The Eco-Friendly Side of Burgers in Croatia

Daniela Rogulj

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Photo: Submarine Burger

Because who said burgers can’t be eco-friendly?

As I was casually strolling through my Instagram feed the other night, a photo of a juicy burger certainly caught my eye…

I’ve been following Submarine Burgers out of Zagreb since I fell in love at first bite back in 2015. Having a burger and a craft beer at Submarine is now a routine for me every time I am in Zagreb, and since I live just far enough away in Split – following the social networks of Submarine has become my quick fix.

The Instagram post that caught my eye was of course by Submarine burger, but what was interesting about it was not so much the burger itself, but the “Eco-Friendly and 100% recycled take-out boxes…”. Considering we had just launched Total Eco Croatia, what better place than here to marry my love for burgers and my love for the environment? With that said, I dug a bit deeper and contacted Submarine to tell me everything about their eco-friendly practices. 

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First things first – everything at Submarine is all natural. The burgers are made with 100% beef from Croatian farms, the buns are local to Zagreb, the cheese is from Zagorje, the bacon from Dalmatia, the lettuce and tomatoes from Slavonia and the truffles – of course- are from Istria. 

In addition to using only locally grown and organic ingredients, the burgers do not contain any additives, antibiotics, GMO’s, or anything else that could pose harmful to your health – talk about a home-grown and hand pressed delight. Oh, and a bonus tip? While 99% of their ingredients are of Croatian origin, the beers are exclusively from Croatian craft breweries.

The burgers at Submarine are served on olive wood boards, and natural materials were used in the interior design.  The main materials inside their restaurants are ones you can find in nature and include woods, stones, and metals. You can definitely tell when you’re inside Submarine’s interior that their atmosphere and decor reflects their natural and warming concept. 


Submarine is also big on the social component of business, and so far they have donated funds to homes for abandoned children in Zagreb, donated large amounts of diapers to refugee babies from Syria, and they even have a year-round promotion called “Happy Burger” where they donate 10 kuna from each “Happy Burger” to the association “Klaunovi doktori – crveni nosovi” (Clown doctor – red nose).

As if it wasn’t enough at first to know that Submarine was using eco-friendly practices, finding out that they truly go the extra mile to create something special for the environment we are all a part of was definitely the cheese to my burger.

Do you know of a restaurant or institution in Croatia using eco-friendly practices? We want to hear from you! Email Total Eco Croatia at [email protected]


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