/Dükkan's Lamentable Beef Burger

Dükkan's Lamentable Beef Burger

I am used to being underwhelmed by burgers in Rome, a place sadly lacking a BBQ culture, but I have greater expectations in Istanbul where grilled meat is ubiquitous. And if you’ve ever seen köfte, you know a burger patty isn’t a huge leap. Over the past couple of years, a bunch of places have tried to make and market American-style burgers with Heinz ketchup and all. The results have been…interesting. In my humble opinion, only burgers at numnum, brought to you by Johnson & Wales trained chef Mehmet Gürs, are worth mentioning. Plus, they serve great fries AND onion rings.

Not so exciting, on the other hand, is the popular Dükkan Burger. Part of Emre Mermer’s growing meat peddling empire, there are several locations, all of which are in posh areas (unlike the Küçük Artmutlu location of his flagship steakhouse). I checked out the Dükkan Burger in Bebek last night with my friend Ayşe and neither of us were impressed. My dry hamburger was overwhelmed by its enormous and slightly dry bun. Ayşe’s “Yeşil” Burger (a “green” burger sandwiched between lettuce leaves instead of bread slices) was over-salted and gamey. Of course I had to compensate for her carb-snub by ordering a chocolate milkshake (Dükkan doesn’t serve beer), which was the meal’s highlight. Overall, Dükkan Burger was disappointing, a fact that will no doubt lead me back to numnum later this week.

2016-01-09T13:57:39+00:00 April 20th, 2010|Categories: America, Carbs, Culture, Food & Wine, Istanbul, Meat, Turkish Cuisine|2 Comments


  1. CanM April 21, 2010 at 12:08 am - Reply

    The ‘yesil’ burger looks…uhm…sad…
    I know it’s not the same thing, but instead of looking for what’s not there, i’d rather drink myself to oblivion and then head to Kizilkayalar for some REAL Turkish burger action haha!

  2. Deniz April 21, 2010 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Although Yeşil Burger looks weird, I’m surprised to see that you didn’t like Dükkan’s burger, i guess it must have been a mis/badly prepared exceptional burger. Imo Dükkan deserves a second chance; maybe in Bağdat cad. branch where you can drink beer too. Anyways, along with Dükkan, i’d like to mention Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Burger Bar, and Mano Burger when it comes to good burgers. Also Kralburger has its own unique style of burgers (which tastes greak), just like Kızılkayalar.

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