To celebrate National Burger Day 2019 today, we scoured the UK in search of the very best places you can go when only a burger will satisfy your hunger pangs.
Check out 5 of our favourite burger joints across the UK below, and if you’re craving more, be sure to pick up a FREE copy of one of our regional eating out guides here or read a digital version of one of our guides here.
With nine locations across London, no matter where you are in the city, you can get your meaty fix at Burger & Lobster. Made from 100% Nebraskan family-farmed beef, you’ll be blown away by the quality of the beef burgers on offer at this bar and restaurant, which is just jam-packed full of personality.
Launched in Mayfair by four schoolmates in 2011, their goal was a simple one; to open a restaurant where the focus was on perfecting just one or two main ingredients. Since then, Burger & Lobster has been bringing the freshest live, wild Atlantic lobsters and prime cut Nebraskan burgers to some of the most electric locations across the world, with nine sites in London, two in New York, and a further four in Bangkok, Dubai, Genting and Kuwait City.
Burger & Lobster uses American beef due to its high percentage of inter-muscular far, which when made into a burger, evenly renders throughout the patty, stopping the burger from shrinking and keeping the meat juicy and flavoursome. Whether you choose The Original, comprised of a beef patty with lettuce, tomato, house-made pickles, onions and B&L’s secret burger sauce, The B&L Burger, comprised of a beef patty topped with grilled lobster meat, Brie, truffle and tarragon mayo, fennel and Chinese cabbage, The Smoked Burger, made from select cuts of American beef, infused with smoked salt, thyme and a hint of paprika, topped with oak-smoked Cheddar, or The Black Bean Burger, comprised of a black bean patty with Portobello mushroom, chimichurri, relish, lettuce and pickles, you’ll wonder why you ever wasted your money at fast-food chains when you could have been eating here.
Read our review of Burger & Lobster Soho in our just-released London Food & Drink Guide here, where we called the restaurant a must-visit.
With locations in Exeter, Bristol, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Truro, Taunton, and Pentewan, those looking for American-inspired street food in a trendy, upbeat restaurant need look no further than Hubbox.
Boasting an extensive menu of award-winning gourmet burgers made using 21 day dry-aged Cornish rare breed beef, and New York-style hot dogs made using 100% free-range oak smoked pork, along with salads, nachos, hand-cut and double-fried fries, and a specials menu of dishes cooked on the charcoal barbecue grill, if you want to feast on a fantastic selection of feel-good comfort food, you will find what you’re looking for at Hubbox.
Using meat supplied by Philip Warren of Launceston which is farmed along the Cornish and Devon border, Hubbox offers 18 burgers to choose. These include their tempting HBX Classic burger, comprised of a 6oz 100% rare breed Cornish beef patty with Hub Southwest sauce, fried onions and lettuce, their Chilli Cheese burger, comprised of a beef patty with beef chilli, jalapenos, white onion, American-style burger cheese, chipotle mayo and lettuce, and their XL Bacon Double Cheese burger, made with 2 6oz beef patties, Warren’s smoked bacon, American-style burger cheese, lettuce, and BBQ sauce.
Hubbox also boasts a scrumptious selection of chicken burgers and vegetarian and vegan burgers. Their selection of chicken burgers includes their Katsu Chicken burger, featuring a panko-coated fried chicken breast, pickled carrot and mouli, katsu curry sauce, kewpie mayo and shredded lettuce, and their Brie B King burger, featuring a grilled chicken breast, Cornish Brie, bacon jam, garlic and maple mayo and wild rocket.
For the vegetarians and vegans out there, their Fakin’ Bacon burger, comprised of a squash and black bean patty, vegan BBQ mayo, vegan facon jam, vegan cheese, and lettuce, and their All Star Plant burger, comprised of a plant-based burger, French’s mustard, Tommy K, pickles, lettuce and vegan cheese certainly won’t disappoint.
Bringing a classic taste of New England to the centre of Nottingham, Annie’s Burger Shack prides itself on serving the best burgers in town, all served on a toasted sesame bun with crisp iceberg lettuce, sliced tomato and mayonnaise, and your choice of fries or wedges. What makes this eatery extra special though is its meat-free selection. Every recipe on the menu can be adapted to make it vegan or vegetarian, incorporating mouth-watering, tried-and-tested alternatives that do not compromise on flavour.
