Nothing quite says ‘weekend’ like throwing the whole diet out of the window and when the food is this good, how can anyone blame you? The Secret Manchester team has rounded up the best burgers to try out in Manchester this weekend if eating well is on your agenda. Good luck with choosing…
1. V Rev
This one’s for the vegans! V Rev is one of the city’s best options for meat-free diners, with the entire menu serving up seriously tasty vegan junk food for those who like to live on the naughty side of life.
They really don’t do things by halves, with thirteen piled-high burgers to choose from with fillings such as their vegan beefy patties and ‘buttermalk fried seitan chckn’ all topped with meat and dairy-free toppings such as ‘cheez’ and ‘baecon’. 10/10 for taste and creativity! 20-26 Edge St, Manchester, M4 1HN
2. Almost Famous
One of Manchester’s most-loved burger joints – Almost Famous serves up a real messy burger, and it’s worth every finger-lickin’ minute!
Each burger is stacked high and smothered in all the cheese and sauces you could dream of, resulting in a delicious, taste explosion. I’m salivating at the thought… Options vary from double to triple cheeseburgers, with a chicken option, veggie option and vegan burger chucked in there too. The portions of fries are big enough to share, although we’re not gonna lie – they’re so good you probably won’t want to. Be sure to try out the Pizza Fries at their NQ restaurant on your cheat day for a real treat. 49-51 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HW | Unit 2, Great Northern, Peter St, Manchester M3 4EN
A burger shop that many have raved about in Manchester, Burgerism serves seriously good double-stacked burgers, with both vegan and meaty options to choose from. Enjoy burgers featuring smashed Cheshire beef patties, classic cheesys, and those of the deep fried chicken variety, as well as skin-on fries, BBQ or Buffalo wings for those fancying something a little different.
Burgerism has a spot in Salford as well as one nestled within the Manc-fave Escape to Freight Island, alongside a number of drinks vendors to wash your stacked burger down with. Boldly claiming that they serve “lean, mean, Burgerism cuisine”, the spot is well worth a try if you’re a bonafide burger lover. 18 West Ashton St, Salford, M50 2XS | Escape to Freight Island, 11 Baring St, M1 2PZ.
4. Yard & Coop
The only just-chicken option on the list, Yard & Coop is pretty unbeatable when it comes to buttermilk chicken.
The restaurant serves up ‘proper fried chicken’ in a variety of ways, but if you’re in the mood for a burger – these one’s are worth ditching the beef for. Their star menu item is the ‘Massive Cock’, a skyscraper of a burger that sits at over 12 inches tall and definitely isn’t for the faint-hearted. It double-stacks buttermilk fried chicken breasts with chicken thigh, Yorkshire puddings, pea and onion fritter, chicken tots, bacon jam, cheese, gravy, hash brown and mac & cheese. Not only that, but it’s also tastily finished off in a brioche bun with stuffing balls on top and fries on the side. I’m out of breath just listing it… If that’s a tad too much for you to handle, there are of course more modestly sized menu items to choose from! Halal-friendly options are also available here. 37 Edge St, Manchester, M4 1HW
5. Honest Burgers
Specialising in local burgers and beers, Honest Burgers believes in sourcing everything they serve honestly, which is why their burgers are made in their very own butchers. The brand has quickly grown across the country, originally calling only Brixton home, and now serves up a perfectly curated menu of delicious food for some juicy casual dining.
One thing that Honest Burgers does differently (and has done from the very beginning) is make many of their items in-house, meaning their chips, relish, patties and even the pickles are all made fresh from scratch. Because of this, you can expect high quality and serious flavour whenever you visit – giving it a worthy place on this list. Honest Burgers, 36 Bridge St, Manchester, M3 3BT
A late-night favourite for Mancs everywhere, Archie’s has seen rapid growth since its 2010 opening. The burger joint currently has four restaurants in Manchester alone, providing seriously good grub wherever you are in the city.
There’s a huge array of stacked, juicy burgers to choose from, topped with naughty items such as chicken, bacon, lamb donner, chilli con carne and all the sauces you could dream of. Guests can finish off their burgers with sides of chicken, tater tots, nachos and milkshakes, with tons of milkshake flavours to choose from and an accompanying waffle menu for those with a sweet tooth. Archie’s, 6 & 7, Gateway House, Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2GH | 115 Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 7DU
The home of seriously good meat, Hawksmoor really knows how to cook up some tasty beef – and their burgers are no exception. Set in an old Victorian Courthouse boasting some pretty fancy decor, the restaurant might only serve a couple of burgers, but that doesn’t make it any less worthy of a mention.
The burgers join a huge list of steak cuts to choose from, all created with 100% grass-fed British beef and the best of the best ingredients – such as Ogleshield cheese, beef short-rib and beef dripping fries. Hawksmoor, 184, 186 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3WB
8. Slap and Pickle
Taking up residence at Manchester’s newest food hall, Society MCR, Slap and Pickle knows what’s up when it comes to creating seriously delicious burgers – with each and every burger made with smashed patties crafted from local Yorkshire beef. Going heavy-handed on the cheese, guests can expect seriously drool-worthy creations absolutely smothered in the stuff, with super stacked patties, plenty of gherkins, spicy toppings, and even Bury black pudding.
And while the burgers are, most definitely, the star of the show, the burger joint also has a fantastic menu of loaded fries, too, all slathered in tasty American cheese, with toppings such as bacon, chicken kiev, and gravy. For the vegans, expect a great variety across both burgers and loaded fries, with tons of toppings of offer. Slap and Pickle, Society, Basement, 100 Barbirolli Square, M2 3BD.
9. Fat Hippo
Finding a home in Manchester’s new entertainment complex, Lane7, Fat Hippo has some pretty interesting burgers on the go – including a double stacked burger that’s absolutely lathered in peanut butter. Specialising in both beef and double-fried buttermilk chicken, Fat Hippo is so much more than just a cheeseburger pitstop.
Boasting a massive menu, guests can expect plenty of saucy concoctions alongside better-than-your-average toppings – including jerk bacon, candied pineapple, braised pork rib and vegan cajun bacon. Fat Hippo, Lane7, 235 Deansgate, M3 4EN.
Since opening in Manchester just last year, Biff’s has stolen the hearts of many a vegan. Creating a vast array of burgers that even meat-eaters will love, the delivery-only burger joint puts its focus on naughty, plant-based junk food – meaning those who prefer their meals meat-free don’t have to miss out on a thing.
Chow down on mouth-watering, BBQ-laden jackfruit burgers, topped with the likes of vegan mac and cheese, onion rings, ‘filthy’ fries and more, alongside fried jackfruit ‘wings’ – in the style of chicken wings, if you hadn’t guessed, loaded sweet potato and more. Biff’s, 144 Oxford Rd, M139GP.