Burgers are no longer just a greasy indulgence after a few drinks on a Friday night, they’re quality, classy and full of flavour. Chefs from across the globe proudly present their creations to Londoners on a daily basis, so ahead of National Burger Day this Thursday (August 27th) we have sought out some of the best and most unusual burgers on sale in the capital. So pick your country, your cuisine, your favourite foodstuff, and bag yourself a burger with a difference!
The South Indian Fish Burger from The Salt Room
Spiced fish, pickled red onions, green chilli slaw, apple and herb relish are all combined to create the remarkable South Indian Fish Burger at The Salt Room. Where better to enjoy a fish burger than at a restaurant with uninterrupted sea views? This restaurant is located on the seafront in Brighton and boasts one of the largest outdoor terraces in the UK overlooking the channel. Match all this with a refreshing beverage from the extensive cocktail list and you have yourself a winner! www.saltroom-restaurant.co.uk
The Italian Burger at Enoteca Turi
The famous Venetian dish of liver and onions (Fegato alla veneziana) has been transformed into a decadent burger at the revered Italian restaurant Enoteca Turi. Remaining true to style, the highly accomplished chef Michele Blasi has put his own twist on the traditional dish revamping it into a lavish burger between 2 slices of thinly sliced Altamura bread and served alongside a borlotti bean salad and crisp onions. Enoteca is one of London’s few remaining independent restaurants run by husband and wife team Giuseppe and Pam Turi whose passion for food and excellent service are the real reason for its enduring legacy. www.enotecaturi.com
Rocket’s Calzone Burger
To celebrate National Burger Day on 27th August, Rocket restaurant has combined the nation’s love of burgers with their pizza expertise and created a Calzone Burger like no other for just £14.60. Rocket’s signature home-made pizza dough is wrapped around a juicy burger patty and packed with fillings like bacon, cheese, tomato and even a fried egg for added ooze! And because no burger is complete without fries, Rocket’s Calzone Burger also comes with a side order of chunky chips.
If you’re looking for a more unusual way to celebrate National Burger Day this is definitely it! Even better, the Calzone Burger is available at all four London Rocket’s (City, Canary Wharf, Holborn and Bishopsgate) for one week only, 24th – 30th August 2015. www.rocketrestaurants.co.uk
The Skippy Burger at Brew
Brew, Putney’s answer to laid back antipodean living, have launched the Skippy Burger – a delicious and exotic combination of kangaroo patty, sweet cherry jam and golden beet slaw, served with fries and salad. Not only are the buns made in store, they also have their own on-site butchery room for making the patties too, ensuring this latest offering is tasty, fresh and a welcome change from the more traditional burgers on offer at other restaurants. More information: www.brew-cafe.com
The Famous Playboy Burger at Salvatore’s Bar
Start National Burger Week off in style and head down to Salvatore’s Bar in Mayfair (Corner of Brick Street and Old Park Lane) and enjoy their famous house burger, the Playboy Burger. With a nod to the Playboy Club upstairs they have created the Playboy Burger that comes with French fries and if you fancy it, Stilton and Alsace bacon for extra flavour. While waiting for your burger you can also delight in an extensive and delicious cocktail menu that Salvatore “The Maestro” Calabrese has carefully created. This is definitely a destination for National Burger Week that shouldn’t be missed. http://playboyclublondon.com/
Make your own burger at HG Walter
Mark National Burger day in style with a tasty patty from HG Walter, the award winning butchers that offers a succulent selection of British burgers with a twist. Their aptly named TONGUE IN CHEEK BURGER, packed with richness and flavour is made with tongue, bone-marrow, parsley, black pepper and a dash of horseradish for an extra kick. Or try the BEEF AND HUNGARIAN MANGALITZA burger – 80% dry aged rump steak from Ayrshire and 20% Mangalitza Pig, a breed native to Hungary but reared in North Yorkshire. Both perfect for putting on the BBQ (or under the grill if the British summer time has reverted to rain!).
Making your own means you can make it how you like it – pick up a couple of a soft, butter enriched brioche buns from the butcher’s shop, spice it up with one of their incredible chutneys or for the more adventurous with lashings of Pepper and Chilli Jam (a Gold Great Taste Award Winner). HG Walter is a butchers shop but not as you know it! www.hgwalter.com
Veggie Burger at Las Iguanas
Why not try something a little bit different for National Burger Day in the form of a Black Bean and Beetroot burger from the vibrant Latin American eatery that is Las Iguanas. This tasty burger packed with smoky flavour and zesty mayo will be sure to leave customers wanting more! Las Iguanas’ ethos remains the same as ever ‘to bring authentic South America to every table, every day – in a place that lives and breathes Latin’. Sourcing the freshest ingredients from the best suppliers, every dish is cooked to order and reflects the diverse mix of influences that make up South American cuisine. www.iguanas.com
The Jerk Beefburger at Cottons
Head to the bar at the revamped Cottons in Camden where you will find some seriously enticing cocktails and a tasty bar menu to match. On this bar menu is the irresistible Jerk Beefburger complete with sautéed onions, melted cheese, sweet potato wedges and salad. This glorious burger is the simple combination of a spiced juicy patty piled high with caramelised onions and gooey cheese squidged between a soft bun. Cottons, one of London’s original Caribbean restaurants are currently celebrating their 30th anniversary this year and have just re-opened their doors with a culinary revamp and redesign. Cottons really is a beam of Caribbean sunshine in London, with delicious dishes such as jerk chicken and curried mutton giving diners a slice of the fire and flavour of island life in the centre of the city. www.cottons-restaurant.co.uk
Wagyu Beef Slider at Kurobuta
Visit Scott Hallsworth’s critically acclaimed Japanese Izakaya for the ultimate WAGYU BEEF SLIDER. Available on Kurobuta’s Japanese Junk Food Menu this is a burger not to be missed…we’re talking two soft steamed buns, crunchy onions, pickled cucumber and umami mayo. Smoky, sticky and full of an unmistakable umami flavour, they go perfectly with a frozen head beer and a long summer’s evening. www.kurobuta-london.com