A burger doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it doesn’t need to be complicated. More often than not, it’s restraint which makes a good burger. I want you to stop for a moment and picture the most delicious burger you’ve ever eaten. What did it look like? What did it taste like? If it was one of those over the top six-patty behemoths stacked with deep-fried onion rings, bacon, and the kitchen sink thrown in for good measure, I’ll be surprised. And worried.
The truth is that keeping things simple is, like most things in life, the key to getting the best burger results. You want a patty that’s made with more beef than filler. You want it to get a good amount of face time with the grill. You want an inoffensive bun (potato rolls are stellar, brioche can take a hike) that’s sturdy enough to not fall apart in your hands. You want a bit of lettuce for health. You want the acid lift of a few emerald coins of gherkin. You want a dash of classic American mustard. And, if you’re anything like me, you don’t want ketchup anywhere within a fifty foot radius of your burger. We’ve got plenty of great burger recipes on our website but there’s nothing like going out for a big greasy burger, is there? That’s why I’ve written this guide of where you can find the best burgers in London. Think of it as my version of a public service announcement.
No, this list isn’t exhaustive but I think it fairly accurately sums up the crème de la crème of London’s best burgers. These are the spots you should be hitting up if you’ve got a hankering for beef that needs to be scratched.