Once synonymous with soggy buns and grey meat patties, London’s burger restaurants have shed their greasy reputation.
Now they’re serving everything from lobster and rosemary-infused fries to tarragon mayonnaise and braised field mushroom. Oo-er.
From Burger and Lobster’s posh twist to Honest Burgers finger-licking-good rosemary fries, here are our favourite London burger joints. Trust us, you’d be a fool to miss out on these gems.
This is what you get when you mix the good ole American smokehouse with a burger bun. There may not be the traditional patties, but who gives a stuff about that when you can have pulled pork that’s been pulling for 14 hours straight and prime beef brisket?
The seasoning is spot on, the flavours full and intense and the decor is just slick enough that you won’t feel out of place in your work clobber, but not so formal you have to dress up. It gets rammed between 6.30 – 7.30pm at the bar, so make sure you book a booth.
And, if you still have space, the ribs are a MUST. Beautifully smoked, hint of sweetness underneath and the meat melts off the bone.
9 Stoney Lane, E1 7BH
Forget everything you know about burgers, because until you have one of Hache’s beauties served on a fresh brioche bun, you’ve seen nothing yet.
The burger meat is hachéd prime steak – juicy, full of flavour and impossible to eat even with two hands.
The restaurant itself is like a cool, fairy-light lit bistro, staff are super-friendly and portions are large.
The menu is food porn of the highest order – there are so many amazing variations including smoked Bavarian cheese and fresh chilli, as well as three respectful options for veggies. We ploughed into our burger, plundered the perfectly-cooked fries and snaffled all of the gigantic onion rings.
24 Inverness Street Camden Town London NW1 7HJ
020 7485 9100
Hache has four locations across London.
In the interest of equality, it’s important to have a strong veggie contender in the burger round-up.
Look no further than Patty & Bun, whose mushroom burger is one of the ‘best in the world’ (we have it on good herbivore authority).
The Portobello ‘Dig It’ Mushroom burger contains a braised field mushroom fritter with garlic parsley butter and cheese sauce, sandwiched between a brioche bun with coleslaw, lettuce, tarragon mayo.
Sounds like it could sway even the most dedicated meat lover.
Patty & Bun
54 James St, London, W1U 1HE
Two words: rosemary fries. Forget the burgers, these are worth the visit alone.
Actually, don’t forget the burgers or the Bloody Marys. All deserve top marks.
You can’t go wrong with The Honest Burger (Ginger Pig beef patty, smoked bacon, mature cheddar, red onion relish). A personal favourite has to be The Rib Man Special (Christ on a Bike Sauce, smoked bacon, cheese, and pickled courgette).
Brixton, Camden, King’s Cross, Soho, Portobello
For a burger with a difference, why not try Hawaiian burger and sandwich bar Kua ‘Aina?
Based on the original restaurant on Hawaii’s North Shore, which opened in 1975, the London branch is the only in Europe. So count yourself lucky.
We recommend the half-pound Kua ‘Aina bacon and avocado burger. Juicy and sweet, it’s an excellent all-around and unusual burger. It is served on golden seeded bun, with tomato, crisp lettuce, grilled onions and mayonnaise. Mmm.
26 Foubert’s Pl, London, UK W1F 7PP
020 7287 7474
Filthily rich burgers with cool music, dark surroundings, Meat Liquor is the place to hang out with mates and scoff yourself silly.
My favourite is still the Oxford Circus branch, and before I started eating beef could recommend the chicken burger highly.
Having since fallen off the meat wagon, the Dead Hippie burger is a revelation. Thick, dense patties coupled with silky, heavy buns means that there’s little room for sides. Not that this stopped us from cramming in fries and onion rings. The fries are as they should be – slim, crunchy and a perfect foil to the juiciness of the burgers.
Tipple of choice: a filthy red Malbec. Yum.
74 Welbeck St, London W1G 0BA
020 7224 4239
Boom Burger’s founder, Josh de Lisser, was born and raised in Jamaica. But thankfully he’s brought his Caribbean flavour back to the UK – sandwiched between two burger buns and slap bang in the middle of Portobello Road, home of Notting Hill carnival.
It’s hard to pick a favourite from their tasty burger offerings, but if we had to choose it’d be the Boom Burger (the signature beef burger covered in cheese and bacon jam) and Fish Boom (pan-fried red snapper with rocket, escovitch sauce and jerk mayo).
It’s a small space (see the entire restaurant, pictured) but it’s packed with a buzzing, friendly atmosphere.
272 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W10 5TY
In the interest of culinary equality, Burger and Lobster price each of their offerings – lobster or burger or crab roll, plus fries and a tasty salad – at £20.
As the price seems expensive for a burger, many snap up the grilled lobster (pictured). But don’t rule the burger out or the crab roll. Both are delicious.
Convenient locations including Mayfair, Harvey Nichols, Soho, King’s Cross make it even more appealing, as do the cocktails.
Burgers, lobster and booze, what’s not to love?
Burger & Lobster
36 Dean St, London
020 7432 4800
The Joint is heaving on a weekend and after 6.30pm on a weekday, and once you bite into a pulled pork burger, you can see why.
The pulled pork is full of flavour, slow-cooked to within an inch of its life and served alongside fresh, creamy coleslaw with a generous dollop of BBQ sauce. The buns are sourdough and tasty, although seriously filling. If you can leave space, order the spicy chicken wings served in a paper wrap with an onion and chilli garnish – sticky, chilli and moreish.
It’s also BYO so you can posh it up with a bottle of fizz from the wine shop in the other section of the market or buy Red Stripe cans from the local off-license.
87 Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8PS
Caboose has taken the slow-smoked food movement firmly by the horns, offering a range of delicious burgers, including pulled pork (a personal fave), alongside delicious sidekicks (BBQ beans, creamy mash and coleslaw).
Food is served from a custom-built food truck that’s based on a real Caboose (the crew cabin at the end of a freight train).
Slap-bang in the middle of Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Liverpool Street, it’s easy to stop off at while passing. Alternatively the seating area is available to hire for private parties.
Caboose, Ely’s Yard, Brick Lane
E1 6QL London, United Kingdom