Burgers are popular in Medellín and we look at 13 of the best burger places in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley with very good hamburgers.
During my time living in Medellín for over eight years I have found what are arguably the best burgers in Medellín and the Aburrá valley. And I decided to pick the top 13 best burgers places. Also, I found several of these places based on recommendations from other expats living in the city.
It was honestly difficult to rank these 13 best burgers places, as several are equally good in my opinion. And this made it difficult to choose between these places.
Also, everyone’s tastes are different so a ranking is very subjective. In addition, I don’t trust the rankings on TripAdvisor. So, the burger places in this article are ordered by the number of locations each has and then alphabetically.
Also, this list only includes places that have “beef burgers”. So, there are no veggie burgers or chicken burgers considered.
Here is my list of the 13 best burgers places in Medellín, which is in order by the number of locations and then alphabetically:
1. Chef Burger – 11 Locations
Chef Burger is a popular chain with 11 gourmet burger restaurants in Medellín with really good American style burgers. And they also use the slogan “The Best Burger in Town”. But that’s debatable as Medellín has many other good burger places.
Chef Burger was originally the dream of four enterprising friends that started in August 2011 with its first gourmet burger restaurant in El Poblado.
This gourmet burger restaurant has been so popular that it has grown over the past six years to where it now has 11 restaurants in Medellín. In addition, it has two in Bogotá and two in Cali. So, Chef Burger now has a total of 15 restaurants in Colombia. Also, it has a food truck to enable Chef Burger to bring its gourmet burgers to some events.
The above photo is the Mexican burger at Chef Burger with beef grilled to order with lettuce, tomato, guacamole, cheese, onions and jalapeños with chili with meat and pico de gallo, photo is courtesy of Chef Burger.
On the menu at Chef Burger are 15 different burgers with prices ranging from 13,900 to 23,900 pesos
Chef Burger currently has 11 locations in the Medellín metro area that are listed below:
- El Poblado: Calle 3 # 43-37, +57 4 448 2378 ext. 104
- El Poblado: Calle 11 A No. 42 – 05, +57 4 448 2378 ext. 101
- El Poblado: El Tesoro mall, local 1545, +57 4 448 2378 ext. 108
- El Poblado: Mercado Del Rio La Strada, Carrera 43A # 1Sur-150
- Envigado: Carrera 48 # 26 Sur-87, Contenedores, +57 4 448 2378 ext. 103
- Envigado: Carrera 48 # 32B Sur-139, Viva Envigado Mall, 3rd floor, opened in October 2018.
- Laureles: Circular 76 # 39 -07, +57 4 448 2378 ext. 102
- Sabaneta: Carrera 48 # 50 Sur-128, Mayorca Mega Plaza mall, +57 4 448 2378 ext. 108
- Belén: Carrera 82 # 30A-24, Los Molinos Mall, +57 4 448 2378 ext. 105
- La Candelaria: Carrera 43A # 30-25, Premium Plaza Mall, third floor
- Buenos Aires: Calle 49 between Carreras 25 and 19, La Central Mall, opened in June 2018.
Hours (in El Tesoro, Mayorca, Los Molinos and Viva Envigado malls): noon to 9 pm or 10 pm all days.
Hours (Other locations in Medellín): Sunday to Thursday: noon – 10:30pm, Friday and Saturday: noon – 11:30pm.
2. La Pampa – 6 Locations
La Pampa Parrilla Argentina is a popular chain of six Argentinian steakhouses in Medellín. This restaurant chain has some really good steaks, BBQ ribs as well as good gourmet burgers.
I am a fan of Argentina steakhouses and thankfully Medellín has several including the chain of six La Pampa restaurants. Also, this chain of steakhouses has grown to six restaurants in Medellín because it’s very popular.
In South America, a steakhouse where grilled meats are served is known as a parilla like La Pampa Parrilla Argentina.
Besides the steaks on the menu, La Pampa also has 11 gourmet burgers on the menu that range in price from 21,000 pesos to 25,300 pesos. In addition, the burgers are very good in my experience and come with a choice of fries or onion rings.
The six La Pampa restaurant locations are as follows:
- El Poblado – Provenza: Carrera 33 # 8A-11; +57 4 311 5993
- El Poblado – Las Palmas: Vía Las Palmas Km2 (near Carulla); +57 4 312 3909
- El Poblado – Mall Interplaza: Carrera 30 # 10C-228; +57 4 266 9663
- Laureles – Primer Parque; +37 4 412 5374
- Laureles – Avenida Jardín; +37 4 366 7304
- Laureles – Near Segundo Parque; +37 4 366 0706
3. Federal Ribs – 5 Locations
Federal Ribs is a popular chain of five restaurants in Medellín. This chain has some really good American-style BBQ ribs as well as very good burgers plus wings.
