National Burger Day returns on Thursday 22 August 2019 – hallelujah! But with so many burgers and so few calories to spare, which burgers are worthy of sabotaging your waistline? The Resident picks out some of the best burger specials and offers from London’s top burger purveyors..
Lead image: STK’s Supersize Sharer Burger
1 MEATliquor W1MK II Open For 24 Hours, Oxford Circus
Having kicked off the summer by opening their brand new flagship central London bar and diner W1MK II, MEATliquor have upped the ante once again by opening for 24 hours on National Burger Day. If that wasn’t enough, they’ve also managed to secure a 24-hour alcohol licence for 22 August to make sure diners don’t go thirsty. The burger boss will open at 11.30am on Wednesday 21 August and won’t close until 3am on Friday 23 August. Yes, you’re right, that is in fact 39.5 hours! From 5am-11.30am, the kitchen will also be serving Breakfast Burgers, which come in meat (pork sausage patty, bacon, mushrooms, egg), veggie (mushrooms, halloumi, egg) and vegan (mushrooms, hash browns) options. Pair it with an English Breakfast Martini or a low alcohol Stiegl Grapefruit Radler to start NBD the right way!
37-38 Margaret Street, Oxford Circus W1G 0JF; meatliquor.com
2 Mac & Wild’s Double Dirty Dip Donut Burger, Fitzrovia & the City
London’s favorite Scottish restaurant, Mac & Wild, is serving up the Double Dirty Dip Donut Burger for National Burger Day. The sweet/savoury combination will be on the menu for two days only, featuring a flavourful blend of two aged-beef patties piled high with smoked chilli jam, quick pickle peppers, tattie rosti, jalapeño and bacon cheese melt. And the pièce de résistance? It’s all stuffed inside a dip-glazed donut bun. Priced £13. Limited availability from both Mac & Wild restaurants in Fitzrovia and Devonshire Square.
65 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia W1W 7PS & 9A Devonshire Square EC2M 4YN; macandwild.com
3 Patty & Bun’s Burger Day Banger, various locations
To celebrate National Burger Day on Thursday 22 August, burger legends Patty & Bun is going back to basics with the simple but epic Burger Day Banger. This special burger has a double beef patty with aged beef fat mayo and double smoked cheddar in a brioche bun. Available for one day only priced just £7, you’d better move fast, cos once they’re gone, they’re gone! Available at all Patty & Bun sites from Notting Hill to Hackney and Borough High Street (not including concessions).
4 STK’s Supersize Sharer Burger, the Strand
STK is celebrating National Burger Day with a whopping Supersize Sharer Burger. Available for one day only, the double giant beef and chorizo patty will be stacked with chilli lime marinated tiger prawns, chipotle and cheddar cheese sauce and served in between a smoked bacon and parmesan bun. Weighing in at 1,500g, The Supersize Sharer Burger is recommended for 2-3 people, and even comes with STK’s famous parmesan truffle chips. £55.
336-337 the Strand WC2R 1HA; stksteakhouse.com
The Flatmates at The Little Yellow Door have whipped up and combined two traditional home comfort dishes to create The Bolognese Burger, full of hot rich bolognese sauce and lashings of grated Parmesan. On the menu for one day only, the burger features a beef patty smothered in rich bolognese sauce, topped with lashings of grated Parmesan to finish. Availability is limited!
6-8 All Saints Road, Notting Hill W11 1HH; thelittleyellowdoor.co.uk
6 20% off at QUEENS skate dine bowl X MEATliquor Queensway
In celebration of National Burger Day, QUEENS & MEATliquor Queensway are offering 20% off all burgers when dining on Thursday 22 August. Delve into their legendary burger menu, which features a range of beef, chicken, veggie and vegan burgers. Choose from the likes of the iconic Dead Hippie featuring two French’s mustard-fried beef patties, dead hippie sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and minced white onions, and the Halloumi Mushroom burger with red onions, pickles, lettuce, French’s mustard and ketchup. You can also get a free game of bowling or curling, or even a full ice skating session, when returning anytime in September (all guests must book online at queens.london/burger and note ‘We love Burgers’ to apply the offer).
17 Queensway W2 4PQ; queens.london
7 Brasserie Blanc’s Bouef Burger’gnon, various locations
There are burgers, then there’s Raymond Blanc’s take on a burger. This National Burger Day the chef’s Brasserie Blanc restaurants, with locations on Chancery Lane, Threadneadle Street, South Bank, Fulham Reach and Tower of London, are serving up the limited-edition Bouef Burger’gnon. Back by popular demand, the burger features a tender beef patty, onion rings, crispy bacon, tomato and a rich red wine bourguignon sauce, plus French fries, for £15. Available 22 August only at branches nationwide.
8 Beer & Burger Pairing at K West Hotel & Spa
Studio Kitchen at K West Hotel & Spa has a selection of patty pairings too good to miss this National Burger Day. Starting from £11, you can get your hands on some juicy sliders with matching beers from Monday 19 August till Sunday 25 August. Choose from a range of pairings including: Meantime on the Seaside (three prawn and avocado sea-sliders and a Meantime London Pale Ale, £12); Portobello Lentils (vegetarian BBQ lentil burger paired with a bottle of locally-brewed Portobello Pilsner, £11); and Curious Pulled Pork (succulent BBQ pulled pork and smoked cheese sliders including a refreshing Curious IPA, £13).