Their most popular choice is perhaps The Bacon Cheddar burger, topped with bacon and melted American-style Cheddar cheese, but if you’re a blue cheese fan you might want to opt for their Bacon Blues burger instead, topped with two thick slices of bacon and generous chunks of the tastiest blue cheese.
With an incredible 34 burgers to choose from, no matter your tastes, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect burger to suit your palate. Showstopping burgers from the menu include The Big Breakfast burger, a burger topped with American-style sausage patty, a thick bacon slice and a local free-range fried egg, all covered with grilled mushrooms, The Buffalo Ranch burger, featuring a tender chicken fillet in a southern fried crispy coating with a drizzle of New York Buffalo wing sauce and Ranch dressing on top, along with fresh cold pickles, red onion slices, and a pot of classic chunky blue cheese dressing, and The Sunday Dinner burger, a sumptuous burger topped with roast chicken breast, homemade Yorkshire pudding, stuffing ball, mini roast potatoes and mini vegetables, all covered in homemade gravy. Annie’s homemade chilli, nachos and hotdogs also provide the ideal accompaniments to your American feast.
Situated in its picturesque spot on Bristol’s historic Floating Harbour, as well as serving up Bristol’s very best burgers, Three Brothers Burgers offers an idyllic vantage point for watching boats, kayaks and paddleboards drift by over the peaceful waters.
As its name would suggest, burgers are the game of the game here. Made in house using 28-day aged Herefordshire beef and served in a soft, glazed brioche bun with Three Brothers’ house dressing, baby gem lettuce and red onion, Three Brothers offers 19 tempting burgers to choose from, most of which can be made veggie by replacing the patty with a mushroom.
Located just a short stroll from our office here at Food & Drink Guides, our team are regulars at the restaurant. Some of our favourite burgers on the menu include Le Frenchie, a delectable combination of beef patty, Brie, caramelised red onions and homemade garlic mayo, and the Hawaiian, featuring grilled pineapple, Monty Jack, bacon and spicy mayo. Though the portions are more than generous at Three Brothers Burgers, we can’t resist adding sides of fried laden with slow-cooked beef brisket chilli and Monterey Jack, and chicken wings doused in hickory-smoked barbecue.
Along with a tempting selection of beef burgers, chicken burgers, and hot dogs, Three Brothers Burgers’ menu also includes an exciting vegetarian and vegan selection, including their Veggie Mountain Burger, featuring a teriyaki marinated flat mushroom topped with a double stack of potato rosti, Emmental cheese, crispy onions, gherkins and American mustard, their Halloumi Caprese Burger, made with a halloumi and roasted red pepper patty with fresh tomato, mozzarella, basil pesto mayo and rocket, and their vegan El Diablo Burger, comprised of a seitan and roast mushroom patty on a soft white bun with guacamole spicy salsa and tortilla crumbs.
Serving up authentic American barbecue food made with the highest quality Welsh produce, if you’re in the Welsh capital and you’re craving a heavenly burger, they don’t get much better than those found at The Smoke House on Pontcanna Street.
Choose from enticing choices like their signature burger The Smoke House, comprised of a beef patty topped with house pickles, Monty Jack cheese and Smoke House sauce, The Roadhouse, featuring a beef patty topped with house pickles, Monty Jack cheese, and Smoke House sauce and topped with a choice of either pulled pork, beef brisket, or smoked bacon, or The Mex, made with chicken breast marinated in Cajun spices and topped with guacamole, nachos, Monty Jack cheese and garlic mayo. Non-meat eaters will love the grilled halloumi burger topped with jalapenos and Smoke House sauce.
All their burgers are served in a toasted brioche bun with gem lettuce, beef tomato and red onion and are accompanied by the obligatory red cabbage slaw and seasoned skin-on fries or sweet potato fries for an extra £1.
If you’re not in the mood for burgers, The Smoke House’s menu also includes classics ranging from pulled pork and Memphis pork ribs to mouth-watering hickory-smoked brisket of beef, which is lovingly cooked just as it should be – low and slow. A tantalising array of seasoned stakes, chicken, and vegetarian options are also on the menu, prepared using fresh, local produce, with naturally smoked herbs and spice to create real American flavours. Diners will also find an impressive wine list alongside an extensive range of American craft beers.