The inspiration for this restaurant chain is southern-style cooking in the U.S., which drove the owners to open four restaurants in Medellín that specialize in American-style BBQ ribs as well as these restaurants having good burgers and wings.
I have been to three of the five Federal Ribs locations in Medellín. And the food and service has been consistently good in my experience.
Federal Ribs used to only have one burger on the menu. But there are now nine different burgers on the menu priced from 19,900 to 29,900 pesos.
The five Federal Wings’ locations are as follows:
- El Poblado: Carrera 35 # 10B-17
- Envigado: Calle 30 Sur #44A-07, Calle de la Buena Mesa
- Envigado: Viva Envigado Mall, Carrera 48 # 32B Sur-139, 3rd floor
- Laureles: Circular 75 #39B-21
- Sabaneta: Mayorca Mega Plaza Mall, Carrera 44 # 50 Sur-279
4. Barbacoa Burger & Beer – 4 Locations
Barbacoa Burger & Beer is a popular chain with four gourmet burger restaurants in the Medellín metro area with really good American style burgers.
This gourmet burger restaurant is quite popular. So, it has grown over the past several years to where it now has four restaurants in the Medellín metro area. Note the above photo is courtesy of Barbacoa.
Barbacoa specializes in gourmet style burgers. And they have a selection of 17 different burgers on the menu ranging in price from 19,900 to 27,900 pesos.
Barbacoa currently has four locations in the Medellín metro area that are listed below:
- El Poblado: La Strada – Carrera 43A # 1 Sur-150, Local 138, +57 4 311 8622
- El Poblado: Barrio Manila – Carrera 43E # 11A-21, +57 4 266 4578
- Envigado: Carrera 44A # 30 Sur-23, +57 4 302 4895
- Laureles: Avenida Jardín – Av. 74B # 39B-29, +57 4 412 2415
Hours Noon to 11:30 pm or midnight all days
5. Grill Station Burger – 4 Locations
Grill Station Burger is a popular chain of four gourmet burger restaurants in the Medellín metro area with very good American style burgers.
Something unique about Grill Station Burger is that they only use Brangus beef in their burgers except for the chicken and veggie burger and one burger that uses Black Angus beef. And the burgers and nice and juicy.
Grill Station Burger has 18 different burgers on the menu priced from 19,500 to 27,000 pesos.
Here are the four Grill Station Burger addresses in the Medellín metro area:
- El Poblado, Provenza: Carrera 34 # 7-90; phone: +57 (4) 312 7101
- Laureles, 2ndPark: Circular 76 # 73B-17; phone: +57 (4) 412 8021
- Los Colores Mall: Calle 53 # 73-22; phone: +57 (4) 366 6452
- Envigado, City Plaza Mall: Calle 36D Sur # 17A-105, Local 350
Hours: Monday to Sunday: noon to 9:00 pm
6. Medellín Beer Factory – 2 Locations
Medellin Beer Factory is a popular restaurant and sports bar with indoor and outdoor seating plus a large bar. Also, you can watch sports on several TVs. And there is an American-style pool table in the back of the restaurant.
Medellin Beer Factory has two locations. One is in Parque Lleras and the other is nearby on Calle 10.
Medellin Beer Factory also has a number of regular promotions. For example, on Wednesdays they have 2 for 1 wings. Also, additional promotions are frequently posted on the Medellin Beer Factory Facebook page.
Medellin Beer Factory has many items on its menu including wings, steaks, burgers, vegetarian options and several other items.
This sports bar chain has some good burgers. On the menu are five different burgers for 27,500 pesos each.
Here are the two Medellin Beer Factory addresses:
- El Poblado: Calle 10 # 35-16
- El Poblado: Carrera 45A # 30Sur-15; phone: +57 302.6233
Hours: Noon to midnight
7. Monsieur Burger – 2 Locations
Monsieur Burger is a popular chain of two gourmet burger restaurants in the Medellín area with good American style burgers that are custom made.
The Monsieur Burger chain has two locations in El Poblado and Envigado. And many expats know about the old El Poblado location of Monsieur Burger, which was located on Calle 8A about two blocks from Parque Poblado.
