One of the most difficult things about living in Japan is where to find a decent burger? The hambaagaa served in most restaurants in Japan is nowhere close to being the same thing as having a juicy beef patty on a toasted bun and loaded with condiments.
Decent burger shops can be few and far between in Japan. If you want a burger, you’re usually limited to McDonald’s or Mos Burger, neither of which could be considered decent. If you’re lucky, you might have a Burger King, but even these don’t quite cut it.
If you’re in Fukuoka, however, you’re in luck. Without a doubt, Frisco Burger serves the greatest burgers I’ve ever eaten in Japan—maybe even the best burgers I’ve ever had, period.
Mr. Morisaki is the owner of Frisco Burger. From the age of nineteen, he lived in California for almost forty years, and his time spent there has made him a grillmaster. He shapes the patties when they’re ordered and grills them over charcoal flame along with the buns, right in front of the customers. A little salt and pepper serve as the sole seasoning he uses.
The burgers are very large and unbelievably delicious, worth every yen of the ¥800 price tag for a basic burger. They’re extremely juicy and the fries that are offered as an optional side dish are perfectly fried.
The menu isn’t very expansive, but it doesn’t have to be. Frisco Burger specializes in just that and provides a few simple items—hamburger, cheeseburger, fries, and drinks. For toppings, there’s the classic tomato, onion, lettuce, and pickles. Nothing more is offered, nor needed. Optional ketchup is also laid out on the counter and tables.
You also have the option of ordering double or triple burgers. I ordered a double and it was quite big for me, so you might be okay without upsizing.
One of the best things about Frisco Burger is not just the delicious food, but the conversation as well. Mr. Morisaki clearly loves chatting with his customers. A simple counter is all that separates him from the customers and when I arrived, he was chatting casually with other diners who were there for lunch. Once I took my seat, he began chatting with me, just as friendly as the other customers.
He has no shortage of stories from his time in America and is more than willing to share them. He asked me questions about where I came from and we talked about the different places in America we’d been to, current events, politics, restaurants, food, everything. Between receiving my burger and leaving the restaurant, I’d easily killed an entire hour just chatting with him.
Frisco Burger is located in the Chuo Ward of Fukuoka City. It’s located a few blocks from the Tenjin train station, found on a side street off of Showa-dori. I definitely recommend consulting the map found on their website before you venture out in search of it, as it can be very difficult to find if you’ve never been there before.
The base price for a hamburger is ¥800. Set menus of a burger, fries, and drink (Coke, ginger ale, or draft beer) are available as well. You can find out more on their website.