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Blog Reviews from Burger Me! A London Burger Blog

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Burger Me! is Nick Andrews' London Burger Blog. Covering the best burgers in London, burger reviews, burger ratings, and cool burger stuff.


  1. Vigata burgers is something of an anomaly. It's situated up the hill from Kings Cross towards Angel, on Pentonville Road and is ostensibly a pizza restaurant. Emblazoned with red livery and 'Ristorante Pizzeria', it's only when you get up close and personal with the menu that you notice there's a section dedicated to burgers. It feels odd to have an Italian-style restaurant that also serves burgers - but then again, they serve pizza and burgers, what's not to love, right?...

  2. Published : Tuesday, 14th January 2014

    Patty & Bun | [Meat Free January] Patty & Bun

    As I continue my meat free January - the second year I've sacrificed the pleasures of the flesh for the pleasures of the field - I can't help but crave. So I order the only burger on the menu that I'm allowed - the portobello 'Dig It' mushroom burger. The Dig It burger consists of a flat-griddled portobello mushroom, topped with garlic parsley butter and covered with melted parmesan cheese. This core is then accessorised with pickled onions (the same strips of pinky-red pickled onion used in the definitely-not-meat-free Ari Gold burger), a 'slaw, lettuce, buttermilk baby courgette and tarragon mayo. It's all wrapped in a brioche bun...

  3. Since the frenzied media (both social and otherwise) of the launch of American burger chain Five Guys in the UK in Summer 2013, the chain has been making inroads into the domestic market and has already opened two new restaurants in The Oracle, Reading, and on Upper Street, Islington. Now things have settled a little, I popped into the Five Guys Angel branch to get the low down on a couple of their burgers, whilst picking up some steak and burger patties from London's rockstar butchers, Turner & George...

  4. Dirty Burger's second London location is, suitably, under an arch, just outside Vauxhall mainline train station. This restaurant feels more permanent than the pop-up shed 'round the back' in Kentish Town, but it still feels transitory. However the makeshift wooden bar, the fixed barstool seating, and exposed brickwork belie some serious kitchen kit - a flat top griddle to make Fred Smith sweat, rack of industrial fryers, and warming pad for fries - suggest it's another slick operation from Soho House...

  5. I've been a big fan of the Wenlock & Essex in Angel for a while. The original Wenlock burger debuted straight into my Top 10 Burgers in London list back in March 2012. The head chef James Morgan (the driving force behind the Wenlock's burger renaissance) has since left for pastures new and the pub dropped off my radar... ...until last week, when I spotted they'd launched a new 'triple steak' burger on the menu. Time for another visit...

  6. Published : Wednesday, 30th October 2013

    Dip & Flip | [Review] Dip & Flip Burger, Clapham Junction

    Dip & Flip is the latest twist on London's burger scene. It's tucked away near Clapham Junction on Battersea Rise and the restaurant/burger bar/gravy bar seats about 40 in a largely utilitarian space. I headed down on a Tuesday night to check it out... Price: Bacon Cheese Burger - £7.95 Dip & Flip burger - £9.95 Fries - £2.75 ...

  7. The Heliot Steakhouse is tucked into the dress circle of the Hippodrome Casino on Leicester Square. It commands a view over the casino gaming floor, and I was invited to sample the newly launched menu on a hot Thursday evening. I realise I've been sitting on this review for a few weeks, so without further ado let's take a look at the Heliot's burger...

  8. An email popped into my inbox the other day with an old, familiar name in the subject line. 'New Lobster Burger at the Admiral Codrington' it proclaimed, and immediately memories were stirred of the most marvellous and exciting burgers I've ever eaten. A Big Mac styled Big Boy as part of a MockDonalds burger tasting, The Ad Cod cheeseburger, a trio of burgers that included a triple chilli burger...

  9. "Oh God, there's a GIANT ROBOT on Clerkenwell Road." "Ha ha, Steve, very funny." This, unfortunately, was the precursor to my second visit to Giant Robot. Part of the stable of restaurants that incorporate RedHook and Rotary Bar and Diner, Giant Robot is located on Clerkenwell Road just behind Farringdon Station...

  10. I found myself wandering up James Street, behind Selfridges, on a Thursday evening hoping to get a quick bit of Patty & Bun burger action in before heading off to North London to see some friends. As I approached I realised I was staring down the barrel of a MAHOOSIVE queue. The first mistake I made that evening was not sitting it out in the queue...

