The best £10 or less burger deals in town
By Antonis Kazoulis
The almighty burger – a food that transcends cultures, generations and nations with the sheer simplicity and deliciousness held in between its two buns. It’s a dish that manages to stay both classic and relevant, reinventing and reintroducing itself in the most spectacular ways.
When talking food, it doesn’t take long before London creeps up into the conversation. The Big Smoke has slowly yet steadily attracted some of the biggest culinary talent on the planet to what has become both a destination and a source of inspiration for the worldwide foodie community. Burgers have been a cornerstone for the capital’s foodie revolution – their affordability and universal appeal have turned what looked like a trend into a food culture phenomenon. But let’s break it down.
Patty & Bun | ☆☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
My, oh my, is this a burger to die for. We are talking about the real deal – juicy, sweet and salty patties slathered with homemade smoky mayo, ketchup and onions, capped off in glazed brioche buns. Yeah, it’s as good as it sounds. The fun doesn’t stop there though. The chicken wings and fries are a thing of beauty. If you had to choose one burger from this list, make it this one.
Locations: James Street, Liverpool Street, London Fields, Soho (opening soon)
Recommendation: Go for the ‘Smokey Robinson’. You can thank us later.
Honest Burgers | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ 1/2
These are honestly good. What started up as a burger joint in Brixton market has evolved into a full chain of delicious homemade burgers. Inspired by great British produce, their burgers are simple, elegant and delicious. The secret is in the red onion relish. No matter what we tell you it’s not going to do it justice so just head down there and…relish the moment. Oh yeah, make sure you don’t forget the fries with rosemary salt.
Locations: Camden, Portobello, King’s Cross, Oxford Circus, Tooting, Liverpool Street, Clapham, Old Street, Peckham, Covent Garden (opening soon)
Recommendation: Go for the Cheese Burger.
Burger Bear | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Burgers and music? Yes sir! Tom Reaney and his crew combine the art of flicking burgers with some hard-core Disco and Funk grooves for an experience unlike any other. Funding his dream to set up his own burger joint, Tom took it to Kickstarter to raise the necessary money and the response from hungry Londoners was awesome. The reason? Like any burger worthy to be found on this list, Burger Bear has a secret weapon – the bacon jam. Yeah, you heard right, bacon jam. Let the music play.
Locations: Magic Roundabout (Old Street), Stoke Newington, Peckham.
Recommendation: Go for the ‘Grizzly Bear’. It’s a roaring success.
Bleecker St. | ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
From New York to London, this burger had to cross the pond to reach our table, and thank God it did. Zan Kaufman decided to leave his job as a corporate lawyer and turn his passion for burgers into a living. The result? A little piece of meaty heaven trapped in between two seeded buns. Simple, with no fancy shenanigans trying to impress you, the trick is in the deliciousness of the meat. Don’t forget the angry fries for some blue cheese magic.
Locations: Spitafields, Canary Wharf, South bank
Recommendation: Go for the Double Cheeseburger.
Dirty Burger | ☆ ☆ ☆ 1/2
This is exactly what it says on the tin – a burger so sinfully dirty that hits all the right spots. With crinkle cut fries as the sidekick, we are talking about a formidable combination in the burger world. Keep an eye out for the great interior design of the venues as well – it adds to the whole experience.
Locations: Kentish Town, Vauxhall, Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Exmouth Market
Recommendation: Go for the Dirty Bacon.
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