Tokyo’s Best Burgers

ByBert Wishart
Feb 13, 2021

Tokyo’s Best Burgers

Japan is well known for having some of the world’s finest cuisine, and living in the capital means that you have a great opportunity to try some of the best it has to offer. However, sometimes you find yourself jonesing for a taste of home. What better to scratch that itch than with a juicy, tasty burger? Fortunately, Tokyo has many fantastic burger joints that capture that evocative flavor of the good old U.S. of A. Below are a few of them.


While this list is in alphabetic order, were it not, there is still a good chance that Blacows would have topped it. Named after the A5 Japanese Black Wagyu beef from which these burgers are made, this is an American-style burger joint, but as the meat is flavored with a touch of ‘yakiniku’ sauce, it retains a hint of Japan. Something that isn’t Japanese is the portion size. These burgers are huge, and the meat is top draw and carved and ground by hand, in-house. Considered by many to be the best burger in the city.

Burger Mania

Cherry Burger

Blacows does have some competition for the top-tier title. Despite the less than imaginative name, Burger Mania is a superlative burger restaurant. Three stores bear the name (in Shirokane, Hiroo, and Ebisu), but just because it is a chain, don’t lump it in with Freshness or Mos’s likes. This is the avant-garde grandee of burger joints, with esoteric choices including a blue cheeseburger topped with Roquefort and gorgonzola and a platinum burger made with sliced wagyu beef. But perhaps the biggest fuss is made over the cream cheese and cherry burger. Sounds insane (maniacal, perhaps?) tastes divine.

  • Where: 6-5-7 Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo (original branch) (map)
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Editor’s note: I had a “salty peach burger” here that was amazing.

The Great Burger

Bacon Cheese Burger

Styled as a southern Californian diner with a shiny, sophisticated decor, the queue that you are likely to meet as you arrive at The Great Burger speaks for its prime location but is also a testament to the superlative service and the high quality of the burgers themselves. Everything is cooked to order and made with the finest ingredients. The menu itself comprises a combination of the classic as well as some great original burgers. The more adventurous may want to try the mango burger, or the Japanese beef burger served with wasabi sauce and fresh avocado. This restaurant is by no means just a clever name.


Brooklyn Burger

The name may conjure up high-rise cocktail bars, glitz, and glamor, with James Bond sipping on his incorrectly monikered drink of choice (a shaken Martini is actually called a Bradford, fact fans), and the sleek and chic interior of Martiniburger does not disappoint. Owned and operated by New Yorker Eliot Bergman, it is a venue that caters to the upmarket lunch or post-work crowd, serving top-of-the-range premium burgers. Their original burgers are named after well-known New York districts such as the Brooklyn Burger, the Fifth Avenue, and the Little Italy, the latter of which is appropriately ‘piccante.’

Munch’s Burger Shack

Chili Cheese Burger

They say that from the smallest acorns, giant oaks grow, but here it is from little vans that trendy burger joints develop. Going from the eponymous shack (well, a van) in the space of just a few years to two increasingly larger shops, Munch’s Burger Shack deserves its popularity. With 100% premium American beef, the patty meat is carved in-house, chopped, pounded with hammers before being minced. The result is multi-layered multi-flavor patties, so good that it’ll make you scream! (Geddit?)

  • Where: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Shiba, 2-26-1 (map)

By Mark Guthrie

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About the author

Bert Wishart editor

Novelist, copywriter and graduate from the most prestigious university in Sunderland, Bert whiles away his precious time on this Earth by writing about popular culture, travel, food and pretty much anything else that is likely to win him the Pulitzer he desperately craves.