In Singapore, fast food is as much a staple as rice. For example, when mega fast food chain McDonald’s announced its reopening in May (after closing all its outlets for more than a month due to some employees infected with the Covid-19 virus), Singaporeans flock in droves to satisfy their fast food cravings. This was despite the fact that the partial lockdown was still being enforced in Singapore at that time. This situation was so drastic that McDonalds had to issue queue tickets for online orders (the first time it ever had to do so in Singapore) during the first few weeks of reopening, due to daily overwhelming orders.
Locals and foreigners in Singapore enjoy fast food for a myriad of reasons, but one particularly appealing aspect of fast food is definitely burgers. As such, let’s discuss some of the most delicious burgers you can find in Singapore.
FatPapas is the brainchild of local celebrity, Sheikh Haikel. He came up with the idea of a Halal version of FatBoys burgers, another famous local burger joint in Singapore, to enable local Muslims to have the opportunity to taste these delicious burgers. With $150,000 in investment and the help of Bernie, the original FatBoys’ owner, Haikel set up FatPapas flagship outlet at 17 Bali Lane. Incidentally, Bali Lane is located near the heart of the Kampong Glam district, which is famous for the Sultan Mosque (the oldest mosque in Singapore), many Muslim food, fashion and accessories outlets, and a popular hangout for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
FatPapas is famous for its outrageously huge and sumptuous burgers, and here are more than 10 burgers on the menu, to satisfy any burger lovers’ dream. A particularly famous option is the Bleu Peppercorn Burger. This burger is made from an all-beef patty mixed with large amounts of crushed black peppercorns, and covered with crunchy fried onions and a dressing of Bleu cheese.
If you prefer to create your very own burger from scratch, Fatpapas has an option for “Build your own Burger” on its menu. You can start with either a sesame or honey oat bun, followed by a choice of burger patty from three kinds of meat namely, beef, chicken or lamb. Then you are given a whopping 14 add-ons to choose from, such as pineapple, fried egg, grilled bananas, shiitake/portobello mushrooms and turkey bacon. As if those options were not enough, you are given a further 15 varieties of their sauces to select, with options including Nutella and peanut butter!
Another popular burger outlet in Singapore is Shake Shack. It originally started out as a hot dog cart in Manhattan Madison Square Park, New York in 2001, before expanding its menu to include burgers and more in 2004. It has since spread to many corners of the world, including Singapore. In fact, when it first opened in Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore, the outlet was constantly packed with long lines of crowds, virtually every day of the week. Customers had to queue for an average of 1 to 2 hours just to enter the outlet!
The most popular item on its menu is its signature ShackBurger, which is made with all natural Angus beef parties, potato roll bun, and special sauce. This burger is lauded for having a chewy, smooth texture and mesmerising taste, which is sure to ignite your taste buds. For those of you who do not wish to go all the way down to Jewel Changi Airport for your Shake Shack fix, you can also order their burgers and an assortment of other dishes on the Foodpanda.sg website and app.