For those of you who’ve been following my scribbles for some time, it shouldn’t be too much of a shock that I’m writing yet another burger review. After all, it is my favorite food. So when Little Market (official Facebook page), a popular Bangkok burger joint, decided to open their new location on Yen Akat Road, I just had to check them out.
I was thrilled to learn about their new location because I’ve heard nothing but positive things about their burgers and they’re coming to my neighborhood! But then apprehension surfaced in my thoughts when I began to wonder, what is this going to do to my waistline?
Leaning into my cravings, I planned a visit to explore their menu (which is much, much more than burgers). My experience is best captured in the immortal words of Samuel L. Jackson, “This is a tasty burger!“.
Waistline be damned, welcome to the neighborhood…
Read on to learn what makes Little Market a big deal, and why if you’re a burger fan you need to check them out!
Little Market’s flagship burger…
The Steakburger (199 baht) is Little Market’s flagship burger made with 2 beef patties, American cheese, homemade garlic pickles, thinly sliced onions, mustard, and mayo (ketchup is on the table if you want it, you heathen). Bacon can be added for an additional 40 baht
My long fingers probably make this burger appear smaller than it is. But if I had to describe the size, I’d say it’s about twice the size of your slider burger. Though it may not be a BIG burger, it sure packs some BIG flavor!
Nothing beats a well made simple burger. Little Market’s burgers are both, and that begins with their beef patties. They use 270-day grain-fed Australian Black Angus beef imported fresh (never frozen) from Ranger’s Valley, in New South Wales, Australia. Each 45-gram beef patty is made with the topside cuts with a little extra fat added, and all their burgers are made smash burger style.
These are love at first bite burgers. Simple and delicious. It’s completely beef forward in flavor and the neutral-tasting soft bun (sourced locally from a bakery that’s been operating for over 50 years) holds it together very well. If this is your first time experiencing Little Market, the Steakburger is my burger recommendation to start your journey off right!
If you’re hungry you can also order the Triple Double (249 baht), which is basically the same as the Steakburger but with an extra beef patty added.
These burgers also travel well so if your intention is delivery or takeaway you don’t have to worry about them looking like they’ve been hacky sacked all the way home.
I rarely see chili burgers on the menu in Bangkok, and in those rare instances where chili burgers are available, they for damned sure don’t look as beautiful as this. Little Market’s Chili Burger (249 baht) is essentially the Steakburger with the addition of in-house made chili con carne added.
The chili con carne is cooked down so that it’s thick (minimizing that “soggy bun” effect–go ahead and wear the white shirt). It’s seriously beefy, with subtle cumin flavor and just enough chili heat to spice your tastebuds but not punish your guts.
Endorsement: Little Market is now my go-to place for a chili burger.
Nowadays there’s plenty of burger joints in Bangkok. But there are very few that serve a patty melt. The major difference between a normal burger and a patty melt is that a patty melt uses sliced bread grilled on the outside, versus a bun (if made properly grilled on the inside).
This is Little Market’s Patty Melt (279 baht). It’s made with 3 burger patties which add up to 135 grams of smashed beefiness. The burgers are topped with caramelized onions, melty Swiss cheese, and sandwiched between grilled slices of rye bread sourced by one of Bangkok’s most popular bakeries, Conkey’s.
If you’ve got a BIG appetite, and enjoy a good patty melt, this is going to make you very happy!
More than beef burgers…
Little Market’s new kitchen has allowed them to expand their menu to include some seriously tasty chicken sandwiches. If you’re a fan of the yard bird you’re going to dig what they’re dishing here. Their most popular is the Fried Chicken Sandwich (199 baht) which features a double-fried, crispy, buttermilk battered chicken on a buttered and toasted bun with homemade garlic pickles and sweet Kewpie mayo.
But for this visit, since we were already getting a Chili Burger, why not go for the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich (229 baht)? Made with a well-portioned, juicy, crispy, chicken thigh slathered with in house Buffalo sauce (Frank’s RedHot Sauce is the only hint you get), and your choice of ranch or bleu cheese dressing. Feeling bold? You can add pickled jalapeños for an additional 40 baht.
Little Market also offers more than just chicken or beef options. Beef burgers can be substituted for antibiotic and hormone-free pork patties: Pork Burger (179 baht) and Triple Pork Burger (229) baht. There is also a Beyond Steakburger (199 baht) for vegetarians or those who want to dig into a meat-free burger.
