Visitors to London with a hankering for red meat could do far worse than heading to one of the city’s many fine restaurants and ordering a delicious burger.
Here we hope to offer some food for thought for anyone with a love for these delicious patties, as we explore some of London’s best burger joints and give visitors the lowdown on where to find their favourite meaty treats.
Bleecker Street Burger
Address: Pavilion Building, Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6EA
A street food vendor par excellence, Bleecker Street Burger has operated out of Old Spitalfields Market for almost a decade and during this time has built a huge fanbase.
Each burger is made with only the best cuts of dry-aged beef, cooked medium rare and come with the vendor’s own ‘secret sauce’. The burgers all arrive on a toasted sesame seed bun and feature an assortment of additions, including bacon, mushrooms and much more.
Address: 74 Welbeck Street, London W1G 0BA
Meat Liquor is one of London’s top burger joints and offers an array of meat-centred concoctions from the brain of owner Yianni Papoutsis.
The Dead Hippie is one of the most popular options for guests, with its two beef patties fried in mustard and slathered in melted American-style cheese, before being topped with pickles and minced raw onion. It’s a truly unique burger experience, but one that will have visitors coming back time and again for more.
Address: 5 Air Street, Mayfair, London W1J 0AD
Perhaps better known for its top-quality steaks, The Hawksmoor is a London institution that also delivers excellent quality burgers to sate the hunger of carnivores from far and wide.
It is the burger itself that helps the restaurant stand apart from its rivals though, with each patty formed from aged Ginger Pig Longhorn cattle and studded with nuggets of bone marrow for extra flavour.
The burgers are then seared to perfection and served in a brioche bun, with a selection of sides.
Address: 129 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 0PH
Set in a fun and down-to-earth atmosphere, with a mouthwatering selection of burgers for diners to enjoy, Stokey Bears offers a fantastic and unique experience to its guests.
The juicy burgers are among the best in the capital and come topped with such interesting and delicious accompaniments as bacon jam, and much more besides. Guests can also wash down their tasty treats with a selection of alcoholic beverages from the East Dulwich Bear Hug Brewery (which is run by the same people as Stokey Bears).
Address: 23 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JS
An upmarket and stylish establishment in the heart of London, Opera Tavern serves both tapas and fine dining dishes, with its burgers served in the American ‘slider’ tradition.
Packed full of flavour in a tiny bite, each burger layers top quality ground Iberico pork with foie gras and is topped with melted manchego cheese and a crunchy, battered onion ring. One taste and guests will be hooked – a single serving might not be enough.
Address: 4A Meard Street, Soho, London W1F 0EF
Offering a full repertoire of burger goodness, Honest Burgers will delight all lovers of ground beef in patty form.
Served in a refreshingly simple manner, prime beef cuts are ground, seasoned, moulded and seared by the enthusiastic staff, before being served with crisp bacon, cheddar cheese and a generous helping of fries.
Address: 63-69 Canonbury Road, London N1 2DG
Opened in 2013 and specialising in American BBQ done right, chef Neil Rankin takes the humble burger to the next level at the Smokehouse.
A burger specifically-designed for meat lovers everywhere, the tender patty comes smothered in spiced Korean hot sauce and a generous helping of pulled pork. Served with crisp, salted fries, the dish is a flavour explosion for diners that can handle the heat.
Address: 12 Stoney Street, London SE1 9AD
Based in the inspirational surroundings of Borough Market, Elliot’s Cafe is a destination that all burger lovers planning a trip to the English capital should make a beeline towards.
The traditional cheeseburger at Elliot’s Cafe may sound uninspiring at first, but when it comes smothered in melted comte cheese, beer-braised onions and served on a toasted linseed bun, diners may quickly be inclined to change their mind.
Address: 24-26 Maddox Street, Mayfair, London W1S 1QH
A British interpretation of the quintessential US grill house, Goodman Restaurant prides itself on offering only USDA prime cuts of beef and its burgers are second-to-none.
Each 6 oz burger patty is made with the finest cuts of aged steak and are topped with crispy bacon, lettuce, pickles and onion, all served with a side of beef dripping chips, truffled mac ‘n’ cheese and finished off with a slice of New York cheesecake – simply mouthwatering.