Review | Chicken Shop x Dirty Burger, Whitechapel

Chicken vs Burgers. Which one would YOU go for?

The one very serious problem with having Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger in the same room is choosing which you want to go for. Too much choice gets me slightly wobblesome. But in Whitechapel, the legendary London restaurant groups have come together to do just that. Two restaurants, one venue = double the awesome eats.

A few weeks ago I went along to Chicken Shop x Dirty Burger because I’d been eating salads all week and wanted to treat myself. Rewarding healthiness with calorie-laden goodness is the way forward, chums. And when forced to choose what to eat, I had quite the dilemma on my hands. More on that in a bit.

Chicken Shop x Dirty Burger Whitechapel interiorChicken Shop x Dirty Burger Whitechapel

The space is small but definitely well decorated – a huge wall of shelves with sauce, old-school sound systems and decorative bits and bobs dominates one wall and makes a great visual impression. And y’see that record player? Turns out, the music in the restaurant is actually being played from that. Pretty cool, right? What’s even cooler is the shelf of records in the corner of the room that customers can select from to serve as soundtrack for stuffing their faces. Awesomeness.

Back to my struggle to come to a decision though. I visited the Holborn Chicken Shop branch last year and was SUCH a fan, so initial thoughts were GIMME ALL DAT CHICKEN. Seriously, their chicken is so good – seasoned to perfection and plenty of meat on the bone.

However, in the end, I fell on the side of Dirty Burger, considering I’d never actually been before and have always wanted to try them out. The foodie adventurer inside me won this round against the eat-what-you-know homegirl.

Chicken Shop x Dirty Burger Dirty Bacon

So I found myself with a Dirty Bacon cheeseburger on the wooden table in front of me, wrapped in classic branded burger paper. Dirty Burger’s menu is pretty simple business, made up of three classic burgers, crinkle cut fries and onion fries. (FYI – onion fries are basically onion rings but straight cuts – and they’re very good. But also VERY sinful, so maybe best to get just one for sharing.)

The patty itself is super meaty and juicy – and decently sized within the bun. I HATE it when burgers are way tinier than the buns they come in, it’s an actual pet foodie peeve. Thankfully this wasn’t the case at Dirty Burger. The cheese was oozy and melted ALL OVER the burger, with fresh salad and thick bacon to top it all off. In the same kind of vein as the likes of Five Guys, this is a greasy (in a good way), messy affair, perfect for hangovers and weekend indulgence.

The crinkle cut fries were nice and crisp on the outside, soft on the inside. And the bonus of having the two restaurants in one? I got to dip my chips in the Chicken Shop Smokey Sauce. DREAM.

Chicken Shop x Dirty Burger Whitechapel

Chicken Shop x Dirty Burger definitely offers the best of both worlds (unless you don’t like chicken or burgers, obviously). There’s a veggie burger option and some salads on offer if you don’t eat meat or are trying to be a bit healthy. But honestly, this definitely isn’t a place you’d be going to do that…

Chicken Shop or Dirty Burger – which one would you pick?

Chicken Shop x Dirty Burger
27a Mile End Road, Whitechapel, E1 4TP
0203 727 6165

  • My Two Mums

    Looks like you made the best choice! I am now hungry.

    • I am too, just reading it back!

  • They’ve just opened one in Balham now too!! We went on Friday and the chicken was amazinggg. I wasn’t the biggest lover of the burger but I’d still totally go back!

    • Convenient day for me to start working there then! I think you have to be in the right frame of mind – I love a greasy, dirty burger sometimes so it worked for me!

  • LaaLaa

    I’m a lover of hot sauce so…I’m down. I like there is veggie options, perfect for me x

  • I think there is one (or both) of these in Balham, I need to check it out!

  • I love Whitechapel and I work nearby. I have never tried Dirty Burger before but they had a pop up at ‘House Festival’ and people were lapping it up.

  • I have heard a lot about Dirty Burger and I must admit – I seriously want to go! Their burgers look super yummy!

  • Joanna

    The burgers look delicious I’ve never heard of dirty burger before but sounds like its a popular place.

  • Dirty burger through and through no questions lol. Looks really delicious

  • Oh my gosh I love the name Dirty Burger haha.
    The food looks amazing, I don’t know if I like the menu on the wall though :/

  • Oh wow, what a cool place. I’d love to try Dirty Burger and Chicken Shop. I think that Dirty Bacon cheeseburger looks amazing.

  • I have wanted to try dirty burger for ages and this has made me so much more hungry haha x

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    I am burger obsessed, so I love these kinds of places. The messier the better!

  • These burgers look insanely good! I definitely need to go to Dirty Burger now x

  • Beautyqueenuk

    Dirty Burger do one of the best burgers I have ever tried and as for those onion fries OMG!

  • The burgers looks so yummy. Making me hungry now. Lol.

  • Mellissa Williams

    What fab looking burgers, my son would adore the bacon in that burger. Cool decor too

  • Hannah

    I was hungry when I started reading this and now I’m starving! I’m definitely making a trip to this place next time I’m in London

  • I’m not a big chicken lover so I would be all over Dirty Burger, my daughter on the other hand loves chicken so this would be a great place for us both to eat and indulge in both our tastes! xx

  • Helen Clark

    I don’t think we have either of those here but they both sound amazing! I’d struggle to decide which to choose. I’m with you on the weekend eating, totally acceptable after a week of salad.

  • Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    Oh my goodness that looks amazing! I don’t usually eat beef burgers but I LOVE chicken and turkey burgers!

  • That burger looks insane. I really love burgers.

  • Tanya Brannan

    I haven’t heard of this restaurant before but go to Whitechapel a lot. I need to try one of those dirty burgers!!! They look amazing!

  • Ooh tough decision! Looking at your burger, I’d say you chose well… That looks incredible ♥

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

  • Oh that burger looks like heaven. When are we going?

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    The burger looks incredible – I need to go here asap!!

  • Ooh what a great combo! My boyfriend would absolutely love this so I’ll have to persuade him to go with me 🙂

  • This looks amazing! Wow, definitely the best of both worlds 🙂 Loving the sound of the sauces too x

  • Dirty burger (without a doubt)! Looks and sounds yummy. I can’t wait to try myself.

  • Jenni Grainger

    Chicken every time but living where I do, we don’t have much choice haha x

  • I do adore when a restaurant does just one thing, and does it amazingly!