Honest Burger Check-list:
Delicious tasty beef, cooked rare in the middle - check
Tasty soft bun - check
Gooey melted cheddar - check
Perfectly seasoned chips - check
Friendly helpful staff (despite crazy Friday night drunken busyness) - check
Trendy Brixton location - check
Cool mobile reservation system - allowing you to enjoy more drinks - check
Best burger I've ever eaten - CHECK
Mouth drooling as I relive it and write this review - check!
Popped in for lunch with friends midweek - so casual and relaxed: Brixton-chillaxed. Two beef regulars and one Honest beef burger later and we were smiling. The beef is delicious, and they serve it medium-rare. It is quite pink but they know what they're doing and the proof is in the taste - scrumptious. Served with fries that I'm sure are double or triple cooked. And these are infused with rosemary, so the smell hits before you pick them up. Yummy!
Homemade lemonade with those cute, stripey, paper straws. Our waiter was friendly and "on hand" so we felt cared for.
We sat outside in early February, it could've been cold but the glowing rads above our heads kept us warm as toast.
Great view of the little gallery opposite - a bonus!
I visted those small burger citizen about one year ago when i used to live in London. I was with my friend and we are looking something to eat so i found on yelp honest burger! And that was it!! I have never it so fresh and Tasty burger. Meet was made perfect - medium rear! And they do handmade chips with rosmarin. I wish to go there one more time ;)
After going through a few places in London without having real potato fries (chips) with my burger, this place was the first. Most of the other burger places in London have those forzen ready fires which drives me crazy to be honest.
But a good first with the rosemary salt and juicy tasty burger you cant go wrong. Another cool thing was that there was some DJ playing outside which was very entertaining and added to the experience.
I'm a burger lover and i approve this message.
Full disclosure: I'm now a regular here. And if you'd like to know why simply taste the food.
It's gourmet food without the complication of dessert or starters, as simply stated you get the Honest Burger and that's it.
Always nice when something does what it says on the tin, so to speak.
Brixton, as you'll have read elsewhere, in recent years has undergone something of a renaissance. HB is part of that wave of new chi-chi boutiques and restaurants that has attracted bright young things from across London and beyond.
Like all victims of its success prepare to wait. At the weekend queues form before the doors officially open. Tables are admittedly small but turnaround is quick and, importantly, good-natured. I think it takes about 25 mins from sitting down to order, get fed and finish up. Not too shabby.
The food itself is pure comfort and as well as being nicely presented will not remain on your plate long as looking at it is like foreplay for the tongue. Every variation of every meal is delicious. Wash down with some wine or homemade lemonade and your stomach will love you all the more.
If you have to wait explore the area. There's a million things to now see and do. My advice: it's great for an established couple but not for a first date. Why? Too many good looking people milling around forcing you to turn your head. Your date will not appreciate it. You've been warned! :)
Having read the really great reviews here I rushed out with my husband for his birthday meal to Honest Burger. When we arrived we were told no tables were available, it was packed. I thought this was a good sign. I ordered some take away burgers eager to try the 'best burgers in town'. I am 7 months pregnant and so I told the waitress it was very important my burger be well done as food poisoning can be terrible for baby and mum to be. Imagine my shock when I began eating only to find out my burger was so pink in the middle it looked not cooked. YUCK! And not enough salad. Really bland, no flavour. I left it in the box and felt instantly sickened. My husband also got a burger that was under cooked. He showed it to the lovely waitress who offered to make him a new one. The new one came and we took it home in a box. Once home hubby discovered the burger had not been cooked AGAIN, totally pink and raw inside. GROSS. Such a shame as I had really high hopes. The waitress however was lovely, really, five stars for her. But the cooks are Chinese and I fear they ting bu dong the english as they clearly cannot follow simple cooking instructions. ;-(
I hadn't been here in a while so decided it was time for a visit when a friend wanted a burger. Perfectly cooked burger and love the fact they have gluten free buns too. The rosemary fries tasted better than I remembered. Thumbs up!
Yep, best burger I've had in London.
Honest Burger had everything going against it: the hype, the wait, the cold weather, they hype, the hard-to-find location, the hype .... Yet, it totally delivered. Fantastic tasting burgers and rosemary fries (triple cooked, I'm told, to make them extra crispy) that are out of this world.
Huge accolades for having gluten-free beer and gluten-free buns available.
