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London's best burgers

Burgers have never been so popular – here's where to find the very best in London

The burger bandwagon rolls on and on. But which ones are the trailblazers, leaving the rest for dust? Here are the best ten in town (excluding the bigger chains, and in alphabetical order). Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

1/10

Advisory

Cheeseburger: £6

The Advisory, named after the Asian Women's Advisory Centre formerly on this site, is so popular with Hackney locals that it's been known to run out of the brioche buns (and, for that matter, the stand-in brioche hot dog buns), having to serve its patties in the next day's brunch muffins instead. No matter, the three varieties (beef, bacon and veggie) are far better than you'd expect for the £5 price tag, while moreish sides (roasted carrots with thyme; chilli greens - all £3) seal the deal. 

 

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Dalston
2/10

Brgr.co

Cheeseburger: £7.95

The Soho spin-off of a successful Beirut-based sibling, this 'burger company' has something of a transatlantic vibe. The menu takes the finest local ingredients and teams them with every big-name international condiment you could hope for (Heinz, HP, French’s, Tabasco). There are three ‘standard patties’ plus a couple of signature cuts, all available with optional toppings (vintage cheddar, Swiss gruyère), dips (Cajun aioli, horseradish mustard) and sides (coleslaw, jalapeños). We liked the ‘Butcher’s Cut’ burger (which came deconstructed), with its expertly chargrilled patty, glazed soft bun and pretty selection of garnishes. Service, meanwhile, is as crisp as the lettuce.

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Soho
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3/10

Honest Burgers

Cheeseburger: £8

It’s a pity that this branch of Honest Burgers doesn’t have quite the same bohemian feel as the Brixton original, but on the plus side, the prime Soho location will make it easier (for most people) to get to. And, let’s face it, we’re here for them burgers: patties fashioned from 35-day dry-aged British chuck steak – courtesy of posh butchers Ginger Pig – topped with the likes of smoked bacon, sweet pickled cucumbers and slices of lip-smacking cheddar. Chips are hand-cut and salt-crusted and there are some not-too-shabby options for veggies, such as the sweetcorn, cauliflower and shallot fritter-in-a-bun.

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Soho
4/10

Bar Boulud

‘Classic’ burger with cheese: £12.75

Well before ‘sliders’ became the burger du jour, Bar Boulud was creating spectacular ‘petite’ burgers with plenty of va va voom. This contemporary bistro, set beneath the Mandarin Oriental hotel (and sibling to the equally A-list NYC original) offers four different versions, including the ‘Yankee’ (the most classic), the Southern-themed ‘Piggie’ (featuring pulled pork and fresh slaw), and the decadent ‘BB’ (with foie gras and braised rib meat). All are worthy of a place on this list, but our favourite is the ‘Frenchie’, where the juicy patty is topped with mellow tomato compote, a slice of soft morbier cheese, and shredded confit of pork belly.

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Hyde Park
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5/10

Dirty Burger

Cheeseburger: £5.50

It’s already got a cult following, and not just because ‘dirty’ has became synonymous with ‘sexy’. DB actually has a rocking formula: cool junkyard chic interiors courtesy of ultra-slick owner Soho House, reasonable prices and exceptional cooking. A blend of carefully selected cuts goes into each patty, for a depth of flavour that when combined with pickles, cheese, lettuce, tomato and condiments, makes for a seriously good bite. But don’t forget the sides: the triple-cooked hand-cut chips and terrific tempura-battered onions rings deserve equal billing.

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Central London
6/10

Maze Grill

Cheeseburger: £12.50

Not everything served at Maze Grill is worth the high-end price tag, but the burger is a notable exception. Not only is it generous in its dimensions, but the patty comes perfectly cooked (to your taste) with a slathering of molten cheese, the traditional sesame bun comes lightly toasted, the bacon is thick and meaty, while the lettuce and tomato is crisp and fresh. It’s all simple stuff, but when pulled together, it makes for a seriously good burger, in tasteful, grown-up surroundings.

