It’s National Burger Day! And to celebrate one of the most exciting days on the extensive National Day calendar, we thought we’d give you a run-down of some of our favourite juicy, meaty sandwiches in our great nation’s capital. So without further ado, here’s some of the best burger joints you can find in London.
MEATliquor – Dead Hippie
Location: N1, 133B Upper Street, N1 1QP
Nearest Tube: Highbury & Islington / Angel
We’ve said it a few times here at Average Joes but we’ve always labelled the burgers at MEATliquor and its sister sites as the best London has to offer. It’s also one of the best atmospheres you’ll find at any burger joint – the N1 restaurant in Angel, for example, is set in an old Citroen garage and takes its inspiration from George Orwell’s 1984. But really it’s all about the burgers. And if there’s a better one than MEATliquor’s Dead Hippie in the capital, we’re yet to have it. Two beef patties fried in mustard. American-style cheese. Dead Hippie Sauce. Sorted.
Burger & Beyond – The B.B.B
Location: 147 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JE.
Nearest Station: Shoreditch High Street
Like many of the capital’s most exciting restaurants, Burger & Beyond started life as a street food vendor and still has a residency down at KERB Camden Market. Following the success of the van, the Burger & Beyond crew have set up shop in Hackney and we highly recommend you head down to show the B.B.B. burger some love. Featuring their signature 45-day aged beef patty, double american cheese, crispy bacon, burnt butter mayo and pickled onions, it’s always juicy and packed full of flavour.
Hawksmoor – Bacon Double Cheeseburger
Location: 157A Commercial Street, E1 6BJ.
Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street
If you want something a little more high-end then you might as well go all out at Hawksmoor. Their Spitalfields Bar serves some seriously succulent burger, which shouldn’t come as a great shock seeing as the steak specialists know their beans when it comes to cooking a slab or beef. There’s a few on the menu but we’d opt for the Bacon Double Cheeseburger which comes with smoked bath chaps, aged Ogleshield beef and marrow, bread and butter pickle, and is finished off with some London Comté. Heaven.
Dip & Flip – Green Chilli Cheese Burger
Location: 87 Battersea Rise, SW11 1HW.
Nearest Station: Wandsworth Town
Here at Average Joes, we like burgers and we like roasts. So when we heard that Dip & Flip combine the two, we headed to Battersea as quickly as we could. Dip & Flip’s Burger combines a cheese smothered patty with sliced roast beef or lamb. Served with ketchup, mustard, pickles, and slaw, we also like to add some green chillis. Not only that, you’ll also get a bowl of beefy gravy to dip it in. Heaven. Wimbledon and Tooting have their own haunts too!
Chick ‘n’ Sours – K-Pop
Location: 1A Earlham Street, WC2H 9LL.
Nearest Tube: Covent Garden
While we’ll usually go for beef, the humble burger doesn’t always have to be about the red meat. And the best chicken burger we’ve had the pleasure to gorge on comes courtesy of Chick ‘n’ Sours and their K-Pop burger. An eastern take on the humble burger, it comes with perfectly crisp and tender boneless fried thigh, a soothing Gochujang mayo and Asian ‘slaw, and is finished off with some chilli vinegar for a bit of a kick.
Coin Laundry – Coin Laundry Cheeseburger
Location: 70 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QP.
Nearest Tube: Farringdon
Another twist on the classic cheeseburger, Coin Laundry use smoked pork belly as a topping on their signature burger and it’s every bit as good as it sounds. Smothered in red onions and tangy kohlrabi pickle and served in a brioche bun, it also comes with a side portion of fried potatoes, which to be honest are worth the trip to Clerkenwell alone.
Patty & Bun – Ari Gold Cheeseburger
Location: 18 Old Compton Street, W1D 4TN.
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road
You could have any burger from Patty & Bun and you’d be satisfied but our award goes to the Ari Gold. You might initially think this is like any other cheeseburger, but there are a couple of key twists which make this sandwich stand out. Firstly, it’s packed with some pickled onions for some extra tang and secondly it features a homemade smoky mayo. Might not sound much, but it’s the little things which set it apart.
The Patate – Beef Bourguignon Burger
Location: KERB Camden Market, West Yard, NW1 8AF.
Nearest Tube: Camden Town
Say bonjour to France’s best entry into London’s burger scene. Instead of a patty, diners are treated to a super-rich, herb infused, and onion studded Beef bourguignon stew in a bun. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Well, to make things better you can also top it with a smothering of French cheese – yes, camembert is usually available – and a generous dollop of chili bearnaise sauce. No, YOU stop salivating!
But if you want more meat than just your beef, here’s what we think are the best BBQ restaurants in London!