Ireland’s best burger 2022: The winners revealed

National Burger Day: More than 38,000 votes were cast to decide the people’s favourites

A family-owned fast food restaurant in the west of Ireland has won the title of Ireland’s Best Burger 2022. Blue Thunder, in Claremorris, Co Mayo, topped the online poll in which 38,564 votes were cast by members of the public. More than 450 burger bars, cafes, restaurants and pubs entered the competition, which is part of National Burger Day, sponsored by Kepak.

Blue Thunder, which also has branches in Westport, Castlebar and Tralee, is owned by Joanne Byrne, whose parents Pat and Marian O’Malley opened the Claremorris branch 34 years ago. “Our selection of burgers have stood the test of time and our deluxe cheese and bacon burger, as well as our much-loved prime burger, are firm favourites amongst our customers,” Byrne said.

Surprisingly, many of the better known burger brands, such as Bujo, Bunsen and Gourmet Burger Kitchen, were not included in the selection from which the public could choose to give their votes. “The National Burger Day campaign is open to all foodservice operators across the island of Ireland and this is regardless of who their meat supplier is. Participation in the campaign is decided by operators themselves and those who are not represented decided to not participate in the campaign,” said a spokesperson for the competition.

The only burger restaurant in Dublin to make it into the winners’ list is Thunder Road Cafe in Temple Bar, Leinster winner of the category for gourmet burgers. Previous winners of the overall title are The Hungry Moose in Kilkenny city, Honest Burger in Galway, and Flipside in Sligo.


Many of the participating outlets are offering special meal deals and for every photograph shared on social media with the hashtag #NationalBurgerDay, a meal will be donated to Simon Communities across Ireland.

Best burger in Ireland

Overall winner: Blue Thunder, Claremorris, Co Mayo

Best burger at a …

Restaurant: Roastie Midleton, Midleton, Co Cork

Hotel: The Curious Fish (The Mariner Hotel), Westport, Co Mayo

Pub: The Globe Bar & Restaurant, Kilkenny

Convenience/Forecourt: Circle K, Best Convenience Burger

Independent Fast-Food Chain: Blue Thunder, Westport, Co Mayo

Takeaway: Johnny’s Ranch, Ramelton, Co Donegal

Food Truck: O’ Reilly’s Food Truck, Bandon, Co Cork

Best independent takeaway

Connaught: Cafolla’s Castlebar, Castlebar, Co Mayo

Leinster: Mullen’s Castletown Road, Dundalk, Co Louth

Munster: Wimpy, Fermoy, Co Cork

Ulster: Friars Rest, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Northern Ireland: The Pizza Shack and Burger Bar at McCreesh’s, Mullaghbawn, Newry

Best gourmet burger specialist

Connaught: Harry’s Galway, Galway City

Leinster: Thunder Road Cafe, Temple Bar, Dublin

Munster: Yay Burger, Ballydehob, Cork

Ulster: Burger Jacks, Milford, Co Donegal

Marie Claire Digby

Marie Claire Digby

Marie Claire Digby is Senior Food Writer at The Irish Times