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Mayfair
7/10

Meat Liquor

Cheeseburger: £6.50

Burger God Yianni Papoutis (who first wowed us with his creations from the back of a van) opened this grill-and-booze bar in 2011, but the sloppy, juicy burgers are as knock-your-socks off as ever. There’s ground chuck steak in each one, and all manner of toppings available: chilli, bacon, mushrooms… you get the picture. But our out-and-out favourite remains the ‘Dead Hippy’, where two thin double-stacked patties are anointed with melted cheese, tangy gherkins, finely diced onions and a ‘secret sauce’ so addictive that, if you didn’t know better, you’d think had crack in it.

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West End
8/10

Mother Flipper

Cheeseburger: £5

Flippin’ ’eck, these burgers are good. Served up from a rickety market stall (with bowls of toppings and a help-yourself roll of kitchen towel adding to the ‘amateur’ vibe), the quality of our food belied the humble setting. The buns were soft, bouncy brioche. Juicy, roughly chopped patties of 28 day aged chuck beef came perfectly cooked and properly seasoned. Toppings, meanwhile, ran from the classic (pickles, lettuce, slices of processed US cheese) to the inspired (crisp pieces of streaky bacon ‘candied’ in brown sugar, or slices of hot-and-sweet pickled red jalapeños. It’s fast food, but not as you know it.

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Kings Cross and St Pancras
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9/10

Opera Tavern

Mini Ibérico pork and foie gras burger: £6.50

From the same stable as Salt Yard and Dehesa, this smart and attractive tapas bar – once a Covent Garden boozer – might not be an obvious place to go looking for a burger. But the Opera Tavern mini-burger (if this was a Yankee-themed joint you’d probably call it a ‘slider’) is well worth seeking out. It layers a rich and supremely moist patty (fashioned from top-notch Ibérico pork meat and foie gras) with melted manchego and a crunchy battered onion ring, adds in the gentle hum of red onion jam against aioli and finishes with a few pieces of soft lettuce. Divine.

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10/10

Patty & Bun

Cheeseburger: £8

As you’d expect from the name, the burgers here come both with a properly cooked ‘patty’ and a rich brioche ‘bun’, but the real star turn was the use of own-made mayos and relishes. Our ‘Smokey Robinson’, made with ‘smokey P&B mayo’, jammy caramelised onions and crisp bacon, was so good it deserved to be in a burger hall of fame. Fries were of a rustic ilk: skin-on, hand-cut thin chips with flecks of rosemary salt. Perhaps the only downside is that, surprise surprise, it doesn’t take bookings, and gets seriously busy. Our top tip: go on a dreary Tuesday afternoon, and get a bit of burger-shaped sunshine in your life.

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Marylebone

What's your favourite burger in London?

We want to know what your favourite burger joint in London is, and why! The place where, if you had a friend from afar visiting, and they said "Wow, I really want the best burger possible, like, now?" you would tell them to go. Leave your answers in the comments below.

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55 comments
Nick B
Nick B

Burgercraft at the Green Man Pub in Edgware Road. How it has been avoided here when places like P&B and Meat Liquor make it is shocking to me. It is by far the best burger I have ever had. Not visited their other pop-ups but the Juicy Bastard is a work of art!

Charly L
Charly L moderator Staff Writer

I know it's a chain, but GBK is incredible for veggie burgers - Billy the Kid with sweet potato fries every time! And because I'm not actually veggie, I can ask for it with baconaise :)

jo l
jo l

Guilty burger at the wig & gown Holloway road was a melt in the mouth experience. Will be back for more @ £6.00 including fries.

SaraJane D
SaraJane D

Has to be Bleecker in Spitalfields market. The double cheese is perfection, juicy & pink inside and perfectly charred on the outside in a lovely sesame seed bun, mixed sweet & regular fries plus truly scrumptious vanilla milkshake! Hache comes a close second! 

