Burgers take pride of place on menus across London, but how many of them actually deserve your time and money? To help you out, we've taken a bite out of the very best buns the capital has to offer.
im电竞官网-You can find Lucky Chip burgers in two very, very nice pubs: The Old Queen’s Head in Islington and the Blue Coats in Tottenham. Their pun-based names are a little hokey for our taste (the ‘Steve Martin’ has jerk sauce in it, etc), but you can’t complain about the burgers themselves – unfailingly juicy, delicious and the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing Sunday pint. We recommend the El Chapo: beef, smoked bacon, roasted jalapeños, blue cheese & aioli.
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When you place your eyes on the satisfyingly trim Burger and Beyond menu, it’s hard to look past the ‘Bougie Burg’ (especially when it lands on your plate). We’re talking dry-aged beef (which BoB uses to make all of their burgers), double American cheese, steak sauce 2.0, marrownaise and beef fat onions, all cooked beautifully and dripping with flavour. And while that may seem like enough sauces for one dish, we recommend testing out the burnt butter mayo and tangy secret sauce, too. If that calls for a few orders of truffle tots and cheesy fries, then so be it.
, 147 Shoreditch High St, Hackney, London E1 6JE
Beginning as a Brighton pop-up, Flank now holds two stalls at Victoria Market Halls and Old Spitalfield Market. The key to head chef Tom Griffith’s success? Keeping things simple with a nose-to-tail, grab-and-go ethos. Try the must-have cheeseburger, made from aged ground short rib, brisket & flank and topped with St Giles cheese, dill pickles, rich onion jam, crispy onions and Flank burger sauce.
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im电竞官网-Ordering a burger at a French restaurant borders on sacrilege – that is, unless you’re in the Mandarin Oriental’s Bar Boulud. The bistro offers three different variations on the American classic but it’s the ‘Frenchie’ burger that really takes le gateau, stacking rillon, fondue, Morbier cheese and Dijon mustard on top of a juicy, perfectly medium-rare beef patty.
, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
A cheeseburger, but not as you know it. It's substantial and juicy, without ever tipping into brioche bun-soaked albatross territory. To be honest, Coin Laundry’s effort is almost worth it for the side portion of garlic fries alone. Welcome, friends, to flavour country.
, 70 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QP
im电竞官网-Voted London’s best at the National Burger Awards in 2016 (it's a thing!), there’s no shame in using a knife and fork on the ‘Veni-Moo’: a delicious, gut-busting heap of beef, venison, cheese, béarnaise, caramelised onions and candied bacon. Scottish steak-and-burger joint Mac & Wild have two sites, but head to Devonshire Square if you want to have a go at their newly installed shooting range, and kill your virtual meat before you eat it.
, 9A Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YN
im电竞官网-Nestled in the achingly hip Ace Hotel, Hoi Polloi's cheeseburger is a simple but delicious staple of their menu. Gooey cheese, a soft brioche bun, shallot & celery salad and a greasy juicy burger patty make this a dish easily devoured in three bites.
, The Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ
Sure, you've heard about their thick juicy steaks but the insider tip when visiting the Hawksmoor is to head to the downstairs bar for their house burger. As well as the same high quality beef they use for steaks they use bone marrow to create an intense rich flavour. You'll save a few quid too.
, various locations in London and Manchester
Enjoy a twist on the classic at this South London chain where burgers come with a pool of gravy ready for dipping. As well as the classic burger there's sliced roast beef or lamb which you can enjoy with melted cheese and other garnishes.
, 87 Battersea Rise, London, SW11 1HW
im电竞官网-This West Coast import is a slice of fast-food gluttony without the cheap ingredients. The plain old cheese burger is the one to watch, a succulent beef patty cushioned by a soft bun and with the best burger cheese around.
, 1 Cambridge circus, London WC2H 8PA
im电竞官网-While it's harder than ever to get a seat at Honest ('no reservation' policies and burger bars are comfy bedfellows) the food more than makes up for it; aged beef cooked medium-rare, with a dollop of caramelised red onion marmalade in a soft brioche bun. And the rosemary-dusted fries will vanish in seconds.
, 4A Meard St, London W1F 0EF
The meat in a bun offering from Soho House, Dirty Burger is definitely worth getting your chops around. At £6 for the cheeseburger prices are friendly for the member's club, add bacon or go for there surprisingly satisfying vegetarian option aptly named, "dirty cop-out". Their triple cooked chips and tempura style onion rings are pretty damn tasty too.
, 17 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QD
It might not be a trendy pop-up but with a tagline like "proper hamburgers" you know you're in safe hands. There are a few simple yet effective variations on the classic, but the Byron Burger (dry cure bacon, mature Cheddar, and Byron sauce) remains the benchmark.
, branches include Kensington, Kingston, Oxford, White City, Gloucester Road and King's Road.
Inspired by tasting the perfect burger whilst in New York, Zan Kaufman ditched being a lawyer and started selling burgers out a food truck in London. The beef is the really standout part of the mouthful which is rare-breed, pasture-fed beef from small farms in the UK and then dry-aged for 40 days. Get the double cheeseburger for two hits of that meaty masterpiece.
, Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6EA
To order a burger at Joe Allen's, you must already be in the know because despite its peerless reputation it never appears on the menu. The beauty of this burger is its simplicity; made entirely of ground sirloin with no seasoning, the meat does all the talking.
13 Exeter Street, London, WC2E7DT
Hipsterfying the Tooting eating scene is Meat & Shake, whose imaginative menu includes perfect burgers infused with truffle (our favourite) and a smoked option so smoky, it arrives in its own cloud. Brilliant sides seal the deal – just bear in mind this halal-friendly diner is alcohol-free.
, 47 Upper Tooting Rd London, SW17 7TR
Deluxe burgers, using only the freshest ingredients, are what make Haché stand out from the crowd. Try the Steak Catalan burger, topped with chorizo and chili jam, for a truly unbeatable burger experience.
, 24 Inverness Street, Camden Town, London, NW1 7HJ
Colloquially known as P&B, for those in the know, P&B's own-made relishes and mayos make their burgers some of the finest in London. Their now multiple venues are popular, so you may need to queue but trust us the lashings of liquid cheese, prime beef, glossy buns and sides are worth ever minute in the cold.
, 54 James Street, London W1U 1HE
Masterchef presenter and Smiths' founder John Torode is passionate about sourcing his meat. Evidence of this can be found on the restaurant's second floor in the form of the delicious Smiths' Beef Burger, topped with mature cheddar and Old Spot bacon.
, ,67-77 Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 6HJ
It only does two things (three, if you count 'lobster roll' as well as 'lobster'), but it does 'em damn well. This Russian-owned mini-chain has restaurants in Soho, Mayfair and Clerkenwell, and any one of them will serve you as perfect a burger as you've ever eaten. Big (almost too big, but not quite), bold and beautiful.
, 36 Dean St, London
im电竞官网-A 5 star hotel in Knightsbridge might not be the most obvious port of call for a burger, but The Park Tower's Hyde Bar launched a luxe menu of them anyway, so who are we to argue? The creative twists - including our favourite, the Park Tower Signature Gold Leaf, that includes a layer of foie gras.