Once synonymous with soggy buns and grey meat patties, London's burger restaurants have shed their greasy reputation.
Now they're serving everything from lobster and rosemary-infused fries to tarragon mayonnaise and braised field mushroom. Oo-er.
(Not that we're complaining, of course.)
From Burger and Lobster's posh twist to Honest Burgers finger-licking-good rosemary fries, here are our favourite London burger joints. Trust us, you'd be a fool to miss out on these gems.
Forget everything you know about burgers, because until you have one of Hache's beauties served on a fresh brioche bun, you've seen nothing yet.
The burger meat is hachéd prime steak - juicy, full of flavour and impossible to eat even with two hands.
The restaurant itself is like a cool, fairy-light lit bistro, staff are super-friendly and portions are large.
The menu is food porn of the highest order - there are so many amazing variations including smoked Bavarian cheese and fresh chilli, as well as three respectful options for veggies. We ploughed into our burger, plundered the perfectly-cooked fries and snaffled all of the gigantic onion rings.
24 Inverness Street Camden Town London NW1 7HJ
020 7485 9100
Hache has four locations across London.
Patty & Bun
Patty & Bun
In the interest of equality, it's important to have a strong veggie contender in the burger round-up.
Look no further than Patty & Bun, whose mushroom burger is one of the 'best in the world' (we have it on good herbivore authority).
The Portobello ‘Dig It’ Mushroom burger contains a braised field mushroom fritter with garlic parsley butter and cheese sauce, sandwiched between a brioche bun with coleslaw, lettuce, tarragon mayo.
Sounds like it could sway even the most dedicated meat lover.
Two words: rosemary fries. Forget the burgers, these are worth the visit alone.
Actually, don't forget the burgers or the Bloody Marys. All deserve top marks.
You can't go wrong with The Honest Burger (Ginger Pig beef patty, smoked bacon, mature cheddar, red onion relish). A personal favourite has to be The Rib Man Special (Christ on a Bike Sauce, smoked bacon, cheese, and pickled courgette).
Normally Flat Iron is hailed for its steak - and at just £10 a pop for a juicy, decent-sized hunk of meat that isn't at all surprising.
But every now and again the Flat Iron powers that be decide to up their offering and offer a delicious burger on their Daily Specials menu. And then, you know it's going to be a good day.
The patty is ground on site on the day, typically using whole forequarters of beef butchered on site (often a dry-aged, beer-fed cow).
Served between a toasted St John Bakery bun, lightly buttered with Beurre Noisette, a base layer of chopped shallots and a generous topping of house made Bearnaise sauce, the burger risks outshining Flat Iron's steak. And that really is saying something.
For a burger with a difference, why not try Hawaiian burger and sandwich bar Kua 'Aina?
Based on the original restaurant on Hawaii’s North Shore, which opened in 1975, the London branch is the only in Europe. So count yourself lucky.
We recommend the half-pound Kua 'Aina bacon and avocado burger. Juicy and sweet, it's an excellent all-around and unusual burger. It is served on golden seeded bun, with tomato, crisp lettuce, grilled onions and mayonnaise. Mmm.
Filthily rich burgers with cool music, dark surroundings, Meat Liquor is the place to hang out with mates and scoff yourself silly.
My favourite is still the Oxford Circus branch, and before I started eating beef could recommend the chicken burger highly.
Having since fallen off the meat wagon, the Dead Hippie burger is a revelation. Thick, dense patties coupled with silky, heavy buns means that there's little room for sides. Not that this stopped us from cramming in fries and onion rings. The fries are as they should be - slim, crunchy and a perfect foil to the juiciness of the burgers.
Boom Burger's founder, Josh de Lisser, was born and raised in Jamaica. But thankfully he's brought his Caribbean flavour back to the UK - sandwiched between two burger buns and slap bang in the middle of Portobello Road, home of Notting Hill carnival.
It's hard to pick a favourite from their tasty burger offerings, but if we had to choose it'd be the Boom Burger (the signature beef burger covered in cheese and bacon jam) and Fish Boom (pan-fried red snapper with rocket, escovitch sauce and jerk mayo).
It's a small space (see the entire restaurant, pictured) but it's packed with a buzzing, friendly atmosphere.
The Joint is heaving on a weekend and after 6.30pm on a weekday, and once you bite into a pulled pork burger, you can see why.
The pulled pork is full of flavour, slow-cooked to within an inch of its life and served alongside fresh, creamy coleslaw with a generous dollop of BBQ sauce. The buns are sourdough and tasty, although seriously filling. If you can leave space, order the spicy chicken wings served in a paper wrap with an onion and chilli garnish - sticky, chilli and moreish.
It's also BYO so you can posh it up with a bottle of fizz from the wine shop in the other section of the market or buy Red Stripe cans from the local off-license.
87 Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8PS
Caboose has taken the slow-smoked food movement firmly by the horns, offering a range of delicious burgers, including pulled pork (a personal fave), alongside delicious sidekicks (BBQ beans, creamy mash and coleslaw).
Food is served from a custom-built food truck that's based on a real Caboose (the crew cabin at the end of a freight train).
Slap-bang in the middle of Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Liverpool Street, it's easy to stop off at while passing. Alternatively the seating area is available to hire for private parties.
Caboose, Ely's Yard, Brick Lane
E1 6QL London, United Kingdom