Let’s face it. When you are craving a burger, nothing can fill it other than a decadent burger. Whether it is all beef, Angus, veggie, or topped with a mountain of cheese and vegetables, burgers are a staple of diets across the world.
Whether you live in London or are just visiting for a trip, you need to know where to find a great burger to satisfy your urges. That is why we have created a list of the best and most mouth-watering burger places in the home of Big Ben.
Even if you are not a fan of burgers or a vegetarian, we will have some options that should appeal to you. Join us as we reveal 20 of the best burger places in London.
1. Black Bear Burger
Black Bear Burger is famous both locally and abroad as being one of London’s premiere burger places, and we are here to tell you that it has earned that reputation. The company has a few locations: Brixton Village, Exmouth Market, Shoreditch, and Canary Wharf.
The company’s signature burger is the Black Bear, a dry-aged beef patty with smoked bacon, cheese, garlic mayo, and onion jam. They also have a miso bacon burger and brisket burger.
The sides are just as legendary as the burgers at Black Bear. Of course, they have your standard hand-cut fries, but the real star of the show is their brisket spring roll. It is a fried wonton with their beer-braised brisket and smoked bacon, cheese, pickles, and garlic mayo. No matter how you like your burgers or sides, Black Bear has you covered.
2. Four Legs at The Plimsoll
Though it would be more accurate to call it a pub than a burger place, Four Legs at The Plimsoll has a few burgers on the menu that you will regret missing on your London trip. You can find The Plimsoll in Finsbury Park at 52 St. Thomas’s Road.
The star of the show is the Dexter cheeseburger, meant to imitate the classic smash burgers found at greasy spoons and diners across the world. This burger is moist and dripping with oil and cheese, but eating it will make you feel like you are eating a high-end burger from McDonald’s.
3. Lucky Chip
Lucky Chip has moved around a lot in its lifetime but now has locations in Old Queen’s Head, Netil Market, and Folkestone. Some of the burgers have pun names if that strikes your fancy, like the Kevin Bacon burger or Gus Fring’s burger. Regardless of your enjoyment of the puns, the burgers are sure to knock your socks off.
We would recommend trying the El Chapo burger, containing an aged beef patty, smoked bacon, aioli, blue cheese, and roasted jalapeños. The french fries are delicious as well, and the restaurant has a few vegetarian options to try. And you can finish your meal with one of their ice cream sandwiches.
Looking for something a little more high-end with locations all over the London area? Hawksmoor fits that description perfectly. Though foodies across England best know Hawksmoor as a steakhouse, they have introduced the Hawksmoor Hamburger to their menu that will stun any burger lover.
The Hawksmoor Hamburger is served with triple-cooked chips or a salad and is available at some of the London locations. Make sure you check out the website or call ahead to ensure they are serving the entrée. Some locations also carry a Kimchi burger—beef ribs they top with cheese and kimchi. It is unique and decadent and comes recommended.
5. Mother Flipper
Mother Flipper is famous both for its delicious burgers and the scarcity with which it serves them. You can find Mother Flipper at Brockley Market on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at Victoria Park Market on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Though you may have to make a special trip to try their food, we can tell you that it is well worth the effort.
The Mother Flipper Cheeseburger is the star of the show and comes with all the toppings you would expect a classic burger to contain. For those feeling more adventurous, the candy bacon flipper comes topped with maple-syrup fried bacon for a sweet and savory combination. And vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike can enjoy the veggie flipper, which they make with a sweetcorn fritter.
Blacklock is a chophouse with locations across London, including at Bank, Shoreditch, Soho, and Covent Garden. Though the obvious choice when going to Blacklock would be to grab a steak, they also have a delicious burger on the menu that we feel is worth tasting for yourself.
The Blacklock burger is a perfect choice if you want something a little lighter than a chop but still want the meaty taste. You won’t find this item on the menu either, so if you make a trek to Blacklock, you will have to ask for it by name. But the burger comes on a sesame seed bun, and they top it with vermouth-caramelized onions and a sriracha sauce.