Worth the wait. I'll be back very, very soon.
Located in Brixton Village (off Coldharbour Lane), Honest is surrounded by other one word named shops (e.g. Federation, Elephant, Relay) - most lowercase and at least one with a full stop - and, from what I could tell, only patronised by the gentrifiers of Brixton. Nothing wrong with any of that (except the trendy lowercase, one word-full stop bullshit), just an observation.
The staff is super friendly (though the two cooks did seem a bit surly to the staff) and the menu is super simple, though that shouldn't be confused with simple offerings. Though the menu only has a hand full of items on it, all the items are perfect for the foodies among you, with their relish and rosemary and gluten-free and organic offerings. I don't care about fancy ingredients. I just want something good for cheap. Here, though the clientele is super hipster douche, the staff was down to earth and normal and I didn't feel out of place at all with my medium well (rather than the default medium rare) and tap water request (which they delivered with a lemon slice).
My regular beef burger was £7.50 and Husband's Honest burger was £9. Husband says it's probably the best burger he's had in London. Burgers come with rosemary chips and, though crispier than I like, Husband was very happy.
We sat at the bar because a table required waiting 20-30 minutes on a Sunday afternoon (around 1pm). The nice guy taking names was very good at eyeballing tables and ejected those interlopers who would claim an empty seat without putting their name on the list first. The list guy would call the next person on the list to alert them of the available table, allowing you to walk around the market/village and eyeball all the other tasty offerings you could be eating at instead of waiting for a table at Honest.
Overall, though I'm glad we went to Honest, if I ever find myself in Brixton during mealtime again there are many other options to choose from before resorting to something I've already tried. However, if you've never tried Honest you could do a lot worse. Those rosemary chips, though I won't be craving them, were very nice.
I've been warned many times about burgers in London. Also, my burger standards have been set pretty high after being a part of the bestlaburger.com quest last year.
Honest proves the London burger haters wrong though. It is a legit hamburger joint with a small menu of burgers (beef, chicken, veggie) AND real fries (not those thick soggy chips). It's located in one of those funky indoor alleys within the bustling Brixton Market and there are hungry groups of people waiting in line to be seated in the small diner style restaurant.
In the beef burger category, they have the Honest Burger with bacon, cheese and the typical fix-ins, but there is also a daily special, which rotates a wide array of burger concepts. When I went, there was a Spanish style special burger with chorizo, manchego, chimmichurri, and chili peppers. The burger was about the size and shape of an orange and was oozing with goodness. The chorizo and manchego came together in a savory fusion. The heat from the chilis and the garlic-herby spike from the chimmichurri were a unique touch. All these tasty components were stacked on top of a thick high quality beef burger. It was cooked "medium", but the burger was still juicy on the inside. I've heard the black pudding burger is also a hit, so I'll be looking out for that special next time.
Then there were the fries. REAL fries! They are included with the burger and quickly get covered in the greasy delicious burger shrapnel. It was so good to finally get fries in London that were not super thick AND were crispy... especially in those areas where some potato skin was left on. They sprinkle on some coarse salt and add a subtle rosemary flavor to create a batch of fries that should be the envy of every chicken shop in London.
Lastly, Honest has some homemade lemonade which is a solid complement to the burger. This is a must-visit if you are in Brixton. Just be prepared to wait up to an hour.
I dunno if I came on an off day -- or if Honest was overhyped to me already.
They make good burgers, but let's be honest - it's not that tough to make a good burger. Better by far are the rosemary chips. They're good. Really good.
Honest is an American style burger joint with super friendly staff making a range of burgers. +1 star (a somewhat begrudging 4th) for including chips with the burger - I'm looking at you, Bukowski, charging £3 for a single large potato's worth of chips). They screwed my burger up & replaced it without charge.
So 5* for the service & 3* for the food - an even 2. I may have hit the food on an off day. It was good.
But lot of people (I'm looking at you, Burger Bear) do it better.
I'm going to be HONEST. HONESTly, the burgers here are HONEST. They are also fucking delicious.
A simple menu with only a few choices and one daily special, it's also BYOB. They have around 20 covers outside and 8 inside so get there early if you want a seat. HONEST, these are the best burgers I have ever had. Forget IN-and-OUT (oh yes, I went there), these patties are perfect. You'll get a decent size burger with a scattering of homemade chips in a little tin bowl, HONESTly, it's adorable. The fella did say they were a little on the small size but I think they were perfect.
