Sure, the wheel is pretty cool, we’d be lost (literally) without lightbulbs and well, if it wasn’t for the internet we wouldn’t be right here right now.
However, the ancient Greeks, Thomas Edison and Robert Khan ain’t got sh*t on the person who invented burgers in my opinion – that legend needs a knighthood.
Writing that last sentence got me thinking actually so I’ve just done a bit of research and discovered that the person who invented burgers (as legend has it) was actually a fella called Louis Lassen.
He was a Danish blacksmith who emigrated to New Haven in Connecticut in 1900 and decided to make a living as a food vendor.
His little business was called Louis Lunch and still operates from the same building today, serving patties between pieces of toast with no condiments.
*Adds New Haven, Connecticut to her travel bucket list*
His iconic recipe involved mixing beef cuttings together into a patty and serving it between two slices of toasted bread for a quick, cheap, on-the-go stomach filler.
Of course, the burger as we know it today has become a far more elaborate affair. In fact, there’s not a lot that can’t (or hasn’t yet) been done to a burger.
I’ve had burgers with black buns… bitesize burgers… patties made from plants… dirty burgers topped with Christmas decorations… burgers served in old gas stations… burgers named after dinosaurs… burgers covered in edible gold… The list goes on.
I recruited a rabble of my fellow foodies from around the country to put together the Best Burgers in the UK Part 1 and Part 2 but if you were to ask me, I think my flavour of the month just has to be Honest Burgers.
Honest Burgers, Bold Street, Liverpool review
Until a few months ago, Honest Burgers wasn’t even on my radar but then I went to review the new restaurant in Manchester Spinningfields and well, it was complete and utter lust at first bite.
So, when I got the chance to hop along to the new Honest Burgers on Bold Street in Liverpool city centre, I swiftly made a space in my diary for a Sunday dinner date with my mum. Settling down at our table for two, she described the venue as “…industrial” and “…urban” and she ain’t wrong.
It’s got that bare brick, exposed pipes, slab furniture and filament bulb vibes that are so en vogue at the moment. It’s even got the open kitchen to complete the formula which seemingly dictates the modern day hospitality scene but in a cool, considered kind of way with a mural of local art on the back wall.
If you’ve read my review of Honest Burgers in Manchester, it won’t come as a surprise to find that I am a major fan of the food here. The menu is definitely modest with just a handful of burgers on there and it goes without saying that you’ve got to be in the market for a burger but if that’s what you’re after, you won’t go far wrong here.
Each Honest Burger restaurant has a couple of regional specials on the go which are swapped around regularly. We actually caught the last day of the current Liverpool specials so it would have been rude not indulge really wouldn’t it…
I had the ‘Halloumi‘ (£12.50) special which was a tower of burger, halloumi cheese from a local dairy, Harissa mayo, smashed avocado and smoked bacon. Sounds like heaven? Oh, it absolutely was. So tasty, so tender, kinda spicy and an epic combo of ingredients.
I actually asked if I could swap the beef burger for the plant-based patty which they were more than obliging about – a nice little touch. They were also more than willing to leave various odds and sods off my mum’s ‘Beef‘ (£9/£10 with the addition of cheese) and it arrived at the table just right.
I have just shouted across to my mum who is chopping onions in the kitchen to ask where her Honest Burger sits on the scale of her favourite burgers and through teary eyes (on account of the onions) she said:
“I loved it. I’ve had many burgers and that was probably the one with the most depth of flavour and the beef melted in my mouth as I ate it it was that tender. They are small though so if you like a real meaty burger, order two.”
I think she might have forgotten that we had to roll around town like Weeble Wobbles we were that full but hey, still high praise from a woman who makes a bangin’ homemade burger.
Oh, and don’t even get us started on those signature, chunky rosemary chips because we’ve still not shut up about them yet! Make sure you get some chipotle mayo to dunk ’em in too – they even do a vegan version!
I was very kindly invited to review Honest Burgers but all words, photographs, opinions, teeth, hair, boobs and nails are my very own.