I've munched my way through quite a few restaurants in Leeds over the past couple of years and with burgers on everyone's minds today, I thought it fitting to round-up the best burgers in Leeds.
In no particular order ~except this first one~ here are the Leeds ultimate burger joints...
Get Baked Presents... The Joint
This is the best burger I have ever tried... Not just in Leeds! The menu is the extreme end of varied with a few gimmicky options on there, but they've nailed the basics, so why not expand? The actual patties that The Joint pumps out are unreal. I'd call it quite the hidden treasure of Leeds - it's just down from the Parkinson Building, a converted church with some unreal grunge decor and all the random touches of brilliance you could ask for.
They're on hold until next month, but you should be queuing at the doors once they're open.
Quite the Leeds heritage, if you're a burger fan in Leeds who hasn't tried them, where have you been? They will no doubt be popping up at the nearest food fair in the city, or beer fuelled event from the local indies, but their mainstay is Belgrave for full time access. So super juicy and with some inspired relishes between the buns. Whatever topping you choose, it will always be peak fresh which is why they get my vote.
Read about it: Battle of the Burger, Leeds
Get your mouth watering: Patty Smiths at Belgrave
So, they're based in more than just Leeds, but that doesn't stop them getting a worthwhile feature in my Leeds burger line-up. Another outlet that will have more than enough gimmicky options to work through if that's your style, but again, the basis is perfect. My favourite has been the Down & Out (in Beverly Hills) burger of recent, but don't neglect their fries menu - this would 100% feature in a fries round-up on North of London.
Read about it: Famous new menu
Get your mouth watering: Almost Famous, Leeds
Not pictured but a favourite Leeds joint and another awesome burger, The Cattlegrid. The 'grid is famed for their ribs (which as a side note, are unreal and I don't normally care for ribs), but the pulled pork sandwich is amazing. It's mouth wateringly good through every bite. Try with a side of the onion strings and you're in for a delicious night.
Get your mouth watering: Cattlegrid, Leeds
The Fat Hippo
And as a final sign-off, an honorary Leeds burger comes in from Fat Hippo, Newcastle. They've featured at Trinity Kitchen and also won the Leeds leg of Battle of the Burger, surely that sells them enough? I'm hoping they'll be coming this way south in the near future. Possibly one of my favourite burger joints in the country and being based in Newcastle, it holds a special place in my heart.
Read about it: The Fat Hippo, Newcastle and Battle of the Burger, Leeds
Get your mouth watering: The Fat Hippo Underground, Newcastle
There it is, the best ways you should be celebrating National Burger Day in Leeds (or Newcastle) this year. Any more I should be considering for my top picks? If you need me, I'll be delving between the buns somewhere...!