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Where to find the best burgers in London

Whether you like them medium or rare, smothered in cheese or layered with bacon, whatever your preference of what lies between those buns, there's one thing we can all agree on: there’s no better pleasure than the first bite of the perfect burger. From Five Guys' five-star masterpiece to Dirty Bones’ mac'n'cheese mound, there’s something for everyone in our extensive list of London’s best burgers. Our expert recommendations are accompanied with a side dish of carefully deliberated ratings. We tried them all so don’t have to… well, you could, just not all in one sitting.

And if you want to expand your beef-eating horizons? Take a look at our best restaurants in London.

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Flank

What makes Flank so amazing? Tom Griffiths, the man behind Flank, wanted to re-create the sensation of your first ever McDonald’s burger, but with the best possible ingredients. It sounds like such a ludicrous, quixotic dream for anyone to have – how do you re-create such artificial brilliance in nature? – but by God he’s only gone and bloody done it. From the first bite, it is undeniable that Griffiths has created a real replica: the pickles, homemade, taste exactly the same; the patty, made with juicy cuts of chuck, Flank, brisket and short rib (plus bone marrow) is the platonic ideal of a Big Mac, with the addition of a saline hit of delicious pork.

Mark out of 5: 4.5

flanklondon.com

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Other Side Fried

What makes Other Side Fried so amazing? London is no slouch when it comes to fried chicken burgers. But there are few that compare to Other Side Fried, which you can find in Peckham, Brixton, Camden and the West End. The meat is so impossibly juicy, and yet the coating so crisp and complete, that the presence of sauces feels excessive (which they are, and all the better for it) and all you need is a bit of lettuce and a few pickles to round it out. Everything about it is lip-smackingly good, plus you can actually bite into it without any form of demolition: this is utilitarian dining. Perhaps even better are the dirty fries: the fries themselves are well spiced and nutty, and then they have such a generous helping of toppings you won’t ever find yourself in its overly dry chips. The addition of Parmesan alongside the normal bacon and hot sauce also gives them a really pleasing, mellow funk that you don’t normally get with most other topped fries.

Mark out of 5: 4

othersidefried.com

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Burger & Beyond

What makes the Burger & Beyond burgers so amazing? You know those filthy food Instagram accounts that you find yourself scrolling through just after coming back from the gym? Burger & Beyond’s burgers look just like the litany of oozing, juicy offerings that populate those feeds – and taste exactly like you’d hope they would after a good workout. If you’re after a classic burger experience, order the Bacon Butter Burger (available as both a single and a double), which is accompanied by a burnt butter mayo that melts into the meat to make the burger even juicier. If you’re in the mood to shake things up a bit, we recommend ordering the Shoreditch Hot Chicken, but be warned: with fried chicken drenched in a combination of ghost pepper and Carolina reaper oil, it is legitimately very, very spicy. It even comes with a recommendation to wash your hands “before touching yours or anyone else’s private parts” once you’ve eaten it, so proceed with caution.

Mark out of 5: 4.5

burgerandbeyond.co.uk

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Bleecker Burger

What makes Bleecker's burgers so amazing? We aren’t the first to sing Bleecker’s praises and we’re confident we won’t be the last. Its pared-back menu of six burgers is really only four on closer inspection – with two options available as "doubles" – but, like few things in life, less is more at Bleecker. Its standard, uncomplicated cheeseburger is mouth-wateringly good, but for the affineurs among you, it would be criminal not to try the "Blue Burger", containing – you guessed it – blue cheese, onion and lettuce. Pair it with Bleeker's hot sauce and blue-cheese-coated "Angry Fries" for a meal you’ll be raving about for as long as it takes you to return. With four locations across the capital, we’re sure that won’t take long either. Bronwyn McCabe Mark out of 5: 5

bleeckerburger.co.uk

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Biff’s Jack Shack

What makes Biff’s Jack Shack burgers so amazing? Plant-based junk food is great for both vegans and meat-eaters alike, and the growing numbers of places like Biff’s Jack Shack across the country are proof of that. If you fall towards the latter end of the spectrum from vegan to carnivore, don’t turn your nose up at its junk food, because you’ll probably feel marginally less guilty after stuffing yourself on its loaded fries, even if you shouldn’t. With six totally plant-based burgers on the menu, you’ll be spoilt for choice, but we recommend "The Samuel Hell Jackson": its signature crispy jackfruit patty topped with chipotle slaw, maple chipotle hot sauce, jalapeños and vegan cheese. Not for the faint-hearted. Visit Biff's Jack Shack at its pop-up on National Burger Day at Kerb King's Cross or at its permanent venue in Stoke Newington, six days a week. Bronwyn McCabe Mark out of 5: 4

