Burgeri, the Qatari burger restaurant has silently slipped into London. I say silently because I had no idea this place even was opening. I only found out about it when I was heading to lunch with Vicky from Oxford Circus, and we happened to just see it there. We ALMOST went to try it right then, but the call of Japanese food lured us back to safer, more familiar pastures. However, I knew I was going to have to come back and try it (to satisfy myself that I wasn’t missing out on the next best burger in London).
So I arrived early on a Tuesday lunch to give it a try. It was fairly empty at around 12:00, but by the time I left, it was filling up quite a bit. I imagine the 13:00 to 14:00 hour is quite busy, so keep that in mind if you also want to give it a try. I sat down and checked out the menu. As soon as I saw something called “B.Chilli” I knew I was going to have to try it. So I ordered one of those with a single chuck burger patty (there are three options: chicken, chuck and wagyu, and you can get it double if you prefer) along with an order of onion rings. And some water. Because it was lunch on a workday, and I’m pretty sure booze is frowned upon.
They brought my water, and while waiting for my food, I entertained myself with taking photos of the interior of the restaurant. It’s not a very big place, but it does seem quite airy, and it opens up with a great view to the north end of Carnaby Street (if that’s your sort of thing). The kitchen is also quite visible, so it almost looks like a fast food restaurant such as McDonald’s where you order at the counter. It’s not really though, so I guess it’s just for show (although you can order for takeaway if that’s your thing).
When the burger arrives, it comes out covered by a mesh cloche. I’m not sure why, maybe to present a bit of classiness to the restaurant? They uncover it and go. It’s served on a wooden board, which is slightly annoying and makes me feel like tweeting to @WeWantPlates, but for all intents and purposes, the board gets the job done. There’s even a hole for your side (although the onion ring bowl didn’t really fit) and little holes for the containers of mayo and ketchup they bring.
I mean looking at the burger, I did get a bit disappointed. It doesn’t really look that much different than going to McDonald’s. But looks can be deceiving, so I decided to hold back judgement until I tried it. I dug into the rings first, as I do enjoy a great ring. And these were really well done. Light and crispy and cooked all the way through. Very enjoyable. Except perhaps the miniscule amount of condiments they provide. I mean I can understand not wanting to give too much, but the containers looked practically empty. Or maybe I’m just a condiment fiend and put way too many on my sides. The burger itself was actually much better than it looked. Even though the meat was cooked well-done, they were still very juicy, and there was a nice crunchy layer on the outside of the burger. The spicy sauce was really tasty, and apparently it’s Burgeri’s secret recipe. I’m not sure if the chillis actually added anything that you didn’t get from the sauce in all honesty. And it was tiny. It went down very quickly, and I’m pretty sure that a double burger is the way to go (even though it was lunch and I thought a single might be the better option for a mid day meal). My bill was £11.50 which seems a bit insane for the food I got, so maybe the chips would be a better route (as they definitely looked much bigger for the price).
So after my one experience here I’m conflicted. It’s definitely not the best burger in London, but it was far better than pretty much every other fast food type burger chain/import into London (I’m talking about Shake Shack, Five Guys, Fatburger, etc.). It’s just not quite as good as some of the better burger joints around London, so it’s hard to justify coming back. Although on some level I do want to, because I’m very curious about the wagyu burger, and I want to know if the double burger makes it double as good. Because it just might with that extra meat. And the service was fairly decent. I mean I wouldn’t queue for one, but if there was a bit of a queue, I might just order a takeaway and eat it in a park if it was a nice summer day. So I’m leaving Burgeri with mixed feelings that may only be satisfied with further research. (I also imagine it would be really great at like 11:00 pm after you’ve been drinking all day and really want a burger.)
22 Great Marlborough St, W1F 7HU