We don't usually do this, but it's a special occassion - National Burger Day - so we've ranked our favourite burgers in the city.
There have been a fair few arguments in the office getting it down to just 10, so to appease some of the city’s further excellent burgers there’s also a Wildcard and a couple of Honourable Mentions at the end…
Bacon Cheese Burger at Black Dog Ballroom
I’ve always found Black Dog Ballroom’s burgers to be consistently excellent – whether you’re ordering one as part of their £6 Lunch Deal or at 9pm on a Thursday night while dancing to Biggie and drinking 20 cocktails. They’ve got a decent selection on offer but I’ll always go back to the classic – the Bacon Cheeseburger – it never fails. It also offers great value for money too – especially on a Monday when you get 50% off all grub.
Black Dog Ballroom NQ, 52 Church St, Manchester M4 1PW
Black Dog Ballroom NWS, 11-13 New Wakefield St, Manchester M1 5NP
The Catalan Burger at Solita
An integral part of the ‘Burger Wars’ of 2012, Solita have seen themselves delve into other areas in recent years, both on the menu and geographically. They’re now in Didsbury and Prestwich (and even Preston) so if you’re ever in those parts – pop in for a lovely juicy number. The selection of burgers is pretty huge – with an eclectic range of oddities and combos but I must express some serious love for their Catalan Burger which comes topped with chorizo, roasted red peppers and some amazing roasted tomato aioli.
Solita NQ, Turner St, Manchester M4 1DW
Get Clucked at Get Chucked
It’s always a pleasure to mix it up a little bit and go for a chicken burger and one of the best around is available from Get Chucked over in Urmston – a place which also coincidentally does spectacular beef burgers as well. The jewel in the crown of their Get Clucked burger is the perfectly moist and crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken which would make Colonel Sanders’ glasses steam up and comes topped with a smoky mayo and some lovely, lovely Sriracha. Their weekly specials are always pretty mint too!
Get Chucked, 40 Flixton Road, Urmston, M41 5AA
The Superstar Burger at Archie’s
I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t buzz off Archie’s and pretty much every time I walk past, pop in for a burger or shifty round the counter so I can sneakily use their toilet – it’s heaving. I must say that their usual burgers are pretty much the kind of thing you’d expect – nothing to write home about, but if you tuck into one of their smashed Signature Burgers – you best get scribbling up the first draft of that letter back to your mam because they’re mega good! Again I’d always go for a classic and not let the burger be over-burdened with ‘wacky’ ingredients so their Superstar Burger is perfect. Beef, cheese, salad and Archie’s Special Sauce. Perfect.
Archie’s – Burgers Shakes Waffles,
115 Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 7DU
72 Oxford St, Manchester M1 5NH
Donut Burger at Red’s True BBQ
Of course Red’s True BBQ offer a pretty decent selection of burgers alongside their huge choice of BBQ’ed meats and sides but there’s no way you can ignore their brilliant Donut Burger. Nicknamed the Luther Burger, having a burger sandwiched between two sweet doughnuts was a favourite of rotund warbler Luther Vandross – who would scoff them every chance he got between bashing out new hit singles and his regular insulin injections. The Red’s True BBQ offering is certainly a naughty little treat and is something everyone should try at least once.
Red’s True Barbecue, 22 Lloyd St, Manchester M2 5WA
The Triple Nom at Almost Famous
The kings and queens of the burger I’m sure there will be many people spitting out their chocolate digestive and angrily tap, tap, tapping away at their keyboards once they discover that Almost Famous is only at number 5 in this list. Well, after extensive arguments in the office – it’s here. Deal with it. This isn’t to say that Almost Famous burgers are bad – definitely not, they’re fantastic – everything you want from a burger. Meaty, juicy, caked in cheese and great value for money – everyone should have an Almost Famous burger at some point in their life. Personally I’d recommend the Triple Nom – it’s not loaded with a mental amount of stuff (so it can still be eaten without ruining all of your clothes) and the pulled pork is divine.
Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester M3 4EN
100-102 High St, Manchester M4 1HP
Bacon Cheeseburger (All The Way) at Five Guys
Okay, okay, okay – so Manchester’s Finest is supposed to champion the city’s independent establishments – I get it. Five Guys is a huge company – operating throughout the world, with our city centre branch being located in the centre of all large commercial endeavours – the Arndale Centre. But I’ll defy anyone who can complain that their burgers are anything less than spectacular – with a range of customisation options that would bamboozle even the most avid fan of Max Power magazine. Personally I’d go for the classic Bacon Cheeseburger with everything on it, a colossal mound of their excellent chips and as many Cherry Vanilla Pespi refills as I can handle until I’m either sick or pass out.
Five Guys, U19, New Cannon Street, Arndale, Manchester M4 3AJ
Wagyu Kuro Burger (Japanese Junk Menu) at Cottonopolis
I actually didn’t even know that Cottonopolis even did burgers until about 6 weeks ago when I went to the Manchester Eats festival in Heaton Park and had a taste of their Japanese Junk Menu. It was only a couple of weeks later that I then actually went in and ordered from the menu and was right back in burger heaven. Available after 10pm, their Wagyu Kuro Burger is by far one of the best burgers I’ve ever eaten – the meat is amazingly tender and meaty, and yet lacks that customary greasiness that can come as a result. The Wagyu is pretty much unsurpassed and that Kewpie Mayo – probably the best mayo in the world.
Cottonopolis, 16 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AE
Big Matt Burger at Hawksmoor
Now we’re getting to the real big hitters in the city and Hawksmoor offer, without a shadow of a doubt, some of the best burgers that money can buy – with the king of these offerings being The Big Matt. Their own take on the frankly rather limp and unimpressive Big Mac, this monster comes with 2 stunning beef patties, cheese, salad and Hawksmoor’s special burger sauce. This lot know their meat so a particular shout out should go to those patties, which are so succulent and packed full of flavour that they take this creation to a whole new level of burger – one which you won’t want to come down from once you’re up there.
Hawksmoor , 184-186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB
The Double Snoop at Big Grillie Style
This is it. Numero Uno. Some people might say – Oh, what a load of rubbish – they’re bloody biased! Well I can assure you, the only people that will be saying that are the ones who have yet to head down to Joshua Brooks and try one of Big Grillie Style’s amazing burgers. The creator – Alex – is so bloody enthusiastic about burgers and the science that goes behind making the perfect one that if you see him on the street it’s probably best to cross over the road unless you want an earful of physics and chemistry about the advantages of cold, smashed patties compared to shaped room temperature ones. It’s paid off though because these burgers are truly fantastic – and by our reckoning – the best in the city. Keep it simple and go for a Double Snoop (Bacon Cheeseburger with pickles, red onion and house burger sauce) and you’ll never go back.
Joshua Brooks, 106 Princess St, Manchester M1 6NG
Vada Pav at Bundobust
Is this a burger? Yes it is. And it’s a bloody good one too. The reason the Vada Pav at Bundobust is a ‘Wild Card’ is because it’s not really what people would think of if they had a hankering for a bit of burger action – but this doesn’t make it any less impressive. A brioche bun that is packed with a spicy potato patty and chilli sauce, the Vada Pav is a must for any visit to Bundobust and many of you will be pleased to know that it’s vegetarian too. Bundobust in Leeds have recently done a Brooklyn variation on their classic with Russian dressing, sauerkraut and pickles. We want it HERE please!
Bundobust, 61 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2AG
Veggie Burger at Hard Rock Cafe, Samosa Burger at Scene, A.D Double B Breakfast Burger at Dive NQ, The Whopper, Bourbon BBQ at Byron, The XXX at Randy’s