This location in El Poblado was popular. However, this location on Calle 8A closed. And it moved to a new location on Carrera 43D.
The unique thing about this burger place is you chose the bread, the meat, the cheese and toppings. So, the burgers are custom made.
In addition to custom made burgers, Monsieur Burger has four original recipe burgers on the menu priced from 14,000 to 17,000 pesos.
Here are the two Monsieur Burger addresses:
- El Poblado: Carrera 43D # 10-7; phone: +57 311.6593
- Envigado: Carrera 45A # 30Sur-15; phone: +57 302.6233
Hours: Monday to Sunday: noon to 10:30 pm
8. Classic Diner – 1 Location
Classic Diner is a popular restaurant in Envigado near Medellín. It has a classic American diner feel including a table inside a car and good gourmet burgers. In addition, it has a pool table inside of a car.
This is one of the largest restaurants I have seen in Medellín. In addition, Classic Diner won the 2018 Burger Master competition in Medellín with its Gran Torino burger.
Classic Diner specializes in gourmet style burgers that are named after car models. And they have a selection of 19 different burgers on the menu ranging in price from 17,900 to 37,900 pesos.
Address: Carrera 43A # 29 Sur-47, Envigado
Hours: Monday to Thursday: noon to 11 pm, Friday and Saturday: noon to 1 am, Sunday: noon to 10 pm.
9. Hard Rock Café – 1 Location
Hard Rock Café is a chain of theme restaurants with venues in 74 countries including 185 cafes, 25 hotels and 12 casinos. The first Hard Rock Café opened in London in June 1971.
In Colombia, Hard Rock Café has two locations in Medellín and Bogotá. Hard Rock Café is known for its collection of rock-and-roll memorabilia that is displayed in its venues worldwide.
Hard Rock Café has a decent-sized menu with burgers, fajitas, a couple steaks, salmon, sandwiches, appetizers, dishes for kids plus desserts. And Hard Rock Café has some very good burgers. The burgers are half-pound and are served medium-well (unless otherwise specified).
At the Hard Rock Café in Medellín there are eight different burgers on the menu and each comes with seasoned fries.
Address: Carrera 43A # 3Sur-130, Local 114, El Poblado
Hours: Noon to 1:00 am daily.
10. Jack and Roll – 1 Location
Jack and Roll is a small gourmet burger restaurant located in Envigado near Medellín with good burgers and it won a burger competition in Medellín.
Jack and Roll is a very popular burger joint that won the first Medellín Burger Master competition in 2017 and it came in fourth place in 2018. This was originally a very small restaurant but moved into a larger location on the same street a while ago.
Jack and Roll has some very good burgers and it has 16 different burgers on the menu priced from 21,500 to 28,500 pesos. But you can also choose additional toppings or remove toppings. So, the burgers can be custom made.
Address: Calle 30 Sur # 44-24, Envigado
Phone: +57 4 302 7750
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday: Noon to 3 pm, 6:30 to 9:30 pm; Friday and Saturday: 12:30 to 4:30 pm, 6:30 to 10:00 pm; Sunday: 12:30 to 5:00 pm; Monday: Closed.
11. La Burger Bar (The Burger Bar) – 1 Location
La Burger Bar (aka The BGR Burgers) is a gourmet burger restaurant located in Envigado near Medellín, which is very popular with good burgers.
I have a friend living near Parque Envigado and I have been to the restaurant several times. This restaurant originally opened in 2014. And it appears to have used two names: La Burger Bar and The BGR Burgers. When it first opened it was a smaller restaurant but expanded to add more space.
La Burger Bar (The BGR Burgers) has some very good burgers and it has 17 different burgers on the menu. But you can also choose additional toppings or remove toppings. So, the burgers can be custom made.
This is a gourmet burger restaurant with several burgers on the menu. La Burger Bar has 17 different burgers on the menu priced from 12,900 to 21,900 pesos.
Address: Carrera 42 # 40C Sur-18, Envigado
Hours: Noon to 10 pm.
12. Medellín Burger Company – 1 Location
Medellín Burger Company is a popular restaurant located in Laureles in Medellín with very good American style burgers, which only use Angus beef.
Something fairly unique about Medellín Burger Company compared to some other burger places in the city is that this burger place only uses Angus beef in their burgers. And their burgers are tasty and juicy in my experience.
Medellín Burger Company opened in mid-2014 with the goal of bringing flavors from the United States to Medellín. And they have American-style burgers, wings, sandwiches and salads available. Also, they have a food truck to enable bringing its food to events.
