Ari Gold Cheeseburger, Patty & Bun - London, UK

Venue: If you haven't heard of Patty & Bun, you're most likely doing something wrong. Big players in the London burger scene, these guys are now burger veterans going from a single pop-up store to over ten restaurants across London -- and growing.

The Burger: The 'Ari Gold Cheeseburger' consists of a beef patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickled onions, ketchup, smokey P&B mayo between a brioche bun.


The Taste: The first bite gives you the answer as to why Patty & Bun is such a popular burger joint. Perhaps the most immediate flavour, as it should be, was the meat, cooked a perfect pink medium rare making it a truly divine experience.

The cheese oozed from the patty, encapsulating the beef, without stealing too much of the flavour. The pickled onions offer an additional layer of taste, paired with the crunch from the lettuce and tomato. The sauces, absolute classics on a cheeseburger, felt balanced -- much love for the smokey P&B mayo in particular.

The Summary: I've always loved Patty & Bun, perhaps more so than the other leading London burger chains. The 'Ari Gold Cheeseburger' is a masterpiece of burger simplicity. High quality, well seasoned meat paired with oozing cheese, fresh salad and delicious sauces. The only drawback, perhaps my mistake too, was not adding bacon. I feel like that extra flavour dynamic would have taken this burger to a 10.

Patty Master Musings:

  • These guys are killer on social media with some great offers and freebies. The £5 lunch burger in particular always rocks.
  • Come to Birmingham!
  • Did I Dip It? Absolutely not!

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Arnie Sarnie, Gourmet Burger Kitchen - Birmingham, UK

Venue: After a few fairly average meals, Gourmet Burger Kitchen dropped off my radar for quite some time. In-fact, with burger culture so prevalent in Brum in the past few years, I realised I actually hadn't been back for over a year. However, with some solid specials on with the affordable January 2 for £12 deal, I couldn't resist heading back to the Mailbox to see what GBK was all about.

The Burger: The 'Arnie Sarnie' is on fire on social media. Patty melts are not that common of a thing here in the UK, which is frankly baffling, therefore creating one and theming it to the Terminator is a genius move. The 'Arnie Sarnie' includes a 6oz burger sandwiched between two slices of roasted onion loaf with mature cheddar, Red Leicester, Terminator sauce, jalapenos, caramelised onions and chipotle butter.


The Good: To be served a perfectly cooked medium rare patty between a deliciously toasted onion loaf, oozing two types of cheese down the sides was a reassuring feeling.

The cheese was certainly the most potent flavour, as expected given the volume and maturity. The jalapenos were well balanced offering a kick, but offset nicely through the caramelised onions.

The Bad: I wasn't getting much through from the Terminator sauce, likely due to the overpowering cheeses. Whilst not necessarily a bad thing, a slight rebalance could have enhanced the flavour.

I would have also liked some additional seasonings on the meat.

The Summary: I take my hat off to GBK here. This was such a solid special and, to be completely honest, the best thing on the menu full stop. Patty melts, when done well, rival the traditional burger and I would smash my face in to one of these again any time. Let's hope it makes it way to the permanent menu. If it does... I'll be back. Eurgh. End of review.

Patty Master Musings:

  • The 'Arnie Sarnie' is on until March 2018. Get it whilst you can!
  • GBK have a rule during lunch that if they do not serve your burger in 15 minutes, you get the next one free. A dangerous game that kinda makes you wish your lunch won't arrive on time.
  • The tomato ketchup bottles are shaped like tomatoes in here. Why do I enjoy that so much?
  • Did I Dip It? Not necessary with that cheese ooze!

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