Eating a hamburger is truly one of life's simplest – and most satisfying – pleasures. Whether it's an incinerated burger at a family barbecue or the comforting consistency of a Big Mac when you're abroad, a burger hits the spot in a way that not many other types of food can.
There's something delightfully animalistic about biting into a juicy seared meat patty, delicately sat inside of a soft bun that threatens to fall apart at the seams. That heady maillard reaction which charred ground beef comes to the party and delivers a umami hit you'll struggle to get from a salad. And whether you like your burgers rare and bloody or smashed and crispy, it's hard to deny that London caters fairly well to the hamburglars among us.
All too often, however, we also find ourselves let down by the city's plethora of disappointing burgers: by patties that are grisly and overcooked, by buns that require a mandible of steel to wrench apart, by "low-carb" options where lettuce buckles under the pressure of living up to bread's lofty standards and leaks sweet burger nectar all over your shirt.
You already know the difference between your Shake Shacks and your Five Guys, you know your Big Macs from your Whoppers, but here's a check-list of the very best burgers in London to blow your burger-loving mind. From classic burgs with nothing but cheese to teetering behemoths filled with all sorts of foodstuff (haggis and avocado included), keep scrolling for all of the noteworthy burgers in London (in no particular order) that deserve to be added to your to-eat list.
20 best burgers in London
1. Cut + Grind
The Urbanest Building, Canal Reach, N1C 4BD
The Beef Brave – £8.5
Like its name suggests, Cut + Grind select, cut and grind all their burgers in-house every day. The result is that every burger comes rammed with a thick and fresh meat puck of your own choosing. Cut + Grind qualifies as one of the best burgers in London thanks to the levels of customisation levels: you're given the option to choose between either a 'juicy' or 'skinny' blend of beef patty in your burger. Plus, all of C+G's meat comes from award-winning British and Irish farmers and the best way to really taste the provenance of that mince is by ordering the Beef Brave burger. Containing nothing but the bare bones of an aged beef patty and burger sauce, the Beef Brave is recommended for even the most cowardly of eaters.
2. Slow Richie's
Blenheim Grove, Peckham Rye, SE15 4QL
The Haggis Hog – £7.5
As permanent food residents at Brick Brewery, Slow Richie's has fast become one of the best burgers in London - and one of our favourite burger spots in the city. The 'Haggis Hog' isn't your typical beef and cheese patty affair; slow roasted pork, haggis and Slow Richie's signature BBQ sauce make up the bulk of this bad boy. It's an entire meal in of itself but a portion of hand-cut chips on the side doesn't hurt now, does it?
3. Dip & Flip
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The Dip & Flip Burger – £9.95
Dip & Flip's deal is that it allows you to douse your burger in an ungodly amount of gravy. Like the aftermath of when you've been let loose at the gravy jug during a tipsy Christmas dinner, eating The Dip & Flip Burger is a messy and wondrously tasty affair. Not even a tenner gets you a juicy West Country beef cheese burger patty topped with your choice of gravy dipped roast meat served with a fresh assortment of mustard, cabbage slaw and pickles in a toasted brioche bun. Oh, and a bowl of homemade beef gravy to dip your entire burger in. Just in case you weren't sold enough already.
4. Mother Flipper
Brockley Market, Lewisham Way, SE4 1UT
The Candy Bacon Flipper – £7
Street food stalwarts (and KERB legends) Mother Flipper know their mother flippin' burgers. And if you get your perfectly griddled cheese burger topped with bacon fried in maple syrup – as it comes in the Candy Bacon Flipper – you're going to be taken to another realm altogether. You need never aimlessly Google best burgers in London again.
5. Bunsmiths at The Miller
96 Snowsfields Road, SE1 3SS
The Miller Burger – £9.50
Named after the pub that houses the Bunsmiths and their big arse burgers, The Miller Burger is one of the best burgers in London for its meaty simplicity. Alongside a pastel pink patty are layers of onion and bacon jam, burger sauce and all the typical accoutrements you could ever want. The quality of the burger speaks itself – a meat disk we'd happily eat French-style a la steak haché.
