If there was ever a national awareness day we could get behind, it would definitely be National Burger Day. You might be forgiven for thinking that a burger, is well a burger, but when we asked the office to choose their favourites there wasn’t any hesitation. Cue a long list of adjectives, enthusiastic hand signals and talk of having to have a burger for lunch in the name of research, all pretty standard reactions to creating a list about food.
But it’s not all just about burgers; awareness days like this can be great news for both restaurants and journalists, with a host of online articles and features dedicated to the search for the best in town. It seems like National Burger Day is also a hot topic on social media; in 2015, there were over 125,000 tweets and 40,000 Instagram posts tagged with #NationalBurgerDay, a figure we expect to rise for 2016.
So here they are – Rewired’s favourite Birmingham burgers (plus two International recommendations…) Warning: reading past this point is likely to make you extremely hungry. But trust us, it’s worth it.
Great burgers are even better when watching a great film, and Everyman Cinema delivers on both! If you haven’t tried a Spielburger yet, you don’t know what you’re missing.
For pure filth, Birmingham’s best burger has got to be Original Patty Men’s Cheeseburger which Lisa and I first tried at I CHOOSE Live’s Pulp Fiction event.
However, the best burger I’ve ever tasted was from Father’s Office in Santa Monica, LA. Created by acclaimed chef, Sang Yoon, the Office Burger comes medium topped with caramelised onions, Gruyère and Maytag cheese, applewood-smoked bacon compote and rocket served in soft bun. I don’t think any of us talked or even looked at each other while we were eating!
Billy the Kid
My favourite burger in Birmingham has got to be Billy The Kid from Gourmet Burger Kitchen. It’s filled with grilled goat’s cheese, bourbon mushrooms, house onion ring, truffle mayo, rocket and pickled onions – yum!
There are still so many burger joints in Birmingham that I want to try out – the list is never ending! But if I had to choose outside of Birmingham, the best burger I’ve ever had was in Riviera Maya, Mexico – I am drooling even thinking about it, and I would actually go back just for the burger! It was a lime and coriander pork burger topped with avocado, loads of gherkins and cheese, and a side of criss-cross fries.
O.P.M’s ‘Big Verns’ Krispy Ring
Rarely does food live up to its hype, but Original Patty Men certainly does! Winner of Britain’s Best Street Food Burger, the wheels were off when my visit to the actual restaurant in Digbeth set the precedent all burgers now have to follow.
Recommended without hesitation, ‘Big Verns’ Krispy Ring is a classic aged beef patty, with maple coated bacon and American cheese – so far, so normal right? Not when it’s then placed in in a grilled glazed doughnut instead of the usual buttermilk bun…
It’s the perfect combination of savoury and sweet and unlike any other burger I’ve ever tried – what better way to celebrate National Burger Day?
Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger with fried onions & ketchup
Love this burger – it’s so tasty with the fried onions and although they use two patties it doesn’t fall apart when you eat it. That’s the sign of a good burger in my book!
The Meat Shack
With all factors considered, I haven’t enjoyed a burger like that of The Meat Shack’s anywhere else in the country.
The nation’s new found love of street food is showcased in Birmingham’s worst kept secret Friday night eatery-come-watering-hole-indie-nightclub, Digbeth Dining Club. The Meat Shack is one of several pop-up ultra-fast food vendors scattered around a car park – it’s not “take a seat and someone will be along shortly” – it’s serviettes for plates and beer in plastic cups; the only priority is the meat.
I piled two burgers in a bun, separated by cheese and bacon, and bookended with onions and mustard. This is one of the more understated options available, but when the burgers are this tasty, the simplicity subtracts nothing from the flavour of the meat. Grow a beard, wear a check shirt, drink craft ale, and eat burgers in car parks – it’s what the cool kids do.
TGI’s Bruce Lee Burger
If you’re like me, and enjoy food that comes with a kick, then TGI’s Bruce Lee Burger is a must try. A 7oz flame grilled beef burger topped with spicy Asian slaw, crispy noodles, sliced red chilies, jalapeños, hot sauce, toasted sesame seeds and chili mayo. As you can see from the list, there are a lot of ingredients that pack a spicy punch, in true Bruce Lee style! Trained spice fighters could probably take down this bad boy no problem, so if you feel even more daring, then how about TGI’s ‘The Chief’ – topped with scorpion hot sauce and a scotch bonnet chilli! I personally haven’t risked losing my tongue to that beast just yet…
What’s your favourite Birmingham burger? Drop us a tweet @RewiredPR to let us know!