The 5 Best Burger Restaurants in Cork
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The 4 Best Burger Restaurants in Cork

With their tasty buns, patties, and veggies all put together in one tasty dish, burgers have long been a go-to comfort food for many people.

Admit it, there will always be some days that you get hungry and a fine, juicy burger is all you could think about.

To help satisfy your burger cravings, we’ve listed the best burger restaurants in Cork for you today!

How much do burgers cost in Cork?

A burger’s pricing may be impacted by a wide variety of variables. There are direct expenses like ingredients and there are indirect costs, which consist of things like energy and labour.

Moreover, the size, appeal, and location of the restaurant all have a role in determining its prices.

See the following table for the burger pricings of each restaurant included in this article.

RestaurantBurger Prices
Bunsen€7.85 to €10.65
Son of A Bun€9.50 to €12.50
Coqbull€15.00 to €16.50 (burger meals)
Liberty Grill€12.90 to €13.90
The Spitjack€16.50

Top Burger Restaurants in Cork

In order to compile this list of the finest burger restaurants in Cork, we looked at the following factors.

Menu variety
Is there a wide range of options on the restaurant’s menu?
Does the food appeal to customers? Is the food prepared with high-quality ingredients and served in a clean and safe environment?
In terms of its monetary value, is the food worth it?
Do people have a good opinion of the restaurant in general?
Customer service
How does the restaurant deal with its customers and their concerns? If something goes wrong, will there be a prompt response?

 1. Bunsen

Bunsen Homepage
MENUBeef Burgers, Fries, Soda, Milkshake
ADDRESSView all their locations and contact details here
CONTACT DETAILS[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMon–Sun, 12:00 PM–9:30 PM (varies per branch)
MENU VARIETY★★★☆☆ (3/5)
QUALITY★★★★★ (5/5)
VALUE★★★★★ (5/5)
REPUTATION★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Bunsen was just named one of the World’s 50 Best Burgers for 2019. Known for their menus barely larger than a business card, Bunsen’s mission is simple: to provide a satisfying meal as quickly as possible.

You don’t want to miss out on this homegrown restaurant’s burgers if you’re in the mood for western flavours. You’ll be impressed at how they’ve nailed the classic American taste.

Bunsen’s menus are so little that you can tell they have few options. There are just two choices for burgers: the standard hamburger and the cheeseburger.

Since they don’t offer a typical veggie burger, lacto-vegetarians may choose to order a grilled cheese sandwich instead. As for sides, they only have fries.

Bunsen doesn’t provide much in the way of originality because of its limited menu choices. With such few items, there are still occasions when customers get incorrect orders, which is a tad disappointing.

Nevertheless, Bunsen’s menu has been lauded for its simplicity. To your delight, the restaurant serves burgers in big portions and at reasonable prices.

Takeout and delivery are also available at their restaurant. To make a reservation for a large party at one of their bigger locations, call the branch directly.


  • Affordable prices
  • Decent servings
  • Takeout and delivery


  • Limited burger varieties and sides
  • No veggie options

Customer Reviews

Beautiful burgers and chips

“Couldn’t fault our experience. Friendly helpful staff. There is a bit of a wait for the food but you don’t mind when you are served beautiful burgers and chips. 10/10. Great job guys.” —Stephenoc67, TripAdvisor

I was so impressed

“So authentic and cool, I loved this place, just basically great meat, fresh veg and delicious milkshake all in all. I was so impressed that I promised myself that I would return very soon for more.” — Mary Kelleher, Google Reviews

 2. Son of a Bun

Son of a Bun Homepage
MENUBeef Burgers, Chicken Burgers, Veggie Burgers, Fries, Onion Bites, Chicken Strips and Wings, Salads, Kiddie Meals, Special Monthly Burgers, Desserts, Wine, Cocktails, Beer, Soft Drinks, Milkshakes, Coffee, Tea
ADDRESS29 MacCurtain Street, Montenotte, Cork
CONTACT DETAILS021 4508738, [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMon, Tue, Sun: 12:00 PM–9:00 PM

Wed, Thu: 12:00 PM–9:30 PM

Fri, Sat: 12:00 PM–10:00 PM

MENU VARIETY★★★★★ (5/5)
QUALITY★★★★★ (5/5)
VALUE★★★★★ (5/5)
REPUTATION★★★★☆ (4/5)

Son of a Bun first welcomed customers in October of 2015. They quickly won over people’s hearts (and stomachs) as they were awarded the Best Burger at Cork’s first ever Burger Festival in 2017!