  11. Redhook, a stripped back restaurant ostensibly focusing on the best of British produce was my destination for a lunchtime burger...

  12. Honest Burgers, the British burger stalwart with outposts in Soho and Brixton Market have come up with a cracking special burger for the next month...

  13. For those that don't know where the Doodle Bar is, it's a former Victorian dairy and tile emporium and is seductively set just off Battersea Bridge Road, next to Ransome's Dock, and Street Kitchen are set up serving from The Hatch inside...

  14. Haché have just opened their fourth outpost, located at 147 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3EQ, so it's the perfect time to catch up with Beresford Casey, Haché's co-founder, to find out a little more about one of London's original independent burger restaurants...

  15. An easy find, half way between Clapham South and Balham tubes and only 100 yards off Balham Hill, this Young's pub appears as a hidden gem with an exterior that belies the ornate and eye-catching interior. Our table was situated directly under a stunning glass ceiling. (Possible title for short story: Burger by Moonlight). A read of the menu revealed a mix of comforting gastro fare - steak, pie and general heartiness. And the obligatory gastro burger. Although where The Grove differed was in offering their Balham Burger coming in at £12.50. The Balham Burger aims to elevate excitement levels with the addition of being cooked in bacon dripping, served in a steamed Viennoise bun and incorporating beer soaked onions, American cheese, bacon and peanut butter. Yes. Peanut butter. Crunchy peanut butter. As our waiter commented, "Sounds weird, but it works." ...

  16. Every time I think I've ticked off every restaurant, pub and pop-up that has even a sniff of a burger around Smithfields, a new one pops onto radar. The Old Red Cow is just such a joint. It's an independent pub on Long Lane, Smithfield, and it serves just one decadent sounding burger...

  17. Located on the corner of Mandeville Place and Hinde Street, Reform Social and Grill is attached to the Mandeville Hotel and it's suitably understated. I'd been invited to try out the house cheeseburger and the lobster burger - however my walk from Bond Street station took me past Patty & Bun on James Street and I was sorely tempted to sack it off and grab an Ari Gold instead, but the sub-zero temperatures and queues rolling out the door and down the street kept me on track to Reform Social...

  18. The Beast is a creation from burger restaurant Burgers at Blacks, a Purley / Croyden-based joint located on 920 Brighton Road, Purley, Croydon, CR8 2LN. You'll need to give them 24 hours notice to get prepped for this bad boy...

  19. With only 2 days and 6 hours and 30 minutes to go until I can eat meat again (yes, I'm counting the minutes too), I thought I'd hit up Veggie Burger #4 from Brixton and Soho burger stalwart - Honest Burgers. Honest Burger's veggie fritter is composed of a cauliflour, sweetcorn, shallots, coriander, onion-bhaji style 'patty', fried until dark brown and crunchy and sandwiched between two sides of a toasted Honest Burgers bun and filled with chopped lettuce underneath and a cucumber yoghurt topping. It comes with a decent portion of rosemary salted fries...

  20. I'm somewhat upset that my first visit to MEATMission had to be during the only month in my life when I'm not eating meat (it feels like Meat Free January is going on FOREVER). That said, regular readers of this blog will know that I have been working through a few veggie burgers - a portobello mushroom burger from Byron, and a halloumi burger from The Diner - and so it does give me an opportunity to sample the veggie offering from the MEAT[insert pun here] phenomenon...

  21. Published : Monday, 7th January 2013

    Byron Cheapside | [Meat Free January] Byron Veggie Burger

    In a fit of drunkeness, and in no small measure doffing my cap to my colon which thinks I should eat less red meat, I made a New Year's resolution to give my body a much needed detox and spend the whole month of January meat free (and alcohol free, but that's another story). So it's the 3rd January and the last day of the Byron Triple Cheesemas special... ..and what am I having?

  22. BRGR.CO is another joint that launched as part of a spate of burger-focused openings in London at the tail end of 2012. Situated at the top of Wardour Street, just off Oxford Street, it's a burger import from that well-known Lebanese burger capital, Beiruit....(!) BRGR.CO it opened its doors in December 2012 to a host of early and somewhat mixed reviews. I've given it a few weeks to settle into it's stride, so it was time I hit it up with a regular burger chomping dining companion to give you my account of BRGR.CO, Soho...

  23. Published : Wednesday, 14th November 2012

    The Old Crown | [Review] Burger Breakout at The Old Crown

    Burger Breakout is situated in The Old Crown on New Oxford Street, across from the site on which the former 'Ultimate Burger' restaurant resided (and which is now a Prezzo). I'd heard a lot of buzz around the Burger Breakout pop-ups over the summer, and was keen to take a down a burger or two to see what all the fuss was about...

