Much like Jules in Pulp Fiction, ‘I do love the taste of a good burger’. Luckily, this is the only thing I have in common with Samuel L Jackson’s violent character.
I try to be relatively healthy most days, but from time to time, no food satisfies me more than a burger, preferably served with crispy chips and creamy mayonnaise. You can easily find a tasty burger in your local gastropub, and many love the likes of GBK, Burger King and McDonalds, but my top five list is sure to blow the others out the water.
1. Byron Burger, 22 London locations
Byron is the only chain to make it onto my list because it consistently serves quality burgers at a reasonable price (you’re looking at around £10 for a burger and side). With six options available, i fussily like to go off menu and create my own – a burger with Byron sauce, Emmenthal cheese and a large Portobello mushroom. Take it from me, it tastes fantastic and goes perfectly with the deliciously crisp and light courgette fries. What’s more, if you’re feeling particularly piggish, a thick and creamy milkshake is the icing on the burger.
2. The Riding House Cafe, 43-51 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7PQ
I went to The Riding House Cafe last week specifically to try its famous Foie Gras Burger. Now, I’m not a huge fan of Fois Gras, so was quite pleased to hear it had been replaced with the Longhorn Beef & Bone Marrow Burger with a Chicken Liver Truffle Parfait (now there’s a mouthful…literally). This king of burgers certainly had a tremendous flavour, but for me, was a little rich and way too pricey, coming in at a whopping £20. With that in mind, I think I’ll save myself a tenner next time and go for the Smoked Cheddar Cheeseburger, leaving the Longhorn for the men.
3. MEATliquor, 74 Welbeck Street, London W1G 0BA
MEATliquor is not the place for dieters. Out of all the burgers I’ve had in London, these are the greasiest, cheesiest and sloppiest you’ll find, but that doesn’t stop them from tasting pretty amazing. Also good are the deep fried pickles, something I hadn’t come across before and probably shouldn’t eat regularly, despite the temptation. MEATliquor has a reputation for long, boring queues, but now it’s almost summer, at least the wait won’t be such a chilling experience. If the queue puts you off, check out MEATmarket, which opens this month in Covent Garden to give fans the chance to grab a burger to go.
4. Northfield Farm, Middle Market, Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TL
Even though I don’t have a proper photo (I’ll take one next time I go), hopefully my description of the Northfield Farm burgers in Borough Market will be enough to make you want to try one for yourself. The Northfield Farm stall is hard to miss. This is not only due to its central location, it’s also because of the delicious smell that wafts down the lengthy queue of people waiting to buy one of its rare-breed burgers for less than a fiver. You can taste the quality as soon as you bite into the deliciously warm meat, covered with either cheese, bacon or a simple helping of sweet pan-fried onions and a dollop of punchy mustard.
5. Honest Burger, Unit 12, Brixton Village, London SW9 8PR
Last, but by no means least, is Honest Burger in Brixton Village. I recently wrote that their burgers were the best I’ve ever had and, even after spending £20 on The Riding House Cafe’s Longhorn delicacy, I still stand by my claim. Not only is the dry aged Ginger Pig beef incredibly moist and intense in flavour, the rosemary seasoned chips easily eclipse the recent ‘triple cooked’ craze.