Whether it's after a long day at work, a slightly-too-boozy Friday night, or just because you're craving a carb-heavy meal, nothing hits the spot quite like a great burger. The rest of London seems to agree - there's a new burger place popping up weekly, and competition is fierce between restaurants and street food stalls as they try to create the juiciest, most delicious hamburger in the capital.
So where do you start? Fortunately for our readers, we've been selflessly trying all the best joints across London to bring you the definitive best burgers in London list. If you need us, we'll be taking a nap in the corner...
With a staggering 37 venues and counting, Byron is quite possibly the most popular burger chain in London. Modelled on American diner burgers, the concise menu offers all the combinations you could want (we particularly love the optional additions of blue cheese and bacon!), along with seasonal specials such as the current 'Holy Cheesemas' and the great courgette fries.Address: 24 Charing Cross Rd, London, WC2H 0HX Phone: 020 7240 3550
MeatLiquor is not for the fainthearted - the Deep South-style venue is loud, dark and covered in graffiti murals, and the burgers are proper USA 'dirty burgers' with secret sauce and juicy beef patties. Their no reservations policy means it can get pretty packed on the weekends, but the queue is certainly worth it.Address: 74 Welbeck St, London W1G 0BA Phone: 020 7224 4239
The infamous Patty & Bun are ruling the street food scene at the moment, with a pop-up at the hugely popular 'Swingers' Crazy Golf in Shoreditch (featured in our London pop-ups blog), along with permanent venues in Marylebone and Liverpool Street. Their Ari Gold cheeseburger has deservedly reached cult status, while the buttermilk fried chicken burger and veggie mushroom burger are pretty perfect too. We suggest getting the chicken wings and rosemary salt fries as well!Address: 54 James Street, London W1U 1HE Phone: 020 7487 3188
Is this the most deluxe burger in London? Served at Bar Boulud in the Mandarin Oriental (sister restaurant to the New York outpost) and just across the hall from Heston Blumenthal's infamous Dinner, we reckon they could win the title on location alone. Fortunately, the burgers themselves live up to their surroundings - the quality of the beef is unsurpassed, and additions include truffle and foie gras. If your companions prefer something a little more delicate, the rest of the menu is filled with caviar, lobster and plenty of fine French dishes.Address: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA, Phone: 020 7201 3899
The guys behind Caboose knew a unique venue when they saw it - this pop-up has been created out of a derelict train carriage, known as a caboose. Currently housed at the Old Truman Brewery, they serve just three burgers - the Fat Controller (made with pulled pork), the 3.10 to Yuma (made with shredded flat rib of beef) and the Derailer (a combination of the two). Sides include the more unusual 'dirty rice' and BBQ beans, while prices of just £5-6 for a burger means you can treat yourself to everything! The cabin can also be hired out for private dining.Address : 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL Phone : 020 7770 6001
2014 has been a great year for Honest Burger, who have opened seven locations across London in quick succession. Their popularity is well deserved too - the team are passionate about their ingredients, with beef from the Ginger Pig and plump free-range chickens making their burgers as tasty as possible. The menu is simple, with beef, chicken and vegetarian options, plus a changing special (currently bacon, brie and cranberry...mmmm) and the unmissable rosemary fries. Their Liverpool Street Branch also serves a special breakfast menu, perfect for an indulgent brunch.Address: 12 Widegate Street London E1 7HP.
