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12 of the best burgers in Manchester

3 weeks ago

Burgers are big biz in Manchester. Most restaurants you sit in will have their own version, but you can’t build a burger on beef alone. Good burgers are about quality and structural integrity. If one ingredient fails, it lets the whole flippin’ thing down.

So like the upstanding citizens we are, we’ve painstakingly pulled together a list of restaurants we think know how to get the job done properly. Beef patties, deep-fried chicken, and lean green vegan machines all feature. So ditch the drive-thru, we’re dropping the hits right here.

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  • A burger served at Solita NQ - an American restaurant in Manchester city centre.
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    Solita Manchester NQ

    American

    Behind the slate-black brick facade, in the glow of red neon, Solita in the Northern Quarter is the OG, where the flavours and styles of New York and Italy were first blended, the legendary Big Manc sandwich was born and the 100% British Wagyu beefburger dream began.

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    Gorilla

    American

    Gorilla is tucked under a railway arch, it has a slightly industrial vibe but it’s comfortable for all that. The cocktails are good and good value too – Gorilla is as much a bar as it is a restaurant.

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  • Two pints of craft beer at Seven Bro7hers Manchester, also known as the Ancoats Beerhouse.
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    Seven Bro7hers Manchester

    American

    This bar on Cutting Room Square from the Seven Bro7hers Brewery clan is perfectly placed to cater for the craft beer drinkers of Ancoats.

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  • chakalaka, northern quarter, manchester
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    Chakalaka

    African

    Chakalaka is a South African bar and kitchen in Manchester’s NQ. The food is relaxed, offering everything from quick snacks with a beer to more substantial fare.

    There aren’t many opportunities to get a taste for South African flavours in the North but Chakalaka has it all, from bangers and pap to bunny chow.

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  • The exterior of Hawksmoor Manchester on Deansgate - the first Hawksmoor to open outside of London
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    Hawksmoor

    British

    The best steakhouse in the North. Opening on Deansgate in 2015, the first Hawksmoor steakhouse outside of London is a confident affair. Well sourced steak and attention to detail have created a place like no other.

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  • Chicken Burger, Great Northern, South Manny Flavaz Manchester
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    South Manny Flavaz

    American

    South Manny Flavaz has moved on from its snapchat-takeout origins through to stalls and pop-ups and finally, Chef Aaron Lee and his team found a permanent base in the Great Northern Warehouse. Street food is all grown up – but not too much. 

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  • Man holding two burgers from Slap and Pickle in Society, Manchester city centre
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    Society

    Global

    Does Manchester need another hipsterish food hall? Probably not. But do we want one? Judging from the peak-time busyness of Mackie Mayor, Freight Island and Hatch, we most certainly do. Society, which opened in May 2021, is the latest place to offer a choice of indie food vendors in a communal-style setting. Its setting, in fact, is one of the things that makes it work.

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  • on the menu at The Bull and Bear Manchester
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    The Bull & Bear

    Modern British

    Tom Kerridge has brought his Michelin-winning brand to Manchester’s old Stock Exchange, and he’s on the money with a menu offering both gussied-up pub-style favourites and new ideas worth a punt – everyone’s a winner with this kind of choice.

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  • Almost Famous Manchester Burgers with cheese and bacon
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    Almost Famous Great Northern

    American

    Almost Famous Manchester Great Northern is a local legend. It’s OTT in every way. It’s brash, bold and doesn’t seem to care about pissing people off. None of that attention-grabbing means a thing if the burgers aren’t worth the hype. But they are. Almost Famous is the original dirty burger guru and it is by far the best.

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    Patty Queen at Escape to Freight Island

    American

    Promising “the best burger this side of Santa Monica”, Patty Queen means serious burger business, morning, noon and night. The LA-inspired burger joint menu includes breakfast buns with eggs and crispy bacon, brunch burgers with roast tomatoes, and beyond.

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  • Bundobust Manchester is best known for its vegetarian small plates and craft beers
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    Bundobust Manchester

    Indian subcontinent

    Bundobust is a huge beer hall serving craft ales in the heart of Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens. It also happened to win Restaurant of the Year at the 2017 Manchester Food and Drink Festival awards, thanks to its stellar menu of Indian small plates.

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