London’s top burgers show that London’s hunger for minced beef in buns does not abate. A glistening hamburger is the capital’s top dish. It can be steamed, baked, or grilled, and it can be instagrammed every lunch and dinner. Some are 12 napkin sloppy while others are four-bite-and-out. Unifying factors are brioche buns and homemade “secret sauces”, as well as impeccable sourcing. London’s top burgers now have a welcome new asceticism. This is a departure from the decadent 2010s when a beef pat was an opportunity to show off “look, there’s eight toppings on this” energy. Instead, it’s a more controlled union of savoury, beef and cheese that’s enlivened with onion, pickles or heat and acidity from these sauces.
London’s burgers are a prominent feature on many menus, but how many of them really deserve your time or money? We’ve taken a look at the best buns in the capital to help you decide.
1. The Double Standard
The Double Standard Argyle Street The Standard London WC1H 8EG
The Standard, the stunning brutalist hotel towering over King’s Cross, now offers a bottomless brunch option. It is available on the terrace at the Double Standard restaurant’s ground floor on Sundays. The food menu includes hot dogs, vegan banana pancakes, and other booze-soaked goodness. The Brunch Burger is our favorite, and it’s a must-have. It’s simple and effective. A juicy Smash Patty with bacon strips, Bloody Mary ketchup, and melted smoked cheese. It was gone in seconds. The burgers can be a bit pricey, but you don’t have to lose everything.
2. Beer and Burger Store
Beer and Burger Store, Cricklewood London NW2 4QY UK
Beer and Burger Store has three restaurants: Willesden Green and Dalston. Here, you can get smashburgers with minimum 2 patties per burger. Cheesecake is available at dessert. Beer + Burger Store is a family owned and operated restaurant. They have one of Londons’ biggest craft beer ranges that they serve alongside our burgers, sides and fries. They have hundreds of craft beer cans in the fridges and stock amazing craft beer on tap too.
3. The Patate
The Patate, 323 Kentish Town Rd. Kentish Town London NW5 2TJ
Camden Market was the first location for The Patate, and now it has its first bricks-and-mortar shop by Kentish Town station. This is not your typical patty-lettuce and pickles burger. It’s a full boeuf Bourgignon in a portable, bread-encased form. After the beef has been stewed in red wines until it becomes soft and tender, it is then shredded and placed in a brioche bun with The patate’s signature sauce. Another thing that is important is the variety of fine cheeses you have the option to add. We recommend the Vacherin Mont d’Or, but goat’s cheese, raclette, and gorgonzola are also available.
4. Bluebird Cafe
Bluebird Cafe 350 King’s Road London SW3 5UU
Although it may be served in London’s most exclusive streets, the Bluebird Cafe’s classic hamburger is unpretentious. The Bluebird Cafe’s classic hamburger is nothing but a juicy patty with cheese, gem lettuce and house sauce. Bluebird Cafe’s outside seating area is what really makes it stand out. It is perfect for summer days (and milder thanks to the heaters and umbrellas). We recommend pairing the Bluebird Cafe with one of the cocktails, the Lychee & Rose Martini. Bluebird, which is located next to the cafe, also offers a delicious burger with Mayfield cheese and bacon.
5. Lucky Chip
Lucky Chip, Various Locations
Lucky Chip burgers can be found in two very nice pubs, The Old Queen’s Head (Islington) and The Blue Coats (Turkey). Although their pun-based names may be a bit too snazzy for our tastes (the Steve Martin has jerk sauce), we can’t complain about the burgers. They are delicious, juicy and perfect with a Sunday pint. The El Chapo is a combination of beef, smoked bacon and roasted jalapenos. Blue cheese & aioli are our favorites.
6. Burger & Beyond
Burger and Beyond 147 Shoreditch High St. Hackney, London E1 6JE
It’s difficult to overlook the delicious Burger and Beyond menu. Especially when the ‘Bougie Burg” arrives on your plate. BoB uses dry-aged beef, double American cheese, steak sauce 2.0 and beef fat onions to create their burgers. All of these delicious dishes are beautifully cooked and full of flavour. While this may seem like enough sauces to cover one dish, we suggest trying the burnt butter mayo or the tangy secret. You can order truffle tots or cheesy fries if you feel the need.
Flank, various sites across London
Flank began as a Brighton pop up, and now has two stalls at Victoria Market Halls or Old Spitalfield Market. What is the secret to Tom Griffith’s success as a head chef? Keep it simple by using a grab-and-go, nose-to tail approach to cooking. The must-have cheeseburger is made with aged short rib, flank, and brisket and served with St Giles cheese, dillpickles, rich onion jam and crispy onions.
