List 092: Burger joints I saw in Istanbul

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Burgers. Istanbul. Really?

Really.

I was truly shocked to find so many burger places in Istanbul. But when you think about it, a Turkish köfte is almost like a normal patty except smaller and more irregularly shaped. Sadly, the Turks—along with the rest of the planet—are veering more and more towards McDonaldisation of their culture and now, places that used to sell köfte now call themselves “BURGER” stands.

So this is a bunch of “burger joints” I saw whilst walking around the city for 10 days: the proper burger places are marked with a proper burger icon, and the köfte places disguised as burger joints have a little alien on them. (It will all make sense when you see the visual.)

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"Burger meat" at a grocery store off Taksim Square and one of the many "burger joints" in Taksim Square. Real burger joints don't have real fruit in their shopfronts.

“Burger meat” at a grocery store off Taksim Square and one of the many “burger joints” in Taksim Square. Real burger joints don’t have real fruit in their shopfronts.

Two places beside each other in Taksim Square

Two places beside each other in Taksim Square

Fake burger place off Taksim Square (with mildly slimy character posing for the shot) and fast food giant, Burger King, on Istikal Caddesi

Fake burger place off Taksim Square (with mildly slimy character posing for the shot) and fast food giant, Burger King, on Istikal Caddesi

Shake Shack, one of the largest fast food chains in Istanbul and Mano Burger in Galatasaray

Shake Shack, one of the largest fast food chains in Istanbul and Mano Burger in Galatasaray

Fatburger (Shake Shack's main competitor) located right beside Shake Shack on Istekal Caddesi and hipster burger place Izi on Sofalyi Sk

Fatburger (Shake Shack’s main competitor) located right beside Shake Shack on Istekal Caddesi and hipster burger place Izi on Sofalyi Sk

Lord of all Burgers (and Evil), McDonalds on Istikal Caddesi and Cipso in Üsküdar

Lord of all Burgers (and Evil), McDonalds on Istikal Caddesi and Cipso in Üsküdar

Two high end burger places on Bağdat Caddes

Two high end restaurants on Bağdat Caddesi

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