Whether it's due to the bite-sized buns; posh, bonemarrow-injected meat; or a giant patty quivering with the weight of pickles (no cutlery allowed), the fancy-pants burger is most definitely back. And four new burger joints are throwing some healthy competition into the meaty mix. Read on to get acquainted early.
Don't you love it when a pop-up goes permanent? Patty&Bun's concept is simple, just like its name: A small menu of patties, made lovingly from grass-fed Aberdeen Angus and lathered with P&B's special homemade mustard-mayo. Now that's a happy burger.
Patty&Bun, 54 James Street, W1U 1EU; 0207 487 3188.
Photo: Courtesy of Tom Bowles
From Beirut to Soho, the third BRGR.CO transplant offers hearty and unpretentious dining. The three classic burgers — or BRGRs — come in three sizes (hungry, hungrier, and hungriest), all at prices that won't make you squirm. Look out for the artist-designed cow heads.
BRGR.CO, 187 Wardour Street, W1F 8ZB; 0208 968 0202.
Photo: Courtesy of BRGR.CO
Burger and Shake
We Londoners love our American-style diners and this spot definitely sates that appetite, in more ways than one. Forget about the diet and chow down on honest, homemade burgers and milkshakes with punch.
Burger and Shake, 47 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AP; no phone.
Photo: Courtesy of Burger and Shake
Those who've braved the MEATliquor queue will be pleased to hear that Yianni Papoutsis' latest eatery takes reservations (yes, you read that correctly). The down-and-dirty old favourites are all there, as is the absence of plates and cutlery. If you relish a challenge, the Garbage Plate contains everything: burger, fries, et al. Probably a good thing pudding's not on the menu....
MEATmission,14-16 Hoxton Market, N1 6HG; no phone.
Photo: Courtesy of MEATmission