UPDATED AUGUST 2019
Biffs Jack Shack @ Haunt
This vegan eatery at The Haunt centres on one of 2019’s hottest ingredients to craft its ‘filthy junk food’ – the jackfruit. Burgers topped with ‘bacon’ and blue ‘cheese’ hit the mark when it comes to indulgent flavours, but our favourite has to be the ‘Jacksu': a jackfruit burger with katsu sauce, Japanese pickles, crisp lettuce and a tempura broccoli floret. The southern chipotle slaw is a top side.
182 Stoke Newington Road, Stoke Newington, N16 7UY
Dip & Flip
A northerner’s dream, this south-west London setup has four different branches which each celebrate the combination of burgers and gravy. Since launching in 2013, these delicious food purveyors have served up an array of patties and meat sandwiches (make ours a roast beef topside), dipped in gravy and served with an extra pot for dunking. Veggies should make a beeline for the potato rosti burger, served with a fried egg.
87 Battersea Rise, Battersea, SW11 1HW; 64 Atlantic Rodd, Brixton, SW9 8PY; 62 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1RQ; 115 Tooting High Street, Tooting, SW17 0SY
Originally a street food operation, Bleecker now has four permanent sites in Spitalfields, Victoria, Royal Festival Hall and Bloomberg Arcade. Thankfully, its original menu remains and the group still serves its award-winning ‘Bleecker Black’ (a double cheeseburger with beef black pudding). If you’re hungry, opt for the ‘Angry Fries’: chips topped with hot sauce and blue cheese sauce. Filthy, but delicious.
Old Spitalfields Market, Spitalfields, E1 6EA; 205 Victoria Street, Victoria, SW1E 5NE; 16 Bloomberg Arcade, Bank, EC4N 8AR; Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, SE1 8XX
Only available during lunchtime, and only at its Spitalfields site, the ‘Hawksmoor Hamburger’ has to be one of the very best in town. Served with triple-cooked chips or an English lettuce and herb salad, the burger itself comprises 100% grass-fed beef from traditional British breeds, with small nuggets of bone marrow for extra flavour. Diners can choose from Ogleshield cheese or Colston Bassett stilton.
157A Commercial Street, Spitalfields, E1 6BJ
Mac & Wild
The hamburger might be an all-American classic, but no-one rustles one up quite like Scottish restaurant Mac & Wild. Kick things off with a starter of haggis pops with whisky sauce, before delving into the ‘Veni-Moo’, the restaurant’s signature dish which features a beef patty, venison patty, cheese, béarnaise sauce and caramelised onions, all served in a brioche bun.
65 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 7PS; 9a Devonshire Square, City, EC2M 4YN
It might be one of the messiest we’ve ever tried, but MEATliquor’s ‘Dead Hippie’ burger is up there with the tastiest burgers in the city. It’s sizable too, but thankfully you’ll be ready for it once you’ve overcome the queue to get in. Between the buns, expect two mustard-fried patties, shredded lettuce, cheese, pickles and the infamous secret Dead Hippie sauce. Pass the napkins.
74 Welbeck Street, Marylebone, W1G 0BA; Bayswater Road, Queensway, W2 4RQ; 6 St Chad's Place, King’s Cross, WC1X 9HH; 12 Brixton Market, Brixton, London SW9 8JX; 133b Upper Street, Islington, N1 1QP
Patty & Bun
This burger behemoth might now encompass eight permanent sites, but there’s a reason this mini-chain is still so popular – the 'Ari Gold’. A beef patty, cheese, tomato, pickles, lettuce, onions, ketchup, smokey P&B mayo and a brioche bun collide to create one of the most-copied burgers in town, and at £8.95 it’s a decent cheap eat too.
Various locations across London
While not a burger in the traditional sense, the cheeseburger tacos at Neil Rankin’s Temper Soho deserve a place on the list for their inventiveness – and tastiness. Cooked medium-rare, these bite-sized patties are served with grilled cheese and served atop handmade maize tortillas (sit up at the counter and you can watch them being hand-stamped).
25 Broadwick Street, Soho, W1F 0DF
Temple Of Seitan
Temple of Seitan is a 100% vegan fast-food joint that launched in 2015. Now with two sites in Camden and Shoreditch (as well as a popular street food following), the kitchen focuses on ‘chicken’ and ‘hamburgers’, using its namesake as a meat alternative. We’re a big fan of its 'Temple Hot’, a hot dipped ‘fillet’ with ranch mayo, pickles and lettuce, and the ‘BBQ Bacon’ burger, which is filled with a quarter-pound patty, mayo, cheese, bacon, pickles and house BBQ sauce (all vegan, of course). Top sides include mac ‘n’ cheese with ‘chorizo’, popcorn ‘chicken’ and a pot of gravy.
10 Morning Lane, Hackney E9 6NA and 103a Camley Street, Camden N1C 4PF
Bundance Burger Festival At Street Feast Hawker House
After six sell-out years hosting the National Burger Day party, Street Feast is taking things to the next level this year by launching Bundance Burger Festival. Superstars of the burger world will come together at Hawker House with exclusive one-off specials as well as time-honoured classics. The 16-strong vendor list includes Bao, Four Legs, Tucker Burger, Thunderbird, Bob’s Lobster, Brigadiers, Red Farm, Mother Flipper, Black Bear Burger, Zephyr Burger, Bleecker Burger, By CHLOE, Handsome Burger, Salt Shed and Bodega el Capricho x Up in My Grill.
Canada Street, Rotherhithe, SE16 7PJ; 22nd August
The Little Yellow Door
On the menu for one day only, The Little Yellow Door has combined two traditional home comfort dishes to create the ‘Bolognese Burger', full of rich bolognese sauce and grated parmesan.
6-8 All Saints Road, Notting Hill, W11 1HH; 22nd August
Mark Wahlburg’s restaurant group offers three house burgers and seven speciality burgers. Each patty is made with a blend of chuck, short rib and brisket sourced from Scottish butcher Simon Howie, as is the bacon. The buns are custom-ordered from a UK supplier and all sauces and pickles are homemade in the London kitchen. The build of the burger is different, as instead of placing toppings above the patty they are placed beneath, allowing the meat to be tasted first.
8-9 James Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8BH