Dirty Burger

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© Alice Ehrlich
Kentish Town

After spending a while moving through various London locations, this Soho House operation eventually settled in a tin-roofed shack round the back from a Pizza East. It’s an unassuming little place, all salvaged wood and rusty chairs with barely enough room for 20 diners. The menu is just as spartan, offering only cheese burgers, fries, onion fries, a tiny breakfast menu and an assortment of drinks – you’re not exactly spoilt for choice. But when your cheese burgers are this close to perfection, you don’t need options. They’re tender, juicy, rammed full of flavour and incredibly simple. The sides are just as good. Skin-on fries and juicy red onion rings, salty and crisp, hit the right spot. The shack is a laid-back affair. You order at the counter and pick up a beer from the fridge, or a Camden Pale Ale on tap, and then top off the whole lot with a milkshake. Tables are on a first-come first-served basis, so the queues can get pretty big, especially midweek, but it’s definitely worth the wait.


Venue name: Dirty Burger
Address: 79 Highgate Road
Opening hours: Meals served 7am-midnight Mon-Thur; 7am-1am Fri; 9am-1am Sat; 9am-11pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Kentish Town tube/rail
Price: Main courses £4-£5.50
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Average User Rating

3.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:6
  • 4 star:4
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:3
  • 1 star:2
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Absolutely love this place! The restaurant is so understated, the burgers priced so reasonably and the food is amazing! The staff are really chilled and friendly and when your starvin marvin the food is served quickly, and you wont be disappointed! The burgers are juicy and cheese all melty. The sauce in the burger is sooooo good! But it doesn't stop there, the onion fires and fries are just as lush. Literally my fav place to eat in London atm. They also do take away!!

Samantha H

Best place in London for hangover burgers.  Quick service, can be delivered and the perfect amount of grease to burger ratio! 

Sonya A

Tomorrow I turn 40, so I thought I'd treat myself to a dirty burger but I don't think I'll be doing that again. When the delivery lady turned up I thought the little bag she handed me resembled a kiddie meal. The burger was average, the onion fries were greasier than 3 day unwashed hair and the milkshake had more milk than strawberries. Massively disappointed. 

London Foodie Mama

In a dodgy part of Norf London, in a dodgy carpark behind some lacklustre office buildings, in a make shift shed… lies BURGER HEAVEN. We’ve eaten a lot of burgers in our quest and this, dare we say is THE best in London? Not really a place to take the mother-in-law or a baby frankly, but sometimes you just got to roll with it. 


My burger (bacon) was simple but tasty, loved the way the meat was cooked. The fries and the strawberry milkshake were excellent. Chilled atmosphere in an unusually rustically decorated place. It's a bit out of the way and hidden, but if you have the time, it's worth the detour.


Nice ambience. Overcooked burgers. When I asked them to have them medium rare, they said that they can't cook them any less than 'medium'. In the end it was stodgy and unpleasant. it happened twice in a row, will not go back again. Also, do not get the Double Swiss Cheese. Get the normal cheeseburger if you really have to.

Karen Walker

The location in a lean too corrugated iron shed is great fun if a little gimmicky. However the novelty quickly wears off with below average burgers. The fries are good the onion rings outstanding but surely the burgers should be the star turn and they were seriously under whelming. Gourmet burger bars are having a renaissance, with stiff competition. I am afraid Dirty Burger does not even feature against some really big hitters in the metropolis.


Absolute rip off. £10.50 for a tiny tiny burger, average chips and a coke in what is a glorified portakabin is a total joke. The burger was nice enough but it was absurdly small for the money. Total pretentious nonsense.

Lara Rara

I'm a burger fanatic and this is one of the best I've had in the world. Will be lusting after this for days.


Great burgers! You can taste, feel and smell the genuine quality of these burgers. Everything from bun to beef were perfect. The chips and onion rings are epic as well. The location and seating area is one of a kind!


Excellent burger, especially the onion rings, fries ok. location is all about trying to be 'in'


Wasn't at all impressed by In'n'out Nick, I've had better cheeseburgers at McDonald's to be honest. Now, give me a Shake Shack any day - by far the best I've ever had. Back to DirtyBurger - it felt to me like a MeatLiquor clone, very tasty, greasy goodness, but nothing new. Not worth the trot across town if that's where you're from.


It's a good burger but just a burger after all. Shouldn't be that hard to get it right. Service was indifferent. I asked to sit in but it was served in a takeaway bag and don't expect a smile with your burger!


I liked the place it is really cool but burger was not even average so salty between Byron gourmet burger even McDonald's big mac I think it was worst one. Milkshake was ok. I think it's only trendy place with cool decor