Eat here before they become to awesome and you'll never be able to get a seat.
Probably the best burger I've ever had. These patties are simply incredible. Juicy, pink in the middle, riddled with taste and served up in a great bun with pickles and caramelised onions.
Triple cooked chips with a hint of rosemary. Yes!
Gets busy - the word is spreading that Honest burgers are worth the journey to Brixton. Luckily I live round the corner. Sorry waistline.
Walked through a half-open Brixton Village for the first time on a bank holiday & found Honest Burgers to be open for business. Was busy without a queue, so we were lucky to get seats without a wait.
Service was friendly & the menu, as expected, is pretty uncomplicated - beef burgers & housemade chips with rosemary (were excellent!), as an alternate to beef however, they do serve free range chicken burgers. They also offer house made lemonade served in mason jars. Definitely does the job killing a burger craving.
Such a fan- my dining partner had the special which was manchego cheese, with chorizo and chillis...and a beef burger- it was delcious. I had the blue cheese, the pattys were big and juicy, with good flavour and I loved the onion relish that came with it. I would absolutely go back again, not just for the burgers but the rosemary fries that accompany it. Good value and sweet surroundings.
TIP: Go one hour before you know your hungry, as there will be a waiting list!
Meat liquor and tommi's joint have found another fierce competitor! And they include delicious rosemary chips in the price! I really can't rank them in order of preference but given meat liquours loud music I would say Tommi's joint and Honest Burger occupy a first place and ML a very close second. Very refreshing lemonade! (perhaps slightly overpriced). Also Brixton market deserves a visit itself.
I had heard Honest burger was the best burger in London, that you could rarely get a table, plus Jay Rayner said they were good, so I had to pay them a visit.
The first time round there was a long waiting list, so we ended eating in 'Ettas Seafood Kitchen'. Flash-forward a few weeks and I'm back in Brixton Village and decide to give them a shot. We put our names down, and the friendly guy drop calls us with three rings to let us know our table is ready about half an hour later.
The table is for two, (but we are three), has there been a mistake? no... it seems not, and we are not allowed to use the larger table which has just been cleared, as there is a larger party coming soon (apparently).
So I find myself sitting uncomfortably on the corner of a tiny table while fried cooking oil slowly diffuses across the room and gradually permeates my clothes.
So far not so good... Then the burger arrives, and it's tiny - Not very honest! I had ordered a cheese burger, the beef is supposed to be amazing as its aged for 35 days and comes from the Ginger Pig. But... its so-so..
The burger patty is falling apart, more mince meat that anything else, as for taste, the patty was bland. I find myself adding more condiments than I should need to. The bun/bap is brioche? Nice idea but might be better as an option..
The cheese is ok, the chips - unremarkable, overly salted. i don't know what the fuss is about. I would chose Byron over Honest Burger any day...
A lack of seating to accommodate diners means a waiting list is created, further hyping the burgers 'reputation'. If they had larger outlet, they probably wouldn't be do so well.
The last review of the year. It could only really be a burger right? And this one was a long shot. I've tried and failed to get a seat here before (and I really can't queue, especially not for fast food...) Luckily enough, I found myself with a hunger, in Brixton Market, at just the right time...
Rough and ready doesn't come close to describing the friendly little hole in the wall, at 12:10 it's already on the way to fullness, before my meat materialises it's standing room only. Interior decor is minimal, and that's being kind, though they've got the fundamentals - a scattering of tables, a small grill and a beer fridge... What more do you need? They don't have a lot on the menu after all. As you'd expect from the name, it begins, and ends, with burgers.
Alongside a portion of triple cooked rosemary salted chips, lunch arrives served in 40's enamel trays, a nod to the austerity of the design perhaps. I was briefly tempted by the festive special, venison sausage topped, but feel I have to go for the trademark Honest Burger, served a recommended medium. The dark beef aged chuck patties, flecked with fat, are pressed onto the grill to order, tiny cloches added at the last to steam the cheese into the meat. In a space this small, the smell is mildly intoxicating and certainly enough to have me salivating before it arrives.
