One of the best ways fast food has changed in recent years is the introduction of wholesome and nutritious equivalents to some of the off the shelf varieties provided by the major international chain restaurants. Not that their own meat isn’t great tasting, or they have a lack of customers, on the contrary, more that if you enjoy the perfect indulgent meal out, you couldn’t go far wrong than to visit the handmade burger Co. just at the tip of the Bullring facing the stunning St Martin’s Church.
As soon as we arrive our host Sarah takes us to our seats. “Have you been here before or would you like me to explain how it works?” Sarah asks with a big smile and a warmth that sets the meal off to the right start from the word go.
We hadn’t, and knowing their outstanding reputation for a truly ‘yummy’ menu we decide to go for the most authentic experience.
There’s, as you could justifiably take from the name, a massive mouth watering melody of burgers to choose from, and as one of us is vegetarian, Sarah helpfully recommends the new Falafel burger with a Moroccan relish, mayo & salad.
The company are passionate about fresh food, which is why each chef learns how to make more than 40 delicious burgers from scratch, hand pressed in their restaurants every single day. To make sure handmade burger Co. source the finest beef from the best Scottish farms and only the freshest, finest tasting, traceable ingredients for their chefs to work with, owner Chris visits their suppliers regularly.
Burgers are handmade from traditionally reared 100% grass-fed, prime Scotch beef, mixed together with a selection of fresh ingredients and seasoned, before being flame-grilled to order to create the best tasting burger.
They have also introduced an innovation not to be missed with a range of Stuffed Burgers, and you could say these are rather limited edition as only a few of each gets made every day.
With more than 20 chicken, lamb, fish and vegetarian burgers alone, the handmade burger menu has something for everyone, from traditional classics to more adventurous flavours like Moroccan Lamb & Japanese Sukiyaki Chicken, along with a fantastic selection for children.
As a true carnivore I couldn’t resist trying one of the inspiring Jimmy’s Farm burgers, finished with mature cheddar, smoked bacon, caramelised onion relish, mayo & salad. The beef used in the Jimmy’s Farm range is the Red Poll cow and is sourced from Jimmy Doherty’s Farm. Jimmy appeared Jamie & Jimmy’s Food Fight Club on Channel 4 recently with pal Jamie Oliver.
To go with the meal I add some onion rings, a basket of Cajun seasoned chips and finally some chargrilled chicken skewers – not to be missed.
One of the nicest accompaniments to a meal are the extras, and so the rich variety of dips, from the chipotle sour cream, sweet chilli, blue cheese mayo, were all a welcome addition to the flavours in the meal.
Finally to set everything off, I had to mention that the hazelnut milkshake was so delightful that my partner had finished it before we’d started the meal, a true testament to all things delicious.
Verdict: handmade burger Co. has a brilliant philosophy using the freshest ingredients, all ethically sourced and all prepared freshly for you just before you eat it. The service is fantastic, and adds to the experience. The restaurants are all light and airy and at the Bullring there’s a wonderful outdoor terrace, great for a sunny day. We can’t wait to go back.
Visit http://handmadeburger.co.uk/ for more information.