Some people celebrate birthdays. Some people celebrate anniversaries. I believe in a much more relevant kind of day. One that is important for us all (and if it isn’t, it should be). I’m talking about National Burger Day. The most important day of the year. By far.
Started a few years back by those maniacs over at Mr. Hyde, it’s a celebration of all things burger. And each year, they host a party, with some of the greatest, craziest burgers in London in the same place, at the same time. And with some help from Big Eater, what a party they threw!
18 burger stands. All different, new burgers for the raving citizens of London to try. Of course I had to be in on the action. So yesterday I went over to Street Feast at Dalston Yard, and commenced the Battle of the Burgers (which will be the name of a blog should I ever start a burger specific blog). Me against as many burgers as I can buy without going over £30 (because spending over £30 on burgers would be an entirely different kind of insanity).
Without further ado, the six burgers I tried, in the order I tried them (no point in choosing the best in a sea of champions, right?):
Burger #1: Smokestak‘s US vs UK
Slimy? Very much so. This baby had a beef patty AND beef brisket on top. Good luck holding it together.
Satisfying? As the saying goes, there’s no such thing as too much meat. But this one comes close!
Burger #2: Dirtyburger‘s Little Piggy
Slimy? Fun story: I had the first one they served, and they asked me if a photographer could take a picture. Thing is, they couldn’t keep it standing straight!
Satisfying? Oh so very much. This one had a pork burger plus some black pudding. A delightful mess!
Burger #3: Nanban‘s Sasebo Stamina Slider
Slimy? This patty and pork belly monster had mayo, gochujang (what?) burger sauce and a very melty cheese, so no amount of napkins was enough after the act
Satisfying? Delectable. Still not entirely sure what I ate, but it sure was magnificent.
Burger #4: PYT Burger‘s Pickleback Slider
Slimy? The only one from across the pond, this US bound burger stands aside with it’s fried pickle chips. Yes. Fried pickles. Enough said.
Satisfying? Why are we not frying all our vegetables? I say a change in the constitution should be made after this glorious tasty burger.
Burger #5: Lucky Chip‘s Donald Trump Burger
Slimy? Like the man himself, Donald Trump, this is one sleazy burger, starring a very gooey vanilla BBQ sauce.
Satisfying? Who put vanilla on my BBQ?! And please, could you do it again?!
Burger #6: Chai Ki by Roti Chai‘s Toddy Shop Slider
Slimy? Another one with strange sounding ingredients (kasundi mustard?), as slimy as the rest of them.
Satisfying? Nothing like an exotic concoction to end the night. Or was it day? I must have lost track of time…
And that’s how it ends. Six burgers in, and I’m not entirely sure how I am still breathing. It’s been 12 hours since the last burger, and I’m still alive. Though if I die this weekend, the cause of death will be pretty clear. Should that happen, at least I’ve already been to burger heaven…