Josephine B
Josephine B

Has to be Hache, every time. None of this rubbish chewy mince you get in most places; these are honest-to-your-very-deserving-taste-buds burgers. If any place is going to cause me to go all Meg Ryan over my food, it's there. 

Gracious V
Gracious V

Guilty Burger at the Wig & Gown in Holloway Road  is definitely my new favourite burger in London. Highly highly highly recommend !

Holly W
Holly W

Wild Game Co's Veni-Moo - love it more than any other burger ever!

Kris H
Kris H

Definitely the Guilty Burger! great taste with an amazing price and even better atmosphere! 

Helen H
Helen H

I second Guilty Burger on Holloway Road - Amazingly juicy burgers at great prices.  The vegan burger, and the mushroom burger are second to none! Plus the owners go out of their way to accommodate as much as possible to individual dietry requirements beyond a persons penchant for meat (or not)  Best burgers in London by far!+

Kurt B
Kurt B

I went to guilty burger last week and it was amazing. It is on Holloway road. Great value for money. I recommend the murder burger

Ashley P
Ashley P

Saw this as a retweet on Twitter! London has SO MUCH burger choice. If I'm in a rush and want a good basic burger - Five Guys does it for me... But when I'm in the mood for a more restaurant/gourmet feel to my burger Hache wins every time!

Prano B
Prano B

I'm a big burger fan & can't shout enough about Gone Burger - http://www.goneburger.co.uk ... Seriously tasty sauce, delicious organic, locally sourced meat & damn fine chips too! They're based in Mornington Crescent - I keep going back for more. Super cool burgers!

Andreia C
Andreia C

I can never understand how Hache always gets overlooked in these lists! The option of two different buns, the Angus beef cooked to perfection - I like it on the rare side, so I get very peculiar about it - and the delicious sides, from the sweet potato fries, to the fries and even chips, to give you yet another option! Not to mention the size of the portions. Yes, sometimes you get an awful, near-the-always-opening-door table on the Camden branch, but the service at the Hoxton place has always been exceptional, every single time I've been there. And the Bavarian Burger, with it's melting, thick slice of smoked Bavarian cheese on top of a soft, rare slice of delicious patty, is to die for. No matter how many other burgers I try, this is still my number one option!

farinaz n
farinaz n

Best burger in town is Goneburger at The Pack & Carriage near Camden/Mornington Crescent.  Great taste, size and uber friendly service.  Yum! http://www.goneburger.co.uk/

farinaz n
farinaz n

Best burger in town is Goneburger at The Pack & Carriage near Camden/Mornington Crescent.  Great taste, size and uber friendly service.  http://www.goneburger.co.uk/

Vishal B
Vishal B

I am a vegetarian and I have tried the vegetarian burgers at almost all the places mentioned above. But, the one that completely blew me away was at Shepherdess Cafe on 221 City Road. The massive veggie burger with cheese and onions was sumptuously overloaded with two patties and an overgenerous helping of fried cheese and onions, that came with a plate filled with fries! It was, in my London experience, THE BEST EFFING BURGER I had ever had! Strongly, strongly recommended!

Abs Y
Abs Y

Clearly Haché is the best burger joint in London!  No doubt about it. Great taste and great portion sizes!

Alex F
Alex F

Kua Aina just off Carnaby Street has a great avocado bacon cheeseburger with sweet potato fries!

Debbie W
Debbie W

What no Haché on the list?! Their burgers menu is epic... The Louisiana with peanut butter and the Sunday Roast burger to name a few!!!!

mermayden
mermayden

Its a toss up between Five Guys in Covent Garden or that place out the front of Kings Cross (can't remember what its called!)

Cal G
Cal G

Wild Game Company is killing it!!!

MARION G
MARION G

Cheeky burger without a moment's hesitation! The only reason I go so often to Notting Hill! Best burger ever! The meat is awesome and the burger very tasty! Try it !

