Brighton has a huge variety of places that serve up great burgers, from pubs to vans to cafés.
Emily Turner finds the ten best places to grab an alternative to a Big Mac in and around the city.
Main image credit: Meatliquor by The Gaztronome (@thegaztronome)
Brighton Burger is a little hut tucked away at the end of Market Street in the square, right next to The Sussex Arms. As with all good burgers, the food served up here requires some strategic planning before actually eating anything, given the sheer size of the bun and patty. Give the excellent Brighton Burger a try – beef burger with cheddar, lettuce, onion, pickles and burger sauce, all for £5.50. Another favourite is The BIG Easy – a beef burger topped with maple bacon, egg, pineapple, onion rings, cheddar, lettuce, onion, and burger sauce, all for six quid. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try swapping the local beef the team usually use for buffalo, wild boar, wagyo, llama, or venison.
11A Market Sreet, 01273 205979
The Burger Brothers don’t only serve up seriously cracking burgers; you are also guaranteed friendly and helpful service from one of the guys behind the bar. They do a great range of fantastically tasty burgers, including the Chicken Bazinga, the Our Favourite and the Simple Jack – as well as a seriously delicious Veggie Special. For £7.50, this tasty burger includes the Brothers special veggie/vegan patty with beechwood smoked cheese, roasted peppers, wild rocket, caramelised onions, salsa and cracked black pepper. The patty alone is delicious, made from butternut squash, sweet potato, broccoli, baby sweetcorn, chestnut mushrooms and coated in breadcrumbs.
97 North Road, 01273 706980
Coggins & Co
For more of a sit down burger experience, head up the hill to Coggins & Co, a fancy purple painted restaurant with great staff and equally great burgers. Particularly tasty is the 6oz beef burger with cheddar, dry cured honey glazed streaky bacon, mustard mayonnaise, and salad for £10.95. The beef Coggins & Co use is freshly ground daily and supplied by Henk from Redlads Farm in Horam. All the burgers which are served here come with triple cooked chips, cooked in a choice of beef dripping or organic vegetable oil.
87-93 Dyke Road, 01273 220220, coggingsandco.com
Big Mouth Burger Bar
A little way off of the beaten Brighton track, this Peacehaven bar is a real favourite for burgers. You can’t miss the bright blue and yellow building off of the corner of S Coast Road and Horsham Avenue. Grab a decently priced burger and a tasty milkshake here while exploring everything Brighton’s wider area has to offer.
219 S Coast Road, 01273 585530
The Troll’s Pantry
The Troll’s Pantry is a great kitchen serving excellent burgers in the Hobgoblin pub off of York Place. If you’re fancying a good old fashioned burger, try The Travelling Merchant. Alternatively, if you’re after something a little bit risqué, test your palate’s limit with the Hellfire. This burger is a fusion of Mexican and Sussex ingredients, which collide to create the ultimate autumnal chilli burger at £12. The grass fed beef patty comes with local tomato, plum and chilli ketchup, Sussex chilli cheese and fresh local chillies. It’s topped with tequila, lime and bacon chilli jam, which sits on a pumpkin and red cabbage slaw with Chipotle mayonnaise. For good food produced in an ethical environment (the Pantry uses small, local farms which provides the highest standards of animal welfare, and they pay all their staff above the living wage) head to this fun, interesting pub on the corner.
31 York Place, 01273 682933, hobgoblin.pub/trollspantry, @thetrollspantry
Prepare for a visual bombardment as you head into this restaurant and bar – as you walk through the door, you’ll be confronted by a huge neon light spelling the word “SIN”, doors painted with huge tarot card designs, funfair mirrors lining the back corridors, and as you head through the establishment you’ll see that it is covered ceiling to floor with collage-style wallpaper comprised of Bettie Page cut outs, tattoo art, zine prints, and every other provocative pop art image you could think of. Meatliquor also serves a really decent chicken burger – the Chicken Parma is a hunk of fried chicken fillet with serrano ham, melted mozzarella, marinara sauce, and dusted with parmesan cheese. Wash your burger down with one of Meatliquor’s seriously tasty Maple Bourbons, a smoothie made from maple syrup, bourbon and vanilla shake for £7.50.
22-23 York Place, 01273 917710, meatliquor.com/brighton
This small diner is also located just down the road from York Place, which is clearly the best place to be if you’re looking for one of the best burgers in Brighton. However, Grubbs will be a lot kinder to your wallet if you’re looking for a cheap but tasty bite to eat. Try the Mango Curry burger, which comes with lettuce, tomato and onion for a very decent £2.85. Don’t think you’re compromising on taste, either – Grubbs serves seriously good burgers, especially considering the price, so pull up a high stool at one of the tables opposite St Peter’s Church, or get takeout and walk your burger down to the seafront.
89 St James’s Street, 01273 688111
Hove’s Burger Off offers a wide range of burgers to choose from, including the 100 Island, Barbeque, Bacon, Chilli, Blue Cheese, Garlic, Mexican, Hawaiian, Caribbean and Calypso. Although it may look like your typical burger joint, Burger Off is also home to the infamous XXX Hot Chilli Burger, which is only made available for over 18s. Test your chilli strength with this burger, which comes with cheese, onion, hot chillis and XXX hot chilli sauce at £4 for a single or £5.50 for a double.
52 Brunswick Street West, 01273 326655, @BurgerOffHove
Gourmet Burger Kitchen
Right next to Komedia in the middle of Gardner Street, this bright, colourful, friendly restaurant is a great place to grab a patty. The whole aesthetic of the place is a bit Kubrick – they have funhouse mirrors, the ceilings are low, scrabble pieces indicate the doors and the mishmash mosaic on the floor are disconcerting but very fun. The Blue Cheese burger, at £7.95, is very tasty – with onion jam, Cajun relish, house mayo, salad, and a choice between blue cheese sauce or a slice of Gorgonzola. Given it’s location, it’s a very lively place to sit and people watch.
44-47 Garner Street, 01273 685895, gbk.co.uk, @gbkburgers
Lucky Beach Cafe
Lucky Beach Café is located right on Brighton’s seafront, as you’d expect, exactly between the two piers, and has a fantastic burger menu, all of which feature 35 day dry aged, conservation scheme beef. Give the Sussex Longhorn a try – homemade roasted fig jam, hazlenuts, smoked streaky bacon, 1/3lb wild range local dry aged Sussex Longhorn, melted smoked cheddar, ketchup leather, local veg, and demi-brioche for £8.45. If you’re feeling adventurous, give the Super Diablo a whirl – roasted chilli peppers, smoked Applewood cheddar, 1/3lb local dry aged Susex Longhorn with extra hot LB green chilli butter, caramelised onions, sauce, veg, and demi-brioche, also for £8.45.
183 King’s Road, 01273 728280, luckybeach.co.uk