Is there a simpler pleasure on earth than a really good burger? Is there a more satisfying sight that a succulent, thick beef patty smothered in rich cheese, wedged within a soft, doughy bun? Feeling hungry just at the thought? Of course you are, you’re only human. Fortunately burger bars have exploded in popularity over the course of the past few years, meaning that London is now teeming with tiny boutique restaurants that have small menus and big portions. So whether you’re after a simple slab of meat shoved into some bread or you’re looking for something a bit classier, maybe covered in Camembert or caramelised onions, there is something for everyone within the hallowed confines of Central London.
This place has a small menu consisting of a few beef burgers, a chicken burger and a veggie option. The beef is always perfectly cooked and all of the burgers come with a very generous helping of the world’s most delicious rosemary chips. Reasonably priced and incredibly satisfying, this small chain is perfect for a casual bite when you’re craving a beef fix.
Utterly filthy and devastatingly good, Meat Market serves up monstrous burgers dripping with greasy, cheesy goodness. The menu here is pretty extensive and includes some rather fancy dishes like the chicken burger covered in parma ham, marinara sauce and parmesan, as well as some which are a bit less haute cuisine such as the deep fried mac and cheese. Top your burger off with an alcoholic milkshake and you’re guaranteed the meal of a lifetime.
Ever had mac and cheese on a burger? No? Well that’s all about to change. The Mac Daddy at Dirty Bones is a beast of a burger that is sure to change your life. A juicy beef patty topped with pulled beef rib and smothered in creamy mac and cheese, what’s not to love? The rest of the menu is also pretty impressive with some American staples like hot dogs and fried chicken thrown in there for good measure.
Smith & Wollensky
Time to get classy. This joint is the height of gastronomic sophistication and is best known for its world class (and incredibly expensive) steaks. However, if you’re on the hunt for a burger that is truly in a league of its own, for £16 you can fulfil that mission here. The burger comes topped with applewood smoked bacon and cheddar cheese and is the definition of a taste sensation. Enjoy.
Patty & Bun
Simple yet satisfying, Patty & Bun is a small burger chain with a few restaurants scattered across London. The menu boasts some amusingly named burgers (Lambshank Redemption) and sides of chicken wings or thighs. The burgers come wrapped up in greaseproof paper and the chefs are certainly not stingy on toppings, as seen by the caramelised onions oozing from the sides of the bun. Perfection.
Shake Shack took America by storm and is now trying to win over the UK market. Needless to say it is enjoying rather notable success as new restaurants are popping up all over, all of which have queues out of the door. The buns are sweet and soft and the fillings are simple but incredibly well done. Naturally, no visit to this place is complete with grabbing one of their famous shakes to wash down that tender meat.
The Big Fernand
Originating across the channel, the Big Fernand serves huge burgers topped with all sorts of French delicacies like Camembert and raclette cheese. The meat is always done to perfect and the fries that you can order as a side are seasoned with paprika to perfectly complement the flavour explosion that is the main dish. If you’re lucky they might even have a special on as well.
Burger & Lobster
With its curious no-menu policy, this mysterious Burger and Lobster restaurant is fine dining at its most exclusive. Guests are either told verbally what they can have or they can pick something from the brief “burger or lobster or lobster roll” options written on the blackboard. There are rumours that they might be starting to introduce menus, which will allow customers a bit more choice and flexibility in what they order, but until that becomes a concrete plan we will just keep blindly ordering their mind-blowing burgers.
Having started in Beirut, this American-Lebanese burger joint has been thrilling British tastebuds for years now. The burgers range from simple to gourmet, as do the sides, so guests can have everything from a plain burger and chips to a meat patty topped with chilli and chipotle mayo, bacon and guacamole served with parmesan truffle fries. The price tag is pretty delicious as well.
Ok so this isn’t the most gourmet spot on the list but it has to be included simply because you can’t really have a list of burger joints without including at least one fast food place and this, my friends, is the king of fast food burgers. The patties are utterly divine and diners can choose from what they want to top their burger with from a rather extensive list. They also have unlimited soft drinks, Cajun fries and some mouth-wateringly good milkshakes.
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