8 of the Best Burger Places in Brighton
Burgers have seen a dramatic increase in popularity over the past few years. Think about your options pre 2007 – Burger King or McDonalds, plus the occasionally Wimpy if you were lucky enough to live in a town that had one.
Flash forward five years and we’ve got endless options and opportunities to sample burgers across any realm. Gourmet, vegetarian, spicy, BBQ, flame grilled, brioche bun, pickles, sauces, dips, flavours and taste galore! But where should one source the humble hamburger in our city? Drilling an extra hole in my belt, I set about to find the top six best burgers in town.
Head troll Paul and his minions prepare you a mouthwatering burger made from 35 day aged Longhorn, Sussex cattle steak mince. No preservatives, no additives, just 100% pure beef. Mix this with homemade brioche buns and Paul’s ever growing experimental collection of sauces including wild garlic mayo, bourbon bacon jam and ‘Stinky Breath’ made from anchovies, blue cheese, garlic and Sussex beer, you’ve got yourself one hell of a burger.
Except queues and a buzz around this place for the foreseeable future so be sure to jump on the bandwagon and rave about this burger place along with everyone else in the city.
Locations – Hobgoblin Pub, 31 York Pl, Brighton, BN1 4GU / Street Diner (Friday 11am-3pm) Brighthelm Garden, Queens Road, BN1 1YD
You know you’re going to experience a high quality burger when you visit the best steak house this side of London. The Coal Shed certainly don’t hold back on their offering, stacking it high and full of gorgeous, well seasoned prime steak patties, lettuce, pickles, tomato and onion. With additional toppings available including cheddar cheese, bacon, mushrooms, fried onions or egg, The Coal Shed offer a gourmet burger at a reasonable price.
Add on some beef dripping chips and you’ll be laughing. Fantastic food at a great restaurant, The Coal Shed never disappoints.
Location – 8 Boyces Street, Brighton, BN1 1AN
Burger Off is one of those places that good word of mouth only allows you to find out about. A hidden gem towards Hove, Burger Off is more greasy spoon than burger bar. Think chairs and tables screwed to the floor and two blokes in stained whites serving you endless cans of pop and fries and you’re half way there. However, Burger Off have got their product nailed down. Homemade, chargrilled, juicy and large, the Burger Off boys know their stuff. A wide range to choose from including forgotten classics like the 1000 Island and Hawaiian burgers. Quick, filling, easy, inexpensive burgers of a very good size and quality.
Burger Off also do the hottest chilli burger in Brighton, named the XXX Burger it’s for over 18’s only and comes with its own contract you have to sign before devouring. Seriously, this is not for the faint hearted!
Location – 52 Brunswick Street West, Hove. BN3 1EL
Hosted by three times Grand Champion in the British BBQ Pitmasters category, Mr John Hargate, you’d expect the calibre of burgers here to be high and you’re not wrong. Humble as John may be about his BBQ’ing technique, he certainly knows how to add a real depth of flavour to his cuts of meat. The burger menu is fairly limited with only 6 options however, at BBQ Shack it’s all about the flavour. 8oz patties made from meat thats smoked for 18 hours in enclosed pits over slow burning hardwood? Yes please!
Also home to the ODB, by far Brighton’s biggest burger. No lunch required if you’re planning on battling this beast of a burger for dinner.
Location – The World’s End, 60-61 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4JE
A new kid on the block, Burger Brothers are taking the North Laine area by storm with their fresh approach to flipping the good stuff. Locally sourced, 100% beef patties slathered in a wide variety of toppings and sauces and served with a cheeky Brighton attitude.
These boys may be new but their vibrant burger bar has got a real buzz about it and they regularly sell out so get there quick!
Location – 97 North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YE
Hosting one of the most eclectic menus on the burger scene, this small burger bar is something of a hidden gem. Original burgers, honest prices and also hosting a premium range that doesn’t top the £3.40 mark, Brighton Burger are an up and coming burger bar. Check out their occasional specials such as wild boar and teriyaki buffalo for an extra special burger experience.
Locations – 11A Market Street, Brighton, BN1 1HH / The Great Eastern, 103 Trafalgar Street, Brighton BN1 4ER
Coggings & Co has been the talk of the town since it opened in 2014 and with good reason! Expect juicy, delicious, perfectly seasoned burgers made with local ingredients sourced with care, prepared with skill and served with warmth. Plus there’s fantastic sides and lovely beers and ciders too! They’ve even been given The Three Star Sustainability Champion Award by The Sustainable Restaurant Association.
Location – 87-93 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 3JE
Based smack bang next to the newly regenerated Open Market and The Level, Big Eats serves it’s delicious home-smoked menu, featuring everything from burgers to fried chicken, out of the Druid’s Arms pub. There are a range of fantastic beef and chicken burgers including our personal favourite ‘The Redhead’ a buttermilk fried chicken breast top with chorizo and home-smoked halloumi, yum! As if things couldn’t get any better all of their ingredients are also locally sourced from butchers, farms and traders in and around Sussex.
Location – Druid’s Arms, 79-81 Ditchling Road, Brighton, BN1 4SD