Rue Marterey 29,
A stone's throw away from Etoile Blanche, this popular cosy retro bar-restaurant caters for the more conscientious diners with an intimate relaxing atmosphere contradicting the notion of fast food. On the menu you can have your burger with fish, chicken or beef, as well as a very tasty veggie tofu burger that can all be served up on a gluten-free bread roll (if ordered in advance) accompanied with a choice of salad and home-made potato-skin type fries. They also offer take-away.
Avenue du Tribunal Fédéral 1,
Just a short walk from St Francois you'll find a cafébar- restaurant: serving brasserie-type dishes to suits and students alike during the day; catering for after-work drinkers in the early evening; and a respectable sports-bar and hangout after dark. There are three burgers to choose from – using quality Swiss ingredients that really hit the spot. Beautifully presented in fresh buns and accompanied by bacon, cheese, caramelised onions, or salad and cherry tomato chutney, this is a grown-up place to eat your meat.
GOURMET BURGER COMPANY
Rue Cheneau-de-Bourg 17,
Rue des Terreaux 10,
This home-grown burger joint is the talk of the town – the overall concept is to offer fresh and succulent tasting beef, chicken and veggie burgers with that homemade taste using locally sourced products, while keeping in line with the fast, efficient and friendly service expected from a fast-food joint. They are continually innovating their recipes, having grown from 12 to 34 different types of burgers. And they take their social responsibility to heart: setting up a foundation from the funds of their "love burger", and giving CHF 2000 every month from the proceeds to help local children in Switzerland. Sit in or take out – their concept has proved so popular that in the past year they have expanded to Geneva and Zurich and even have a branch across the border in Rouen, France.
THE GREAT ESCAPE
Rue Madeleine 18,
Situated between the old city and place de la Riponne, the only free house in Lausanne is a hotspot for students, sports lovers and expats alike. With a great pub feel, this bar restaurant serves their burgers and fries in a basket and offers five different choices on their weekly menu, ranging from the classic American to a spicy or Italian-influenced burger. For those looking for the ultimate challenge you can wait until the weekend to order the Elvis burger, which will have you crooning like the King himself. You can also yodel away with the Venoge burger – aptly named as it's made with the local Venoge tomme cheese.