Best burgers in Leeds – 7 hang-outs for hungry carnivores

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The humble burger has come a long way in the last few years, with gourmet twists on the classic fast food popping up all over the country. Leeds, however, has a good claim to being one of the beefiest carnivore havens around. Here are seven of the best burger joints you’ll find in the city.

Byron

Byron Burger 1

This popular new kid on the block boasts a fantastically relaxed atmosphere, extremely friendly service, and even nine-year aged Bourbon on the drinks menu – but it’s the tasty burgers that really do the talking. Eight tantalising standard options dominate the menu, but you can effectively build your own creation too: choosing eagerly from the stupendous range of cheeses, toppings and sauces available. The spicy BBQ one comes highly recommended.

9a Lands Ln, LS1 6AW  (0113 243 4444, www.byronhamburgers.com)

Kobe

Lighthouse - Kobe

Ranging from the classic Lighthouse to spicy chicken, pork and boozy concoctions, there are some serious gourmet offerings at this slick suburban bar and grill. The awesome Black & Blue burger is topped with beer-soaked brisket, and even the veggies among you can get involved with (whisper it) a rich portobello mushroom/goat’s cheese combo.

106-108 New Road Side, Horsforth, LS18 4QB  (0113 258 8439, website)

Cattlegrid

Cattle Grid

While the ribs and steaks may headline the Cattlegrid’s carnivorous delights, those who opt for a beef, chicken or mushroom patty instead will find themselves equally well-served. Unconventional toppings include brie, welsh rarebit and a hot chili-pepper paste called harrisa, allowing you to indulge a more adventurous twist to proceedings.

Waterloo House, Assembly St, LS2 7DE  (0113 242 1872, www.cattlegridrestaurant.com)

Elbow Room

Elbow Room

With its sport-screening TVs, popular pool tables and well-stocked bar, this lively upstairs hang-out doesn’t place its burger selection front-and-centre. But once bitten, it’s never forgotten. Classic fare sees bacon, onion rings and cheese the most obvious choice to sit atop your disc of beef. Cheaper than most, and more than cheerful.

64 Call Ln, LS1 6DT  (0113 245 7011, website)

RARE

RARE

If the giant cow in the centre of the restaurant doesn’t offer a clue to this place’s meaty intentions, then the menu itself surely will. The substantial Longhorn is the sole yet deserving target of your burger affections: 80z of freshly minced beef swathed in salad, swaledale cheese and horseradish.

163 Lower Briggate, LS1 6LY  (0113 246 7013, eatdrinkrare.com)

The Pit

The Pit - Big Boy

Part of the same chain as Kobe, this city centre sibling has an even more adventurous range of gourmet creations to dive into. The Elvis-inspired King comes with jam and peanut-butter and is encased in a doughnut, and there’s a wild boar burger complete with black pudding and apple sauce. For those with an insane appetite, however, there is The Big Boy: a 16oz monster packed with pulled pork, turkey, bacon, cheese and beer-battered onion rings to boot.

9 Merrion St, LS1 6PQ  (0113 247 0601, website)

Red’s True Barbecue

Reds True BBQ

Armed with a mentality and menu that literally treats meat as a religion, Red’s also has its own huge signature creation (confusingly) dubbed ‘The Pit Burger': complete with pulled pork, bacon, mustard and a pair of devilish sauces termed ‘dirty’ and ‘unholy’. Nice. Elsewhere there’s a classic bacon burger and their own spin on the doughnut twist, this time packing spice and promising “a holy union of sweet, meat and heat”.

1 Cloth Hall St, LS1 2HD  (0113 834 5834, truebarbecue.com)

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Mark is the content manager for WOW247 in Leeds. When he isn't waxing lyrical about Ben Wheatley and Caravan Palace, he's landing news, assembling guides and penning features.

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