For my birthday, I wanted one thing and one thing only: a giant meaty burger that I could Instagram the shit out of. Cue one daytime trip to Camden, for my first burger from Honest Burgers. Because nothing says “birthday” like a fine meaty treat dripping down your chin.
Honest Burgers has a few outlets – we went to the one in Camden Lock Market for lunch. I’d heard it can get very busy, so we went at midday on a Thursday and were seated just fine. Walking past at around 1pm it was absolutely rammed in there, so if you’re keen to eat quickly I recommend going off-peak.
Both the boyfriend and I went for the BrewBurger, a collaboration between Honest Burgers and BrewDog brewery. Because IT’S A BURGER IN A BEER SAUCE, and therefore a highly efficient meat-booze ingestion system.
The burger was a big hefty slab of beef, with chips included in the price. The meat itself was excellent – juicy, coarse ground, really fine quality beef. The amazing skin-on chips are cooked in rosemary, and might possibly be the best chips in London. It’s also important to note that these are proper British CHIPS – plump and chunky, no skinny fries nonsense here. Onion rings were enormous, the crispy batter providing some fine crunchiness to contrast the juiciness of the burger and squidginess of the chips.
The only thing that I would have changed about the meal would have been to go for a straight up cheeseburger, rather than the BrewBurger – although tasty, the ale sauce is pretty overpowering, and I had to scrape some off to get a proper taste of the meat. Life lessons number 745: When in doubt, choose the cheeseburger.
Our burgers were £11.50 each, which would be pricey IF that didn’t include generous helping of the amazing chips. Also, the BrewBurger was the most expensive thing on the menu. Overall, I heartily recommend Honest Burgers, but next time I would stick to the plain old cheese – the meat and the chips are sweet enough of their own without drowning them in beer. Which doesn’t mean that I didn’t drown my own self in beer afterwards, of course.