The most detailed review of halal burgers in London. Over 25 different burger places reviewed and over 70 burgers eaten to find the best burger!

UPDATED DECEMBER 2019

If there’s one type of food I eat a lot of, it’s a burger. I love them and think I know what makes a good burger. While putting this list together I realised just how many burgers I’ve consumed over the last 2 years or so. I’ve been writing this post for nearly 2 years, if there’s one type of food that divides option it’s a Burger.

There are over 70 Halal Burger joints in London, (I’m not including your local PFC that does that 99p cheeseburger). So there is a lot of choices. I have been to around 25 in London in the last 3 years, so I think I can give a good insight into what’s worth checking out.

View a gallery of most of the burgers I have had in the last couple of years.

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When it comes to burgers people have different taste and preferences. So it’s important to tell you mine as this does effect on the types of burgers I tend to lean towards. Also, one thing I noticed when putting my list of the best halal burgers in London together is my favourite ones have something in common…

– I like and prefer Burgers cooked on a flat top grill compared with a flame/charcoal grill.  I find that burgers cooked on a flat top maintain the melted fat from the burger patty. They also have a juicer consistency as the juices kept within the burger, especially if a dome is used to steam cook the patty. I don’t like burgers that have a smoky flavour and the thicker charred layers – something you get from using a charcoal or flame. On a grill, the fat from the burger drips off, and I like when the burger cooks in that fat, there is a particular taste that I love, this way the exterior gets nice and crisp.

– I like burgers that have some sweetness to them, this flavour is normally from the use of caramelised onions and from melted fat.

– Simple burgers. I tend to order a classic cheeseburger, I’m not keen on trying gimmicky burgers, filled with extras that don’t work or loads of beef stacked together.

– Mild Cheese, I don’t like strong cheese that is overpowering.

– I always look for burgers that have 80% lean ground chuck beef and 20% percent fat. The leaner you get, the less juicy the burger will be. The fat also keeps the burger together


On a grill, the fat from the burger drips off, and I like when the burger cooks in that fat. This way, the exterior gets nice and crisp


Now let’s set out some basic rules for this list.

 1. Burger must not exceed £10 

There are a lot of burgers on the scene and many of them are packed with expensive cuts of meat or some other “chefy” gimmick. I think burgers over £10 is just too much, so keeping a cap makes it fairer as well, focusing on the quality and balance of ingredients. Just get a simple cheeseburger right, please.

 2. I have to had eaten the burger at least twice 

Consistency is key and very important with burgers, you can’t just get it right once, you have to maintain a standard.

There have been times where I have had a burger and it’s been bad, but on a second visit, there’s a total change in the taste and quality or vice versa. Therefore to get a better average I have tried to visit the places on my list at least twice a single visit won’t be included in the main entry.

 3. Beef Burgers 

For me, the King of the burger is the beef burger, it’s for sure the most popular. I also have tried to include a few lamb and chicken burgers. Lamb has a natural more flavoursome taste to the meat, it works well when the patty is mixed with some spices and cooked on a charcoal grill.

I don’t bother with a grilled chicken burger, I don’t think I have ever had one that I liked. When it comes to chicken burgers, I like it when they are juicy and made with chicken thigh and I like crispy spicy batter. There are not many places out there that do a decent fried chicken burger, but I have included a few of my picks for a chicken burger.  

Jeez, why has this guy written so much waffle, I just came to check the list.   Now let’s set out some basic rules for this list.


Taste
Consistency 

Value




My Top Burgers

Cristina’s 

“Double Smashed Burger”

Cristina's
10
Taste
10
Consistency
10
Value
Overall Rating 10 / 10

Times I’ve had eaten this: 4

Method of cooking: Flat Grill

Price: £7 (lunchtime) or £11 at dinner with Chips.

This is my favourite burger in London. The team here have really developed this burger and it’s just getting better and better. The build is simple but the flavours from the beef are just so deep and fatty. Just so good. The burger is formed to 2 smashed beef patties that just have so much flavour.

