   -  November 12, 2015


   Food & Drink malta,  Vox Pop malta,  Burgers malta,  Opinion malta,  VOX POP: Where's Your Favourite Burger From? malta, Lifestyle malta, Swag Mens Online Magazine Malta

There’s been some discussion, particularly in America, about McDonalds’ success taking a dive. Could it be that this iconic, multi-billion dollar company is slowly being pushed out of one of the top spots in the fast food world? You can check out some articles here, here and here.
 

With a spike in new burger joints making an appearance locally, SWAG was curious to find out – where’s your favourite place to get a burger?

 

About 100 different people answered this question. We narrowed it down to the top 5 most loved burger outlets on the island and the handy pie chart below displays the results of the votes. SWAG also went more in-depth with 8 individuals who told us a little bit about what makes the perfect burger. 

 


 

  Here's a very scientific pie chart with the results from our poll...

Here's a very scientific pie chart with the results from our poll... malta,  The chart above lists outlets with at least 2 votes. Other places worth a mention include Tex Mex, Ryan's, Zion, Cafe Cuba, Just Burger, Talbot & Bons and a few more ... 

   

 But after much counting we've got Malta's top 5 burger outlets listed (top 6 actually, there was a tie for #5), straight from the source - YOU! It was an uphill battle between the top two contenders.  Can you guess who's at number one?    

   

   Drum roll please....   

   

   

 5.    Hard Rock  , Valletta / St Julian's  and      Club House  , Gozo TIED (3%)  

 4.  Badass Burgers , St Julian's / Valletta (8%) 

 3.  New York Best , Sliema / Msida /  St Julian's  / Tal-Qroqq (10%) 

 2.   Hugo's Burger Bar ,   St Julian's (18%)  

 1.   Shoreditch ,   St Julian's   (25%)   

   

 With a whopping 25% of the votes, Shoreditch was voted as having the best burgers around. 

   

 Check out what a select few had to say about the whole thing ... 

   

 
   
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Here's a very scientific pie chart with the results from our poll...

The chart above lists outlets with at least 2 votes. Other places worth a mention include Tex Mex, Ryan's, Zion, Cafe Cuba, Just Burger, Talbot & Bons and a few more ...

 

But after much counting we've got Malta's top 5 burger outlets listed (top 6 actually, there was a tie for #5), straight from the source - YOU! It was an uphill battle between the top two contenders. Can you guess who's at number one?  

 

Drum roll please....

 

 

5. Hard Rock, Valletta / St Julian's and Club House, Gozo TIED (3%)

4. Badass Burgers, St Julian's / Valletta (8%)

3. New York Best, Sliema / Msida / St Julian's / Tal-Qroqq (10%)

2. Hugo's Burger BarSt Julian's (18%)

1. ShoreditchSt Julian's (25%) 

 

With a whopping 25% of the votes, Shoreditch was voted as having the best burgers around.

 

Check out what a select few had to say about the whole thing ...

 


 



  Jo Caruana, 31, Businesswoman / Magazine Editor / Actress

Jo Caruana, 31, Businesswoman / Magazine Editor / Actress  malta,   Where is your favourite burger from?  

   

 I have two.  The Summer Kitchen  burger at the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa is fantastic. Executive chef Stefan Hogan spent a year getting the mix right and I love the results. I am also a huge fan of  New York Best  – I love their falafel burger (as I don’t actually eat meat that often), although their Juicy Lucy is definitely another favourite for when nothing else will do! 

   

   

  How often do you eat burgers?  

   

 Veggie ones about twice a month, meat ones maybe once a month. 

   

   

  Do you prefer burgers from fast food places or more upmarket outlets?  

   

 Both – and it all boils down to the chips. They have to be super crispy and dunked in mayo. 

   

   

  Describe your perfect burger.  

   

 Medium-rare with lots of sauce and drenched in cheese. Healthy huh?!  

   

 
   
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Jo Caruana, 31, Businesswoman / Magazine Editor / Actress
Photo credit:  Kurt Paris

Where is your favourite burger from?

 

I have two. The Summer Kitchen burger at the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa is fantastic. Executive chef Stefan Hogan spent a year getting the mix right and I love the results. I am also a huge fan of New York Best – I love their falafel burger (as I don’t actually eat meat that often), although their Juicy Lucy is definitely another favourite for when nothing else will do!

 

 

How often do you eat burgers?

 

Veggie ones about twice a month, meat ones maybe once a month.

 

 

Do you prefer burgers from fast food places or more upmarket outlets?

 

Both – and it all boils down to the chips. They have to be super crispy and dunked in mayo.

 

 

Describe your perfect burger.

 

Medium-rare with lots of sauce and drenched in cheese. Healthy huh?! 

 


 



  Mykill Cini, 35, DJ / Producer

Mykill Cini, 35, DJ / Producer malta,   Where is your favourite burger from?   

   

  Tex Mex , Sliema! 

