Feature – PIEB Top 5… Burgers
To celebrate National Burger Day, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite burger joints across the city. From street food to gourmet, there is something for every lover of this classic American fast-food fad.
The New Club
With their laid back, achingly cool New York City vibe and arty LA coffee house atmosphere, The New Club produces one of the best burgers in the city.
Highly recommended is the Dirty Burger – 35-day-aged beef, hickory smoked onion, bacon relish, Monterey Jack cheese, sliced pickle, house sauce, shredded cabbage & romaine lettuce – all served in a homemade light brioche bun. A fantastically meaty patty made from Sussex beef, the burger is smokey, light with a glorious crunch from the lettuce and pickles. The closest thing you’ll get to a classic NYC burger in the city of Brighton.
Booking ahead is advised as this hipster hangout can get very busy.
The bold, brash and loud Burger Brothers duo are a hot contender for Brighton’s best burger. Open for nearly 18 months, they’ve created a whirlwind of positivity across the city from their upfront burger bar in the North Laine.
Serving a selection of classic burger creations, Burger Brothers pride themselves on a ‘gourmet to go’ ethos. It’s worth keeping it simple here and trying the Classic Beef – a slice of mature cheddar, baby plum tomatoes, wild rocket, mustard, relish, cracked black pepper mayo and caramelised onions – served in a beautifully soft, not too sweet, bun. You can also customise your burger with additional toppings such as goat’s cheese, halloumi or roasted peppers.
Burger Brothers also cater for vegetarians and vegans, and offer a delivery service Tuesday-Thursdays – perfect if you don’t fancy heading outside to celebrate National Burger Day.
Coggings & Co.
For a more traditional approach to National Burger Day, why not try Coggings and Co – Brighton’s only dine-in burger restaurant.
With a menu that appreciates local produce, Coggings and Co have impressed with their emphasis on high quality food, sustainability and service. The main focus here is on traditional, restaurant-style burgers made using Sussex produce and served with cutlery: not one for fast or street food fans.
With a combination of both classic and original burgers – as well as brilliant meat-free options – Coggings and Co have‘something for everyone and quite rightly pride themselves on their close ties with growers, producers and farmers. Worth a look is the 6oz beef pattie with coastal cheddar, dry-cured honey-glazed streaky bacon, mustard mayo and salad. No fancy names, no gimmicks – just a straight-up, honest burger made from quality ingredients and full of great flavours.
Perfect for families, couples and groups of friends wanting a table service experience, Coggings and Co are quickly solidifying themselves as a favourite in the city.
The Troll’s Pantry
Now a stalwart on the city’s burger scene, Paul and the Troll’s Pantry team have been serving up unique burgers in Brighton since 2012. With a permanent and successful home now set up at the Hobgoblin pub on London Road, this allows The Troll’s Pantry to experiment more freely with flavour combinations whilst always ensuring their burgers are ethical, seasonal and local.
Using 35-day-aged Sussex longhorn beef, The Troll’s Pantry make 100% steak patties and serve them with wonderful concoctions. The Troll’s Stinky Breath – 1/3lb steak pattie, troll stink sauce (anchovy, blue cheese & beer), St Giles cheese, pickles, onion, garlic mayo and lettuce – is a personal favourite. Served in a brioche bun from Flint Owl bakery, this burger is both sweet, stinky, delectable and devilish.
Staying true to their street food roots, The Troll’s Pantry also trade at Street Diner every Friday and Saturday, often using this as a base to test new burgers. Look out for the Greek-inspired Minotaur with tzatziki, goat’s cheese and olives, or the Trollkano with chilli chocolate bacon and rum.
Lucky Beach is somewhat of a hidden gem. Tucked away on the seafront, moments from Brighton Pier, this uber-cool, two floor dine-in establishment has been recognised by critics as one of the best burger bars in the country.
Using 35-day-aged meat from local cattle, Lucky Beach offers a short but select burger menu. The LB Royale – double cheese, two beef patties, mayo, pickled onions, sauce and veg served in a demi-brioche bun – is a great introduction to the Lucky Beach food. Also worth a look is the David Van Day with blue cheese or the Double Double with smoked streaky bacon and chipotle BBQ sauce.
Reasonably priced with a great selection of beers, wine and soft drinks, Lucky Beach is where those in the know will be heading to enjoy a fantastic burger.