I have developed something of a reputation as a burger fiend amongst my friendship circle, and often get contacted by people looking for burger recommendations when they are visiting London. This is a bit strange to me, as pizza is my first love, followed by Mexican food, but the fact is that the posh burger movement has made eating a delicious meal in London a happily affordable thing for most people, and there are endless varieties and styles to enjoy these days all across the city
I’ve got a few restaurant-specific reviews to post over the coming few days and weeks, but in the meantime, here’s my top 3 burgers of all time. OF ALL TIME!
3.) The World Peace Burger.
This was a one-month collaboration between two of the giants of the London burger scene – Lucky Chip and Bleecker St.
This burger was just sensationally beefy, which might seem like an oddly nondescript thing to say about a beefburger, but it really was something of a revelation. Two beef patties (one from Bleecker St, one from Lucky Chip), smoked bacon, American cheese, ketchup and mustard. Basically a savoury mouthgasm in a bun, the two halves complemented each other in a way that elevated it beyond their already impressive solo ventures. It was so good that I went back the following day on the way to my gig to try it again, and it was just as good the 2nd time. Not one for those that don’t like their meat pink (Bleecker St burgers are notoriously rare for those that don’t like them that way).
2.) Patty & Bun – Jose Jose Burger
In terms of a burger you could buy tomorrow, this is the one I would always recommend. Its not for the purist. Bleecker St and Tommi’s in my experience offer a more straightforward beefy cheeseburger experience. But if, like me, you are a toppings slag, then this one is just sensational. Beef patty, Cheese, Tomato, Lettuce, Chilli Sobrassada Relish, Pickled onions, Ketchup, Smokey P&B mayo, Brioche.
The beef patty has, every time, been done to perfection, juicy and pink with no hint of being underdone. The experience is, to put it mildly, messy. There’s a reason they stick wet wipes in the take-away bags, you will be getting dirty hands whatever you try. I love it spicy, and this has a pleasant amount of heat that doesn’t get in the way of the actual burger itself, and the little chunks of chorizo are a real treat. I’ve heard it said that there brioche buns are too sweet, but I’ve never noticed that with this burger myself, so ignore those naysayers and tuck in.
1.) The Super Fatty Patty.
The Meat Daddy provides a worthy winner. Full disclosure – I do a monthly show on MEATtransMISSION radio, and as a result get to eat there a LOT. However, I paid for every single one of the three of these I had during the month they were on, and I’d happily pay double or triple to have it just one more time. The result of a collaboration between the Meat Liquor family and Bone Daddies, it was a bone marrow-infused beef patty with lemon ponzu, topped with chilli mayo, chizu, a fried egg, mizuna leaves, yakiniku sauce and pickled red onions.
Now, one of the more interesting things for me in choosing this is that I don’t like eggs. Yet this has a fried egg as a central part of it’s ingredients. It was AY-MAY-ZING. The mouthfeel of the burger was just out of this world – imagine a firework display. Then imagine that it’s not fireworks, it’s food, and it’s not the sky, it’s your mouth. That isn’t great writing, but it was great food. The combination of the sumptuous patty along with the freshness of the lemon ponzu and various vegetation was perfectly brought together by that fried egg in the middle. The moral of the story? Don’t be afraid to try things you aren’t sure about.