6. Yen Burger
1B Southwark Street, SE1 1RQ
Yen Supreme Burger – £12
Japanese spiced burgers might sound like the name of an indie band you really got into around 2009, but it's also the style of burgers you can find at Yen Burger: a burger joint that melds American burger culture with Japanese ingredients and flavours. The Yen Supreme Burger features a 100% wagyu beef patty, fresh pickles, smoked turkey bacon, cheese and a shiso leaf. This burger is fusion done right; its fluffy bao-like bun providing a flavour and texture combo you'll be craving in all your burgers from here on in.
7. Kua 'Aina
The Duke (Kahanamoku) – £9.95
Hawaii is a rad place. Big waves, long hair, hang loose fingers, etc. It turns out that it's also home to some pretty rad burgers. Kua 'Aina is bringing a taste of the island to London, and the best way to get that taste all up in your grill is with The Duke burger. Bacon and avocado join a juicy patty between two halves of Kua Aina's ace demi-brioche seeded buns that are freshly baked seven days a week. It's a lot to get your head (and mouth) around. In a good way.
8. Le Bun
34 Coate Street, E2 9AG
Le Royale Cheeseburger – £9.5
You know what they don't call a quarter pound with cheese in Paris? A Le Royale Cheeseburger. Which we're pretty thankful for considering that Le Bun's cheese beast is a hell of a lot better than anything you'll get at McDonald's. The melted meat perfection that is the Le Royale Cheeseburger might just be the best bun on Le Bun's menu (and most certainly one of the best burgers in London). It's a West Coast cheeseburger given an Xzibit-esque upgrade with an aged beef patty, bone marrow burger sauce, smoked pickles, confit beef fat onions, and good ol' American cheese in a demi brioche bun. Ronald is shaking in his comically large boots.
9. Black Bear Burger
Boxpark Shoreditch, 10 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GY
The Black Bear – £8
Boxpark's Black Bear Burger is an absolute bruin of a burger. It's a meal gone wild (bam-a-lam), that'll get you high (bam-a-lam), you know that's no lie (bam-a-lam). It's goes without saying that this sandwich is "so rock steady" but what's inside the burger, you ask? Well, aged beef, American cheese, pancetta bacon and garlic mayo are all ram jammed inside it, of course. And, Goddamn, that garlic mayo is divine. If we could eat this everyday without incurring any lasting damage on our cholesterol and bank account: we would. Whoa, Black Bear, bam-a-lam…
10. Bad Egg
CityPoint, 1 Ropemaker Street, EC2Y 9AW
Korean Burger – £12
The burgers at Bad Egg – made from 100% rare breed beef – are very good. One of the best burgers in London, and our pick of the litter, is the Korean Burger. Why? Because a beef patty, gochujang and Korean-spiced pulled pork is combination that's pretty hard to beat. Yep, this is fusion done right, alright. It's also a good sign that's nigh-impossible to eat without going through an entire package napkins to mop up your beef and pork dregs.
11. Mac & Wild
65 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 7PS
Venimoo Burger – £12
The Venimoo burger at Mac & Wild is a burger for adults. An indulgent burger that knows its time tables. A burger that's done taxes. A burger that's earned a beer after a long day's work. This double patty burgers comes with both beef and venison mincemeat pucks along with melted cheese, béarnaise sauce and caramelised onions. Served in a slightly toasted sesame seeded bun, the Venimoo burger is – like the Kardashian clan – rich and worth your attention.
12. Honest Burgers
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Tribute – £11.5
If you're looking for a consistent burger experience in London, it's hard to look past the Honest Burgers chain. There's heaps of the dotted across the city and – despite their seeming ubiquity – each offers a pretty slamming burger experience. The Tribute (HB's ode to the classic American burger) might be one of the best burgers in London on Honest burgers menu (bar their seasonal offerings). A beef burger with bacon, American cheese, burger sauce, French's mustard, pickles, onion and lettuce. It's a crowd pleasing classic for a reason. The complimentary rosemary salt chips really sweeten the deal at Honest Burgers but it's the high quality meat that makes the trip worth it. It might not not exactly pushing the boat out there, but, if it ain't broke: don't fix it. And if it runs as well as the Tribute? Enter that baby in a street race Vin Diesel-style, baby!
