Buns Out

Maps Maponyane in front of Buns Out. Image via Twitter @MapsMaponyane

Maps Maponyane’s burger joint ranked one of the best in the world

Popular South African TV personality Maps Maponyane’s Buns Out has sizzled its way into mouthwatering global acclaim.

Buns Out

Maps Maponyane in front of Buns Out. Image via Twitter @MapsMaponyane

Personal tastes can differ, but if you’re looking for good food, getting recommendations from culinary stars can help narrow down options. And for burger lovers, the list of the world’s best burgers has made it easier to get eating and enjoying.

Released by Bloomberg, the ranking of some of the best burger spots around the globe features establishments mostly in the United States (US) and Europe, with one proudly South African entry.

Buns blazing at Buns Out

Based in Linden, Johannesburg, Buns Out was recommended by local celebrity chef Lorna Maseko.


Maps Maponyane opened the Johannesburg Buns Out in September 2019. The TV presenter, actor and entrepreneur has since opened a second Buns Out in Durban in January 2020.

In making her recommendation, Maseko highlighted the burger joint’s menu and humourous brand positioning.

“There are about a dozen burgers, including vegetarian and vegan options. Quirky names include, ‘Is It Brie You’re Looking For?’ ”

Under their classic options, Buns Out offers “New Bacon-ings” which is a juicy 200g beef patty, crispy streaky bacon, smashed avocado and chilli feta spread, and the “Blue Boy” — a beef patty, crispy hickory ham and rich blue cheese sauce burger.


No beef with yummy vegetarian options

For vegetarians and vegans, they offer Beyond Meat burger patties, quinoa patties, Fry’s chicken burger patties or a crispy blac-bean and beetroot patty.

If you’re keen for an unconventional burger, try the “Go Nuts” which is a golden deep-fried chicken schnitzel, dunked in a sweet and sticky peanut sauce.

Other burger joints on the list included MOS Burger in Tokyo which offers unique buns.

“This Japanese chain has been serving burgers adapted to Japanese tastes since 1972. Try the Rice Burger served with grilled beef, sweet soy and BBQ sauce between patties of compacted rice. The Kinpira Burger is a great vegan option.”


El Rey del Taco in Mexico City was also included for it’s delicious and unusual culinary offering.

“Mexican chef Martha Ortiz prefers tacos to burgers. El Rey del Taco covers both bases with the Cheeseburger Taco, which features a grilled patty with Chihuahua cheese served in flour tortillas with mayo, tomato and avocado.”