The best burgers in London

These days, London has some of the greatest burgers around, so here's our guide to finding the very best burgers in the city.

bleecker burger


Victoria, Bloomberg Arcade, Spitalfields

If you ever fantasise about quitting your job and devoting your life to burgers, then Bleecker Burger Founder Zan Kaufman is your poster gal. 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." Burgers include the double cheeseburger, a longstanding top London burger for us. One of the very best. 

Signature burger: The standard cheeseburger with American cheese (but if the Bleecker Black is on, go for that)

More about Bleecker


Four Legs at The Plimsoll

Four Legs at The Plimsoll

Finsbury Park - 52 St Thomas’s Road, London N4 2QW

The Four Legs cheeseburger became legendary when they were in residency at The Compton Arms and has remained a fixture at their own pub in Finsbury Park, The Plimsoll. The patty itself is made with Dexter breed meat from Yorkshire and their burger sauce was apparently inspired by how McDonald's used to taste when you were a kid.

More about The Plimsoll


Burger and Beyond

Burger & Beyond

Shoreditch, Soho and Borough

The signature, aged beef burgers at Burger & Beyond may be on the pricey side but are, in our humble opinion, worth every penny. Burgers include the Bougie Burg - two aged beef patties, cold smoked American cheese, steak sauce, marrownaise and beef fat onions.

Signature burger: The Bacon Butter Burger which includes crispy pancetta bacon and burnt butter mayo

More about Burger & Beyond


Black Bear Burger

Black Bear Burger

Brixton, Boxpark Shoreditch, Canary Wharf, Exmouth Market

After originally starting as a street food outfit in Brixton, Black Bear Burger now have a few permanent restaurants. The beef is grass-fed and dry-aged beef sourced from native breeds raised in the South West - one of the founders comes from a farming family so knows a thing or two about sourcing the best. 

Signature burger: The Black Bear - dry-aged beef, cheese, smoked bacon, onion jam, garlic mayo. Although also try the Brisket Burger with 12hr beer-braised brisket

More about Black Bear


Lucky Chip

Lucky Chip

Islington and London Fields

Lucky Chip are one of the longstanding members of the London burger community. 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. The aged beef patty he uses has incredible flavour. 

Signature burger: We'd say the Bacon Double Cheeseburger with two aged beef patties, applewood smoked bacon and American cheese

More about Lucky Chip


Honest Burgers

Honest Burgers

Many locations across London 

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 chosen to create direct links with the farmers that supply their beef. One of the larger groups on the list, Honest still deliver quality burgers at all their restaurants. 

Signature burger: The Honest, topped with red onion relish, smoked bacon, cheddar, pickled cucumber and lettuce. It's also worth keeping an eye on their monthly specials which often see them teaming up with some great London restaurants and producers.

More about Honest Burgers


atty & Bun

Patty & Bun

Various locations across London

Since launching on the London burger scene and instantly serving some of the capital's best burgers, Patty & Bun now have multiple restaurants all over town. Their burgers (the patties are 35-day-aged, grass-fed Aberdeen Angus beef) are fabulously messy, but who cares when they taste this good? 

Signature burger: The Ari Gold is their cheeseburger, featuring their signature Smokey P&B Mayo in a brioche bun

More about Patty & Bun




Various locations across London

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. As much about the cocktails as they are about the burgers, they also serve up some mean hot dogs.

Signature burger: The Dead Hippie featuring two French's mustard-fried beef patties and dead hippie sauce.

More about MEATliquor


Mother Flipper

Mother Flipper

Brockley Market

Mother Flipper serves up smashing (and smashed) burgers. Just make sure whatever burger you order here features their candy bacon because, trust us, you need that in your life. 

Signature burger: The Candy Bacon Flipper is a good choice, topped with American cheese and bacon fried in maple syrup

More about Mother Flipper


Baba G's

Baba G's

Pop Brixton, Vinegar Yard, Camden Market

Street food legends won an episode of the BBC's Million Pound Menu but then went on to start their Camden restaurant by themselves. At the heart of the menu are the Bhangra Burgers - Indian-influenced burgers that are certainly not subtle and have won them legions of fans.

Signature burger: The Crazy Lamb Jalfrezi Burger - their spiced lamb burger with mint raitha, mango pulp and fresh chilli pepper. 

More about Baba G's

Photo by Haydon Perrier


Hawksmoor burger


Spitalfields, Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Borough, Canary Wharf and Covent Garden

Given the love and attention Hawksmoor give to their steaks, it's hardly any surprise that their burgers are A-class too. You'll find a small selection on their bar menu - look out for the third burger - a regularly rotating special. 

Signature burger: There's a lot of love for the Kimchi burger, but for us, it's their classic cheeseburger and made more glorious with the addition of small nuggets of bone marrow in the patty. Choose whether you want it served with either Ogleshield or Stitchelton. 

More about Hawksmoor



Shake Shack

Various locations across London

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 potato roll it comes in.

Signature burger: We love the Double ShackBurger because one patty simply isn't enough

More about Shake Shack


Slow Ritchie's

Slow Ritchie's

18 Peckham Rye, London SE15 4JR

For six years, brothers Alex and Richie Calver built up a fanbase for their burgers across London with pop-ups and residencies. Now they're in a permanent Peckham location serving up their much-loved burgers.

Signature burger: The Black beef - with Black Pudding, Cheddar and Original Hot Sauce and Haggis beef - with Haggis, Cheddar and Original BBQ Sauce. 

More about Slow Ritchie's


More great burgers to seek out:

  • Tommi's Burger Joint (Marylebone and Soho) - Icelandic-owned and great no-frills burgers
  • Bake St (Clapton) - Their Nashville fried chicken sandwich may well be one of London's top cult sandwiches, but there's just as much love for their Smashburger
  • Filthy Buns (Dalston) - currently popping up with their messy burgers at the Three Compasses in Dalston 
  • The Patate (Clerkenwell, Seven Dials) - The growing burger chain has a French focus, with lots featuring their beef bourguignon
  • Beer & Burger Store (Dalston, King's Cross, Walthamstow, Willesden Green) - Excellent burgers which you can pimp up by adding extra patties
  • Burger and Lobster (Various) - It's right there in the title, and the burger half of B&L is still one of London's prime burgers
  • The Duke of Richmond (Dalston) - Tom Oldroyd's pub has a classic burger with The Duke Burger, a 6oz rib cap patty, Roquefort, confit onions and béarnaise
  • Truffle (Soho, Liverpool Street, Seven Dials) - serving up truffle-laden burgers 
  • Blacklock are best known for their chops but their burger is excellent too - a double cheeseburger with onions caramelised in vermouth.
  • Joe Allen has an excellent off-menu cheeseburger which is the London restaurant world's worst-kept secret.
  • Haché has restaurants across London and keep an eye out for their special restaurant collaborations.


Subscribe to hear the latest from Hot Dinners

By signing up you agree to our privacy policy.