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There is nothing worse than spending your hard-earned cash on food that tastes terrible.

That is why I always search high and low, researching restaurant reviews or checking Yelp ratings before trying out a new eatery.

Out of all the amazing different foods out there, you would think a good, ol’ burger would be one of the easiest ones to get right.

Wrong. I have had some soggy bunned and bland, burnt burgers on my eating excursions in town, being left with major regret in their stead.

So, in honour of Thursday's National Burger Day, I am sharing my knowledge of the best burgers in Dublin with all of my fellow foodies.

1. Bunsen Burger

 

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Starting with the obvious, Bunsen is seriously one of the most delicious burgers I have had touch my lips. Its toasted, Brioche bun and well-done patty is simply perfect. This is a great place if you are one of those people who can never decide what to order. Their minimalist menu cuts your choices down to two options: with or without cheese.

2. Jo’burger 

This place has the biggest burgers you have ever seen, and you will want every last bite. Quality, sirloin beef sandwiched between a generous amount of towering toppings. If you fill up quickly, I recommend ordering your patty in a wrap so that you can savour each morsel of quality beef. Make sure to try out their crispy sweet potato fries. They also have delicious veggie burgers as well.

3. The Counter

 

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Perfect for picky eaters or those with unique tastes, The Counter lets you build your own burgers. Choose your patty size, cheese type, sauce (they have over 20 kinds), and tasty toppings. I personally prefer adding a sunny-side up egg, crispy onion, bacon, and avocado on mine. They have amazing chicken wings as well. This restaurant provides the ultimate burger experience, letting you participate in creating a scrumptious burger tailored to your own taste.

4. Wowburger 

 

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It’s all in the name with these fast-food styled burgers. One bite alone will have you saying ‘WOW’. As a former Californian resident, I can say that this is the closest thing I have ever found to In-n-out. With just the perfect amount of cheese smothered grease, this grub is the perfect combination of top-quality food for a low-cost price. Plus, you can find most locations inside a pub, making it the perfect drunken munchie for those late-night cravings.

5. The Mad Egg 

 

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Best chicken burger I have ever had. Don’t let the name fool you, this is not a brunch place. The hipster eatery deals out fried chicken burgers that are finger-lickin’ good. They have a range of different sauces from buffalo to ranch dressing that soak into the crispy chicken creating a perfectly balanced texture. Their bacon mac n’ cheese and build-your-own cheesecake are must-eats as well. Keep in mind there is usually a longer wait, so make sure to put your name in before heading across the road to The Bleeding Horse for a pint.

6. On the Pig’s Back

If you’re a vegan, you know how hard it is to find a decent burger in the city that doesn't taste like straight-up cardboard. This place has the best animal-free patties in Dublin. It's top-notch vegan and vegetarian burgers are served with vegan mayo and vegan cheese on a soft, wholesome brown bun. The menu also has delectable bites for carnies as well, including buffalo chicken wings and gorgeous beef burgers. The homemade rustic wedges are favoured among all types of eaters. Oh, and did I mention they are vegan?

7. Ray’s Pizza

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Yes, you read that right. Although it’s known primarily for its pizza, this underrated grubhub has fantastic burgers. These mouthwatering delights hit the spot after a long day of trying to eat healthy. Plus, all of their fries are made to order. And while their pizza is subpar in my opinion, they have the best cheeseburger combo in the city. You will not regret choosing Ray’s for your cheat meal.

8. Token

 

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Vintage arcade games, a variety of beers, scrumptious food – this is the ideal scene for you and your friends. Token’s burgers are made of tasty, grass-fed beef and are also available vegan-style. The vegan chick burger rivals that of On the Pig's Back. Also, their Out-n-In burger will change your life with its mouth-watering bacon jam spread. Check out their cheapskate deal that includes a main, side, drink, and ten tokens for games. There is also an entire floor of pinball machines, so what’s not to like at this hipster hangout?

9. BuJo

 

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This Sandymount burger joint seems causal from the outside, but its food is five-star rated. One bite will confirm that all ingredients are from local farms, making this unique restaurant completely sustainable. So, not only is your burger fresh and delicious, but it also supports small, struggling Irish farms. Make sure to try their limited-edition Au Poivre burger with peppered brie, portobello mushrooms, and dijon dressing. It pairs perfectly with their caramelised Guinness milkshake.

