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  • monkehhh 6 Feb 2013 18:46:25 3,131 posts
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    ronuds wrote:
    Probably better than the horse meat you've been eating up to now. :p
    I don't like cheap burgers, hopefully I'm safe!

    Think it's burgers round two tonight :)
  • wobbly_Bob 6 Feb 2013 19:17:03 1,436 posts
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    monkehhh wrote:
    OK, big-ups to bob for his tips!

    Got some 20% fat mince (I want more fat, dammit!) and mixed it up with some melted butter, salt and pepper. Loosely shaped some burgers (about 250g of mince in each) and banged them under a hot grill for 6 minutes or so each side, then let them rest with a slice of cheese on top. Added them to a Warburton's little bap / roll thingy slightly grilled with pickles, ketchup, mustard and garlic mayo. Boom.

    http://i.imgur.com/TPpoVLr.jpg

    (Even put them on a plate.)
    Looking damn tasty! Thick and juicy and dripping with melted cheese. Damn, now i wanna burger. Again lol
  • Salaman 12 Feb 2013 13:21:24 18,248 posts
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    monkehhh wrote:
    OK, big-ups to bob for his tips!



    (Even put them on a plate.)
    Look at mr fancypants with his posh plated burgers!
    I'm hungry now :-(
  • Gruff 12 Feb 2013 13:54:40 2,774 posts
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    Not a burger to be seen in my local supermarket

    WTF, did all the horses eat them

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  • megastar 12 Feb 2013 16:47:13 17,104 posts
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    wobbly_Bob wrote:



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    Oh ... oh wow!! will you just LOOK at that!!

    NSFW!!!!
  • megastar 12 Feb 2013 16:51:47 17,104 posts
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    ... the way the cheese is melted and softly bubbling over, and the sauce slowly trickling off the edge of the burger onto the crisp, cold wet lettuce....
  • Petulant_Radish 12 Feb 2013 17:02:18 560 posts
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    I would heartily recommend the burgers at Patty & Bun should you be london centric, I rank it top in my burger ventures so far...above the Black Palace and Hawksmoor burger. Try the Ari Gold or the Jose Jose...oh god I want one now...
  • Petulant_Radish 12 Feb 2013 17:03:13 560 posts
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    @wobbly_Bob I like your style!
  • Blakester 26 Feb 2013 16:36:27 3,355 posts
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    Petulant_Radish wrote:
    I would heartily recommend the burgers at Patty & Bun should you be london centric, I rank it top in my burger ventures so far...above the Black Palace and Hawksmoor burger. Try the Ari Gold or the Jose Jose...oh god I want one now...
    I ate there for lunch today and can confirm it is one hell of a tasty burger.

    I had the Jose Jose and my mate had the Ari Gold. Both were very messy, but the quality of the beef absolutely shone through.

    Great chips too .

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  • Petulant_Radish 6 Mar 2013 17:11:24 560 posts
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    @Blakester Also try the chicken wings if you go again, they are a work of art!
  • ecureuil 6 Mar 2013 17:17:47 76,024 posts
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    I had Five Guys when I was in America recently. So damn good, but I could hardly move by the time I was done.
  • billythekid 25 Apr 2013 09:19:53 10,808 posts
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    All your burger news:
    http://aht.seriouseats.com
  • monkehhh 26 Apr 2013 18:55:20 3,131 posts
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    Got my butcher to mince up a ribeye steak, can't wait to burger it up!
  • ronuds 26 Apr 2013 19:06:31 21,788 posts
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    Saw this as one of the headlines:

    The Bread Cheese Bacon Double Cheeseburger, a Burger with Cheese for Buns
    Holy crap!

    Full story
  • monkehhh 26 Apr 2013 20:13:07 3,131 posts
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    MY HEART, looks.. cheesy.


    .. SUCCESS!
  • crashVoodoo 27 Apr 2013 18:23:07 3,821 posts
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    ronuds wrote:
    Saw this as one of the headlines:
    The Bread Cheese Bacon Double Cheeseburger, a Burger with Cheese for Buns
    Holy crap!

    Full story
    Fuck me sideways ... My arteries just screamed when I looked at that photo.  I can feel the heartburn now.

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  • crashVoodoo 27 Apr 2013 21:14:07 3,821 posts
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    After following the link above I discovered a new show called burger land.  Its only 2 shows in but its got wolverines dad going round america looking at all the best burger places.