biffsjackshack.com

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Dirty Bones

What makes Dirty Bones' burgers so amazing? Other than the retro playlist and underground vibes, the kitchen produces fantastic burgers. And yes, the "Spicy Chicken" is great – crisp fried chicken with chipotle aioli, sweet chilli sauce and lettuce on a seeded brioche – but what the restaurant is best known for, and for good reason, is the "Vegan Mac Daddy". It couldn’t look less vegan if it tried, literally oozing with creamy (cashew) macaroni spilling out from under the bun. Using the Moving Mountains plant-based B12 Burger, it looks (and tastes) almost exactly like steak, making it one of the best vegan burger options on the heavily saturated London market. And to top it all off? Your daily B12 intake all in one perfect, plant-based patty. Bronwyn McCabe Mark out of 5: 4.5

dirty-bones.com

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Patty & Bun

What makes the Patty & Bun burgers so amazing? Patience is undoubtedly a virtue, and one that will has proven vital to cementing London’s unwavering affection for Patty & Bun. What was, once upon a time, a humble pop-up has become a kingdom of tiny outposts, stretching the length of the city and inciting block-bending queues wherever they appear. Waits notwithstanding, an Ari Gold will always be a glorious burger to behold. Holly Bruce Mark out of 5: 4

pattyandbun.co.uk

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Hawksmoor

What makes Hawksmoor's burgers so amazing? Not only is the setting a beauty – think cerulean-tiled private booths, low lighting and copper ceilings – but Hawksmoor in Spitalfields also serves a delicious burger. The secret to its flavour is a little bone marrow mixed in with a Longhorn beef patty, and finished with Ogleshield cheese. Add ox-cheek or kimchi pickle as you wish. Holly Bruce Mark out of 5: 5

thehawksmoor.com

917

Honest Burgers

What makes Honest Burgers' burgers so amazing? Honest only use high quality, fresh ingredients and it massively pays off. Patties are inch-thick dollops of beef – cooked pink, although well-done heathens can be accommodated – decked with excellent extras. The "Tribute" is a no-holds-barred celebration of burger-ness; a glorious stack of bacon, pickles, American cheese, with both burger sauce and French’s mustard. The "Honest" burger is a more refined manifestation of favourite flavours, (red onion relish, pickled cucumber, mature cheddar) while the adventurous Burger-er can explore monthly specials. Got a veggie friend? The "Market Vegetable Fritter" is a fragrant Indian-inspired melee of cauliflower, tomato, shallots, coriander and cucumber yoghurt. After the rosemary salt chips, stupid boring normal salt will never suffice again. Ailis Brennan Mark out of 5: 5

honestburgers.co.uk

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Meat Liquor

What makes the Meat Liquor burgers so amazing? Meat Liquor not only has the best burger in town, it also has the kind of atmosphere which completely transforms the burger experience. Having a burger here is the meat equivalent of having a tequila shot. Dylan Jones Mark out of 5: 4.5

meatliquor.com

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Shake Shack

What makes the Shake Shack burgers so amazing? As a hangover from my lapsed vegetarianism, I'm still more inclined to have the veggie option at a burger joint than something packed with big ol' beef patties. The problem is there are very few good vegetarian burgers out there - and perhaps that's what enhances just how good Shake Shake's 'shroom burger is. Forget those mouth-drying fallafel patties veggies are usually resigned to - the centrepiece of the 'shroom is a portobello mushroom filled with melted muenster and cheddar cheeses, deep-fried to melty perfection, topped with lettuce, tomato and the Shack's secret sauce, then clapped inside a brioche bun. In short, a veggie burger so good it will win over even the most outspoken meathead. Nick Carvell Mark out of 5: 4

shakeshack.com

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Burger & Lobster

What makes Burger & Lobster burgers so amazing? The place that has three dishes. Nothing more and nothing less. One of them being the beef burger. From the moment you see the perfectly stacked burger, you know you’re in for a treat. The juicy flavoursome beef melting in your mouth, followed by the crispy bacon, overlaying the light but ever so creamy cheese to break up the softness of the burger. Lets just say it’s a party on the pallet. If that’s not enough for an amazing burger, I don’t know what is. Nicole Kaur Mark out of 5: 5

burgerandlobster.com

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