   

   

   How often do you eat burgers?    

   

  Once a week, but I m trying to cut down for obvious reasons!  

   

   

  Do you prefer burgers from fast food places or more upmarket outlets?  

   

 If I'm going to have to burn the extra calories after I eat it, I'm only going to sink my teeth in the best gourmet burger. 

   

   

  Describe your perfect burger.   

   

 Obviously a nice juicy patty ideally Wagyu or black Angus beef.  Cheddar cheese and a nice soft bun, a pickle and on the side some potato wedges with ketchup.  

   

 
   
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Mykill Cini, 35, DJ / Producer

Where is your favourite burger from?

 

Tex Mex, Sliema!

 

 

How often do you eat burgers?

 

Once a week, but I m trying to cut down for obvious reasons!

 

 

Do you prefer burgers from fast food places or more upmarket outlets?

 

If I'm going to have to burn the extra calories after I eat it, I'm only going to sink my teeth in the best gourmet burger.

 

 

Describe your perfect burger.

 

Obviously a nice juicy patty ideally Wagyu or black Angus beef.  Cheddar cheese and a nice soft bun, a pickle and on the side some potato wedges with ketchup. 

 


 



  Chris Dingli, 35, Actor / Comedian / Host of XFM 100.2’s Big Drive Home

Chris Dingli, 35, Actor / Comedian / Host of XFM 100.2’s Big Drive Home malta,    Where is your favourite burger from?   

   

 I think my favourite place to go to is  G   ourmet Burger Kitchen  (UK burger chain). They make an amazing portobello mushroom and aubergine burger.  

   

   

  How often do you eat burgers?  

   

 I’m vegetarian, so not very often! Most veggie burgers tend to be rather bland, so I avoid them most of the time. Having said that, if I’m invited to a BBQ and normal burgers are the only option, I have no problem eating them. That usually happens a couple of times a year and they always taste delicious, although I don’t miss them the rest of the time. 

   

   

  Do you prefer burgers from fast food places or more upmarket outlets?  

   

 Fast food outlets almost never have a veggie option, so my choices are somewhat limited! 

   

   

  Describe your perfect burger.  

   

 The GBK portobello mushroom burger is pretty much it. The only way it can be improved is if there are two burgers on the plate instead of one. 

   

 
   
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Chris Dingli, 35, Actor / Comedian / Host of XFM 100.2’s Big Drive Home

Where is your favourite burger from?

 

I think my favourite place to go to is Gourmet Burger Kitchen (UK burger chain). They make an amazing portobello mushroom and aubergine burger.

 

 

How often do you eat burgers?

 

I’m vegetarian, so not very often! Most veggie burgers tend to be rather bland, so I avoid them most of the time. Having said that, if I’m invited to a BBQ and normal burgers are the only option, I have no problem eating them. That usually happens a couple of times a year and they always taste delicious, although I don’t miss them the rest of the time.

 

 

Do you prefer burgers from fast food places or more upmarket outlets?

 

Fast food outlets almost never have a veggie option, so my choices are somewhat limited!

 

 

Describe your perfect burger.

 

The GBK portobello mushroom burger is pretty much it. The only way it can be improved is if there are two burgers on the plate instead of one.

 


 



  Luke Dalli, 27, Lawyer / Actor / Presenter

Luke Dalli, 27, Lawyer / Actor / Presenter malta,   Where is your favourite burger from?  

   

 It's got to be  New York Best.  

   

   

  How often do you eat burgers?  

   

 Not too often. Maybe once a month. 

   

   

  Do you prefer burgers from fast food places or more upmarket outlets?  

   

 I like places that throw real meat in my burgers not serve chewy patties that taste like liver. 

   

   

  Describe your perfect burger.  

   

 Quite simple - Soft bun, slice of cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, some mayo and a nice medium rare juicy burger.  

   

 
   
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Luke Dalli, 27, Lawyer / Actor / Presenter
Photo credit:  KULURI

Where is your favourite burger from?

 

It's got to be New York Best.

 

 

How often do you eat burgers?

 

Not too often. Maybe once a month.

 

 

Do you prefer burgers from fast food places or more upmarket outlets?

 

I like places that throw real meat in my burgers not serve chewy patties that taste like liver.

 

 

Describe your perfect burger.

 

Quite simple - Soft bun, slice of cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, some mayo and a nice medium rare juicy burger. 

 


 



  Mikhail Basmadjian, 43, PAMA's Marketing Manager and Designer

Mikhail Basmadjian, 43, PAMA's Marketing Manager and Designer malta,   Where is your favourite burger from?  

   

  Step In Bar & Restaurant  in Zurrieq. I have burgers there after evening scuba-dives at Wied iz-Zurrieq. Part of the fun is being surrounded by resident cats, who expect to be fed – works out well too health-wise as end up eating only HALF a burger! 

   

   

  How often do you eat burgers?   

   

 Once, maybe twice a month. 

