Hot Dinners recommends

It's been almost a decade since London's burger scene transformation kicked off with the arrival of the MeatWagon in Peckham and New Cross. Now Londoners are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a cracking burger which hopefully makes our guide to the best burgers in town, that bit more useful.


dusty knuckle dalston

Bar Boulud

(currently closed while The Mandarin Oriental refurbs after their recent fire)

If you're after a top burger experience that doesn't involve ear-splitting music or queueing, then the Knightsbridge outpost of Daniel Boulud's bistro chain is the place for you. There are four burgers on the menu - all of them featuring 100% UK beef, ground daily in-house.

Burger to go for:  The Piggie £19 - where the patty is topped with BBQ pulled pork, jalapeno mayo and cabbage in a cheddar bun.

Where to find it:  Knightsbridge

More about Bar Boulud


bleecker burger


If you ever fantasise about quitting your job and devoting your life to burgers, then Bleecker Burger Founder Zan Kaufman is your poster gal. Six years ago she quit her job as an NYC lawyer, moved to London, bought a food truck and started making burgers. Of her burgers, Zan says: "We use rare-breed, pasture-fed beef from small farms in the UK. It is dry-aged, giving it an intense, beefy flavour."

Burger to go for:  The double cheeseburger - £9.50 - has been a longstanding top London burger for us. One of the very best. And if it's on - the Bleecker Black special which adds in some Clonakilty black pudding. 

Where to find it:  Victoria, Bloomberg Arcade, Spitalfields

More about Bleecker



Honest Burgers

When so much of coming up with a great burger is down to sourcing (and grinding/mincing) the beef, it's not that surprising that Honest Burgers have now opened their own butchers. Their quality patties are made with Scottish beef made from the chuck and rib cap.

Burger to go for:  The Honest - £11.50 where the patty is topped with red onion relish, smoked bacon, cheddar, pickled cucumber and lettuce. And it's worth keeping an eye on their monthly specials which often see them teaming up with some great London restaurants.

Where to find it:  23 locations across London

More about Honest Burgers



Lucky Chip

While we're sad that Lucky Chip's Burgers & Wine is no more, at least there are several pubs around town that you can still get their great burgers. Ben Denner launched Lucky Chip back in 2011 and his obsession with burger perfection led him to visit 70 bakeries before finding the perfect bun. Oh, and the aged beef patty he uses has incredible flavour.

Burger to go for:  The Kevin Bacon - £8.95. An aged patty with American cheese and applewood smoked bacon.

Where to find it:  Islington, Hackney and Camden

More about Lucky Chip



Mother Flipper

The only burger purveyors on our list to still run solely as a street food stall, Mother Flipper serves up smashing (and smashed) burgers. Just make sure whatever burger you do order here features candy bacon because you need that in your life.

Burger to go for:  The Dirty Barbie - a double patty topped with American cheese, candy bacon (bacon fried in maple syrup), candy onion and BBQ sauce.

Where to find it:  Brockley Market and various KERB locations

More about Mother Flipper




Arguably the burger company that changed the way all Londoners think about burgers, this street van turned million-pound business set up by Yianni Papoutsis and Scott Collins is still pushing the envelope both as far as great burgers go and how businesses are run (witness the gender pay gap report published on their website).

Burger to go for: The Dead Hippie - £9.25 featuring two French's mustard-fried beef patties and dead hippie sauce™

Where to find it: West End, Hoxton, Covent Garden, Queensway, Islington, Brixton and Croydon

More about MEATliquor



Patty & Bun

Is it only five years since Patty & Bun opened their first bricks and mortar spot? Since then the street food merchants turned proper restaurateurs have begun empire building in London and beyond. Their burgers (the patties are 35-day aged, grass fed Aberdeen Angus beef) are fabulously messy, but who cares when they taste this good?

Burger to go for:  The Ari Gold - £8.75 featuring their signature Smokey P&B Mayo in a brioche bun

Where to find it:  Marylebone, Notting Hill, Liverpool Street, Shoreditch, West Brompton, Hackney, Soho and Fitzrovia

More about Patty & Bun



Shake Shack

The frenzy surrounding the arrival of Danny Meyer's elevated burger chain on these shores back in 2013 may have abated somewhat, but we're still big fans of their burgers. The 100% Angus patty is always cooked pink unless you request otherwise and we're marginally obsessed by the Martin's potato roll it comes in.

Burger to go for: Double ShackBurger - £8.75 because one patty simply isn't enough

Where to find it:  Covent Garden, Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square, Victoria, Stratford, Canary Wharf and Cambridge Circus

More about Shake Shack



Slow Richies

Slow Richie’s is a Peckham based Street Food Kitchen run by brothers Richie and Alex Calver who run a neighbourhood BBQ and grill in the front yard of the Brick Brewery on Blenheim Grove. So if you're after a cracking beer and a burger to go with it, you've come to the right place.

Burger to go for: The beef - £8. Prime British Beef Burger with Honey-Glazed Roast Pork, Mature Cheddar & Chilli Lime Dressing.

Where to find it:  Peckham Rye

More about Slow Richies

Also worth trying:

The off-menu cheeseburger at Joe Allen is the London restaurant world's worst kept secret. 

The lunchtime burger at Beef and Brew is £10 for a gorgeous burger with bacon, hollandaise and tomato jam (includes a side of chips). 

If you want a decent burger delivered to your door, then Homeburger is also worth a try.

Dip and Flip down in South London are best known for their roast meat sandwiches, but their smashed burgers are pretty darned good too.

Hot Dinners recommends

Test Drive

Hot Dinners on Instagram