The all American
Say cheese. The all American burger is the big daddy of the burger world — melted cheese (don’t ask where it comes from), a patty (we suggest 2), pickles, relish, mustard — the whole shebang. It needs something a little, forgive the pun, beefy, to match up to it, but with a little helping hand to cut through the fat. Try something Italian — Primitivo, perhaps, or even an unoaked, fresher style of Rioja.
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The Chicken burger
We didn’t think life, or chicken, could get much better after we tried our first fried chicken burger from Rita’s when it had a bricks and mortar home. But thankfully other spots have come to the rescue, offering up your classic fried chicken with slaw, but also jazzed up with things like Korean spices and Kimchi mayo. We think this is a wonderful excuse to crack open a bottle of riesling — look for the words ‘trocken’ on the label for a dryer style, or a light red, such as a Beaujolais would work wonders here too.
Top London spots:
Chick n Sours Korean have an epic combination of tangy choices — the fried thigh, with chilli Vinegar and slaw in a buttermilk crumb and brioche bun is wondrous. Butchies is also a classic choice.
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The Veggie burger
The one you didn’t even think was a burger
Smoked pork belly, formed into a burger and topped with red onions and pickles — this my friends, is a burger in disguise. Giving you all of the smoky goodness of pork ribs, this calls for a style of wine that is friends with fat and smoke — a red from the Northern Rhone, or you could even opt for a style of white that has some texture, but feshness, such as a Chenin.
Top London spots: Coin Laundry make the aforementioned smoky pork burger. We defy you not to go there and order it immediately. Opera Tavern also serve ridiculously good mini Iberico pork and foie gras numbers. They’re also small, so you feel less bad about eating them both.
We are already salivating at the mere writing of this down. Order a burger and some wine immediately — many of the above places deliver, as we do, straight to you door.
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Happy bank holiday weekend all,
Angus & Nuno