The Gourmet Burger

Gourmet burger
Words by Shaun Cooney

For too long in the UK we were subject to an out-dated idea of a burger joint. Where the best we could expect from a fast food burger joint was a dry Big Mac or a full to the brim of extras whopper. But in the last year the capital has had an injection of high quality fast food burger restaurants paving way for a change on the high street. With American Danny Meyer bringing his formula for high quality beef burgers for a low price to Covent Garden, in the form of Shake Shack, and Five Guys opening their flagship restaurant not to far down the road, the big boys of the burger world have to keep an eye on the little guys for the first time.

Only in the last couple of years have we, as a nation, considered it fine to charge more than £3.50 for a burger. With restaurants like Byron and GBK appearing thick and fast on every high street, we’re now paying almost 3 times that of a chain burger restaurant. It would now seem that we finally have somewhere to go when we actually fancy going out for a burger; and not just local for the beer and burger special. With more independent burger joints opening on our high streets it’s seems we could be soon living the American dream of soda fountains, leather jackets and perfectly greased hair.

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