Burgers, like pizza and fried chicken, will always hold a special place in our hearts, cheat day or not. If you’ve eaten your way through the city’s burger joints, it’s time to level up by delving deeper into the crevices of burger menus. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the underbelly of unconventional burgers.

Tickle your fancy for the unusual, starring oddball burger fixings like bao buns, foie gras or seaweed mayo. 

The Grind Burger Bar edit 703640_614385568579856_722446984_o.jpg (original size)For those who can’t go a meal without their staple Asian rice, here’s one that marries the grain into a burger. The Kinoko Gohanburger is made from hand shaped short grained rice ‘buns’, wedging a choice of pork or beef patty, furikake topping, seaweed, sautéed teriyaki mushroom and a smidgen of housemade wasabi mayo for that familiar Japanese zing. Find it here.

 Buncit bao bar 17265579_1289587244442894_7422365105725112320_n.jpg (original size)Proving to be more than a social-media-influencer-fronted project, the steamed fluffy ‘bao’ is skillfully upgraded to a Chinese burger. Asian flavours reign, in particular the Wagyu bao, made from M6 wagyu beef and topped with caramelised onions and wasabi. Bow down to the bao here.

 MyBurgerLab 16908795_1729262960719227_7825667117549617152_n.jpg (original size)No burger list is complete without this burger institute, which earns its stripes with a diverse range of burgers from the classic to eclectic. For the adventurous, the Bulbasaur offers a hodgepodge of ingredients that come together weird yet wonderfully – think fried chicken, tangy green salsa, seaweed mayo, egg and melted, sharp cheddar cheese. Head to the lab here.

 Toastina Cafe and Bar, Sheraton Imperial Hotel kk68-e.jpg (original size)If you’ve eaten your way through the city’s standard fluffy burger buns, go for something a little ‘hardcore’ with a salmon bagel burger. It’s like having breakfast in New York, when you bite into a halved chewy bagel, sandwiching sliced smoked salmon, thick slathers of cream cheese, capers, crispy lettuce and sharp red onion rings. Drop by for a bagel here.

 The Daily Grind 287270_184350141635794_3082524_o.jpg (original size)Foie gras has been enjoying a moment away from formal menus and fine-dining occasions. The premium block of fatty indulgence has upped the traditional beef burger in a not-so-humble creation, pan seared over a juicy beef patty, glazed with balsamic palm sugar, sliced Portobello mushroom and onion cranberry jam. Posh up your burger jam here.

Speaking of upgraded burgers, check out some buns at these new openings to feast at this April

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