Trinity Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 1HJ
It’s not what’s on the outside, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. When we first set our eyes on this impressive building we were well and truly wowed, but we weren’t here to satisfy our sense of sight, we were here to satisfy our sense of taste… and boy did they deliver. The Exchange doesn’t just have the looks, it’s got the personality and the tasty burgers to match and we sure as hell can’t wait to show them off to our parents!
The Million Dollar Burger – Two 4oz beef patties, double millionaire’s bacon, truffle oil mushrooms, Swiss cheese and black garlic ketchup
HIDE Burger Bar
Riverside Chambers, Derwent Street, Derby, DE1 3AF
What’s so special about all these exotic cows that we feel the need to import beef from the far-flung corners of the globe just to make you a burger in the middle of the Midlands?! The guys at HIDE Burger Bar in Derby are giving the local calves a chance to shine and they’re doing a mighty fine job – Premier League talent scouts take note. Locally crafted with passion and expertise, they’re simple creations done to perfection. Keep up the good work, gents!
Classic – 6oz beef patty, red onion, pickles, holy cow ketchup, smoky moo mayo, iceberg lettuce, bun
The Beefy Boys
Old Market, Hereford, HR4 9RU
The Beefy Boys were already rubbing shoulders with the burger-flipping elite when they made our list last time around and, if it’s even possible, this year they’ve upped their game and they’re bigger and better than ever. When we were offered the chance to go back, we bit our boss’s hand off… and then spat it straight out again because we didn’t want to fill up on anything that wasn’t one of their badass, American-styled burger stacks.
The Jurassic Classic Nozboy – Beef burger patty, honey mustard mayo, ketchup, spinach, eggs over easy, American cheese, Swiss cheese and bacon
BOHNS Best Burgers
Broad Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AL
BOHNS is a burger-eating experience like no other. It’s slightly more refined and slightly more sophisticated than your average burger joint and it’s definitely worth checking out. Served on rustic slates, they pulled out all the stops with the presentation which meant they had to deliver on the taste. The heat was on and they stayed in the kitchen to deliver a masterclass in how to create a sensational burger. “BOHN appétit!”
The Rump Rub – seasoned organic patty, jalapenos, American cheese, cheddar cheese, rump rub sauce and BOHNS’ jalapeno and raspberry jam
Big Man’s Food
8 Wolverhampton Road, Birmingham, B68 0LH
Here at StagWeb, we’re suckers for two things: good food and mega challenges. So, when we discovered Big Man’s Food, we’d found the Holy Grail of burger bars. Not only is their menu packed full of epic man bites and loads of phenomenal flavour combinations, but you can also do battle against their mammoth challenge burger which is not for the faint-hearted or the small stomach’d. This deliciously daunting tower is so stacked we’re certain we saw it lifting weights when we rocked up.
Challenge Burger – Lettuce, tomato, nachos, gherkins, caramelised onions, quesadilla, two prime beef patties, two chicken breast fillets, mozzarella, cheese, fried mushrooms, turkey rashers, beef sausage, hash brown, chipotle sauce, Big Man’s Sauce, onion rings and classic fries
St Martin’s Coffee Shop, Leicester, LE1 5DG
Absence makes the heart grow founder. We never truly understood the phrase until we encountered Crafty. Open exclusively on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays we had to get our fix of their sizzling handmade burgers in the three-day window before we spent four days staring forlornly out of a rainy window waiting for Thursday to roll around again. But it was certainly worth the wait. Handcrafted and all served with homemade fries, all their burgers are made with heart, passion and flair!
El Gordo “The Fat One” – Beef patty, pulled pork, green chilli, chipotle ketchup, aioli, Red Leicester, American cheese
Low ‘N’ Slow
Digbeth Dining Club, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AG
“Nomadic BBQ warriors trying to find a home!” These guys are hard to pin down as they don’t have a permanent base, so keep a beady eye out on their social pages to find out where their next set-up is and then hunt them down using all your primal hunter-gatherer instincts (and Google Maps) whilst on the prowl for some Texas-inspired BBQ cuisine. If you’re lucky enough to catch them, you’re in for a fiery afternoon of flame-grilled grub.
The menu changes thick and fast. Turn up and check out what they’ve got cookin’ on the day.
4 Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1DB
You don’t wake up one day and decide you’re going to open a buzzing burger bar as successful as HANBAO. A lot of hard yards went into the creation of this bustling restaurant and their magnificent menu. The guys behind it travelled to Hong Kong and China to get some Eastern inspiration before heading stateside to see how the experts do it and the results are sublime. This Asian-infused, US mashup is bold, brash, incredibly unique and worth every penny.
Lionel Messy – Dry-aged smash patty, house red chimichurri, smoked pancetta bacon, grilled provolone cheese patty and grilled white onion in a smoked brioche bun