I know, I was SO enthusiastic about the burgers at The Bird, but then I went back a couple of months ago and experienced the worst case of food poisoning I’ve ever had to suffer through. It wasn’t the burger, of that I’m sure, so it must have been a particularly napalmy ‘napalm wing’; none of my co-diners (one of whom was barely one years old) suffered any ill effects, so I’m sure it was a weird fluke, an occasional side effect of taking pleasure in food. Still, for me it meant a time-out, a chance to explore what else is on Berlin’s hamburger horizon.
After perusing your exciting recommendations here on the blog and on Facebook, we tried the burgers at BBI (Berlinburger International), which turned out to be a charming hole in the wall down in Neukölln. We sat outside, trying to place the more outlandish outfits on the slippery spectrum between accidental and intentional hipsterism, and the burgers were fine, just fine; a little on the thin and dry side perhaps, but tasty enough. Nothing to shout about on this blog though, unlike your second recommendation: Prenzlauer Berg’s Marienburger.
How could I have overlooked such delicious burgers in my own Postleitzahl! The tiny spot was very busy for lunch, so my friend, her dog, and I had to wait a little bit for seats to open up at the long tables outside after we had ordered our Neuland burgers. The wait was worth it though, with the (completely unartisanal) fries up to the crispy standard of the Dutch and the beautifully proportioned burgers themselves perfectly medium rare (without us having to ask!) and tasty. The jalapenos on my chilli cheese-burger gave mine a lovely punch, while my friend’s had a nice bit of arugula crunch to it. You don’t get as much meat or as many fries as at The Bird, but then one doesn’t always need to, does one, and the prices are very friendly indeed (a Neuland hamburger is €4,70, fries €1,60). There’s no doubt I’ll be back as soon as my burger craving kicks in again. Now, where should we go next?