Buns out - Maps Maponyane’s burger joint in Johannesburg named one of the best in the world!
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South African television presenter and restaurateur Maps Maponyane’s burger restaurant has just been named as one of the best in the world!


Johannesburg, South Africa (23 February 2020) – The humble hamburger rarely has a place in traditional fine dining, but for many top chefs, it’s one of the food world’s greatest guilty pleasures and Buns Out – a burger joint founded by actor and television presenter, Maps Maponyane – has just been named as one of the best in the world.

Bloomberg recently announced the “World’s Best Burgers as Picked by Stars of Gastronomy” list and Buns Out was the only South African restaurant on the list.

“It’s a simple dish that’s found everywhere and loved all around the globe. But where can you get the best one and what’s the secret to turning a handful of minced beef (or something else) and some bread into a delicacy? We asked the culinary elite — chefs laden with Michelin stars and other accolades — for their favourite burgers when they are having a sneaky time out from gastronomy.”

Buns Out joins restaurants from around the globe selected by several Michelin-stars chefs and culinary experts.

Chosen by TV chef Lorna Maseko, Bloomberg noted that the Johannesburg restaurant had attracted a lot of media attention.

“This new joint in suburban Linden is the first of actor and TV celebrity Maps Maponyanes. It has attracted a lot of media attention. There are about a dozen burgers, including vegetarian and vegan options. Quirky names include Is It Brie You’re Looking For?”

Other restaurants who were named in the list include Superiority Burger in New York, Honest Burgers in London and Butchers Diner in Melbourne.

Maps Maponyane’s burger joint in Johannesburg named one of the best in the world!
Photo Cred: Buns Out

See the full list of all the restaurants selected below:


  • Burger Project in Sydney
  • Butchers Diner in Melbourne
  • Butter in Sydney
  • Mary’s in Melbourne


  • Honbo in Hong Kong
  • Denmark
  • Gasoline Grill in Copenhagen


  • Badia, Grand Hotel Thalasso in Saint-Jean-de-Luz
  • Bioburger in Paris
  • CAB Comptoir a Burger in Biarritz


  • Swati Snacks in Mumbai


  • Lucernaio Pub in Ragusa


  • Mos Burger in Tokyo
  • Wagyumafia in Tokyo


  • Hamburguesas al Carbón in Torreon
  • El Rey del Taco in Mexico City

New Zealand

  • Fergburger in Queenstown


  • Café a Bistro in Lima
  • La Lucha Sanguchería in Lima
  • Maido in Lima

Saudi Arabia

  • One O’ One in Riyadh


  • Pop’s Place in Ljubljana

South Africa

  • Buns Outb Burgers in Johannesburg


  • A Fuego Negro in San Sebastián
  • Hamburgueseria Cuchus in Bizkaia
  • La Royale in Barcelona

United Kingdom

  • Dinings SW3 in London
  • Eggslut in London
  • Hawksmoor in London
  • Honest Burgers in London
  • MEATliquor in London
  • Patty & Bun in London
  • Smith & Wollensky in London
  • The Wolseley in London

United States

  • Au Cheval in Chicago
  • Burger Joint in New York
  • DB Bistro Moderne in New York
  • Five Guys (various)
  • In-N-Out (various)
  • Joe Junior in New York
  • The Loyalist in Chicago
  • Minetta Tavern in New York
  • Roister in Chicago
  • Shake Shack (various)
  • Superiority Burger in New York

Sources: Bloomberg | Buns Out 
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