Qatar has recently began to see the increase of burger restaurants in Qatar.
About 15 years ago, there were no other options besides Burger King, McDonald’s, Hardee’s and other internationally-known American fast food restaurants. Today, there’s a pool of burger restaurants you can choose from. The first to enter the market was Fuddruckers which has established its first and only branch in the Khalifa Tennis Stadium Complex around the year 2000. A few more burger-specialised restaurants set up shop in Qatar including Burgeri, Just Burger, Shake Shack, Johnny Rockets and Elevation Burger with a price range of QR30 to QR75.
Marhaba has gone around town and gathered a list of burger restaurants in Qatar for the burger lovers in town to have a go at.
Fuddruckers is an American fast casual, franchised, restaurant chain that specializes in hamburgers and steakhouse platters. Fuddruckers 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 and one pound burgers are grilled to order and placed on a Fuddruckers scratch-baked bun made fresh daily in Fuddruckers restaurant bakeries – ready for you to pile it high at Fuddruckers free market fresh produce bar.
Date opened: 2000
Time: (Saturday – Wednesday) 10 am – 12 am; (Thursday – Friday) 10 am – 1 am
Location: Khalifa Tennis Stadium Complex, West Bay
Contact information: 4483 3983
For more information, visit Fuddruckers’ website.
Johnny Rockets is an international restaurant chain that provides the food, fun and friendliness reminiscent of feel-good Americana. On June 6, 1986, the first Johnny Rockets opened on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, offering guests friendly service and great food in a fun and nostalgic atmosphere. Every original Johnny Rockets restaurant boasts great tasting food from a menu of favourites including juicy hamburgers, classic sandwiches, and hand-dipped shakes and malts. Guests also enjoy an all-American look and feel, tabletop jukeboxes and authentic decor.
Date opened: April 2004
Time: 8 am – 1 am
- Al Emadi Center on Salwa Road (beside Starbucks)
- Hyatt Plaza Mall
- Ezdan Mall
- Al Gharrafa
Contact information: 4444 7555
The latest addition to the burger heaven in Qatar, Five Guys opens at Doha Festival City. Five Guys started out in Arlington, Virginia back in 1986 when Jerry and Janie Murrell offered sage advice to their young sons: ‘Start a business or go to college’. The business route won and the Murrell family opened their first burger joint named, simply, Five Guys – after the five brothers.
At Five Guys, everything’s cooked fresh from scratch.No freezers. No microwaves. No timers. No can-openers.
Date opened: September 2017
Location: Doha Festival City
For more information, call 4493 1228 or visit Five Guys’ Facebook page.
Born in New York City’s Madison Square Park in 2004, Shake Shack is an integral part of Danny Meyer’s USHG which owns and operates some of New York City’s most celebrated restaurants. The Doha menu includes all the Shake Shack classics, including the burger that has swept the region — the Shack Burger, made from natural American Black Angus Halal beef which contains no hormones or antibiotics. It is served with American cheese, fresh lettuce, and tomatoes, Shack Sauce and finished with a toasted and buttered soft potato roll. In addition to its unrivalled selection of burgers and hot dogs, the Shake Shack menu also includes a variety of delicious shakes, crispy and Yukon crinkle cut fries and creamy frozen custard ice cream.
Date opened: November 2012
Time: (Saturday – Thursday) 10 am – 12 am; (Friday) 1 pm – 12 am
- Villaggio Mall
- Mall of Qatar
- Ezdan Mall
For more information, call 4413 5395 or visit Shake Shack’s website
Billed as a ‘healthier’ alternative to your regular burgers, Elevation Burger serves up to 100% organic grass fed, free range beef burgers. Their fries are also cooked in healthier olive oil. Besides their burgers, they also serve shakes, malts and cookies.
Date opened: October 2012
Time: 11 am – 12 am
Location: Parcel 2, The Pearl-Qatar – located next to Second Cup, near Porto Arabia Tower 3
Contact information: call 4495 3876 or email [email protected]
Qatar’s own burger brand, the Just Burger menu features a selection of burgers, Burger Steaks and more. Just Burger say they have ‘discovered what the food lovers in Qatar have been craving for years’; quality and tasty food, fun atmosphere.
Date opened: January 2013
Time: 11 am – 11 pm
Location: Unit 267, Pearl 11, The Pearl-Qatar
Contact information: call 4015 0180 or email [email protected]
Like Just Burger, Burgeri is a Qatari burger brand. The vintage-themed burger and hotdog house serves premium quality of food and beverages in casual dining style.
Date opened: June 2013
Time: 11 am – 1 am
Location: Aspire Park
Contact information: call 4449 3958
The popular American fast food restaurant chain, Fatburger, has opened its first restaurant in Qatar in The Pearl-Qatar. Fatburger is owned by franchisee Khalifa Al Sowaidi of Al Sowaidi Investment. Fatburger serves burgers, sandwiches and shakes. Their burgers are 100% pure lean beef. The new restaurant’s menu offers patties of varying size (small to large) and in varying quantity (XXL for a two large patties, XXXL for three large patties). Add-ons, sides, and drinks are available at an extra cost.