Address:  8-10 North Street, Barking, IG11 8AW


Fat Boyz Diner

“The American”

 

Fat Boyz Dinner
9
Taste
9.5
Consistency
10
Value
Overall Rating 9.5 / 10

Times I’ve had eaten this: 6

Method of cooking: Flat Grill

Price: £6

Single beef patty, American cheese, caramelised onions, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard, mayo.

The first time I ate here it only had been open for a week and I thought it had potential, I spoke with the owners and offered a few suggestions. I went back a month later and there had definitely been improvements. I ordered the American, which is basically a cheeseburger and it only cost £5. The taste of the beef was really great and I loved the sweetness of the onions and the bun. A simple but really well-cooked burger. The beef was cooked on a flat plate grill so it kept the juices there and really enhanced the flavours, I ordered with without mustard.

Address: 3 Barking Rd, London E6 1PW

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Band of Burgers E17

“The Big Cheese”

Band of Burgers
9
Taste
8.5
Consistency
8.5
Value
Overall Rating 8.7 / 10

Times I’ve had eaten this: 2

Method of cookingFlat Grill

Price: £7.80

Over the weekend I went to check out @bandofburgersuk with their new location in Walthamstow, which was the former home to Brioche Burger one of the ex-elites in the game. Fair to say that Band of Burgers have picked up the Baton and are keeping the bar high.⁣

I checked out the new launch menu, featuring a selection of starters and burgers. First of all, a note has to be made with the quality of ingredients on offer. Beef used in burgers Is 35 days aged grass-fed Angus and Aged Wagyu as well. Only Organic products are used, no processed cheese here, they use fancy cheeses from Brough market working with Jumi cheese. ⁣

Unlike the other locations of band of burgers, this restaurant uses a flat grill to cook their burgers, It makes for a juicier, fatter and tastier experience. ⁣

I had pretty much tried all of the burgers on offer, my favourite were the big cheese and the Mexican. Great flavours, that melted fat taste that I love, soft sweet bun, a all-round good burger. ⁣

Address: 154 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4QH


Mak Grillz

“E17 Cheeseburger”

Mak Grillz
8.5
Taste
8
Consistency
8.5
Value
Overall Rating 8.3 / 10

Times I’ve had eaten this: 3

Method of cookingFlat Grill

Price: £6.95

Another place that improved over time, this burger as a 6oz Beef pattie, mustard & ketchup, caramelised onions, American cheese, gherkins, in a brioche bun. Really good flavours of beef – with similar tastes of a Halal Big Mac from McDonald’s, with better quality ingredients.

Address: 706 Lea Bridge Rd, London E10 6AW


Proper Burgers

“Morris Burger”

Proper Burgers
9.5
Taste
8.5
Consistency
8.5
Value
Overall Rating 8.8 / 10

Times I’ve had eaten this: 4

Method of cookingFlat Grill

Price: £8.95

Everytime I have gone the burger is always great. 2 delicious beef patties, with caramelised onions, chilli jam, roasted chiles and sweet fluffy brioche buns. So many flavours combinations happening here and just look at that melted cheese. 

Address: 706 Lea Bridge Rd, London E10 6AW


 Siirgista Bros

“Cheeseburger”

Burgista Bros
9.5
Taste
10
Consistency
9
Value
Overall Rating 9.5 / 10

Times I’ve had eaten this: 8

Method of cookingFlat Grill

Price: £7.49

Simple, messy, tasty and yummy. Never had a bad burger here. The buns are soft, sweet and squidgy, the oily fat that drips off the burger is was I crave. Although the beef patty might be on the small size, it makes that up with its taste. Every time I have had a burger here it’s just hit the spot.   

Address: 4 locations, I like 195 Baker St, Marylebone, London NW1 6UY

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Honourable mentions

The following don’t get into my top list, but are well worth trying out.

Beef and Birds

“Vintage Cheese Burger”

Beef & Birds
8.5
Taste
8.5
Consistency
8.5
Value
Overall Rating 8.5 / 10

Times I’ve had eaten this: 1

Method of cookingFlat Grill

Price: £8.95

The Vintage Cheese Burger (£8.95). Now if you have never had a BigMac before this is what it tastes like. When I took my first bite it took me back to eating Big Macs (halal of course) so I liked this burger, simple in flavours, but tasted good. I have only had this once. 

