Where is the best Burger in Brighton and Hove?
The burger boom shows no signs of slowing, and that is good news for the burger lovers of Brighton. Our city boasts a high number of quality burger joints, from street food vendors right through to high end restaurant offerings. So who does scoop the accolade for Best Burger in Brighton?
The Pick of Brighton’s Best Burgers
The burger craze has been taking this country by storm, and Brighton has responded accordingly. With so many options it can be difficult to choose where to get your fix. Thankfully we are here to help guide you through Brighton’s best burgers. Be warned that this page features some seriously mouth-watering content, and can result in burger cravings within just a few minutes of reading.
Honest Burgers – Duke Street, the Lanes
Honest Burgers hit Brighton in early 2019, but their arrival was really a return since the team behind the restaurant group met in Brighton and first launched their concept at the Brighton Food Festival. Honest keep the menu simple, preferring to focus on using quality ingredients and getting a good group of burgers just right. Beef is the main component but chicken and plant burgers are also available, and all come served with homemade salt and rosemary chips. Honest has also teamed up with local craft ale experts Holler Brewery with a bespoke ale and with the musos at Resident for a playlist, bringing together a distinctly Brightonian mash-up of burgers, beer and beats.
Lost Boys Chicken – The Joker, Preston Circus
Lost Boys Chicken, together with The Joker, won Best Pub Food in the 2019 BRAVO awards, and for good reason. Their free-range chicken is treated to some seriously delicious sauces, making this some of the best New York style chicken found outside New York.
Their burger offering is a seriously stacked beast, go for the Chicken Shop Sandwich which in its classic simplicity really provides a platform for the chicken to shine.
If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich is a gooey mash up of chicken cooked in one of the four house sauces with blue cheese, Swiss cheese, iceberg and pickles.
For the veggie, there’s a beetroot, kidney bean and mushroom burger packing a really meaty plant-based taste. Top all of them off with a hearty offering of sides, some craft ales, beers or maybe a cocktail.
The Mesmerist – Burgers in Brighton Lanes
Not only does The Mesmerist offer three burger choices on their main menu at any one time, but they also showcase an exclusive burger menu on their secret rooftop terrace too! Often using locally sourced ingredients to create their fully stacked buns, you can be sure of a satisfying plate of delicious burgery’ goodness here.
Try the deboned braised short rib burger that coming with a homemade BBQ sauce and punchy mustard mayo.
Not into the meat options? Fear not. The veggie options at The Mesmerist are no afterthought, and the Asian inspired battered cauliflower bun is a Restaurants Brighton favourite! Wash down with a signature cocktail, a cold beer or a crisp glass of white wine!
Kooks – Burgers in Brighton’s North Laine
They take pride in serving freshly prepared and locally sourced dishes that are reasonably priced to boot.
Their classic Kooks burger is a solid offering that does everything it should without messing with a tried and tested formula. Vegetarians are also catered for thanks to the portabello mushroom burger which comes with halloumi, guacamole and blue cheese. Brioche buns and twice cooked chips ensure that your Kooks burger experience is the best that it can be.
The New Club – New York eatery, on Kings Road.
Brighton’s little slice of New York, The New Club, is a burger lover’s heaven. With stunning views of the promenade and i360, great food and tasty cocktails this place has got it all. They have been recommended in Shortlist Magazine, Waitrose Magazine and both The Times and Sunday Times as one of Brighton’s best spots. Quality, locally sourced and freshly prepared food is the order of the day.
Their 5 star rated “Dirty Burger” is the stand out option, packed with extras and sloppy sauces to take things up a notch.
If you prefer things a little cleaner then they have other, less dirty, options to choose from. The New Club is one of Brighton’s best loved burger spots, all served with a little bit of New York swagger.
Lucky Beach – Burgers on Brighton Beach
Arguably the most celebrated burger restaurant in Brighton, Lucky Beach is a must visit for any self-respecting burger aficionado.
Their multiple awards include 2017 Sustainable Restaurant of the year, numerous local best burger awards and national praise from publications such as Delicious Mag, Olive Mag, The Guardian and Waitrose magazine.
They only use Sussex bred grass-fed cattle for their burgers with all other meats sourced locally and sustainably. With sides such as chilli crab fries and crispy masala squid, you will be hard pressed to find a more quality burger experience in Brighton. For the vegan, they serve the Moving Mountains B12 Burger, a plant-based patty so convincing it practically moos.