7. Dirty Bones
Looking for a restaurant with a more American flair in London? Look no further than Dirty Bones, with locations in Shoreditch, Soho, and Carnaby. There are few things as American as excessiveness, and Dirty Bones has that in spades with its Mac Daddy burger.
The Mac Daddy is a steak burger they top with pulled beef short rib and mac and cheese. If that wasn’t enough, they then add on a BBQ sauce with a hint of espresso to complete the burger. You can also find a plant-based burger on the menu, as well as sides like mac and cheese and cheeseburger dumplings.
8. Chick ‘n’ Sours
Chick ‘n’ Sours may not appeal to those looking for a traditional hamburger with cheese on a bun. But if you are looking for something a little more adventurous, these chicken sandwiches with an Asian flair are sure to appeal to your taste buds.
The K-Pop sandwich is a real highlight, with a fried chicken thigh that they top with gochujang mayo, chili vinegar, Asian coleslaw, and sour cream. There are vegan options on the menu as well. While they may not be like other burgers on this list, it is too unique an experience to leave off when looking at burgers and sandwiches.
9. Patty & Bun
With a name like Patty & Bun, you know what you are getting into when you place an order here. P&B, as its regulars call it, features several burgers on the menu as well as homemade mayo and relishes to top your order with.
Perhaps the most decadent burger on the menu is the Smokey Robinson, a beef patty they stack high with tomato, lettuce, caramelized onions, bacon, ketchup, and mayo. They place all of this on a butter brioche bun. They also have a few unique burger options, like a lamb shank burger with buttermilk baby courgettes and a portabello burger with coleslaw.
No matter what you are hungry for, you will find something to try at Patty & Bun.
10. Neat Burger
Another unique entry on the list, Neat Burger is perhaps the best plant-based burger place you can find in London. The chain has several locations in the area and is the perfect place to visit with your vegetarian or vegan friends. Neat Burger may also be a smart choice when you just want to try something different.
The namesake of the restaurant comes with grilled onions, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, and the company’s special sauce on two Neat Meat patties. They also offer smash burgers and burger bowls. If you want to get away from plant-based beef, they also offer vegetarian chicken and fish sandwiches.
Many cultures have added their spin on the classic burger, and if you want the taste of Hawaiian burgers, check out Kua’Aina in Foubert’s Place. These burgers are not as greasy as some of the others on the list, and patrons consistently praise the service and atmosphere.
You can find several burgers on the menu, with your standard choices and some more exotic options. Try the avocado burger or the pineapple burger for a unique flavor profile, or experiment with some of their other sandwiches, like grilled fish or grilled eggplant. Every sandwich is highly customizable, from the bread to the toppings.
Haché is a luxurious place to get a burger, simply put. Do not let the occasionally silly names on the menu or the fact that they sell burgers fool you—this is a premium spot for a bite. They have locations across London and the rest of England, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding a chance to visit.
The burgers are all six-ounce steak patties, and we recommend the steak truffle for the most bourgeois experience. They top the patty with truffle aioli, caramelized onions, truffle shavings, and Gruyère cheese. They serve several vegetarian and chicken sandwiches as well, so you can find something for everyone despite dietary restrictions.
13. Burger & Beyond
Burger and Beyond is a fixture in London, and the founders are from Essex. The restaurant has locations in Soho, Shoreditch, and Borough Yards and is a favorite of both locals and tourists. Patrons know the restaurant both for their delicious burgers and popular side orders.
The bacon butter burger is the perfect choice for beef lovers, and they top it with American cheese, mayo, onions, and pancetta bacon. For a vegetarian option, the mushroom raclette will be a favorite. The sides include French fries covered in gravy, mozzarella sticks, and pork belly tacos.
You can finish off your meal with one of their ice cream treats as well.
14. The Bluebird Café
While it may be in a posh district of London and exude a level of classiness, The Bluebird Café has some very unpretentious offerings on the menu, including its burgers. You can find the restaurant in either White City or Chelsea, and you will be glad you did, as it is one of London’s finest eateries.
