Dip and Flip, Wimbledon

Gravy. No roast is complete without gravy. I feel strongly that this could be extended to chips, sliced meat sandwiches and burgers. Obviously. To make all your dipping dreams come true Dip and Flip serve up a side of gravy with every burger and sandwich. As if they weren’t tasty enough already, the gravy adds that little bit of… hmm… that little bit of… DAM tastiness. You get me? Wondering why my sandwich has a candle in it? Yeh! It was my birthday meal venue of choice and I don’t regret it one bit.
I went for the sliced beef sandwich with Dijon mustard, gherkins and white cabbage slaw. Gravy in it and gravy on the side. Chips were smothered in mozzarella and… gravy!
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On previous visits I’ve had the Dip and Flip burger – cheese burger topped with sliced lamb…

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This is a no book kinda establishment so get in early or be ready to queue. The Wimbledon branch is the biggest so head here if you’ve got a large party. Otherwise go to Clapham Junction or Tooting. For true comfort food that goes above and beyond your standard burger, Dip and Flip is the place.
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Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Clapham Junction

The GBK menu is one that filled me with confusion and despair. I have never seen such a long list of delicious sounding burgers. Do not fear though, it was a Saturday afternoon and I had all the time in the world to decide which burger to choose. After a lot of deliberation, writing up pros and cons of my favourite sounding burgers I went for the Camemburger. Want to know more… it had camembert, hash brown, truffle mayo, onion jam and relish all in a brioche bun.  Want to see more…
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Don’t tell me that isn’t one fine looking burger. Well I can tell you it sure tasted like a large helping of heaven. The Camemburger had it all. Juiciness, crispiness, cheesiness and just great old tastiness. Naturally I had to have a side of chips. I went for the sweet potato fries with baconnaise. BACONNAISE. Why haven’t I heard about this before? Why isn’t it next to the mayonnaise in the supermarket because that stuff is out of this world. It’s freshly made in the GBK kitchens which means we may have to wait a little longer until we can stock it in our own fridges so for now get yourself to GBK to try this taste sensation.
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I don’t want to seem over dramatic or anything but I walked out of GBK that day feeling great. Yes, I had just eaten my bodyweight in not-so-healthy food but YES it was brilliant and I don’t regret it one little bit. I can’t guarantee you’ll get this sense of achievement too but I would like to say it’s pretty dam likely.

Byron, Kings Road

I am beginning to think of myself as a burger connoisseur. Is that a thing? Well if it’s not, it should be. And if it is, I’m looking to become a professional. The burger I had a Byron was up there in one of the best burgers I’ve had in a restaurant (yes Mum, your burgers are still number 1).  Initially I was sceptical about Byron as I saw it as more of a fast food chain style restaurant. Whilst it is a chain and the service isn’t exactly slow, there is nothing slapdash about the food they serve up. I went for the Smoky (smoked Cheddar, streaky bacon, crispy fried onions, shredded iceberg, pickles and smoked chilli BBQ sauce). We also had sides of onion rings and skinny fries.
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There’s not an awful lot you can say about burgers other things like juicy, flavoursome, meaty and basically delicious. This burger was all of these things. The bacon was perfectly cooked – CRISPY. They serve a smashing gherkin too. Whilst Patty and Bun are still my favourite place to head for the ultimate burger, Byron is not far off and I will certainly be returning soon.

mu mu, Kettering

I travelled half of the country for this burger. Alright, more like half of the county but that is still serious commitment. I’d heard of mu mu burgers from a number of sources and pictures of the gourmet meals kept popping up on my Facebook feed (sometimes you have to trust Facebook people). So I herded some friends up and we made the long, difficult trek to the faraway land of Kettering. Was it worth the time/effort/diesel money? Well, yes it was.

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Look at that beauty. Oozing with delicious juices and cheese. I went for ‘The Something Blue’ which had blue cheese (incase you hadn’t guessed), caramelised red onion, mu mu blue cheese sauce and smoked streaky bacon. It was juicy, tender and packed with flavour. Another thing I loved about mu mu is that you get your chips INCLUDED with your burger. Can you believe it? These days, anywhere that serves a good burger seems to leave the chips out of the whole equation, making you buy them as a side. Well congratulations mu mu for thinking about us chip lovers, we really do appreciate it.
This little venue is a gem. Book ahead and follow them on Facebook, they always seem to be running competitions. My main concern is, when are you coming to Northampton mu mu?!

Patty and Bun, Liverpool Street

I don’t want to alarm anyone – I think you had better take a seat… BUT I think I have found the best burger in London… and breathe. I thought about this bold statement long and hard but in the end decided, hang on, my tastebuds don’t mess around. I had the ‘Hot Chic’ Chicken burger. Wait, there’s more; it was marinated buttermilk fried chicken with spicy slaw, pickled cucumbers, lettuce and garlic aioli in a brioche bun. HELLO. Need I say anymore?! Well, I do have a bit more to say on the matter actually. It was fricking delicious. My tastebuds dream of the day  I devoured that burger… (the picture doesn’t do it justice)…
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I had a side portion of chips with rosemary salt, dipped in roast chicken mayo & chicken skin salt. If you’re mouth isn’t watering right now… well… I don’t know what to say about that but I’m not happy about it.
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Not only was the food amazing; I loved the atmosphere too. You order at the counter and take a seat. Whilst you can’t book a very nice waiter helped us find somewhere to sit after asking us if we were eating in or taking it away. There were lots of lone diners… you don’t need conversation in this place, it’s a date with a burger (please do not interrupt). A fellow burger fan asked me “How was the chicken burger?” – I loved this! Talking to strangers (in London – what?!) about burgers might be one of my favourite things to do.
Anyway, get yourself to Patty and Bun QUICK. In the meantime, if you know of any burgers you are willing to back like I am with P&B, please do let me know. I would love the opportunity to speak to more strangers about burgers.

Buddies USA, Northampton

If you want food, and lots of it, Buddies USA is the place to come. With a few dotted around the Northamptonshire area, they specialise in all things American and they don’t do it half-heartedly. Hamburger heaven is the star of the menu with other American dishes for those who fancy something else. There’s a range of 40+ burgers to choose from with the basic ‘Plain Jane’ to ‘Charlie Brown’ with peanut butter and cheese. And they don’t stop with the topping, you can swap your burn for a sugar coated doughnut and smother your fries in BBQ sauce or cheese sauce…. see their menu here.

 

If you’re looking for quality food then perhaps give this place a miss but if you’re looking for quantity, and tasty quantity at that then book yourself a booth. The interior will give you hours of fun, kitted out with all things American with rolling film of the streets of New York, the Simpsons or Man vs. Food on the TV screens.

 

Four of us set ourselves a Man vs. Food challenge. We dared ourselves with an X-L Double with wet fries… each. This means we had two 6oz open burgers, piled with our chosen topping and served with coleslaw and fries. I went for the Chewbacka…

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Topping: cheese, bacon, mushrooms, mayo and lettuce. PURE DELICIOUSNESS. May be a tad too much mayo, it meant that I couldn’t really take what I didn’t eat back home in a doggy bag because the mayo would not keep well. However, I love this topping, all of my favourite things piled on top of some beef.

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This picture is a birdseye view of my meal, equipped with BBQ wet fries and my cousins who had the Shrek: mozzarella, southern fried chicken, green leaves, garlic mayo and tomato. Another gluttonous, scrummy meal. Both served with a drenched (may be a little too drenched) portion of BBQ wet fries!

 

We all left very full and very happy. We knew what we were getting and therefore weren’t disappointed with the standard supermarket style burgers. Next time perhaps I’ll try one of these…

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