Right, as you know, one of my NY resolutions was to find the perfect burger in London (nom nom nom), an idea thought up while stuffing my face in Grand Union. Burgers make me happy and the The Happiness Project London is all about focusing on what makes you happy, so it fits in nicely with the theme of the blog (sadly, turns out not to be an original idea – many London guides and food bloggers appear to have done the same thing – Byron is often crowned ultimate winner). In any case, I still eat at least one burger a month so thought it worth adding my shiny tuppence to the debate.
My search could only start when I lost my Christmas holiday weight and this is now done (ish). So burgers here we come 🙂
I will review about one burger joint a month – interspersed with gym visits and salads – otherwise I’m likely to do the “Brussels expat“ (going up 2 dress sizes through over-eating of red meat). So, the winners are likely to be crowned at the end of the year.
I’m not a food snob, so I’m including junk-food outlets as well as restaurants – partly because I’m dying to try Wimpy again and partly because it wouldn’t be a complete tour of London burgers otherwise. My current list of places to review is below. I may add to this as and when I hear about other places, or for example if I decide to try a burger when eating out in a non-specialist venue:
- Grand Union (review here)
- Byron (review here)
- Gourmet Burger Kitchen (review here)
- Hamburger Union
- The Diner
- The Hawksmoor
- McDonalds (review here)
- Burger King (review here)
- American Bar at the Stafford Hotel
- Automat American Brasserie
- Ed’s Diner
- The Fine Burger Co
- Ultimate Burger
- Lucky 7
Any other suggestions are always welcome, although please be considerate to the fact that I can only eat so many burgers a month before having to wear my jeans with an elasticated waist.
– I will always order a plain cheeseburger (quarterpounder/whopper with cheese) and chips, with ketchup and mayonnaise. If there’s coleslaw (yum) I’ll take it too otherwise no extras.
– If they ask me do I want to supersize it, I say for god’s sake NO.
– I will judge each burger on the following:
- the burger itself – size, shape, texture, beefiness
- the bun – deduction of points for those that fall apart under relish pressure
- the cheese – nothing fancy thanks, just cheddar or even (sorry) plastic
- sauces – I love ’em – relish, mayonnaise, anything really
- the “extras” – tomato, lettace, onion
- ability to hold in hands/not smother over chin – Grand Union and GBK please note I see the ability to actually hold your burger as a necessity for getting in the prize-winning categories
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
1. Best burger in London
2. Best burger-tasting dining experience in London
3. Best ketchup receptacle in London
UPDATE 31 August 2010: My search has been rather slow and I am long overdue a trip to Byron. Sadly however I have put on 5 pounds since starting to write about great places to eat, so I’m currently concentrating on coffee shops, but promise to return to boigers soon!