Burgers remain big business, and with people really getting them so utterly spot-on these days, is it any wonder? Leeds does them as well as anywhere, with more than a few venues knowing exactly how to marry patty and bun to perfection. We've picked those spots we deem the very best of a very sound bunch, so take a look and try a few - we're pretty sure you'll be every bit as impressed as us.
The Adelphi specialises in traditional pub meals, where the focus is very much on getting the basics right: you won’t need to look much further if you’re hankering for no frills pub food. Sunday lunches are to die for, with the burgers not far behind, and both are pretty cheap. Keep it classic with a very good beef burger (try adding bacon jam, too), or give the pork and chorizo burger - served with caramelised red onion.
Any new addition to the already saturated artery of takeaways in Hyde Park has to pull off something pretty special. Boss Burgers on Queen’s Road manages to with its gourmet burger menu. The crispy, salty and dangerously moreish fries are delicious on their own, but better when paired with one of the joint’s whimsically named burgers, such as Smokeback Mountain or Los Pollos Delicioso. It’s hard to fault the thick-cut Yorkshire beef burgers, cooked to order and wedged into a glossy brioche bun, although the squeaky wodges of halloumi cheese on The Herbivore make an excellent substitute.
The upmarket American diner trend may have been countlessly and predictably replicated, but Nation still manages to pull it off convincingly, with meals served in little plastic baskets, cutlery plonked on the table for you to arrange yourself, and a mouth-watering array of filthy food. Expect a burnt end (from a bit of brisket) chilli and cheese burger, a very good chicken burger and even a doughnut burger. They sometimes do 2-4-1 offers on them, too. Bargain.
This late night cocktail bar does some more than decent burgers - and a lot of them, to boot. From the Vesuvius (8oz beef patty with spicy cheese, jalapenos, chorizo, caramelised onions and fire hot sauce) to their takes on Juicy Lucys and Sloppy Joes, there's certainly plenty of choice. They're all under a tenner, too.
There’s no disputing the quality of the burgers at Patty Smith’s – the beef is locally sourced, well-seasoned and cooked medium rare, although the team behind the restaurant seem to like to keep their punters guessing, and are always searching for inspiration for new burgers and specials.If you’re spoilt for choice, then the Dirty Burger is a good place to start. It includes a juicy patty topped with a mild cheese sauce, rather than a slice, and fresh salad, all housed in a soft sweet brioche bun; great when ordered alone (£5), even better with a serving of chips (£6.50).
Part of Brooklyn Bar, NY Burger Kitchen has been serving up decent food from its Call Lane location since 2013. The menu has a good selection of items to choose from, without going overboard, featuring five variations on the classic beef burger, as well as four chicken burgers and a spicy bean burger. Prices start from £7.50, with extra toppings such as bacon or onion rings £1 apiece. The meat is well-seasoned and cooked medium, with a delightful charring adding flavour. All are served with a portion of fries.
This place is known for its quality steaks but those in the know make a beeline for their burgers, too. There are only three on offer (110% beef; char-grilled chicken; or wagyu) but they're done superbly, with just the right char from the grill and cooked exactly to order. You can add your own toppings, from a selection including smoked bacon, cheddar, grilled mushroom and stilton. All the burgers come with chips and a cracking tomato relish.
Another place where burgers are a very clever choice, you can customise yours with a very varied selection of toppings. Choose from beef, chicken breast or flat mushroom and then add brie and bacon, cheddar and bacon, brie and caramelised onions, goat's cheese and rocket - even Welsh rarebit and bacon. The kitchen know what they're doing, too - these are delicious.