Friary Street, Derby, DE1 1JF
If you see a faded sign by the side of the road that says fifteen miles to Annie’s Burger Shack, jump in your Chrysler that seats about twenty and head on down the highway with your jukebox money. Annie’s Burger Shack, recently awarded the Best Burger Bar in England 2019, is a little old place where fans of the authentic taste of the USA can get together to enjoy a choice of over 34 mouth-watering burgers, all of which can be altered to cater to carnivores, vegetarians, and vegans alike.
A firm favourite with locals in Nottingham for over a decade, the exciting new restaurant in Derby has already gained a loyal fan base and for good reason. Housed in a lovingly restored Grade II listed Art Deco church built in 1937, Annie and her team have created a portal across the pond right in the heart of this very English city. Boasting a bold and bright interior with an exposed brick feature wall, high ceilings, and tall arched windows, there’s really nothing that compares to this anywhere else in the region. In fact, you’d have to fly to the US of A to experience an authentic American taste that can match this. Not only was owner Annie born and raised in Rhode Island, but she also ships her seasonings all the way from America, ensuring this is as close to a real American burger as you’re going to get in the UK.
Sit in the welcoming atmosphere of the dining room and peruse the almost-overwhelming choice of burgers on offer, including monthly specials like this month’s “The Cannonball 4” – a southern fried coated double burger stuffed with roast chicken, slow-cooked BBQ’d pulled pork, layers of American cheese, topped with teriyaki mayo and crunchy smokey bacon crumble. Also available in veggie and vegan options, choose from curly fries, skinny fries, sweet potato fries, homemade Cajun or salted wedges, or beer-battered onion rings and this is a mighty, mouth-watering feast you won’t forget soon.
Other recent monthly specials have included the likes of the Swedish FIKA burger – a burger topped with Swedish layered dill potato cheese bowl, classic recipe Swedish meatballs, light brown gravy, parmesan cheese, and Lingonberry jam, topped with a warm mini Swedish cinnamon roll on top, and the Japanese Oishii Burger – topped with baked kabocha pumpkin and black sesame seed, and edible bowl of sushi seasoned sticky rice, stripes of breaded chicken covered in Katsu curry sauce with matcha green tea sticks, all topped with sushi, green wasabi and pink pickled ginger.
In fact, there’s so much choice on the menu that there’s ALMOST enough to fill an A to Z list – so we thought we’d try just that.
A is for Homemade American Style Chilli
Garnished with sour cream and fresh salsa. Served with tortilla chips on the side.
B is for The Bacon Blues
Burger topped with two thick slices of bacon and generous chunks of fine blue cheese.
C is for The Classic
The original simple favourite. A delicious burger grilled to perfection. Smothered with melted American-style Cheddar cheese.
D is for The Deathray
This one should come with a warning sign! Burger topped with American-style Cheddar cheese, jalapenos, onions and peppers, slathered in pure hot chilli paste and topped off with a whole grilled Scotch Bonnet.
E is for The Elvis
Inspired by the King. A half-pound burger smothered with peanut butter and raspberry jam (or jelly, if you want to call it that). It sounds weird, but hey, it really works.
F is for The Fajita
Burger topped with Mexican-spiced sautéed onions and peppers, American-style Cheddar cheese, sour cream, guacamole, fresh cilantro salsa and a black olive to top.
G is for The Gringo
Burger topped with crispy tortilla basket, chilli garlic sauce, filled with Mexican-spiced rice, refried beans, salsa, sour cream and a green Mexican chilli sticking out the middle.
H is for The Hawaiian
Burger topped with two smoked grilled gammon pieces, a fresh grilled pineapple ring, and covered with melted Swiss cheese.
I is for Jelly and Ice Cream
Just one of the scrummy desserts found on the kids menu.
J is for The Johnny Vegas
Burger topped with crispy bacon, warm toffee apple butter, Lancashire black pudding, sweet chilli jam, and a homemade mini Guinness jelly doughnut on a stick.
K is for The Key West Cubano
Burger layered with thick sliced ham, salami, citrus marinated roast pork, double swiss cheese, plenty of American mustard and grilled pickles. Delicious.
L is for The Louisiana Burgandy St
A mouthwatering burger covered in sautéed red onions and mushrooms, all expertly blended with butter, red wine and tarragon. Named after the famous New Orleans French Quarter.
M is for The Maryland Crabcake
Homemade Maryland crab cake burger packed with lump crab meat and made with proper Old Bay Seasoning garnished with a lemon wedge and parsley with seafood sauce on the side.
N is for The North Carolina
Burger topped with 8-hour slow-cooked homemade BBQ’d pulled pork topped with melted Red Leicester and crispy fried onions.
O is for Battered Beer Onion Rings
One of the many tempting sides available with your meal.
P is for The Peppino Pizza
Burger topped with marinara sauce and melted cheese, mini pepperonis, and sprinkled with parmesan and Italian herbs.
R is for The Reggie
A burger layered with four rashers of American-style bacon, Velveeta-style cheese, with an extra crispy hashbrown in the middle.
S is for The Sunday Dinner
A sumptuous burger topped with roast chicken breast, homemade Yorkshire pudding, stuffing ball, mini roast potatoes and mini vegetables, all covered in homemade gravy.
T is for The Thin Lizzy
A juicy burger topped with cask ale-soaked sautéed red onions and mushrooms in a homemade gravy, covered with melted Swiss cheese.
V is for The Vermonter
A burger topped with two pancakes, crispy strips of bacon and lashings of authentic American maple syrup.
W is for Wine
There’s a delicious selection of red, white, and rose wine on the drinks menu – including vegan options.
X is for X-Mas
Book your Christmas party at Annie’s Burger Shack between 2nd December and 31st December and choose any burger and dessert off the menu for just £17 per person. For groups of 10 to 30 people. For £3 extra, you can choose the Yuletide special burger or The Double Boston Nibbler burger. Speaking of the Yuletide special burger…
Y is for the Yuletide special burger
Available this December, the Yuletide special burger is topped with New England French seasonal stuffing, Black Forest ham, roast turkey and gravy, wild garlic mashed potato, whole cranberry sauce, roast parsnip and carrot Christmas tree, hand-rolled Grand Marnier mini Christmas pudding and mulled wine-soaked plum.
For more on Christmas at Annie’s Burger Shack in Derby, visit https://anniesburgershack.com/christmas and be sure to look out for our review in our recently released Peak District & Derbyshire Food & Drink Guide.