  24. Published : Wednesday, 7th November 2012

    Sebright Arms | Lucky Chip revisited at The Sebright Arms

    Lucky Chip has long sat in the top tier of my Top 10 list of the best burgers in London, and I've spent many happy hours spent chowing down on them both at Netil Market, and in The Sebright Arms. Lucky Chip's Kevin Bacon burger Lucky Chip's Kevin Bacon burger So I thought it was time to take another look at Lucky Chip at The Seabright Arms, and who better than burger veteran, and dining companion, Louis (@tuckandvine on Twitter) to guest post for Burger Me! and give his thoughts on how they're doing...

  25. Burger. Burger. Burger. Burger. Lobster. Burger. The people behind Goodman (check out my review of the Goodman burger, which currently sits in my Top 10 London Burgers), have given London the Burger & Lobster franchise. 20 quid's worth of Burger at Burger & Lobster So, does the Burger & Lobster Burger stand up in its own right, or even up to the Goodman burger? For context in the 'Over £20' category for burger and chips we currently have the dire and terrible Gaucho Burger ...let's find out how B&L fares. For Burger & Lobster on Dean St., Soho, follow the blue arrow... I hit up Burger & Lobster in Soho, on Dean Street with a friend who, rather at odds with my mission, took down a Lobster roll. Here's what went down with my burger...

  26. Published : Monday, 17th September 2012

    The Thirsty Bear | Burgers at The Thirsty Bear, Stamford Street

    The Thirsty Bear on Stamford Street, just by Waterloo Station, is owned and operated by the Robot Pub Group. It's an iPad-driven pub, and the concept is simple, yet massively effective.... Put your card behind the bar and pick up an iPad swipe card. Choose your table based on the beer pumps available - this includes a range of lagers, but more importantly Meantime Pale Ale...

  27. Published : Wednesday, 5th September 2012

    Workshop Coffee Co. | Workshop Coffee: Don

    Workshop Coffee has recently rebranded from its old incarnation of St. Ali, and sits at 27 Clerkenwell Road, between St. John Square and St. John Street. It's the kind of place I could sit for hours, sipping a cold Camden Brewery beer, watching the beautiful (and sometimes freakishly odd) people of Clerkenwell hustle by...Sadly I don't have hours, I have lunchtimes, and so I arrived at the business of chowing down on the Workshop burger. A burger that's been under the radar for far too long...

  28. Bar Boulud, for those who haven't ventured into Knightsbridge recently, is attached to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, next to the Candy Brother's white elephant luxury development on the corner of Hyde Park. And it's pretty posh, they even have a guy standing outside to open the door for you. After a host of diary clashes (mainly mine), I'd organised to dine with Dini...

  29. Published : Wednesday, 9th May 2012

    Meatmarket | Meat Market: Best Burgers in Covent Garden

    MEATMarket is MeatLiquor's fast-food spin off, set on the edge of Covent Garden on the mezzanine floor in Jubilee Market.If MeatLiquor is the cool older sibling, MEATMarket is the bubbly, happy-go-lucky little sister. It's small, much smaller than the Welbeck Street mothership, and long and thin, and light, and open-kitchened, and you get your burgers in 5 minutes...

  30. I'm a bad burger blogger.  I don't mean because of the all the typos, the dead-end ramblings, or the shameless self-promotion of my burger print tees (check them out, they're cool). I mean because it's taken me so long to get to Honest Burgers.For me, Honest has been like Captain Ahab's white whale, except that I didn't lose a leg to Tom @honestburgers...

  31. Published : Friday, 16th March 2012

    Lucky 7 | Lucky Seven, Westbourne Park

    "I have ataraxia*. It's a condition categorised by freedom from worry."*I don't have ataraxia. I thought I'd add that quote from Lucky Number Slevin to kick this review off. If truth be told, I was mildly worried about whether Lucky7, an east coast-styled burger and hard shake joint tucked out of the way in the heart of residential Westbourne Park, was going to be anything other than mediocre...

  32. The Wenlock & Essex is located on Essex Road, Islington just a few minutes walk from Angel tube station. It's a quirky, circus-themed pub (and I mean design rather than contortionists and lion tamers - more's the pity) and covers an enormous low-ceiling'd ground floor area, with space for up to 250 covers. After attending the recent Advance preview of The Diner's Grab burger...