A date for your diary. Thursday August 27 is National Burger Day. No excuse is needed to treat ourselves to one of our favourite dishes. When it’s good, a burger is hard to beat for flavour. And our experience is that the most expensive burgers aren’t necessarily the best.
There’s no shortage of places in Manchester to celebrate the big day. And just in case you do need an excuse to indulge, there’s 20% off burgers at restaurants which are participating in the event- Black Dog Ballroom, handmade burger co, Iberica, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, and Filthy Cow. To qualify for your discount, visit mrhyde.com/nationalburgerday and print off a voucher.
Other restaurants may be running their own special offers. For example, Rosy Lee are offering a burger + beer/wine for a tenner.
Here are our favourite places. Whether you spend 89p or a cool £20 we wish you a very Happy Burgerday wherever you go.
1. Filthy Cow
If you’re looking for a no-frills approach to gourmet burger dining, with no outrageous toppings (or prices) and want what must be one of the most delicious (and possibly the juiciest) burgers to be found anywhere in Manchester (and possibly beyond) for up to 20% less than you would pay for one of inferior quality elsewhere, then Filthy Cow is for you.
Their burger menu is just as quirky as Almost Famous and with more variety. It’s a bit dearer but you get what you pay for and they are BIG. Home of ‘The Big Manc’ (£14.90)-2 x 6 ounce minced chuck steak patties, trifecta brioche, iceberg, home pickles, Monterey Jack cheese and Big Manc Sauce. Inka grilled. Big on taste and pretty big on price
3. Almost Famous
Considered the first ironic burger playground in Manchester. The original dirty. An institution. In Manchester, they’re not almost famous, they’re actually famous. SO much so, they can make up their own ingredients. People have been a bit too hyped about it. It is just a burger joint after all
4. Burger & Lobster
A beautiful 10oz burger made from ‘corn-fed steak from the rolling hills of Nebraska.’ Mouth watering flavour. Eye watering price. One of the best but is any burger worth £20? You decide.
5. Infamous Diner
A choice of 11 handmade burgers and four variations of the specialty Infamous burger, available as dressed up or trimmed down as you like, with optional Monterey Jack, homemade chilli con carne, or double of everything (including the patty!). The Alamo is a spin on the Infamous, but with chilli con carne and extra red scorpion chilli rings, a little kick for those who like their tastebuds to tingle.
6. Handmade Burger Co
Welcome to burger central. Over 40 burgers to choose from all made from scratch every day. Everything from Aberdeen Angus to lamb, chicken and a wide selection of vegetarian options, so there’s something for everyone. Our favourite? The American cheese beefburger-100% prime Scotch beef, mixed with a selection of fresh ingredients and seasoning before being flame grilled to order. Topped with onion rings, handmade gherkin and American mustard relish, Swiss cheese, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato and red onion. A bargain at £8.95.
7. Dog Bowl
This place isn’t all about the bowling. There’s an extensive, excellent burger selection too, with plenty of creative options. The signature DB burger is a meat feast of pulled pork, beef brisket and juicy beef patty, topped with maple crisp bacon in a brioche bun with onion rings on top. All of their Hamburgers are made from Cheshire beef, served with a choice of skin on fries, sweet potato fries or mixed fries – definitely worth spilling down your shirt.
8. The Crafty Pig
Choice of seven Pulp Fiction themed burgers. The Royale With Cheese (‘it’s what they call a quarter pounder in France’) – two patties with bacon, cheese, crafty sauce, slaw and gherkins – is delish
9. Beef & Pudding
There’s more to B&P than the pudding and the best roast dinner in Manchester. There are two burgers on the menu – the B&P House Burger and Beef’ham Tower – and they are both exceptional. The latter comprises a house-made patty, sweet chilli beef brisket, horseradish, suet pudding, mushy peas, onion rings and chilli sauce, in a brioche bun. Yep, you guessed, it’s a quirky homage to the iconic Manchester building. It’s so tall it needs a skewer just to keep it upright (that’s the burger not the building, silly).
A choice of nine burgers. The eponymous Byron burger is packed with bacon, onion, lettuce and cheese and beautiful melt in the mouth Scottish beef. Moist and perfect with a taste explosion in every mouthful. Table service is a big plus here.