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Lately, there has been a quality boost when it comes to hamburgers in Oslo.
Lately, there has been a quality boost when it comes to hamburgers in Oslo.

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The best hamburgers in Oslo

Freshly ground meat from Jæren, truffle mayonnaise, sweet potato fries or spuds from Toten? Norwegian hamburgers have become a gourmet food that is served with care and attention.

At the burger joints throughout Oslo, people in coats and ties stand side by side with hipsters, waiting for a burger, fries coated with parmesan cheese or rosemary and a flavorsome garnish. Quite simply, it has become a trend that is easy to get on board with - because it is just so incredibly tasty. But how did burgers become so trendy? Why did eating dinner with your hands at a back street dive suddenly become something worth boasting about?

“One of the theories is that the trend of eating hamburgers is somehow linked to the financial crisis. Before it hit the USA, there was a trend among high profile chefs to make Kobe burgers, or burgers with goose liver and truffles. The burger itself was no longer the centerpiece. But in the wake of the crisis, there was a boom in demand for less expensive food,” says Jostein Medhus, food expert and co-owner of the Kulinarisk Akademi culinary school to Scandinavian Traveler.

Chefs began to cook simpler food and some found that they wanted to take things in a new direction, developing tasty burger concepts. With the economic downturn, people wanted honest food.

“What’s emerged is a trend that dictates that food should, at all costs, be genuine. Everything about burgers, as well as French fries and sauces, has undergone a renaissance. The bread isn’t the same as it was 10 years ago. But the burger has become again what it once was.”

Troys Burger

The menu at this burger joint on Torggata is not extensive. However, the burger lovers of Oslo - as well as other foodies - heap praise on what is available. Choose from four burgers, served with classic French fries or sweet potato fries. The prices are nothing to go wild about: They start at NOK 98. Just a shame that most people can’t manage more than one.

Troys Burger

Torggata 18, 0181 Oslo

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Photo: Inga Ragnhild Holst

GoGrilla

GoGrilla is a food truck that rolls around the streets of Oslo and helps keep people satisfied and happy. Here you will find good, perfectly cooked burgers with crispy vegetables, cheddar cheese and sweet potato fries. Another delicacy on the menu is the chivito steak sandwich with entrecote, ham, mango mayonnaise and a choice of either egg, bacon or cheese. The only problem with the burgers from GoGrilla is that they are so tall, you almost have to dislocate your jaws to take a bite. But maybe that’s not really a problem?

GoGrilla

Illegal Burger

When Oslovians discuss the new burger scene, you can be sure that Illegal Burger is not far from people’s thoughts. The menu features favorites such as the Cheese Royale and the Illegal Spessial - spelled with the double ‘s’ that forms part of the distinctive speech patterns that can be heard down by the Akerselva River.

Illegal Burger

Olaf Ryes plass 4 + Møllergata 23

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Photo: Victor Norén

Kverneriet

The sumptuous menu at Kverneriet will quickly get your mouth watering. They promise truffles, cheese and umami - and keep their word. You get a lot of flavor packed into a bun and a delicious selection of accoutrements. Stand out features on the menu include parmesan fries, béarnaise mayonnaise and many other delicacies. This fall, Kverneriet will be serving Crabsolutely Clawsome, a burger with crab and a Västerbotten cheese crisp. Thirsty? Choose from a wide variety of beer and ales. If you’re looking for a more driving-friendly meal, try a chocolate fudge milkshake. Kverneriet has three restaurants: One at Henriks Ibsens gate 100 on Solli plass, one in Tønsberg and one on Majorstuen.

Kverneriet

Kirkeveien 64b, 0364 Oslo

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Døgnvill Burger

The guys at Døgnvill Burger get their meat from Jæren and their potatoes from Toten. This creates a dynamite combination in a bun. The Norwegian ingredients are mixed with chipotle, habanero, jalapeño and parmesan in generous quantities. Enjoy with either an ice cream milkshake or a freakshake!Døgnvill has two branches in Oslo, one on Vulkan and one on the fashionable Tjuvholmen.

Døgnvill Burger

Vulkan 12, 0178 Oslo

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Munchies

This locale on Torggata is spartan, but there is nothing spartan about the burger and fries you can enjoy there. The patty is perfectly pink in the center, firm and juicy, and the accoutrements are tasty and delicious. Choose between six different burgers, a vegan burger with hummus, as well as regular fries or sweet potato fries, which are sweet, salty and crispy. They also serve a small, well-chosen beer.Munchies now opened two more branches - on Grünerløkka and at Solli Plass - and Munchie burgers are also available for home delivery via the Foodora platform. Yum!

Munchies

Torggata 18 C, Oslo

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St. Lars

Laurentius is a saint from Rome who shared the church's treasure with the poor, but here in Scandinavia he is called St. Lars and often depicted with a grill. The pious St. Lars is also the patron saint of brewers, and is perhaps the reason why the barbecue restaurant at Bislett has been named after him. At St. Lars, the fare is based around first-class meat cooked on a charcoal grill. The menu features an extravagant classic burger with bacon, cheddar cheese, brioche and rosemary fries. A good selection of beers, wine and cocktails is also available. Perhaps St. Lars would have liked to have this burger on his table?

St. Lars

Thereses gate 45, 0354 Oslo

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Last edited: September 26, 2018

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