If you haven’t noticed the huge influx in burger joints, where’ve you been hiding? Big patties in even bigger buns have taken the city by storm and you’ll find one on every corner. We’ve left no stone unturned to find our favourites, picking the best from the rest and boy, was it tough. Burgers are no easy game and restaurants are finding new ways to make the classic barbecue staple a real thing to shout about. Gone are the days of anaemic patties and limp lettuce - instead you’ll find brioche buns and bacon jam, cheese for days and meat you’ll be talking about for weeks. These days, they tend to be messy affairs so we’d suggest forgoing any white clothing and cutlery, and getting your hands around one of the many badboys below.
Chef Diego Jacquet wanted to show London the best of Argentina, so brought his exclusive catering to England. Thank goodness he did. With flavours from all over the country, Zoilo, Jacquet’s second opening, is a culinary journey through various regions that isn’t just ‘meat on a stick’. There’s some tempting seafood and empanadas alongside the more traditional asado, all of which makes it difficult to choose. The restaurant’s unassuming, and the portions hearty with the right bit of Latino love to keep you coming back for more. Definitely not budging from our list.
The Wild Game Company has put down some permanent roots after a series of successful pop-ups. Bringing seasonal Scottish game to London, the emphasis at Mac and Wild is definitely on the Wild with the chefs able to tell you who shot what and when. The venison is the real star of the show, we hear, and perfectly accompanied by whisky cocktails or Irn Bru, depending on where your tastes lie. Seated beneath hides and antlers, this may be one for the vegetarians to skip (although they are very much welcome).
London’s hottest burger ticket, MEATLiquor serves what it says on the tin. A bit down and dirty, this diner is not one for a first date as you will end up dropping half your meal onto the burger-paper lined trays. There’s no standing on ceremony with cutlery either, dive right in to the intriguingly named beasts of burgers. Feeling peckish, try the Dead Hippie (two patties, their secret Dead Hippie sauce, lettuce, onions and pickles). Feeling brave? Go for the Green Chili Cheeseburger where your patty is tossed in chilis when frying for that extra zing. Add the must-have massive onion rings and don’t leave without sampling the deep fried pickles. Or wiping that stray bit of sauce from your face before you jump in the photobooth.
Bringing ‘the best New York burger to a street corner near you’, this food truck is straight from the city the other side of the pond. Serving up the classic burger four ways (cheeseburger, double cheeseburger, blue burger and a veggie option) in toasted buns and secret sauce, these guys are good for on the go. Simple food done well, make sure you catch them by keeping up with their Twitter.
We love success stories here at TTF and The Joint is no exception. A burger joint that started life as a pop-up - perhaps no surprises there but it's the attention to the detail that keeps us coming back for more. The Asian burger's a great mouthful of pulled pork, ginger, spring onion and slaw while the beef lovers will enjoy the short rib burger with bacon relish served in a potato bun. It's a small place with long tables made for sharing, swapping and socialising with a little bit of outside space for the brave. Beer comes from the Brixton Brewery, cocktails are served in Kilners - this is one hip little joint well worth a visit.
The brains behind Boom Burger is young chef and founder, Josh de Lisser. Jamaican born, Josh spent his early life on the sandy shores of Montego Bay, raised on the vibrant Caribbean flavours conjured up by the family cook, Auntie Sharon, her barbecue continually sizzling with freshly-caught fish and jerk chicken. Now, Josh is combining those explosive spice combinations with the highest quality, British-bred meat, as he cooks up a hurricane in his Boom Burger kitchen. This isn’t just a great new burger restaurant; it’s a little piece of Jamaica in the heart of London’s carnival district. So, why wait for three days in August to party when you can have something to sing and dance about all year round? - See more at: http://220.127.116.11/restaurant/boom-burger#sthash.OKGvLE8T.dpuf
Eat in, take away, just get there when you can as this place is crazily popular. There are six burgers to choose from - all brilliantly named of course, what about the ‘Lambshank Redemption’ burger? - which come served in brioche buns with mountains of smoky patty & bun mayo. The flavours here are great with lots of attention to burger detail and they’re real works of art, all wrapped up in striped burger paper. Order the rosemary chips that burst out of their little pewter pot and finish with a salted caramel choc ice before hurtling back onto the streets, completely and utterly satisfied.
If you ask most Londoners where their favourite burger spot is, loads will shout Honest Burgers. There’s something about the British-only produce and simplicity, as well as chunky wooden tables and casual atmosphere that keeps people coming back. The beef is Ginger Pig dry aged and worth loading with Stilton or Red Leicester, but the vegetarians amongst you will be happy with the market vegetable fritter served up in Honest’s glazed bun, accompanied by beetroot and apple slaw. All burgers come with the house fries (rosemary salted, naturally) and a side of complete satisfaction.
Burger bars at street markets are all the range. Tom’s Burger Bear is fast becoming a firm favourite on the mean streets of London, as well as being a regular resident at The Old Nun’s Head. Tom mixes up the menu so you’ll never be quite sure what’ll be on the board for the day but that’s part of the fun. Head down to ther pemenant site in Stoke Newington for beats, booze and burgers.
Hotbox is every meat lover’s dream. What was once a super-popular meaty pop-up now has permanency on Commercial Street. Expect short ribs, wagyu brisket, tacos, smoked mac 'n' cheese plus anything else you can waggle a meaty stick at. This is the type of place we absolutely adore at TTF – a must try for meat-lovers. On top of the meat offering, there will be a destination cocktail bar downstairs, called 46 and Mercy.
Byron’s a London stalwart, a go-to joint on the burger map. There’s a plethora of burger places East but you know you can’t go wrong with Byron. On the cleaner side of the spectrum - no dripping and oozing here - the burgers are straightforward even for the most faint-hearted and buildable with a good range of toppings. The courgette fries are worth having, and if you’re feeling a little holier today, the Chicken Cobb’s a good choice for your waistline. There’s a great choice of local craft beers so make sure you sample at least two whilst you’re there. For research purposes, of course.
As if you couldn’t guess, there’s only two things served here, done three ways. But boy, are they done well. Choose from a juicy 10oz burger (cheese and bacon optional) in a brioche bun, a lobster roll (lobster meat in a wasabi mayo) in a brioche bun or - our favourite, obviously - a whole lobster, steamed or grilled, with garlic lemon butter on the side. You get string fries and a dressed salad on the side, whatever you choose and the damage? £20. Yes, just £20. Beginning life as a pop-up, this inspired combination now has several joints over the city and there’s always a queue. Unsurprisingly, no bookings (unless there’s more than 6 of you, and you’re going to the Soho site) but this little place is a firm favourite not to be missed.