Amsterdam burger, BBQ and chicken restaurants – 10 of the Best

This post is an extract from my Amsterdam Restaurant Guide. While I’ve loosely grouped them as “American restaurants”, of course BBQ, steaks, chicken and burgers in Amsterdam are as internationally represented as the city’s inhabitants. 

Amsterdam burger restaurants

A few years ago, Amsterdam went nuts for gourmet burgers – especially if served with craft beer. Some of my favourite burgers are served up at Troost (technically a Dutch craft beer brewery, but that’s just a minor detail), The Butcher (check out The Butcher Social Club in the A’DAM Tower if you like some hip beats and old-school games with your meal) and Lombardo’s (handily close to the Rijksmuseum).

Amsterdam burger restaurant - The Butcher
Gourmet burgers at The Butcher Social Club

Amsterdam BBQ and steak restaurants

Likewise on the meaty front, restaurants that sear your steak on the charcoal grill or BBQ your beef low & slow for hours have become more and more common over the last few years. For steak, try Cannibale Royale – now with four locations and counting – or the Midtown Grill. For real American BBQ, my favourite is Pendergast near the Westerpark (their brisket is to die for).

Best steak in Amsterdam -Midtown Grill
Dry-aged, corn-fed, USDA rib eye at the Midtown Grill
  • Cannibale Royale: See website for locations and phone numbers: cannibaleroyale.nl
  • Midtown Grill: Stadhouderskade 12 (Oud-West) 020 607 5555 midtowngrill.nl
  • Pendergast: Groen van Prinstererstraat 14 (Westerpark) 020 845 8507 pendergast.nl

Chicken (wings) in Amsterdam

For roast chicken, don’t miss Rotisserie – with one location in Oost and another in West. And for chicken wings – which absolutely must be served buffalo-style, covered in potently hot sauce, preferably with a side of blue cheese dressing – try Café Carbon and Lion’s Head Brew Bar, both in de Pijp.

Amsterdam chicken wings - Lion's Head Brewing
Buffalo chicken wings at Lion’s Head Brew Bar

Looking for more than just burgers and BBQ in Amsterdam? Download my comprehensive Amsterdam restaurant guidebook here.


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