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London’s best burgers

Burgers are the kings of fast food. Here’s where to find the very best in the city

Leonie Cooper
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Leonie Cooper
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Fancy a burger? Of course you do. The simple meat-between-bread combo is always a winner, whether for a quick fast-food fix or a decadent, gourmet feast. We’ve selflessly toiled away, trying and tasting a vast range of patties to compile this list of London’s best burgers. London’s finest are utter meaty marvels: juice-seeping, oozing with flavour and far more complex in creation than they’re ever given credit for. Roll up your sleeves and tuck in to the best flippin’ burgers in town.

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Leonie Cooper is Time Out London’s Food and Drink Editor. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.

The best burgers in London

  • Restaurants
  • Scandinavian
  • Hackney
  • price 2 of 4

Side-hustling property developers they may be, but the Topjaw automatons of social media infamy have helped cast Lagom’s house burger into the upper echelons of the metro-patty hierarchy, such is the reverence with which it’s mentioned by half the chefs they’ve cornered. And rightly so: a humming puck of 60/40 ratio of aged beef to fat, in a milk potato bun with a slick of mustardy mayo, Yank cheese and a vinegar slaw dressed – crucially for both zing and crunch – immediately before serving. It’s a thing of minimalist radiance.

  • Restaurants
  • British
  • Finsbury Park

If you only order one thing at Four Legs' Finsbury Park boozer, make sure it’s the bona fide, utterly brilliant cheeseburger. It’s the stuff of dreams, a sloppy, messy thing comprising of a thin and juicy chargrilled patty made from Dexter beef, with accompaniments in the shape of melted cheese, burger sauce and finely minced onion – plus a heap of sweet pickles like something your granny would make. You’ll be swooning after the first mouthful.

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  • Restaurants
  • Food court
  • Oxford Street
  • price 1 of 4

Arcade Food Hall sits in the shadow of Centrepoint and is host to all manner of incredible food stands. Burger fans will delight in Manna, which does fried chicken and the current hype burger – the smash burger, a sloppy triumph of a smashed patty with diced onions. There are kimchi and vegan versions, too, and there's also a Manna in the Battersea Power Station development. Go and get smashed, pals. 

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  • Food court
  • Seven Dials

Flippin’ heck, these burgers are good. Juicy, roughly chopped patties of 28-day aged chuck beef comes perfectly cooked and properly seasoned. Ball-shaped meat mounds are squished down while on the grill, giving patties those delicious seared edges. The buns are soft, bouncy brioche. Toppings, meanwhile, run from the classic (pickles, lettuce, slices of processed US cheese) to the inspired (crisp pieces of streaky bacon candied in maple syrup, or slices of hot-and-sweet pickled red jalapeños). Both the Candy Bacon Flipper and Dirty Barbie, with candied bacon and onions, have our heart (and arteries). You'll find Mother Flipper in residence at at Kerb Seven Dials Market.

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  • Restaurants
  • Burgers
  • Shoreditch
  • price 2 of 4

As former street-food supremos, the Burger & Beyond boys pride themselves on ageing and butchering the best home-reared meat. Their burgers are officially cooked medium and despite the temptation to double up, a single patty is more than sufficient in its sturdy sesame brioche bun with essential additions. We couldn’t fault the gloriously sloppy bacon butter burger either, stacked with crisp pancetta, molten American cheese and burnt butter mayo.  

  • Restaurants
  • Burgers
  • Spitalfields

There are just a few tables at Bleecker’s Spitalfields Market home, so don’t expect much in the way of comfort or ambience. But what you will discover is a stripped-back but hugely satisfying formula for the all-American burger. Show-stopping dry-aged beef cooked pink is complemented by Bleecker’s secret sauce that tastes every bit as peppery as McDonald’s’ Big Mac mayo (but more upmarket, obvs). Maximise on that meat with a double cheeseburger. Seeded buns are toasted to perfection, mopping up those excess patty juices without ever compromising your vice-like burger grip.

