National Burger Day returns on Thursday 23 August 2018, so The Resident has picked out some of the best burger specials on offer, including a sprinkling of innovative new vegan burgers…
Lead image: National Burger Day at Hawker House
1 Florentine’s Herculean Truffle Burger, Waterloo
Florentine in Waterloo is offer 20% off its signature Herculean Truffle Burger as part of Mr Hyde’s annual celebrations. Made for sharing, this huge 2.2kg beast is priced at £65 and feeds 4-6 people. Made from 100% local British beef from Derby, the burger is sandwiched in between a 600g homemade brioche bun, with a 1kg beef patty, 20 slices of locally cured bacon, six Portobello mushrooms, beef tomatoes, Montgomery cheese, homemade truffle mayonnaise with lashings of freshly grated truffle, plus chips, dips and sweet potato fries.
6 Hercules Road, Waterloo SE1 7DU; florentinerestaurant.co.uk
2 The Skagenburger at Aquavit, St James’s
Aquavit has just launched the Skagenburger, a Nordic take on the crowd favourite. The burger is a hearty beef patty made from top quality short rib and skirt beef, topped with traditional shrimp Skagen (Norwegian shrimp in a mayonnaise, chive, dill, horseradish and lemon sauce). It’s then finished with a layer of melted Västerbotten cheese, smoked whole grain mustard mayonnaise, and sauteed onions, all served in brioche bun with pickled red onion, cucumber and salad. Get 20% off when you download the National Burger Day voucher.
St James’s Market, 1 Carlton St, St James’s SW1Y 4QQ; aquavitrestaurants.com
3 Inside-Out Tofu Vegan Burger by The Mindful Chef x Hally’s, Parsons Green
Healthy recipe box delivery service Mindful Chef, together with Hally’s, the Californian-inspired restaurant in Parsons Green, have collaborated to create the an Asian-style plant-based burger. The Inside-Out Tofu Burger features a gluten-free protein-rich tofu bun and is packed with nutritious ingredients including an edamame bean patty, loaded with powerful antioxidants from matcha tea to ginger, as well as kimchi, pickled cucumber ribbons and radish slices, and finished with sweet chilli sauce. Available at Hally’s on Thursday 23 August.
60 New King’s Road, Fulham SW6 4LS; hallyslondon.com
4 Moving Mountains Vegan Bacon & Cheese Burger at Maxwell’s, Covent Garden
Moving Mountains, an innovative British brand blazing a trail in plant-based meat alternatives, has launched the UK’s first ever meatless ‘bleeding’ burger. Two years in the making, the Moving Mountains B12 burger looks, smells and tastes as indulgent as regular meat, with the aim of converting even the most committed carnivores. Get 20% off the Moving Mountains Plant-based B12 Vegan Bacon & Cheese Burger, with shiitake bacon, vegan cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, gherkin and avocado mayo, at Maxwell’s in Covent Garden on National Burger Day. Download the voucher here.
34 King Street, Covent Garden WC2E 8JD; maxwells.co.uk
5 Galvin HOP’s Chicken Burger, Spitalfields
Galvin HOP is offering 20% off one of its best-selling burgers for National Burger Day on Thursday 23 August. The Galvin HOP chicken burger is made with crispy, tender-fried buttermilk chicken sandwiched in a golden brioche and potato flour bun along with pickles, beef heart tomato, butter leaf salad and sriracha lime mayo. Just rock up at Galvin HOP with your discount voucher, which can be claimed from the Mr Hyde campaign site and is easily downloadable onto your smart phone.
35 Spital Square, Spitalfields E1 6DY; galvinrestaurants.com
6 Vegan Mac Daddy Burger at Dirty Bones, various locations
The Moving Mountains Plant-based B12 Burger strikes again, this time with a Vegan Mac Daddy Burger at Dirty Bones. This hearty smoky mushroom ‘short rib’ burger is topped with vegan mac and cashew ‘cheese’ with an espresso-spiked BBQ sauce. Get 20% off the Vegan Mac Daddy – as well as the non-vegan Mac Daddy and The Classic double brisket and dry-aged steak burger with American cheese, red onion, gherkins and dijonnaise – when you download the National Burger Day voucher. Dirty Bones has branches in Shoreditch, Kensington, Carnaby and Soho.
