The culinary status of the humble burger has risen hugely in the past few years, so little wonder it’s the one meal so many people crave. London boasts some of the best, and here’s our guide to the finest that Southwark has to offer, be they meaty or meat free. You may not be able to eat inside a restaurant with friends right now, but we’ll always have food delivery.
Honest Burgers Honest Burgers has two restaurants in the area – Borough and London Bridge – serving juicy and tender burgers using British beef patties, made in Honest’s own butchery. The proud owner of a Less Than Thoroughly Cooked certificate, burgers can be cooked to medium. The signature Tribute burger is one of the most popular, combining Honest beef with bacon, American cheese, burger sauce, French’s mustard, pickles, onion and lettuce (£11.50). Every burger comes with signature rosemary salted fries as standard. Current specials include Carolina – beef patty with candied bacon, double American cheese, shoestring fried (inside the burger), pickleback slaw and Carolina Reaper black garlic mayo (£12.50). 6 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 2TF and 5-7 Southwark St, London SE1 1RQ. Available on Deliveroo and Ubereats
Meat Liquor Famed for its homage to the White Palace Burger, the Black Palace Burger combines two beef patties steam grilled on a bed of onions, with spicy green chilli butter, red onions, pickles, lettuce, ketchup and the ubiquitous French’s Mustard. There are six beef varieties, including Dead Hippie, which sounds perfect for Halloween. And for those keener on chicken, there’s five burgers to choose from, as well as wings and ‘Monkey Fingers’. The ‘Green & Serene’ section of the menu caters for veggies and vegans – wickedly named Satan Fingers combines mock chicken with an ‘Almost Buffalo sauce’ and vegan mayo. 37 Lordship Lann, East Dulwich, London SE22 8EW. Available on Deliveroo and Ubereats
Park’s Edge Bar & Kitchen And if further proof were needed that meat does not a burger make is the popular Plantain and Bean Burger from Caribbean-inspired modern British restaurant, Park’s Edge Bar & Kitchen. Served with a delicious collection of chargrilled pepper, halloumi, tomato, home-made jerk BBQ sauce, and smashed avocado in a brioche bun (£11.50). There’s your five-a-day right there. The Jerk Spiced Chicken Burger (£12.00) is particularly good and looking for something more than a little special – Truffle King Burger will be just the ticket. The self-proclaimed ‘Rolls Royce’ of the burger world – expect 100% Angus beef patty, black truffle infused wild mushrooms, double cheese (cheddar and Stilton) lettuce, crispy onions and black truffle mayonnaise (£15.00). All burgers are served with fries. 49, 51 Norwood Road, Dulwich, London SE24 9AA. Available on Deliveroo and Ubereats.
The Full Nelson Tucked away in a corner of Deptford is a veggie/ vegan kitchen that’s grabbing attention, not least for its chick’n’ burger selection. The epic Ol’ Dirty Colonel Burger continues to cause a stir, drawing punters in with its colonel burger patty, cheese, Deptford Death Sauce and blue cheese dressing (£9.00). Rather yummy with chilli cheese fries (£5.50) or Canadian staple, Poutine (£5.50) – rosemary seasoned fries, dripping in melted mozzarella and gravy. 47 Deptford Broadway, Deptford, London SE8 4PH. Available on Deliveroo.
Elephant & Castle Pub Remember the kitchen is open from 5pm to 9pm and along with recent hospitality restrictions, the pub closes at 10pm. This South London bolthole proffers up three burgers, ticking every box: Plant, including chilli jam and vegan cheese; Buttermilk Fried Chicken, with green chilli ranch and hot sauce; and Aged Beef, including Smoked Applewood cheese and red onion marmalade. 119 Newington Causeway, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6BN. Available on Ubereats.
Pictured top: Honest Burgers
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