Coal Shed – Quality Burgers from Brighton’s Favourite Steak Restaurant
If quality is your top concern when it comes to your burger, you can be sure that Brighton’s premier steak restaurant is going to deliver. The Coal Shed may feature a mouth-watering array of sensational steaks, but their burger offering is a serious option for any meal.
The Black Angus steak burger features a prime steak patty with bourbon relish and beef dripping chips on the side. Cooked using their signature josper grill, that infuses the meat with a charcoal smokiness, you will be hard pressed to find a better tasting burger.
The Coal Shed is regularly named in the top 10 restaurants in Brighton, and one of the best in the UK, making this a seriously high-end burger experience.
The Old Bank – Burgers in Kemptown
Kemptown’s The Old Bank may well be known for its steak and ribs, but when you cook meat this well then burgers must surely be just as delicious. All made using British beef that has been hung for a minimum of 28 days, you can be sure of some quality meat when visiting the Old Bank. For the purist, the Banker burger is sure to satisfy, and the pulled pork burger is a taste sensation for fans of American style BBQ. Two chicken burgers also adorn the menu as does a mozzarella and olive burger for the vegetarians on your table. Choose from triple-cooked chips, baked potato or a house salad on the side to complete the meal. The Old Bank is deserving of its place on this list, so why not go check it out today.
The Cleveland Arms – Burgers in Preston Park
Welcoming folk of the Preston Park area and beyond, The Cleveland Arms is the definition of a community pub. The venue itself has been recently refurbished into a modern and light but cosy and welcoming space, overlooking the beautiful green space of Blakers Park. The menu at The Cleveland Arms could perhaps be described as ‘elevated pub grub’, offering those English pub classics we have come to know and love through to more refined and experimental dishes showcasing worldwide cuisine. Everything on the menu is homemade with locally sourced ingredients and a real hit with locals is their selection of burgers served in a toasted bun with homemade coleslaw. Choose from beef, chicken on vegetarian, pick your sides and toppings are you are ready to go…
MalMaison – Burgers Brighton Marina
If you like your burger with a view, then head down to Brighton Marina and tuck into some beefy goodness at Malmaison. The Chez Mal Brasserie has been recently refurbished, but the same great views over the marina remain. The Chez Mal burger is a classic offering which everyone will be at home with, but if you want to turn things up to 11 then try The Stack. This combines the classic burger with onion rings, buttermilk fried chicken slider and chipotle slaw to create a platter of burger based beauty. Don’t eat meat, no problem, the mushroom burger at Malmaison is just as hearty and flavoursome as the meat offerings so ticks all round from us.
The Better Half Hove – Burgers in Hove
Featuring a locally sourced and seasonal menu, The Better Half is a pub that likes to stick to its traditions but with a contemporary twist. This characterful pub is a hidden gem. The quirky, yet comfortable, interior and warm welcome entice you in; and the quality offerings will keep you coming back. On the menu, you will find “The Burger Half” section with a choice of three burgers and optional extras. Everything is 100% homemade, from the buns through to the relish, and you can tell. The classic burger is just that, and their veggie option is a smoky delight. A great pub that serves delicious homemade food is a real treat, and that is what you get at The Better Half.
The Chimney House – Burgers at Brighton’s 7 Dials
It may have been relegated to the level of bar snack, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that the “Dirty Little” burgers at The Chimney House are not a quality offering.
This is a pub that takes it food offering very seriously. Foraged goods and locally sourced seasonal produce is central to The Chimney Houses ethos, and it reflects in the food they produce.
With everything made on site where possible, nothing leaves the kitchen that is not up to scratch. Both the Dirty Little Burger and Dirty Little Rodders feature 35 day-aged beef patties and a homemade brioche bun. If you are looking for a grown-up burger in a relaxed setting, then look no further than The Chimney House.
Hove Place – Burgers in Hove
If you like your burger British and bursting with quality ingredients, we think that Hove Place is the pub for you. Their British Wagyu and rump burger with exclusively British ingredients is a bun full of patriotic pride; but not at the price of taste.
Each ingredient has been hand-picked by head chef Phil Bartley, a man who knows his British produce.
This same level of attention has also been levelled on their veggie option with a smoked beetroot and feta burger at its core. Hove Place is a burger option for the gourmet crowd, very much in keeping with its Hove location, actually.
