Do you want to continue enjoying Japanese food, but feel a little homesick and really want a taste of home? Perhaps you’re worried about the possibility of not being able to eat Japanese food because of your allergy to fish or because you have strict dietary needs. Do not fret, because you can still enjoy the food in Japan even while experiencing a dish that is familiar and close to home–that is, a ハンバーガー or hamburger. You can find them all over the cities in Japan, especially in Tokyo. Here are eight great burger joints to check out in Tokyo.
Fire House Burger
The Fire House burger restaurant will have anyone’s mouth watering upon entry. The burgers are cooked nicely with a charcoal outside and a delectable, juicy inside. One bite and this burger will surely transport you back to America at a backyard cookout for a few moments. The burgers have a nice balance of lettuce and tomato, not too much and not too little. Along with a great burger, you get a great side of fries that are cooked well and seasoned to crispy perfection. If you’re feeling a bit homesick while in Tokyo, this restaurant will serve great comfort food.
Restaurant name: Fire House burger
Address:4-5-10, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-0033, Japan
Business hour: 11:00-23:00 (L.O. 22:30)
If you are looking for a big burger that will set your onaka (stomach) on ippai (full), Brozers is the place for you. Brozers is a great restaurant because, not only are the burgers big, but this restaurant also offers fun choices like an avocado or pineapple burger. People enjoy the lot or double lot burgers, which feature your choice of barbecue, teriyaki, hot or sweet chili sauce, bacon eggs, cheese, pineapple, pretty much everything for toppings. If you don’t mind sacrificing a bit of money in exchange for an experience, Brozers is a great burger joint to take on.
Address:2-28-5, Nihombashiningyocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 103-0013, Japan
Business hour: 11:00-22:00(Mon.-Thu.), 11:00-23:00(Mon. Thu. ＆the days before National Holidays), 11:00-20:00(Sun. ＆National Holidays)
Veganic To Go
Of course, vegan diets cannot be left out. The perfect burger joint for vegans is the Veganic To Go Restaurant which serves all organic food with organic ingredients and all. The vegan avocado and tofu burgers and the black bean burgers are among foreign customer favorites; however, many foreign customers feel that the portions are too small, so they leave hungry, and the buns are too soft and small to hold the burger together making it difficult to eat. But, the taste is undoubtedly delicious and although the menu is a bit pricey, the ingredients are certainly of high quality.
Restaurant name:Veganic To Go
Address:1F Nogizaka studio, 7-4-14 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo,106-0032, Japan
Business hour: 11:30 – 22:00 (L.O.21:00)/Wed, Sun & National Holiday are until 17:00(L.O.16:30)
Vegans rejoice upon finding out that there is yet another vegan restaurant to choose from. AIN SOPH.ripple specializes in plant-based, organic, vegetarian and vegan-friendly cuisine. This restaurant offers the Ripple and Ripple cheeseburger with fresh guacamole, onion, tomato, lettuce, and aurora sauce as well as the crispy soy chicken burger and the falafel burger. The restaurant is at a mid-range price for burgers, which is good for the quality. The restaurant is small, but with the quick service and the ability to order and make transactions in English, this burger joint is highly a favored among many Americans.
Restaurant name:AIN SOPH.ripple
Address:3F 2-46-8, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0021, Japan
Business hour: Mon.-Fri.: 11:00〜21:30, Sat.-Sun.&Holiday: 11:00～20:30
Gluten Free Cafe Littlebird
Another great spot to keep in mind, especially for those who have a gluten-free diet, is the Gluten Free Cafe Littlebird. This restaurant serves a plethora of food, but the burger menu is developed enough to make it onto this list. The SHOO-BERGER menu lists BLT burger, ham and cheese veggie burger, and others as options to choose from. This restaurant is loved by many gluten-free dieters since the rice is grown domestically and there are no wheat products at all. It is loved by many Americans especially since the menu is a nice blend of Japanese and western-style food.
Address:1-20-12, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001, Japan
Business hour: 11:00-22:30 (Wed. is Regular holiday)
Official website: https://glutenfree-restaurant.com/restaurant/little-bird/?lang=ja#item-location
Authentic is a great burger joint to check out. It has premium burgers that can be found on a typical menu all made with fresh ingredients. Some of the burgers have a few interesting twists, like the broccoli burger. For Americans, Authentic is among the best of burger restaurants because the burgers are juicy, well-seasoned and held together with the perfect bun. Very satisfying. Some Americans may feel that the restaurant is small like many places in Japan; however, the environment remains a cozy, relaxed, comfortable and welcoming environment. This burger joint surely keeps the flavor and the vibes “Authentic.”
Address:2F, 2-18-19-101, Akasaka , Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0052, Japan
Business hour: Mon.-Fri. 11:-16:00＆17:30-21:30/Sat. , Sun.＆Holiday 11:00～19:30
Burger Kitchen Chatty Chatty
This burger joint features monthly specials that will peak anyone’s curiosity. With burgers such as the cinnamon apple burger and the avocado burger, you are sure to get a tasteful experience. The burgers are cooked in a homemade style. This is favored or not favored depending on the person, but the portions are favored among Americans as well as the variety of burgers which can be ordered via an English menu. There is a nice blend of familiar options and options that are unique to Japan. The atmosphere is laid back, welcoming, and cozy and the staff is very attentive.
Restaurant name:Burger Kitchen Chatty Chatty
Address:1-12-1, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0022, Japan
Business hour:11:00-23:00 (Mon. is Holiday)
With its friendly staff and Caribbean themed interior, the Island Burgers restaurant is a yet another great burger joint to get a fusion of tastes from home and Japan. There are plenty of toppings to choose from which makes the experience fun even for the adventurous bunch, but there are also the burger classics like the good old-fashioned cheeseburger. The burgers are big and tasty and come with a side of pickles and well-seasoned fries, so for 1500 yen, it’s not a bad deal. It is highly encouraged to try the seasonal options as well for a totally unique experience.
Restaurant name:Island Burgers
Address:3F, 3-1, Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0004, Japan
Business hour:11:00-21:45 (L.O. 21:00)/ Mon. is Holiday
Japan offers endless types of burgers that may suit the taste buds of both the adventurous and conservative American. Whether you desire a taste of Japan, a taste from home, or anything in between, you can surely find it at the burger joints in Tokyo. It’s highly encouraged, however, to try something new when you travel to a foreign country, especially a country as culturally rich and different as Japan. Who knows? Perhaps you’ll discover an 味 (aji) or flavor that you never knew you’d love. But one thing’s for sure, you’ll never know unless you give it a try.
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