Galway’s Handsome Burger officially the best burgers in Ireland

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Galway’s homegrown gourmet specialists Handsome Burger officially have the best burgers in Ireland.

Today is National Burger Day, and in the run up to holiday of deliciousness the Irish meat manufacturer Kepak have been asking people to nominate their favourite burgers.

With over 20,000 votes cast Handsome Burger officially won the grand prize yesterday after coming in as runner up last year at the inaugural competition.

Founded by friend Rory McCormack and Cathal O’Connor, they started out as a pop-up stall in 2017 before getting their break working out of the kitchens of Woodquay’s craft pup Caribou.

The lads’ burgers proved a massive hit with Galwegians and these days they have their own restaurant on Dominick Street.

Just this month they launched a new special recipe celebrating the best producers in Galway, the Back 2 Black.

It features a slab of hand rolled Bradys beef, 2 slices of Herterich’s Pork Butchers phenomenal black pudding, Melted @Kylemore Farmhouse Cheese, Bravas Sauce, White onion & Handsome Sauce.

Last year’s winners The Hungry Moose in Kilkenny took the runner up spot this year.

As part of National Burger Day, all the more than 500 businesses which registered to compete for this crown are offering 2 for 1 on burgers today.

There are 13 businesses in Galway taking part in this promotion. In Galway city there is An Púcán bar, Forster Street; Handsome Burger, Dominick street; The Dáil Bar, Middle Street; Burger King, Tuam Road; Harry’s Bar, Water Lane; the Menlo Park Hotel; the Ardilaun Hotel, Taylor’s Hill; and Venezia Ristorante on Abbeygate street.

Competing out in the county are Kelly’s Bar and Restaurant, Oughterard; the Merriman Hotel, Kinvara; Nico’s, Ballinasloe; The Arches Hotel, Claregalway; Smyths Daybreak, Williamstown.

To find a spot near you check out the list at

The full list of winners at this year’s competition is:

Best burger in Ireland

Overall Winner: Handsome Burger, Galway
Runners Up: The Hungry Moose, Kilkenny

Best national burger at a…

Fast Food Chain: Eddie Rockets
Independent Fast Food Chain: Romayo’s
Restaurant: Thunder Road Café in Dublin
Hotel: Harvey’s Point in Tawnyvorgal, Donegal
Pub: Judge Roy Beans in Newbridge, Kildare
Convenience/Forecourt: Burger King at Applegreen

Most Creative Build

The Butcher Restaurant in Kilkenny

Best Independent Takeaway

Connacht: Cafolla’s in Castlebar, Mayo
Leinster: Tony’s Pizzeria in Dundalk, Louth
Munster: Chicken Hut in Limerick
Ulster: Johnny’s Ranch in Donegal
Northern Ireland: The Chippy in Limavady

Best Independent Chain

Connacht: Blue Thunder in Claremorris, Mayo
Leinster: Mullen’s in Dundalk, Louth
Munster: Dooly’s in Waterford
Ulster: Friar’s Rest in Letterkenny, Donegal

Best Gourmet Burger Specialist

Connacht: Flipside in Sligo
Leinster: The Hungry Moose in Kilkenny
Munster: West Cork Burger Company in Cork
Ulster: The Hatch in Down