Top 5: Christmas Burgers in London 2019By Sebastian Whale
Looking for the best Christmas burgers in London 2019? Look no further. We deep-dived into the capital’s best festive burger offerings this year, trimmings and all, to serve you some serious deliciousness. It’s time to get stuck in:
The Lowdown: If the essence of Winter Wonderland could be captured in food form, it would look something like the Festive Feast. Turkey, pigs in blankets and the kitchen sink can all be found somewhere in this latest offering from Prime Burger. The Festive Feast is definitely one for the purists – if you’re after a burger that carries the tastes and flavours of a roast turkey meal, then this is the one for you. For those who crave a more subtle hint of the festive period, look elsewhere. The turkey patty was a touch dry, the cranberry sauce a bit sickly and the melted French-Brie rather rich, but taken altogether, and propped up by a tasty Brussel sprout slaw, you get your Xmas money’s worth with this offering from Prime burger.
Price: £8.95 for the burger, £12.95 with fries and a drink
Where: Euston Railway Station B40 The Balcony, Eversholt St, London NW1 2DU
The Lowdown: Once you’ve navigated the opening bites, by which time your immediate surroundings will be covered with remnants from this spectacularly moist and difficult to handle burger, you’re into Christmas heaven. The Festive Season Burger is loaded with cranberry sauce and a moorish mayo which is waiting patiently to slather itself on your face and clothes the second you pick it up. Breading the turkey makes the patty extra moist and offers a really nice texture that goes excellently with the smashed Brussel sprouts. Enjoy a side of moist pigs in blankets and sweet potato fries in-between trying to reconstruct your burger and restore your dignity. Wash it down with a festive cocktail that goes straight to your head after a long day. You’re not going to look at your finest while eating it, but when it tastes this good, you won’t care.
Where: 6 Hercules Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7DU
The Lowdown: One of the best Christmas burgers in London 2019, The Gobbler delivers a swinging right-hook of flavour straight to your mouth. There is nothing subtle about this juggernaut of a festive offering. A patty comprised of rib, chuck and bone marrow is coupled with sausage meat, raclette cheese, smokey turkey bacon (far tastier than it looks), gravy, red cabbage and Brussel sprout slaw. The star, however, is the side order of Christmas Tator Tots loaded with many of the same ingredients, including absolutely knockout caramelised Brussels sprouts that would convert even the most strident of sprout-sceptics. Though the ingredients evoke memories of Christmas, The Gobbler is not akin to being slapped across the face by a fully-loaded Christmas stocking. It is a very tasty burger in its own right, with several nods to the festive period. To top it off, £2 of every burger is donated to a local homeless charity.
Price: £12 for burger, £6.50 for tater tots
Where: Locations here
The Lowdown: The All Wrapped Up burger is on the more modest end of the festive offerings. A rich slaw with nice flavours of orange, red wine, pear and cinnamon are all you really get to remind you you’re eating a Christmas burger. A healthy dollop of camembert and a token topping of prune wrapped in crispy bacon (a God-tier combination) tops up the festive cheer in a tasty but slightly unremarkable evocation of this wonderful time of the year.
Where: Locations here
The Lowdown: A thinking person’s Christmas burger with touches of genius. The baconnaise is a thing of pure joy – I’m still trying to figure out how the hell they pulled it off. What sets this burger apart is its thoughtful composition and mouth watering texture. Crispy parsnip shavings sit on top of moist cabbage sauce. The sweet potato, chestnut and stuffing patty carries a strong flavour of sage which brings home the Christmas spirit. Easy to eat and more intriguing with every bite, the Crackin Christmas Vurger is about as good as festive-themed food gets. Wash it down with one of their vegan milkshakes (I had chocolate orange, but you could also choose gingerbread and peppermint oreo) and you’ll feel full, ethical and full of Xmas joy.
Price: £10.95 for the burger, £4.95 for the shakes
Where: Richmix, 9, Avant Garde, Cygnet St, London E1 6LD