You just can’t beat a proper burger. Come the weekend, it’s the first thing many of us reach for, alongside a Friday night drink or two. So, in honour of what must be one of London’s favourite foods (judging from the sheer number of burger joints that keep popping up around the capital), we’ve done the dirty and narrowed down the ones that make The Jackal’s cut. Enjoy.
The Dirty Barbie burger from Mother Flipper is somewhat of a legend on London’s street food circuit. With a double beef patty, American cheese, BBQ sauce, candied bacon and onion, it’s a sloppy, gooey, juicy hit of meat and cheese – just right for curing your weekend hangover. Mother Flipper pops up on Fridays at Kerb’s West India Quay residence, on Saturdays at Brockley Market, and on Sundays at Victoria Park Market. Get it while it’s hot.
Various locations, kerbfood.com
Burger & Beyond
Once a street food stalwart, Burger & Beyond settled down and got serious back in 2016, with permanent premises on Shoreditch High Street. Founders Craig Povoas and Tom Stock have taken their burger offering to the next level with the new location, offering 60-day aged beef patties and Rice Krispie-fried chicken, as well an elevated menu of side dishes, including truffle burrata and black pudding croquettes. The restaurant’s sleek, pared-back decor is also a world away from most burger joints, and makes for a great spot for date night.
147 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JE, burgerandbeyond.co.uk
Black Bear Burger
Made with an ethos of simple food, well done, the burgers at Black Bear are second to none. Founded in 2016 by husband and wife duo Liz and Stew Down, Black Bear Burger have semi-permanent premises at BoxPark Shoreditch, and also pop up around the capital at various Street Feasts, treating hungry Londoners to mouthwatering plates of real British beef. Their Brisket Burger is the one for us: with a double whammy of an aged beef patty and pulled beef brisket, it’s pulled together with melting American cheese, pickled red onions for punch, and garlic mayo.
BoxPark Shoreditch, 10 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6GY, blackbearburger.com
Mac & Wild
Vegans look away now. Scottish restaurant Mac & Wild’s dedication to providing Londoners with the finest meat and game is unapologetic. Set up seven years ago as a street food stall, nowadays Mac & Wild have two London premises, serving a variety of seasonal Scottish produce from handpicked suppliers in the Highlands. The Venimoo Burger was voted London’s Best Burger back in 2016, and features two patties (one venison, one beef), cheese, béarnaise sauce and caramelised onions. It’s a lot, but you’re up for the challenge.
65 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7PS
9A Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YN
Cut + Grind at The Three Compasses
The burgers at The Three Compasses pub in Dalston come from Cut + Grind, winners of the National Burger Awards 2018. With beef sourced from British and Irish farmers, and the meat selected, cut and ground in-house every day, the burgers here are a sight to behold. We’d recommend the Juicy Classic, the burger that took Cut + Grind to the podium last year: a classic cheeseburger, the aged beef patty, British Cheddar, pickles and sweet red onion make for one tasty mouthful.
99 Dalston Lane, Kingsland, London E8 1NH, 3compasses.com
A taste of Harlem, in the heart of east London. New York chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson established Red Rooster in Shoreditch only last year, but already it’s making waves on the London foodie scene. Celebrating traditional Harlem cooking, Red Rooster’s menu is a roll call of comfort food classics, like fried chicken, shrimp ‘n’ grits and short ribs, all accompanied by live music every night of the week. However, it’s their Lenox Burger that gets our vote. It’s kept simple, yet delicious, with double beef patties, onion jam, cheddar and chilli aioli. Add bacon, if you’re that way inclined, and you’ll be halfway to America.
45 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3PT, redroosterldn.com