Leeds is packed full of places to enjoy an amazing patty. But where should you head first?
From a juicy beef patty wrapped in a sticky glazed donut to your one-and-only chance to try crocodile, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to incredible burgers in Leeds. But which are the very best? Across the city, we’ve narrowed down the crème de la crème of the finest patty and bun combos. So don’t settle for the rest, these are the best burgers in Leeds…
Red’s True Barbecue
Everyone in Leeds knows Red’s True Barbecue for its stacks of saucy ribs and piles of hot wings, but their burgers are an unbeatable treat too. You can keep things simple with their classic bacon cheeseburger, drenched in Unholy BBQ sauce or go super-spicy with the Juicy Lucifer, a triple cheese, jalapeño and hot sauce combo. And if you want something a bit different, the Donut burger is always a good shout – smoked bacon, crispy onions, BBQ sauce and a thick beef patty are all sandwiched between two sugary glazed donuts.
Red’s True BBQ, 1 Cloth Hall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HD & 6a Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AA. Burgers range from £8.95 to £16.95.
If it’s bonkers burgers you’re after, Almost Famous should be right up your alley. There’s the Triple Nom, a double cheeseburger with pulled pork, slaw and redneck sauce or the veggie-friendly Phok-Meat, a delicious mix of deep fried halloumi in pho-king sauce, with smashed avocado and chipotle mayo. Want an exclusive? Try their This Is Leeds. It starts with a double cheeseburger, then they add bacon, mac ’n’ cheese, BBQ pulled pork, shoestring onions, redneck BBQ sauce, peppered mayo and Yorkshire favourites – Wensleydale cheese and Henderson’s Relish. De-licious.
Almost Famous, 23-25 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AL. Burgers range from £8 to £12.
Hidden away on an easy-to-miss alley off Bank Street, MEATLiquor is the place to go for down-and-dirty burgers and thumping tunes in a dive bar style eatery. Best known for their Dead Hippie sauce, it’s liberally smothered on two mustard-fried Scottish Highlands beef patties, along with lettuce, cheese, pickles and minced white onions to make their famous Dead Hippie burger. For poultry fans, their Chicken Parma is a cheesy rush of fried chicken fillets, Serrano ham, melted mozzarella and marinara sauce. Be warned, it gets messy.
MEATLiquor, Trinity Leeds, Bank Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AT. Burgers range from £7.50 to £9.50.
Belgrave Music Hall isn’t just a cosy spot for a pint of craft ale, they also serve delicious burgers from the kitchen of Patty Smith. You can tuck into a juicy treat from morning ‘til night, whether you fancy the down-and-dirty Big Ron, a combo of two patties and double cheese, or the Colonel Patty, a crispy feast of deep-fried chicken breast, pickled red cabbage and beetroot, sriracha, lettuce and mayo, all in a toasted brioche bun. Plus, if you pop by from 12pm to 5pm on Fridays, you’ll get free chips with your burger.
Patty Smith’s, Belgrave Music Hall, 1-1A Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP. Burgers range from £5.95 to £7.95.
Their restaurants are taking over the country, and it’s no wonder when the burgers are as tasty as this. Byron keeps it simple with 6oz sliders, still a touch pink in the middle, served among the exposed brickwork and tall glass windows. Will you choose the Big Smoke, an aromatic combination of pulled BBQ brisket, mature Cheddar, streaky bacon and smoked chilli BBQ sauce, or the Clucky, which pairs fried chicken breast with smashed avocado, sriracha mayo and pickled red onions?
Byron, 9a Lands Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AW. Burgers range from £6 to £12.
A Nation of Shopkeepers
A Nation of Shopkeepers is one of the best spots in Leeds for a chilled out pint, but did you know they have heaps of tasty burgers too? There’s a whole menu to choose from, with classic flavours like the Big Cow, a big beef patty with cheese sauce and tobacco onions, or the creamy Shroomaloomi, a combo of roasted flat mushrooms and grilled halloumi. But the pick of the bunch has to be their Katsu burger, which transforms the Japanese classic by layering spicy fried chicken, lettuce and tomato into a soft brioche bun, before smothering it in tangy, rich Katsu sauce. Bring an appetite, and lots of napkins.
Nation of Shopkeepers, 26-27 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AG. Burgers range from £5.50 to £18.
The Fox and Newt
Ever eaten kangaroo? How about crocodile? It’s not every day you get to feast on exotic burgers, but you can at the Fox and Newt pub. Alongside the usual beef and chicken, they have a fresh selection of ‘safari burgers’ each day, with everything from llama to zebra. If you can only pick one, make a beeline for the Crocodile Burger. You can’t miss the bright pink patty with a delicious ‘chicken-like’ taste, served in a soft seeded bun with lettuce, tomato, onion rings and tartare sauce. Don’t worry, it doesn’t bite.
