Zagreb Burger Festival 2023: Top Chefs, Innovation, Cocktails, Events & Fun!

Paul Bradbury

September 2, 2023 – One of the capital’s most-loved food festivals is back – find out what is in store at the action-packed and delicious Zagreb Burger Festival 2023.

One of the nice things following Croatian tourism for more than a decade is seeing new ideas introduced, taking a hold, and then becoming a popular fixture on the annual tourism calendar.

Burgers were not really that much of a thing when the Zagreb Burger Festival made its debut a few years ago, but it has become a firm favourite on the Zagreb tourism calendar. Hungry? Ready to indulge in some high-quality, as well as rather unusual burgers – and much, much, more – at the 2023 Zagreb Burger Festival next week?

Get ready for the most extravagant burgers you have ever tried

One of the most loved food events in Croatia – the Zagreb Burger Festival is about to start on September 7th at spacious and romantic Tuđman Park. During ten days the festival will feature 20 charming stalls with food and drink. There you will find some of the top Croatian chefs, even one with a Michelin star. For the first time ever brioche buns will be made from scratch on-site and baked in front of the guests by the popular Boogie Lab, but the extravaganza doesn’t stop there. 

Besides already known and adored classic burgers that will be available, you will be able to try some of the bravest and unexpected combinations of ingredients and flavors. Chef Marko Palfi at Full Circle will be making Dekadent 2.0 burgers with Wagyu and Txogitxu beef flavored with coffee. He will also introduce a Fishy Asian burger with tuna and salmon, flavors of wasabi, soy sauce, and ginger.

Burger Jam on the other hand will make a burger with blubbery jam, and another with pears and Raclette cheese melted by fire in front of you. Picnic Mingle and Fun are ready to seduce you with their famous Blackie Burger, but also you shouldn’t miss out on their Burger with Shrimps. You might get a unique WOW effect at Beg’s Plant-Based because you will discover that your Crispy Chicken or Spicy Chicken burger didn’t have any meat in it and from the taste of it you’d never have guessed it. 

Popular regional chain Submarine will be offering their best sellers along with a new Greek burger with fetta cheese and tzatziki sauce. Burger Institute by Mate Janković will delight you with a Spicy Korean burger, Chefs Burger by Ivan Pažanin has a delicious Crispy Onion burger, and Mrs. Fogg will offer their authentic dish Pannicarno – a unique combination of burger and sandwich served in double-baked pizza dough cut in a form of a burger bun. 

Besides these dangerously delicious burgers, there will be artisanal gelato, refreshing signature cocktails at Gingle Bells stall, and perfectly chilled beer at Central Bar. During ten days Burger Festival will host five live rock, hip hop, and funk concerts (Songkillers, Vatra, Kuzma & Shaka Zulu, Bolesna braća, Ida Prester & Lollobrigida) free for all visitors. There will be silent cinema screenings, DJs, free culinary workshops, and a burger-making competition for visitors ready to impress chefs Janković, Srdoć, and Pažanin.

A huge Kids area will be prepared to entertain and safeguard children every day, and all of this surrounded by and immersed in a Zagreb Street Art Festival featuring 165 artists from 33 countries. Live art performances, panel discussions, workshops, and free Street Art Hunt tours will be taking place throughout all ten days. 

For more information, including the complete list of restaurants, event schedule, ways to apply for workshops, and daily updates check the Burger Fest’s Facebook page.

Where: Park Dr Franje Tuđmana, Zagreb. When: September 7-17, noon to midnight. Entrance: free


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