Few of us can resist a juicy burger overflowing with various sauces and toppings, something food joints around Leeds are more than happy to take advantage of.
— The Wet Spot Leeds (@TheWetSpotLeeds) October 17, 2015
Patty Smith’s proved so popular upon opening in Leeds in Belgrave that what started out as a temporary kitchen takeover soon turned into a permanent spot for the much-loved burger joint. Their no nonsense dirty burger has won national acclaim and it’s also possibly one of the best value ‘gourmet’ burger joints you’ll stumble across in our fair city.
1 Cross Belgrave St, Leeds LS2 8JP – more info
Well hello there beautiful pic.twitter.com/q57rWckmih
— MEATliquor Leeds (@MEATliquorLDS) February 3, 2016
If you haven’t eaten the Dead Hippie burger at MEATliquor, you’re part of a dwindling crowd in Leeds; MEATliquor has sold thousands of these since opening in the city centre. In fact, the sauce used on the burger has its own trademark. Now that’s serious burger love right there. If you can bring yourself to try something different, step away from the beef because the buffalo chicken burger is also exceptional.
Trinity Centre, Bank Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 5AT – more info
Beef through and through? It's never too late to try something new…🐔 pic.twitter.com/8m0dvbUc2o
— Boss Burgers (@Boss_Burgers) February 8, 2016
Boss Burgers has three branches in and around Leeds (one is in Harrogate) and has built up something of a cult following since first opening its doors. The menu is succinct but intriguing; the Smokeback Mountain burger, consisting of smoked back bacon, cheese, lettuce, smoked BBQ sauce and mayo is deservedly legendary. The meat is good quality, and the lads behind the company are proud of the fact they use Yorkshire cattle. There’s no doubt this is one of the best burger joints in Leeds.
38 Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS7 4LA (Chapel Allerton branch) – more info
— Five Guys UK (@FiveGuysUK) February 3, 2016
Forearmed is forewarned: if you’re not a peanut fan, this isn’t the place for you. With peanuts the order of the day, this chain offers a fine range of burgers that you can customise with as many toppings as you want, which is a real bonus for those who enjoy getting creative with their combinations. As well as this, their fries come cooked in peanut oil, just to really hammer home the fact that Five Guys is really a peanut shop that sells burgers (maybe an exaggeration but you get the point!).
9/11 Duncan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DL (city centre branch) – more info
Burgers, Dreams & buttered waffles somewhere Inbetween until 11PM pic.twitter.com/CqpoaUQQe2
— Almost Famous Leeds (@AlmostFamousLDS) February 13, 2016
Almost Famous is relatively new to the Leeds burger scene but this hamburger chain knows how to do things properly. Offering some nice twists, including their Love Hate fries that come with Marmite butter, as well as many direction in which to take your burger (suicide sauce or strawberry pop tart anyone?) this is the place for you if you want to expand your palate and enjoy the beauty of the humble burger.
23-25 Great George St, Leeds LS1 3AL – more info
Bacon, Mac N’ Cheese and a burger in one bite. A burger wrapped in bacon and smothered in onion strings. If you love burgers, you most definitely need to get down to the Merrion Centre and get yourself into Smoke Barbecue, where excess and gluttony rule the day and the food reigns supreme.
Unit 6, Merrion Centre, 11 Merrion way, Arena Quarter, Leeds LS2 8BT – more info
— Gaucho Restaurants (@gauchogroup) January 29, 2016
Alright, so Gaucho (the Argentinian word for Cowboy, in case you were wondering) may be regarded as the place to go if you want a posh steak meal in Leeds, but don’t let this fool you into thinking they can’t ‘posh up’ a burger as well. Boasting four cuts of beef and all the trimmings you would expect from an upmarket burger (even though a fried egg costs an additional £1.50), this could be the perfect dining option for someone who has stumbled into Gaucho without realising the bankroll needed to dine here.
21-22 Park Row, Leeds LS1 5JF – more info
Recently back to its best after the nightmare that was the Christmas time floods, the Adelphi has always offered a great range of drinks but the food on offer isn’t half bad either. Winning particularly rave reviews is the pork and chorizo burger, topped with some delightful caramelised red onion. This is a step up from your standard pub grub.
3-5 Hunslet Rd, Leeds LS10 1JQ – more info
Happy National Burger day to all you Burger lovers out there!! pic.twitter.com/bqgh5ITQn6
— Blackhouse Leeds (@Leedsblackhouse) August 27, 2014
Offering a range of award winning burgers, including a Wagyu beef option for the true burger connoisseurs, you know you’re going to be getting a good burger when they offer you the option to customise it by adding Gruyère or Stilton. Blackhouse is a rather classy establishment, so try your best to keep your dignity intact whilst wolfing this one down.
31-33 E Parade, Leeds LS1 5PS – more info
Brooklyn Bar & New York Burger Kitchen
— Sally Bruce (@SallieBruce) August 28, 2015
If you find yourself on Call Lane with an appetite (and let’s be honest, we’ve all been in that situation before!), you could do far worse than heading to Brooklyn Bar & New York Burger Kitchen. Their brioche buns offset their locally sourced beef burgers brilliantly. Just one tip: leave plenty of room for the fantastic skin-on fries. You’ll thank us later.
50 Call Ln, Leeds LS1 6DT – more info
— The Joint Leeds (@thejointleeds) February 13, 2016
This isn’t somewhere that is trying to convince you it’s a classy establishment. In fact, if anything, it does its best to make sure you know it comes with attitude. Despite this, the burgers here are famous among foodies across Leeds and known to be some of the very best the city has to offer. Leave your manners at home, get yourself down here, and tuck into some great food.
177-179 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT – more info
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