Whether you’re heading on a night out, meeting friends or going on a date, you could spend time racking your brains trying to think about what to eat, but, let’s face it, it doesn’t get much better than a humble burger. Bristol is home to some of the best burger joints in the UK, so if you’re struggling to make your way through the meaty maze or you’re on the hunt for some cheeky vegan junk food, we’ve compiled a list of the most bangin’ burgers in the whole of Brizzle. Go and find that tasty bad boy that’s got your name on it…
Squeezed – Wapping Wharf
Flying the flag for the Wapping Wharf area of Bristol, Squeezed specialises in homemade lemonade and incredibly imaginative burgers. Chef, owner and patty-making genius Alex Hayes just goes to show that the best things really do come in small sizes, creating big flavours, big ideas and big smiles on the faces of his customers all from his tiny restaurant tucked away in Bristol’s trendy quarter. When life gives you lemons, go to Squeezed, order a tongue-tingling lemonade and a tasty burger, and relax by the glistening waterfront.
ASADO – Colston St.
Using quality local ingredients to cook up some juicy burgers over a wood-fired grill, this mouth-wateringly good godsend is ‘all up in our grill’ in the very best way. When it comes to patties, we lose all sense of personal space; we’re all over these beauties! ASADO is the brainchild of Lucien Gordon, who moved back to the South West after Chefing in London (thank the lord!). Now he blesses Bristolians with organic succulent meats, veggie buttermilk fried pepper burgers, and South American flavours.
The Burger Joint – North St.
This bad boy needs no introduction. Rumour has it they offer the best burgers in Bristol, and go to the restaurant, take a big ol’ bite, and let the gourmet burgers speak for themselves. You can create the burger of your dreams with their ‘build a burger menu’. Choose from tonnes of quality local ingredients, an array of sides, delicious dips, and… sorry, we’re gonna have to stop there because we’re drooling.
No.51 – Stokes Croft
This groovy joint is what Bristol is all about: bangin’ burgers, beats and booze! Any hipster worth their beard can confirm that this is the go-to place to enjoy a craft beer, a hand-crafted burger and a boogie night. This little sister of late-night music venue Mr Wolfs is a super chilled place to grab a bite to eat. If someone took you on a date here, you’d deffo see them again, or just date the burger, it’ll never let you down.
Hobgoblin – Gloucester Road
Hobgoblins may live deep down in D&D’s Forgotten Realms, but luckily for us, one has escaped into the South West Kingdom and made its home on Gloucester Road, and it’s not going anywhere! Hobgoblin’s daring, big-flavour burger flavours and dirty fries are the stuff of legends, and you’ve got to eat it to believe it. The delicious pub grub is this boozer’s worst-kept dirty secret, no-one does burgers and beer quite like them. Head to the cosy pub, feast your eyes on their lengthy, diverse menu, sink your teeth into their intensely pleasurable dirty bites, and never look back.
Three Brothers Burgers – Welsh Back
It turns out that De La Soul was right, three really is the magic number. The Three Brothers aim to deliver high-quality patties in a picturesque spot, and boy oh boy do they deliver. They serve tasty 28-day Herefordshire beef is a soft, glazed brioche bun. And just when you think it couldn’t get any better, they serve these beautiful bites on boat! Hop aboard and grab a beef, chicken or veggie burger, wash it down with a refreshing brew (you’ll find an impressive range of craft beers onboard) and take in the stunning harbour views.
The Ox – Clifton
I say, one doesn’t tend to associate big, meaty burgers with class and style, which is exactly why The Ox will knock one’s ruddy socks off. The Ox is a steakhouse and cocktail bar that uses delicious, top-notch ingredients to cook up steaks and burgers to impeccable standards. Meat maniacs flock from far and wide to take a juicy bite of their towering patties, made with prime cuts of beef and served with a mountain of crispy fries. This elegant eatery is set inside a basement bank vault decorated with Pre-Raphaelite murals. Treat yourself to a boozy beverage and tuck in. Hear, hear!
