Jozef Burger and Bar, Jerusalem

Where | I was travelling in Israel for two weeks recently, and decided that I had to sample a local burger. Surprisingly, there were lots of different options. Because of the sizable number of expats, there were many restaurants claiming to serve the “best American burgers”. After much debating, we decided on Jozef Burger and Bar, which is near Mehane Yehuda (the big shuk – or market – in West Jerusalem). It’s a really vibey area, so we went for drinks in the shuk afterwards. Jozef is Kosher, which meant that ordering a cheese burger wasn’t an option, and that we could go only after the Sabbath had ended (it’s closed between Friday – and Saturday night). Kosher meat isn’t usually my favourite (the meat is a weird combo of salty and dry), so I really wasn’t sure what to expect.

What | I decided on the “Angus Burger” – a 240g burger which is made from Angus beef. Red meat is expensive in Israel, but if you’re going to order a burger, you should order a big one, right? The burger was giant, including the fresh roll. The patty itself was well-cooked and spiced nicely. The burger included all the traditional add-ons, like lettuce and tomato. The caramelised onion was a nice touch. I’ll share my slightly embarrassing secret with you: the restaurant was pretty noisy while we were there… So, when I ordered, I agreed to have all three sauces added to my burger. I never heard what they were, but they were tasty anyway. Be warned – the burger does not come with chips, you have to pay extra for sides.

The Angus Burger cost 45 NIS (approximately R160)
The chips cost 15 NIS (approximately R55)

Conclusion | The Angus Burger was a pleasant surprise, and it changed my conception of what Kosher meat can taste like. The burger was filling and tasty.  I’d definitely recommend visiting Jozef for their burgers – I’m glad that we chose this restaurant. However, the burger was enough to eat, so I don’t think it’s necessary to order sides as well… Unless you’re very hungry and planning to walk a lot afterwards.

Have you tried a burger in Jerusalem recently? Where was your favourite spot?