Days dedicated to food have become an integral part of the growing ‘foodie’ culture in the UK and the hamburger has become a staple part of western culture itself.
Founded on the simple premise that there isn’t a national a National Burger Day in the UK when the US has three (two for burgers and one specifically for cheeseburgers), the UK’s very own National Burger Day is now in its fourth year.
Now with over 925 restaurants taking part and #nationalburgerday was trending on twitter, this year they aim to top it with their celebration at Hawker House.
With the day fast approaching (27th August) we spoke to three of the restaurants taking part, first on our list - Chuck Burgers:
Chuck Burgers started with the idea of bringing the American favourites back home and recreating them using the best British ingredients. Starting life in 2012, they opened a restaurant in Hatch End - London, inspired by ‘secret recipes’ that they have collected from burger aficionados across the pond.
Also a part of the
We spoke to founder Basit Nasim about burgers,
What are the components of the best burger?
There are a few components that define the perfect burger. The meat has to be quality and we like ours dry aged for 28 days. The bun must be soft, yet not break apart when full of meat juice. We only use American cheese as it is designed to melt perfectly.
Finally the condiments; we like to make all our own sauces to complement each burger. The salad garnish is subjective, we prefer to stick to onions and gherkins as a default with a few exceptions.
What’s the best thing about having a
The Chuck Truck is currently in Shoreditch as part of StreetFeast '
What’s the quirkiest burger you serve?
We don't do any crazy burgers. We have a 'devil burger' which has 2 different hot sauces and grilled jalapeño on top. We did have a special in January called the 'resolution' which involved 4 different types of smoked meat on top of a cheese patty and smothered in spicy BBQ sauce.
How are you taking part in National Burger Day?
As part of National Burger
Do you have any alternatives for veggies?
We have 2 great veggie burgers. One is a 'Bandito' which has a house-made bean patty, chilli
What advice would you give to someone thinking about taking on a restaurant / food truck?
Food trucks and street food are a great
Also get as much advice as you can regarding back of house systems, suppliers etc. as these will make a huge difference to the profit of your business.
Next up on our burger binge, we take a look at