An expert’s guide to Glasgow’s finest burgers
El Perro Negro Glasgow

Glasgow’s best burger? There are plenty of them to choose from in Glasgow – but according to some burger lovers, El Perro Negro Ltd is about as close as it gets.

The foodie pop up made a name for itself when city blogger James Lees of James Vs Burger proclaimed it the best in Glasgow, sealing the deal on high class affairs like the Top Dog (topped with bacon, black truffle mayo, bone marrow and Roquefort butter – now tell us you’re not drooling).

El Perro Negro founder Nick Watkins has moved onto other cuisines and as-successful pop ups, but we couldn’t help but quiz him on his favourite burgers in Glasgow.

Here, Nick tells us what passes his taste test on the burger scene…

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I don’t come from a catering background and didn’t really know anyone in the business – I’m just a keen cook with a love for food. It’s still new and I’m still learning all the time, but it’s what I’m passionate about.

I still can’t believe the praise from James Vs Burger – given that a few months before I wasn’t doing burgers commercially. James is a great guy and has really championed the burgers that I do, which I’ll always be grateful for.

A lot of people have a moan about these burger places opening, but they need to look at the bigger picture. Moving from big chains to local establishments can only be a good thing.

The appetite for fast food has always been there, it’s just that people are more demanding now and want a better product – and rightly so. Overall, the quality of food in Glasgow has taken a massive leap.

As for burgers…my favourites, in no particular order, are:

The Balkan at Bloc

Danny, a.k.a the Mad Chef, was the guy that gave me my first break doing pop ups and I will always be grateful for that. The Balkan burger definitely makes my top 5 – it’s as extreme as Danny. I’m a bit of a hot sauce fan and love the hot sauce he uses on this burger. It’s pretty intense – it will make your nose run – but I always finish it happy. Not for the faint hearted!

117 Bath St, G2 2SZ, bloc.ru

The Cali burger at Bread Meats Bread

Sometimes all you want is a simple, no-nonsense burger; just done very, very well, using great ingredients. For me, the Cali is that. It’s a great burger and I go back to it time and time again. I love the bustle here; the staff are great and they genuinely care about what they do, and it shows. I genuinely think they don’t get enough credit from the industry for what they do.

104 St Vincent St, G2 5UB, breadmeatsbread.com

Burger with jerk ox cheek at Drygate

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I love cuts of meat that are normally overlooked; I love ox cheek and this is done brilliantly with robust, rich flavours. It’s the creation of Sean, of Gastro Punx fame. The location itself is great also; it’s a really cool bar, great beer and really chilled out.

85 Drygate, G4 0UT, drygate.com

BMB Duck Bun at Burger Meats Bun

This is one of BMB’s specials but I love the Asian flavour combinations. The guys have a fair bit of pedigree behind them [James and Ben met at the Michelin-starred Peat Inn in Fife before packing it in to sling burgers in Glasgow] and for me, the Duck Bun shows it off.

48 West Regent St site now closed, although BMB continues at pop-up events – see facebook.com/BMBGlasgow for more info

Kimchi burger at Kimchi Cult

This place opened recently, but I’ve tried food from them before when they’ve done street food events in Glasgow – great guys doing a great product, and definitely worth a try. Kimchi, burger and cheese is a great combo; loads of umami flavours and very addictive. I’m looking forward to working through the menu.

14 Chancellor St, G11 5RQ, kimchicult.com

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