   

   

  Do you prefer burgers from fast food places or more upmarket outlets?  

   

 Fast food places really… 

   

   

  Describe your perfect burger.  

   

 Medium rare triple beef patty, lots of mayo, caramelised onions, lots of melted cheese, bacon, pickled cucumbers. Hate dry overcooked burgers! 

   

 
   
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Mikhail Basmadjian, 43, PAMA's Marketing Manager and Designer

Where is your favourite burger from?

 

Step In Bar & Restaurant in Zurrieq. I have burgers there after evening scuba-dives at Wied iz-Zurrieq. Part of the fun is being surrounded by resident cats, who expect to be fed – works out well too health-wise as end up eating only HALF a burger!

 

 

How often do you eat burgers? 

 

Once, maybe twice a month.

 

 

Do you prefer burgers from fast food places or more upmarket outlets?

 

Fast food places really…

 

 

Describe your perfect burger.

 

Medium rare triple beef patty, lots of mayo, caramelised onions, lots of melted cheese, bacon, pickled cucumbers. Hate dry overcooked burgers!

 


 



  Brendan Cutajar, 25, Software Developer

Brendan Cutajar, 25, Software Developer malta,   Where is your favourite burger from?  

   

 To be honest,  I really like my own  because I know exactly what I like and what goes into them. 

   

   

  How often do you eat burgers?  

   

 Not very often, I try not to eat meat most of the time, but when I do eat meat it's got to be good. 

   

   

  Do you prefer burgers from fast food places or more upmarket outlets?  

   

 If I wasn’t making my own burger I would choose more upmarket, just because there’s probably less crap in them and they’re fresher. 

   

   

  Describe your perfect burger.  

   

 A lightly toasted bun with a thick medium-rare, simply seasoned beef patty, some lettuce, tomato and caramelised onion, thin slices of melted mature cheddar, topped with a mayo/mustard/ketchup combo sauce. Maybe some guacamole if I’m feeling adventurous.  

   

 
   
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Brendan Cutajar, 25, Software Developer

Where is your favourite burger from?

 

To be honest, I really like my own because I know exactly what I like and what goes into them.

 

 

How often do you eat burgers?

 

Not very often, I try not to eat meat most of the time, but when I do eat meat it's got to be good.

 

 

Do you prefer burgers from fast food places or more upmarket outlets?

 

If I wasn’t making my own burger I would choose more upmarket, just because there’s probably less crap in them and they’re fresher.

 

 

Describe your perfect burger.

 

A lightly toasted bun with a thick medium-rare, simply seasoned beef patty, some lettuce, tomato and caramelised onion, thin slices of melted mature cheddar, topped with a mayo/mustard/ketchup combo sauce. Maybe some guacamole if I’m feeling adventurous. 

 


 



  Anthea Xuereb, 24, Freelance

Anthea Xuereb, 24, Freelance malta,   Where is your favourite burger from?  

   

 My go-to place is  Shoreditch  in Paceville. 

   

   

  How often do you eat burgers?  

   

 Approximately twice a month. 

   

   

  Do you prefer burgers from fast food places or more upmarket outlets?  

   

 Upmarket outlets. 

   

   

  Describe your perfect burger.  

   

 Angus beef, mature cheddar, blue cheese, caramelised onions, gherkins, Jack Daniels sauce, sautéed mushrooms and bacon. 

   

 
   
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Anthea Xuereb, 24, Freelance

Where is your favourite burger from?

 

My go-to place is Shoreditch in Paceville.

 

 

How often do you eat burgers?

 

Approximately twice a month.

 

 

Do you prefer burgers from fast food places or more upmarket outlets?

 

Upmarket outlets.

 

 

Describe your perfect burger.

 

Angus beef, mature cheddar, blue cheese, caramelised onions, gherkins, Jack Daniels sauce, sautéed mushrooms and bacon.

 


 



  Michelle Demanuele, 23, Chef/Student

Michelle Demanuele, 23, Chef/Student malta,   Where is your favourite burger from?  

   

 Probably  Shoreditch . 

   

   

  How often do you eat burgers?  

   

 Once a month. 

   

   

  Do you prefer burgers from fast food places or more upmarket outlets?  

   

 Upmarket outlets. 

   

   

  Describe your perfect burger.  

   

 Angus beef, crispy bacon, pickles, mature cheddar, rucola and tomatoes. 

   

 
   

   So there you have it. Where's your favourite burger from?   
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Michelle Demanuele, 23, Chef/Student

Where is your favourite burger from?

 

Probably Shoreditch.

 

 

How often do you eat burgers?

 

Once a month.

 

 

Do you prefer burgers from fast food places or more upmarket outlets?

 

Upmarket outlets.

 

 

Describe your perfect burger.

 

Angus beef, crispy bacon, pickles, mature cheddar, rucola and tomatoes.

 


 

So there you have it. Where's your favourite burger from?






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