Tuning Bar & Burger

Tuning Burger is a tourist-heavy burger joint in the heart of the bustling Jewish Quarter. Tuning's burgers are a bit too busy for my taste: each comes with several non-traditional burger ingredients that, depending on your order, might be eggs, sliced avocado, or grilled zucchini. The over-the-top burger architecture comprises a sizeable, 180 gram / 6.3 ounce patty.

The basic patties are made with Hungarian Grey Cattle chuck, while the pricier ones use Angus. My favorite was the simple “classic street food” cheeseburger, where the three main ingredients, bun, patty, and cheddar sauce, could properly represent themselves. Following the international trend toward luxury burgers, Tuning offers a foie gras garnished "Rockefeller" version too, but for €17 I would've liked to see more than two tiny pieces of grilled goose liver. A vegetarian goat cheese burger, and a range of Hungarian craft beers are also available.

Tuning’s burgers are among the most expensive in Budapest: the cheapest “classic street food” burger runs €8, and prices quickly elevate to double-digit territory, topping out at €17 (all orders include a side of fries, coleslaw, and red onion jam). The high prices along with a TripAdvisor-centric marketing approach means that most of the customers here are tourists.