Burger culture has come a long way in the UK, and Manchester’s pattie scene certainly reflects that. From the cheap and nasty 1990s through to the explosion of ‘and the kitchen sink’ toppings post-millennium, thankfully it finally feels like we’ve reached a more mature age. Quality now beats quantity, and great ingredients means simplicity often trumps complexity. The only real problem is the insane number of establishments specialising in meat between buns across the city, which seems to grow by the day. The Grubfellas doesn’t just compete, though, it stands out from the masses with its approach to burger artistry.
Established by four passionate burger lovers who have been friends for more than 20 years, to say a lot of their love finds its way into every order would be an understatement. Originally working as a dark kitchen and selling bites through major delivery services, you can still find them online but the addition of a seating area means customers also have the option to eat in. Diners regularly comment on the freshness and flavour combinations, not least when it comes to the statement Spicyfella Burger, an upmarket version of the famous Manchester spicy chicken burger. The burger boasts buttermilked fried chicken in a brioche bun along with fresh quality ingredients. Beyond burgers, the menu at The Grubfellas also boasts Mac & Cheese, the Knockout Toastie, and special fries loaded with Cheetos, pasta, and potato sticks. The wide range of sauces are another winner, too, including rarities like Algerian and Point 6. All of which is before we get to the price point. More than competitive, most items come in at £8 or under, which belies the quality on offer.