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It’s no secret that Glasgow is the burger capital of Scotland.
We just can’t get enough of meat between bread, toppings as weird and wonderful as you can think of – so much so, we’ve made it into a competitive sport.
It’s been too long since our first burger guide, so we decided to bring the list up-to-date – each of these is worthy of an Insta snap and #foodporn hashtag, not to mention a bit of drool.
El Perro Negro
Entry to #glasgowsbestburger The Cult! Rare breed, short rib / marrow burger, bone marrow butter, ogleshield cheese, braised kimchi, siracha mayo, sour siracha, pickles and spring onion in a toasted sesame brioche! #burgerporn #burgers #kimchi #meat #umamiburger #umami #glasgow #foodstagram #foodporn #instafood #foodgasm #foodporn
El Perro burgers are a rare breed – this is one brand that only appears in pop-up form. Still, if there’s a discussion about Glasgow’s best burger, this name won’t be far behind – and regular slots at Brewdog prove a draw for mouthwatering eats like the Cult! burger above (perhaps inspired by another contender on this list?) or the Top Dog (beef, bacon, bone marrow and roquefort butter, topped off with black truffle mayo). This is one for the burger connoisseurs.
See facebook.com/ElPerroNegroStreetfoodGlasgow for details of the next pop-up
Dennistoun Bar B Que
An absolute monster indeed. This east end favourite serves up towering creations of meat, meat and more meat, capped off with a brioche bun and held together with a stick. Who even needs fries when you’re chomping down on a Columbia (double bacon, cheese, pit pork and slaw) or a Kinney (a doubler with cheese and pickle)? You can even double or triple your burger, if you’re feeling a bit Elvis.
585 Duke Street, G31 1PY, facebook.com/dennistounbarbque
Americana meets Korean – how have we never thought of it before? This London pop-up has opened permanently in burger capital Glasgow, offering beef with a side of kimchi for a spicy street food concoction. Our money’s on the Kimchi Cult special, topped with plenty of that nippy pickled veg, cheese, American mustard and bacon. Burgers – officially exciting again.
14 Chancellor St, G11 5RQ, kimchicult.com
Bread Meats Bread
If ever there was a burger joint with a cult following, this place is it. Situated on the burger mile/square that is St Vincent Street, there’s definitely competition – but Bread Meats Bread blows those overpriced chains out of the water with juicy patties, great toppings and spectacular sides (this place was doing poutine long before it was cool). Just think about the signature Wolf of St Vincent St – American cheese, bacon, pulled pork, crispy onions and ‘nduja mayo – and grab your coat. We all need one asap.
104 St Vincent St, G2 5UB, breadmeatsbread.com
The Crafty Pig
Why yes, that is a doughnut burger. Don’t act like you’re not impressed. Whether you’re down with sweet and savoury together or not, The Crafty Pig is a safe bet for tasty grub. As well as stacked-high beef burgers, they’ll do you a redneck chicken effort with beer and maple-candied bacon or a rib bun. That’s right…a bun, packed with rib meat. Here, piggy piggy.
508 Great Western Road, G12 8EL, crafty-pig.com
Forget the extensive White Russian menu – in this Finnieston eatery, it’s as much about the burgers as it is about the beverages, man. There’s a whole menu dedicated to them (including weird-but-wonderful creations like the fish supper burger), although most can’t see past The Big Lebowski; a doubler smothered in Lockerbie cheddar. The Dude abides, right here.
1008 Argyle St, G3 8LX, lebowskis.co.uk
The Butchershop Bar and Grill
Well if you can’t trust a steak restaurant to get it right, who can you? The Butchershop takes just as much care over a beef patty as it does a dry-aged rump – and you can compare the two in a meat-off every Burger vs Steak Frites Tuesday. We’re talking minced fillet, all the trimmings, brioche – hey, they’ve even been known to throw in a little foie gras and gruyere. Who said burgers and fine dining don’t mix?
1055 Sauchiehall St, G3 7UD, butchershopglasgow.com
Steak, Cattle & Roll
Need we say more? If a picture is worth a thousand words then this one is crying out ‘eat me!’ on repeat. As well as a jaunty name, Steak, Cattle & Roll deals in burgers topped with everything from pork belly to mac and cheese, with regular and inventive specials popping up on Facebook feeds like giant, meaty beacons (a pancake burger springs to mind). To quote the song, the harder I work, the faster my money goes…on burgers. Delicious burgers.
50 Weaver St, G4 0DR or 321 Sauchiehall St, G2 3HW, steakcattleandroll.co.uk
Burger devotees will remember the heady days of Smoak pop-ups, long before Glasgow’s burger credentials were verified. Nowadays, the Texan barbecue joint has, well, a joint, with permanent digs at Royal Exchange Square. Everything tastes good, but the burgers are something special. You know that when menus start throwing words around like chipotle, smoked garlic and maple bacon jam, things are about to get real.
6 Royal Exchange Square, G1 3AB, smoakbbq.co.uk
Who wouldn’t fall for a place with burgers named Hot Coo, Barbie Coo and Highland Coo? The last is with haggis and pepper sauce, incidentally – which has us salivating at the mere thought. BRGR deals in thinner, smashed-style patties still pink in the middle and a variety of toppings – oh, and they’re fairly easy on the wallet too. Plus, they provide ‘hauders’ (that’s holders, to non-Glaswegians) with every messy burger – it’s the little things, right?
526 Great Western Road, G12 8EL and 219 Fenwick Road, Giffnock, G46 6JD, brgr-glasgow.com
The original Glasgow tribute to all things Americana – we just couldn’t do an ultimate list without mention of southside institution Buddy’s. Recent additions to the menu include The Cali (topped with avocado and fried egg), providing another reason to head to Strathbungo, stat. But if you ask us, it’s still about the The Bubba (a double cheeseburger with pulled pork, Carolina mustard and slaw) or The Duke (a doubler with cheese, smoked bacon, onion ring and BBQ sauce) – both kings in the Glasgow burger world.
705 Pollokshaws Rd G41 2AB, facebook.com/BuddysBBQandBurgers
Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love Bloc? Resident Mad Chef Danny McLaren is forever cooking up weird and wonderful combinations – his Irn Bru pulled pork can only make a burger better. Still, we’ll always go back for The Durty Burger; a gravy concoction so messy you’ll need a bath after, never mind a wet wipe (but in a good way). If there’s anything new to add to Glasgow’s sauce-saturated burger market, this is the place to do it.
117 Bath St G2 2SZ, bloc.ru
Main image: BRGR
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Main pic: BRGR on Facebook