Address76 Brick Ln, Shoreditch, London E1 6RL

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Fat Burger

“Single (with cheese)”

Fat Burger
9
Taste
7.5
Consistency
8
Value
Overall Rating 8.2 / 10

Times I’ve had eaten this: 3

Method of cookingFlat Grill

Price: £7.49

This place suffered from inconsistency and poor burgers when it first opened and because of that the reputation was damaged – and the truth is when it first opened the burgers were not great. However, on my last 2 visits, I have had a really good burger. This place has improved the way it cooks its burgers. I get it with no mustard, or pickles and add cheese.  

Address: 10 Jamestown Rd, London NW1 7BY

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Burgeri

BB Speical

Burgeri
8.5
Taste
8.5
Consistency
9.5
Value
Overall Rating 8.8 / 10

Times I’ve had eaten this: 4

Method of cooking: Flat Grill

Price: £5.50

Although this scores high, it doesn’t enter in my top 5, mainly because of the size, it’s just too small!

I work a few buildings down from this place and walk past it every day, in fact, I was one of the first-ever customers.

The issue with this place is the size of the burger and the consistency factor, first of all, you can finish the burger off in less than 4 bites, it’s tasty but a single is not enough, at £5.50 in central London it’s not bad, however, it is a fast food burger, not a gourmet. Also, every time I have had this burger it tastes different, sometimes I get a lot of meaty burger taste and sometimes none but get a strong burger sauce taste. This place is made for Muslims, it’s like a pricey McDonalds – I have a few non Muslims friends that have tried the burger here and just laugh at the standard – But since we have limited choices it will have to do for us I guess.

Still good for a quick bite, you can be in and out within 10 mins… my record is 6mins.

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Stax

“STAX CHEESEBURGER “

Stax
8.5
Taste
7
Consistency
7.5
Value
Overall Rating 7.7 / 10

Times I’ve had eaten this: 5

Method of cookingFlat Grill

Price: £8.95

Once upon a time, Stax was the elite among the halal gourmet burgers in the Land,  made with 28-day dry-aged Pedigreed Sussex Beef on an Organic buttery soft bun with Grilled Onion, Tomato, Lettuce, Mayo and your choice of cheese. But it really suffers from a decline in standards, quality and taste over the years. When they first came on to the scene the burgers were the talk of the town, nowadays the burgers suffer from consistency issues. Being honest, I always got the bringing home the bacon burger, but that pushes us over the £10 limit.

With uncomfortable seating, it doesn’t make the best experience. Better off trying the sister restaurant Boondocks in Old Street.    

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Loaded Burger

“Machete Burns Burger “

Times I’ve had eaten this: 2

Method of cooking: Flame Grill

Price: £9

Address:
68 Cranbrook Road Ilford, Redbridge, United Kingdom IG1 4NH

When this place first opened I really was not impressed, however, they use 28 day aged beef as standard and you can taste the quality and deep richness of flavour. This Burger really is spicy! A beef patty, caramelised onions, lettuce, tomato, grilled peppers, jalapenos, sliced chillies & onions dressed in chipotle mayo & kick hot sauce.


Handmade Burger Co.

“Hot Chilli “

Times I’ve had eaten this: 2

Method of cooking: Flame Grill

Price: £8.85

A surprise entry for me – I might link eating this burger whilst being in a very good mood, on both occasions I went here with friends after watching Arsenal win the FA Cup. Despite it being busy I recall that the burgers were good, I got the Chilli burger made with Handmade red & green hot chilli salsa, Sriracha sauce, jalapenos, Sriracha mayo, lettuce, tomato & red onion. Make sure to ASK for the HALAL beef.

Address: London Designer Outlet, Wembley Park, Wembley, HA9 0FD

Baba G’s

“Bhangra Burger”

Times I’ve had eaten this: 2

Method of cooking: Hot Plate

Price: £10

So much flavour from this Lamb burger. Double patty, double flavours, the Indian spices work so well.

Address: Kerb Camden, West yard, Chalk Farm road. London, NW1 8AF.



Chicken Burgers

Coq Fighter, Soho

The Green Chilli Cheese, £9 – The best chicken burger out there!

