Around the corner from Borough Market, Yen Burger is a stylish little spot, all dark grey walls, wooden tables and dinky stools. Alongside Asian-influenced cocktails, it serves burgers that meld American burger culture with Japanese ingredients and flavours. The Yen Supreme Burger features a 100% wagyu beef patty, fresh pickles, smoked turkey bacon, cheese and a shiso leaf. This is fusion done right: its fluffy bao-like bun delivers a flavour and texture combo you’ll start to crave in all your burgers.
Southwark Street, London Bridge, SE1 1RQ
Blacklock’s latest, third chophouse inhabits a classic Shoreditch warehouse space. The menu is – not surprisingly – heavy with chops (‘skinny’ little chops, ‘medium’ chops and ‘large’ off-the-bone beauties). The less expected ace up its sleeve is the Blacklist burger. You won’t see it on the menu, but ask for it by name and they’ll nod knowingly. Inside a soft sesame bun, you get a juicy patty loaded with sliced gherkin and onions caramelised in vermouth, plus a slug of mild sriracha-laced burger sauce. Don’t forget a side order of crispy beef-dripping fries.
Rivington Street, Hackney, EC2A 3DZ
BB stands out because it cooks its burgers ‘pretty rare’. From a pitch among the stalls of Soho’s Street Food Union (Wed-Fri), its star turn is a cheese burger pimped up with nuggets of candy bacon, plus red onion and lettuce – all in a soft brioche bun. It’s good on its own, but can be elevated further with a punchy sauce – choose from a huge range, including chipotle mayo.
Rupert Street, Soho, W1D 7PF
Chic interiors courtesy of ultra-slick owner Soho House, reasonable prices and exceptional cooking have earned Dirty Burger a cult following. A blend of carefully selected cuts goes into each patty, for a depth of flavour that, when combined with pickles, cheese, lettuce, tomato and condiments, makes for a seriously good burger. The best bite on the menu? The classic cheeseburger. Don’t forget to add bacon and, if you’ve got room, the triple-cooked hand-cut chips or the tempura-battered onion fries.
Intricately balanced, cooked to perfection, and large enough to keep you satisfied for the rest of the day. A Baggio burger is the perfect way to kick off the weekend (or any other day of the week for that matter.) Cooked to a medium rare, don’t be fooled by the slightly darker colour to these patties, as this is caused by a garlic and balsamic addition rather than overcooking. The Classic Roberto is a firm favourite on the menu which is unsurprising when you take into account the sophisticated flavours of stringy mozzarella, crispy Parma Ham, sun dried tomato relish, pickle and rocket sandwiched together with a brioche bun. If you’re feeling greedy, there’s an option to double up, we won’t judge.
CRATE Building, 35 St James St, Walthamstow, London E17 7FY