Here's the definitive list of places where you can find the juiciest, most mouthwatering burgers you can sink your teeth into …
If you're going to sink your teeth into a big sandwich of juicy meat, crisp lettuce, melting cheese and a soft, pillowy bun then it better be good.
The good news is that amazing burger joints are popping up all over the UK, so you can satisfy your dirty food craving and still pretend you're having a gourmet food experience. Whether you like your patties posh, epic or truly insane, here's where to find the best burgers in all the land.
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An intimate atmosphere, British ingredients and perfect burgers adorned with unexpected sauces (roast chicken mayo, anyone?) make this little restaurant a firm London favourite. Did we mention it offers takeaway, too?
Where: James Street and Liverpool Street, London with one opening in Hackney later this year
When: James Street: Monday-Saturday: noon-11pm. Sunday: noon-10pm.
Liverpool Street: Breakfast is Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 9:30am. Lunch and dinner are from Monday-Wednesday: 11:30am-10pm; Thursday-Friday: 11:30am-11pm; Saturday: 11:30am-9pm; Sunday: 11:30am-6pm.
Go if: you're an Entourage fan: the signature burger, the 'Ari Gold' for £7.50 is a delicious combination of beef, cheese, lettuce, carmelised onions, smoky P&B mayo and a brioche bun. Try with the rosemary salt chips
Noisy and unpretentious – you order your burger from the bar and collect cutlery yourself – this is a go-to spot when you're craving greasy, dirty burgers. Would you like deep fried onions in that burger? Yes. Yes, we would.
Where: Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds
When: Monday-Thursday and Sunday: noon-10pm; Friday-Saturday: noon-11pm
Go if: you like your burgers piled with toppings and a good cocktail to wash 'em down
Unlike some burger joints which unashamedly try to recreate a US-style burger, Honest Burgers is proudly British and junk-free, and it only uses locally sourced meats and market vegetables.
Where: Clapham, Liverpool Street, Oxford Circus, Portobello Road, Camden, Soho and Brixton
When: See website for details
Go if: your vision of heaven involves 35-day dry-aged British chuck steak from Ginger Pig topped with red onion relish
The 'make-your-own burger' concept here is fun as you tick off your favourite ingredients to sandwich between two soft buns. Veggie options are available, as are more exciting burgers like venison, wild boar or Welsh lamb and mint.
Where: Whiteladies and Bedminster, Bristol
Go if: you crave variety and have plenty of stamina: according to their website, a mathematician customer figured out there are 78,912,800 different combinations of burgers, toppings, sauces and sides to choose from. Yikes
Purveyors of handmade, gourmet burgers made from grass-fed Yorkshire cattle at good prices – the classic burger is a fiver – served up in a laid-back atmosphere.
Where: Brudenell Grove, Leeds and King's Road, Harrogate
When: Monday-Sunday: noon-11pm
Go if: you like your burgers with a cheesy twist: menu offerings include a beef patty topped with goat's cheese, chilli jam, rocket and mayo and the Moozadell (beef with mozzarella, slow-roasted peppers, caramelised onions, rocket and mayo)
Serving up locally sourced Scotch beef from The Aberfoyle Butcher, this Scottish joint is also known for delicious free-range chicken burgers and their veggie spiced bean patty. You can even opt for a gluten-free bun.
Where: Forth Street, Edinburgh and W Regent Street, Glasgow
When: Tuesday-Sunday: noon-9:30pm
Go if: you like your burgers top of the line but your ambience low-key. Don't miss out on seasonal and daily specials like the Jamon en Llamas (chorizo and pork patty, serrano ham, manchego, basque piperrada, baby spinach and aioli) or their Mo'Rockin Lamb (lamb patty, tagine of shoulder, apricot chutney, carrot and cumin, honey and harissa mayo)
Fresh, classic fare with a Brazilian twist, this Lewisham burger joint only opened in 2014 but already has a firm fan following.
Where: Lee High Road, London
When: Monday-Thursday: 5pm-10pm; Friday: 5pm-11pm; Saturday: noon-11pm; Sunday: noon-10pm
Go if: you want to try the tastiest chorizo burger in town. Have it with a side of Rox fries, which are topped with parmesan and oregano
With 40 different burger options and top-notch gluten-free alternatives, these tasty burgers are made from scratch on site each day. Come hungry.
Where: locations around the UK
When: See individual restaurants for opening times here