Turns out that the last Thursday before August bank holiday weekend is designated National Burger Day! We couldn’t let this occasion pass without using the opportunity to run through some of the very best burger spots in Brighton.
In recent years the level of competition in the local burger scene has really improved dramatically and we’re now a city boasting scores of premium quality burger establishments. From American-style diners to simple street side takeaways, the level of choice available can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve cut through the noise to bring you some of the very best burgers you’ll find in Brighton and Hove.
With such fierce competition among the city’s best burger chefs we’re measuring our favourites based on quality of the food alone, rather than judging the venues they’re served in. So read on to uncover where you’ll find the best burgers in Brighton and Hove!
This long-established Brighton institution is a small, no-frills takeaway tucked away at the bottom of North Road in the hip North Laine area. Its uncomplicated menu features four beef burgers, two veggie, one chicken and one vegan. However, all the menu’s listed burgers can be adapted to be vegan or veggie as required, or you can swap the beef for chicken (or even add both!)
Be aware that some combinations aren’t going to be suitable of course and the brothers won’t be shy of telling you this. After all trying to make a burger that features three types of meat, cheese and honey mustard into a vegan creation is pretty pointless when you could just order the Vegan Special burger, which comes very highly rated by the local plant-based community. But swapping the chicken fillets from the Chicken Bazinga burger for a halloumi patty is a simple enough switch to vegify one of the menu’s more popular options.
You can have your burger with or without fries and the only other menu options are a selection of classic American thick shakes along with fruity smoothies for those looking for extra nutrients.
Top Pick: The Benetton Burger features a signature Burger Brothers beef patty topped with a portobello mushroom, Stilton cheese, wasabi mayo and your choice of charcuterie (chorizo, prosciutto or serrano ham).
Burger Brothers is open Tuesday to Saturday and sits equidistant between Brighton station and JetSpace’s Brighton office, making it very convenient for JetSpace tenants, or dangerous, depending on your viewpoint.
This small but growing US-diner-style casual burger chain has quickly established itself as one of the city’s major players in banging out burgers of distinction. Located on Church Road in Hove, not far from the pedestrianised George Street shopping area, their menu is considerably more extensive than that of Burger Brothers and you might find yourself staring at the menu struggling to make a decision.
Vegans and vegetarians are very well catered to here with eight standard vegan burgers available as well as being able to amend many of the standard menu burgers to make them plant-based. What’s more their vast selection of sides has enough to appeal to all tastes and dietary requirements, from vegan tater tots and dirty kung fu fries through to blue cheese covered wings and chicken fried olives.
Some of these burgers are absolutely huge and they don’t scrimp on the portions with your sides either, so do be cautious when you’re ordering, unless that belly is really rumbling!
Top Pick: The Donnie J Trump is so wrong it just has to be right. It features a cheese stuffed beef patty topped with deep fried pizza cheese, burger relish and Wotsits! For some reason they also specify it comes with just a “tiny handful” of lettuce…
7Bone in Hove is open every day of the week though only from 4pm on Monday to Wednesday. The rest of the time they welcome hungry diners from 12 and deliver across town too.
Although this is another chain, we couldn’t not list it among Brighton’s best burgers simply because those burgers cannot be missed. Their Brighton branch is one of only three locations outside of London so this isn’t somewhere you’ll find on every high street and consequently the quality is a cut above your regular chain establishment.
The vibe and decor of the restaurant itself won’t appeal to everyone, with a dark and industrial feel inside that can feel a little oppressive, but the food is the reason to visit and they’ll also let you order for takeaway or get a delivery. They don’t mess about with the menu and there’s no pretending this isn’t dirty, greasy and unhealthy, which is precisely why it’s so good.
From a vegetarian and plant-based perspective, in spite of the name, the menu is excellent with an impressive array of options listed in green, all of which are just as outrageously messy as the meat-based options. They also have a pretty decent cocktail menu if you are dining in with friends and want to make a night of it.
Top Pick: Quite how they make the sauce so tasty we don’t know, but the Dead Hippie burger is a classic American cheeseburger with a mustard fried patty that’s drenched in their trademark Dead Hippie sauce. It’s rich, it’s creamy, it’s clearly naughty. It’s great.
Meat Liquor‘s location on York Place gives it a view of the gardens of St Peter’s Church meaning on a nice day you can grab and go, enjoying your burger in the pleasant shade of the churchyard. It’s also just moments away from JetSpace’s Brighton serviced office and being open every day from 12 makes it ideal for a cheeky lunchtime hot grease injection!