It’s #NationalBurgerDay! Can I get a whoop?! Not long ago a burger would have been the last option I’d have gone for on the menu. Thin, rubbery, frozen meat cooked within an inch of its life, with a measly helping of salad, dry bun and squirt of sauce. Not exactly top of the list. But in recent years the burger craze has grown and my love for that bog-standard burger has likewise increased dramatically. But hold on, did someone say bog-standard? Far from it my friend.
When queues of people begin to form you know this is food worth checking out. Street food has grown in popularity and burgers are at the forefront of gourmet street eats. The soft yet sweet brioche bun, to the salty rosemary chips, each establishment put their own stamp, yet each continue with a similar theme – quality.
Testing my local burger restaurants in London and Essex, I’ve collected my favourite four you must try. Each for their own reasons, these beauties are far from your McDonald’s quarter ponder. These patties mean business.
Honest Burgers (above) Best for Gluten-Free Buns
Brixton, Soho, Camden, Portobello, Kings Cross, Oxford Circus & Tooting (all London)
With an Honest Burger a stone’s throw away from my office in Soho, this place is a temptress. You’ll often find a queue, but if you arrive prompt at 12pm on the dot when they open, you’re bound to grab a spot. You’ll almost instantly notice the restaurant fill up however.
Succulent patties with a variety of flavours to accompany, Honest Burgers is my favourite for the gluten-free option. Not only do they provide gf buns, but these buns are almost as good as normal bread. Gluten-free-ers will know just how important this is – and something rarely found! Forget the dry bun, this one is perfect. Honest.
NB: I like my burger slightly pink, hence the rather raw looking photo! You can have your patty cooked whichever way you fancy.
Patty & Bun (above) Best for the Patty
Liverpool Street & James Street (London)
I can barely sum up my experience of Patty & Bun in words. To say these burgers are to die for is an understatement. Days later and I was still reminiscing of the juicy dripping patty (not sure what it was dripping with, but damn it was some tasty shiz) and was longing for my next visit.
Unfortunately these guys don’t have gluten free buns, so I had mine wrapped in a lettuce leaf. But when the patty is as good as it is, you barely notice the bun isn’t there. (Plus you could always bring along your own gf bun).
Prepare to queue at peak times and seating is limited. You might be lucky to grab a stool and table, but like I said, once that patty is in your mitts that’s all that matters.
Henry Burgers (above left) Best for Variety (& Cocktails!)
Southend-on-Sea & Leigh-on-Sea (Essex)
If you every fancy a seaside trip to my hometown of Southend in Essex, combine it with a visit to this place. Just under an hour from central London, Southend has joined the capital in offering the hottest food trends. Whether you fancy goats cheese, avocado or even a Krispy Kreme bun with your burger, this place has it. Their ever changing menu boasts new options every few months, so you’ll never be bored.
Top up your order with sweet potato fries, mac and cheese or beer battered onion rings for a truly ‘I can’t move’ dining experience. Washing your burger down gets even better when you have the choice of colourful cocktails and alcoholic milkshakes on offer.
Got Game (above right) Best for Something Different
I was lucky enough to try this pop-up at The Sun and 13 Cantons and was not disappointed by their chunky Venison burger. Wheat free and with a gluten free bun, these guys delivered not only by the fact I could happily tuck in without worry, but my the unusual meat on offer. Their focus is high quality rarefied meats included wild boar, venison and quail, an unusual take on the usual beef burger.
Next on the list…
Five Guys – I’ve heard mixed reports but am always put off by the crazy queues. Worth it?
Shake Shack – I had their fries on a stop-over in Dubai earlier this year and fell in love. Are their
burgers as good?
If you have any other gluten free options I may not know about, please let me know! Can never turn down a good burger.
In celebration of #NationalBurgerDay, a variety of burger restaurants are offering 20% off today only here. Go go go!
This is in no way a sponsored post by any of these restaurants. I just bloody love ’em.