British Burger Bash

I've been fortunate enough to head to London quite a many times over the last couple of years. Usually staying in central London there are so many eating establishments just minutes away, this of course includes burgers joints. I've sampled quite a few from some of the popular joints, and some not so popular, here's my take on London's best burgers...

Bleecker Burger

My first attempt to try the apparently legendary burgers from Bleecker was foiled as they had a problem with their gas, I was terribly disappointed, as I had planned the day meticiously around being here for lunch. Anyway luckily on my second visit everything was functioning normally. They say they are bringing New York style burgers to London, I've never been to the big apple myself so I'll have to take their word for it, I opted for the cheeseburger, not the double, just the single so I can taste everything in proper proportions. Across the way is a little bar so I got myself a cheeky glass of red to wash down the beef.

Before I knew it my cheeseburger was up, looking pretty standard with nothing really jumping out I took it to one of the benches and begain the examination. In addition to the meat and cheese, you get some lettuce, strangely though there is no onion, you only get onion if you got the double cheeseburger, now I know that onion has good properties for breaking down copious amounts of meat but keeping it off the single was a bit slack I reckon, I love onion on my burgers and just naturally assumed it'd be there. The patty looked like it was char grilled very well, the bun had a nice light toasting and thankfully the sauce wasn't dripping everywhere, looking like quite a manageable burger here.

Visual inspection over, I dived right in, and BOOM! Another fantastic burger the mix of the American cheese with whatever that sauce is and the beef which was cooked perfectly made for a burger party in my mouth. The simplicity of the ingredients and how good they tasted really said something, apart from the sauce, I dunno what their sauce is, maybe thats what made this taste so good. The bun was a typical seasme seed burger bun that was the exact size for this burger, and held everything together just right, the little bit of lettuce actually did add some good textural crunch, the melted american cheese on the patty was just divine, I couldn't help but think how much nicer this would have been with some slightly grilled, still crunchy onion, such a shame but still so so good.

Beef - 8 | Bun - 7 | Cheese - 8 | Sauces - 8 | Salad 7 | Overall - 8

Posted 16.01.2018
Dirty Burger

While googling around for more burger options in central London I came across this place. Who doesn't love a dirty burger eh? So on a sunny Saturday morning I decided to go for a longish walk down to Vauxhall to try their offering out. I got there nice and early and was the first customer for the day. I went with the standard cheeseburger and some fries

Hearing the preparations underway I went for sneak peak to their open kitchen area and saw these two patties sitting on the grill with a generous amount of mustard on them, I hadn't seen this before and it made me really curious and eager to get this burger into me. When it arrived on the table the first thing I noticed was the bun, it was really shiny, I touched it... it's steamed! like a bun on a filet'o'fish!, it was so soft and almost wet, very strange and somewhat worrying start. I pick up this hot wet burger and dive right in.

Before I say what I'm about to say here it should be clear to you, the reader, that from my website I am rather experienced with burgers, from all over the place and all different types, but when I took a bite of this burger I thought for a moment could this possibly be the best burger I've ever eaten? It was just an amazing experience, this soft wettish bun that was holding together this incredible patty with cheese masterfully melted all around the place, a bit of salad and pickles somehow made this thing taste out of this world. I was truly shocked and admittedly after a few more bites I settled down but still this burger was just brilliant, I loved it, these guys know what they are doing. I'm heading back to London soon and this will be firmly at the top of the list for a revisit, just to be sure this wasn't a fluke, coz for now, I simply cannot flaw the burger, especially the patty, maybe it was the mustard being cooked in, I dunno, I mean I could say that the bun might have been nicer not so steamed, or maybe the cheese could have been a bit stronger, but for now, the overall package, near perfect, let's see if my second visit ups it to a perfect 10.

Beef - 10 | Bun - 9.5 | Cheese - 9 | Sauces - 9 | Salad 9 | Overall - 9.5

Posted 16.01.2019
MeatLiquor

Another interestingly named burger joint which intrigued me, particularly the latter part of the name. I decided to head to the Covent Garden outlet, keen as ever for my burger I actually arrived before they opened, so had to wait around like some kind of desperate hobo, soon enough I was let in and start persuing the menu.

When I saw the words 'green chili' and 'cheeseburger' I was sold. Continuing to look at the menu was pointless. A few minutes later here it is, when I unwrapped this beast I must say I was salivating, it looked so bloody good, the melted cheese on each patty, the green chili slathered over it, the glistening bun and those two beautfully charred burger patties. Under the hood you can see the amount of green chili they've put on, of course at this point I realise that this is a green chili sauce/chutney type thing rather than using raw green chillies. the but was also really soft, untoasted but warm and gave the burger a really nice feel when picked up.

After about 3 bites I had to tear the burger away from my mouth in order to get the down the middle pic, it was so moreish, the green chili certainly was not hot for my palate but instead added a pleasant zing to a quality burger, the meat was cooked medium leaning to rare, which is a big no for me in burgers, I've said it before here that I believe burger mince should always be cooked through, but that's on the basis of the quality of the meat not always being the highest in the mince, however these guys, I am sure use some top quality cuts to get their burger mince so while I would have rathered the patty taken a little further on the grill it didn't bother me. The only ever so slight negative here was the cheese, I think it was lost amongst everything else, I didn't really get it. All in all though the burger was pretty darn good, good enough to have it again for sure.

