The best places for a burger in Dorset according to Tripadvisor

Sometimes there’s nothing better to eat than tucking into a big burger.

There’s plenty of places in Dorset that you can eat some burgers and share some fries and onion rings with friends and family.

Most of us have a restaurant within a short walk or drive of our house. But why not push the boat out and try some of the best in Dorset?

Tripadvisor has named the best places to eat a burger in each area of Dorset based on user reviews rating their visit out of five.

Some of these places have been dubbed ‘top notch’ with some burgers described as ‘delicious’.

As a disclaimer, this list rounds up the best places for a burger in Dorset according to Tripadvisor.

This ranges from burger bars, pubs, and cafes that offer burgers on their menus. If there’s a better place that offers burgers in your town, drop us a comment.

These are the highest-rated restaurants and takeaways which offer the best burgers across Dorset according to your reviews on Tripadvisor.

Blandford Forum

According to Tripadvisor, The Baker Arms in Child Okeford near Blandford Forum is the best place for a burger in the area.

One glowing review states: “We stayed for a few days at Daisy Cottage in the grounds of this pub.

“We thoroughly enjoyed our time spent in the The Bakers Arms. The food and drink was excellent and the hospitality second to none.

“Very nice surroundings with a lovely pub garden which was very nice to spend some time in enjoying the sun.

“Great food, great staff, would highly recommend a visit.”

Bournemouth

The highest-rated burger restaurant in Bournemouth according to Tripadvisor, is Moose Kitchen.

Based on Bourne Avenue, the restaurant has attracted a five-out-of-five rating based on nearly 500 reviews. It is also Bournemouth’s most top rated restaurant on Tripadvisor.

One stand-out review said: “I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough.

“Absolutely fabulous service from every member of staff we had contact with, friendly and helpful and nothing felt too much trouble.

“The food was absolutely delicious and no question that we will visit again when back in the area.”

Bridport

The Three Horseshoes in Burton Bradstock has been dubbed the best place for a burger  in the Bridport area.

One review reads: “We absolutely love it here. We had yet another famous evening.

“Staff are always excellent and food is always amazing. We chose various bar snacks this time and they did not disappoint.

“Have no hesitation in recommending this establishment. Food is top notch and prices are extremely fair.

“Looking forward to our next visit”

Dorchester

Based on Alexandra Road, The Georgie Porgie Pie & Burger Co has been ranked as the best place to eat a burger in Dorset’s county town. 

The popular restaurant has a four-and-a-half rating based on 414 reviews.

One notable review said: “This is a genuine hidden gem a little off the beaten track in Dorchester.

“There’s a decent sized car park just around the corner and the food and service are absolutely spot-on.

“The Ranch burger is excellent, as is the Captain’s burger, but for me the highlight has to be the Chicken Tikka Masala pie, which was a joy.

“Come hungry and try the pie and burger combo!”

Gillingham

The popular Kings Arms Inn has a four-and-a-half rating from 280 reviews, with users praising its food and service.

One review about the restaurant reads: “We visited for a meal whilst on our holiday.

“At first glance the menu has limited veggie options but in speaking to the owner he was extremely helpful and suggested other things variations of menu items.

“I had a mushroom burger and was delicious.

“The deserts were equally delicious and it was one of the nicest meals out we had in ages.

“The staff were very friendly and even offered us suggestions on places to visit on our trip.

“If you’re a vegetarian, just ask, they were very accommodating!”

Lyme Regis

There are many takeaways to enjoy in Lyme Regis but LBK Burger Bar has been dubbed the best place for a burger in the seaside town.

One review said: “A good little takeaway very close to the beach, but be careful for the gulls which may attempt to take your food if you choose to sit on the beach.

“As a takeaway its 3 or 4 stars but I’ve given it 5/5 as the burgers are up there with the best I’ve had.

“Proper, homemade burgers and good chips.”

Poole

Top of the list in Poole is Oriel On The Quay.

The restaurant, based at Quay Seaway House, has attracted a number of ‘excellent’ reviews and currently has a four-and-a-half rating.

One user wrote: “Amazingly, this was the first time we had ever used Oriel (despite living in Poole) and to be honest we only used it as they were doing a click and collect service.

“What a revelation! Husband had the Oriel Special burger and I had the Halloumi one.

“Oh, and husband got a courtesy bottle of Doombar too as it was Fathers Day!

“Both were excellent. Lovely people on the phone and in person too, you can be sure as soon as they are up and running a restaurant service again, we will be there!”

Portland

Taste Cafe at Chesil Beach is the best place for a burger, according to Tripadvisor.

The café, which offers a scenic view of the beach, currently has a four-and-a-half rating based on 576 reviews.

One review reads: “This cafe is excellent – We always look forward to stopping off here for some excellent food and are spoilt for choice.

“The staff are friendly and attentive and they follow covid safe practices. Cannot recommend highly enough.”

Shaftesbury

Compton Abbas Airfield Café is the top-rated place for a burger in the town, but the café offers a wide selection of food.

One five-out-of-five review reads: “Was busy when I visited. Staff were very friendly and not long to wait for food.

“Sat outside and watched all the aircraft including a beautiful Stearman. Great atmosphere with everyone excitedly watching the planes coming in and out.

“Thoroughly recommended for aviation enthusiasts or for those who want to relax with a terrific view.

“Top stuff.”

Sherborne

The Cross Keys, based on Cheap Street, currently has a four-and-a-half rating on Tripadvisor based on nearly 900 reviews.

Reviews have commented on its ‘fantastic’ food and service and praised its vast menu.

One reviewer wrote: “My family and I had an excellent experience at The Cross Keys in Sherborne.

“The food was nothing short of fantastic. I highly recommend the steak! Staff members, especially Will, all gave fantastic service and were really accommodating and friendly.

“This really made the evening and I can’t thank them enough for their contributions to a brilliant evening.”

Swanage

The coastal town has a few takeaways to choose from but The 1859 Pier Cafe & Bistro has been dubbed the best in the town for a burger on Tripadvisor.

The restaurant has a four-and-a-half rating based on 422 reviews on the site and is overall the third best rated Swanage restaurant on Tripadvisor.

One reviewer said: “Visited for lunch with family as we had an uncle visiting from abroad and decided 1859 was the perfect place to take him.

“Food was great as always, I had the Mexican Beef Burger which is a firm favourite and my uncle agreed after ordering the same.

“Staff were incredibly friendly and attentive, adding to a lovely experience.

“With the food, overall atmosphere and the amazing view, I couldn’t recommend a better place.”

Wareham

Risaro @ The Coventry Arms, based in Mill Street in Corfe Mullen near Wareham, boasts a four rating on Tripadvisor based on more than 200 reviews.

One reviewer dubbed it ‘the best pub in Dorset’.

One review reads: “We had a great afternoon spent drinking and eating outside by the beautiful stream.

“Outstanding service from staff member Paul who made our trip even more perfect!”

Weymouth                                                                                                                

According to Tripadvisor, the best place for a juicy burger in Weymouth is The Dorset Burger Company.

The King Street restaurant has a four-and-a-half rating on Tripadvisor based on 1,646 reviews with a vast majority of reviews deeming it ‘excellent’.

One review, entitled ‘Best burgers in Weymouth’, states: “It does what it says on the tin.

“Nothing fancy and a small uncomplicated menu but the food is excellent. Both my Burger and my wife’s Veggie burger were top notch and were served with a decent portion of chips and coleslaw.

“Great sweet menu also. Well worth a visit….”

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