13. Shake Shack
ShackMeister – £6.5
Admitting that the burgers at Shake Shack are good feels a bit like we're handing in our British passports and decking ourselves up in the stars and stripes. We're sorry, blighty, we really are. But the smash burgers that are slinged out of Shake Shack's ever-growing arsenal of burger eateries are pretty good. They've got that umami flavour down to a tee, the maillard reaction in full force as every crispy, singed end of the burger sings a song of summer barbecues in your mouth. While nearly always team one patty in the burger department and, despite how thin the patties used by Shake Shack are, the joint's ShackMeister really benefits from single hunk of meat. The beef shines through and plays well with the signature burger sauce. The chips? They're crinkle cut and fairly forgettable. Just get two ShackMeisters instead.
Dead Hippie – £9.50
MeatLiquor's branding is fairly obnoxious. The ambience is borderline offensive. "Edgy" graffiti and an aesthetic that's not as cool as it thinks it is. Remember when they did that promotion where you'd get free burgers for life if you got the MeatLiquor logo tattooed on you? Yeah. Sadly, the burgers are good. The Dead Hippie is decadence in a bun as two mustard-fried beef patties, Dead Hippie sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and minced white onions combine for a messy affair you certainly won't be telling your significant other about.
15. Dirty Burger
Cheeseburger – £6
Burgers are often best when they're done simply. Dirty Burger doesn't fuss around with any fancy flavour combinations or try to zhuzz up what it's offering in any way. This is a cheeseburger. It tastes how a cheeseburger should. Remember when you were young and you'd read The Archie comic books and fantasise about what the cheeseburgers at Pop's tasted like? This is probably it.
Double cheeseburger – £9.5
There ain't nothing bleak about ordering a double cheeseburger at Bleecker. Double beef? That ain't bleak. Double cheese? That ain't bleak, either. A soft as bun that practically melts into nothing? Still not really getting any notes of bleak over here. And that's because eating at Bleecker is a promise of better things to come – a look towards the prosperous future. Yes, the double cheeseburger at Bleecker is hope in it purest incarnation.
17. Patty & Bun
Ari Gold Cheeseburger – £8.75
Named after the motor mouthed talent agent played by Jeremy Piven in the HBO series Entourage, the Ari Gold cheeseburger at Patty & Bun is an A-list sandwich to say the least. Wedged between two perfect halves of a glossy brioche bun is where you can find P&B's signature aged beef patty (and mayo) melded with lettuce, tomato, pickled onions and topped with a generous layer of cheese. It's a soft and fall apart kind of affair. The kind of burger that bears your finger prints once you grab a hold of its perfectly domed exterior. An ideal lunch-time option when you're in the mood for something quick, simple and meaty.
18. Burger & Beyond
147 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JE
The Bougie Burg – £13.50
You know what's not bougie? Mayonnaise. You know what is bougie? Marrownaise. Burger & Beyond's Bougie Burg really does take the burger that little bit extra with its mayonnaise plumped up with bone marrow to ensure that you get the most out of your meal, but it doesn't stop there. The American cheese is smoked and even the onions are cooked down in beef fat till they reach a meaty residue you'll barely recognise as ever having once been a vegetable. If you want a joint that will take your pleasure levels up to infinity, you need to go to Burgers & Beyond. Order the Bougie Burg, tell 'em we sent you, and thank us later.
19. Lucky Chip
El Chappo – £9.95
Everything's better with aioli. Fact. Everything's better with bacon. Fact. A burger with the above alongside an aged beef patty, roasted jalapeños and blue cheese is better than most burgers you've ever eaten. Fact. Hence why the El Chappo burger is one of the best burgers in London, without a doubt. Grab one from any of Lucky Chip's London outlets for an eating experience that's just...well... better than most.
20. Baba G's
Crazy Lamb Jalfrezi Burger – £9
Baba G's Bhangra burgers have quickly become a siren call for any serious burger fanatics in the capital. Mixing American classic with the typical flavours of Indian cuisine, each burger stands in its own right as an advertisement for how fusion food can be done very, very well. Our personal fave is the Crazy Lamb Jalfrezi Burger – a spiced lamb patty served with a cool mint cumin riatha mango pulp and onion salsa inside Baba's G's delicate buttermilk naan-style buns. Throw a crispy onion bhaji into the mix and you've got yourself a tidy meal. Add a portion of pachos (poppadom nachos) as well and you'll be rolling yourself home in absolute bliss.