National Burger Day celebrates that sumptuous foodstuff that fills a bun, in exactly the desired proportions, with juicy relish. Burgers were created sometime around the turn of the 19th century, and their popularity was boosted at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. I have a vision of Judy Garland singing: “Meet me in St Louis, Louis, meet me at the Fair”, (and have a cheeky burger, with me, there). “Don’t tell me the lights are shining any place but there.”
Traditionally, a burger is a patty of ground beef, or finely chopped, that has been pan fried, barbecued, or flame broiled, and it is served in a bun, with many additions, though ketchup is probably an essential. It has all gone gourmet and is on the menu in high-end restaurants. The name is taken from the city of Hamburg, Germany. Here are a few of the flaming hot-spots to visit, on the day, at the Royal Albert Dock.
Gusto’s Classic Burger- £13.95
Nothing screams ‘Italian Burgers’ like Gusto’s menu. Sandwiched in a brioche bun with melted mozzarella, and served with skin-on fries dusted with their own Italian-blend seasoning. Add pancetta for an extra something special!
Gusto’s Vegan Burger- £14.95
Gusto also caters to vegans, and the new Moving Mountains™ burger with Romesco vegan mayonnaise, fresh crispy lettuce and juicy tomatoes is enough to satisfy any burger craving.
Miller & Carter’s Butcher’s Burger
Guests can treat themselves to a tender beef patty, minced from the finest prime steak and topped with sliced fillet tails, Barbacoa bearnaise, smoked streaky bacon, smoked Cheddar cheese, free range fried egg and crispy onion loaf.
Smugglers Cove’s Cheese Burger – £10.95
Their new summer menu includes a sumptuous cheeseburger, with shredded lettuce and burger sauce, served with sage and garlic chips.
Smugglers Cove’s Beetroot Burger – £10.95
Vegan options include the new beetroot burger and guests can add a variety of appealing toppings for £1.25 each. These include Camembert, Shorrocks Lancashire Cheese V, goat’s cheese V, Blue Stilton V, smoked bacon DF, pickled beetroot DF/ VG or homemade slaw DF / VG.
Peaberry Coffeehouse & Kitchen’s Cornflake Chicken & Chorizo Burger – £11.00
Peaberry Coffee House and Kitchen presents the Cornflake chicken & chorizo burger. Nestled in a soft burger bun, the Cornflake crusted chicken breast is topped with pan fried chorizo sausage, melted cheese, chili & ginger slaw. Served with sweet potato crinkles, it sounds hard to improve on.
Revolucion de Cuba’s Cuban Jerk Fried Chicken Cheese Burger – £10.75
This Cuban-inspired bar and restaurant’s Cuban jerk fried chicken cheese burger is made with crispy jerk fried chicken, creamy melting Manchego and cheddar cheese. All served on a toasted bun with fries and rum mayo.
Revolucion de Cuba’s Spiced Beet Burger- £11.00
Vegetarian options include the spiced beet burger with coriander & mint topped with lettuce, tomato, guacamole, white bean purée, pickled onions and butternut squash crisps. All served in a wholemeal bun with fries.
For more culinary inspiration (and the occasional burger!) please pay a visit to our food & drink page.