A hamburger might not be the first food to cross your mind when you think of Food in Lima, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for McDonald’s or Burger King to satisfy your craving. Not only are hamburguesas popular in Peru, they’re also often quite unique, with recipes and preparation catering especially to local tastes. We think you’ll find that Peru is as good a place as any to enjoy one of the world’s most popular foods. Here are our five favorite options for grabbing a burger in Lima:
This popular small chain has nearly a dozen different creative and delicious burgers for you to try, from a simple “Clásica” to the shoestring potato and mushroom-topped “Pepper.” With two locations in Miraflores, one in Surco, and one in Jesús María, it shouldn’t be too hard to find a location in your neighborhood.
As its name might imply (“Monstrous Sandwiches” in English), Sandwiches Monstruos serves up sandwiches and burgers massive enough to satisfy just about anybody’s appetite. Located in the stylish Bohemian district of Barranco and open until 4am, this is the perfect spot to fill your belly after a night of drinking and partying.
Address: Av. Nicolas de Pierola 113, Barranco.
This might be the closest you’ll find to a classic American burger in Lima. Known for high-quality ingredients (100% U.S. beef) and affordable prices, Bon Beef is one of the best burger joints in town. We recommend having yours with a cold Peruvian craft beer to wash it down.
Address: Av. Pardo y Aliaga 596, San Isidro.
This is a burger for those with gourmet tastes who don’t want to spend a fortune. Café A Bistro is known for their exceptionally juicy and flavorful burger served on bread that is baked in-house. If you are in San Isidro, it is highly advised to stop by and try one for yourself.
Address: Av. Augusto Pérez Araníbar 2193, San Isidro.
The only North American-style “food truck” in Lima, El Gringo offers quick and delicious burgers and snacks to the hungry gringo and sudamericano alike—as long as you don’t mind taking your food from a kitchen on wheels!
Address: Parque Caceres, Calle Coronel Andres Reyes, San Isidro.
An excellent vegetarian and vegan restaurant in the Miraflores district of Lima, El Jardín De Jazmín serves up a variety of all-veggie burgers good enough to impress even the most carnivorous diners.
Address: Av. la Paz 838, Miraflores
As you can see, Lima has an abundance of tasty options for the burger lover, offering both standard classics as well as unique new combinations inspired by Peruvian cuisine. We hope you’ll have the chance to try at least one of these savory sandwiches during your stay in the City of Kings. And afterwards, why not take a walking tour or bike tour to burn off some of those extra calories?