Dining trends come and go in London, but one has endured longer than most: the not-so-humble meat patty. In fact, today is a whole day dedicated to the flippin things (it’s National Burger Day FYI!) ! Dan Frost rounded up the best of the latest batch of burger barons, including one which Kickstartered more than 35 grand for its joint.
The burgers at this fun-loving start-up (above) are so tasty that the company recently raised £36,000 in Kickstarter donations to build its own diner. It will open in Shoreditch at the end of the summer, but you can still join the salivating hordes at BB’s Nunhead pub residency. So what’s its secret? Well, alongside cracking disco music, coarse steak patties, thickly sliced American cheese and crisp double-smoked bacon, it’s probably the famous bacon jam, a dangerously moreish spread that the team lather all over their signature Grizzly Bear burger (£8.50). It’ll make you grin. The Old Nun’s Head, Nunhead and occasional street joints.
BLEECKER ST BURGER
Grilling its way on to the A-list is the gloriously down-to earth Bleecker St Burger, where supremacy comes from simplicity. You want some fancy toppings or inventive seasoning? Then shuffle on elsewhere, because every burger here is a straight-talking, medium-rare morsel of pure Americana: gloopy plastic cheese, special sauce, a killer bun and the kind of patty you’ll want to go to bed with. We highly recommend having a threesome with the double cheeseburger (£8.50). Festivals and lunch spots around the city, including Bishopsgate Market and Street Feast in Dalston Yard.
DIP & FLIP
A roast dinner, chips, sex… pretty much everything can be improved with a drop of gravy (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it). The folk at this Battersea eatery have now applied this rule to burgers, adding a layer of gravy-dipped roast beef to their cheesy Dip & Flip burger (£9.95) and serving it with an extra bowl of the brown stuff for dipping. We’re not ones for elaborate burger bolt-ons, but every so often a new combo finds the kind of sublime harmony that even Il Divo can only dream of. Hawksmoor did it with kimchi, Honest Burgers do it every month with their specials, and now Dip & Flip have flipped the script on roast beef and gravy. Dip & Flip, 87 Battersea Rise, SW11 1HW.
The queues often found winding their way out on to Portobello Road are testament to the ambitious flavours of this new kid on the burger block. But while this might be their first permanent site, chef Josh de Lisser and the gang have been flipping meat at stalls around London since 2012. And it shows. With the help of some Jamaican jerk zing and a few dollops of delicious bacon jam, the signature Boom Burger (£8) is a fiendishly flavoursome addition to the west-London meatscape. Soup up your Caribbean quota with some jerk wings and plantain fries, and you’ll be sprinting back there again with the urgency of Usain Bolt. Boom Burger, 272 Portobello Rd, W10 5TY.
PATTY & BUN
Anyone who calls themselves a burger aficionado will already know these guys, but we feel duty-bound to include them. While their initial crop of contemporaries – Honest, MeatLiquor etc – have been triple cooked in coverage over the past couple of years, Joe Grossman’s cow palace has been quietly making superlative burgers, and recently opened its second base with minimal fanfare. Smoky homemade mayo and tangy red leicester make the Ari Gold cheeseburger (£7.50) one of the city’s most sublime. Frankly, very few others even come close. Patty & Bun, 54 James St, W1U 1HE or 22 Liverpool St, EC2M 7PD.