Chef Burger is a popular chain with 11 gourmet burger restaurants in Medellín with really good American style burgers. 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 plus two in Bogotá and two in Cali. So, Chef Burger now has a total of 15 restaurants in Colombia. In addition, 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.
My Experiences at Chef Burger
I first discovered Chef Burger several years ago when I was living in Belén. I like good American style burgers. And Chef Burger specializes in American style gourmet burgers. So, I have eaten at this popular burger chain many times.
In addition, over the past several years I have eaten at six of their 11 restaurants in Medellín plus one of their restaurants in Cali. In my experience, the high quality is consistent in each of Chef Burger’s restaurants.
Pretty much each of the burgers I have eaten at Chef Burger has been good. They cook the meat to order correctly and it’s medium if you don’t specify. I normally order at Chef Burger the basic cheeseburger or the Royale that adds bacon and mushrooms.
In my experience, at some Chef Burger locations for lunch or dinner you may find the restaurant full due to the popularity. So, you may need to wait for a table at times.
In addition, they have free Wi-Fi available in each of their restaurants I have been to. So, I have used Chef Burger for several work lunch meetings when I needed Internet access.
The Burgers at Chef Burger
Chef Burger specializes in gourmet style burgers. And they have a big selection of 15 different burgers on the menu ranging in price from 12,900 to 22,900 pesos:
- Classic – 150 grams of beef grilled to order, lettuce, tomato and onion – 13,900 pesos.
- Cheeseburger – 150 grams of beef grilled to order, lettuce, tomato, onion and two pieces of cheese – 16,900 pesos
- Cheese and Bacon – 150 grams of beef grilled to order, lettuce, tomato, onion, two pieces of cheese and bacon – 19,500 pesos
- Imperial Burger – 150 grams of beef grilled to order, roman lettuce, cream cheese, goat cheese, French onions – 23,900 pesos
- Argentina – mixed meat grilled to order: 50 percent beef and 50 percent Argentinian sausage, mozzarella cheese and onions – 20,900 pesos
- Avocado – 150 grams of beef grilled to order, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, bacon and avocado – 20,900 pesos
- Gringa – 150 grams of beef grilled to order with bacon mixed in, lettuce, tomato, onions and cheddar cheese – 19,900 pesos
- Caesar – 150 grams of beef grilled to order, roman lettuce, tomato, sweet bacon and croutons with Caesar sauce – 20,900 pesos
- Happy Chicken – chicken breast, lettuce, marinated tomatoes and mozzarella cheese with mayonnaise sauce – 19,900 pesos
- Mexican – 150 grams of beef grilled to order, lettuce, tomato, guacamole, cheese, onions and jalapeños with chili with meat and pico de gallo sauce – 21,900 pesos
- Philadelphia – 150 grams of beef grilled to order, roman lettuce, caramelized onions and Philadelphia cheese dip – 19,900 pesos
- Royale – 150 grams of beef grilled to order, lettuce, tomato, onion, two pieces of cheese, bacon and mushrooms – 19,900 pesos
- Sailor Jerry – 150 grams of beef grilled to order, lettuce, caramelized onions, Philadelphia cheese, bacon with Sailor Jerry BBQ sauce – 23,900 pesos
- Sriracha – mixed meat grilled to order: 50 percent beef and 50 percent Argentinian sausage, mozzarella cheese, Portobello mushrooms, lettuce and coleslaw with mayonnaise – 22,900 pesos
- Veggie – grilled Portobello mushroom, caramelized onions, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese accompanied with zucchini and pesto – 18,900 pesos
Furthermore, you can customize the ingredients on the burgers as well (additions or subtractions). In addition, each of the burgers comes with a side of French fries, rustic fries, chips or a side salad.
The Rest of the Menu at Chef Burger
This is a gourmet burger place. So, don’t go expecting to find much else on the menu. In addition to the burgers there are two salads on the menu priced at 12,900 and 17,900 pesos.
Chef Burger also has a few appetizers: mini-burger sliders for 21,900 pesos; French fries with cheddar cheese, marinated tomatoes, bacon and sour cream for 10,900 pesos and Argentinian sausage with rustic fries for 16,900 pesos.
Also, there are three desserts on the menu: a brownie with ice cream for 8,500 pesos, a cookie with ice cream for 8,500 pesos and a Jamaican flower desert for 9,500 pesos.
In terms of drinks, Chef Burger has sodas, bottled water, juices and several beers to choose from.
How to Get to Chef Burger
Chef Burger currently has 11 locations in the Medellín metro area that are listed below and shown on the map 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.
Chef Burger has locations in each of the five most popular neighborhoods for expats living in Medellín: in El Poblado, Envigado, Laureles, Sabaneta and Belén.
In addition, Chef Burger has four more restaurants located in Bogotá and Cali:
- Bogotá: Parque 93, Calle 93 # 11A – 31 – 1st floor of Hotel GHL Style 93, +57 1 432 6881
- Bogotá: Zona T, Carrera 13 # 83-19, +57 1 402 9107
- Cali: Ciudad Jardín, Carrera 105 # 14 – 03, +57 304 549 7700
- Cali: El Peñón, Carrera 3 with Calle 1, first floor of Hotel El Peñón, +57 2 380 9743
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.
The Best Burger Places in Medellín
So far, we have looked at eight of the best burger places in Medellín:
- Chef Burger – a chain of 11 gourmet burger places in Medellín with very good American style burgers.
- Barbacoa Burger & Beer – a chain of four gourmet burger restaurants in Medellín with good American style burgers.
- Grill Station Burger – a chain of four popular gourmet burger restaurants in Medellín with American style burgers, which use .
- Monsieur Burger – a chain of two gourmet burger restaurants in the Medellín area with burgers that you customize with your favorite ingredients.
- Medellín Burger Company – a burger restaurant Laureles with burgers that only use Angus beef.
- Federal Ribs – a chain of five restaurants in Medellín, which specializes in BBQ ribs but also has some very good burgers.
- La Pampa – a chain of six Argentinian steakhouses that specializes in steaks but also has some good burgers.
- Classic Diner – a restaurant in Envigado with a classic American diner feel and good burgers.
The Bottom Line – Chef Burger
Chef Burger is one of my favorite burger places in Medellín and I recommend it. This chain has really good American style burgers, which I like.
But Chef Burger has competition so their slogan “The Best Burger in Town” is debatable. In my experience, several other burger places in Medellín like Barbacoa Burger & Beer, Classic Diner, Grill Station Burger and Jack & Roll also have good gourmet style burgers.
Furthermore, all these gourmet style burger restaurants tend to have much better burgers than you will find at the fast food places like Burger King or McDonalds.
The only downside of Chef Burger is that some locations can get very busy, particularly at lunch or at night on Fridays and on the weekends. So, it may take some time to wait for a table and service may be slower than on less busy days.
Let us know in the comments – what are your favorite burger places in Medellín?
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Editors note: updated on May 20, 2018 with two new Chef Burger restaurant locations in Medellín and updated with new menu prices.
Editors note: updated on August 11, 2018 with a new Chef Burger location in La Central mall in Medellín.
Editors note: updated on October 6, 2018 with a new Chef Burger location in the new Viva Envigado mall.