Do you know anyone who doesn’t like burgers? I mean, is that even possible?! Round, juicy, generous and colourful, they are satisfying, enjoyable and even fun to eat. Their presence comforts us wherever we travel in the world, you can find some for all sorts of budgets, plus they usually come accompanied by finger licking sides…
Burgers are often more than a meal, and part of great stories and memories, going back to when we were kids! In our younger age though, we didn’t pay much attention to the nutritional values of our meals, to how much meat to eat (if any at all), to the flour used in the preparation of our loved burger buns, and what came fresh or frozen. Growing up, and as we learn about nutrition, knowing more about what is really stacking up in our burgers could be an additional factor of satisfaction, or disappointment. While in Bangkok, here is a very selective list of where to have healthy burger variations.
My favorite during this month of June 2017 was the Naked burger (380 THB) for being bread-less and low carb, and that is what you see on the picture. A delicious beef patty, cooked medium rare for me, or to your liking, a lot of veggies, a fried egg, but with a perfect runny yolk, all of that topped with a creamy half-avocado. Talking about a satisfying meal, here you have it!
Although the Naked Burger is a limited edition (but I am hoping it will be back…), at 25 degrees you have the option to “Craft your own”. The choice is yours to go carnivorous – turkey and kurobuta are available – or you can opt for the veggie burger which patty is made of carrot, onion, broccoli, tofu, egg, oat meal and spiced up with some cumin. What makes 25 degrees burgers even greater is the quality choice of “extras” like arugula, sauerkraut or roasted tomato, and their extensive selection of sauces such as the lemon dill or the tarragon remoulade.
To go along with your premium burger, you will be spoilt with choice too and you shall take a look at their craft beer selection.
This unique Bangkok raw food concept at Rasayana has me totally convinced of its beneficial influence on our health, and the proof is the well-being sensation you are left with after having a meal there. I hope you all get the chance to experience that.
The environment – a little tucked away from the main soi – sets the tone, and all you see around you is trees, the entrance to the spa, a menu standing on your table listing the healthy beverages available, such as the wheatgrass-based cocktails (at Rasayana Retreat, they grow their own wheatgrass). You will also notice the refrigerated counter in which a wide selection of raw desserts awaits you after you are done with your raw burger. Raw cacao mousse tart, strawberry cheescake, tiramisu, banoffee pie… all very tempting.
Their Raw burger (220 THB) is literally a burst of flavours. Although the description on the menu doesn’t sound like a big deal “savory mushroom burger on sunflower onion flat bread, served with greens, marinated onion, live ketchup and cashew cheese sauce”, I was impressed by the combination of textures taking you back and forth from crunchy, to crumbly and creamy, and keeping your palate amazed until the last mouthful. The nutty taste of the dressing both in the burger and on the side salad, is a key component and gives a rich consistency to the whole plate.
Beyond the burger, you will recognise other familiar options on their menu such as “pizza”, “lasagna”, or even “pasta”; but all turned into superfood and raw recipes. I first thought that was a very risky bet to dare tweaking such popular meals into something quite different, but what sets Rasayana Retreat apart is their ability to focus not only on your health but by delivering pleasurable dishes.
Rasayana Retreat (click to see on map)
57 Soi Prom-mitr , Sukhumvit 39, Klongton-nua,
Wattana, Bangkok 10110
(From Sukhumvit soi 39, turn into Soi Prom-mitr and look for their yellow sign on the road as you will need to engage in a small alley. Note that the Cafe has only outdoor seatings, with a cooling system but no A/C).
Few spots for parking available.
Their Broccoli quinoa charcoal burger (290 THB) is probably the most famous healthy burger in town. What do you guys think? And when you taste it, you can understand why. I got seduced by the charcoal bun. My only downside though is that it contains wheat (as I don’t process it well) but if you have no problem with that, you will love it. It is also made of activated charcoal, walnut and cranberry.
The main ingredients of the patty are quinoa and broccoli, and the delicious sauce used is made of fresh mashed avocado and fresh mango salsa.
If you keep track of your calorie intake, the Broccoli quinoa charcoal burger is a wisely used 524 kcal meal! You will get 14 g of protein, 18 g of fat, 6 g of dietary fiber and 5g of sugars.
I found the serving very generous, so maybe for those who wonder if a healthy burger is as fulfilling as an ordinary one, the answer is yes, and even more, as the sides will complement an already killer burger! For the light option, you can order their 100% organic and locally-grown green salad or like on the picture, their thick potato, sweet potato and taro homemade fries.
Although you could pretty much order anything with your eyes closed at Broccoli Revolution, the burger is a must try. Make sure to try one of their cold-pressed juices too.
Urban and cool, that is probably what describes the best Chunky, the place that serves “more than just a burger”. Indeed, you can drop by for a quick salad, or just a coffee or a beer. A friendly and welcoming neighbourhood hangout.
