Burger lovers are spoiled for choice in Manchester, with a seemingly endless array of bars and restaurants all offering their own unique takes on the timeless classic. But with so many options to choose from, where do you begin?
Nobody wants to go out for dinner expecting a tasty burger, only to be presented with a big old plate of disappointment instead. Well fear not, because that’s not what you’ll find here. The places on this list serve up some of the most delicious, messy, belt-busting burgers around.
I hope you’re hungry.
1) Almost Famous
No list of burger joints would be complete without Almost Famous, so that’s where we’ll begin. Since opening their first restaurant in Manchester’s Northern Quarter back in 2012, Almost Famous have made a name for themselves as the big daddies of dirty burgers, thanks to their increasingly insane creations.
Every burger starts with two patties as standard, before being topped with all manner of extras, from the traditional to the unexpected – everything from bacon and pickles to candy floss, crisps and sausage rolls. If you can eat it, these guys will slap it on top of a burger.
But don’t think that just because they put so much effort into their burgers that their sides would get forgotten about. A portion of ‘crack wings’ in one of their signature sauces always goes down a treat, but no burger is truly complete without some fries.
Bacon Bacon Fries are easily the most popular option here, and it’s easy to see why. Because if you want to make fries even better, topping them with ‘baconnaise’ and ‘bacon rain’ is a pretty good way to go about it.
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Solita serves up some unusual takes on well-known favourites, from cheeseburger spring rolls to pulled pork sundaes. But we’re here to talk about burgers, and they don’t disappoint on that front either.
You’ve got the Once in a Lifetime burger, which tops two steak patties with bacon, pulled pork and buttermilk fried chicken for a tasty barnyard pileup. Or how about the Teriyaki burger, which comes with Japanese pickles and sriracha, served on a black bun.
But what Solita is really known for is the Big Manc, their infamous take on that old McDonald’s classic. One bite and you’ll never look at the golden arches in the same way again.
3) Yard and Coop
Yard and Coop specialise in buttermilk fried chicken – easily some of the best you’ll find in Manchester. But that doesn’t mean they can’t also hold their own in the battle of the burgers, with 3 tasty options on the menu.
Their Basic Chick is your standard chicken burger, while the Parma Bird adds parma ham, parmesan cheese and a tomato and basil sauce. And for those feeling slightly more adventurous, let me introduce you to the Massive Cock Mk III:
A double burger with buttermilk fried chicken thigh and breast, cheese sauce, hash browns, IPA battered onion rings, battered jalapenos, pickles, mustard and sriracha mayo, finished with a mini chicken burger on top. Not for the faint hearted.
4) Red’s True Barbecue
Red’s True Barbecue gives Manchester’s hungriest carnivores somewhere to gather and celebrate their love of all-things meat. Flick through the ‘Good Book’ (that’s a menu to you non-believers), and you’ll find all manner of tasty treats, from gargantuan chicken wings to brisket and burnt ends – all smoked in-house every day.
Even the burgers are cooked over charcoal, giving them that instantly recognisable smoky flavour. Try the Juicy Lucifer, which comes with molten cheese inside the burger, or the Pit Master, which comes topped with brisket and pulled pork, as well as all the usual trimmings.
Or for those who like to live life on the edge, why not try the famous Donut Burger. As you’d expect, this is a normal burger, but instead of the usual bun, you’ve got two sweet glazed donuts. Heartburn never looked so good.
5) Five Guys
I’d never recommend venturing into the Arndale Centre at the weekend, unless you’re a fan of ridiculous crowds of shoppers blocking you at every turn. If you do find yourself here however, at least you can now get a quick, tasty burger to reward yourself.
Five Guys is fast food, but that doesn’t mean its bad food. The beauty about this place is the options you’re given to customise your order. Start with your base (burger, cheese burger, bacon cheeseburger etc.), then you can choose as many additional toppings are you want, all free of charge. You can’t say fairer than that.
6) Home Sweet Home
Rounding up our list we’ve got Home Sweet Home, whose burgers come from the twisted minds over at Almost Famous – so you know they’re going to be good! Like the Cheeseburger Toastie, which is exactly what it sounds like. Because why should anyone have to choose between a cheeseburger and a cheese toastie when they can have both?
The real showstopper here is the Home Sweet Home Comforts – double cheeseburger, topped with fried chicken and curly fries. Oh, and it comes served with a pot of AFC (awesome frickin’ chicken) gravy for dipping, if you fancy cranking things up a notch – which you most definitely should.
Roll up your sleeves, loosen your belt and get stuck in.
I know there are plenty more places in Manchester offering up ridiculous burgers – these are just some of my personal favourites. Let me know if you agree or disagree with my choices, and point me in the direction of your favourite burgers in the comments below!