8. Bar Boulud
Bar Boulud 66 Knightsbridge London SW1X7LA
A burger ordered at a French restaurant is sacrilege, unless you are in the Mandarin Oriental Bar Boulud. There are three versions of the American classic at the bistro, but the ‘Frenchie burger is the best. It features fondue, Morbier Cheese, Dijon mustard, and rillon on top of a perfectly medium-rare beef pat.
9. Coin Laundry
Coin Laundry, 70 Exmouth Market London EC1R4QP
It’s a cheeseburger but not as you think. It’s juicy and substantial without going overboard with brioche bun-soaked albatross territory. Coin Laundry’s efforts are almost worth it just for the garlic fries. You are invited to flavour country, friends.
10. Mac & Wild
Mac & Wild, 9A Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4YN
It was voted London’s best burger at the 2016 National Burger Awards (it’s a thing!) ), it’s okay to use a knife and fork when you order the ‘VeniMoo’. It’s a heart-stopping, delicious and gut-busting combination of beef, venison and cheese. Mac & Wild, a Scottish steak-and-burger restaurant, has two locations. But, Devonshire Square is where you can try their new shooting range and kill your virtual meat before it’s ready to be eaten.
Hawksmoor and other locations in London or Manchester
You’ve probably heard of their juicy steaks, but the best tip for visiting Hawksmoor is to go to the downstairs bar to get their house burger. They use the same high-quality beef for their steaks, but bone marrow is used to give it a rich and intense flavour. It will also save you a few pounds.
12. Dip & Flip
Dip & Flip, London, SW11 1HW
This South London restaurant offers a new twist on the classic burger. The burgers come with a bowl of gravy and are ready to be dipped. You can also enjoy sliced roast beef and lamb burgers with melted cheese or other garnishes.
13. Dirty Burger
Dirty Burger 17 Exmouth Market London, EC1R 4QD
Dirty Burger, Soho House’s meat-in-a-butter offering, is well worth the effort. The cheeseburger prices at PS6 are very affordable for members. You can add bacon to your order or opt for the delicious vegetarian option, the “dirty cop out”. They also offer triple-cooked chips and tempura-style onion rings.
14. Shake and Meat
Shake and Meat, 47 Upper Tooting Rd London SW17 7TR
Meat & Shake is hipsterfying Tooting’s eating scene. Their imaginative menu features perfect burgers with truffle (our favorite) and a smoked option that arrives in its own cloud. The deal is sealed by the brilliant sides. Just remember that this diner is halal-friendly and does not serve alcohol.
15. Patty and Bun
Patty & Bun 54 James Street London W1U 1HE
P&B is a common name for their burgers. Their own mayos and relishes make them some of the best in London. There are many locations, so expect to wait. But, the delicious lashings, prime beef, shiny buns, and sides will be worth every minute of the cold.
16. Hill & Szrok Master Butcher & Cookshop
60 Broadway Market, Hackney, London E8 4QJ
The east London butcher shop has created a new cheeseburger competitor. The burger is a regular on the lunch menu. It comes with two aged beef patties, American Cheese, and special sauce. For availability, check Instagram.
17. Burger & Lobster
Burger & Lobster. 36 Dean St. London
Although it only does two (or three if you include ‘lobster roll’ as well as “lobster”), it does them all very well. This Russian-owned mini-chain is located in Soho and Mayfair, and each one will make you the best burger you have ever had. Bold and beautiful, it’s big (almost too large, but not quite).
18. Bleecker St. Burger
Bleecker Burger, Old Spitalfields Market London E1 6EA
After tasting the perfect burger in New York, Zan Kaufman decided to quit his job as a lawyer to start selling burgers from a food truck in London. The meat is the star of this mouthful. It is rare-breed, grass-fed beef from small UK farms and is then dried-aged for 40 day. Double cheeseburgers are available for two delicious bites of this meaty delight.
19. Honest Burgers
Honest Burgers 4A Meard Street, London W1F0EF
It’s becoming harder to find a seat at Honest, as ‘no reservations’ policies and burger bars make it difficult for people to reserve seats. However, the food is delicious: aged beef served medium-rare with caramelised red onion marmalade and soft brioche buns. The rosemary-dusted fries are gone in seconds.
20. Mother Flipper
Mother Flipper can be found at West India Key’s Kerb Food Market on Fridays. They can be found at Victoria Park on Sundays and Saturdays at Brockley Market.
These burgers are available only at London’s three markets on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You will need to be creative to find one. When you hold that medium-rare chuck steak burger between two brioche buns, with homemade sauces squishing out between the layers, your perseverance will pay off. Favorites include the Dirty Barbie (double-patty, caramelised onions and candied bacon) and the Bacon Swiss, which is a candied bacon, onion rings and BBQ sauce with cooling ranch mayo and crisp lettuce. Good morning. Pop ups and residencies are a regular occurrence for the Mother Flipper team, so keep your eyes open, burger lovers.