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John's Burger


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John's Burger


OUR STORY

Burger juice dribbled down Gordon’s chin, and the look of satisfaction on his face sparked an idea that would take a decade to come to fruition. I had just visited a small farm in the Veneto region of Italy, and picked up a kilogram of fresh ground meat. In 2004, the only burgers in Venice were from the ubiquitous terrible fast food chains. Gordon, a meat lover, took one bite of the burger and we immediately knew that I had to open a burger shop in Venice. Over many a glass of wine, we dreamed up a restaurant called “Burgers, Balls, and Beers.” Soon after, I met a young English girl named Sophie, and the beginning of the burger team was born. In the end, the idea of a burger shop in Venice died under the complexity of Venetian regulations and logistics, but the dream stayed with us.

In 2008, I moved from Venice to Kiel, Germany, and was immediately floored by the sheer immensity of the grilling culture there. But where were the burgers?! One can only eat so much nackensteak and bratwurst, right? I began to grill burgers for my colleagues at the university, and the dream came roaring back.

I soon learned about Kieler Woche, a massive week-long sailing, food, and music festival in Kiel, and was surprised to find that I could open my own burger stand. In 2011, a ton of friends came together to help me build the Kieler Woche burger stand that would become known as John’s Burger Box. The first years of our Kiel Week success are too long a story to tell on this page, but we’ll eventually write it all down and link to it here.

For now, it’s only important to know that Kiel Week was the launching pad for John’s Burgers, a restaurant in Kiel where we make and serve the kind of burgers I grew up on in New York. This restaurant culminates a decade of scheming with close friends, many of whom you’ll meet at our new spot on the corner of Gutenbergstrasse and Hansastrasse in Kiel, Germany.

Our crew is determined to deliver the best burger available in Kiel or elsewhere. We are dedicated to the craft, and with a fantastic mix of the best local ingredients, you will soon have burger juice dribbling down your chin as well.

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secret to taste


We will never freeze our meat, and we will grind it and mix it every day; hence you will have burger juice dribbling down your chin…

secret to taste


We will never freeze our meat, and we will grind it and mix it every day; hence you will have burger juice dribbling down your chin…

 

MEAT

John’s/Empire/4€

All of our meat for the John’s, Empire, and 4€ burgers is sourced hyper-locally in and around the village of Holtsee in the county of Rendsburg-Eckernfoerde by Fleischerei Neidhardt. These burgers are made from a mix of beef and pork and are cut and ground daily in house. Our burger meat is never frozen ensuring maximum juiciness.

Huettener

The meat used in our Huettener Burgers is 100% Angus beef delivered directly to us by Jakob Gosch of the family Gosch in Holzbunge in the county of Rendsburg-Eckernfoerde. The Huettener Burger is always sourced from a single cow, which was grass fed and finished on the rolling hills of the BioHof Holzbunge. Our Huettener Burgers are cut, ground, and prepared fresh daily.

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Cheese

Much of our cheese is a mild white cheddar which comes directly from the Holtsee Kaeserei and is sliced in house.

Buns

A good burger bun, should be soft and strong. It should complement the burger, not overwhelm it. After testing many of the buns in Kiel, we came across the perfect bun, developed by Kai Lyck of the Baeckerei Lyck. Our buns are baked fresh daily in the Kiel neighborhood of Elmschenhagen.

Bacon

The bacon used as a topping for our burgers and in our BLT and bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches is always cured and smoked in house. We receive full pork bellies from Fleischerei Neidhardt and cure them in house with curing salts and maple syrup for ten days before smoking for three hours.

Eggs

All of the eggs used as a topping for our burger are produced by free range chickens at the Huhnerhof Krey in the village of Bredenbek in the county of Rendsburg-Eckernfoerde.

 
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Eat Together


 

 

 

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Menu


Menu


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Our kitchen


Our success factors

Our kitchen


Our success factors

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