Hong Kong is no stranger to Hong Kong-style Western dishes. From the famed French toast, satay beef instant noodles, to local steakhouses, many of the city’s beloved food items show a blend of Western and Hong Kong culture, left behind from the city’s colonial days. Aside from French toasts and instant noodles, there's also another popular Western dish that Hong Kong has put its own spin on: the mighty hamburger.
Inspired by American diners in a time when the city didn’t even have a single McDonald’s outlet (the first branch opened in 1975 in Causeway Bay), Hong Kong-style burger restaurants are a blend between cha chaan tengs and American diners, offering no-frills burgers and snacks with a slight Hong Kong spin.
Whether it’s your first time hearing about Hong Kong-style burgers, or if you’re looking to walk down memory lane by revisiting these nostalgic spots, here’s where to find the best Hong Kong-style burgers in the city.
Sze Sun Hamburger
Opened in 1960, Sze Sun Hamburger has been cooking up burgers for over sixty years. Using locally produced hamburger buns, housemade beef or pork burger patties, paired with a secret mayonnaise-based sauce, Sze Sun’s signature burger is simple, straightforward and delicious.
The double patty burger is also popular here with an added fried egg and cheese. If you’re not a fan of their sauce, you can also ask to swap it to a black pepper sauce, curry sauce or ketchup. For snacks, try their signature crinkle-cut fries, gigantic onion rings and their fried chicken leg.
Sze Sun Hamburger, Shop G22-G23, G/F, Home World (Site 12), The Whampoa, Hung Hom, Hong Kong, +852 2387 2868; instagram.com/szesunhamburger