K West Hotel & Spa, Richmond Way W14 0AX; k-west.co.uk
9 Boston Belt Buster Challenge at Wahlburgers, Covent Garden
Wahlburgers offers a choice of three house burgers and seven speciality burgers, all made with their proprietary blend of chuck, short rib and brisket sourced from Scottish butcher Simon Howie. For National Burger Day, Mark Wahlberg and his brothers are introducing the Wahlburger’s Boston Beltbuster – London’s latest food challenge. Made with no fewer than SIX eight ounce Scotch beef burger patties and stacked with 12 rashers of smoked bacon, 12 slices of Cheddar cheese, 250g pulled pork and two Portobello mushrooms, the 30cm tall Boston Beltbuster also comes with four large portions of sides – fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings and mac ‘n’ cheese – as well as an XXL Frappe milkshake made with ice cream. The challenge costs £45, but if you finish the lot in under an hour, you get it for free, win a t-shirt and get your name on The Wahl of Fame.
8-9 James Street, Covent Garden WC2E 8BH; coventgarden.london
10 Hard Rock Cafe’s 24-Karat Gold Leaf Steak Burger, Piccadilly
Hard Rock’s award-winning steak burgers launched as part of the new menu in May. They’re all created with a proprietary blend of beef to produce the most flavorful burger possible, but the 24-Karat Gold Leaf Steak Burger is something else – gold, on a burger? Yes please! As well as a 227g fresh steak burger topped with 24-Karat edible gold leaf, you get cheddar cheese, leaf lettuce, vine-ripened tomato and red onion. Sadly there’s no special offer this National Burger Day, but through the Hard Rock Heals Foundation, a portion of all proceeds from this bad boy will benefit Action Against Hunger. Give and let live!
11 20% off at Bleecker Street Burgers, Bloomberg Arcade, Victoria & Spitalfields
Inspired by an awesome burger devoured in New York, Bleecker Street Burgers is a labour for love for founder Zan Kaufman. For Kaufman, it’s all about the beef, using dry-aged, rare-breed, grass-fed beef from small farms in the UK, cooked to order, giving it an intense, beefy flavour. For National Burger Day, you can get 20% off burgers at their Bloomberg, Victoria and Spitalfields branches when you sign up for their newsletter online. You can also find them cooking up something special for Bundance at Street Feast’s Hawker House on Thursday 22nd… (more below).
12 Free Beer & Burgers at Gridiron, Mayfair
Gridiron – the new live-fire grill restaurant at COMO Metropolitan London in Mayfair – is offering its signature Gridiron Burger and a beer for free to the first 15 guests through the door at lunch, and then again at dinner, on National Burger Day. Gridiron is a collaboration between leading chefs Richard Turner and Stephen Englefield, who combine their abilities to source peerless produce, cooked over an open flame using wood and charcoal. Thought the week, Gridiron is also offering a free beer all week to anyone who orders a burger, or a burger, beer and dessert for £18.
COMO Metropolitan London, 19 Old Park Lane, Mayfair W1K 1LB; gridironlondon.com
13 50% Off at Bonfire by Searcys, Barbican
Bonfire by Searcys, located on the first floor of The Barbican, is celebrating National Burger Day with a whopping 50% discount offer on all burgers. Choose from the likes of the wholesome beetroot vegan burger, a fiery buttermilk chicken burger, the classic Bonfire Burger with a 6oz beef patty, or the Shakespeare Tower burger with two 6oz beef patties, tomato, lettuce, red onions, pickles, onion rings, Bonfire relish and mayo.
Barbican Centre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS; bonfirelondon.co.uk
14 Skewd Kitchen, Cockfosters
Skewd Kitchen, an award-winning, fine dining Anatolian restaurant and bar in Cockfosters, is reinventing its Islak Burger in slider form for National Burger Day. Inspired from the streets of Istanbul with a Skewd Twist, the dish comes with three wagyu beef burger slides drenched in Aleppo sauce – bite into a Pastirma (cured beef) burger, Kasar (cheese) burger and a traditional burger.
12 Cockfosters Parade EN4 0BX; skewdkitchen.com
15 by CHLOE. Launches Vegan Bacon Cheezeburger
To celebrate National Burger Day, by CHLOE. is launching a new Bacon Cheezeburger. The plant-based fast-casual restaurant brand, founded in New York City, will add the juicy burger to the menu on Thursday 22 August. Made up of a beet-lentil-walnut patty, cheddar cheeze and shiitake bacon, the burger is topped with pickles, lettuce, tomato and onion, packed into a potato bun and drizzled with by CHLOE’s special sauce. Available at all branches (Oxford Circus, Covent Garden, Tower Bridge and the O2 Arena) priced £10.50. The vegan Bacon Cheezeburger will also be available at Street Feast’s Bundance at Hawker House (more below).
Plus: the official
National Burger Day party!
Hawker House’s National Burger Day Party Becomes Bundance
Bundance at Hawker House, Canada Water
After six sell-out years of the National Burger Day party, Street Feast is taking it to the next level by launching Bundance – Europe’s biggest burger bash – with the strongest line-up yet. Sixteen superstars of the burger world will come together at Hawker House, Street Feast’s mega market in Canada Water, to treat us all to exclusive one-off specials and time-honoured classics. Each burger will be served slider-sized so that you can try to plough through the lot, including Galway’s Handsome Burger – just voted as OFFICIALLY the best burger in Ireland – Indian barbecue experts Brigadiers, and the Insta-famous Dexter Cheeseburger from Four Legs. They’ll also be six bars keeping the craft beer, wine and cocktails flowing. 5pm-12am. Tickets are £12, including a beer on arrival and a MacPickleback shot.
Hawker House, Canada Street SE16 7PJ; eventbrite.co.uk