Burgers are probably the most publicity hoarding and world famous of all American foods. The love started in 1994 when Tarentino dedicated memorable segments to the burger in Pulp Fiction. In 2004 the burger was at the centre of controversy in the Oscar nominated documentary Super Size Me, and its fame continues today reaching elusive heights thanks to the new-age supermodels who’ve made it fashionable to chow down a messy burger on live TV. The evolution of the burger has made it more socially acceptable, especially with the welcoming of vegetarians into the group, and new vogue sides options including avocado, sweet potato fries and gourmet coleslaw. There are a slew of amazing burger joints in London that cater to you burger lovers, so we’ve picked eleven of the best burger joints in the city – from the new and novel to the plain old downright dirty.
When a burger comes topped with truffle shaving, truffle aioli and Gruyere cheese, you know you’re in a special place. The Hache family (Suzie and Berry Casey) began their culinary journey in 1999 with a crepe shop in Camden before opening Hache in 2004 – bringing with it a plethora of awards, famous fans and social media lovers. Today they have multiple sites including Chelsea, Balham and Hoxton. Kale Caesar side dish, anyone?
Shake Shack has come a long way since its New York food cart days back in 2004. Since its conception, it has become one of the fastest growing food chains and now takes pride of place in Londons historic Covent Garden (as well further sites in Leicester Sqaure, Tottenham Court Road and Stratford). It has however, much to many burger lovers delight, held onto its New York roots serving traditional burgers with milkshakes, cheesy fries and even hotdogs.
There’s really something for everyone here; burgers, brunch and gluten free buns. Make sure to check their website for the specials as they really demonstrate fun and creativity. The Indian burger includes vegetable pakora and raita while the Christmas is packed with camembert and cranberry sauce. At all sites currently it’s a Deli. A nice touch is that all burgers are served with some delicious rosemary salted chips. Count us in.
Standing solid, French and proud in our list is a relative newbie – Big Fernand based in Fitzrovia. They know and love their ‘hamburges’ and the meat is cooked according to your preference, from raw to well done. The menu is quick, and to-the-point with a total of six options including a veggie. The French kick comes in the form of French chips, French sauces and a plethora of cheese including Raclette, Tomme de Savoie and Fourme d’Ambert. Bon appetite!
19 Percy Street, W1T 1DY
Mac & Wild
Mac & Wild pride themselves on their meat game; from the cold seas to the high mountains. They dedicate a section of their menu to their food producers and you can see where all their meat is sourced. Deer is hunted on the tops of mountains so availability varies, but it’s worth enquiring after because you won’t be disappointed. However, amongst all the meats we’re actually recommending this place specifically for the Veni-Moo Burger – as it was voted London’s Best burger in 2016.
9A Devonshire Square EC2M 4YN
Lucky Chip is the most entertaining burger joint around London, with events and special food nights taking place regularly. Last year they held an 80s inspired haven – ‘Stranger Things Halloween special’ – complete with an 80s costume theme. They also had special Monday burgers and wine night, serving burgers that weren’t on the menu paired with wines from the cellar and unlimited fries. Keep checking their website for more! Locations are Dalston, Islington, Hackney Road and Camden.
The reputation of Five Guys can only be described as legendary. The buns are good enough to eat alone, the beef is 120-day grain finished from family farms in Ireland and even the melted cheese-to-beef-and-bun ratio is taken into consideration, with exactly 2 slices per burger to get the perfect melted consistency. There’s a generous amount of free toppings available, and they calculated that it would take 684 years of your life, eating there every day, to try all possible combinations of toppings. Do not try this.
Before we even get to the burgers, I dare you to find a menu that loves fries more than Meat Liquor; there’s options to have your fries smothered with blue cheese, green chillies and buffalo sauce to name but a few. Moving onto the burgers, there’s a good amount of options for both beef and chicken burgers – and if you’re a fast eater with a hearty appetite, try the ‘triple chilli challenge’ (eat a burger, a chilli dog and chilli cheese fries in under ten minutes and it’s free).
74 Welbeck Street, W1G 0BA
It’s a ‘does what it says on the tin’ type of place, and we love it. There’s no fussing, no frills and spills and certainly no truffle oils or delicate entrees here. Dirty Burger will serve you a good old hard-to-beat traditional burger (with a veggie option available too). The bacon cheeseburger is a hot choice and it gets washed down really well with a ice cold beer. The rustic New York style décor also works really well with the theme, and it’s a firm fave with regular burger lovers. Locations include Vauxhall, Shoreditch and Balham.
Patty&Bun have some amazing offers on right now, including two cocktails for £10 every day, and a mouth-watering burger for only £5 (available only at Old Compton Street, Redchurch Street and Goodge Street locations). Our burger of choice here is the Lambshank Redemption – they like to have a little fun with the names – which includes pickled aubergine, cumin aioli and baby courgettes. They’ve kept the menu simple and easy with one chicken, one vegetarian and two beef options.
Meat Market will be known amongst the meat lovers as it came to fruition by the same folk from Meat Liquor – Yianni Papoutsis and Scott Collins. It’s a perfect pre-theatre food stop, as you’ll get any burger, fries and bottomless soft drink for only £10 (just show your theatre ticket to qualify). It’s an all-American loving place with deep fried mac and cheese, hot wings and cheese fries on the menu. We recommend a White Russian Shake to help it all go down.
Jubilee Market Hall, Covent Garden WC2E 8BE
Written by Nikki