As restaurants and bars across London pivoting to DIY kit delivery, some of our favourite burger joints are jumping on board.
Great news for a host of reasons, including heroically helping your favourite restaurant survive lockdown. And also, more selfishly: access to burgers you might not otherwise be in the UberEats zone for; the chance to bespoke (i.e. lavish extra cheese on) your restaurant-quality burger; the price, which comes in cheaper than the same burgers on Deliveroo; the fact that they’ll land on your plate still hot and tender from the frying pan.
Burgers are the DIY home delivery kit in its finest form, needing just enough assemblage/instruction-following to deliver a satisfying sense of achievement, while also at the same time being essentially idiotproof.
Below are some of the best, but lockdown’s a constantly-evolving beast: if we’ve missed your favourite, drop us an email at email@example.com
Burger + Beyond – for the Bacon Butter Burger
These guys made our best cheeseburgers in London list, and with good reason. Their Bacon Butter Burger’s a thing of beautiful largesse — bacon-topped, cheese-layered and doubling down on sloppiness with a burnt butter mayo-blanket; demi-brioche buns barely holding it all in, and soaking up the meat juice like a mad thing. Even we, usually mayo refuseniks, admit this particular version — rich, smoky, good at binding pickled onions to patty — works like a dream here.
Kits come with a step-by-step guide — covering everything down to brioche-toasting technique, order of layering and other contentious issues that could, in the absence of firm instructions, absolutely tear your lockdown household in two. We added some chilli guac in ours, but otherwise made no changes to the running order: this is a burger that needs little pimping.
How much? £25 for the makings of four burgers, using all the same ingredients as they do in their Shoreditch restaurant: demi-brioche buns, generous slabs of beef patties made from dry-aged beef mince, bacon, American cheese, pickled onions and their signature burnt butter mayo.
Delivery: covers most parts of zone 1 and 2, plus a lot of other postcodes — check if your neighbourhood’s covered on their website. Deliveries are made on Saturday, for all orders that week made up till 11am the day before.
Burger + Beyond: order here.
Truffle London – for the Truffle Burger (including a vegetarian option)
In better times, Truffle serve up ridiculously decadent burgers and ridiculously decadent sides from their Seven Dials Market stand. In lockdown they’re shipping you the power to make them yourself, via one of four DIY kit options.
Hard to resist the siren call of the Aged Beef Burger kit, obviously: 90-day aged beef patties, caramelised shallot puree, smoked cheese, house pickles, truffle and garlic sauce & brioche buns. But we reckon the Truffle Burger — with its beef-bacon blend patties, truffle mayo, fig jam, raclette and crispy shallots — wins out. Fig jam and raclette. That’s some burger poetry right there.
Both kits come with the option to swap the beef patties for Beyond Meat (vegan) ones, which unlike some meat substitute patties, actually pack enough flavour to hold up against the richness of the toppings. And you can also order their truffle mac ‘n’ cheese side for an extra £5 at the same time. Not a DIY dish, just a spectacular, truffly slab of comfort food.
How much? £25 for any of the four-burger kits — choose between Truffle Burger and Aged Beef Burger kits, and also between meat or Beyond Meat patties. Delivery comes at £5 extra in London.
Delivery area: London and Essex, with nationwide delivery beyond that for an extra £3.
Truffle London: order here.
Patty + Bun – for the Ari Gold cheeseburger
Reliable burger-slingers Patty + Bun have created a double-threat of a DIY kit. Both their meat and vegan versions of the delivery package come with two sets of burgers: the makings of two Ari Gold cheeseburgers and two Smokey Robinson burgers.
The two stars of their menu, they aren’t miles apart, with both of them (if you opt for the meat kit) made with HG Walter patties, Bread Ahead brioche buns, lettuce/tomato/ketchup, Patty + Bun Smokey Mayo, Red Leicester Cheese and onions. The Smokey Robinson chucks some extra bacon in there, and swaps pickled onions for caramelised. Both very good. Don’t @ us, but we’d throw some extra blue cheese in, if you have it to hand.
How much? £25
Delivery area: across London, delivery on offer every day apart from Sunday, with delivery slots made Delivery charges vary.
Patty + Bun: order here.
Vurger Co. – for the (vegan) Big New York Melt
Plant-based burger-slingers Vurger Co. have gone classic with their DIY kit — patties, brioche buns, cheese slices (vegan, of course), lettuce, tomatoes, gherkins, burger sauce, portion of fries. We haven’t tried this kit, but Vurger Co. are usually a reliable spot for simple, straight-talking burgers, substantial, meaty and you know, burgery enough that meat-eaters won’t be left feeling cheated.
A USP compared to the others on this list is that they do two-burger kits as well as larger versions. To be honest, though, despite not being a four-person household we still don’t find it a hardship to finish off one of the bigger boxes…
How much? £17.95 for two, or £34.95 for four.
Delivery area: mostly delivering across east London, they’ve also added a (could become regular?) west London delivery option on Thursday, 7 May for W, NW, WC and SW postcodes. Check your postcode here.
Vurger Co: order here.