The burger is good. Very good. A well formed cricket ball of chopped steak nearer to med-rare than medium - certainly not something I have a problem with. The glazed brioche bun gives the right amount of support, iceburg lettuce adds a welcome crunch and the tangy cheese, a cheddar in this instance, is (correctly) sparingly applied and combines well with the sweetness of the meat. The chips were a little over cooked for me, too much cooking for thin chips, it made them feel like they could have been reheated. My only other gripe was with the sliced gherkin served inside the bun, something I'm really not a fan of, but hardly enough to call for a boycott.
Don't come with any hope of getting a table for more than 2, it's almost impossible to wrangle a spot for larger groups in the packed lunchtime session. Still, there are plenty of other food options in the buzzy market hall community that's gradually opening up in Brixton Market. Is it a competitor to the big boys of Byron and Meatliquor's burger king Yannis? It's difficult to say. The burger is excellent, (if not quite up there with the Meatwagon's legendary Dead Hippie) but it feels like a labour of love, very much suited for the tiny space.. They're doing well at the moment though, and if they keep their standards up, long may it continue.
Honestly (see what I did there), this was a great burgers, and perhaps the best burger I've had in London, but not the top-notch burger I was anticipating. This doesn't compete with top-notch burgers in NYC. They definitely have the whole ambience thing down... it feels like a classic New American (but I guess it would be New British, here) place that would fit right into NYC. They serve you lemonade and/or ginger beer in a jam jar. The menus are on rough paper and have a sort of gritty, braggadocio typeface... with an almost sarcastic tone. I would go for it if you haven't tried it.
Yum yum yum! Had a nice day pottering around Brixton market and decide to check out this relatively new burger joint. Luckily managed to hit there just as they were opening so managed to avoid having to queue for too long the queue can really be huge here.
Burgers were delicious served medium as standard with a side of rosemary salted triple cooked chips. You can really taste the quality here. The only fault would be that portions aren't on the large size..
The beef comes from the Ginger Pig, and the chicken is free range. There is enough seating for around 20 people, so you may have to wait for a table. They have a good system, put your name and number on the waiting list and you will be called when there is a table free.
The staff were very upbeat and were not fazed by the constant demand. The portions are more than enough, I am a big eater and I could barely finish. The meat was sensational and the chips are the best. Word of warning, the sweet pickle that comes with most burgers, is very much like Branston, of which I am not a fan. I know for next time.
the burgers here are really super delicious...maybe some of the best that i've had in london. they're not ginormous, which is nice, because it means chances are, you're going to finish it. the rosemary chips it comes with are absolutely deeeeelicious (i was too full to finish those, unfortunately). £8 for a burger and chips seems like a good deal to me.
they offer gluten-free buns which is pure joy for several of my friends who are gluten-intolerant. they also do daily specials, and drink specials too - we had hot mulled cider when we went and it was delicious.
it is super tiny in here, so you are going to wait. best tip i have is to turn up just before 6, as they are closed between 5 and 6, so form a queue and you'll likely get a seat as it opens - we did for our group of 6!
the girls working here were so lovely - very friendly and efficient and checked up on us plenty of times without it being annoying. despite the people waiting for tables outside, we never once felt rushed, which was pretty cool. the atmosphere in this super small space is really fun. i will definitely return. i heart brixton village.
5 big stars for London's top burger. Honest Burger delivers big-time. Tucked away in the Brixton Village Market this small burger stand draws in the crowd. You will wait, and you will wait some more. But oh, this burger is so worth it. Get the Honest Burger - it comes with a sweet relish, delicious crispy and smokey streaky bacon, pickles, top quality chuck all served on a fresh bun. Honestly, Honest Burger rocks.
This is a real gem in Brixton Village. Excellent burgers using best beef, best buns (if you prefer gluten free), great cheese, relish etc. reasonably priced with friendly service. There is almost always a queue outside but you never have to wait more than 15 mins or you take a stroll and they ring you on your mobile when they have a seat. Excellent spot, highly recommended.
Ok so I'm an American who's been living in this city for a while and one thing the british suck at is making a good burger. This place is a HUGE exception. I think I almost wet myself when I took the first bite of locally raised beef of this orgasmic burger. Highly highly recommend it if you are tripping out in the village and looking for something to satiate those physical and mental cravings. Thank you honest burgers, for preserving my sanity for yet another day.
Great burger. Awesome fries. Price is right. Would definitely go back. Note that it's located in brixton village though - not brixton market.