The Bluebird’s hamburger is basic food done exceptionally well. It is a patty they top with cheese, lettuce, pickles, and a house sauce. The restaurant serves it with its classic chips. While there, you may consider enjoying their outdoor seating, and you can have a cocktail from the bar to pair with your sandwich.
Flank is by no means a household name and is one of the more obscure entries on this list, but that does not mean it is not worth checking out. You can find Flank at its two locations: a stall at Victoria Market Halls and a stall at Old Spitalfields Market. The burgers are simple but delicious, and you will get to explore one of London’s more obscure restaurants.
We recommend going with the tried-and-true cheeseburger, which they make with short ribs, brisket, and flank. The chef then tops it with onions, onion jam, and the restaurant’s signature sauce. If you want a delicious burger for a quick bite, Flank is an excellent choice.
16. Honest Burgers
Getting a table at Honest Burgers is not always possible, but when you try one of their burgers, you will understand why it is always so busy. The restaurant is situated on Meard Street and has some of the best Burgers in all of England.
If you want the specialty of the restaurant, the Honest burger is the choice for you. The restaurant’s beef patty comes with bacon, onion relish, lettuce, pickles, and cheddar cheese. For a more American-style burger, the Tribute comes with bacon, American cheese, mustard, burger sauce, pickles, lettuce, and onions.
Honest Burgers also has vegetarian and chicken options on the menu for those who can’t or do not want to eat beef.
17. Flower Burger
Another vegan option on our list, and this one comes with the bonus of also being somewhat Austin Powers-themed. Flower Burger has long been serving rainbow vegan burgers across the world, and their London location is no exception. The buns come in all sorts of colors, and they offer several burger options.
If you are going for the first time or do not have much experience with vegan burgers, we recommend the classic chickpea. It comes with a chickpea patty on a yellow bun, and they top it with lettuce, tomato, ketchup, and flower mayo. There are also several delicious sides to try, including breaded aubergines and onion rings.
18. The Double Standard
Located on Argyle Street, The Double Standard is inside the Standard hotel. But if you are in the area and looking for an upscale dining experience with delicious burgers, this is one place we recommend giving it a try. The prices are higher here than most other options listed, but it is well worth it.
The signature sandwich is appropriately just called the Burger, and they serve it with bacon and blue cheese. You also get an order of chips with the entrée. They offer a vegan option and several sides, such as macaroni and cheese and marinated tomatoes. You can finish your dinner with sticky toffee pudding or vanilla ice cream.
19. The Blues Kitchen
The Blues Kitchen has a few locations across London, and they have several burgers on the menu for interested guests. Patrons also know the restaurant for its live music and lively atmosphere, and there is a bevy of alcoholic drinks bottled or on tap. This is a perfect decision for those looking for a fun evening of delicious food, drinking, and dancing.
The Bacon Double Smashburger is one of the standouts on the menu, and it comes with bacon, American cheese, caramelized onions, pickles, and burger sauce. Aside from that, you can try the taste of America with a Philly Cheese Steak. The restaurant also offers vegetarian options.
20. Bleecker Burger
Last but certainly not least on our list is Bleecker Burger, which will give patrons the chance to enjoy a basic and delicious American-style hamburger. They have locations at Spitalfields, Victoria, Bloomberg, and Westfield, but do not expect ample seating, as the restaurants are often quite sparse.
The sparseness of the seating belies the delicious nature of these simple menu items done right. While it may sound simple and plain, the double cheeseburger is worth ordering when you first visit. The patty is cooked perfectly, and they include a sauce that mimics the one you get at Mcdonald’s. This is one of London’s best locations to get a classic-style burger.
Conclusion: Best Burgers in London
London is one of the best cities in the world for those craving the perfect hamburger. No matter your preference or dietary restrictions, we hope you found a restaurant on this list of the best burger places in London that has your mouth-watering and booking flight tickets to the capital of England.
Though foodies typically think of burgers to be an American staple, it is clear that the British chefs in London have a claim to being the kings of the grill. We hope you enjoyed this list and will check out some of these restaurants when in the area.