Medellín Burger Company has 17 different burgers on the menu price from 18,900 to 28,500 pesos. But you can also choose additional toppings or remove toppings. So, the burgers can be custom made.
Location: Circular 4 # 70-12, Laureles, Medellín
Hours: Sunday to Thursday: noon to 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday: noon to midnight.
13. Patrick’s Irish Pub – 1 Location
Patrick’s Irish Pub is a large sports bar in Parque Lleres in El Poblado that enables customers to enjoy an American sports bar experience. This is the largest sports bar in Medellín I am aware of with two floors. And it is very popular with expats and tourists visiting the city.
Every Sunday during the football season in the U.S. they tend to have every NFL game playing on the televisions. And you’ll sometimes find some customers wearing their favorite team’s jersey.
I have even seen preseason games there. You can also see college football, which is more difficult to find in other sports bars in Medellín. You can find just about every sport here from MLB to UFC to NBA.
Patrick’s Irish Pub has a huge menu with many food and drink options. The food and drink menu is literally over 20 pages in length with so many things to choose from.
Patrick’s menu includes burgers, wings, Irish food, pizzas, soups and salads. They also have a huge drink menu with one of the largest varieties in the city of imported beers, whiskeys and many other drinks.
Patrick’s has some very good burgers and there are seven different burgers on the menu with prices ranging from 30,000 to 40,000 pesos.
Address: Carrera 37A # 8A-43, Parque Lleras, Medellín
Hours: Monday to Thursday: 4 pm to midnight; Friday 4 pm to 3 am; Saturday: 2 pm to 3 am; Sunday: 1pm to midnight.
Burger Master 2019 Starts on April 29
The Burger Master 2019 competition starts on April 29 until May 5. During this week-long event, 400 restaurants in 13 cities in Colombia are participating.
The 13 cities participating are Medellín, Bogotá, Barranquilla, Cali, Bucaramanga, Cartagena, Armenia, Manizales, Pereira, Ibagé, Villavicencio, Montería and Cúcuta. And in each city, Burger Master will be selecting a “best” burger by participants’ votes.
During Burger Master, participating restaurants will be selling a burger for a discount price of 11,000 pesos. And you can add French fries for 2,500 pesos, soda or water for 3,000 pesos, or a beer or tea for 5,000 pesos.
There are over 50 restaurants in Medellín participating in this event. In our above list of 13 best burgers places in Medellín, only the following seven are participating in Burger Master 2019.
- Barbacoa Burger & Beer
- Grill Station Burger
- Monsieur Burger
- Classic Diner
- Hard Rock Café
- Jack and Roll
- Medellín Burger Company
So, six of the best burgers places on our above list are not participating in Burger Master.
The Best of Medellín
Besides this article about the 13 best burgers places in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley, Medellin Guru has several more articles about the best and top places and things to do in Medellín including:
- 14 Best Pizza Places in Medellín: The Best Pizzerias in the City
- 12 Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in El Poblado
- 11 Best Steakhouses in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
- 9 Best Places for Brunch in El Poblado
- 5 Best Independent Coffee Shops in El Poblado
- 8 Top Coffee Shops in Laureles
- 5 Best Nano/Micro Breweries in Medellín
- 8 Best Pueblos Near Medellín Worth Visiting
- 12 Best Museums of Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
- 13 Best Malls of Medellín – the Ultimate Guide to Medellín Malls
- 5 Best Panoramic Views of Medellín
- 2 Best Walking Tours in Medellín
- 14 Top Churches in Medellín Worth Visiting
The Bottom Line – The Best Burgers Places in Medellín
There are over 50 different restaurants offering burgers in Medellín that are typically much better than the burgers found at the fast food places like McDonalds or Burger King.
I have been to over 25 gourmet burger restaurants in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley over the past eight years and chose my 13 favorites in the above list.
These include several gourmet burger chains specializing in burgers, several small local burger restaurants, an Irish pub with good burgers, a steakhouse chain with good burgers and even a rib chain that has very good burgers. The bottom line is that in the Medellín metro area there are many places with very good burgers.
Also, we have detailed reviews on the Medellin Guru site of most of the above best burger places. You can click on the link in the heading of each place listed above to find these restaurant reviews. And these reviews include detailed information about the food menu and drink menu of each restaurant with prices.
What is your favorite burger place in Medellín and did we miss any places?
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