Hubbox – White Ladies Road
Ahh Hubbox, you make us so very proud to be from the South West. With their roots down in Cornwall, their gurt lush burgers have grown in popularity and made their way to Somerset. As you can tell, Bristol’s burger game is seriously strong, but Hubbox fits in nicely and their fully loaded patties are a force to be reckoned with. Their extensive menu boasting hot dogs, craft beers, shakes, burgers made with 21-day dry-aged beef and much more certainly ticks all of our best Bristol burger boxes!
Pigsty – Ferry Steps
Using happy hogs and local supplies, Pigsty is sure to satisfy all your porky cravings. Get your chops around one of their signature burgers: The Whole Hog, a slow roast pork belly surrounded by crackling, served in a milk bun with applesauce and raw slaw. Their Pig Shy vegan burgers are equally as gorgeous, made with smoky BBQ pulled jackfruit and marinated crispy aubergine. We’d huff, and we’d puff, and we’d blow our whole office down if one of these tasty fellas was hiding inside!
Smoke & Glaze – Stokes Croft
This street food pop up place in Stokes Croft serves South American inspired dishes that make your soul sing. Their innovative, tasty burgers are served in a lightly toasted brioche bun with a portion of ‘soul fries’, which are basically like mini crispy roast potatoes that have fallen from heaven and landed on your plate. Their meats include chicken thighs, fried chorizo, smoked streaky bacon, Japanese fried chicken and beef patties, and they also offer a Big Cheese and Filthy Vegan for veggies who simply can’t sacrifice the humble burger.
Oowee Vegan – Picton Street
If you think that going vegan means having to cut out greasy junk food, bun that! Wake up, lads, this is the 21st century and vegans can get down and dirty at dinner time just like the rest of ’em. Oowee Vegan Diner offers a whole host of deliciously dirty vegan filth including intensely pleasurable burgers smothered in ‘cheese’ and packed with potato pancakes, crispy ‘chicken’ (don’t ask, just eat) and much more. Never underestimate the power of the plants people! These bad boys are hands down some of the best we’ve ever had.
Burger Theory – St Stephen’s Street
We don’t know how Burger Theory makes them so good. Our personal theory is that they’ve climbed into people’s foodie dreams, the kind we have when on long car journeys or the last couple of hours work, and somehow conjured them into being, but your guess is as good as ours. Their sweet, moist meats are ace, and their veggie ones are the only burgers you need in your life. Grab a cocktail or beer and make some room in your belly for their generously-sized tasty creations.
Chomp – St Nicholas St.
If you’re simply looking for an eatery that pays homage to the traditional, quality hamburger, then this modern steakhouse delivers. Chomp doesn’t mess about, it offers a short menu consisting of a House Classic, Dirty Classic, and Bloody Veggie, all equally delicious and all served in an award-winning bun. Their food is so well seasoned that we want to give them a big juicy kiss on the lips, but they’re busy cooking up a storm in the kitchen, so we’ll just have to kiss their burgers instead.
Ciao Burger – Gloucester Rd.
Ciao, Hola, HELLO epic burgers and farewell rumbling tum. Their outstandingly juicy burgers are smothered in creamy cheese and sandwiched in a warm bap – state of that! This knee-trembling, mouth-wateringly good takeaway brings you one step closer to God on a night out and is equally delish as a lunchtime snack on the go. Their XL cheeseburger looks like it could give you a heart attack, but we’d die and go to heaven for these bad boys. Gwan Ciao Burger! Your cluckin’ good chicken burgers will always have a place in our hearts.
Atomic Burger – Gloucester Rd.
Right foodie faces, it’s been a blast, so let’s go out with a bang. There’s nothing quite like this funky little eatery which must’ve been a burger epiphany. They guys here realised what the world needs right now is themed burgers served in a restaurant kitted out with pop culture memorabilia. They’re big, they’re bad, and their meaty towers are intimidatingly high, but we’re sure you can handle it. Thank you, Atomic Burger, you’ve set us straight, and your huge variety of veggie and meaty burgers are the bomb.