Top 10: Christmas Burgers in London by Twenty SomethingBy Angelica Malin
Christmas Burgers: is there anything better? Luckily, our friends at Twenty Something have done the work for you to find London’s best. If you don’t, Twenty Something is the coolest new app on the block. Click here to download from the App Store, and read on to check out their top Christmas burger recommendations. When the chill sets in and the days get shorter ain’t nothing cheering us up like a big fat bite of juicy burger goodness. Here are 10 Christmas Burgers you have to try this season:
Deck the halls of your stomach with Honest’s Festive Special this year: smoked bacon, dry-aged beef, deep fried camembert, cranberry sauce and rocket, all trapped in a bun and oozing juice, with rosemary salted chips on the side.
It’s not Xmas at MEATMission until they bring out their XXXmas burger: a sausage and stuffing patty topped with roasted turkey, crispy bacon, swimming in cranberry sauce and gravy, for £8.50. Pair it up with other seasonal specials like the XXXmas dog, the Xmac and cheese, and then wash it all down with a Pinot Grinchio or Slow Jin Fuzz. We can taste the cholesterol already, and it’s holiday-flavoured.
Tommi’s is the King’s Road best-kept secret where the food is as photogenic and creative as the signs made to advertise them. This year’s Christmas masterpiece is a venison patty on pickled red cabbage with green pepper mayo, cranberry sauce and brie cheese – haaat daym.
There’s so much going on in this burger that it’s almost a relief that it tastes as amazing as it does. It’s a turkey patty, battered and fried, with a second sausage patty and crispy bacon, covered in melted Ogleshied cheese, onions and sprout tops with cranberry ketchup squirting out of the sides, and sausage gravy to dip it in. Worth every bloody penny of the £12.
Greasy food and bowling with mates (drinking occasionally interrupted by 6 minutes of exercise, really) is always a brilliant idea, but when there’s a Christmas burger involved – breaded, fried turkey patty with homemade stuffing, Monterey Jack cheese, treacle-cured bacon, cranberry and mayo, served with sweet potato fries and French dip gravy, for £14 – it’s an absolute no-brainer. We’ll be heavier than the bowling balls after this one.
6. BURGER SHACK
Two patties – a 3-oz turkey thigh and a 3-oz pork, sage, and onion beaut – topped with smoked streaky bacon, bread sauce, cranberry and port ketchup, fried onions and gem lettuce, slapped in a soft brioche bun and served with turkey gravy dipping sauce on the side. Like, can it not be Christmas all year round?
The Rum Kitchen is to winter what wine is to weekends – necessary. For Christmas they’re turning Jerk into Jerkey – it’s skin-on turkey thighs dripping in Jerks sauce, with baby gem and beef tomato in a brioche bun. It tastes so nice it’s naughty.
The Blues Kitchen’s Christmas special is called the “Three Kings”, probably because it’ll take three people to devour it. It’s a buttermilk fried turkey burger with a sausage, apricot, and chestnut stuffing patty topped with cranberry sauce, sauteed sprouts, gravy soaked cornbread, and sweetcure bacon. Finally, a burger that lasts those 12 days of Christmas.
9. LUCKY CHIP
Lucky Chip, one of London’s most elusive burger masters (residencies are their thing), has been braver than the rest for the Christmas burger this year, opting for reindeer meat with Applewood smoked bacon, stilton, blueberry and blackberry gin jam, and aioli on rocket. Sorry, Santa, you’ll have to guide your own damn sleigh this year, Rudolph is… busy.
10. YEAH! BURGER
Yeah! Burger’s settling things this year with FIVE Christmas burger specials, which include two vegetarian options – the Turducken is a turkey burger with a cranberry port-stuffed chicken mince Scotch duck egg; the Holy Mary is a vegetarian burger made of slow-roasted camembert, celery granola, and negroni spritz. They’re not just burgers; they’re spiritual experiences.
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