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1. MEATmission14-15 Hoxton Market, Hoxton, London
2. Honest Burgers4 Meard St, Soho, London
3. Elliot's Cafe12 Stoney St, , London
4. Boom Burger272 Portobello Rd, London
5. Tommi's Burger Joint342 Kings Rd, London
6. Goodman Mayfair24-26 Maddox St, Mayfair, London
7. Dirty Burger79 Highgate Rd, , London
8. Burger & Lobster40 St John St, Farringdon, London
9. Patty & Bun22-23 Liverpool St, London
10. Haché147 Curtain Rd, Shoreditch, London
11. Dip & Flip87 Battersea Rise, London
12. Bukowski GrillUnit 10, Market Row, Coldharbour, London
Hidden just off Hoxton Square, this cult-inducing church of meat is the kind of place where no one will judge you for scarfing down your food. From the decor—classical architecture and a huge stained glass window covering the ceiling—you can see the restaurant’s name is a play on Christian mission buildings. While the burgers are always delicious, chili cheese fries and monkey fingers (like buffalo wings, but with no bones to get in the way) steal the show from time to time. Feeling competitive? Ask about the fan favorite Triple Chili Challenge -- it’s not for the faint of heart. This Hoxton post is from the vegetarians (kidding, of course) who brought you The MEATwagon, #MEATeasy, MEATliquor and MEATmarket.
So much more than a simple burger shop, Honest Burgers especially dominates the brunch game on multiple counts -- from its locally sourced, high quality ingredients and crave-satisfying menu to its airy, vibrant environment and passionate team. Even those trying to err on the waist-saving side will be thrilled by peace offerings like a radish avocado toast topped with an impeccably runny egg.
Located in Borough Market, Elliot's wood-decked, brick-walled space is dominated by a large table laden w/ self-baked loaves (from self-milled flour!), and offers a daily changing menu dictated by the best stuff coming out of the stalls, which could produce the likes of roast chicken leg w/ chanterelles & spring onions, crumbed lamb w/ tartare sauce, or grilled squid w/ aioli & dukkah -- a hazelnut & herb dust that's actually Arabic for "to pound", which unfortunately isn't how the bill tallies it.
Are you tired of the same old meat disc? Are normal patties too boring for you? Then head to Boom Burger, where they dish out flavorful burgers made with special Jamaican spices in the heart of London's carnival district.
Icelandic restauranteur, Tomas Tómasson's burger venture is a feat of excellence between buns. Patties available in meat, chicken, or vegetarian are cooked on an American gas grill to enhance charcoal flavor, and can be dressed in classic ketchup, béarnaise and cocktail sauces. The space itself channels backcountry diners, heavy on wood furnishings, handmade cardboard signs, and entertainment memorabilia.
Goodman boasts a low-lit leather-filled interior and serves corn-fed beef, as well as a selection of more than 200 wines.
Since clean burgers generally taste like soap and disappointment, Dirty Burger provides a filthier option from the back of a corrugated tin shack in Kentish Town, while also serving as a forerunner for the same team's Chicken Shop in the same building.
For a place that only does two (well, three actually) dishes, you know it had better be good. Its token burger holds its own and inspires food envy from your neighbors. Take that lobsters. Also worth trying: the lobsters.
Don’t let the counter service fool you: Patty & Bun is several notches above your average burger joint. Serving artisanal burgers in a cozy, modern space (think exposed brick, repurposed pine banquettes, industrial steel hanging lamps), this Liverpool spot is also known for their addictive, skin-on house potato chips. Drink offerings range from quirkily named libations (Why Would I Lychee to You, anyone?), craft beers, and gourmet milkshakes in flavors like honeycomb and hazelnut, making it a veritable lunch option for those looking to sip and savor.
The folks at this Shoreditch spot make some damn fine burgers with damn awesome toppings, like Steak Mexican with Cajun spices, salsa, guacamole, jalapeño peppers, and sour cream; or the Steak Catalan with grilled chorizo sausage, fresh chilli, and tomato jam.
Whether you’re in it for the poutine or the juicy burgers, this hip Battersea joint is beloved for their ridiculously good gravy. The house-made recipe uses a slow-simmered bone-based broth with organic vegetables, and it goes with virtually everything on the menu. The beverage offerings are substantial, ranging from a rotating list of craft drafts, wines, or milkshakes (pro tip: add a shot of bourbon to the latter. You’ll thank us later).
Bukowski has burger crafting down to a science, and with a a solid menu for every day, it also lets its creative side have some reign with monthly specials that make everything just that much better.