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11 places to get the best burgers available around Lake Balaton

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Thursday, October 6, 2016 — Zoltán Molnár

You can get burgers almost anywhere around Lake Balaton, but some stand out far beyond the rest – some cooks stuff the patties in a bagel, while others wrap them in a classic lángos fried-dough snack, but this roundup of our favorite meaty hand-held feasts will also please vegetarians, especially if they like goat cheese. Here we present the best burger eateries of the north shore, but we will make our way down south soon.

CODE ZERO, Csopak – Code Burger 

Photo: Tamás Kőrösi-We Love Balaton


8229 Csopak, Örkény István sétány 8-16.
CODE ZERO on facebook

Code Zero, found near the Csopak boat stop, already brought barbecue to perfection last year, and their rules are also pretty simple this year, too; pick a meat, a sauce, garnish, and salad, and then lie down on the sandy terrace and enjoy! In their serious smoker machines they make patties from hickory beef sirloin, chicken, and other kinds of meat, while vegetarians can also choose goat cheese. The names of the sauces sound mouthwatering; they have homemade BBQ, apple curry, and paprika cream. Guests can choose from various garnishes and salads from polenta to balsamic mixed salad. The prices fall into the upper-middle category; the bill will most likely be around 3,000 HUF.

The meat? Hickory beef, pork chop, or chicken – all from local producers
For how much? 3,270-3,770 HUF
The ingredients? Local
The bun? From Búzalelke bakery in Kisapáti
Vegetarian option? Yup

Fricska, Veszprém – Fricska burger

Photo: Tamás Kőrösi-We Love Balaton


8200 Veszprém, Miklós utca 10.
Fricska on facebook

Years ago we already discovered one of the best places of the renewed Veszprém Valley, Fricska, but many burger fans still don’t know that besides pocaks and pljeskavicas, we can also eat burgers here. We tried the place’s specialty, the Fricska burger, made of beef, BBQ sauce, cheese, and Lyonnaise onion. It comes with American coleslaw, potato chips, and a salad bouquet. They also have a lighter chicken burger on offer with wasabi. The true specialty not only comes from the tasty flavors, but also from the atmosphere; who wouldn’t want to devour a burger on the shore of River Séd, with the Castle Disrtict just above their head?

The meat? Beef, but they also have chicken (always from the same producer)
For how much? 1,950 HUF
The ingredients? Local, and from producers from Balaton Uplands
The bun? From Búzalelke bakery in Kisapáti
Vegetarian option? Nope

Káli Kövek-Frankie's Food Truck, Köveskál – Frankie's Burger

Photo: Alexandra Heim-We Love Budapest

Káli Kövek Winery

8274 Köveskál, Fő utca 11.
Káli Kövek Winery on facebook

A producer from Zala, a butcher from Tapolca, and 100% quality beef – we just revealed the secrets of this freshly opened burger place in the wine terrace and garden of Káli Kövek. Upon our visit, they didn’t put much emphasis on the elegance of burgers, but the good ingredients made us feel nice. The bun is made at Búzalelke bakery in Kisapát, the cheese comes from Óbudavár, and the onion sauce, called Frankie sauce, is made with their own recipe. Their aim is is to produce preservative-free meals with careful attention to the ingredients, and to keep the prices low.

The meat? Beef from Zala
For how much? 1,100 HUF
The ingredients? Local prouce from the area
The bun? From Búzalelke bakery in Kisapáti
Vegetarian option? Yup

Kalóz, Fövenyes és Badacsonytomaj – Chiliburger

Photo: Tamás Kőrösi-We Love Balaton

Kalóz - Badacsonytomaj


After the first bite into the chili burger of Kalóz, our colleague made a face that would be a perfect scene for a surreal early Bunuel film. As we found out, a really strong chili by a producer from Sárrét goes in the burger, so be very careful with your first bite. Obviously there are some other nice things in the burger apart from the strong chili; besides the 15 dkg beef patty there is also mayonnaise, tomato, iceberg salad, and onion in the bun, which is made according to their own recipe at a bakery in Nagyvázsony. The meat comes from Pörc in Kenese. The chili burger is not their only burger; they also have a classic version, a BBQ option, and even catfish burger, and they all come with chips and coleslaw.

The meat? Beef from Balatonkenese
For how much? 1.990 HUF
The ingredients? Local
The bun? From their original recipe
Vegetarian option? Yup

Kishableány Terasz, Badacsony – Bazalt2

Photo: Alexandra Heim-We Love Budapest

8261 Badacsonytomaj, Park utca 1.
on facebook

Kishableány is not a new venue, as it has been in operation in Badacsony since last year; and it was built on the renovated terrace of Hableány Restaurant from the ‘60s. Neither is Bazalt Burge®, that recently won a beachfront eating contest with its BIG MEKK burger, and already became a part of Badacsony, unlike its brand-new brother, the Bazalt Burger2. On a sesame bun, they stuff 220 grams of Angus meat, cheese from Nemesbük, homemade aioli, fresh vegetables from a community garden in Rezi, cucumbers, onion jam, and smoked mangalica. The price is not so friendly, but if you would like to munch on quality burgers amid the special scenery of a vineyard, this place is a must-try. The aforementioned burger is also found at Paletta in Balatonboglár and in Keszthely.

