The blog has been a bit of a veggie fest of late so I decided to write a post about where to try for burgers for National Burger Day, which falls on Thursday the 24th of August this year, as a way of compensating. I think the photos are impetus alone, but these patties have been recommended and look the business. I wrote about my own Top 5 Toon burger picks (which can be read here) in the past, if you’re in need more meaty inspiration. I hope you enjoy!
Holy Smokes, Sunderland
There aren’t many places to rave about in Sunderland to eat based on my own experiences, but Holy Smokes seems to be winning praise in the city with its £5 Burger & Fries offers and food challenges. I’ll be honest though and say the takeaway side of the business seems to be taking a reputation hammering on the Book of Faces, so I’m not sure what’s going on there. This burger certainly looks the part, and it would be interesting to hear if anyone who reads the blog has tried them out.
Jam Jar, Jesmond
Like Holy Smokes, Jam Jar seem to subscribe to the notion that a burger must be a behemoth. With names like Cow vs Pig, you can be sure these are piled high with all the meat. Their signature burger, which is topped with bacon and Red Leicester, sounds like the perfect patty.
Brandling Villa, Gosforth
With its 2 for £12 Burger offer on a Tuesday, Brandling Villa certainly attracts the punters with its perfect patties. They are keen to point out that the meat and buns are sourced from local suppliers, which is always good to hear. With names like Beef Chegwin and Diagnosis:Burger, don’t let the silliness fool you. These are serious burgers!
While a New York-style brasserie isn’t where I’d normally suggest for a good dirty burger, Babucho are serving up a delicious looking offering. The Babs Burger is topped with sauce and cheese, but cripsy pancetta can also be added into the meaty mix for a small charge. A definite date night destination, just don’t forget to use a napkin if you’re trying to impress!
For National Burger Day Babucho are offering a burger, fries and the choice of a glass of Prosecco or a dessert for just £10.
The Grind, Newcastle
Operating as a pop-up, The Grind serve up patties smashed and steamed on the grill. They’ve had people raving on Twitter about their amazing burgers but, as veggies, we’ve not sampled them. I’m told they serve up Halloumi instead of meat on request, so will try next time we see them.
A regular at the Quayside Market on a Sunday and other outdoor food events, The Grind are hoping to find a more permanent home soon. We wish them every success!
To further whet your appetite the picture above is from US company Smashburger, who will soon be opening in Eldon Square’s new dining zone. Athough I feel we’ve reached saturation point with all the meat-related restaurants appearing of late, I’m sure there’ll be a queue out the door to give these a try.
Thanks for reading,