The best halaal burgers in Cape Town

A burger can be a subjective thing. Whether you like yours neat and clean or dripping down your hands messy, is an individual preference. But there are some firm favourites that make it to most peoples lists and weekend menu’s. We first did this list in 2016 and have updated it occasionally. This will be our 2022 update of what Capetonians think are the best dang burgers in the Mothercity!

In no specific order:

The Izzy Burger

These guys used to operate from their home in Belgravia Road in Athlone. With a consistently good product focussed only on burgers and chips they proved to be a huge hit and have opened a permanent branch in Wynberg and the second branch in Goodwood.
Follow their facebook page here for more.

Talladega Grill

Think American South-style smoked brisket and handmade smashburgers. Talladega started as a food truck and now have a permanent spot on Imam Harun road in Lansdowne. They are wowing the crowds not just in the Cape but appear at the Johannesburg markets as well.
More about them here.

Conscious Carnivores

This popular eatery at the V&A Waterfront, Makers Landing specialises in Wagyu Burgers and all things steak. They started out as a weekend pop-up and now have a butchery called Conscious Meat Merchants where you can buy your special dry-aged cuts or enjoy their menu on-site at the Conscious Carnivores eatery.
More info here.

Woodies Burgers

A burger spot that has a cult following, Woodies is the OG of the Smashburger in Cape Town. Located in Claremont, they now share their premises with Primi Express. They keep their menu small and focused. You can’t go wrong.
More about them here.

District Cafe

This small but popular eatery in Woodstock has garnered a loyal following and is known for great steaks. They do a mean steak burger and offer wagyu burgers as well. Ask for the masala basting… 😋
More about them here.

District cafe Hungry for halaal

Oldies but goodies:

Rack n Grill
Rack n Grill started as a food truck and now operate 3 dark kitchens in the CBD. They still do pop ups and events with their food truck. Their burgers are substantial in 4 standard flavours. Watch out for the chilli burger. It means business. They are even more famous for their ribs, but it’s burgers we’re after now.
More about them here.


This streetfood style diner can be found in Canal Walk Shopping Centre and in Rondebosch. They do ambitious burgers with fun and quirky combinations. The Mexican with jalapeno poppers is particularly good. Also look out for their freak shakes and wings.
More about them here.

Brocka Hungry for Halaal

Jango Café
Used to be known as Chocs Burgers. They are known for great flame grilled burgers and can be found most weekends at an event. They also trade Friday nights from their home in Rondebosch.
Follow them here for updates.

Think there’s a spot we missed that should be in this list? Tell us in the comments.

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