In the following year, they also earned the title of the Best Burger in Ireland when the festival expanded countrywide. So, what makes Son of a Bun’s burgers so worthy and lovable?

For one, their beef patties are ground daily on site using only the finest Aberdeen Angus meat. Everything on their menu, from the patties to the sauces, chicken wings, salads, and desserts, is also prepared in-house every day.

We also like how Son of a Bun has over 10 burger choices. In addition to your usual beef and chicken burgers, they offer vegetarian options and Coeliac-friendly dishes.

You can customise your burgers as well by paying a small fee for additional toppings. Even the appetisers and side dishes are overwhelming in their number and variety.

If those aren’t enough, there are limited-edition monthly burgers as well.

With generous portions, affordable menu items, and welcoming personnel, Son of a Bun could make you come back again and again.

The restaurant often plays music and there is a tendency for it to get quite loud though. So if you’re not a fan of this kind of ambience, Son of a Bun may not be the right fit for you.

The restaurant usually gets cramped, too, and sadly, they don’t take bookings. It might be a bit difficult for you to get seats, so avoid their busiest times, which are on weeknights.

Though it’s good that Son of a Bun offers takeout and delivery services! 


  • Several burger choices, including veggie burgers
  • Lots of appetisers and sides
  • Special monthly burgers
  • Affordable prices
  • Generous portions
  • Takeout and delivery


  • Loud music
  • Place usually gets crowded
  • No bookings

Customer Reviews

We had no reservation but they set up a table for us quickly

“There were 12 of us and usually their table maximum is 6. We had no reservation but, even though very busy, they set up a table for us quickly. Everyone was delighted with their burgers and I had the special, which was excellent (it usually is).” —Peadarmd, TripAdvisor

I love that they have the burgers of the month

“Always a great experience! We had no booking and we were taken care of right away, even on such a busy day as the Ed Sheeran concert! 😊 The food was amazing and staff is always helpful and they check on you regularly. I love that they have the burgers of the month and their churros are to die for!” —Sylwina L., Google Reviews

 3. Liberty Grill

Liberty Grill Homepage
MENUBeef Burgers, Chicken Burgers, Tempeh Burger, Nut Burger, Fish and Chips, Chicken and Steak Sandwiches, Salads, Wine, Cocktails, Beer, Soft Drinks, Coffee, Tea Full breakfast, brunch, and dinner menus are on their website
ADDRESS32 Washington Street, Centre, Cork
CONTACT DETAILS021 4271049, [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMon, Tue: 9:00 AM–3:30 PM

Wed–Sat: 9:00 AM–3:30 PM, 5:00 PM–9:30 PM

MENU VARIETY★★★★☆ (4/5)
QUALITY★★★★★ (5/5)
VALUE★★★★☆ (4/5)
REPUTATION★★★★★ (5/5)

If you’re looking for a great spot to take your family out to eat, go no farther than Liberty Grill. This elegant, kid-friendly restaurant is known for their all-day brunch menu that features dishes with a New England twist.

Liberty Grill offers four burger choices: beef, chicken, tempeh (fermented soybeans), and nut burgers. They also have monthly specials and currently, they are serving a lamb burger as part of their main dinner dishes.

Liberty Grill does not offer completely veggie or vegan burgers, but they do have dairy-free, egg-free, and plant-based options available. You can still enjoy a lot of other vegetarian appetisers and main dishes.

Liberty Grill’s burgers are portioned generously and served with your choice of fries, sweet potato wedges, or a side salad.

For the highest quality flavours, burgers are cooked to order at Liberty Grill.

If you’re a fan of beef burgers, they quote that you have to wait for at least 20 minutes. This waiting time may be too long for other customers.