For burgers, besides more traditional options such as their signature Chunky beef burger, you will find plenty of designer-like alternatives, all using high quality meat for the non-vegetarians. Among their regular customers and fitness crowd, the Rocket salmon burger is very popular.
In reply to a fast growing demand for healthy burgers, Chunky’s Chef Khun Top has one special recommendation: the Wild mushroom and truffle with poached egg burger (260THB).
First of all, let’s mention that Chunky makes everything from scratch. The brioche buns are baked in-house, using carefully sourced ingredients, among which you will never find preservatives of any kind as one rule, according to Chef Top, is to never serve anything unnatural. You will find in this vegetarian burger 3 types of fresh organic mushrooms, stir-fried with garlic and other spices in olive oil and topped with truffle oil for an even greater kick of flavour. The protein-rich poached egg and the mix organic greens drizzled with their homemade balsamic dressing, combined with the mushroom trio, make an excellent healthy burger, and a brunch dish.
Image from Chunky S23
Steps with Theera
Steps with Theera started about 4 years ago as a bakery focusing on gluten-free, allergen-free and vegan breads, snacks and dessert. Nourished by a real life story, Theeta ‘Uang’ Hotrakitya, as a Patisserie Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu, started not only a healthy organic Bake Room, but a project full of sense, love and hope.
At Steps with Theera, young people with special needs are given a chance to develop their skills in a work environment, benefit from education and training, and be accepted, just the way they are.
Steps with Theera offers catering and events services, and at their coffee shop, the menu features a variety of beverages and healthy comfort food suitable for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free eaters. As part of the menu, you will find not only one but two burgers options! Which one will you go for?
– The vegetarian option is a Pumpkin-Sweet Potato with Feta Burger (pumpkin, sweet potato, pesto, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds), served with a vegan wholewheat bun and honey balsamic dressing. On the side, you will get a balanced serving of side salad, and roasted sweet potatoes for a total calorie count of about 420 kcal for the entire dish.
– The Falafel Burger is vegan-friendly (chickpeas, flax seeds, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, herbs), served with a vegan wholewheat bun and tahini sauce, as well as the side salad, and roasted sweet potatoes. The total calorie count for this dish is approximately 440 kcal.
Image from Steps with Theera
You probably won’t find much information on fast food chains on my blog, but MOS Burger is a brand that is making efforts towards a healthier offering. Since they started in 1972 in Japan, they have expanded tremendously and now run 1700 stores in Asia Pacific. They are present in Thailand since 2006 and in Bangkok only, they have 6 outlets (see locations below).
What is healthier about their burgers? As we are not talking about the utmost healthier burgers here, I would say that MOS Burger offer is still pretty decent.
– They are committed to sourcing “tobikiri” (premium) quality ingredients all year round, working with local farmers in Japan
– The wide glass window through their open-kitchens lets you see how your burger is assembled and the satisfying level of cleanliness
– The service is fast and friendly
– They are very affordable
Ouf of their variety of burgers, these two would be my pick:
– Beef Yakiniku Rice Burger (109 THB)
– Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Burger (Wrapped in Lettuce) (89 THB). For that one, I would recommend to order it without or with less mayo.
(click to see on map)
Mos Burger, Central Plaza Bangna (B Floor) – NEW
587, 589 Bangna-Trad Road, Bangna, 10260 Bangkok
Mos Burger, Central World Plaza (3rd floor)
Ratchadamri Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan,10330 Bangkok
Mos Burger, Terminal 21 (LG Floor)
19 Sukhumvit Road. North Klongtoei, Wattana,10110 Bangkok
Mos Burger, Siam Paragon (G Floor)
991 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, 10330 Bangkok
Mos Burger, Emporium (4th Floor Food Hall)
622 Sukhumvit 24 Road, Klongton, Klongtoey,10110 Bangkok
Mos Burger, Future park Rangsit (B Floor)
94 Future Park , Phahonyothin Road, Prachatipat Thanyaburi Phathutani, Amphoe Thanyaburi, Pathum Thani 12130 Bangkok
The tiny space on the 2nd floor of this building in construction is kind of unexpected! but that is where Bad Burger is located, (just behind Mix & Munch for those who are familiar with that yummy place). My first innocent question when I got there was about the name. Why “bad”?! or “baddest” burger as offered on the menu. And it seems that it is more about their burgers being badass, or something like that!
I have to agree that I was pleasantly surprised, firstly, by the healthy choices on the menu, that I wouldn’t expect from a straight forward burger place. I hesitated between their two vegan & vegetarian options, but went for their Grilled veggie burger (239 THB net) (over the Veggie patty burger). The Grilled veggie burger includes a stack of veggies (eggplant, tomatoes and zucchini), some lettuce and an interesting vegan cheese using coconut, adding a pleasant mild taste.
For the bun, you can choose between a vegan option or a gluten-free bun. However the later one contains dairy…which I wish it didn’t.
The price includes a side, and as on the picture below, you can go for a green salad served with a lemon dressing. I found the service a bit slow but that was for grilling the veggies on the spot.