London might as well nickname itself Burger City, what with the amount of patty-in-a-bun joints that have cropped up around the city’s streets during recent years. From the classy vibes at Patty & Bun, to the greasy hangover delights of Dirty Burger, to the ‘chuck it all on’ toppings menagerie of Five Guys, it’s almost criminal to miss out on the best burgers in London. But does Bleecker Burger, on the South Bank, fall into this category?
Well…maybe yes, maybe no. I made the most of the 20% discount they were offering – and a conveniently timed half day at work – on National Burger Day and popped down to the South Bank, where you’ll find one of Bleecker’s three (soon to be four) kiosks.
The takeout and delivery mini-chain began its life as a burger van, bringing New York tastes to the streets of London. Their first permanent home was Old Spitalfields Market, where they set up in 2017, followed by the Victoria and South Bank stops.
There was already a fair bit of a queue going on, but I ordered myself a Cheeseburger, Fries and Diet Coke – coming to just under a tenner with my 20% discount. After a bit of a wait, my buzzer went off, and I hungrily headed to the hatch to collect my lunch.
The patty itself was straight up some of the best meat I’ve ever had in a burger. It was rich, juicy and…well, really meaty. Intensely beefy, incredibly fresh-tasting, and seasoned absolutely perfectly. Seriously, this is very good meat. However – the size of the burger was quite disappointing, and I’d have liked a bit more for my money.
The fries were brilliant too – not quite as epic as Honest Burger’s rosemary salted ones (HNGG. Seriously, you need these), but well cooked with a good crunch on the outside, and nicely seasoned. Hand cut with skin-on is always a winner with me. AND, they were super hot when I picked them up, which negated my pet hate of getting to cold chips after you’ve wolfed down your burger.
I’m still a little averse to the fact the meal would have cost over a tenner without my discount, which seems steep for a kiosk burger. But despite my slightly unimpressed feelings towards the burger’s size, I can’t deny the quality of the meal I had, and I’d still recommend giving Bleecker Burger a go for the quality of the meat alone. However, if you’ve got a big appetite, definitely double up on the patty…
Any thoughts on the best burgers in London? Let me know in the comments!
Under the Bridge at Royal Festival Hall, SE1 8XX
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