Five of the Best: Burgers in London

American imports are adding some New York cool to the city’s buzzing burger scene

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Words by Katy Salter 

Patty and Bun

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Need a burger fix after a splurge at Selfridges? Head round the corner to Patty and Bun. This hole-in-the-wall joint has a DIY feel – cartoons on flattened cardboard boxes hang on the walls and the small wooden tables are crammed together. The Ari Gold is a cheeseburger smothered with smoky house mayo, while the Smokey Robinson burger is topped with caramelised onions and bacon. Both come in golden brioche buns and are gloriously sloppy: wear a dark top.

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Patty and Bun, 54 James Street, London W1U 1EU, 020 7487 3188; pattyandbun.co.uk

Hawksmoor

Hawksmoor Spitalfields has one of the most beautiful bars in London – all turquoise-tiled booths and copper ceilings. It also does an excellent cheeseburger. The patty is made from Longhorn beef and a little bone marrow, and is topped with Ogleshield cheese. The result is intensely savoury and satisfying, especially when you add ox-cheek or mouth-puckering kimchi pickle. The cheeseburger and Kimchi burger are also on the bar menu at its Seven Dials branch, along with a monthly guest burger.

Hawksmoor Spitalfields, 157a Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ, 020 7426 4856.

Hawksmoor Seven Dials, 11 Langley Street, London WC2H 9JG, 020 7420 9390; thehawksmoor.com

Shake Shack

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There’s a reason impatient New Yorkers are happy to queue at Shake Shack - its burgers are utterly addictive. Londoners feel the same way about the Covent Garden outpost. Expect a juicy patty made from 100% Aberdeen Angus beef, topped with melted American cheese, a secret recipe sauce, tomatoes and lettuce, and all served in a squishy bun alongside crisp, crinkle-cut fries. Shake Shack has also teamed up with top London food spots, like St John Bakery and chocolatier Paul A.Young for local versions of its famous frozen custard.

Shake Shack, 24 Market Building, The Piazza, London WC2E 8RD, 020 7240 0054; shakeshack.com

MEATliquor

Tolerance for queuing is a prerequisite for a night at MEATliquor, but your reward for standing in line is an unforgettable burger. Co-owner Yianni Papoutsis perfected his burgers when he ran cult food truck, MEATwagon, before opening this restaurant under a central London car park. The feel is dark and grungy, with purposefully dim lighting, graffiti-covered walls and potent cocktails. But the burger’s still the star – a soft, glossy bun crammed with a 100% beef patty, American cheese and delicious ‘Dead Hippy Sauce’.

MEATliquor, 74 Welbeck Street, London W1G 0BA, 020 7224 4239; meatliquor.co.uk

Homeburger

Homeburger is London’s first gourmet burger delivery company. Specialising in burgers, fries, shakes and pies, it ticks every gourmet burger box - top quality ingredients, aged beef from grass-fed, free-range cattle and Instagramability– all without having to leave the comfort of your living room. The first outpost launched earlier this year on London’s Holloway Road (they deliver within a two-mile radius) with more set to roll out across the Capital. And it’s not just the food that looks great. The packaging alone is a feat in design and has been created to ensure that your burger arrives in perfect condition, as if it's just left the pass. Prices start from £7.75 and delivery is free.

Homeburger, 169 Holloway Road, N7 8LX, 020 7700 6008, www.homeburger.co.uk

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