“ 7/8 Queensferry Street / West End / Edinburgh / EH2 4PA / Tel: 0131 220 0036 / „
Wannaburger in Edinburgh's west end is an upmarket burger bar serving home made burgers made with Scottish beef sourced in the Borders on freshly baked rolls. It's a burger bar for people who want quality fast food instead of the mass produced offerings that the likes of McDonalds or Burger King serve and it has the added bonus that you get knives and forks instead of having to eat with your fingers!
The restaurant itself is bright and modern with ample seating including comfortable booths with cushioned benches, the clientele on a weekday lunchtime seemed to be young professionals wanting a quick bite to eat rather than tourists or families and the place has a young and funky vibe to it.
The menu is fairly limited, if you don't like burgers then this is not the place to come. As well as the delicious four ounce beefburgers there are chicken burgers, home made bean burgers and delicious sounding Portobello mushroom or haloumi burgers for the veggies. You can add a number of extras to your burger for a small charge, various cheeses or fried mushrooms sound good and the more adventurous can add jalapenos, pesto or even a fried free range egg!
When our burgers came out I was shocked at how massive they were, they easily filled a standard sized dinner plate. The buns were toasted with sesame seeds on the top, the burgers come with your choice of extras plus huge slices of beef tomatoes, lettuce, relish and fried onions-it is almost impossible to eat them without making a mess! The beef burgers are legendary, huge thick slabs of perfectly seasoned juicy and flavoursome beef, the bean burger I chose was pretty average, you could see the chunky vegetables but the burger itself was too thin and a bit dry.
You have a reasonable choice of sides to go with your burger, the crinkle cut chips came in a small bowl and were obviously factory produced but they were piping hot and nice and tasty with a crispy outer coating and fluffy potato inside. My friends onion rings looked amazing, massive golden rings containing freshly sliced onion. As well as the chips and onion rings you have a choice of coleslaw, salads or dips.
The restaurant is licensed with a small range of wines or beers on offer. My daughter chose a coke float and was delighted to receive a huge glass with creamy ice cream giving a nice frothy head. There are only three desserts on the menu, my daughter chose a chocolate brownie and ice cream and the portion was enormous and easily big enough to share, the brownie was nice and warm and gooey and the ice cream a good quality vanilla.
Prices are reasonable, burgers start from £4.50 and go up to £8.95 for a 4*4 which contains a massive 12 ounces of beef with all the trimmings, you can get chips or onion rings for less than £2 and the desserts are all under £3.50. There is also a voucher on the Wannaburger web site to print giving you a burger, chips and drink for £5.99 and regular diners benefit from a loyalty scheme giving them 10% off their purchases.
The service in Wannaburger is efficient and friendly with an all Australian staff the day I visited, they seemed happy for us to sit chatting for over an hour and a half without hassling us to hurry up and vacate the table. The ambience in the restaurant overall was nice and relaxed and this makes it a nice place to meet up with some friends for a relaxed bite to eat and a chat.
I like Wannaburger, the success of the restaurant comes from them concentrating on what they are good at and this is producing high quality burgers but I did think the menu was a bit too limited and would have liked to have seen a few more choices. Whether you like the restaurant or not depends on whether or not you like burgers, if you do then you will find the best burgers in Edinburgh served in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Wannaburger in the West End, is, at first, not exactly what you'd expect for that part of town. The menu is devoted pretty much entirely to burgers. But, to quote M&S, these aren't just burgers, these are gourmet burgers.
The Wannaburger premise is simple. They serve burgers. You start with what kind of burger you want - chicken, beef or bean. And it's not just any old meat (at least according to them). The chicken is chargrilled and free range. The beef is 7oz of 100% fully traceable Aberdeen Angus.
Once you have decided on the burger, you choose your topping.
The Wannaburger menu has 16 different kinds of topping combinations. The prices start from the reasonable Classic Burger at £5.95 for your burger of choice, topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and relish to the more expensive Aussie at £8.50 for your burger with beetroot, a fried egg, fresh pineapple, mature cheddar, salad, mayo and relish.
10 of their burger combinations are vegetarian, so there really is something for everyone.
I would recommend the Cajun, The Chilli or the Mexican, and all three of their types of burgers are very good.
The menu also has sides, although the burgers are really quite filling, so I'd recommend sharing a bowl of chips if you really feel the need. There is also the option of salads for your main, but I don't really know anyone who has had these.
The drinks are a mix of normal soft drinks and wines/beers, right up to rather expensive (topping out at £3.50) but delicious milkshakes (go for the peanut butter and banana), and even coke floats.
The restuarant itself is a little on the chain restaurant side, kind of like the burger restaurant equivalent of Beanscene. There is another Wannaburger up the Royal Mile, and the decor etc, is all very similar. Every time I have been in, it has been clean and the service is very friendly, if a little American perky. There are some nice or cutesy features depending on your tastes. For example, when you get your bill, instead of mints the waiter/waitress brings you a shot glass of peanut M&Ms.
All in all, I'd recommend Wannaburger as somewhere to go for a Sunday afternoon with friends. It's expensive enough that it seems like a treat, but not so expensive that it will break the bank. Nice big portions, relaxed atmosphere and the joys of childhood through artery hardening drinks. What more could you want?!
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Wannaburger is a gourmet style hamburger restaurant in Edinburgh.
They have this branch on Queensferry Street, which is just off Princes Street and in the shadow of Edinburgh castle, and another branch on High Street in the Old Town. I would highly recommend both branches if you are in the city.
The menu is pretty limited - basically its burgers and sodas, but the burgers are really good! They are freshly made using high quality beef or if you like, opt for the chicken burger, which is basically a chicken breast - delicious!
Service is always quick and friendly and wines and beers are also available. Prices are very reasonable too.
The West End branch can get busy at peak times but is well worth the wait if you are hungry and beats the other hamburger chains hands down.
Lastly if you want a blast from the past, instead of ordering just a Coke, get a Coke float, with ice cream slowly melting to create a sweet treat of a drink.
You can view what is available at Wannaburger at their website, which can be found at:-
Wannaburger is located in Edinburgh's west end near the New Town and George Street.