The ultimate burger lover’s guide to Manchester
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You can’t beat a good burger, and luckily Manchester excels at this fast-food favourite.

From simple classics and elegant gourmet burgers to filthy, dripping towers of juicy joy, we’ve picked 15 ultimate burgers you just have to try in Manchester.

River Phoenix at Almost Famous


100% freshly ground beef, juicy, and dripping with sauce, “cos no one ever woke up craving a salad” – you just know an Almost Famous burger, made with perfect patties from WH Frost butchers, will hit the spot. The River Phoenix (£9) – stacked with cheese, streaky bacon, shoestring onions, Frazzles, red chillies, Redneck BBQ, Bacon Bacon mayo and Winning ketchup – is an utter joy. Pretty much the perfect burger.

Unit 2, Great Northern Warehouse, Peter Street, M3 4EJ; 100 – 102 High Street, M4 1HP –

Kimchi Burger at Hawksmoor

A trip to Seoul led to a revelation – kimchi with beef short-rib in a cheeseburger rocks! #KimchiBurger

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Hawksmoor’s hamburger is a classic, but their kimchi burger – created after a trip to Seoul and described as “pop art in a roll” by one critic – really dials things up a notch (£13.50 on the bar menu). 100% grass-fed beef from traditional British breeds, with small nuggets of bone marrow, is topped with punchy kimchi and a choice of melty Ogleshield or Stilton cheese.

184 Deansgate, M3 3WB –

The Big Manc at Solita

No ultimate burger list would be complete without Solita’s iconic Big Manc (£13.90 including fries). With two 6oz minced chuck steak patties, iceberg, home pickles, Monterey Jack cheese and Big Manc sauce, this beast towers over its high street cousin. You can add an extra patty if you’re up to it, and upgrade to pizza fries for a filthy feast.

Branches in the Northern Quarter, Didsbury and Prestwich –

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Cow & Chicken burger at Splendid

Splendid’s 7oz steak burgers are handmade in house, and the aptly named Cow & Chicken burger (£13.90) is topped with their addictively crunchy, golden, signature fried chicken thigh – perhaps the best fried chicken in Manchester, we say – along with cheese, crispy fried bacon, tomato relish, garlic mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato and gherkin, and served with fries.

Unit C, St James Square, John Dalton St, M2 6WH –

Johnny Drama at Almost Famous

Served on a Real Deal pretzel bun, the Johnny Drama burger (£11) loads double juicy 100% freshly ground beef burgers with cheese, flat iron steak melt, pickles, peppercorn sauce, garlic salt shoestring fries and Million Island sauce. It’s a winning combination. Have a pile of napkins to hand, things will get messy – and add on Magic Waffle fries with bacon rain and popping candy for a real treat.

Unit 2, Great Northern Warehouse, Peter Street, M3 4EJ; 100 – 102 High Street, M4 1HP –

Once in a Lifetime at Solita

If you like your burgers topped with – well, everything – try Solita’s Once in a Lifetime: two 6oz steak patties loaded with pulled pork, crispy bacon, shoestring onions, buttermilk chicken strips, Monterey Jack cheese, and house BBQ sauce (£17.90 including fries). All the elements are cooked to perfection – it’s like having three really great burgers in one. It’s big AND it’s clever.

Branches in the Northern Quarter, Didsbury and Prestwich –

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Cheeseburger Toastie at Home Sweet Home GN

Cheeseburger toasties are beyond legit 😍🍔✌🏻#cheeseburgertoastie #homesweethome #manchester

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For a cheeseburger that thinks it’s a toastie, check out Home Sweet Home’s Cheeseburger Toastie (£8.50) – a smashed beefburger patty with cheddar, onion, pickle, American mustard, ketchup, baconnaise and burger sauce on toasted sourdough. Brilliant for brunch.

