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Top 10 Burgers in London

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Continuing my mission to provide you with an authoritative and reliable guide to all things fucking sexy to eat, Tom's Big Eats recently embarked on a journey to eat the best burgers in London. Here are the Top 10...
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1. Bleecker St. (Bleecker Black or Bacon Double Cheeseburger)

How can one restaurant have two entries?! Well, the Bleecker Black is my out and out favourite burger in London, but as it contains black pudding some people are a bit reluctant to order it! SHAME!! But, Bleecker being Bleecker, their Bacon Double Cheeseburger is a stand out contender for No. 1 on its own, so either way you HAVE to make a visit here a priority! Such incredible meat flavour, so soft in the mouth and the perfect bun. A worldwide contender for #1. 

Available: Southbank, Street Feast Dalston Yard, Old Spitalfields Market

£: 10

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2. Burger & Beyond (Big Lew OR Bacon Double)

I know, I know. It's not right to have two burgers for one spot, but hear me out. a) These are very similar burgers, with great aged rare breed patties and a beautiful mayo dressing. The bone marrow mayo in the Big Lew JUST pips the mayo for the regular Double. Absolutely soaring popularity means you can now get a beautiful Big Lew every weekend at Dinerama and A Bacon Double 364 days a year at the new Kerb Camden Market or in their residency at Camden Daughter. 

Available: KERB Camden Market, Camden's Daughter, Street Feast Dinerama.

£: 9-10

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3. Black Bear (Bacon Double)

Hopefully you're sensing the theme emerging here?? So far, the top three burgers have all been simple, but OUTSTANDING bacon cheeseburgers. There is so much to be said for perfecting the art of sourcing good meat, getting the cut / fat profile right and cooking perfectly. Black Bear do all three and have absolutely stolen a huge chunk of the market in London. The name spread like wildfire from their base at Broadway Market and successful stints at Street Feast and Festivals have only enhanced their glowing rep! The meat is fatty but not greasy, tender and perfectly sized. A soft but stable bun and the subtle garlic mayo all add up to one of the best meat + bun combos around right now. 

Available: Broadway Market / National Burger Day.

£: 9

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4. CHUCK (Devil Burger)

For me personally, where CHUCK smash it is their patty. Even just feeling it you know it's going to be awesome in your mouth. The Devil burger adds a bit of heat and a massive punch of flavour to a bacon cheeseburger with sriracha sauce and jalapenos. But it doesn't overpower what a burger should be and is. Great meat, smokey bacon and smooth, melted cheese!

Available: CHUCK Spitalfields / Uxbridge

£: 8.50

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5. Mother Flipper (Double Dirty Barbie)

Double patty, double cheese, glorious candied bacon and bbq sauce!! Besides...just look at it!! Mother Flipper have a great balance of meat / sauce / bun, and having slightly thicker patties means they can serve them just the right amount of pink still with a perfect, charred umami crust! 

Available: Street Feast Model Market (Fri-Sun), KERB Markets (Check website)

£: 10

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6. Dip & Flip (The Dip & Flip Burger)

Let's just all admit it, sometimes people add shit to burgers for the gimmick, the PR or because they haven't got a fucking clue what they're doing. However, Dip & Flip have absolutely steered clear of all of those! The Dip & Flip burger is a great patty, cooked perfectly and covered in thin sliced roast beef (or lamb), melty, oozy cheese and beautiful rich gravy. It's just the right amount of sloppy, but if you like it wet then you're provided with a dish for dipping! Meat lovers rejoice, patriotic British gravy addicts rejoice, burger lovers rejoice. Put it on your list.

Available: sites across south London

£: 10

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7. The Double Blue w. egg (Backstreet Diner)

A first time visit (on great recommendation from Matt @ The Burger List) and a great entry into the top 10. I love lists like this to include the opportunity to try different burgers from different vendors and experience something new! I also really fucking love Blue Cheese on burgers!! So stopping by The Backstreet Diner at their lunchtime home just off Old St. was a double win for me! The patties are slightly larger than the higher entries in the list, which I think is no coincidence, but the meat quality can be tasted immediately. The blue cheese offers that punchy, deep rich flavour and adding the egg just blends everything together in some kind of sexy way! Definitely worth skipping out of work on lunch during the week and heading down here!!

Available: Clifton St (weekdays)

£:9

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8. Yeah! Burger (Yeah! Burger)

For me, a surprise entrant on this list. Yeah! don't have a permanent home as yet, although they are currently holding full time residence at both The Star of King's (King's Cross) and The Victoria (Dalston). Their namesake burger is simple enough, beef, cheese, sauce. The way it's put together is simple beauty though, the signature Yeah! sauce and the cheese fuse into a smooth, gooey dressing and their aged beef patty is cooked perfectly! I ate mine in the beer garden at The Victoria which added bonus points for vibes!

Available: Star of Kings (Kings Cross), The Victoria (Dalston)

£: 8

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9. Double Shackburger with Bacon (ShakeShack)

Don't hate on the 'Shack just because it's a chain! It's a chain for a reason, and there's a reason they differentiated themselves from the burgers available from the Arches or the King. Although cooked well done, their beef has great flavour, their cheese can only be described as smooth and perfectly American, the bacon is cooked crispy and their potato roll is absolute perfection for this burger. But more than this, ShakeShack burgers are the same top quality every. single. time - and that's both important and quite rare. 

Available: Covent Garden, Stratford 

£: 9

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10. Double Grizzly (Burger Bear Tom)

Firmly bucking the smashed patty trend, BBT serve you up two large patties, wrapped in melting cheese with thick bacon and covered in braised onions! Aside from being one of the most Instagram friendly burgers on the list (check out London food legend KS' incredible shot - https://www.instagram.com/p/BJLshQbjLvy/ ) and being served at a secret location INSIDE the Old St. roundabout, the Double Grizzly is a get your hands, face, shirt and shoes messy kind of awesome!!

Available: Magic Roundabout, Old St.

£: 10

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Noteable exceptions

Tribute (Honest)

Mac Daddy (Dirty Bones)

Special (Flat Iron)