The London market went from offering good-quality halal gourmet burgers to being oversaturated with average and mediocre burgers. We love burgers but we got very tired of the quality you get. After many mediocre experiences and a brief stint of falling out of love with burgers, the bar has finally been raised again we’ve come across some good halal burgers that reignited that spark! We have put together a list of the best halal burgers in London here for you. Let us know which one’s your favourite!
Where to Find the Best Halal Burgers in London
Smash N’ Slide
Anyone asking what’s the best halal burger spot in London, I’m going to say Smash N’ Slide without any hesitation. It was so well-worth venturing outside of zone 2, which we hardly ever do, to get our hands on their Signature Smash Burgers. The burger was flavorful, juicy, and saucy. It was love at first bite and we were left wanting more! You can find them operating from a home kitchen in Wembley from Thursdays to Sundays. Read more about how epic the burgers from Smash N’ Slide are in this article!
Another popular halal smash burger place is Chico’s, who has quite established itself as an East London staple. Chico’s prides itself as a “people restaurant” and a casual eatery for comfort food. The Legendary Smash Burger lived up to expectations and their Chicken Tikka Burger was quite a winner too. If you’re feeling for a meaty side dish, you can upgrade your fries to their signature loaded fries where you can choose from smashed beef or chicken as toppings. Burgers aside, they also do Peri-peri chicken with a Nando’s-like menu, as well as a lovely selection of desserts such as Milk Cakes, Lotus Biscoff Brownies, Trifle, Cheesecake, and more.
Patty & Bun
Patty & Bun has been an incredibly popular burger joint with multiple branches all across London. They have started to cater to halal options over the last few years and now serve halal chicken & lamb across all branches and also have halal beef for their Bond Street, Carnaby, Soho, and Liverpool Street branches. We recommend the Ari Gold Cheeseburger where the beef patty was juicy to taste, complete with cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickled onions, ketchup, smoky mayo, and brioche bun. You can read our full review for Patty & Bun here.
True to its name, Proper Burger makes a proper good burger. We tried them at the Eid Festival in Westfield and were quite impressed with their Proper Beef Smash Burger! They have been one of the original halal burger joints in London and maintained its high standards well over the years. A series of their Aberdeen Angus Beef Burgers aside, they also make a mean BBB fried chicken burger, featuring buttermilk chicken, blue cheese & buffalo sauce.
Nanny Bill’s started out as a street food venture from a home kitchen in North London, in homage to Grandma Bill and the cafe she ran in the 70’s & 80’s. It has become one of the top favourite burgers in London, especially with their gravy-drenched Dalston Dip Burger that’s so lip-smackingly delicious! You can, of course, order other burgers and get a pot of gravy on the side for extra as well. Other than burgers, you must also try out their mac & cheese croquettes, which are a signature of theirs too.
Burger with a touch of truffle? Yes, please! Everything on Truffle’s menu features truffles one way or another, with the goal to showcase the amazing flavours of truffles to a wider audience in an affordable way. We recommend the Truffle Butter Burger, featuring a 90-day aged beef patty, beef fat caramelised onions, raclette cheese and truffle butter. Even the truffle chicken burger was lovely. The only thing to avoid is the cheeseburger, otherwise, they’re all pretty nice burgers. Do note that whilst they use halal beef & chicken across all branches, there may be a risk of cross-contamination at their Seven Dials and South Bank branches. Soho and Liverpool Street branches are fine. Read our full review for Truffle here.
Located in the shiny new Arcade Food Hall in Tottenham Court Road, Manna is a halal American smash burger and fried chicken joint that’s run by Feroz Gajia who used to run the popular Bake Street restaurant. The smash burgers were decent but not necessarily the best halal burgers you can find in London. It’s still worth mentioning on this list and they also make some nice Nashville chicken tenders served with jalapeno cream. Click here to read more about Manna & other halal food options at the Arcade Food Hall.
Bill or Beak
If you fancy a big burger stack in Camden Market, then check out Bill or Beak at the West Yard food market. Their Smash Cheese Burger (we went for double) was a messy but decent treat, featuring smash halal beef patties, American cheese, pickles, caramelised onions and plenty of their house sauce. Alternatively, their Honey Butter Fried Chicken Burger with jalapeno mayo is known to be quite the showstopper and the true burger winner from their menu.
Burgers may be an American staple but ever thought about a pan-Asian twist? The halal Filipino-Pan-Asian fusion restaurant, Bintang, offers these delicious Pandesal sliders, featuring beef short rib smash patties with caramelised Toyomasi onions and American cheese. It’s essentially still a classic smash cheeseburger but the Asian touches are subtle yet effective in bringing a unique flair of flavours. Each order comes with two sliders and they are going to be a delightfully moreish munch!
Run by the same group of people behind Bintang, Guanabana also offers some decent burgers. You can go for a classic Smash Burger, or get a triple meat one featuring smash beef patties, BBQ pulled beef, and home-cured beef bacon. For a Caribbean twist, opt for the chargrilled Jerk chicken burger and you can also order a little pot of delicious Jerk gravy to dip your burger in! All burgers use Pandesal buns from their sister bakery, Panadera Bakery, next door.