So National Burger Day is over for another year BUT there are still a lot of special burgers in London at the moment. We round up the best.
If you're still in the mood for some burger action - here are the specials you can still get your hands on (with the burger day only specials at the end for posterity).
Burger specials for Bank Holiday weekend
What: The Bleecker Patty Melt
Where: Bleecker (Spitalfields, Victoria, South Bank)
When: 26-27 August
Originally a special at this year's National Burger Day event - it's now available (while stocks last) at all Bleecker sites over the weekend. Yes, it's Bleecker's version of the classic burger sarnie - yours for £6.
What: The ‘Juicy Lucy’ Goat Burger.
Where: Ben's Canteen (Earlsfield and Battersea)
When: Now - Mid September
This burger at Ben's Canteen is a collaboration with Cabrito, the award-winning Goat supplier. It's a Cabrito goat patty filled with goat’s cheese, topped with curried onion marmalade, pickled scotch bonnet and lime, coriander and mint yoghurt.
What: The Tennesee
Where: All Honest Burgers
When: 22 August - 21 September
Just in time for National Burger Day, Honest Burger have unveiled their latest special. This time it's The Tennesee, which is "Beef, smoked bacon, double American cheese, onion ring, French’s BBQ sauce, Memphis mayo and lettuce" That homemade Memphis mayo is smoky, spicy and sharp with jalapeño, cornichons, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and smoked paprika. It'll be £12.95 with their rosemary salted chips.
What: The Dagwood Burger
Where: All Star Lanes (various sites)
When: Now and until the end of August
Another returning favourite, this impressive specimen is back at All Star Lanes for a short time. It's 12oz of prime, double chuck and rib patties and including fresh cuts of cured salami, spicy chorizo, deli sliced turkey, Swiss cheese and topped off with a runny, sunny-side egg in a toasted brioche bun. You won't need to eat again for weeks.
What: The Gizzmo
Where: All Byron Burgers
When: Now until 28 August
It's Byron's 10th anniversary at the moment, so their recent specials have all being blasts from the past. The one coinciding with Burger Day is no exception, their very popular collaboration with Gizzi Erskine. It's essentially a Welsh rarebit burger - a 6oz hamburger, welsh rarebit - made from Barber's cheddar, smoked Applewood cheese and stout, lettuce, tomato, red onion, mayonnaise. So if you ever wanted to combine a rarebit with a burger - this is definitely for you.
What: The Houston Slopper
Where: Red's True BBQ, Shoreditch
When: Now until 21 - 27 August
Another returning special is this from Shoreditch's Red's True BBQ. It's a double bacon cheeseburger, cheese sauce, ‘slopped’ with Red’s brisket, rib and pork meat Brunswick chilli and garnished with grated cheddar. It's a bit on the messy side.
What: The Holy Pepperoni burger
Where: All Patty & Buns
When: Now until 23 August - 19 September
Just in time for National Burger Day, Patty & Bun are launching their crossover with Yard Sale Pizza. So while Yard Sale will have the Smokey Robinson pizza, it's the Holy Pepperoni burger that you'll be encountering at Patty & Bun. It has two types of pepperoni, ‘nduja sausage and fior di latte mozzarella, a Patty & Bun burger and covered in Yard Sale tomato sauce.
What: The Big 90
Where: Number 90, 90 Main Yard, Wallis Road, Hackney Wick, London E9 5LN
When: 27 August
You can be sure that with everyone creating burger specials, one or two creations will be a little over the top, and we think this certainly qualifies. It'll consist of a double beef patty, chicken, lettuce, tomato, fried egg, blue cheese, bacon, smoked cheddar, all topped with fried onion rings for £16. If you can eat the whole thing in less than 8 minutes they get it for free. Sounds like a challenge...
What: Burger freakshakes
Where: Heliot Steakhouse, Hippodrome, 14, Cranbourn St, London WC2H 7JH
If you've thought that a shake is a perfect match for a burger then it looks like Heliot Steak House thought exactly the same thing and then went a little bit further. Essentially it's four mini sliders perched on top of a milk shake. There's a rib eye burger with vanilla, lobster tail with passion fruit, pork belly and bacon with a blood orange milkshake and roasted field mushroom and a strawberry milkshake. The lot will set you back £24.
What: Black Coconut Ice Cream Burger
Where: Jude’s Ice Cream Parlour at the Pear Tree Café in Battersea Park
And we'll round everything off with an ice-cream burger. This creation from Jude's features their Black Coconut ice cream, sandwiched between a toasted, black brioche bun. The burger will be finished with freshly sliced mango, a lime juice glaze and coconut curls. It'll be £6.
Burger specials only on National Burger Day (Aug 24)
What: The Nikkei Burger
Where: Senor Ceviche, 1st Floor Kingly Court, Kingly Street, London W1B 5PW
When: 24 August
Over in Carnaby's Kingly Court, Peruvian specialists Senor Ceviche are getting into the burger game with the Nikkei Burger. It's a tuna and sesame patty in a sweet potato bun, with crunchy soft shell crab, spicy truffle aji amarillo mayo, and Peruvian pickles. Available on the day only.
What: The GFC
Where: Chick n Sours, 1a Earlham Street, EC2H 9LL
When: 24 August
Created in collaboration between Ash Mair, Carl Clarke (Chick n Sours) and Karan Gokani (Hoppers), this Hoppers-inspired beast is "Buttermilk Brined Free Range Chicken Thigh, Gotukola Sambol (Gotu Kola leaf, coconut, shallot, fish powder, tomato and lime) and coronation mayo. It's on the menu exclusively at Chick 'n' Sours Covent Garden, for lunch and dinner on Thursday 24th August.
What: The Vanilla Black Vurger
Where: Pillbox Kitchen, 115 Coventry Rd, London E2 6GG (Bethnal Green)
When: 24 August
The Vurger Co recently completed their Kickstarter in record time, so you can expect to hear a lot more from the "100% plant-based burger company". In the meantime, they have this offering for National Burger Day. It's a play on a Tikka Masala - a Tikka Masala curry patty is topped with candied chilli and mint yoghurt. It'll be served up at Pillbox Kitchen for one day only on National Burger Day (as well as a one-off completely plant-based cheesecake).
What: The Mindful Burger
Where: Hally’s in Parson’s Green, 60 New King's Rd, Fulham, London SW6 4LS
When: 24 August
Prepared for Hally's by the Mindful Chef, this burger is all about ethical sourcing so they're aiming for a healthy and nutritious burger. Well, as far as burgers allow for that. It features "fermented miso paste, fibre filled Portobello mushrooms, also packed with B vitamins, and sweet potato crisps for your hit of beta-carotene."