Honest Burger, Honest Burgers - London, UK

Honest Burgers has seen incredible growth throughout London in the past few years, similar to that of Byron, who have now expanded out across the country. I would not be surprised to see Honest Burgers follow a similar path and unleash burger goodness throughout England. Or maybe that's just wishful thinking?

There is just something about this small chain that gets it so right. Their restaurants are always well located with great vibes, the interiors are stylish but simplistic and the food? Well, let’s talk about that.

The menu epitomises leading modern burger joints: short and snappy, but covering all the bases to fulfil customer needs. Typically there are only seven burgers on the menu, including a chicken and vegetarian option, as well as a classic, signature and chilli burger.

For me, it has to be the signature 'Honest Burger'. With dry aged beef, smoky bacon, red onion relish, mature cheddar, pickled cucumber and lettuce, between a fresh glazed bun, the ‘Honest Burger' has all the makings of a classic.

And it is. One of the most impressive aspects of this burger was the balance. Nothing overpowers, so each element manages to stand out. This is how it should be.

The pickled cucumbers were nestled on the base (with the lettuce), offering a slight crunch and the usual salty sour goodness. This was combatted by the sweetness of the red onion relish just below the lid, resting on top of the crunchy smoky bacon, both driving substantial, but varied flavour.

The mature cheddar oozed down the side of the meat and was perhaps the least prominent flavour on the burger, though still noticeable. The bun was glazed, lightly toasted and felt fresh, whilst still keeping all components together.

The meat was cooked medium well, a common trend for burger joints now given the adjusted health regulations. As usual, I would have preferred to see it much closer to medium, but this meat still delivered on the flavour front. In addition, the thickness and seasonings of the patty were spot on.

The clue is in the name with Honest Burgers. This is good, 'honest' food within a simplistic and stylish environment. The 'Honest Burger' is a staple classic within London burger culture and there is no denying that it is one of my favourites. The sweetness of the red onion relish works perfectly with the pickled cucumbers and smoky bacon, whilst the patty is clearly high quality and delightfully succulent. I recommend it to all.

Patty Master Musings:

  • 'Honest Burgers' is one of the few places that still includes chips with their burgers. A lot of Byron burgers, for example, are £10-£12 on their own. The 'Honest Burger' is £10.95 and includes chips. The 'Beef' option on the menu is only £8.95 with chips.
  • There are a range of dips included, but the 'Bacon Ketchup' is special, especially with the rosemary salted chips. It's worth it for £1.
  • Did I Dip It? Absolutely no need here, though it was tempting given how tasty the 'Bacon Ketchup' is.

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