    These aren't the silly massive stacked monsters or chain restaurants.

    Its making me so hungry!!!!

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  • wobbly_Bob 28 Apr 2013 09:51:19 1,436 posts
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    monkehhh wrote:
    MY HEART, looks.. cheesy.


    .. SUCCESS!
    oh my :D Was that with the ribeye you got? How did it turn out? See some thick slices of pickle in there? I love pickles in a burger. Whenever I make em it's always a feature. It just works so well.
  • Armoured_Bear 28 Apr 2013 10:06:54 8,748 posts
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    I tried Kung Fu Burger yesterday, use too much sauce but were bloody excellent.

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  • monkehhh 28 Apr 2013 10:07:12 3,131 posts
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    @wobbly_Bob it was! It was good, just felt that the meat was missing something.. you know when you're sometimes aware you're eating a ball of mince and not an actual burger? If that makes sense :)
  • monkehhh 29 Apr 2013 20:25:46 3,131 posts
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    Best burger in West London anyone? I get to go to London in 3 weeks for work. I've got Monday evening and 20 quid to splash out on food :)
  • Razz 1 May 2013 20:09:55 59,994 posts
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    @monkehhh Lucky 7 in Westbourne Park is very nice :)

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  • monkehhh 1 May 2013 21:16:36 3,131 posts
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    @Razz Ah nice, noted!
  • wobbly_Bob 4 May 2013 22:33:47 1,436 posts
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    monkehhh wrote:
    @wobbly_Bob it was! It was good, just felt that the meat was missing something.. you know when you're sometimes aware you're eating a ball of mince and not an actual burger? If that makes sense :)
    Plenty of seasoning? How are you packing it? I pack mine as lightly as possible because it allows pockets for the fat to melt helping to baste the meat. But of course as with everything maybe you would prefer it denser so it's a more solid mouth feel? Also, nice hot pan so you get some flavoring going on? Just some ideas :-)
  • wobbly_Bob 4 May 2013 22:35:55 1,436 posts
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    Thinking of going up London tomorrow. If I do then might try either the Hawaii burger joint "Kua 'Aina" or "Patty & Bun" maybe even both :D One for lunch and one for dinner. After scoping out their web site I gotta say Patty and Bun looks fucking awesome. Those burgers are dirty as fuck ( in a good way ).
  • monkehhh 4 May 2013 22:48:11 3,131 posts
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    @wobbly_Bob Yeah I think I just need to keep experimenting.. pack the meat in a bit more for my preference and make sure it's fully seasoned, and loaded with fat :)
  • wobbly_Bob 4 May 2013 23:08:24 1,436 posts
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    @monkehhh - sounds a good plan :D fat content is important. Some advocate 50 percent fat. Maybe your butcher could sell you some fat? Sone trimmed off the sirloin or braiding steak? Grind that up with your rib eye.
  • monkehhh 4 May 2013 23:13:02 3,131 posts
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    I will get there, just need to experiment with the meat! Turns out my girlfriend's dad has a mincer/grinder thingy, think I need to go round more often..
  • wobbly_Bob 6 May 2013 18:29:31 1,436 posts
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    Yesterday was Sunday. The bank holiday Monday loomed in the horizon so with the promise of no work on the morrow me and the other half set out for adventures in London. It was sunny. There were burgers.

    We managed to fit in two different burger joints that couldn't be more different experiences.

    Kua 'Aina is the first stop for lunch. Its a Hawaii themed burger and sandwich joint in Carnaby Steet, London. It's a franchised off shoot from of the apparently famous original from Hawaii and is apparently Barack Obama's favourite burger place.

    First Impressions: Not that good because they are trying too hard with the whole Hawaii theme thing, right down to Magnum PI photo on the wall. OK, I actually liked that. Magnum! I wonder if he would take Higgins down for a burger and then probably claim he left money at home and get higgins to pay for it. Staff were really friendly and service was quick and efficient. The toilet has a big black rubbish bin wedged in the corner and the place smelled of wee. I always judge a place by their toilets.

    So on to the food. The burgers are cooked on lava rocks which is kind of cool! Although I'm not sure that really adds anything to the taste but it did have a nice char grilled smell when it arrived at the table.