Moksha – Burgers on York Place Brighton
What happens when you take one of Brighton’s best loved cafés and add burgers? Moksha happens is what. Moksha has evolved beyond its coffee shop origins to include a full kitchen operation. Their burger menu focuses around 150g of 21 day-aged beef which has been minced by their friends at The Brighton Sausage Company. This is then matched with toppings such as the award-winning Brighton blue cheese or free-range chorizo to create a menu of succulent burger treats. This family run and ethically minded café/restaurant deserves its place on our best burgers listing, and should please anyone looking for a relaxing break from busy Brighton life.
Cricketers – Burgers in Brighton Centre
If you like your burger with a slice of Victorian splendour we can highly recommend Brighton icon The Cricketers pub. Situated in the historic Lanes, the pub has an interesting history of its own, but you’re not here for a history lesson. The kitchen is run by Phil Bartley owner of The Great British Charcuterie, so you know there’s is a guarantee of only the finest quality meat going into these patties. Dry aged beef burgers are available as classics and made ‘dirty’ with a doubled up patty, bacon, hash browns, onion rings and Mayfield cheese; with the likelyhood being that dirty is what you’ll be once you get stuck into that monster.
Burger Kult/ Mash Tun – Burgers on Brighton’s New Road
Haters may say that burgers are just for drunks and children, but for some that is one of their strengths. Brighton pub, The Mash Tun, is one of the city’s livelier venues and popular with its student population. Keeping people fed is the Burger Kult, who are making converts across the city. These burgers pack a whole lot of punch and feature names that could be straight from Horror B-Movies of the 70’s. The Chuck Satan Burger is their “gateway burger” and biggest seller, it’s a sweet, salty, smokey pile up of chuck steak and maple bacon, melted St Giles cheese, sticky relish and Kult’s own BBQ sauce, guaranteed to make you a lifelong devotee in no time.
Burger Brothers – Award Winning
When you have been named best burger in the UK there is not much else that can be said here. If you’ve not been what are you waiting for? These funky burger brothers have created something so simple that it is beautiful in its simplicity. This take away burger joint focuses solely on the burger itself, controversially neglecting a chip offering on the side. Instead they spent time researching the perfect bun, one that was soft enough to be enjoyable but robust enough not to break under the pressure of its contents. Multi-award winning and unsurpassed for style there is not much more we can add. Quite possibly the best burger in Brighton.
Meat Liquor – Burgers on London Road, Brighton
When London chain Meat Liquor arrived in Brighton it seemed a match made in meaty heaven. Who could resist the combination of superb burger, ribs and sides and mind numbingly great cocktails…no one, that is who. With their bright and borderline garish interior, harking back to the rad designs of 1990’s skate style, and enough neon and fluorescent light to put the pier to shame they certainly caught the eye. Behind the bright colours you will discover some top-notch food. Catering for both meat eaters and vegetarians, the menu is awash with mouth-watering delights. Their signature “Dead Hippie” burger is not to be missed, as are the vast array of topped fries. With everything cooked to order, and done so with a little pinkness as it should be, this is quality food with flair and a slice of fun.
The Trolls Pantry
Brighton street food legend, The Trolls Pantry, has long been one of the city’s favourite burger spots. Their ethical approach utilising locally sourced produce and hand-crafted sauces would be more in keeping with a high end restaurant, but instead you will find them in their shack under the train station. Here you will find their standard core offering of burgers for all budgets, supplemented by seasonal offerings that make the most of seasonal produce and flavours. These zero waste champions and living wage leaders are the burger choice for anyone who chooses to eat with a conscience and are a real contender for best burger in Brighton.
Stock Burger Co are the result of a simple equation, burger + beer = Heaven on Earth. They have created a restaurant that focusses on where it sources its stock (hence the name). Using Glenarm Shorthorn beef, a particularly flavoursome beast, in their burgers is just a part of the puzzle. With carefully sourcing and great beer matches, Stock Burger has got to be tried to be believed. Their extensive menu includes the National Burger Awards winning El Toro, alongside numerous other mouth-watering creations. If you prefer a little more control over the burger then why not create your own with their burger builder menu. With craft beers, cocktails and some seriously exciting desserts you can really go for it at Stock Burger. Did we also mention the boozy speakeasy shakes….
Patty & Bun
London burger group, Patty and Bun opened in Brighton in the old Piccolo restaurant on the corner of Meeting House Lane and Ship Street in the popular Lanes area of Brighton. Famous for their modern restaurant design and funky tunes, Patty and Bun are sure to be a great addition to this already thriving restaurant area of the city. Offering top quality burgers with quirky names such as ‘Lambshank Redemption’ and ‘Smokey Robinson’ and mouthwatering sides, it’s sure to rival the other burger joints nearby such as Meatliquor