I love a good burger, and there are many to be had in London. To set a standard, my favorite burger of all time is probably the one at nopa in San Francisco–it’s the combination of excellent quality perfectly seasoned meat, housemade brioche bun, sparky pickled onion, and those fries…
Ah, back to the subject, burgers in London. For some reason, the ones I’ve really liked here have been more fast-food style.
Dirty Burger in Kentish Town (and elsewhere) makes a great, greasy fast-food style burger, wrapped in paper and dripping in sauce. When I had about a third of my burger left, the bun had basically disintegrated. I like the onion rings better than the crinkle-cut fries here.
MeatMarket in Covent Garden is part of the growing MeatLiquor empire. The menu is far more extensive than Dirty Burger’s short and sweet two or three item list and there is an equally impressive drinks menu. I had the “Dead Hippie” with French’s mustard, secret sauce, minced onion and two patties. DH had the Green Chili Cheeseburger, which was genuinely spicy-hot, much more so than expected (which we both liked).
Both MeatMarket and Dirty Burger are similar in their goal–producing a fast-food style burger–but I’d give MM the thumbs-up for more flavorful meat and a more creative menu.
Also tried Byron in Camden, which I didn’t like very much (not enough salt in the meat) and Hache, also in Camden, where the burger was fine but nothing special.
As the day grows shorter, I’m wondering if there are any particularly cozy pubs/restaurants with fabulous burgers in Central or slightly NW London? (Camden/Kentish Town/Tuffnell area). I would especially love to find a place, like nopa, that makes grassfed beef taste amazing.