10. Borza’s Takeaway

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Looking for a late-night, greasy fix? Borza’s has bomb bites that will hit the spot. Their Italian pork sausage burger is a favourite for locals with its original, spicy flavours, allowing for the perfect amount of crunch with each savoury mouthful. This family-owned chipper goes the extra mile by making their own vinegar and freshly cut chips, which have become all the rage in Sandymount.

So, next time you have a hankering for a delish burger, try out one of these Dublin favourites.

From one foodie to another, these burgers are worth every penny.

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We've all stumbled in from a night out and craved every single type of food in the galaxy, but opening hours of these glorious fast food institutions have held us back.

It ain't our fault that we get snacky around midnight, and why should we have to cater our food bingeing needs on time? Well, Deliveroo is here to deliver the answer to this age-old problem on a silver platter. 

That's right. The food-delivery service has just announced new and extended delivery hours, so from today in Dublin, Cork and Galway you can now order the likes of Supermacs, Papa John's and KFC to your door as late as 2am.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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With over 30 restaurants and takeaways signed up to the new service, including Eddie Rockets, Subway and Burritos & Blues, it will no longer be a twilight search for sustenance ending in disappointment.

No more burnt toast or undercooked microwave-able meals in the late night, it's time for deliciousness to arrive at your door after dark.

Deliveroo aims to provide the ultimate food delivery experience, and customers also have the option to schedule orders via the Deliveroo app up to a day in advance.

Joe Groves at Deliveroo commented on the new launch:

“We’ve added a late-night delivery service after overwhelming requests from hungry customers looking for their favourite bites late at night. We’re delighted we’ve been able to make it happen and with so many excellent partners on board that are available exclusively to Deliveroo customers”.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Get your feast delivered to you between 8am and 11pm on weekdays, and from 8am until 2am on weekends.

Some of the restaurants on the list include Istanbul Kebab House (Dublin), Cafe Oasis, Papa John's in Cork and on O'Connell Street, Dino's Terenure Takeaway, Hasu Japanese & Thai, SuperSubs (Galway), Bobo's (Dublin), Apache Pizza and Bombay Flame (Dublin).

A stunning selection of leading local, independent and takeaway restaurants will conveniently bring their meals to your home or office in as little as 15 minutes. We honestly may die of excitement.

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It's a well known thing that many Irish people enjoy their steak 'well done'.

It basically has to be black and crispy in order for us to enjoy it.

Well, apparently more than half of us are eating undercooked burgers, and we're kinda surprised.

According to a study carried out by Safefood, 51 per cent of us are eating burgers in restaurants that aren't fully cooked.

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However, consumers want the burgers to be uncooked – for a number of reasons.

Factors range from taste to confidence in the food preparation, so it's safe to say we've officially moved on from burnt-to-a-crisp food.

Saying that, 65 per cent of the respondents said that they would reconsider their choice if they knew there was a risk of food poisoning.

Dr Gary Kearney of Safefood said: "The only way to ensure that any bacteria in the middle of the burger is killed off is to ensure that the burger is cooked well done.”

Safefood is currently campaigning to educate people on the dangers of contracting serious illnesses from undercooked meat.

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The biggest worry is a type of E. coli called VTEC.

"About 1 in 10 people who get VTEC will develop severe complications affecting the blood and kidneys. The biggest risk is to children and older people.

"If there is VTEC in the middle of your burger, only proper cooking will kill it.

"If your burger is not well cooked in the middle you are taking a big risk,” Dr Gary added.

So, be careful next time you chomp down on a juicy burger!

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If you live in Dublin, then you've definitely heard of Bunsen.

It's the delicious burger joint on Wexford Street that has a simple menu, but boy… does it deliver. Just look at that juiciness!

 

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Well, now it's not only going to be the Dubs that can enjoy these burgers on a daily basis because Bunsen is heading to Cork.

Opening this weekend, the Bunsen Facebook page announced that there will be free burgers for anyone who wants to join them.

The announcement is pretty scarce of information, but it looks like the restaurant will be situated on French Church Street.

Lads, you're going to love it.