This place is better than Byron, better than Gourmet Burger Kitchen and nearly as good as the burgers from my beloved motherland, the US of A. This a seriously enjoyable burger and the chips aren't too bad either! I've been hard pressed to find a hamburger that can satisfy my American palate here in London, but Honest has hit the spot! Wait to go Brixton~
Awesome burgers and fries. Service is really friendly and efficient. I need to come back regularly
We arrived just as they were opening so we didn't have to queue. Burgers were OK alhough mine was a bit dry and overdone, and could have done with a bit more seasoning. The burgers were also smaller than what you would get at other burger places so were not as cheap as they might seem (£7-8.50 with chips). OK overall but would not travel to Brixton just for this. Rashed I's review on 10/4/12 was spot-on.
Delicious. Made with good quality beef, which you can really taste. The fries are great (a few more though please!). Friendly, accommodating staff who try and work out how to squeeze in all the customers hoping for a table.
We didn't order a salad, which we then regretted when we saw how nice the one the people at the next table had.
The burguers are ok, the fries are aweful, the service is slow and not efficient and I feel is overpriced.
The burgers were good. I was particularly excited to see a gluten-free bun option. The french fries were definitely my favorite part. I'd say the regular burger is better than the GF option, but considering the difficulty with getting a table there, I'm not sure it's worth it either way. I'll probably try again in the future, though.
The burgers and fries were delicious! The market is also very cool. Definitely recommend it!
A burger is a burger is a burger... You could be fooled into thinking. These people have clearly spend a longtime perfecting their offering, which is essentially no crap high quality ingredents to make sexy fast food. The menu is pretty select really. When we went there were about 6-8 burgers on offer (veggie options too) but I had the 'Honest Burger' with rosemary chips. Then I had more rosemary chips. There were also a few other small thinks like curried cauliflour fritter (I may have dreamt that but I'm sure I saw it) I do not exaggerate when I say it was the best burger I have ever had (I've had a few). There is indoor and outside the shop (which is still undercover) seating available but it's limited. Brixton market is a pretty cool place too. Honest Burgers didn't do desert while we were there but with so much on offer within the market you'll find something and it's quite nice to 'sample' your way round the place. I saw the review first in the Metro, but I'm sure it will have many more great reviews to come. I'll be back.
I got to know about Honest Burgers through Daniel Young's Top 10 Burgers in London list at youngandfoodish.com/lond… , where Honest Burgers is currently ranked #7. I don't want to discuss any ranking, but I can state that at honest Burgers in Brixton you definitely get a delicious burger. When I arrived on the early evening, I had to wait for about 15 minutes, they said I would have to wait for 20 minutes. So, while waiting I popped into French & Grace a few stalls down the alley for a coffee and some reading (actually, it's interesting that almost everywhere you get chatted up when you read in the recently released Londoners by Craig Taylor at the moment). As promised I got a missed call as notification when I could head back. Nice service. And after the waitress explained that I shouldn't pick up, because it's her phone, you also get the her number without needing to ask for it, if that's relevant to you. I guess that's subject to change. As soon as I was seated I got the menu. You don't have much choice anyway. Chicken, beef, veggy. Period. Almost. Of course I went for the Honest Burger with cheese and bacon. As drink I opted for homemade lemonade, that's almost always a good choice. I don't know how long I had to wait for my food, but I didn't mind anyway. It's a quite small restaurant with the kitchen right behind the counter, so you can see the chefs fiddling around with the food. The burger was really very very tasty, just a bit small. Not too small, but also not too big. The chips are among the best chips I've had in London so far. Nicely spiced with rosemary, or whatever, probably a little bit too salty, but good in size and cooked to the point, if it is appropriate to say that for chips. The only real downside of enjoying a great (though not large) burger there is that they don't serve any desserts. I guess they simply have no space to prepare and store desserts in the small kitchen area, but despite I liked the (cute) light French accent of the second waitress, having no desserts at all put me off a little bit, resulting in only four stars. But after all, if you like chips and burgers, it should be a safe bet to go there.
hey i saw honest burger advertisement in the south london press so i thought i lve 2mins away why not try it for lunch.when i reached there there was a queue but the wait was ok service gd staff polite and hepful ther chips were to die for price was ok i sat down inside and watched the peopl shopping in the market while enjoying my food all in all great lunch great food great service.
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