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“Who does the best burger?” – never has such a small amount of words caused such big controversy. We all have our own favourite but we’re here to list a couple of ours, in the hope they’ll be your new favourite too. There seems to be a epidemic sweeping through the streets these days; instead of food being seen as a means of energy to get through the day, it is slowly evolving into a challenge. Our quest for hunger has led us down many paths and led us to many burgers and we’ve decided to use this “research” for the good of mankind and release the best kept burger secrets.
Happy National Burger Day!
Nolita have a great range of burgers but the one you need to look out for is the aptly named “Big boy”, you won’t know whether to eat it or get your picture taken with it. It is more of an edible multi-story city than a burger as it reigns in larger than the average toddler. What it boasts in quantity it does not lack in quality, every component marries up for a one way ticket to flavour town. It is not so much a burger as it is an endurance and despite countless queries, Nolita are yet to put a mattress in the corner for when the good people of Liverpool decide to wave the white flag of defeat. From any angle you look at it, this burger is intimidating and for a second the onion rings almost form eyes that look on at your fear in a disappointing disposition. Don’t let it win!
Address: 84 Bold Street, L1 4HF
Free State Kitchen
Taking a bite out of the Big Apple, Free State is inspired by the American dream, if that dream was full of gourmet burgers. Their burgers are award winning and after one bite you’ll surrender to this knowledge as it borderlines a religious experience. We recommend the double French onion burger, first marvel at its stature and then bite into the burger cooked medium that melts in your mouth. It is the kind of burger that during eating, enough falls off it to make another burger and at the end you find yourself in some labyrinth-like burger haven.
Address: 1 Maryland Street, L1 9DE
The Cuban street food legends have created a burger so good we get emotional just talking about it. Slow cooked brisket, shoestring fries, pickled red onion, roast garlic aioli and guava BBQ sauce collide on a toasted brioche and it’s just beautiful. Some would say it’s almost too pretty to eat.
Address: 35-39 Greenland St, Liverpool L1 0BS
Hope Street is an elegant street home to a plethora of places to eat, plays to watch and memories to be made. You may have dined at Clove Hitch but unbeknown to the masses, there is a private whisky den just beneath it. Far away from the classiness that was just one storey above lays the underground American inspired burger joint where beers and burgers are taken seriously. You will croak with goo-goo eyes at the sight of people attempting to constrict their jaw just to be able to take a bite. It is more than a burger, it is an event. If you order any of their burgers make sure you cancel your plans for the rest of the day. We would also advise eating it in the shower or bringing a second outfit as the meat sweats are not to be underestimated.
Address: 23 Hope Street, L1 9BQ.
Sometimes in life, there’s nothing more fun than eating miniature food and pretending you’re a giant. Just us? Never mind. Lunya, one of Liverpool’s most revered restaurants, aren’t strangers to small plates and as a result have had many fall in love with their food. The mini iberico burgers with caramelised onions and a black bun are just phenomenal.
Address: Liverpool ONE, Liverpool One, 18-20 College Ln, Liverpool L1 3DS
Death Row Dive and Diner
A restaurant and dive bar specialising in ribs, burgers, fried shrimp, steak, french fries and brisket. Walls are adorned with mysterious quotes lit up in neon and their selection of burgers is up there with the best. The king of them all is a beautiful burger called ‘Burning Love’. A delicious double patty with cheese, bacon onion rings, flambeed bourbon sauce, pickles and slaw. If that isn’t good enough there’s a bludy Chupa Chup through the middle of it.
There’s nothing ‘almost’ about it, they’re famous for their burgers and thousands of people back this statement up each week. We’ve tried most of the menu and can’t get enough of the River Phoenix, a double cheeseburger with bacon, bbq fried onions, frazzles and fresh chilli chipotle ketchup. A saucy affair all drizzled in baconnaise; mayo infused with the sheer brilliance of bacon that could be put on a flip-flop and still taste good. Shut up and take our money.
Address: 13 Parr St, L1 4JN
Set up by Action on Addiction, The Brink to many is known as a retreat for the recovering. This has built a strong podium for recovering addicts to immerse themselves back into mainstream society which shatters any predisposed thoughts customers might have of such a predicament after visiting. A non-alcoholic bar, with 73% of their employees in recovery themselves, The Brink is certainly extra ordinary and at the forefront of modern philanthropy. Impressive? Equally as impressive as their falafel and halloumi burger.
Rookwood Bar & Cue
We could keep on talking about how good Rookwood Bar & ‘Cue is until the cows come home. Formally Tapas Tapas, the small plates have turned into much bigger ones and although it is primarily known for its steak, don’t let that information take anything away from the burgers. You can still see Spanish influences throughout the menu, their ‘Fat Spanish Waiter’ is worth checking out. The chorizo and beef patties are the centre piece of the burger and are decorated with Manchego cheese, Serrano ham, crispy onions and a garlic and chipotle mayo so good we’d bath in it. Grilling is an art form, an idea shared by Rookwood as their grill that has been specially imported from the USA and is 1 of only 2 throughout the whole UK which will certainly add a signature finish to any of their burgers.
