You can’t beat a good burger, but with so much choice in the capital it’s easy to overlook some of the best.
To make things easier for you, here’s our list of ten ultimate favourites that we think every burger lover should seek out in London.
Ari Gold at Patty & Bun
The Ari Gold is pretty much the perfect burger. A juicy beef patty is topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, sharp pickled onions, ketchup and smokey P&B mayo encased in a brioche bun. You can add bacon for an extra 50p – so obviously you should. It’s sloppy, messy, and utterly heavenly. Make sure you have a pile of napkins to hand.
James St, Liverpool St, London Fields and Old Compton St – pattyandbun.co.uk
Dead Hippie at Meat Liquor
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This signature burger from Yianni Papoutsis – the man behind Meat Liquor, Meat Mission and Meat Market – is deservedly iconic. Two beef patties are fried in mustard and slathered in melted American-style cheese, topped with pickles, minced raw onions and a creamy, mustardy secret sauce. Simple and delicious.
74 Welbeck St, W1G 0BA and 133b Upper St, N1 1QP – meatliquor.com
Double Cheeseburger at Bleecker St
It’s all about the patty at Bleecker St, who bring New York style burgers to the streets of London. Their rare-breed, pasture-fed beef is dry-aged for about forty to fifty days, giving it an intense, beefy flavour. Go large with a double cheeseburger, topped with made-from- scratch burger sauce and good old American cheese on a toasted sesame seed bun.
Old Spitalfields Market, Canary Wharf, Southbank and Dalston Yard – bleeckerburger.co.uk
Dip & Flip Burger
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If you fancy your burger soaked in delicious meaty gravy – and why wouldn’t you? – then Dip & Flip is where it’s at. The Dip & Flip burger combines the best element of a Sunday roast with a burger cooked on their American chrome flat grill. A juicy cheeseburger is topped with sliced roast beef or lamb, dunked in gravy, and served with ketchup, mustard, pickles and slaw.
Battersea, Wimbledon and Tooting, with a branch in Brixton coming soon – dipandflip.co.uk
Kimchi burger at Hawksmoor
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Hawksmoor’s hamburger is a classic, but the kimchi burger on their bar menu – created after a trip to Seoul and described as “pop art in a roll” by one critic – really dials things up a notch. One hundred per cent grass-fed beef from traditional British breeds, with small nuggets of bone marrow, is topped with punchy kimchi, beef short-rib and a choice of melty Ogleshield or Stilton cheese.
On the bar menu at Seven Dials, Spitalfields and Knightsbridge – thehawksmoor.com
Truffle Double Double at Le Bun
— Le Bun (@LeBunUK) May 11, 2016
French-American festival circuit veterans Le Bun do some seriously good burgers, and the Truffle Double Double is a decadent classic. Think two beautifully seared aged chuck beef patties topped with melty American cheese, onion, truffled veal jam and a punchy, rich, slowly-melting buttery truffle mayo on a glossy sesame-seeded brioche bun. Not for the faint hearted.
Check their Twitter feed for their latest pop-up or residency – Twitter
Grizzly Bear at Stokey Bears
— Burger Bear (@burgerbeartom) May 19, 2016
With patties made from 100 per cent Sussex beef, ground daily and cooked medium, Stokey Bears know a thing or two about burgers. Their signature burger The Grizzly Bear is topped with double oak smoked bacon and Burger Bears Bacon Jam – a magical sweet yet savoury concoction from made from 12 crazy ingredients (including their dry cured streaky) in their disco kitchen in South London – in a toasted, glossy bun. A real treat for bacon lovers.
129 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 0PH – stokeybears.com
Smokey Bandit at HotBox
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After smoking their way around the capital with residencies at Street Feast’s Dalston Yard, Hawker House and Battersea Power Station, as well as pop-ups at Wireless and Field Day festivals, HotBox has parked up its industrial smoker permanently in the heart of Spitalfields. The Smokey Bandit consists of a 28 day-aged beef patty, tender smoked short rib, jalapeño, American cheese and chimichuri in a sesame seeded bun.
46-48 Commercial St, E1 6NN – hotboxlondon.com
Cheeseburger at Mother Flipper
For gourmet burgers cooked fresh on the street, check out Mother Flipper. Their beef patties are made from 28 day aged chuck beef served simply with lettuce, red onion, pickles, sauce and a generous helping of perfectly melty cheese in a seeded brioche bun. There are plenty more adventurous specials on the menu to check out, but this expertly crafted cheeseburger is the one you’ll come back for time and again. A classic.
Brockley Market, Kerb and Street Feast – check their Twitter feed for locations – Twitter
Royale wit Cheese at Lucky Chip
Lucky Chip have long been recognised for their superior diner-style burgers, and this Pulp Fiction inspired offering is a winner. An aged beef patty, served perfectly pink, is topped with bacon, American cheese, iceberg lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup, mustard and tangy special sauce. A joyous, towering mess of a burger. There’s also an epic wine list at new opening Burgers and Wine to keep burger-loving oenophiles very happy indeed.
Burgers and Wine, 25 Ridley Rd, E8 2NP; Old Queen’s Head, 44 Essex Road, N1 8LN – luckychip.co.uk
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