Haute Living goes in search of London’s best burgers
Even rail thin A listers like Madonna, are known to have abandoned calorie counting and ordered a juicy burger at Automat. The beef here is so good that the cows must have had a five star life rivalled only by Paris Hilton. Regardless of whether you order the beef burger or one of the cow free options (Automat also offers a chicken burger and a veggie burger), you’re guaranteed to leave this Dover Street dining establishment a lot happier than when you arrived.
33 Dover Street, Mayfair, W1
020 7499 3033
2 Bar Boulud
French born, US star chef Daniel Boulud’s London outpost won The Observer’s ‘best burger’ award last year – and rightly so. The three burgers on offer at this celebrated Knightsbridge venue definitely have a certain je ne sais quoi. Choose from a straightforward cheeseburger, a Frenchie (which comes with confit pork belly in a brioche bun) or, our favourite, the piggie burger: expect grilled beef with barbecue pork on top, onion, bibb lettuce, green- chilli mayo and moreish red cabbage slaw. We defy you to find a better burger in town.
The burgers at Bodeans will have you practically keeling over in bliss; think delicious beef with buttery buns grilled to perfection. Topping choices are excellent and include Monterey jack cheese, maple streaky bacon, grilled mushrooms, jalapenos, blue cheese dressing or onions. The Bodean’s ‘taste of America’ also extends to its sports coverage – three 42 inch plasma screens feature live and pre-taped US sporting events.
4 Broadway Chambers, Fulham Broadway, SW6
020 7610 0440
4 Carnaby Burger Co
For what many consider to be the best burgers in the capital, head to Carnaby Burger Co. Located in Fourbert’s Place, in the newly cool Carnaby district, this venue beats the pants off its competitors by offering a huge menu to suit all tastes. As a change from the classic beef burger (although that’s here too), why not try the jerk chicken or barbecue burgers? Veggies aren’t ignored either; falafel, grilled goats cheese and aubergine and spicy bean burgers all feature.
14-16 Foubert’s Place, W1
020 7287 6983
Gordon Ramsay’s evocation of a New York style steakhouse is known for its wagyu, but the Maze Grill burger with tomato, avocado, cheese and fries also represents a culinary must. For a humble burger, the price is pretty high (£15) but the bottom line is this: Maze’s burger is a meaty masterpiece that sets standards few others can match.