The Fox and Newt, 9 Burley Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS3 1LD. The Safari Menu burgers cost £9.95 each.
Legend has it that there are over 250,000 possible burger combinations at Five Guys. We haven’t done the maths ourselves, but we do know that they have an almighty selection of toppings. From grilled mushrooms and jalapeños to hot sauce and classic American mustard, you can make your burger just how you want it. Each one comes with a double patty coated in American cheese and wrapped in foil to stay red hot. The mountains of fries are freshly cooked in peanut oil and served salted Boardwalk style or Cajun-spiced.
Five Guys, Cardigan Fields Leisure Park, Leeds, LS4 2DG. Burgers range from £4.75 to £8.75.
Handmade Burger Co.
It’s all about oodles of choice at Trinity Leeds’ Handmade Burger Co. There are over 35 different burgers to tempt you in, from the oh-so-American Peanut Butter & Bacon, which includes a dollop of spicy chilli jam, to the creamy Goats Cheese Stack, which layers grilled peppers, goats cheese, mushroom, red onion relish and watercress into a fresh sourdough bun. If you need something to wash it down, their homemade milkshakes are just the thing, and you can even add alcohol if you’re making a night of it.
Handmade Burger Co., Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, LS1 5ER. Burgers range from £7.35 to £11.95.
If it’s an old-fashioned pub burger you’re after, The Adelphi delivers in spades. They’ve got all the classics, like a Bacon & Smoked Cheeseburger or Chicken, Bacon & Avocado burger. But they’ve also come up with a few fresh twists of their own. You can add a breakfast vibe to your burger with black pudding, crispy bacon and a fried egg, or enjoy a lighter option with their delicate Veggie Burger, a mix of red pepper & quinoa served in an ancient grain bun. Plus, for an extra quid, you can couple your burger with a pint, a glass of wine or a soft drink.
The Adelphi, 1-3 Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ. Burgers range from £9.75 to £10.25.
You can get some of the best burgers in Leeds at The Pit. This underground drinking den takes inspiration from both north and south of the American border to pair Southern barbecue with Mexican food. That means you can try shouldn’t-work-but-does combinations like their Ultimate Cheese & Bacon Burger, which melds chipotle mayo with blazing BBQ sauce, or the South American Bean Burger, a spicy veggie stack served with guacamole, Mexican salsa and southern-style slaw.
The Pit, 9 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ. Burgers range from £9.50 to £13.95.
There’s only one burger on the menu at Gaucho, but it tastes so incredible that we simply had to include it. This high-end Argentinian restaurant is obsessed with beef, and the simply named Gaucho Burger shows that in spades. Made from four cuts – lomo (fillet), ancho (rib eye), chorizo (sirloin) and cuadril (rump) – the juicy patty is seared and layered into a soft bun with provolone cheese, chipotle bacon jam and guacamole. Pair it with a glass of their specially-imported Argentinian wine to elevate the simple burger to true luxury status.
Gaucho, 21-22 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JF. The Gaucho Burger costs £16.95.
Smokin’ Bar & Kitchen
If it’s delicious burgers you’re after, Smokin’ Bar & Kitchen cook up some of the best in Leeds. To get your chops around all their aromatic flavours, try their Fully Loaded burger, a mouth-watering combo of smoked beef, sausage and brisket, crammed into a soft bun. Plus, if you pop in on Friday or Saturday evening, you‘ll be entertained by live DJ’s, saxophonists or percussionists while you’re waiting for your food.
Smokin’ Bar & Kitchen, 24 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5QB. Burgers range from £8.95 to £14.95.
Don’t Tell The Duke
A walrus wearing medals and a flamingo wearing a crown are just a few of the weird and wacky wall decorations that await you at Don’t Tell The Duke in Wetherby. And their burgers are just as eccentric as the decor. Every patty is minced in-house using brisket, chuck and flat iron steak from rare breed cattle right here in Yorkshire, then served in double butter brioche buns sourced from the Amos & Welsh bakery in York. Why not try the Pulling Your Leg, which tops the burger with shredded duck leg, sticky ginger sauce and charred watermelon?
Don’t Tell The Duke, 6-8 Bank Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS22 6NQ. Burgers range from £10.95 to £13.95.
East 59th only has three burgers to choose from, but like the rest of the menu at this Leeds bar, they’re utterly delicious. You can keep it simple with the classic Steak Burger, which is made with high-quality cuts of steak minced and ground, then served with lettuce, tomato and homemade ketchup. Alternatively, for veggies, the Mushroom and Halloumi Burger promises a tasty blend of halloumi, mushrooms, aubergines and mayo. But the real standout is the Lobster Burger, a mix of pulled lobster, shrimp, cheddar and caramelised onion, topped with a creamy Thermidor mayo.
East 59th, Victoria Gate, Eastgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7AU. Burgers range from £11 to £18.Cover image credit: Tom Joy