On the plus side, you’d be served by personnel that is friendly and eager to help.

However, Liberty Grill does not provide takeout as well as delivery services. They also don’t take bookings on Saturdays and Sundays.


  • Breakfast, brunch, and dinner menus
  • Lots of starters and sides
  • Generous servings
  • Fair prices
  • Friendly personnel
  • Long opening hours


  • No full veggie and vegan burgers
  • Long serving time for beef burgers
  • No takeaway and delivery
  • Bookings are not available on weekends

Customer Reviews

The staff were really nice

“We went to Liberty Grill twice, one for breakfast the pancakes were delicious! And one for lunch the eggs Benedict were really good and the mushroom burger exquisite. The staff were really nice, too! In short, we will come back !” kkw42107, TripAdvisor

The food is to die for

“My daughter and I had the most amazing brunch today—yummy pancakes and delicious chicken burger! The staff are super friendly, the food is to die for and the atmosphere is just perfect! Thanks, guys for making our day out so perfect 😀” —Peadar Downey, TripAdvisor

 4. The Spitjack

The Spitjack Homepage
MENUBeef Burger, Chicken Burger, Veggie and Vegan Burgers, Fries, Salads, Desserts, Wine, Cocktails, Beer, Soft Drinks, Coffee, Tea

Full breakfast, brunch, and dinner menus can be viewed here

ADDRESS34 Washington Street, Cork
CONTACT DETAILS021 2390613, [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMon–Wed: 9:00 AM–3:30 PM, 5:00 PM–9:00 PM

Thu: 9:00 AM–3:30 PM, 5:00 PM–9:30 PM

Fri, Sat: 9:00 AM–3:30 PM, 5:00 PM–10:00 PM

MENU VARIETY★★★★★ (5/5)
QUALITY★★★★★ (4/5)
VALUE★★★☆☆ (3/5)
REPUTATION★★★★☆ (4/5)

The Spitjack was founded by a husband-and-wife duo that travelled far and wide in Europe to learn about perfecting the rotisserie cooking process.

To their credit, The Spitjack debuted to tremendous acclaim in 2017, and was recognised as the best restaurant to have brunch in Ireland at the RSVP Restaurant Awards just two years later.

The restaurant offers four kinds of burgers, namely rotisserie roasted chicken burger, sirloin beef burger, halloumi burger, and falafel burger. For the beef burger, there is a waiting time of 20 minutes, and this might be too lengthy for some customers.

As for their starters and side dishes, these come in an astonishing amount of different varieties. A kids menu is also available.

The Spitjack offers generous servings of their dishes, but you might need to bring a big wallet. Their menu items tend to be on the more expensive end.

Perhaps, you’re also paying for the experience when you dine at the restaurant.

You’d be stunned by the beauty and elegance of The Spitjack’s interiors. They boast a beautiful succulent-filled skylight garden and even won a local architectural award.

As lovely as this sounds, The Spitjack could work on getting their customers seated more quickly. Even if bookings are accepted, the wait is usually lengthy when you arrive at the restaurant.

However, you would be greeted by a welcoming staff. The Spitjack also provides takeaway and delivery services.


  • Decent amount of burger choices, including veggie and vegan options
  • Huge selection of appetisers and sides
  • Big servings
  • Welcoming staff
  • Takeaway and delivery services
  • Long opening hours


  • Expensive
  • Long waiting time to get seated

Customer Reviews

Service was excellent and the food tasted great

“Food was impeccable. I had a lovely tomato basil soup to start, a burger and a piece of Baileys cheesecake. I couldn’t finish it all because it was too much. Service was excellent and the food tasted great.” —WavesCrashing, TripAdvisor

Nice decor and atmosphere too

“Great food, I particularly loved the halloumi burger, the texture of the halloumi was sublime! Nice decor and atmosphere, too.” —Gerard O Mahony, Google Reviews

FAQs About Burger Restaurants in Cork

Is a meal of hearty Irish burgers in order? We hope we’re able to help you find the burger restaurant that would satisfy your cravings!

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