Date opened: July 2014
- Medina Centrale, Building No. 8, Unit 71, The Pearl-Qatar (11 am – midnight)
- Gulf Mall (10 am – midnight)
Contact information: 4029 9999
Firefly Burgers was founded by three college friends who are passionate about having good American sandwiches. Try their 15 exceptional burgers and chicken sandwiches in big servings. Firefly Burger, living up to its slogan Above All Burgers, offers best and finest ingredients to satisfy taste buds; from special house blend aged beef burgers to the mouth-watering chicken sandwiches.
Date opened: July 2016
Opening time: Noon– 1 am
Location: Al Nasr Street
For more information, visit Firefly Burger’s Facebook page or call 4488 3422
For those who are advocates of organic and earth-friendly products, Burger Boutique serves only organic grass-fed beef devoid of antibiotics and hormones; domination of concrete, rusted metal and wood in the interior design; packaging solutions made from 100% recycled paper justifying the approach. The restaurant is also a good place to have Instagram moments.
Location: Ezdan Mall
Opening time: 1 pm – 11 pm
For more information, call 4436 8844 or visit the Burger Boutique website
There are other restaurants in Qatar that serve burgers – although not as their specialty. The restaurants listed below are all American casual dining restaurants, which serve a wide variety of food including salads, soups, steaks, grills, sandwiches and much more.
Based in Texas, US, there are over 2,000 Applebee’s restaurants worldwide. Applebee’s has many branches in Qatar but the most popular ones are located in Suhaim bin Hamad Street, Qatar Sports Club and City Centre-Doha mall.
For more information, visit the Applebee’s website, or call 4442 7753 (Suhaim bin Hamad Street) or 4493 4880 (City Center-Doha Mall).
Bennigan’s is an Irish pub-themed casual dining restaurant chain with over 150 locations in the US and in 14 other countries. The restaurant was franchised in Qatar by Sterling Catering Services since 2000.
Bennigan’s can only be found near Khalifa Stadium Complex, West Bay.
For more information, visit the Benningan’s website or call 4483 8700.
Chili’s has more than 1,400 restaurants in 24 countries around the world. The Texas hamburger joint can be found across Qatar including Suhaim bin Hamad Street near Ramada junction, The Mall, City-Center-Doha mall and in Al Wakra.
For more information, visit the Chili’s website, Facebook or Twitter page, or call 4444 5335 (Ramada), 4411 5848 (City Center-Doha Mall), Hyatt Plaza 44863356, 4463 3474 (Al Wakra), 4472 8719 (Al Khor), 4427 3397 (Lagoona Mall), or email [email protected].
Five Guys is a family owned and operated franchise restaurant group that focuses on serving high quality burgers and fries in a clean, no frills atmosphere. Five Guys was established in 1986 in Arlington, VA. In 2003, Five Guys opened its first franchised location and with the help of loyal franchisees, Five Guys has expanded from five to more than 1400 locations worldwide and is serving in Qatar in 2017 for the first time at Doha Festival City.
For more information, call 4493 0446.
Ric’s Kountry Kitchen
Established in Qatar since 1997, Ric’s Kountry Kitchen is an American Southern Style Family Restaurant is one of the oldest restaurants in Doha. Well known as one of the best American restaurants in the Middle East, Rick and family have been in the Middle East for over 30 years. Ric’s Kountry Kitchen is popular for its American pies and big breakfasts. Loosen your belt for the burgers, sandwiches, soups, seafood, rib eye, T-bone, or filet. Everything is home-made from the hamburger buns to desserts; pecan pie, cheesecake, peach and cherry cobblers and much more.
Located at Sana Complex in Ras Abu Abboud Street, Ric’s Kountry Kitchen is open daily from 6 am to 8 pm.
For more information, call 4443 7846 or visit Ric’s Kountry Kitchen Doha’s website.
Take off with a sizzling menu of American favorites ranging from burgers and fajitas to steaks!
Located on Suhaim bin Hamad St, Roger’s Diner is open daily from 9 am to 11:45 pm.
For more information, call 4455 2333 or visit Roger’s Diner’s Facebook page.
Also known as Thank God Its Fridays, the American restaurant offers casual dining with over 1,000 restaurants in over 60 countries, serving burgers to steak and signature blended drinks. TGI Fridays is located at Landmark, Villaggio, Suhaim bin Hamad Street, Al Gharraffa and many other locations across Qatar.
For more information, visit the TGI Friday’s website or call 4486 6602.
The Butcher Shop & Grill
This legendary South African restaurant and butchery has opened its first branch in Qatar in Villaggio Mall. Aimed squarely at connoisseurs, The Butcher Shop & Grill allows diners to choose not only the size and cut of their steak, but also exactly the way they want it cooked. A range of burgers, seafood and poultry dishes are also on the menu. The attached butchery features only the finest imported beef, and the knowledgeable butchers are happy to advise on storage and cooking techniques.
The Butcher Shop & Grill is open daily from noon to 11:30 pm.
For more information, call 4413 5797.
Local burger joints:
- Build It Burger
- Dukkan Burger
- Exit 55
- Le Hamburg
- Mooyah Burgers
- The Rare Burger
- Terminal Burger
Besides the restaurants listed above, you can also try mouth-watering burgers at some of Qatar’s leading hotels such as The Ritz-Carlton, Doha (Admiral Club), The St. Regis Doha (Opal by Gordon Ramsay), Banana Island Resort Doha (Ted’s American Diner), InterContinental Doha (The Pool Bar), K108 Hotel (Yum Yum), City Center Rotana Doha (Boston’s) and much more.
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Author: Ola Diab
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