Now, make no mistake about it; this wasn’t an easy list to make. We had to go around some of the best burger joints in the city and sample some of the gooiest, messiest, meatiest and most delicious burgers that they had to offer.
It’s a hard job, but someone’s got to do it. So put down that low-fat rice cracker with gourmet acai butter and a sprinkling of spirulina and get a load of these instead.
The Hip-Hop one: Snoop at Big Grillie Style
Well at first we were put off by the fact that these burgers had gone viral on Instagram. After all, what does Instagram know about good burgers? Well apparently a whole damn lot. Go for the Snoop, and marvel at the cascading layer of molten cheese masking two griddle smashed beef patties, topped with streaky bacon, pickles, red onions, and house made burger sauce. You’ll be making weird awkward noises as you eat it and you’ll probably raise your hands in ecstasy once you’ve finished and say to yourself ‘those folks at Finest were right. This is probably the best burger in Manchester.’ We’re telling you. Keep an eye out on @biggrillestyle social media or head over to Joshua Brooks on Oxford road for a slice of the hype.
Joshua Brooks, 106 Princess St, Manchester M1 6NG
0161 273 7336
The ‘Size Matters’ one: The Big Manc at Solita
2 x 7oz minced chuck steak patties, iceberg, onions, home pickles, Monterey Jack cheese and Big Manc sauce. You experience this burger as one cohesive unit of human joy. Almost nothing else will ever come close to this and that’s perfectly okay. It’s the sort of fast food that makes you realise you’ve been eating the wrong kind of fast food all your life. You could share it with someone but please don’t – it’s time to go against your mum’s advice as a kid and be totally selfish.
Solita NQ, Turner St, Manchester M4 1DW
Solita Dids, School Ln, Manchester M20 6RD
Solita Prestwich, 401 Bury New Rd, Prestwich, Manchester M25 1AA
The Latino Lover: Sloppy Juan at Luck Lust Liquor and Burn
A fresh perfectly toasted bun, a double hand-smashed wonder patty, brisket chilli, double cheeseburger sauce, lime jalapeno mayo, taco sauce, and a perfect dive bar atmosphere make the Sloppy Juan burger a force to be reckoned with. Chomp down through the layers of dripping deliciousness and rest easy knowing that you’re eating one of the best burgers in Manchester. Nay, the country. Nay, the world. Okay, we got a little carried away, still the country. They also serve up some drool-inducing bacon cheeseburger fries that’ll have you craving them with everything else you ever eat. Ever.
Luck Lust Liquor and Burn, 100-102 High St, Manchester M4 1HP
0161 244 9422
The Streaky Bacon one: Double Bacon Cheese at Byron
Byron serve up proper hamburgers using traditionally reared 100% prime Scottish beef. The Double Bacon Cheese is the one to go for. Simple and just about perfect. Two 6oz patties with crispy edges topped with American mustard, pickles, ketchup, and your choice of American cheese. It comes with lashings of streaky bacon that add that perfect salty finish. It’s the kind of food that tastes so good and so fresh you’ll want to eat it alone in the stock cupboard at work so nobody asks you for a bite. Get there now.
Byron Piccadilly Gardens, 1 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 1RG
0161 237 3222
The Brisket one: Pit Burger at Red’s True Barbeque
The church of true barbecue in Manchester is officially open to true believers. In their quest to save hungry souls, their menu offers a range of the best burgers you’ll find this side of Texas. Think Yorkshire-sourced chuck, brisket and beef rib mix, pit-fired over charcoal and served in a brioche bun. Order yourself the Pit Burger made from beef patty, black Angus brisket, Red’s pulled pork, smoked peppered bacon, burger cheese, ballpark mustard, tomato, onion, pickles and lettuce. At £16.95 it’s not cheap, but it’s cheaper than a flight to Dallas.
Red’s True Barbecue, 22 Lloyd St, Manchester M2 5WA
0161 402 0142
The Veggie One: Guac To The Future at V-Revs
This bad babe is all plants and no pain. If you’re in the market for a bit of veggie dirty food, this vegan joint is a real game changer. Walk through the diner doors of V Revolution and you’re in vegetable heaven. 100% meat-free hotdogs, burgers, fake fried chicken and even a very snazzy looking ‘lobsta’ salad. The Guac to the Future chkn burger – fake chicken to you – is an absolute must. Hell-vis Presley, with its chunky beefy patty, cheez, beacon, banana, pickles, baeoconaise and then lashings of peanut butter ain’t half bad either. Drooling yet?
V Rev Vegan Diner, 20-26 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HN
0161 839 3883
The Proud City one: This is Manchester at Almost Famous
This beauty should come with a warning: not for the faint hearted. It features Almost Famous’ renowned double famous cheeseburger with a generous serving of BBQ pulled pork, wonder onions and creamy peppered mayo. Sound good? Then it’s stacked with a ridiculous portion of gooey cheddar cheese and gravy chips. Yes, you read that right. If someone is on the fence about putting potato on a burger, you should go over to that fence, kick it over and tell them about the glory that is ‘This is Manchester’ at Almost Famous. There’s simply no other burger like it. You’ll be saving on your weekly shop too. You probably won’t need to eat for a week after trying one of these bad boys.
Almost Famous, 100-102 High St, Manchester M4 1HP
0161 244 9422