I remember when a good burger in London was one that did not give you food poisoning. That was about 2007 years ago when the scene started to cotton on to the fact that a burger could be more than a overcooked frozen patty with some fried onions and melted cheese in a sugary over-processed white bun. Places like Hamburger Union (RIP), Gourment Burger Kitchen and Byron started to blaze the way on the high streets. It was not until 2008 when The Meat Wagon rolled onto the scene that burgers got really interesting in London.
Its safe to say that I have had a fair few burgers since 2008, some have been amazing, some rubbish and a majority forgettable.
So here is a list of my favorite London Burgers.
Burger and Beyond have been around for a couple of years. They started out doing festivals from their orange H-Van before smashing it on the London Burger Scene. Their beef is top notch (45 dry aged beef) and its cooked perfectly pink in the middle. What makes them stand apart from rest of the pact is their sauces and toppings. The guys and B&B are really alchemists when it comes to sauces and topping that boost the umami and packs flavour punches. All the sauces are all house made and exciting like brown butter mayo, beer braised onions, bone marrow mayo. They also sell tater-tots which are impossible to find in the UK.
The Meat Liquor is really the Daddy of the London burger scene. Starting out in 2008 from a catering van popping up around south east London, The Meat Wagon went viral pretty much overnight via twitter. My first experience with getting my chops around a burger was not successful, queuing 90 minutes to place my order, then waiting a further three hours before i left hungry with a refund. It did not deter me though.
Fast forward to the #MeatEasy pop-up in a disused New Cross Pub where you still queued, but you got service. Burgers were great then and they are now. Not much has changed, except burgers come as a double as standard.
The Dead Hippy is my go to burger... it messy so grab an extra paper towel off the roll on the table. Don't overlook the sides they are all ace!
There are 9 locations in London and 2 others in the UK.
Starting out as a popup Patty & Bun launched as a brick and morter in 2012. Their Patties are thick and juicy and are loaded with toppings nestled in perfectly glazed brioche buns. The Ari Gold is where its at for me, Onions, Ketchup, Smokey P&B Mayo, Brioche. Simple and Delicious every time.
They have 9 locations around London.
Mother Flipper has really upped their game as of late, there burgers were always good, but now they are fliping great. They are seriously well crafted burgers. My go to MF Burger is the Swiss Bacon Flipper. It is their perfectly cooked patty with swiss cheese, canddied bacon, candy onions, BBQ sauce & ranch mayo. I mean anything with ranch may is a winner to me!
If you are early enough at Brockley Market you can get their epic Breakfast muffin. I wont wax to much of the lyrical about that as its on a Top list of its own.
Launched in 2011 in Brixton, Honest Burgers really lives up to their namesake. They keep it simple with no tricks, no gimmicks, no hidden costs, just quality dry aged meat, homemade chips with every burger as standard.
The every changing specials are where its at for me. They are on for 3 weeks at a time which means you have to visit at least twice a month. They do loads of guest collaborations and spend some serious time developing their specials.
My favourite special is the Deli... Their in house buthered Beef, bacon, emmental cheese, pickles, red onion, garlic mayo and baby spinach
Black Bear Burger are probably the newest burger on my list. As of my typing i thing they have been slinging them for about 18 months. They serve up solid straight up burger that reminded me of my first Bleecker Burger. Aged beef patty, beef trimming glaze, cheese, roasted tomato and onion jam, pancetta & smoked garlic mayo. Simple. Meaty. Well executed
They are at Boxpark Shoreditch 7 days a week for your burger cravings
There are loads of other burgers in London. This burger list is by no means comprehensive, just an edited list of burgers that I'd go out of my way to eat. There are so many more burgers that I like, but did not get my cut.
There are some obvious major players omitted from this list. I operate on a three strikes policy, I can accept inconsistencies once or twice, but three times and you are DTM.
Is there a burger that you love and i've missed out? Email me, tweet me or slide it into my dm.