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Back in September I was invited to check out @coqfighteruk in Soho and had a epic feast of fried chicken. However, only one item was not halal as it was prepared with vodka. This caused some people concern with the way was cooked in the same oli as all the other food, so credit to the restaurant they listened to feedback and installed a separate fryer just for one item and to put halal customers minds at rest. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ They invited me back for some epic chicken and I wasn't gonna say no to that. The fried Chicken dumbsticks are super cruchy and full of flavour. My favourite burger is still the Green Chilli Burger, just delicious and tender. Basically everything is good. ⁣ ⁣ So head to @coqfighteruk for a good munch and enjoy yourself.

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Burger UK

Chicken thigh Burger, £9 – very very good

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Been around 2 years since I last visited @burgeruk.london They are known for doing some of the best chicken burgers in town. But I decided to check out their beef burger. They have 2 different types, a pan cooked and flamed grill cooked. So I definitely had to try the pan cooked one.⁣ ⁣ However for me I didn't think it was the same levels the chicken burgers. It just didn't have a deep enough flavour from the beef. I actually ate with a friend that had been here 3 times in the last month and he said that it was definitely nothing like he had on previous visits. Sometimes with beef burgers flavour can vary depending on the ratio of beef and fat. So I think that's what happened here.⁣ It was good, but wouldn't make it into my top burgers. ⁣ I also tried the classic chicken and new teriyaki chicken burger. These were on point as usual.⁣ My meal was complimentary. Thoughts my own. ⁣ ⁣ 📍Location: ⁣⁣Camden⁣ 🍗Halal: Fully Halal⁣ 🍺 : No Alcohol ⁣ 🏠Vibe: cosey and casual⁣ 🕌Prayer Space: none ⁣

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Chik’n

STRAIGHT UP CHIK’N*Chicken Filet, Buttermilk & Herb Mayo, lettuce Pickle £5.95

 

MeatLiquor

Proper Burger

Wing Wing

Chicken Burger, £7.80

Address30 Woburn Pl, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0JR


So there you go list done! Only took me 2 years to finally write it.


Here is a full list of places.

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RestaurantLocationBeef/Chicken/LambTimes EatenOverall RatingPrice
Band of BurgersCamden and Brick LaneBeef37Under £10
BoondocksShorditchBeef27Over £10
Brioche BurgerWalthamstowBeef49.5Under £10
Burger UKChalk FarmBeef / Chicken16.5Under £10
BurgeriOxford StreetBeef38.5Under £6
BurgeroIlford laneBeef12Under £10
Burgista BrosBaker StreetBeef59Under £10
Fat BoyzUpton ParkBeef59Under £6
FatBurgerCamdenBeef38.5Under £10
Five LadsLeytonBeef and Lamb37.5Under £6
GuanabanaCamdenBeef (Tripple Carne)27.5Under £10
Handmade Burger Co.WembleyBeef28Under £10
Loaded BurgerIlfordBeef and Lamb38Under £10
Ma'Plucker'sSohoChicken Only27.5Under £10
Maks GrillLeytonBeef27.5Under £10
Manouma LoungeKnightsbridgeLamb15Over £15
Meat and CoShepards BushBeef17Over £15
Meat and ShakeTootingBeef16Under £10
Meat LiquiorOxford StreetChicken Only39Under £10
Posh BurgerOld StreetBeef17Under £10
Proper BurgersLeytonBeef / Chicken4/19.5Under £10
Red Iron BurgerUxbridgeBeef15Under £10
Rustix GourmetEast hamBeef15Under £10
StaxCarbaryBeef38.5Over £10
Sugar MillWembleyBeef Sliders17Over £10
The BancTottenhamBeef34.5Over £10
The Gourmet HutWhitechapelBeef16Under £10
The Great ChaseAngelBeef15.5Over £15
The Meat HouseKings CrossBeef (Juicy Lucy)27.5Over £10
Two BunsharrowBeef15Under £10
Uptown BurgerLeytonBeef37.5Under £10
Wing WingRussell SqaureChicken Only28.5Under £10
Wraps n WingsShorditchLamb17.5Under £10