Hackney hails our “ten best burgers”… allegedly

Russet bar Hackney Downs London E8 120214 © david.altheer@gmail.com

A NEW listings website says it has found London’s 10 best burgers.  And it is bringing together the makers of five of them for a day at Hackney Downs Studios.

Not just a publicity idea? Not much, eh, but anyway, Twenty Something London (TSL), which wants to be a rival to Time Out, although unlike the magazine-website it charges for listings, says that its “intrepid team”, its “core team” – the cliches come off the griddle faster than a big Mac – tried more than 52 burgers.

They came from a short list of 20 eateries compiled with the help of more than 200 reader submissions. That many? What’s the population of London again?

First-release tickets are £30 (second-release £35) – a marketing ploy to encourage early booking – will buy five half burgers, a bacon-and-maple-syrup cupcake (sic) or a veggie option with a side of vanilla cookie fries for dessert and, if you arrive before 5.30pm, a bottle of Brew Dog beer.  DJs will provide a soundtrack to the bunfight.

Uber, a taxi service, will offer 50% off a burger fan’s Uber cab ride to or from the venue.

Here is the list:

Flat Iron  

Dip and Flip    

Honest Burger 

Patty and Bun website not known

5 Burger Craft 

6 Mother Flipper 

7 Wild Game Co

8 Street Kitchen 

9 Hawksmoor 

10 Tommi’s   

Hamburger Me! author Nick Andrews comments: “The list is, on the whole, pretty decent. It’s great to see some of the new guard of burger joints in London coming up the ranks, while some of the stalwarts are still impressing diners.”

Hamish Scott 040314

* Village Green, Hackney Downs Studios, 17 Amhurst Terrace, Hackney E8 2BT, Sat 15 Mar 2014, 3.30pm-11.30pm. Picture shows the Russet café at the complex. Promo clip 

* Emboldened underscored words in most cases indicate a hyperlink, a reader service rare among websites. If a link does not work, it is probably because the site to which the URL refers has not been maintained.

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