You can unleash your adventurous side with these weird and wonderful burger creations.
Nothing beats a good old burger. Well, except for maybe a burger where the bun is swapped out for Yorkshire puddings, and ketchup is traded in for lashings of gravy. But it doesn’t stop there. We’ve hunted down five of the most bizarre, peculiar and downright outrageous patty and bun combos on the menus of Leeds’ favourite burger joints. Go on, we dare you.
City Surfer at El’s Gourmet
El’s Gourmet brings a taste of the ocean to Leeds with their City Surfer burger. The crispy fried prawns take centre stage, barrelled under a double-up wave of molten mozzarella. That’s all topped with caramelised onions, mixed peppers and crisp seasonal greens, complete with your choice of a beef, chicken or veggie patty. Want to make it even more unusual? You can add your own flair with a load of extra toppings to choose from. Who’s to stop you from putting cheese on a seafood burger? Certainly not us!
El’s Gourmet, 29 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BB. The City Surfer is priced at £12.90.
Sriracha Cauliflower Burger at Cantina
At Leeds’ first all-vegan eatery, Cantina, everything is 100% plant-based. So whether you’re flexi, veggie or you just love a bit of spice, this one is for you. This burger is stacked with a deep fried cauli steak and spicy kimchi (minus the anchovies), then finished with lashings of mouth-watering Sriracha ‘caramel’, a perfect mix of sweet and spicy. Top it all off with a sprinkling of sesame seeds and you’ve got a winning combo of South East and Far East Asia that’s simply to die for. Now, when you’re bored of all the seitan, you know where to go.
Cantina, The Old Red Bus Station 104 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL. The Cauli Cheeze Burger is priced at £9.45.
French Canadian at Meat:Stack
Canada, eh? Smothered in garlic butter and oodles of chilli-maple syrup, Meat:Stack have concocted the perfect balance of sweet and savoury, France and Canada, with their Canuck-tastic French Canadian. Oozing with flavour and all that gloriously sticky sauce, it’s a crowd-favourite for good reason. We’re talking 100% aged beef smashed patties cooked to perfection on the flattop, layered with smokey bacon, melty blue cheese, oh-so-messy American cheese, and a crisp hash brown, all sandwiched between a toasted brioche bun.
Meat:Stack, 3 Bishopgate Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DY. The French Canadian is priced at £7.50 for a double and £10 for a triple.
Yorkshire Pudding Burger at Wapentake
Get a taste of God’s Own Country with the original Yorkshire Pudding Burger at Wapentake. This burger pays homage to the local culinary classic, loaded with crispy bacon, melted cheese and a good dollop of onion chutney – all stacked between two fluffy Yorkshires dripping with thick, meaty gravy. Take your pick of beef or chicken, both sourced from the nearby Kirkgate Market. Veggie or vegan? Opt for the plant-based version, served with a generous hunk of their hearty nut roast. The Yorkshire puds can even be made gluten-free on request.
Wapentake, 92 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DJ. The Yorkshire Pudding Burger is priced at £11.50.
Crocodile Burger at The Fox & Newt
Take a trip into the wild without leaving Leeds with the legendary Crocodile Burger at The Fox & Newt. You read that right – it’s crocodile meat, straight from South Africa. Part of their infamous Safari Burgers range, this burger is not for the faint-hearted. You can double up on the surprisingly tender and oh-so-succulent 5-ounce crocodile patties, stacked with baby gem lettuce, peppery red onion, juicy tomato and heaps of tangy tartare sauce between a pretzel bun. It really doesn’t get any more unusual than this.
The Fox & Newt, 9 Burley Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS3 1LD. The Crocodile Burger is priced at £17.