Let’s talk sides…
Little Market offers plenty of side options to round out your meal (check out the menu below), but for this particular visit, we ordered the Loaded Tots (249 baht). What can I say, I’m a Napoleon Dynamite fan. These tots are loaded with sour cream, bacon, chives, and melted cheese. Jalapeños can be added for an additional 40 baht. They are as good as they look (I suspect I’ll be shopping for larger clothing soon…).
But take a look at their menu to see all that they have to offer. I think you’ll be surprised at just how extensive their menu is. They surely have something to satisfy any hungry diner!
Little Market offers your standard non-alchoholic drink selection of sodas (Coke, Sprite, Root Beer, and Fanta) as well as homemade soda drinks (lemon and lime), Southern-style sweet tea, lemonade, and an Arnold Palmer (the combination of iced tea and lemonade). But for something really delicious try their milkshakes!
The offer vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry and it’s super rich because they don’t make it with ice. Rather it’s made with ice-cream and malt. So if you like a thick, flavorful milkshake that doesn’t get watery when it melts, you’re going to love this!
For those wishing to enjoy more adult beverages, Little Market also offers a small selection of local and craft beers, as well as bottles of limited production natural wines.
PRO TIP: Save room for dessert!
Make sure to save room for dessert. On a return visit, I tried the pineapple and cherry pies (pictured). They’re not too big (fitting in the palm of your hand), but they’re packed with fillings and a nice finish if you’re in the mood for something sweet.
The Hand Pies (99 baht) include cherry, pineapple, and apple. Other homemade sweets on their menu include Cheesecake Bites (149 baht). For folks wanting something a bit richer they offer Chocolate Chip Cookies (69 baht), and Brownies (129 baht).
A chat with the owners…
During my visit, Chet and Jason, Little Market’s proprietors, guided me through the menu and shared their story with me. They also helped me eat all this food so that I wouldn’t have to be rolled out of there at the end of the visit.
Chet’s originally from Orlando, Florida, and has lived in Bangkok for 8 years. Jason’s originally from Stockton, California, and has lived in Thailand since 1997. While looking for an F&B photographer, Chet was introduced to Jason. They struck up a fast friendship and quickly became business partners.
In 2015, there were very few burger options on the Charoen Krung side of town. Chet saw this as an opportunity to satisfy both his cravings and a neglected market. Jason, a fellow burger enthusiast, agreed. Little Market was opened on Charoen Krung Soi 28, a district called Talad Noi which translated means “Little Market“.
Now you know where the name comes from…
A new home!
Little Market’s time as a stand-alone entity was short-lived (only 10 months) and then it moved to Tropic City’s kitchen to service the bar patrons and delivery orders.
A couple of years later Chet and Jason opened their second venture nearby, a popular yakitori themed restaurant called JUA. During the COVID-19 shutdown, Little Market moved its delivery service to JUA’s kitchen. When a space on Soi Yen Akat opened that afforded a large kitchen as well as a small dining area they jumped at the opportunity.
On September 8, 2020, they began delivery service from the new location and dine-in was available 11 days later.
Despite Little Market’s many moves, one thing has stayed constant, they’ve always offered a tasty, quality burger. If you talk to anyone who has tried a Little Market burger one common praise is about their beef and its quality. This is because Chet’s vision for Little Market was to kind of mirror it to the childhood experiences he had with his family at Steak ‘n Shake and the beef forward burgers they offer.
This is why when it comes to the burgers, Chet says, “I want you to taste the beef.” Though they don’t offer the car-hop service Steak n’ Shake is famous for, they do offer a pretty delicious fountain selection (for dine-in or takeaway only) which includes Milkshakes (199 baht), Chocolate Malt (199 baht), and Floats (179 baht).
So if you’re craving a bit of Americana in Bangkok, this is a diner you don’t want to miss!
I’m hungry, where is it?
Little Market offers delivery, dine-in, and takeaway service. They are located on Yen Akat Road next to the 7-11 and you can’t miss it. How could you? It has a giant lighted pink arrow pointing you to the entrance!
There is seating available for dine-in both inside and some limited seating outside. Just remember, if you want ketchup on your burger put it on yourself!
I want to hear from you!
Should you decide to experience Little Market I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below, directly to me, or via message on either the Chow Traveller Facebook page or Chow Traveller Instagram. However you choose, I’d love to hear from you!
I have to agree with everything you wrote about Little Market.
As a former New Yorker, I always missed a great smash burger and a real milkshake (no ice please!).
Since Little Market opened I’ve been a huge fan. It’s about the taste, man! Just mouth watering!
Thank you for your feedback, David. My gal normally doesn’t care about milkshakes but this was her first REAL milkshake and now she’s a fan!