Phone: 020 3693 3423
If you're keen to try some more unusual burgers, look no further than Wild Game Co., who serve a fantastic venison burger with caramelised onions. This authentically Scottish eatery started out as a food stall, but due to popular demand has expanded into a restaurant on Charlotte Street, with another venue in the pipeline too. Don't forget to try the beef dripping fries too - you'll never look at a chip the same way again!Address: 65 Charlotte St, London W1T 4PQ Phone: 020 7637 0510
Serving American diner food with a French twist, Le Bun is an essential addition to any best burger list. Their menu features such delights as Le Bourguignon Bun, Le Duck Frites Bun, Le Fried Chicken Caesar and Le Royale with Cheese, while unusual ingredients such as truffle mayo, bacon salt and champagne slaw are confidently added to the mix. With Mezcal slushies and craft ales behind the bar, it's a particularly popular spot for a boozy 'le brunch'.Address: 99 Dalston Ln, London E8 1NH, Royaume-Uni Phone: 020 7923 4752
This American import arrived in Covent Garden a few years ago and has quickly been embraced by the British population. A famous chain across the pond, Shake Shack serve classic hamburgers, cheeseburgers, mushroom burgers and a smoky bacon burger, along with their secret sauce and moreish crinkle-cut cheese fries. The location in Covent Garden Market makes it an ideal spot for a sunny afternoon too - particularly if you cool down with one of their signature milkshakes.Address: 24, Market Building, The Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RD, Royaume-Uni Phone: 01923 555 129
Burger chain Hache have the gourmet burger option covered all over London, with modern, chic interiors and juicy burgers served in fresh ciabatta rolls. Along with classic beef burgers made from prime beef steak, they also serve lamb burgers, chicken burgers, pulled pork and even an aromatic duck burger for the experimental diner. Sides of chips, grilled halloumi and nachos complete the meal, but make sure you leave space for the Chef's special Tarte de Pomme for dessert.Address: 24 Inverness St, Camden Town, Greater London NW1 7HJ Phone: 020 7485 9100
Bleeker St Burger
As you might guess from the name, Bleeker St Burger serve only the finest New York-style burgers. Trading from a van at Old Spitalfields Market (featured in our best London markets post), their simple menu of cheeseburgers, blue burgers or veggie tofu burgers has won them legions of dedicated fans. We personally love the blue cheese burger, but you can't go wrong with a double cheeseburger, hand cut fries and secret sauce. It's mouth-wateringly good.Address: 65A Brushfield St, London E1 6AA Phone: 07712 540501
Hawksmoor are renowned for having some of the best steaks in the city, so with beef that good it makes sense for their burgers to be pretty special. Served with triple cooked beef dripping chips, there are three decadent choices on the menu: a kimchi and short rib burger, a bone marrow with stilton burger, and a changing seasonal special. Visit on a Monday and you can bring your own wine for just £5 corkage too.
Address : 157A Commercial St, London E1 6BJ
Phone : 020 7426 4850
This brilliant Italian-influenced street food stall focuses on 'under-rated' cuts of meat for their burgers, giving them much more flavour that most. The Heartbreaker burger (made with 50% 0x heart, 50% dry aged beef) is famous among foodies for being one of the juiciest burgers in the capital. Additions of cheese, pork belly Gorgonzola and spicy sauce are also on the menu, along with pork subs, a Philly cheesesteak sandwich and a 'no lobster' roll. Tongue n' Cheek trade at Kerb, Berwick Street Market and Brockley Market, so keep an eye on their twitter to find out where they'll be next.Phone: 07414 446545
It doesn't get more authentic than Dirty Burger, which is actually located in a tin-roofed shack behind Pizza East on Highgate Road! Don't let the venue fool you though - it's run by the team behind Soho House, so you're in good hands. They serve just cheeseburgers, breakfast burgers, crinkle cut fries and onion rings in this tiny 20-person shack, but these deliciously dirty burgers will easily be some of the best you've ever had.Address: Rear, 79 Highgate Road, London NW5 1TL
Phone: 020 3310 2010
American burger chain Five Guys boasts President Barack Obama as one of their biggest fans, so you know it's going to be good. This red-and-white tiled diner is straight out of the Midwest, with massive sesame seed bun burgers and Cajun spiced fries served in classic brown paper bags. Their launch in Leicester Square a few years ago led to queues around the block, so get in early for the latest opening on Argyll Street. Give the drinks machine a try too - it offers over 100 different combinations of beverage!Address: 1-3 Long Acre, London WC2E 9LH
Phone: 020 7240 2057
If you think we've missed any amazing burger joints then come on people, let us know why and we'll add them to the list.