Jason M
Jason M

No 'Lucky Chip'!!?? Seriously!!??

Clawja H
Clawja H

Dip and Flip has to be one of the best burgers I have had.  I could drown happy in that jus.

Conn O
Conn O

I can't believe Bukowski isn't on here....


Easily the best burger I have had in London!

Kirsty W
Kirsty W

Wild Game Co should be on this list!  Best burger I've had in a long long time.

Rick J
Rick J

Man dirty burger isn't all that ! its ok .There's this place in tooting  called Meat and shake its  must try ..the sweet potato fries are so good plus the burgers and shakes are too nice lol

Trần T
Trần T

Pretty good, it looks attractive

Victoria A
Victoria A

What a lovely place for Burgers. I love burgers and burger restaurant

Mark P
Mark P

There is a new stall at Cabbages & Frocks, Marylebone Churchyard (opp Baker Street station) called the Weeping Chef, this guy does all sorts, venison burgers, benny burgers (eggs benedict burgers), proper 100% handmade beef & even Tofu burgers.

They are all awesome and the guy is an ex Masterchef contestant, you wont find tastier!


Anita M
Anita M

And don't forget Twickenham now has Mac's Diner which is fast becoming a local favorite for our hand-made burgers, especially the Mac's burger with an onion ring and Mac's own burger sauce. www.macs-diner.co.uk


Frank K
Frank K

How can Neon Burgers in Stoke Newington not be in this list? The burgers are deliciouuuuus!

Fran A
Fran A

Bleecker burger is certainly missing off this list.

Alexi D
Alexi D

Burger me this is great.

Jonathan
Jonathan

How can you not have Tommi's Burger Joint on Marylebone High Street? Amazing burgers, I could happily eat there for the rest of my days!

Jeremy Reynolds
Jeremy Reynolds

The Greedy Cow in Mile End does excellent burgers, in a variety of styles (so the Italian burger has parma ham and mozzarella rather than bacon and cheddar). And tired of beef/ have their camel burger. Or the kangaroo.

Pasquale R
Pasquale R

@Jeremy Reynolds I think the quality of the Greedy Cow dropped dramatically (and I was a big fan of it). Before I wouldnt mind the price, but now for that quality, that's definitely overpriced!

Ali
Ali

How can you not mention Gourmet Burger Kitchen ... ?... The kids won't go anywhere else...

Rick J
Rick J

@Ali Lol Its good but franchises shouldnt count ! haha

P Hill
P Hill

I am so excited about the burger joint/steak house opening in Fulham Broadway next month. The first branch of Winston O'Boogies Steak & Burgers is opening. With the Boogie Burger you can have as many patties as you want plus there is 4 choices of cheese, avocado, crispy bacon and even a fried egg. Go to www.winstonoboogies.co.uk

BurgerKing
BurgerKing

Tried out Honest Burger. Thought it was pretty good. Rosemary chips were really good. Byron was also good though a bit pricier. Have just come back from golfing at St Andrews,Scotland and had a brilliant burger from a place called Dakota Grill. The meat better up there?

FINCHLEYKITCHEN
FINCHLEYKITCHEN

All the fine places you mention are pretty central. How about checking out leafy Finchley?Two mins walk from the tube@323 Regent's Park Road, there's FINCHLEY KITCHEN, offering juicy burgers made by hand from scratch with the finest double-minced beef. We serve with our own-recipe home-made caramelized onions, secret sauce ,Monterey Jack Cheese and additive-free brioche buns from a local prize-winning bakery. Even better, our "Californian" Burger is only £4.50!

john smith
john smith

I just had a burger here and it was very average, this should not be number 1.

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executiveroomslondon

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Goose
Goose

Bread Street, St Pauls best burger ever, 9.5 out of 10 on the Burger Me blog. Chips not brilliant, you don't need them, the burger is superb!

Angela kelliher
Angela kelliher

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