They may be impossible to consume without spilling all over you fingers, but burgers are still one of the world’s most loved foods. Here’s a list of 20 awesome places in the UK to get the authentic taste of an American diner, without ever having to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
On the outskirts of Birmingham, there’s a quirky Victorian vestige that serves up only the very best British beef. The New Inn, with its old world charm and eccentric furniture, has been cultivating a classy culinary reputation.
Word has it that their homemade burger (served in a beautiful brioche bun, with a generous helping of triple cooked chips) is to die for.
The Bryon story is a simple one: they set out to recreate a classic New England burger joint in London. Now there are 37 branches in the capital and a further 18 across England. Although the business has grown significantly, their philosophy has always been to make delicious and authentic hamburgers, exactly the way they should be. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Freshly made every single day, the guys at Handmade Burger are passionate about producing quality food. The people of Birmingham have gone bananas for their artisan burgers and seriously scrumptious shakes. Like flame-grilled patties, just like the Americans do them?
Next time your tummy rumbles, grab one of the Handmade Burger Co.’s mouth-watering Pit Range burgers.
Do you like your food served with a generous helping of pop culture nostalgia? At Atomic Burger you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy handcrafted and award winning burgers, while gazing at classic sci-fi toys and photos of your favourite fictional characters.
Think the Joker, Daisy Duke and McLovin are all merely film characters? You’re wrong. At Atomic Burger they’re part of the menu. In fact the Daisy Duke looks particularly tasty…
Move over New York. Newcastle is where it’s at. Fat Hippo is winning hearts, minds and stomachs with two debonair eateries in Newcastle city centre.
Their burgers are anything but rudimentary; in fact customers come from far and wide to sample the Hippo’s gourmet toppings and quirky combos. Like it hot? Try the burger called Southern Discomfort.
A few years ago Honest Burgers was a pop-up unit at festivals. Since then it has flourished into a London chain with bags of personality. Proud to bring the very best home-grown British produce, they delight in always leaving the customer wanting a little bit more.
In too much of a rush, even for fast food? Don’t sweat it. Give your nearest Honest Burgers branch a call and ask for your favourite from the menu. You can collect it as soon as you arrive. How’s that for service?
If you could build your own gourmet burger completely from scratch, what would you include? That’s the question that the good people at BuildaBurger have been asking in Belfast since 2010.
Think you have the stomach to consume a burger that’s over 2lbs? Get yourself down to attempt the Big Lad challenge! Careful though, only 70 people have ever managed to devour the calorific monster!
Right in the heart of Manchester’s trendiest neighbourhood, Trof Northern Quarter is a great place to dine out whatever the occasion. Try their World Famous Trof Cheeseburger. The Freedom Farmed Cheshire meat has been dry-aged and specially prepared in the Trof kitchens, just for your delectation.
Not a fan of meat? Plump for their yummy Hallomi Shroomi Burger and kick back with a one of their many craft beers until the weekend officially begins at 5pm on Friday with the NQ Social.
Known for selling the best burgers in Bristol, The Burger Joint prides itself on its perfect combination of exceptional quality and incredible value. If you like your burgers saucy, they offer 18 different sauces to accompany your patty. They’ve got everything from ketchup and BBQ to the intriguing 1000 Island sauce and stimulating Wasabi Mayo.
Boasting possibly the grandest pub exterior in London (let alone Putney!), The Duke’s Head public house has been watching over the River Thames since the reign of Queen Victoria. The splendid old boozer serves up a mean smoked bacon cheeseburger called Young’s Beef Burger, which has been keeping locals happy for years.
Open seven days a week in Edinburgh’s bustling West End, Wannaburger rejoices in being a modern day fast food outlet. And, unlike other venders, their ingredients are all locally sourced and free from artificial additives; even their buns are handcrafted by a highly-skilled baker. For real authentic American diner experience don’t forget to have your burger with one of their flavoursome shakes.
Without doubt one of the most unique establishments in Birmingham (and beyond), The Rose Villa Tavern is a real architectural treat. Enjoy American diner-style food and some sultry cocktails in an ostentatious 1920’s setting. On Wednesdays you can get two burgers n’ fries for just £10 – with value like that why would you eat anywhere else?
Another burger business that started life as a pop-up, Patty and Bun now has three amazing shops spanning the hippest parts of the capital. The guys at Patty and Bun are so lovely they’ll take your order over the phone and have it waiting for you when you arrive.
Film fanatics, listen up: you need to try the Lambshank Redemption burger. Don’t forget to order it in your best Morgan Freeman voice…
A treat for your taste buds and an education for your ears, the Twisted Burger Company in Sheffield like to do things a little differently. People come from miles around to enjoy their hipster playlists and satisfy their urge for gastronomic gratification.
Like a smidgen of apple jam with your beef patty? Then the Pig Daddy Kane burger is definitely for you.
Step into one of the numerous Ed’s Easy Diners across the UK and you’ll be immediately transported back to a time when jocks hung around the jukebox, dressed in denim and dripping with Brylcreem.
Enjoy a lip-smacking shake with your friends and watch the staff in the kitchen make a classic American-style hamburger. Little has changed since Ed’s was first opened in 1987 but what’s the use in changing perfection?
Inspired by Thailand’s street vendors, Got Beef was launched in 2012 as a mobile catering business. A year ago Got Beef Bar and Kitchen was born and Cardiff’s burger kings continue to go from strength to strength. All of their patties come from award winning Welsh livestock, proving that you don’t have to go all the way to America to get a really great burger.
Attention to detail, pride and a desire to make the best burgers in town, makes the patties at Burger Meets Bun so darn tasty. Their menu may be succinct, but that’s just how the owners like it. For them, it’s all about quality and not loads of choice. If you like your burgers juicy and your chicken wings succulent, go and see the boys at Burger Meets Bun in Edinburgh.
Restaurant quality food at canteen prices. That’s the philosophy at Lucky7. The burgers are rustic and delicious, the ambience is bohemian and the service is always friendly. Not sold yet? Lunch mains are just £5 and dinner starts from £7.77. It’s a ruddy bargain, people!
Serving American diner classics with a gourmet British twist, Googies has been causing a stir down in Folkestone for a while now. Rumour has it that the secret to their success is the beef they use. The cows are grass-fed, locally reared and one of the healthiest sources of protein on the planet. We suggest you devour their double cheeseburger and then unwind with one of their freshly-ground coffees.
One of Birmingham’s coolest hangouts, The Lord Clifden is well-known for its collection of urban street art as well as its range of continental lagers and real ales. Brummies also know that they offer a range of cracking burgers on their urbane menu. Go for the New Yorker if you’re feeling like a classic. Otherwise a Banksy or a Sombrero will tantalise the taste buds.
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