On the menu

Eight of the best burger restaurants in London

From haute cuisine to hand-food, these are the finest burgers to be found in the capital

1

Multiple locations

Hache

Haché

Each beef patty at Haché – the Parisian-inspired chain located in Shoreditch, Clapham, Camden, Chelsea, Balham, Holborn and Kingston – is precisely handcrafted to feature the perfect meat-to-fat ratio for maximum flavour, with all beef and chicken sustainably sourced from the family-owned Select Butchery in Ilford, Essex. 

The showstopper here is the gourmet Steak Le Fumé, which is presented in a dramatic smoke-filled dome and features caramelised onions, smoked bacon, Gruyère, slaw and a sharp Bloody Marie ketchup which offsets the burger’s soft cheesy gooeyness. As well as several 6oz “hachéd” beef patties to choose from, guests can opt for a chicken breast burger, vegan Beyond Meat burger, panko-crusted portobello mushroom burger or (and are you drooling yet?) fiery cauliflower cheese burger, which comes with hot sauce, mustard mayo, salad, onion and pickled guindilla chilli pepper. The Aspen Fries (which are generously garnished with grated Parmesan and black truffle) are a must-order.

Alongside a varied range of mouth-watering burgers, snacks and sides, Haché serves several desserts (described as “sweets”), including the dangerously good and highly nostalgic Smores in a Jar which is comprised of crunchy biscuit, marshmallow fluff, chocolate and torched mini marshmallows, evoking memories of childhood camping trips. All this can be washed down with expertly made classic cocktails – as well as indulgent twists on old favourites, like the Espresso Martini Creme Brûlée.

2

Haggerston, Seven Dials and Whitechapel

Chick N Sours

Chick ‘n’ Sours

If beef’s not your thing, then Chick ‘n’ Sours, in Haggerston, Seven Dials and Whitechapel, might tempt you with a chicken burger. Large, flamboyant and understatedly listed as “sandwiches” on its menu, these are not your limp chicken shop fare. 

The vegan burger, which features green slaw, ginger miso, kimchi and sriracha mayo, certainly has the wow factor, while The General takes the classic cheese, lettuce, pickle and mayo-laden approach. First prize, however, goes to the K-Pop burger. Luscious fried chicken thigh is topped with gochujang mayo, chilli vinegar, Asian slaw and sriracha sour cream for an exotic burger that bites back.  

3

King’s Cross, N1C

Cut + Grind

Cut + Grind

Hidden in an airy, stripped-down space in the rapidly-regenerating industrial zone north of King’s Cross, Cut + Grind offers burgers so fresh they arrive at your table practically still mooing. The various cuts of beef, which change from day to day, are ground by hand on-site and then combined to form either marbled “juicy” or leaner “skinny” patties. The result is a plump, uber-fresh patty – grilled to juicy perfection on the outside, its pink centre is still almost impossibly soft. 

Although the hand-ground beef may be Cut + Grind’s USP, the menu also offers chicken, vegetarian and vegan variations on the burger. Each comes served with the usual burger trimmings, plus a bearnaise sauce and a generous portion of crisp Belgian triple-cooked fries. A crunchy no-mayo slaw drizzled with a moreish umami-rich dressing provides the perfect counterpoint to the rich meaty goodness, while more indulgent sides include truffle parmesan fries and halloumi fries. A small but well-thought-out beer list rounds off the dining experience.

4

Multiple locations

Patty & Bun

Patty & Bun

If it’s depth of flavour that you’re after, look no further than Patty & Bun. The former upstart food van has set down roots with rather more traditional restaurants around the country, but the 35-day aged Aberdeen Angus beef remains the same. The ageing process adds flavour to the patty, while the glazed brioche bun pulls everything together and – despite its softness – is sturdy enough to hold in even the sloppiest of fillings. Nevertheless, it is still best to prepare to get very messy and make sure you make good use of the greaseproof paper it all comes wrapped in.  

While Patty & Bun boasts a range of meaty and plant-based burgers, the “Ari Gold” remains the prime cut. It’s “the team’s answer to a cheeseburger, and it’s very hard to beat”, said The Londonist. “Sloppy, bright-coloured American cheese is slathered over rings of red onion which have been steeped in vinegar (pickled onions, but not the kind that come in a jar), smoky-flavoured mayo and some light refreshment in the form of juicy tomato slices and crisp lettuce.”

5

Peckham, SE15

Slow Richie’s

Slow Richie’s

A pair of enterprising brothers working with a first-class brewery under the arches of Peckham Rye station sounds like just the kind of set-up for pitch-perfect street food, and it duly delivers. Richie and Alex Calver have set up shop in the courtyard of Brick Brewery, where they offer a small but delicately-designed menu. 

The Beef is the highlight – a punchy, spicy burger topped with lightly charred, honey-glazed pork and finished with a tangy lime and chilli dressing. Slow Richie’s also offers a veggie and a vegan option, both featuring “chicken” by the British plant-based company Meatless Farm, as well as sweet potato slaw and a tomato and nigella seed salsa.

6

Shoreditch, Victoria, Bloomberg and Westfield

Bleecker

Bleecker

Bleecker’s tagline is “commitment to the burger” – and you can tell. Founder Zan Kaufman, a New York native, said that the sublime burgers at Zaitzeff, an East Village burger joint, inspired him to set up his own burger-centric food van when he moved to London in 2012. Three years later, Kaufman and his team opened their first permanent spot – a kiosk in Old Spitalfields Market. In the years that followed, Bleecker has added eat-in joints in Victoria, Bloomberg and Westfield White City, with delivery-only options in four additional locations. 

The chain won Time Out’s coveted “Best Burger in London” award in 2015, 2016 and 2017, as well as similar accolades from Eater, The Infatuation and Foodie Hub. GQ has awarded Bleecker five stars, describing its standard cheeseburger – an uncomplicated combination of beef, American cheese, lettuce and house sauce – as “mouth-wateringly good”.

7

Lewisham, SE13

Rox Burger

Rox Burger

Rox Burger in Lewisham treads the line between the hearty, classic burger and a haughty gourmet offer. The highlight here is the On the Rox burger, a fresh beef patty or chicken garnished with cheese, grilled onions, jalapenos, mayo and a layer of delectable chorizo. 

Blue, as the name suggests, is a feisty blue cheese explosion laced with lettuce, onions and garlic sauce. But owners Fabrizio and Marcela also offer an extensive vegetarian menu, as well as a Beyond Meat vegan patty with lettuce, onions, pickled cucumber and vegan house mayo. The stops are pulled out with the sides, which include coleslaw with a real crunch, sweet potato fries with parmesan cheese, and a homemade citrus garlic sauce, which isn’t ideal for a first date.

8

Multiple locations

Honest Burger

Honest Burger

With 35 locations in London, including take-out-only stores, Honest Burgers has become one of the capital’s favourite burger joints. The outlet’s “sturdy patties” are ideal for “those who find the American-style pink-middle offerings too sloppy”, said Conde Nast Traveller, and its chips are “bloody good”. 

The Fritter is one of four vegetarian burgers on the chain’s menu, and it proves that a great burger does not require beef. The patty is a tasty southern-fried fritter spiced with smoked paprika and cayenne, giving it a little warmth. Cheddar, chipotle mayo, a crunchy slaw, red onion and pickles complete the flavourful dish. In January this year, Honest Burgers opened its first dedicated vegan restaurant, V Honest, in London’s Leicester Square, demonstrating the chain’s commitment to providing top-notch plant-based creations.

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