They say that no matter where you are in London, you’re never more than 6ft away from a great burger -- but how do you know which is the best one in your exact proximity? We thought we’d find out...
MEATmission (address and info)
From humble beginnings as MEATwagon to a nationwide mini empire, its proteinous plates are still some of the best in town. Its Covent Garden location has a slightly broader range of patty-type deals, but The Dead Hippie (a take on the In-N-Out burger) saves a trip to California, too.
What you're getting: The Dead Hippie
Honest Burgers (address and info)
While there may be a x1000 burger joints in Soho these days, you still can’t beat the simplicity of the Honest burger, with 100% ground beef from Ginger Pig, red onion relish, smoked bacon, mature cheddar, and salad. Not to mention, if you don’t go too overboard with their sides (rosemary fries!), it won't break the bank, either.
What you're getting: The Honest burger
Elliot's Cafe (address and info)
Not for the faint of heart, this strong beef patty, with its Comté cheese, dill butter, and house-baked sesame bun, has invoked a bit of a cult following. It doesn’t help that it’s only available for lunch during the week and at random pop-up events. Also the "fried potatoes"? Not just a fancy word for chips, they're essentially just whole pots cut in half.
What you're getting: The cheeseburger
Boom Burger (address and info)
These guys have taken the humble burger and kicked it up a notch with some Caribbean spices. The Jerk Boom chicken burger is loaded with fried plantain, rocket, mango & pawpaw sauce and, a blissful feeling of contentment.
What you're getting: The Jerk Boom chicken burger
Tommi’s Burger Joint (address and info)
For some people, everything is a vehicle for toppings, and if that vehicle happens to be a crazy tasty patty of beef, so much the better. Go for gold and pile on bacon, cheese, cocktail sauce, and even béarnaise while proceeding to fall into the contented silence of stuffing your face.
What you're getting: The Steak Burger
Goodman (address and info)
Home to all things steak, the burger here was never going to let you down. The patty is thick and flavorful with slight caramelization around the crust, making the juices ooze every so gently into your mouth. With the option to add cheese, bacon, mushrooms, fried egg, or even fried onions, this beast is fully customizable. Oh yeah, and they also have truffle chips.
What you're getting: The Goodman Burger
Dirty Burger (address and info)
This thing does what it says on the tin, but with panache. Sloppy, juicy, and delicious, the Dirty Bacon will leave you slightly bewildered as to how something so good could come from such a small, stylistically rundown shack.
What you're getting: The Dirty Bacon
Burger & Lobster (address and info)
For a place that only does two (well, three actually) dishes, and at £20 a pop, it really needs to be great. And it is! This hunk of meat holds a secret mix of chuck/sirloin, and is sandwiched between a house-made brioche bun, then served on a silver platter. Take that, lobsters.
What you're getting: The burger
Patty & Bun (address and info)
Recently becoming a kind of burger award magnet, P&B has now opened on Liverpool St, and dominated the competition. The 'Jose Jose' Chilli burger keeps up the heat with a beef patty, chilli chorizo relish, smokey mayo, and salad.
What you're getting: The 'Jose Jose' Chilli burger
Haché (address and info)
Sure, they didn’t start out as a food truck, but you know what? They still, somehow, make damn good burgers. The Steak Mexican will bring back memories of hot days and even hotter nights in Baja with salsa, guacamole, jalapeños, sour cream, and Cajun spices. Even if you've never been to Baja.
What you're getting: The Steak Mexican
Dip & Flip (address and info)
This beast of a burger takes the expression “finger-licking good” quite literally -- with a 6oz patty and a special extra-saucy cheese sauce, plus shaved roast beef piled on top and a cup of gravy to get dipping in, if you’re not licking juices running down your arms, you’re doing something very wrong.
What you're getting: The Dip & Flip Burger
Bukowski Grill (address and info)
With a permanent menu of core dishes, it also let its creative side have some reign with monthly specials; it's currently rocking a Reuben twist w/ Emmental cheese, pastrami, and sauerkraut piled on top of a beef patty, plus gherkins and Russian dressing.
What you're getting: The Reuben
Burger Bear (address and info)
Although only holding court at The Old Nun's Head three days a week (Mon/Tues/Sat), it is well worth the tricky schedule to get your mouth around one of these bad boys, especially if you have a fetish for bacon. Besides the normal (and awesome) patty and cheese number, it whacks on double oak-smoked bacon, and bacon jam.
What you're getting: The Grizzly Bear
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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.