By Leighanne Bent
Is there anything a good burger can’t fix? Bad breakups, god-awful hangovers…general hunger? They never let us down. With that in mind, it’s National Burger Day on the 24th and to make sure you’re down with the best buns, we got in touch with DesignMyNight for the best burgers around London.
Honest Burgers are putting on quite the show for National Burger Day this year. They’re offering a limited edition burger to the masses called ‘meat and potatoes’. It’s made with beef, which is then layered with Red Leicester cheese, rosemary salted confit potato, mustard, beef and onion mayonnaise, and a fat pickle slice. You better be quick though – it’s first come, first served.
Offering 15 different buns, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that Meat & Shake know a thing or two about burgers. You can find this American-style smokehouse in three different London destinations, each one with hordes of meaty burgers to drool over. Their rostie posie vegetarian burger takes the crown though, with sweet potato rosti, Swiss cheese, alfalfa sprouts, chipotle mayo, red onion and aioli.
Fan of mac ‘n’ cheese? Dirty Bones have just the thing. Their mac daddy burger is a mind-blowing, meaty masterpiece made with brisket and dry-aged steak, slow-cooked pulled beef short rib, gooey mac ‘n’ cheese and cayenne and coffee-spiked BBQ sauce. Sorry for stating the obvious – but it’s quite filling, so make sure you arrive hungry with your best stretchy pants in tow.
There are seven dreamy burgers on the menu at Joe’s Southern Table & Bar in Covent Garden, and they have a whole host of freakshakes to help you wash everything down too. If you fall into the indecisive category, you should go for their BBQ burger. Southern fried chicken thigh, crispy bacon, BBQ sauce, Monterey Jack cheese and slaw are sandwiched in between two golden buns.
In case you haven’t heard, Ben’s Canteen have teamed up with craft beer experts, Brewdog, to create a limited edition burger for the month of August. Consisting of two beef patties, smothered in smoked cheese and topped with crack fries, streaky bacon and Punk IPA BBQ sauce, it’s not one for the faint-hearted. If you have a craft beer-loving friend, hit them up and take them here on the 24th.
Crab Tavern is up there with the best if you’re looking for some stand-up seafood in the city. They do pretty much everything, but it’s their soft shell crab burger you’ll be after on the 24th. Held in place with two fresh brioche buns, the soft shell crab comes smothered in red pepper jelly, with a side of old bay fries.
Some things in life that aren’t necessarily meant to be together, can sometimes end up working in the end – and the waffle burger at BIRD is a prime example of just that. This Instagram-worthy burger probably definitely tips over your daily calorie intake, but YOLO. It’s made with boneless chicken thigh, thick strips of bacon, American cheese, homemade BBQ sauce, mayo, hot sauce and Canadian maple syrup, with two fresh griddled waffles plonked on top and bottom.
Queens: Skate, Dine & Bowl has been around since the 1930s, but it’s never looked so good as it does now. This London hotspot has 12 bowling lanes and you can now go ice karting at the venue. Yup – ice karting. Before you show off your mad driving skills on the ice, you need to fill up with a burger from MeatLiquor. There are a few to marvel at but the dead hippie is a must. It’s made with two French mustard-fried beef patties, dead hippie sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and minced white onions. There isn’t another burger like it.
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