The Handbook
The Handbook

It’s National Burger Day! Totally not a made up day at all. Normally The Queen does an address and there’s a flypast, but I think that got lost in the post this year so now there’s just a bunch of burger restaurant PR people sending out press releases to honour the event.

So we’ve gone through them all and selected our favourite burger-ias, just add fries…

Burger & Lobster

Not since Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, Posh and Becks, Becks and Rebecca Loos, Becks and that school teacher (enough of that) has a couple been so perfect for each other as Burger & Lobster.

The posh chain is equally skilled in both disciplines (the lobster croquettes are divine) but if you’re after burgers then they’re also your man. Or woman. Stick with the Original Burger and you simply can’t go wrong.

Where: All over London, but try Threadneedle Street (pictured) or Dean Street, Soho
Website: www.burgerandlobster.com

Mac & Wild

We’re wild for Mac & Wild. The meaty Scottish restaurant gives the distinct impression that every single dish has been specially shot and dragged in the driving rain by a ghillie specifically for your dinner.

The burger offering at Mac & Wild is suitably fabulous, check out the Venimoo, a beef patty, venison patty, cheese, pickles, béarnaise and caramelised onions.

Where: 9A Devonshire Square, The City, EC2M 4YN
Website: www.macandwild.com

Hawksmoor

Meat and Hawksmoor go hand-in-hoof, and the chain (there are six across London) is the place to come to experience meat cooked to perfection.

When it comes to burger expertise, get the Hawksmoor Burger (make sure you get the triple cooked chips too) or the South Korean influenced Kimchi Burger.

Where: 11 Langley Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9JG
Website: www.thehawksmoor.com

Smiths of Smithfield

Smiths of Smithfield gets better the higher you climb, with the rooftop fine dining restaurant a real treat (get the beef Wellington), and normally for burgers we’d be pointing you right in the direction of  the first floor grill restaurant, but (coz Covid) they’re currently closed.

But no matter, you can still head to the ground floor Cafe + Bar, and you’ll get the same Smiths of Smithfield standard of burger. Which, luckily, is bloody high. Enjoy.

Where: 67-77 Charterhouse Street, Farringdon, EC1M 6HJ
Website: www.smithsofsmithfield.co.uk

Gillray’s

Take your eyes off your plate and at least try and enjoy the view, Gillray’s overlooks the houses of parliament but not that most of their clientelle have a moment to enjoy the view because they’re too engrossed by the vista on their plates.

Gillray’s really comes into its own when it comes to steaks, but also look out for the burgers and help yourself to a Gillray’s Beef Burger. A combo of smokey streaked bacon, cheddar and beef, you’ll thank us later.

Where: County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Southbank, SE1 7PB
Website: www.gillrays.com

Patty & Bun

From Liverpool Street to Brighton, Soho to Hackney, Patty & Bun are burgering away like crazy to bring us the meaty goodness they’re renowned for.

Their cool vibes are matched by their extensive burger menu, personally I’m partial to a Smokey Robinson, a beef patty in a brioche served with cheese, tomato, lettuce, ‘mounds of caramelised onions’, bacon, ketchup and smokey P&B mayo. Mouth literally watering as I type that…

Where: 18 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4TN
Website: www.pattyandbun.co.uk

Le Bun

Cuckooing in a series of venues, burger specialists Le Bun bring a bit of France and a lot of America to London along with a serious amount of burger.

Head to The Sebright Arms to check out their burgers, or just stay at home and order a kit online…

Where: c/o The Sebright Arms, 31-35 Coate Street, Hackney, E2 9AG
Website: www.lebun.co.uk

MEATliquor

Be a meat licker at MEATliquor… Whether you’re headed to Croydon’s Boxpark or Brighton or you’re just happy to stay central in Fitzrovia, you’re gonna be hot for a Hot Mess (it’s hash browns liberally smothered in blue cheese sauce and jalapeños) followed by a Bacon Cheeseburger, a ‘Dead Hippie’ or a ‘Plain Jane’.

The dog friendly restaurants come with photo booths, disco balls and.. illuminated pickle!

Where: 37-38 Margaret Street, Fitzrovia, W1G 0JF
Website: www.meatliquor.com

The Coal Shed

Anyone with the motto ‘meat, fish, fire’ is very much after our own hearts, and The Coal Shed, close to Tower Bridge, certainly fulfils that brief with apolomb.

The fish is straight from the South Coast, the meat from rare beads and the fire, well that’s just fire.

Keep it simple with the Coal Shed Burger, including two aged beef patties, house pickles, cheese, onion and chips (add bacon for maximum effect).

Where: One Tower Bridge, Borough, SE1 2SE
Website: www.coalshed-restaurantlondon.co.uk

Eggslut

For one day only (that’s today, folks (or should I say yolks?!)) Eggslut are touting their ‘Superburger’, which is, well, super. Taking their regular cheeseburger, the upgrade includes a double patty,  fried egg, extra cheese and pickles in a brioche bun.

The eggy LA restaurant is a recent arrival in Notting Hill and Fitzrovia, but brings with it some of the most talked-about burgers in town.

Where: 185 Portobello Road Notting Hill, W11 2ED
Website: www.eggslut.com

Let’s face it, if you’re a vegan or a vegetarian it’s highly unlikely you’ve read all the way down these meaty options carefully scanning for a plant-based suggestion, but if you are keen on a selection of suitable meat-free options then check out this wonderful list…