Islak

Istanbul’s very own version of the hamburger

Kizilkaya Islak burger joint in Taksim square, Istanbul

Kizilkaya Islak burger joint in Taksim square, Istanbul

You can’t call it a night out in Istanbul if you don’t end it with an islak burger. Turkey’s answer to New York’s pizza slices or London’s fried chicken wings is a succulent patty of ground beef cooked in milk, garlic, and mint, covered up in tomato sauce, and slapped in the middle of a soft golden bun.

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