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It's safe to say we all totally exploded with delight when we heard that Five Guys is coming to Dublin.

We've long awaited a new fast food joint (you can only have so many Maccy D's and Burger King), and its menu is look fantastic.

Dundrum Town Centre posted a picture of the menu to its Twitter page, and with burgers, hot dogs and sambos all on offer, we can't wait to tuck in.

The new restaurant opens next Monday October 3 at 11am.

Will we see you there?

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If you're around Dublin city centre this Monday August 15 and you fancy a FREE cheeseburger – you might want to swing by the newly-revamped Gourmet Burger Kitchen

That's because to mark its reopening, the popular eatery will be doling out no fewer than 500 freebies. 

Explaining that the GBK cheeseburger is made from a "100 percent grass fed Irish beef burger, topped with applewood smoked Irish cheddar cheese served in a glazed sesame topped bun," a statement confirming the offer was released this afternoon to SHEmazing.

“These are exciting times for GBK Ireland,” the statement added. “And what better way to celebrate the opening than by giving away hundreds of our most popular burger.”

Some €3.5million has been spent doing up GBK's Temple Bar restaurant – and the space now boasts the likes of bespoke banquettes, retro style laminate tables, and enviable terrace seating outside.

Back in 2001, three Kiwi guys set up the first Gourmet Burger Kitchen in London. It now has a total of five restaurants in Dublin.

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Just when we thought that we had a handle on the healthy and unhealthy foods, this study came along to blow everyone’s minds.

You might have thought that including some bacon in your diet, or indeed a burger from time to time, was a step up from other bad health habits- you were wrong. 

Bacon, and plenty of other processed meats are just as bad for you as smoking.

The World Health Organisation is set to make the announcement on Monday that processed meat is amongst the most deadly, the Daily Mail reports.

“Fresh red meat is also due to join the ‘encyclopaedia of carcinogens’ and is likely to be ranked as only slightly less dangerous than the preserved products.” 

 

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These findings have come after scientists from 10 nations reviewed all attainable evidence.

Sausages are also included in the list of food that apparently pose a massive threat to our health. So maybe rethink that Sunday fry-up.

The Mail is reporting that WHO will rank processed meat in the top five most likely things to give people cancer, among the likes of cigarettes and alcohol. 

Processed meat is said to be labelled as ‘carcinogenic to humans’, which is the highest of five possible rankings, shared with alcohol, asbestos, arsenic and cigarettes.

Processed meat is made by smoking, curing, salting, or adding chemicals which are believed to be cancer-causing.

While all things in moderation is suggested, removing processed meat from your diet entirely is recommended by the World Cancer Research Fund.

Could this mean that bacon packages will have warning labels in the future? 

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Well, this is just bad news for any of those questionable vegetarians in your life.

A survey from Voucher Codes Pro asked 1,789 vegetarians about their meat-hating habits and it revealed some interesting facts.

Close to one third per cent of vegetarians asked had admitted to eating meat when they’ve been drinking.

Of those questioned, 39 per cent admitted to snacking on a kebab when they were under the influence. What about the other 61 per cent you ask?

They are not entirely guilt-free either, 34 per cent have revealed they opted for a burger instead.

Interestingly, 27 per cent of vegetarians have confessed their love of bacon. Meanwhile, another 19 and 14 per cent confessed they love fried chicken and pork sausages.

“I think it’s important for friends of these ‘vegetarians’ to support them when drunk and urge them not to eat meat as I’m sure they regret it the next day,” said the website founder.

Strength in numbers, you guys!

However, one of the most interesting news to come from this survey was that vegetarians don’t always enjoy their mighty meaty splurges.

Almost 70 per cent of those surveyed revealed that they would never tell anyone when they fall of the veggie wagon the next day, even close friends, because they are so ashamed.

Well, meat-eaters and veggies alike may have that in common.

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If you thought the Internet freaked out with this Nutella doughnut milkshake, then just wait until you see these extreme shakes from Sydney-based blogger, Alana Dimou. 

On her website, she's made very strange milkshakes that have become Insta-famous by inventing three crazy flavour combinations – including a S'mores Chicken Milkshake and a Bacon Burger Milkshake… sounds weird, right?!

