Living in a city so gastronomically eclectic as London means you would be hard-pressed not to have noticed all the super trendy burger bars popping up. The days of poor quality burgers are long gone, as good quality and innovative taste are the followed criteria of most of these hip burger spots. So it’s fair to say that if you are looking for a burger bar, you are spoilt for choice.
Haché Burgers’ only goal when starting out was to serve diners ‘unrivalled quality burgers.’ This was achieved though the meat being supplied by the Queen's butcher and the using the freshest vegetables sourced daily. The journey has been long, as after nearly having to close in 2006, the restaurant has experienced some hard times. However, things turned around for the burger restaurant after it picked up some great reviews and a ‘Best Burger’ award by TimeOut London. Today, there are branches in Chelsea, Clapham, and Shoreditch. Try the ‘Louisiana,’ which is a peanut butter and melted cheese burger combination. The Boozy Milkshakes are a standout feature of the menu, too.
A French gourmet bistro and delicatessen specialising in food and wine, Comptoir Gascon is an unusual addition to the list. Don’t be fooled. Their award winning Duck Burgers are beyond delicious. Try their signature duck truffle burger or their duck confit and aromatic aubergine to experience a delectable alternative to the classic burger.
Gourmet Burger Kitchen
As a national chain, Gourmet Burger Kitchen differs to the other burger bars on the list; it’s the perfect choice for your lunch break. If you are in a rush and you just want a great tasting burger and fast service, then this is the place to go. Tip: for all fast food vegetarian addicts, try the handmade falafel burger, which comes with cucumber raita, chilli salsa, garlic mayo, red onion, tomato, and alfalfa sprouts.
One of the most happening fast food eateries in the city, Dirty Burger is the very thing that ‘cool’ is made of. With three branches in the city, the Dirty Burger brand has been expertly researched, perfected, and well executed. You can expect a great atmosphere and an even greater burger.
Burger fans will know that Honest Burgers started out in Brixton with modest beginnings. Today, there are 4 Honest Burgers branches based in Brixton, Camden, Kings Cross, and Soho. You can find delicious choices such as 35 day dry-aged British chuck steak from Ginger Pig topped with cheddar, pickled cucumbers, brittle smoked bacon, or sweet red onion relish. There is also a chicken burger and a vegetarian fritter option. All burgers are served on a toasted, glazed bun with house chips seasoned with rosemary salt.
Based in Grosvenor Square, Gordon Ramsay’s Maze Hill is the place for big beef lovers. Taking inspiration from New York grills, Maze Grill uses exotic British beef and gives advice on the wide range of breeds and cuts that it serves. Expertly created with the finest ingredients, the cheeseburger is to die for!
Those in the know, know about Meat Liquor. They will also know that there is always a hefty queue formed outside, as there’s no booking in advance. Unlike most fast food eateries, the decor is mysteriously unique. Expect a dark nightclub feel infused with burger chic where you can order your favourite burger combinations. Meat Liquor has received so much hype that you will either love the vibe, or you decidedly won't. To sum it up: Meat Liquor is perfect for those who love meat, burgers, and alternative dining. To reduce waiting time, a complete party rule applies.
Patty & Bun
A firm favorite, the consistently good Patty & Bun is a must for all burger lovers. The food is ridiculously tasty and generous in portion. Expect great buns and super juicy burgers. Try the ‘Lambshank Redemption’ burger or the ‘Smokey Robinson’ burger. A word of warning: the queues can be really long.
Smith of Smithfields
Smiths of Smithfield is a combination of style and simplicity. The restaurant’s ethos is to “serve simple food made from the finest ingredients, served in a friendly way in a relaxed atmosphere.” In the flux of London’s iconic Smithfield Market , you can be certain that the meat Smith of Smithfield serves is fresh. All the beef is purchased on the bone at a minimum of 21 days dry aged from British farmers. With plenty of open spaces, extensive brickwork, and big windows, the huge Grade II-listed, four-floor restaurant exudes a vibe of New York industrial expansiveness. Smiths of Smithfield is also revered for its lively playlist and cool cocktail bar.
The ‘no fuss’ Advisory is kind of new on the burger scene, but this has not stopped the eatery from accruing an ever-growing clientele. Ranging from the sweet potato, halloumi, and avocado burger to the classic cheese burger, there are 6 burgers available on the menu. You can also add fries or onion rings for a further £3. Behind The Advisory is an interesting story. It is named after the Asian Women's Advisory Centre that formerly occupied the same site. So if you find yourself in Hackney and you fancy a burger, check out The Advisory.