Beef - 8 | Bun - 7 | Cheese - 6 | Sauces - 7 | Salad 7 | Overall - 7.5

Posted 16.01.2018
Bianco 43

Rightio, first I realise this is a pizzeria, however on their main menu, under the meat section is a homemade beef burger. This is right in the hotel I am staying at so having this is a no brainer. So on the first night of one of my many trips there I ordered this, and well despite being slightly hungover from my flight I still regretted it the moment I bit into this monstrosity.

Even at the worst times I know a burger, I know them well and this was terrible, the incredibly thick slab of meat was completely dry from top to bottom and devoid of any flavour or seasoning, the cherry tomatoes are pointless on a burger, and the bits of green wild rocket were so bland they were as useful as the invisible tomato chutney, which of course meant the burger was even more dry than it looked as there was no moisture apart from the acidic juice droplets being squeezed outta the silly cherry tomatoes as my vice like grip got harder and harder on this filth due to my drunken anger on how bad it was.

The bun felt it was sitting in the kitchen for a couple of days and wasnt even warmed or toasted, and the cheese was just disgusting, not sure what type of cheese it is, the menu says its Scamorza, I dunno but it certainly felt there was some kinda scam going on here. I ate half and then returned to my bourbon. I don't care if you're a pizzeria, if you have a beef burger on your main menu and charge 13GBP for it, I expect it to be at least reasonable.

Beef - 1 | Bun - 1 | Cheese - 1 | Sauces - 0 | Salad 1 | Overall - 1

Posted 15.01.2018
Gourmet Burger Kitchen

I've been to Gourmet Burger Kitchen a few times in Dubai, and they're not too bad, especially when they aren't delivered, so this was a must on the BBB. They weren't too far from where I was staying so I got takeaway and headed to the hotel for feed while I watched TV and continued to work.

The packaging on the burgers I did like, cardboard boxes branded with their name and most importantly they kept the burger together while letting out a little air so the burger didn't have that steamed effect when opened. Look at the beauty... I must say I was rather impressed when I opened the box, this burger looked like the business, there was melted cheese going all over the place, but only on the burger, smoked chilli mayo was a great colour, the salad looked crunchy and the bun so toasty and ready to be squished together.

Straight down the middle you can see the quality beef and the hand made patty, the layers of flavours from the mustard and the pickles, the oinons and that delicious mayo. As predicted the bun was sensational, so like and fluffy but parts were ever so toasty and crisp and added yet another layer of texture when devouring this beast. I was truly amazed at the pure beefy goodness I was getting with each bite and that the other ingredients just melded with it so well and complimented the beef rather than trying to take it over.

Immediately I can declare that GBK in the UK, or at least this one, is far superior to the GBK in Dubai. I want to alsos mention the superfood salad, was very fresh and light, great way to cut through a heavy burger like this one, the fries were ok, not really worth mentioning, I also picked up a classic fried chicken burger just to give it a whirl, I have to say this was rather pathetic, a tiny piece of breaded chicken that was completely lost in the bun and other ingredients. Either way though this is about beef and that was great, looking forward to it again!

Beef - 8 | Bun - 7.5 | Cheese - 8 | Sauces - 8 | Salad 8 | Overall - 8

Posted 15.01.2018
Mother Flipper

Interesting name... this burger joint is a food stall that runs in the Brocklet food market every Saturday, open between 10am - 2pm, giving you a massive window of four hours every week to get there to try them. I've read some people online saying they are open somewhere else as a proper bricks and mortar however I couldn't locate them, and their website (at the time of writing) doesn't mention a second location so getting there midday Saturday was my only option.

Typically I went for the standard, here named the mother flipper cheese burger and a side of their fries. There was a decent amount of people waiting for their order before me, so while waiting I strolled around the market looking at the other food options, all looked pretty good, and even another couple of places doing burgers, sadly for them not pulling in the crowds like mother flippers. After getting my order I realised there's nowhere to sit down and eat, so I roamed around and found a brick fence by the side of the carpark that worked out well as a table.

After the two above paragraphs of wafting on, I'm gonna cut straight to the chase here, this burger really underwhelmed me. Let's be clear on something, nothing was technically wrong with it, there was quality beef mince, perfectly melted cheddar, fresh ingredients, a bun that wasn't sickeningly sweet. I think the issue is this burger is so hyped all over the net by it's fans that I was really expecting something that would blow my socks off (note I wasn't wearing socks) but it simply didn't do that. On it's own a very solid entry that was hard to really complain about, but in my not so humble opinion on burgers, this is hardly London's best.

Beef - 8 | Bun - 7.5 | Cheese - 8 | Sauces - 6 | Salad 7 | Overall - 7.5

Posted 08.04.2017
Byron's 'Proper' Hamburgers

With several locations around London, Bryon's was the first on my list as it was literally around the corner from the hotel. A quick walk down the strand and I was there...

