The Flyer, The Flying Cows - Birmingham, UK

There is just something so magical about street food and food vans that cannot be replicated in a restaurant environment. 'The Flying Cows', travelling burger extraordinaires, are commonly found in and around the Birmingham area, and originate from Warkwickshire, where they run a family farm. I visited them on a Saturday night at the popular Digbeth Dining Club.

The menu was short and snappy; how I like it at a burger joint. The choices included a 'classic', a blue cheese burger, a chilli burger and then 'The Flyer': aged Dexter beef, American cheese, red onion, lettuce, smoked streaky bacon and house BBQ sauce between a freshly baked brioche bun. Yes, please.

This dirty burger was a fine-looking number. Cheese and sauce oozing from the sides, onion and lettuce scattered throughout and the bacon and patty sitting prominently at the forefront, between a fresh vibrant bun. I could barely wait to tuck in.


There was definitely magic dancing around the tastebuds from the first to the last bite here. Starting from the top: the brioche bun was toasted, but remained fresh and soft, holding together each component well, aside from the odd stray piece of lettuce or onion. The remaining salad nicely offset the meats and also added that extra element of freshness and crunch.

The BBQ sauce and cheese were well-proportioned to drive additional flavour, though were both mild in taste, with the former having a welcome tanginess to it.


The highlight of the burger, without a doubt, was the meat. The smoked streaky bacon was thick, juicy and loaded with flavour. The patty was cooked medium well; perhaps slightly longer than I would have preferred. However, the meat to fat content was perfection and the quality shone through with each bite, as expected given it was sourced locally from Dexter cattle within their own farm.

There are a plethora of choices available at Digbeth Dining Club. If you are in the mood for a burger, grab yourself a Flying Cows. You will not be disappointed. This was one of the finer bacon cheeseburgers I have enjoyed, with the highlight being the superb quality and taste of the patty and bacon.

Patty Master Musings:

  • My partner ordered from 'Holy Moly Macaroni' across the way from The Flying Cows. She was in heaven for the duration of her meal too.
  • If you are not familiar with Digbeth Dining Club... you should be. It runs every Friday and Saturday and houses the best street food in the West Midlands. I would advise checking who will be trading on the night before going though.
  • Did I Dip It? No. The fusion of flavours was top notch.

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