The meat? Angus beef
For how much? 3,300 HUF
The ingredients? Local from the area
The bun? From their original recipe, with origins from Keszthely
Vegetarian option? Nope (although, it is worthwhile to try their BIG MEKK goat-cheese burger)

Maurus, Balatonfüred – Maurus burger

Photo: Alexandra Heim-We Love Budapest

Maurus Restaurant and Wine Bar

8230 Balatonfüred, Aranyhíd sétány 6.
Maurus Restaurant and Wine Bar on facebook

The new trend of putting burgers on the menu in an upscale restaurant is still in style at Lake Balaton. Maurus's burger served with coleslaw and spicy steak potatoes is still very popular around the area. Last year was their trial period, when they were only open occasionally, but already experimented with burgers back then, which earned them lots of fans for this year. They put a patty made of Uruguayan beef in a homemade bun, and fill it up with two kinds of sauce: a BBQ, and a smokey mayonnaise sauce. Obviously, they also enhance it with vegetables, iceberg salad, baby salad mix, tomato, and homemade marinated red onion. All of this is amid a modern interior, found in the newest quarter of Balatonfüred.

The meat? Uruguayan beef
For how much? 3,190 HUF
The ingredients? Local and foreign
The bun? Homemade
Vegetarian option? Nope

Parton büfé, Keszthely – Parton burger

Photo: Alexandra Heim-We Love Budapest

This buffet in Keszthely is only spreading its wings in its first season, serving the guests of Helikon beach. They obviously cannot compete with the Uruguayan beef, but they definitely stand out beyond average beach buffets, especially considering their prices. At the moment, Parton is playing it safe, only serving meals that are found in almost all buffets around Balaton, but they already started experimenting. One of these dishes is the Parton burger, which they even entered in “the year’s best beach food” contest. Its basis is a delicious homemade paprika sauce, so don’t go looking for a ketchup-mustard combo. The nicely browned bun is made at the local bakery. This burger also comes with double beef, cheddar cheese, iceberg salad, and red onions. We very much appreciate that they try to shake up the world of retro Balaton burgers.

The meat? Hungarian beef
For how much? 700 HUF
The ingredients? Local
The bun? From the local bakery
Vegetarian option? Yup

The Spot, Vonyarcvashegy – The Spot Burger

Photo: Tamás Kőrösi-We Love Balaton

The Spot Bar & Grill

8314 Vonyarcvashegy, Fürdő utca

We already wrote about a new dish that was entered in this year’s beach-food contest and was selected among the best. The Spot, found at the beach in Vonyarcvashegy, offers all kinds of goods from the griddle. They try to move towards BBQ, but their biggest attraction is the lángos burger, officially called The Spot Burger. The pre-cooked meat gets wrapped in a lángos fried-dough snack, deep-fried in oil and then cut in half. They top it with onion jam, and other sauces, and serve it with mixed salad, potato chips, or cabbage salad with sauce as garnish. This is one of the summer’s greatest novelties, but we have to highlight that to try this, you have to pay a bit to get in the beach area. Another important info: they also offer "regular" burgers and ready-made meals here.

The meat? Beef from a supermarket
For how much? 1,450 HUF
The ingredients? From retailers
The bun? Made of lángos fried-dough, made on the spot
Vegetarian option? Nope

Déli Part BBQ, Szántód – Déli Part Bagel Burger

Photo: Alexandra Heim-We Love Budapest

8784 Kehidakustány, Kossuth Lajos utca 54.
on facebook

While lost in the wonderful world of beef patties, we never even think about how creatively they prepare the beef that cooks in some 14 hours in a smoker. Déli Part BBQ can pull out this trick anytime, from Angus beef they buy from a farm in Somogy. They fill their buns with a 15 dkg patty, homemade BBQ sauce, salad, tomato, coleslaw, and smoked and torn beef shank. This is basically their basic burger, but they also have more exciting versions on offer, enhanced with cider-onion marmalade. The repertoire also holds vegetarian goat-cheese burgers. All burgers come with freshly smoked potato chips, so they definitely don't let us leave hungry.

The meat? Their own Aberdeen Angus beef
For how much? 1,890 HUF
The ingredients? From producers from the area
The bun? A bakery prepares it for them, but they do the final touches on the spot
Vegetarian option? Yup

Kristinus birtok, Kéthely – Kristinus Angus-burger

Photo: Tamás Kőrösi-We Love Balaton

Kristinus Wine Estate

8713 Kéthely, Hunyadi utca 99.
Kristinus Wine Estate on facebook

A wine cinema, wine hotel, and special indoor and outdoor spaces – these are the first things that come to our mind when we think of the local wine estate, even though they have a restaurant with a spacious terrace, where from this summer on we can devour delicious burgers with a knife and fork, amid an elegant interior. The bun is filled with a patty made of Hubertus-Hof beef or lamb, homemade sauce, and their special potatoes (they are special because they get roasted on low heat and then frozen, so after deep-frying they are creamy on the inside and crunchy on the outside). The vegetables come from Budapest, but some of the ingredients often get purchased at the market in Káptalantó.

The meat? Beef, lamb, or duck
For how much? 2,290 HUF
The ingredients? Local
The bun? Homemade
Vegetarian option? Nope

Rock Burger, Balatonlelle – Deep Purple

Photo: Tamás Kőrösi-We Love Balaton

Rock Burger

8638 Balatonlelle, Rákoczi út 194.
Rock Burger on facebook

They pair their burgers with a rock & roll feel at Balatonlelle, where Rock Burger was opened in the place of a former rock pub by road 7. They name their burgers after famous bands and musicians, so we had the chance to taste a Deep Purple, which is a homemade bun filled with good-quality beef, homemade tomato sauce, onion marmalade, iceberg lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and brie cheese. It is served with coleslaw and chips as garnish. Since we last visited, they have introduced a duck-meat burger, Fuzzy Duck (2,290 HUF), which sounds worthwhile to try.

The meat? Beef or lamb from Balatonboglár
For how much? 1,590 HUF
The ingredients? From local producers
The bun? Made on the spot
Vegetarian option? Yup

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