Address: 11 Back Colquitt Street, L1 4LN
Down The Hatch
Down The Hatch – Liverpool’s dirty veggie junk food bunker is where meat eaters and zealous veggies collide for the love of deep fried goodness. A place where cutlery has no home, a place to eat like no one’s watching and a place you’ll probably need a nap after visiting. Yes, there’s indeed corners of double-sided menus with similar food but this whole establishment is dedicated to the wonders of veggie junk food and people can’t get enough of their zinger burger.
Address: 62 Duke Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 5AA
Meat Factory, the place where enough falls out of your burger whilst you’re eating it to make another burger. Walk along Lark Lane and you’ll find a place lit up in purple-neon where you should bring your own towel, so you can either throw it in and admit defeat or alternatively use it to wash your face. The Brooklyn Big Ass is exactly what it sounds like, an intimidating pile of meaty goodness. Finding an angle you feel confident enough to tackle it from will take up the majority of your time. It’d probably take less time to tell you what isn’t on the burger rather than what it is. It is a double patty, pulled pork, potato cake, bacon and cheesy concoction that will make moving for the next few hours prove difficult.
Slim’s Pork Chop Express
Hot-pink neon signals XXX at the top of Seel Street, Chinatown, which is enough o catch most people’s eye. But this is not a destination for the deviant, this is Slim’s Pork Chop Express – a place where smoking is encouraged, smoking meats of course. XXX in the name and XXX in the burger, expect deep fried mac and cheese, pulled pork, pickles and more. Let it grace your lips and surrender yourself to the wonders of deep fried mac and cheese.
Bakchich is the uber trendy Lebanese restaurant based on Bold Street and more recently, Williamson Sq. The Veggie Burger from Bakchich is a delicious Halloumi steak burger filled with falafel and hummus, served in a pillowy soft brioche bun with some fries on the side. This is for both meat eaters and zealous veggies alike.
Address: 54 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4ER & 3 Brythen St Liverpool L1 1LG
Portland St 358
If you like a bit of spice in your life, this burger is the one for you. Portland St 358 only opened a few months ago but have cemented themselves as a fan favourite amongst the locals for their epic portions and consistent quality. The whole theme of the restaurant is based around street food but with a sprinkle of flair on top. Head down for the “Holy Mole”, two patties, beef chilli, garlic cream, guacamole and crisp tortillas. This is just pure unadulterated filth.
Address: Portland St. 358 Smithdown Road, Liverpool
Delifonseca Dockside is serving up a menu exclusive with its vegan creation to mark Burger Day (August 24). The award-winning ‘foodie mecca’ is serving up a gourmet Mushroom and Nut burger using only plant-based ingredients which means that vegans and vegetarians can also indulge in a tasty treat on the novel calendar day.
Button Street Smokehouse
In a world where burgers are getting bigger, sometimes its refreshing to see a miniature version. Ones that make you feel like a giant are always fun. Button Street Smokehouse do a few sliders that are all really tasty but we love the “Burnt Ends” the most. It is seasoned & deep fried nuggets of beef brisket drenched in BBQ sauce, what is not to like?
Address: Baker House, Button St, L2 6PY
Moon & Pea
In a world full of gastronomic pretence it is refreshing when somewhere pulls back a little and lets the homemade food do the talking. Moon & Pea is a legendary restaurant, cafe and meeting space that has been used for dates, business meetings and those seeking a cure for a hangover for some years now. They have a pretty awesome veggie offering and we can’t look past their cajun veggie burger with halloumi and homemade tomato chutney. Get some avocado on top if you want to take it to a new level.
Address: 95 Lark Lane, L17 8UP
Oktopus – Soft Shell Crab Burger
Amid the big hunks of beef, don’t forget about our fishy friends. Oktopus have a restaurant right next to Buyers Club in Hardman Street but you can’t get this burger there, you can only get it at Baltic Market in Cains Brewery. The crab comes whole which may be a bit scary for some people but take a bite and let it melt in your mouth faster than a Skip.
Address: Baltic Market, Cains Brewery, L8 5XJ
The Baltic Social
Based in The Baltic Triangle, The Baltic Social is people’s go-to burger bunker. Whilst they have some great savoury burgers on offer, that’s not what we are here to talk about today. Well known for pushing boundaries, they’ve invented a dessert burger. Yes – you’re looking at chocolate chip cookies sandwiching honeycomb ice cream and fresh raspberries with a side of churros and chocolate dip. Thank us later and tell your arteries sorry.
Address: 27 Parliament St, Liverpool L8 5RN
Next level fried chicken. Whilst Pattersons is known for its extravagance – from tacos made out of fried chicken to burgers so big you have to take a picture of them from the next restaurant – we often find ourselves returning for the Plain Jane. Couldn’t be more simple but that’s not undervaluing how hard it is to get good fried chicken right. Pull up a seat, crack open a beer and take a bite of this.
Address: 28 Gradwell St, Liverpool L1 4JH
Where dreams come covered in red salt. Liverpool’s beloved premier chicken shop that is hand-licking good and an absolute must for a pit-stop on a night out. Much like other beloved chicken shops all over the UK, it is less about the chicken and more about the people; both behind and in front of the counter. Why Nabzys? Well, sometimes you just need a chicken burger with a hash brown on. We’re all adults and it’s our choice to exercise that right in such a delicious, heart-stopping way.
Don’t forget to stay safe and use a condiment.
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