Great Northern, Unit 4, Great Northern Sq, M3 4EN –

Massive Cock Burger at Yard and Coop

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We love Yard and Coop’s golden fried chicken, and their Massive Cock Burger (£15) consists of a juicy whole buttermilk fried chicken breast, battered chorizo, salty battered jalapeños, lettuce, tomato, mayo and sriracha chilli sauce in a double stacked brioche bun, topped with dill pickle and served with chips. They’re not lying when they say it’s massive.

37 Edge Street, M4 1HW –

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Halloumi Schnitzel Burger at Albert’s Schloss

The best no meat burger! Cheese porn!!! #halloumi #albertsschloss #food #foodporn #manchester #instafood #l4l #like4like

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The Halloumi Schnitzel Burger at Albert’s Schloss (£9.50) is a treat for veggies and non-veggies alike, with crunchy golden breadcrumbed halloumi, griddled courgette, mint, lemon, beetroot slaw, watercress and lemon mayo piled on to a focaccia bun. Try the Schloss Fries with truffle and Parmesan on the side, and wash it down with Pilsner Urquell tank beer  – fresh, unpasteurised and delivered direct from the brewery in the Czech Republic every week.

27 Peter Street, M2 5QR –

The Beef’ham Tower at Beef & Pudding

The Beef’ham Tower (£15.95), named after Manchester’s 48-floor Beetham Tower, is suitably towering – with a decidedly Northern accent. A house-made burger is topped with sweet chilli beef brisket, horseradish, suet pudding, mushy peas, chip shop gravy, onion rings, brioche bun, cheese and ‘Howling at the Moon’ sauce, with proper chips.

37 Booth St, M2 4AA –

Quack Burger at Vietshack

The QUACK BURGER!!! Chilli and Salted Crispy Duck with a homemade Sriracha Jam.

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For a tasty, healthier burger, check out Vietshack in the Arndale food market. The Quack Burger (£5) consists of salty, spicy marinated duck fillet, served with fresh, crunchy salad and topped with their addictive homemade sriracha jam for added kick.

49 High St, Manchester M4 3AH – Twitter

Filthy Beast at Filthy Cow

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It’s only been open a year, but Filthy Cow are a welcome addition to Manchester’s burger scene, boasting good quality, good value burgers alongside fries, slaw and onion rings, washed down with creamy milkshakes, craft beers and cocktails. The Filthy Beast (£8) offers a well-hung, prime beef burger, cooked to order, with gooey cheese, crispy bacon filthy sauce, pickled gherkin, beef tomato and lettuce.

10 Tib Lane, M2 4JB –

Con Carne-Vore at What’s Your Beef

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With patties made from grass-fed ethically reared breeds raised in the North West, seasoned with black pepper and Himalayan salt and cooked perfectly pink to order, juicy What’s Your Beef burgers are a real treat. The Con Carne-Vore (£7) comes with spinach, beef tomato, mature cheddar, crispy tortilla, chilli con carne, and jalapenos drizzled in sour cream.

Levenshulme Market, Northern Quarter Makers Market and more –

Juicy Lucifer at Red’s True Barbecue

The Juicy Lucifer at Reds (£11.95) consists of two Yorkshire-sourced chuck, brisket and beef rib mix patties pit-fired over charcoal and stuffed with a melted, spicy three-cheese molten lava centre. It’s served with smoked peppered bacon, fried onions, pickles, fresh jalapenos, Dirty sauce, ballpark mustard, Devil Wing BBQ sauce, and fired-up fries. Phew.

22 Lloyd Street, Albert Square, M2 5WA –

The Dirty Sanchez at Dirty Food Revolution

For filthy, dripping, mile-high street food burgers, be sure to check out Dirty Food Revolution. They’re a small, family-run business – look out for them popping up at street food events, markets and festivals across Manchester. The Dirty Sanchez comes loaded with Mexicana cheese, diced pancetta and chorizo candied in syrup, and deep-fried salted potato matchstix on a homemade pretzel bun.

Various locations – check their Twitter feed for details – Twitter

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