7 Kentucky BBQ Special at Honest Burger, various locations
Honest Burgers famous juicy patties remain one of the best burgers you can get in London, and rapid expansion over the last few years means you can get your hands on one all over London. Head to nationalburgerday.co.uk to download your voucher for 20% off their fabulous burgers all day on Thursday 23 August, including the new Kentucky BBQ special with candied bacon, American cheese, an onion ring, Maker’s Mark bourbon BBQ sauce, Kentucky mayo, and pickles. Find Honest Burger in Brixton, Peckham, Greenwich, Tooting, Portobello, Hammersmith, London Bridge, Dalston and all over the place!
8 Man vs. Burger at Smith & Wollensky, North Bank
Smith & Wollensky has created a giant burger that you can enjoy for free – so long as you eat it within one hour in a US-style Man vs. Burger showdown. Available only on National Burger Day only, the 5lb burger – that’s eight times the size of your standard burger – includes a hash brown, roasted Portobello mushrooms, beer battered onion rings, streaky bacon, mozzarella, confit tomatoes, fried eggs and jalapeno sauce. Only one person per burger is allowed, and all participants must pre-book on 020 7321 6007 or via firstname.lastname@example.org. Smith & Wollensky is also offering a range of special burgers for the day, including a Prawn and Chorizo burger (£15), The Dirty Double cheeseburger (£13) with gorgonzola and Philadelphia, and a Braised Short Rib burger (£13). Served 12pm-7.30pm.
Adelphi Building, 1-11 John Adam Street WC2N 6HT; smithandwollensky.co.uk
9 Chicken Katsu Sando or Secret Garden Vegan burger at Haché, various locations
Get 20% off your whole bill at Haché burger this National Burger Day with a Mr Hyde voucher. You cna choose any burger from the menu, but the new Chicken Katsu Sando has caught our eye. Inspired by Japan’s hottest sandwich, the Chicken Katsu Sando burger pairs crunchy Panko-coated chicken breast and zingy tonkatsu sauce with the addition of a a Clarence Court omelette for texture and depth of flavour. For vegans, there’s also the popular Secret Garden burger, a dairy-free, plant-based power burger with a Portobello mushroom coated in Panko breadcrumbs with spicy peanut sauce and crispy kale, topped with avocado on a toasted Ciabatta bun. Haché has branches in Balham, Clapham, Chelsea, Camden, Shoreditch and Holborn.
10 The Quarter Hounder for dogs Smith & Whistle, Piccadilly
Keen for four-legged friends not to miss out on this year’s National Burger Day, dog-friendly bar Smith & Whistle has created London’s very first burger entirely for canine consumption. The Quarter Hounder, with cooked sweet potato slices as the bun and lean chicken breast, is a unique collaboration between the bar’s talented chef team and David Jackson, a specialist canine nutritionist. Healthy extras such as kale and tomato will also be included, with an optional addition of cheese. Available on the terrace and in the main bar from Thursday 23 August for one week only, and will be offered to man’s best friend free of charge when ordered with a human burger (or £8 when ordered alone).
Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly W1J 7BX; smithandwhistleandmax.com
Plus: the official
National Burger Day party!
Don’t miss Mr Hyde’s National Burger Day Party at Hawker House on 30 August
The official National Burger Day party returns for its sixth year running on Thursday 30 August, taking over Street Feast at Hawker House for a huge burger bash with 17 patty powerhouses. Established burger pros like Bleecker St, Honest Burgers and Mac & Wild will be there, each with a one-off special for the day, as well as newbies Truffle, Pocho and Temper, plus a first time collaboration from Flank vs Salt Shed. Look out for meat-free magic from Pure Filth, too, which will be serving up the NBD party’s first ever vegan burger. There’ll be dessert courtesy of Chin Chin Labs, as well as bars serving slushies, craft brews and festival-sized cocktails, as well as giveaways and games. including a Burger Piñata. Tickets are £15, including a Budweiser and a MacPickleback shot. 4pm-midnight. Tickets £15.
Hawker House, Canada Street SE16 7PJ; streetfeast.com/NBD