Cruise vacations involve eating multi-course meals in fancy dining rooms and making choices from lavish buffet spreads, which is part of the fun. But at some point you may find yourself craving a simple burger. Cruise ships have you covered there too.
Check out the best burgers at sea on these cruise lines.
Carnival: Food Network star Guy Fieri delivers thousands of fat, greasy and delicious burgers at his poolside, California surfer-themed Guy’s Burger Joint on several Carnival ships. The meat is 80/20 ground-chuck and you can have your complimentary burger topped with lots of cheese and Donkey Sauce (a secret mayo combo).
Silversea: You can get a burger day or night, either at The Pool Grill, in The Restaurant at lunch or via 24-hour room service, and it’s a yummy one. The chefs use USDA Top Sirloin to make the patties.
Seabourn: At the outdoor grill or via room service you can order a juicy, American-style hamburger or cheeseburger, made of high quality meat and served with fries. It’s a classic.
Royal Caribbean:Just as on land, Johnny Rockets outlets on a dozen Royal Caribbean ships serve up burgers such as The Original, 1/3rd pound of all-natural beef on a bun, topped with shredded lettuce, tomato, chopped onions, relish, pickle, mustard and mayo. Accompany your burger with a shake, chili fries and apple pie. Cover charge $4.95.
Oceania Cruises: The best gourmet burgers at sea feature Black Angus Beef and are served at the Waves Grill onboard this upscale line’s five ships. Go classic or get one topped with Swiss cheese. There’s also a menu of crazy combos such as The Kobe Burger, made with Wagyu beef, topped with black truffle sauce and baby crass. It’s decadent and delicious.
Celebrity Cruises:Celebrity is in the process of redoing its Lido buffet areas into marketplace-like spaces where dishes are creatively packaged. This continues at the poolside grill, where you can get a tasty burger, wrapped in paper (like at a fast food joint) and crispy fries served in a miniature, paper-lined fry basket.
Holland America Line: While you can indulge in a filet mignon burger at the fancy, for-a-fee Pinnacle Grill, you can also dig into perfectly wonderful, complimentary burgers at Dive-In at the Terrace Grill. The poolside grills have signature burgers that are hand-formed, served on a toasted brioche bun and feature a “secret” sauce. The Gainer comes with a mound of crispy frizzled onions; The Cannonball with Gouda cheese, applewood smoked bacon and sweet caramelized onions. If you want a simple cheeseburger ask for The High-Dive.
Norwegian Cruise Line: There are grills where you can get a patty on a bun, but the best burgers are at Cagney’s Steakhouse, where the menu includes Wagyu Beef Sliders. They’re on a bun, topped with caramelized red onions and come with apple & celery slaw. Have a second course of a Certified Angus Beef filet mignon, and don’t miss the truffle fries. Cover charge: $30 adults, $15 kids.
Crystal Cruises: The all-beef burgers are classic and the accompanying sweet potato fries put them over the top at the grills on Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.
SeaDream Yacht Club: The chefs on the line’s two small ships want you to feel at home (if home is a sophisticated yacht). Order a beef burger, or if you prefer, see if they have any other choices such as buffalo or ostrich. You can have your burger delivered anywhere on the ship including to the hot tub or your lounge chair. The accompanying homemade onion rings are divine.