Burgers might not be the first type of cuisine that comes to mind when planning a trip to Jeddah, but this fast-food staple is massively popular here, and across Saudi.
“Saudis have been no strangers to burgers, and over the past 10 to 12 years there has been an explosion of burger joints both local and internationally,” says Shayne Haridas, a Saudi-based food blogger known as @foodwithshayne. “The recent rise in popularity is thanks to exposure to social media and apps such as Instagram. Picture-worthy burgers have captured the imagination of a young Saudi populace who are willing to try out highly imaginative burgers that they come across online.”
From signature sauces and blue buns to the largest burger joint in the world, here are five spots you won’t regret grabbing a bite or a ’gram of in Jeddah.
—Lisa Zimmermann is a travel writer and editor who has previously written for Club Traveler, Boston magazine, New England Travel, American Airlines and Atlas Magazine.