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1. FIRE HOUSE [Hongo]tabelog.com
This restaurant was established in 1996, long before the hamburger boom. There are American regulars who all agree that the taste is deliciously authentic. Their bacon cheeseburger is the popular item. The crispy bacon and the juicy beef patty are a perfect match. They also have a fully loaded side menu and sandwiches.
HP: www.firehouse.co.jp/main_menu.html (Japanese Only)
Address: 4-5-10 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
2. MUNCH’S BURGER SHACK [Shiba Koen]www.hotpepper.jp
Without using any frozen meats, the ground meat is used the same day and formed by hand, giving you a burger where you can feel the attention to detail. The well-seasoned patty between the slightly sweet bun comes together in a perfect union. They also have plenty imported beer that goes well with burgers so it’s perfect for those hot summer evenings.
HP: munchs.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1F・2F I SMART Bld. 2-26-1, Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
3. Shake Shack [Jingu Gaien]hamamatsuwriter.hatenablog.com
The first Japanese branch of the hugely popular New York restaurant. Their wholesomely raised, 100% Angus beef patty, original frozen custard dessert and healthy, filling menu is the secret to their popularity. Their spacious terrace seating is recommended for this time of year.
HP: www.shakeshack.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 2-1-15 Kitaaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
4. Yokozuna Burger [Ryogoku]tabelog.com
This is a takeout burger shop. They have various sizes and their hearty 150g patty comes at a reasonable 550 yen. Run in tandem by a parent-child combo, it’s not very flashy but it’s a shop loved by the locals.
HP: yokozunaburger.boo.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 2 Chome-16-8 Sangenjaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
5. Harakara. [Sangenjaya]tokyo-calendar.jp
With a theme of “throwing away junk food”, this restaurant boasts their healthy burgers. The most popular is the creamy, packed avocado burger. Without any ketchup or mustard, flavor is added with just natural salt and black pepper so you can taste the full, natural flavor of the ingredients.
HP: tabelog.com/tokyo/A1317/A131706/13091055/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 東京都世田谷区三軒茶屋2-16-8 (Google Map)
6. 1010 Noel Dr [用賀]blog.livedoor.jp
With a carefully crafted, 100% domestic beef patty, their ever-faithful, classic burger is popular. Their teriyaki burgers and other Japanese style burgers are also popular, quite surprisingly among foreign customers. The cozy restaurant is so comfortable you might stay for quite a while.
HP: tabelog.com/tokyo/A1317/A131707/13056726/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1B Wealth Yoga-dai, 3-11-1, Yoga, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
7. Furansuya [Kita-Senju]maruru110.com
Although at a glance it looks like a regular bakery, this shop’s fried, mince cutlet hamburgers are a masterpiece to those who know about them. The crisp mince cutlet are delicious even when cold, and the egg has been cooked so you can rest easy. This hearty item is only 400 yen so it frequently sells out. It’ll be better to go early.
HP: tabelog.com/tokyo/A1324/A132402/13058023/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 3-55 Senju, Adachi-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)