Alana said that "milkshake flavours are irrelevant now, the duty falls upon whatever lies on top," so she's placed everything from a full roasted chicken to beef burgers on top of milkshake-filled mason jars. 

The most decadent of the lot is her strawberry milkshake topped with a huge variety of baked goods. Four different kinds of doughnuts, pancakes, a Belgian waffle and whipped cream have turned many a sweet tooth's fantasy into reality. 

Alana's Bacon Burger concoction is perched on top of a chocolate milkshake, loaded with bacon and cheese, and perfectly topped off with a brioche bun. 

While these all look brilliant (and will probably be the perfect tipsy 2 a.m treat), we can't help but wonder how far this milkshake trend will go. 

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Here's the scenario: You are the world's ultimate foodie (in your own right) and you just so happen to win the lottery tomorrow. Of course you would tour the world to eat at the best restaurants and have the most extravagant dishes. What foodie wouldn't, after all. 

All you need is a plane ticket and ALL of your cash, because believe us, with the prices of these dishes, your money will be gone in no time.

Here is a list of the world's most expensive food:

 

The most expensive burgers

The most expensive burger in the world is from Serendipity 3, New York and sells for $295 (which is just under €270). It is made with white truffle butter-infused Japanese Wagyu beef, topped with James Montgomery cheddar cheese, black truffles and a fried quail egg.

It’s served on a gold-dusted roll spread with white truffle butter and topped with a blini, crème fraiche and caviar. If that isn't good enough, it is also served with a solid-gold tooth pick. 

 

The most expensive curry

The Samundari Khanzana (meaning seafood treasure), contains Devon crab, white truffle, Beluga caviar, gold leaf, a Scottish lobster coated in gold and four quail eggs.

It can be found in Bombay Brasserie, London and comes in at an astonishing £2,040, which is about €2,900. 

 

The most expensive dessert

We're back to Serendipity 3 in New York with the world's most expensive dessert. You won't believe the price of it – $25,000 (€23,000). Yep… We're lost for words too. The luxury desert is an ice cream sundae and contains a blend of 28 cocoas, including 14 of the most expensive in the world.

It is decorated with edible gold and served in a goblet lined with edible gold. Wow. And if that wasn't enough there is also a 18 carat gold bracelet for you at the bottom. 

 

The most expensive bagel 

This bagel would be a real breakfast treat. It is made with white truffle cream cheese, goji berry-infused riesling jelly and gold leaf. The bagel is available in The Westin New York and costs $1,000 (€905). 

 

The most expensive ham

The most expensive ham comes from The Food Hall in Selfridges, London. The 6.8kg ham costs £1,700 (€2,400). It comes from pigs that were only fed acorns and roots to give them a distinctive flavour.

The ham is then cured for three years before being put in a handmade wooden box with an apron handmade by a Spanish tailor. Fancy pants.

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We’ve all seen those videos that claim to lift the lid on what really goes into McDonald’s food, pink slime included.

Well, the original fast food giant is keen to dispel some of the popular – and gross – myths about their products, and have launched a new campaign to do so.

One strand of their PR push has seen a new addition to their FAQs section which seems to debunk to belief that McDonald’s food doesn’t rot. Indeed, they are keen to reassure us that their food can definitely decompose.

Mmm, appetising.

The other aspect of the campaign sees presenter Grant Imhara pay a visit to the company’s meat supplier, where he takes us through the journey of a McDonald’s meat patty.

“Are there lips and eyeballs in there, Jimmy?” Grant asks the plant operator. Thankfully, it’s a negative from Jimmy.

If you’re in need of a little reassurance before your next Big Mac craving, check out the interesting video below.

 

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These make a perfect mid-week meal. They are so easy to put together and the only thing you’ll probably need to buy is the turkey mince!

All of the spices in this dish have great health properties and will be really good for you, see why!

What you’ll need:
Makes 5 burgers

  • 500g turkey mince
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 red apple
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 220°C.
  2. Grate the red onion and apple into a large bowl and add all of the spices.
  3. Place the mince and mix to combine the ingredients together well.
  4. Shape into burger shapes and place onto a grill rack.
  5. Cook for about 30 minutes, turning once until cooked through.
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