10 Of The Best Alternative Burgers

10 surprising alternatives to the classic beef burger

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It's amazing what you can tire of, if only for a while. Sex. Your best mate. And burgers. Even burgers.

Not to say you won't go running back in due course, but while the beef, cheese and bun combo is waning in your affections, it useful to know what alternatives are out there.

Luckily for you, we've compiled them – from Sunday roasts in a bun to foie gras. Enjoy.


Dangerously close to the Esquire HQ, the Caribbean inspired beach shack and cocktail bar The Rum Kitchen opened their second base at the end of last year (the first located in Notting Hill).

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Get you teeth into their mouthwatering Soft Shell Crab Burger (above) - a whole battered soft shell crab with spicy tamarind sauce, ginger aioli & guava-lime relish sandwiched between a buttery brioche bun.

The Rum Kitchen, 6-8 All Saints Road, London, W11 1HH & 1st Floor, Kingly Court, Soho W1B 5PW, therumkitchen.com

From small scale pop-up to permanent Nottingham fixture, Annie's Burger Shack is the go-to diner for those looking for a something a little more adventurous than the average burger.

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We particularly like the 'The Sunday Dinner Burger'. Although technically still a beef batty, this beast is topped with roast chicken breast, homemade Yorkshire pudding, stuffing ball, mini roast potatoes and vegetables smothered in gravy.

As if that wasn't enough to fill you up, all of their hearty burgers come with an option of curly fires, skinny fries or homemade Cajun wedges.

Annie's Burger Shack, 5 Broadway, Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1PR, anniesburgershack.com

Located in Manchester's Northern Quarter – a part of town renowned for its independent bars and traditional pubs – Solita Bar & Grill offers a generous collection of American nosh including wings, hot dogs and everything in between (pulled pork sundae anyone?).

Not for the faint hearted, the 'Once in a lifetime' burger is bursting with buttermilk fried chicken, pulled pork and beef and bone marrow patty, Monterey jack cheese and a dollop of their BBQ sauce.

Solita, 37 Turner St, Manchester M4 1DW, solita.co.uk

Paying homage to the eclectic Bombay cafes from the 1960s, this Shoreditch branch is the offspring to its Covent Garden haunt. Bringing in the East London crowd, the restaurant serves great small plates as well as killer cocktails.  

A traditional Indian dish, Lamb Raan is a leg of lamb marinated in chilli, garlic and ginger before being braised overnight in spices and cooked on the flame grill. Available only at the Shoreditch branch, the slow cooked meat is pulled and piled onto a soft sourdough bun and served with a generous helping of Dishoom slaw, sali (matchstick potatoes) crisp-chips and fried green chillies.

Dishoom Shoreditch, 7 Boundary St, London E2 7JE, dishoom.com

Opened just last month in East London's Broadway Market, this is a two-in-one establishment – butcher by day and 'cookshop' (restaurant) by night. Once the butcher closes at 6pm, guests can head over to feast on some of the finest slabs of meat Hackney has to offer. 

Ox cheek, sausages and lamb are on the menu, but we recommend you go straight for the Three Little Pigs Burger with pig heart, pork belly and smoked streaky bacon cooked on a flat grill and garnished with roast tomato and fried onions in a toasted bun.

Hill & Szrok: Master Butcher & Cookshop, 60 Broadway Market, London, E8 4QJ, hillandszrok.co.uk

The brainchild of Sanja and Simon Mullins of award-winning restaurant Salt Yard, Opera Tavern is an Italian and Spanish influenced tapas eatery in the heart of Covent Garden.

Presented on a wooden board, their signature Iberico Pork and Foie Gras burger is perfectly combined with red onion jam and garlic aioli. The only downside of course is that it's mini.

Opera Tavern, 23 Catherine St, London WC2B 5JS, operatavern.co.uk

A revamped Shoreditch boozer (formerly a pole-dancing joint, in case you were wondering), The Crown and Shuttle not only boasts a collection of craft ales, they also have damn good burgers.

The duck and pork patty is lavished with homemade Kriek Boon, liquorice and black cherry ketchup and comes with a heap of Worcester sauce and chilli coated fries. Come summer, enjoy this whopping burger in their heated courtyard garden.

The Crown amd Shuttle, 226 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JE, crownandshuttle.co.uk

Suitably placed on Portobello Market, Josh de Lisser's Boom Burger provides Londoners with the authentic taste of Jamaica all year around. 

Swap your traditional chicken burger with their Jerk Boom burger – complete with fried plantain, rocket, mango and pawpaw sauce (that's Papaya). With reggae and dub tunes playing on weekends, recreating the carnival vibe just got easier.

272 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W10 5TY, boomburger.co.uk

The new burger at Red's True BBQ is for people (and dinosaurs) who enjoy a lot of meat in vast quantities.

The Holy Cow features fifteen different bits of beef including blackened Wagyu rib eye steak, 21hr Texas smoked brisket and even thick sliced pickled tongue. Safe to say you might enjoy a green salad after wolfing this down.

22 Lloyd Street, Manchester M2 5WA truebarbecue.com


The Blues Kitchen is what happens when restaurant meets late night bar. With branches in both Camden and Shoreditch, the American classics and New Orleans soul food – not forgetting the extensive whisky menu – make ordering a tough ask. That's before the live rhythm & blues has even begun.

A visit without trying the new Holy Cheezus burger is not advised: a ground brisket beef patty topped with bacon, glazed onions, rocket and rye-infused béchamel sauce all impressively crammed between two crispy grilled cheese sandwiches. Yes, you heard – a cheese sandwich.

Once tasted, the days of seeing a grilled cheese sarnie as just another casual snack will be gone forever.

111-113 Camden High Street, London NW1 7JN 134-146 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3AR theblueskitchen.com


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