    We ordered:

    Avacardo & Bacon burger
    Cheese & Bacon Burger
    Fries to share
    Home made slaw to share

    The fries were OK but just kind of tasted like mccain french fries. The coleslaw was OK but needed more. It was simply shredded veg mixed with mayo. OK, yeah it's step up from normal packaged slaw but it needs more oomf.

    The burger, the reason we went there, was the biggest let down. Looking online at reviews depresses me no end because it has quite a lot of positives which some reviews calling it best burger they ever had. There is a revolution going with burgers being dome right but most people will only know buger king and mcdonalds and if that's all I had been exposed to then I probably would love it. Let's hope more decent places open up. I'm looking forward to shake shack and 5 guys.



    The burger seemed just thrown together. It weren't a cohesive coherent thing just a bunch of stuff in a burger. A huge slab of tomato ( which I took out ) lettuce dumped on top for some reason? I took that out and put half of it under my burger. The thing comes with a carrot stick on the side. I'm bewildered! Is this an Hawaiian thing? The slab of cheese that came with it wasn't melted. How can you not melt it?

    The beef patty is the real problem. It was unevenly cooked. Mine came almost fully cooked but my girlfriend's was almost rare in some places but pink in others. The burger wasn't that juicy and lacked any real flavour apart from a lot of salt. I suspect that the ammount of salt is there to cover for lack of flavor. The texture is hard and there were bits of gristle. It seems they are packed too hard ( industrial made? ) and the grind is too fine. It's a world away from a decent hand made burger made from quality beef. This beef patty tastes like the kind you get in a whopper or from weatherspoons. The bacon that came with it should be crisp and add a lovely salty pork note to the beef but the bacon was just a limp pink strip.

    I wouldn't really have too much of a problem if this place didn't advertise itself as a premium burger joint with prices to match. My burger with the extra cheese was over £10. I would have enjoyed burger king more. At these prices I expect a hell of a lot more.


    Patty & Bun for dinner just a stone's throw from Bond Street. Burger fans will know this is not too far from meat liquor.

    First Impressions: Well, I took the line of people outside and a 20 minute wait to get into the small restaurant a good sign. I had also read very good things. Take a look at the menu page ( full of photos ) and get a stiffie from some serious burger food porn! Go on. Look. You want to, don't you, filthy monkey!

    Me and the other half were seated and placed our order. Staff were great and the place was unpretentious and buzzing. I scoped a group in the corner excitedly taking photos. We both ordered the same things.

    Fench fries with rosemary salt
    wing winger chicken dinner ( wings to share )
    A smokey robinson each

    First the burger: Oh. My. Fucking. God. Good.





    The Smokey Robinson: beef patty, caramelized onions, home made p&b mayo, lettuce, and bacon in a brioche bun.

    Apologies for my terrible mobile phone shot. I urge you to go to the main site if you already haven't and feast your eyeballs on the burger porn. I unwrapped the grease proof paper it came into to a mess of sauce, and burger beef juices. I bit in eagerly and immediately tasted perfectly cooked quality aged beef. Oh my fucking god this is good. Beautiful soft juicy beef in a rich sweet brioche bun mingling with home made sauce and and beef juices and bacon and lettuce and and oh my. Oh it's good. Upon doing a bit of research the meat is 35 day aged quality beef - it shows. This is a seriously fucking good burger. In fact... one of the best I have had in my life and as you can probably guess I have had quite a few of them ;)

    The fries were amazing, tripple cooked with flecks of rosemary salt. We dipped our fries in the tangy home made p&b mayo. I have no idea what this "mayo" is but it's simply amazing rich and tangy smokey thick sauce. It's like fucking crack in a bowl. The combo of fries and sauce are outstanding.

    The winger winger chicken dinner are wings but the most incredible wings I have had in my life. Not blowing my own trumpet ( since I don't own one ) but I make home made wings and they are the best I have had so far... until this. This blows anything else away. It's comfit of chicken wings coated in a crispy coating and covered in a bbq sauce and spring onions. I have never had anything like this. First you get the crunch and tang of sauce and into the meat that's so soft inside it melts in your mouth like chicken velvet Astounding good.

    All washed down with craft beer and then a peanut butter choc ice for dessert.

    This is the best burger joint that I have tried so far and probably one of the best meals in my life. I highly, highly, highly, recommend you get yourself down to P&B

    Edited by wobbly_Bob at 18:38:34 06-05-2013
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