Main Image Photo Credit: @meatgram
It’s hard to go wrong with a burger, but it’s also quite an intricate task getting one that will wow. I’m certainly no expert, but ultimately a good quality patty and bun are the true foundations to a good burger. From there it’s the venue, some creative toppings and the delicious sides that make up for the best burger eating experience.
My boyfriend, Andrew, and I planned to find the best burger in London, and whilst this sounds like an excuse to indulge in some junk food, it’s also proving to be a little bit of an infinite pursuit. With so many burger restaurants, and burgers being an extremely popular menu option anyway, it seems that we have a long way to go.
Really, what is the best burger in London is also rather subjective as no one person will have the same preference. Personally, I like a light brioche bun, toasted on the inside, a juicy patty, and toppings that serve the best in between of fresh (e.g. a lovely bit of iceberg lettuce), salty (I admit, I am partial to a pickle), and sweet (controversially, pineapple is my fave topping). All in all, I like to finish the burger with room for dessert: quality over quantity some might say. Andrew, on the other hand, is at a completely opposite end of the spectrum, opting for triple meat burgers with bacon on top, large fries, and my left-over milkshake.
It’s fair to say our opinions on the perfect burger differ significantly, but I believe this is actually very valuable because if we both like a burger spot – then that must signify that it’s a perfect in-between, right? So, whilst we’re still on our hunt and have yet to conclude this personal venture, I wanted to note down our top 3 dependable spots right now that are in central London and serve some pretty tasty patties.
American | Various locations | ££ | Instagram: @honestburgers
Best for a quick bite | Suitable for Vegetarians, Vegans and GF
Within the buzz and bustling crowds of Borough Market, there is one of the best burgers I’ve ever had, which can be found in none other than Honest Burger. Catering for everyone with plant based and gluten free options, it’s clear this place cares about their burgers, and they also really care about keeping it local. Serving local beers from neighbouring breweries and ingredients sourced locally as well, you can trust this place to provide a fresh, quality burger.
My order: Honest – Beef, red onion relish, smoked bacon, cheddar, lettuce and pickles with Homemade Rosemary Salted Chips. Their cocktail Sloe Gin Fizz is a perfect sweet and fruity tipple to sip on as well.
Andrew’s order: Tribute – Beef, bacon, American cheese, burger sauce, French mustard, pickles, onion, and lettuce with Homemade Rosemary Salted Chips as well and one of their local beers to try.
American | Various locations | ££ | Instagram: @meatgram
Best for date night | Suitable for Vegetarians, Vegans and GF
A small national chain of burger restaurants, Meat Liquor serves a scrumptious variety of burgers in some pretty hip venues. With cool music, mood lighting and walls covered in tattoo designs, Meat Liquor proves to be a great spot to get your hands messy handling one of their many delicious burgers. With not just a variety of beef burgers, but chicken, vegetarian and hot dogs as well. Sides include Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Fried Pickles and Hash Browns. Even their fries come in many different varieties with cheese, chilli and more.
My order: Dirty Chicken Cheeseburger – Fried Chicken Fillet, Mayo, Lettuce, Cheese, Red onions with a side of Fries.
Andrew’s order: Dead Hippie – 2x French Mustard-fried Beef Patties, Dead Hippie Sauce, Lettuce, Cheese, Pickles and onions with an addition of Deep-Fried Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Hawksmoor Seven Dials
Fusion | Seven Dials and various locations | £££ | Instagram: @hawksmoorrestaurantsBest for an indulgent treat
More than just a burger restaurant, Hawksmoor Seven Dials has a pretty meaty restaurant menu. However, I’m here to tell you to head to the woody basement bar and choose between The Kimchi Burger, The Hawksmoor Burger or The Big Matt from the bar menu. All three are innovative, delectable, and produced to impress, so although a small decision, it isn’t easy!. All are also served with triple cooked chips, Beef dripping fries or an English lettuce & herb salad.
My order: The Big Matt – A classic burger with a high-end twist. Created by Matt Brown, a Michelin star chef, this burger is a must-try.
Andrew’s order: The Kimchi Burger – A classic burger with a punch – kimchi with beef short-rib in a cheeseburger and some Beef dripping fries.
Soon, you’ll be able to discover all the best burger places in London on our handy Don’t Be a Stranger app and keep them organised! So, Andrew and I can finally keep track of all the burger places we’ve been to, see them all on a map, and note down our ratings all in one place.