Chances are you’ve probably already got the date in your diary but in case you’ve been hiding under a rock, then allow us to enlighten you that today – Wednesday 27 August – is National Burger Day (not that we need an excuse to indulge in one). As the name suggests, it’s a day when we call all celebrate the humble meat patty – a culinary trend that has endured the test of time. Living in London, we’re blessed with some of the the best burgers on the planet and there are plenty of places to go and get your fix of grilled beef. Here’s the low-down on five haute burger spots…
1. BOBO Social
BOBO Social is a new high-end burger and small plates dining concept that’s just opened its doors on Charlotte Street, aka one of London’s leading foodie destinations. BOBO’s burger menu – expect a Lobster & crab burger, a Peanut butter burger, a Wagyu burger with ogleshield cheese, confit shitake mushrooms and truffle shavings – is made with rare-breed beef from Sussex, such as Dexter, Longhorn and Red Lincoln. All burgers are be cooked in a Kopa charcoal oven which sears meat instantly at temperatures as high as 300°C, to ensure it retains it’s succulence.
95 Charlotte Street, W1
2. Dirty Burger
Nick Jones has done it again. The man who brought us Soho House as well as London restaurants including Electric Brasserie, Hoxton Grill and High Road Brasserie is behind the trailblazing Dirty Burger and its epic burgers. Standouts include the Cheeseburgers but save room for sides: the crinkle cut and onion fries are definitely worth ditching the diet for. Early birds can order the special Breakfast burger.
79 Highgate Road, NW5
3. Meat Liquor
London’s burger god - Yianni Papoutis - opened this pleasure pit back in 2011 and it quickly became a sensation. Fast forward three years and the Oxford Street burgers and beer joint still elates. Don’t miss the Dead Hippy: two double-stacked patties diced with melted cheese, raw onion, shredded lettuce, gherkins and last - but by no means least - a ‘secret sauce’ that’s second to none. Make no mistake: Meat Liquor justifies every word of its hype.
74 Welbeck Street, W1
4. Patty & Bun
Anonymous blogger Burgerac, a man on a mission to find the finest burger in town, swears by the Ari Gold Cheeseburger - a generous patty slathered in smokey mayo, ketchup and a vinegary twang before being shoehorned into a glazed brioche bun- on offer here. Factor in young, friendly staff and there’s no doubting that Joe Grossman’s burger palace is a great place to kick off a night out in W1.
54 James Street, W1
5. Shake Shack
New York's most famous burger chain opened its first outpost in London last July - 500 yards away and 24 hours after Five Guys (another US burger power house) set up shop in the capital.The latter - with its ‘peanut oil only’ boasts can count Barack Obama as a fan but here at Haute Time, it’s Shake Shack that’s rocking our world. We’re partial to the SmokeShack - a cheeseburger topped with all-natural applewood smoked bacon and chopped cherry pepper which might just be the best burger we have ever eaten. Wash it down with a spectacular shake and save room for the Frozen custards (aka ice cream).
24 Market Building, The Piazza, Covent Garden, WC2