Above we have the classic cheeseburger paired with mature cheddar and the chilli queen which comes with American cheese. I'll give them this, both burgers certainly looked and felt like 'proper' hamburgers, big thick pattie, soft 'squishy' buns and overall good looking ingredients. After the first bite the cheeseburger was a little underwhelming, don't get me wrong it was good, but I was expecting more, on the second and subsequent other bites it gets better, you can really see and taste the quality of ingredients, the flavour of the beef was fantastic, but I must say the patty was a tad dry, something I was worried about when I first saw the thickness, but it's a forgivable flaw in an otherwise very good burger. I particularly love the way the mayonnaise is there, you can taste it, but only just and it doesn't go everywhere.

The Chilli Queen really took me by surprise, this beautiful little beast was just brilliant, with actual real green chillis sliced lengthwise and the chipotle sauce with lettuce and American cheddar, you don't even notice the slightly dry patty, it was lovely and I want another one. In conclusion, Bryon burgers are very good, with an excellent bun, quality meat, simple and fresh condiments and a slice of dill pickle with each one, I think they do make proper hamburgers.

Beef - 8 | Bun - 9 | Cheese - 8 | Sauces - 7 | Salad 7 | Overall - 8.5

Posted 15.08.2015
Honest Burgers

On the next evening, I managed to convince some colleagues into a brisk walk up to Honest burgers, I'll admit though, there wasn't much convincing needed, who doesn't like a burger?!

Upon arrival, there were quite a few people milling around the outside, the tiny restaurant looked packed and my friends were looking like they were not up for a wait. After talking to a nice lady she assured us we'll be seated in 15 minutes. She lied, but it wasn't too bad and the fact they served beer kept my dining companions from fleeing. The menu is pretty simple, chicken done one way, beef done three ways, and a veggie burger done three ways. I went with the classic cheeseburger done with mature cheddar and a side of onion rings. Burgers were fantastic, the onion relish was beautiful, everyone agreed they honestly were great burgers and the rosemary salted chips that come with the burger were only surpassed by the totally amazing paprika flavoured onion rings, the best onion rings I have ever had, anywhere.

The quality of the pictures are terrible I know, the light was bad, the restaurant was packed, and it was a rather hurried experience, this burger is definitely better enjoyed away from the establishment, or on a quiet night, although with the quality of the burgers and the great beers on offer I can't see them having a quiet night. In conclusion, Honest burgers are worth the wait and trying the onion rings is an absolutely must.

Beef - 7.5 | Bun - 8 | Cheese - 7 | Sauces - 7 | Salad 7 | Overall - 7.5

Posted 15.08.2015
Burger & Lobster

Somehow I managed it again, convincing some colleagues to have another burger or lobster? What are they doing with burgers and lobsters? We had to find out..

From the outside Burger and Lobster looks like a fine dining establishment, a big restaurant, elegantly laid out, mood lighting and just generally up market looking. Not sure they would let the likes of us in, we walked up to the waitress who was seating diners. After deciding a wait for a table wasn't necessary because eating at the bar was allowed, we opted for that. As soon as I sat down I asked for the menu, there is no menu, it's just lobster done two ways or a burger. I went for a burger and so did my dining companions. I opted for cheese (again). A few bourbons later the burgers arrived.

They make good burgers at Burger and Lobster and I quite enjoyed mine, however I have to say, there was a faint lobstery flavour in my burger, my friends were not convinced they could detect it but I certainly could, that or maybe the couple seated next to me were devouring their lobster like they hadn't eaten for a week. In conclusion, I'd have this burger again, but only if someone in the group wanted lobster, with Byron and Honest just minutes away they'd be the first choice.

Beef - 6 | Bun - 7 | Cheese - 6 | Sauces - 6 | Salad 7 | Overall - 6.5

Posted 15.08.2015
Tommi's Burger Joint

With my fellow travellers pretty much burgered out I had to venture out alone to the last burger stop for this trip. Was it really worth it?

Situated on a corner, Tommi's Burger Joint stands out nicely. I arrived slightly early, just before midday, even so there were a few patrons already inside enjoying the fare. Again the menu here is quite simple, a beef burger, a veggie burger and a steak burger all with or without cheese. The choice was obvious, a cheeseburger and some fries. My order did take quite some time to get to me, once it did I was so starving it could have been a veggie burger for all I cared. Thankfully it wasn't. It looked a very nice burger, starting with the all important bun, nice and soft, toasted slightly. The pattie was again thick but was not dry at all.

There was plently of extra sauces to add to the burger on the table but I really didn't need anything more than what was on the burger, it was a great, delicate mix of the sauces with red onion and the usual other culprits. This burger was oozing quality, however my one gripe, something that bothers me a bit when it comes to burgers is the patty wasn't wide enough for the whole bun, so I had two to three bites where no or little meat was present. In conclusion, great burger made with quality ingredients, however would I choose it above honest or Byron's Chilli Queen? Maybe, depending on how far away they were and how hungry I was!

Beef - 7.5 | Bun - 8 | Cheese - 7 | Sauces - 8 | Salad 7 | Overall - 8

Posted 15.08.2015

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