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Blacklock Shoreditch
  • Restaurants
  • Grills
  • Shoreditch

Blacklock’s chophouse inhabits a classic Shoreditch warehouse space and the menu is – not surprisingly – heavy with chops (skinny little chops, medium chops and large off-the-bone beauties). It also has an unexpected ace up its sleeve in the shape of the Blacklock burger. Inside the soft sesame bun, you get a juicy patty loaded with sliced gherkins and onions caramelised in vermouth, plus a slug of mild sriracha-laced burger sauce. Don’t forget a side order of crispy beef-dripping fries.

  • Restaurants
  • Burgers
  • Covent Garden

The popular American burger chain is popular for a reason. Their burgers come with two pattys as standard, but its the bacon cheeseburger that really does the buisness, complete with two strips of crispy bacon and melted American cheese. Add some cajun fries on the side and you'll be set for the next week. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Burgers
  • Islington

These sloppy, juicy burgers are knock-your-socks-off good. 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 Hippie, 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 it had crack in it.

Goodman Mayfair
  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Mayfair
  • price 3 of 4

Looking for all the world like some rich old grandfather’s study, the polished Mayfair branch of the Russian-owned steakhouse chain brings Manhattan to Mayfair with its well-upholstered, well-aged look and truly excellent grass-fed beef from both sides of the Atlantic. Steaks are headliners, but don’t ignore the stellar beefburger – a super-juicy patty with the usual additions (lettuce, pickle, tomato, onion), plus a heap of crunchy, thick-cut fries.

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Lucky Chip

The nomadic Lucky Chip is currently doing its thing at Islington’s vibey Old Queen’s Head and at Netil Market, serving up burgers that taste like a party in your mouth. There are specials on the menu, but of the regulars, the fiery El Chappo gets our vote. Here, an already excellent patty is topped with smoked bacon, jalapeños, aioli and blue cheese. Hot!

  • Restaurants
  • Burgers
  • Leicester Square

One of the best US burger joints does its finest work in the signature SmokeShack burger. It’s a regular cheeseburger (already delish) topped with Applewood smoked bacon, piquant peppers and creamy, sweet, slightly spicy ShackSauce, served up in a little waxed paper jacket. The millennial’s Big Mac, basically.

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Honest Burgers
  • Restaurants
  • Burgers
  • Soho

This chain has more than thirty London branches – but never fear, HB hasn’t lost its sheen. We still love the signature Honest burger (with its super-sweet red onion relish), but our all-time fave has to be the Tribute. It has American cheese, French mustard, bacon, pickles and a patty made from 35-day dry-aged British chuck steak. Chips are hand-cut and rosemary-salted and there are some not-too-shabby options for veggies, such as the Southern-fried courgette and sweetcorn fritter with chipotle mayo in a bun.

Patty & Bun
  • Restaurants
  • Burgers
  • Marylebone

As you’d expect from the name, the burgers here come with both a properly cooked patty and a rich brioche bun, but the real star turn is the use of own-made mayos and relishes. The Smokey Robinson, made with smokey P&B mayo, jammy caramelised onions and crisp bacon, is so good it deserves to be in a burger hall of fame. Fries are of a rustic ilk: skin-on, hand-cut thin chips with flecks of rosemary salt.

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  • Restaurants
  • Burgers
  • Soho
  • price 2 of 4

Despite strong competition, burger joint Wonderland may well be the single most garish restaurant in all of Soho, and it has duelling meat-based and vegan menus (there are separate grills and fryers for each). Fortunately the food is pretty great, hearty homemade burgers at a reasonable price and with fun presentation. The vegan Wild Wild West Burger is a veritable landslide of textures (the patty, homemade pickled onions, lettuce, onion rings), bound reasonably neatly by the forceful (but not overwhelming) sweet and smoky BBQ sauce, served - for some reason served in a cardboard box with a picture of Donald Trump in clown makeup on it.

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