The 5 best Burgers in London
1) Shoreditch House / Soho House.
To say that Shoreditch House is a place to get great hamburgers is a bit of an understatement. This private members’ club is located in the top three floors and the roof of a renovated 1930s factory. Aside from its two restaurants, Shoreditch House features a barber, a gym (with regular fitness classes), and several bars. On the roof there is a pool and garden area.
The £10 griddled cheeseburger is available at either of the house’s two restaurants. You can choose between cheddar and blue cheese. A Shoreditch burger must be experienced to be believed. The grilled meat, the cheese, and the bread are all top quality.
Shoreditch House is part of the Soho House Group, a private club whose members work in film, media and other creative industries. Shoreditch is one of the Group’s eleven houses. Others are located in Berlin, Hollywood, Toronto, and New York.
Unfortunately, to eat at Shoreditch, one has to be a member or a guest of a member. This can be frustrating for those who can’t get in. But you can always go to Electric Diner on Portobello Road, also owned by the Soho House Group, where you can find double cheeseburgers as well as the regular singles.
2) Meat Liquor
In my opinion, Meat Liquor is slightly over-hyped. Not because its burgers fail to live up to their reputation, but because of the long queues—something that the place seems to take a perverse pride in. You can’t reserve a place there, which means you’re likely to face a long wait. On the other hand, many will find comfort in seeing bankers unable to pay their way in and having to queue in the rain with the rest of us. At any rate, the quality of the food and the overall experience are good enough to put Meat Liquor in the 2nd-place spot.
The burgers here are juicy and thick, are served on crispy buns and can be accompanied by a variety of sides, such as skinny fries, spicy chili cheese fries or onion rings. Possibly the most popular choice is the Dead Hippie, which features two burgers, gherkins, cheese, and a special sauce. There are other unique options as well. And as the name implies, there are plenty of drinks to order along with the burgers.
3) Dirty Burger
Like Shoreditch, Dirty Burger is owned by the Soho House Group. One look at the menu tells you what sort of place you’re in. Except during breakfast, there’s exactly one item available, the cheeseburger, along with two sides, crinkle cut fries and onion rings. What Dirty Burger lacks in diversity, though, it more than makes up for in quality. The food comes at a good price and gets made quickly, despite being cooked from scratch. The cheeseburger is more than worth the £5.5 price.
This is a small restaurant with limited seating and an unremarkable ambience. The décor is almost rustic. You don’t go there to lounge about. But there are few places that can match it for quick but high-quality dining.
4) Byron Burger
Byron Burger offers hamburgers made with only Scottish ground beef, minced daily and served on soft buns. You can find meatier burgers in London, but few that are as tender and succulent as the ones you get here.
The menu offers plenty of options, unlike some of the other restaurants on this list. For instance, you can order a cheeseburger with Cheddar, American, Monterey Jack, blue cheese or Emmenthal, or the eponymous Byron Burger, featuring bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, cheddar, and the special “Byron sauce.” There’s an equally impressive variety of sides and salads to go along with the hamburger you choose, as well.
Plus, with plenty of London locations (as well as a traveling van), there’s always an opportunity to find a Byron Burger close by.
O’Neill’s is a real outside bet, but on Monday & Tuesday you can get a burger and chips for only £5. The burgers here aren’t gourmet quality, but don’t let the brand’s chain Irish pub image put you off. It’s a great place to eat, drink, and relax.
O’Neill’s makes its burgers with 100% Irish beef, and other menu items (such as the potato bread and relish) also come straight from the Emerald Isle. The meat is served in a soft bun. The result is a burger that’s both authentic and affordable, often accompanied by live Irish folk or indie music. For the complete experience, don’t forget to order a Guinness or two to go along with your meal.
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