Hawksmoor, Various Locations
This restaurant group doesn’t just serve great steak; the burgers are pretty tasty too. Seasonally changing specials are solid options but, for those in the know, the star of the show is undoubtedly the ‘Hawksmoor Hamburger’. Served with triple-cooked chips or an English lettuce and herb salad, the burger itself comprises 100% grass-fed beef from traditional British breeds, with small nuggets of bone marrow for extra flavour. Diners can choose from Ogleshield cheese or Colston Bassett stilton.
Burger & Lobster, Various Locations
There’s a clue in the name, but this mini chain of nine restaurants keeps things pretty simple: lobster, lobster roll and a burger. There are variations on these three dishes, including a veggie option, but the ‘Original’ burger is still the best. Made from Nebraskan farmed beef, it comes with tomato, house-made pickles, onions and a secret sauce. Our tip? Add bacon and cheese.
Burger & Beyond, ShoreditcH
As street-food traders, the Burger & Beyond boys prided themselves on ageing and butchering the best home-reared meat. Now they’ve brought all their expertise to four permanent spots in Shoreditch, Camden, Chiswick and – more recently – Wandsworth. Trendily decorated and with a well-equipped bar, the team’s repertoire of burgers features vegetarian, fish and fried chicken alternatives in addition to three aged-patty options that use meat from the team’s own farm. The highlight of the menu is the ‘Bougie Burg’, with its two aged patties, cold-smoked American cheese, onions cooked in beef fat, bone marrow-infused mayonnaise and steak sauce that runs like gravy.