Tapa Thursdays: Hamburguesas

“You not liking a hamburger would tell me you’re more Spanish than American,” Samu says as he served us a hamburger, his style, at Taberna la Tata. The mini ox burger has carmelized onions and beets, as well as a healthy dollop of cream cheese, served with buttered carrots. I died. Twice. Turns out I am a hardcore guiri.

In fact, hamburguesa was one of the first words I ever learned in Spanish, so it’s no surprise that the all-beef patties, special sauce (usually mustard)…ended up on menus in Spain.

And I don’t have any qualms ordering it.

What it is: Some type of beef patty, whether from a cow, bull or ox, and usually served in miniature.

Goes great with: It’s ok to say a big, cold Cruzcampo and a fútbol game, right? There are loads of variations on the plate, but the most common are typically carmelized onions and cheese.

Where to find it: Taberna la Tata have served me up two different “burger towers” – the one mentioned above and the one pictured above (I can only vouch for the one on Avion Cuatro Vientos, 105, though there’s another on Avenida la Buhaíra, 17). Another great joint is Bar Viriato right near the Setas, whose portions are oversized and the burgers perfectly seasoned (Calle Viriato, 7). And if you’re looking for a true American burger, you can always pay a ridiculous sum of money to chow down in a Spanish version of Americana at the Friday’s in Nervion Plaza.

Where are your favorite places for burgers in Seville?

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About Cat Gaa

As a beef-loving Chicago girl living amongst pigs, bullfighters, and a whole lotta canis, Cat Gaa writes about expat life in Seville, Spain. When not cavorting with adorable Spanish grandpas or struggling with Spanish prepositions, she works in higher education at an American university in Madrid and freelances with other publications, like Rough Guides and The Spain Scoop.


  1. As a non-meat-eater, I’m probably not even qualified to comment, but I’m reliably informed by carnivores in the know that the burgers at La Bruñilda and Zelai are particularly fine. Has the European horsemeat scandal put you off eating meat at all, Cat? I know it’s mostly ready meals, and the places you (and I) mention here in Seville probably use prime beef, but I’d be interested to know.
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    • Sunshine and Siestas says:

      The burger at Zelai I remember being good, and a pretty decent size for the price. As for being put off, not in the least! I’ve eaten all types of meat and not a picky eater. The problem for me is the false advertising on the package!

  2. I think I’d gain 100 lbs living there off these alone and probably not even care. Looks incredible!
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  3. This is the best looking hamburger concoction I’ve seen in Spain!

  4. This is the best looking hamburger concoction I’ve seen in Spain – and I’m thinking Galicia needs to jump on this goodness! I’m definitely (or should that be in all-caps?) making this prioridad número uno when I visit Sevilla. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. When I was in Seville, and feeling like a burger, the Mcdonalds at the end of Calle Sierpes always satisfied. Nothing like the real American version,

  6. So many mini-hamburguesas on Zamora’s tapas menus lately! Mario loves it, especially when they’re carne de buey with caramelized onions or the like! Yummm!
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  7. My husband would probably love the hamburguesa. It sounds a bit like the burgers he makes, though I’m sure the quality of ingredients and variation of ingredients in Spain make it much, much better. Looks tasty :-)
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  8. Oooh, those look delicious! Is the bun in the middle on those ones?

    I think it’s hilarious that Spain has Friday’s. Out of all the American restaurants to import…
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  9. Looks like a darn tasty burger.
    Better than the typical burgers on spanish menus. I’d order it if I could!
    Last year most of the auxiliars complained everytime they ordered a hamburger, I wondered why they bothered yet I understood at the same time. They so desperately wanted a taste of home.
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    • Sunshine and Siestas says:

      I think that, until recently, the hamburgers that I’d had here were actually made of pork! I only buy carne de vacuna to make them at home.


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