So on 27 August we ate light, headed south to Battersea, queued up and ate as many burgers as we could between us (spoiler: we split all the burgers to eat 5 between us – teamwork!) to make the most of the Mr Hyde National Burger Day event!
Burger 1: Disco Bistro‘s dry aged Dexter beef, bun sauce, mature cheddar, pickled onions and pineapple bacon jam. (£6 120g)
I won’t lie – burger 1 wasn’t actually on our list (which we forgot about pretty quickly because of all the lengthy queues), but the queue was short, we were hungry, and it all made sense. Post-burger, I’m so glad we tried this one! It was sloppy but totally tasty, and the pineapple bacon jam was the right amount savory-sweet. I can definitely see us venturing out to Disco Bistro to see what else is on their menu.
Burger 2: B.O.B.’s Lobster‘s Yorkshire Longhorn beef, Cobble Lane cure pancetta, Coolea cheese, bernaise sauce (£5 for 90g)
Their VW van caught our eye, and about a 20 minute wait later we were the happy owners of our very first burger with bernaise sauce. Add to that the buttered up brioche bun and gooey cheese, this burger was very rich – in a luxurious way. We scoffed this one down quickly and were grateful for the wet wipe at the end.
Burger 3: Bleecker Street Burger‘s 50 day aged patty, melted mozzarella cheese, Nicky’s Marinara Sauce, grated parmesan, basil mayo and red pepper flakes (£5 for 80g)
I’d heard lots of good things about Bleecker Street Burger, so was super excited to try this one and happily waited an our for our burger. Sadly, it just didn’t live up to the hype for me. It was probably the marinara sauce (turns out I don’t love marinara sauce on my burgers!), because I did think the burger patty and mozzarella cheese were delectable. Regardless, I’d like to try something else from the Bleecker Street Burger menu another time to see if they can win over my burger-loving heart! (Because I’m sure they could.)
Burger 4: Le Bun‘s Eight hour short rib patty, hickory beef jus, Saing-Maure de Touraine cheese, smoked tomatoes, frisee, brioche (£5 for 70g)
Heads up: these guys are cheeky! But it’s good thing I like cheeky, otherwise I’m not sure we’d have waited for them to re-stock after having run out of burgers half way into the event. At first I though that may have been to poor planning on their part, but as soon as we tried this burger we understood: it was delish! No wonder they got slammed with so many orders so quickly. Totally worth the wait, and I’ll be searching them out again soon.
‘Burger’ 5: Crumbs and Doilies Elvis Cake Burger, a chocolate and peanut brownie patty, banana marshmallow cheese, candied bacon and pb&j on a salted caramel bun; served with butter cookie chips and strawberry & yuzu ketchup and caramelised white chocolate mayo as a meal deal for £8
By this point we were totally stuffed, but Jeff’s sweet tooth meant there was no way we were leaving without dessert -so we tucked into an Elvis Cake Burger. (There was also no chance that we were getting the Priscilla Cake Burger with Jeff’s love for all things chocolate peanut buttery!) I thought the ‘burger’ was nice, but I was totally hooked on the cookie fries – and the caramelised white chocolate mayo.
Jose Cuervo Bredoos Chilliback – a shot of Jose Cuervo tequila chased with a shot of Bredoos pickled habanero juice
This came complimentary with our entry fee, and as someone who likes to try new things I was keen – though I’m not sure I’d do it again! The chilli chaser to the tequilla was much spicier than I’d anticipated (I’m normally pretty good with spicy foods!), and I wished I had a burger in hand to chase the chaser.
Jameson Pickleback – a shot of Jameson chased with a shot of picklejuice
After trying the Chilliback, I didn’t have high hopes for this one – so I as delightedly surprised when I found that I actually quite liked the pickle juice and Jameson combo. (Never thought I’d say that!) If you get a chance to try this, or just feel creative at home, it’s something I’d recommend for the novelty.
And so, after three hours of burgers, beers, cakes and shots – and lots of good conversation with friends that we ran into on the night (which I didn’t even talk about in this post – clearly I was smitten with the food!) we headed out of Battersea, over the lit up Chelsea Bridge, and made our way back home.
Thanks for a fantastic National Burger Day 2014 – we’re already looking forward to next year!