Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a Christmas burger now, would it?
From buttermilk turkey and spiced sprouts to deep-fried Camembert and cranberry ketchup, here’s seven to seek out in Manchester.
Buttermilk turkey, Tamworth pork and matched wine at Hawksmoor
It takes a classy burger to come with its own matched wine, but that’s exactly what Hawksmoor have done.
Their Christmas burger (£18) sees a crisp buttermilk turkey thigh patty and a Tamworth sausage patty layered with crispy bacon, sprout tops, spiced cranberry ketchup and melting Ogleshield, with a pot of turkey gravy to messily dip the whole thing in.
The optional Italian red wine match (Barbera D’Asti) is £17. And there’s also Christmas nuggets (£7.50) – like their popular shortrib nuggets, but stuffed with slow-cooked turkey and melting Ogleshield cheese, with a pot of cranberry and raspberry vinegar ketchup to dip.
Two burgers and festive fries at Almost Famous
Almost Famous (Great Northern and NQ) has not one but two Christmas burgers. John Candy (£11) is a cheeseburger with a sausage patty, smoked cheddar, maple bacon, shoestring onions, bacon ketchup and bacon mayo.
Son of a Nutcracker (£15) is a cheeseburger with a sausage patty, buttermilk fried turkey and gravy, sweet spiced BBQ sauce, bacon jam, cranberry ketchup, and brandy buttered peppercorn mayo.
There are also Christmassy fries (£6) topped with cheese, shredded buttered turkey, gravy, bacon rain, cranberry and shoestring onions.
Burger with deep-fried cheese at Honest
Honest Burgers, the gourmet burger chain famed for their for their no-frills 100% British beef patties made in their own butchery, have launched a classic Christmas burger on Bridge Street.
It’s made with their signature beef patty and topped with crisp smoked bacon, deep-fried Camembert (which oozes beautifully), cranberry sauce and rocket, priced £12.50.
The price includes a portion of Honest’s excellent rosemary salted chips, too – and we heartily recommend ordering a pot of their bacon gravy alongside.
A massive wagyu burger with stuffing at Solita
Solita’s towering Christmas creation (£17.90 with fries) consists of two 4oz wagyu chuck patties with buttermilk turkey breast, Monterey Jack cheese, roasted gammon slice, homemade cranberry sauce, deep-fried sprouts and toasted chestnut pieces.
It’s topped with two stuffing balls and a pig in a blanket – with turkey gravy on the side.
There’s also a vegetarian version (£16.90 with fries), made with veggie and bean patties, grilled halloumi, panko fried portobello, deep-fried sprouts, roasted chestnuts, homemade cranberry jam and stuffing balls, served with a vegetarian chestnut and cranberry gravy.
Sprout bhaji butty at Bundobust
Deep-fried with onion, broccoli, fennel and chilli and served up with Desi-style cranberry chutney, every year Bundobust transforms the love-them-or-loathe-them festive veg into our favourite seasonal snack.
This year, spicy sprout bhajis are central to Bundobust’s first Christmas sandwich: a vegan sprout bhaji patty with red onion, kachumber sambharo, cranberry chutney and green chutney in a brioche bun.
£1 from each goes to local charity Mustard Tree, who help combat poverty and prevent homelessness across Greater Manchester.
Christmas dinner burger at All Star Lanes
Bowling and karaoke destination All Star Lanes have put the full Christmas dinner on a burger this year. It’s part of their special festive menu, priced at £19 for two courses.
Available in the Great Northern, the burger is heaped high with Southern fried turkey, sage and onion sausage patty, roasted potato mayo, kale, cranberry sauce, a pig in blanket, roasted root veg and sage butter.
Vegan Christmas burger at Black Dog
The Rebel without a Claus burger at Black Dog NQ and Dog Bowl is fully vegan, with a Beyond Vegan burger, vegan pigs in blankets, onion rings, stuffing mayo and salad.
There are two other burger options for meat lovers, too, all priced at £12, including one with pulled turkey and peppercorn sauce. Alternatively, go for the bottomless brunch, with comes with unlimited pigs in blankets.