If there is one food I honestly love its a good burger. Throw in some chips and that’s a meal I would happily eat as my last on earth. If you are a regular reader you may recall that I wrote about my long and never ending search for good burgers in Seoul repeatedly, however I have thankfully not had the same issues in London. The city is absolutely full to the brim and bursting with beautiful beefy burgers, and I have been enjoying every last one of them.
One place I have become particularly found of is Honest Burger, who have various locations across London. I was first invited a few weeks ago when I was asked to promote their Karma Burger, a burger designed especially for the Karma Cola Foundation to raise money for hungry children. As a very charitable and giving soul, I was absolutely willing to take time out of my day to enjoy a free burger all in the name of a good cause. Since it is no longer available I shan’t write a review, but you can see what I thought over on my Instagram account.
After that first visit I was invited back again to try their new monthly burger, which is available at all their branches. Whilst we perused the menu, we kicked things off with a drink. This is one burger joint that thankfully serves cocktails. I got the Botanic Garden (£6.50), a refreshing blend of gin, apple, elderflower and lime which was just delightful. My lovely sister in law accompanied me on this lunch and she oped for one of their local beers, the Signature IPA (£5). I’m not much of a beer drinker but she seemed to enjoy it well enough.
This month’s new burger is the the Texan (£12.50). The Honest beef burger is topped with steak chili, Monterey Jack Cheese, Bulls-eye BBQ sauce, crispy onions, sour cream, lettuce, and pickles. When I was first asked to try this burger I was a bit concerned that it would be covered in chili and that it would be a big soppy mess. However that was not the case at all, it actually held together quite well and there was not the over abundance of chili that I had imagined. Instead there was just enough chili on top of the burger to give it an extra bit of flavour, and we loved the crispy onions on top of it which gave it some added texture. Unlike some burger places, all the Honest burgers come with a side of fries, yes I realise they are built into the price of the burger but seriously who doesn’t want fries with their burger? The fries are crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle and are also infused with rosemary giving them an extra special taste.
The other interesting thing about Honest is that each different location has its own Local signature burger, and the one I have enjoyed most was at the Covent Garden Location. The Covent Garden (£12.50) is an Honest beef patty topped with bacon, Lincolnshire poacher cheese, Waldorf slaw, gem lettuce, and plum chutney. This was my absolute perfect combination of sweet and salty. The plum chutney combined with the bacon, cheese, and beef was pure poetry on the palette. They really nailed the perfect combination of ingredients so nothing overwhelms or overpowers. It also came with more of those lovely rosemary chips. I also want to comment that they don’t charge you for mayonnaise or BBQ sauce unlike some Burger joints (I’m talking about you Byron Burger)!
As well as our burgers we also got a side of their Buffalo Wings (£5). We probably didn’t need the extra food, but when has that ever stopped me? These were an absolute delight, the battered coating was super thick and crispy and the sauce had a lovely spicy tang to it. If they added a blue cheese dip on the side of these they would be perfect.
Overall I had two great visits to Honest and I certainly plan to visit more branches in the near future to try out their signature burgers. The burgers I have tried so far have been really top notch and I feel like it is one of the more consistent burger joints in the city. If you love a sweet and salty burger then be sure to go to the Covent Garden location.
Honest Burger has locations all over London, however our second visit was at the Covent Garden branch 33 Southampton St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7HE. The nearest tube station is Covent Garden (Picadilly Line) for more information you can check out their website.