When hunger hits hard, is there anything more satisfying to chomp down on than a juicy patty? Gone are the days of greasy burger vans being the only options though, with all manner of gourmet burger restaurants in Manchester.
If you’re looking for the best burgers in town, be sure to check out our top 10 picks below. From classic beef patties through to mouthwatering vegetarian and vegan creations, there’s a burger for everyone in Manchester.
Hawksmoor Manchester Book Hawksmoor
Arguably the best steak restaurant in the UK, Hawksmoor also brings its acclaimed gourmet flair to burgers. The classic bacon double cheeseburger has bone marrow mixed in with the meat, but the South Korean-inspired kimchi burger really takes things up a notch, adding in fiery spiced kimchi which is complemented by a choice of either Stilton or Ogleshield cheeses. Add in triple-cooked chips on the side, along with a British craft beer from the bar, and Hawksmoor Manchester ticks all the right burger boxes.
Manchester Smokehouse Book Manchester Smokehouse
A proper Manchester barbecue restaurant, Manchester Smokehouse uses charcoal as well as oak, hickory and fruit woods to cook its line-up of succulent meats. The burger selection is grilled to perfection over an Argentinian grill, the Miss Piggy coming topped with additions like 12-hour smoked pulled pork, bbq sauce, sweet pickle and crispy onions. Up at the bar there is a huge selection of American craft beers on tap, with a packed calendar of live music events drawing a loyal crowd too.
‘Barbecute without the e’
A totally vegan diner in Manchester, V Rev is the home of gourmet burgers without the meat. Succulent signature ‘beefy’ patties are handmade with seitan and soy, and in the case of the ‘barbecute without e’ (top marks for the niche musical reference too) are topped with ‘cheez’, crispy fried onion, ‘baecon’, rainbow slaw and ranch sauce. V Rev takes pride in crafting the best vegan burgers in Manchester that offer all the meaty taste and texture, just without the meat.
Byron – Manchester Piccadilly Gardens Book Byron
A well established name for proper hamburgers, Byron is a funky setting spread over two floors, with retro-style booths and a buzzing open kitchen. The Smoky adds some extra spice to the formula, with mature Cheddar, streaky bacon, crispy fried onions, and chilli barbecue sauce all making an appearance.
Almost Famous Great Northern
‘This is Manchester’
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Offering towering creations filled with the most indulgent toppings, Almost Famous is a huge hit in Manchester for burger lovers with massive appetites. One of many inventive creations on the menu, ‘This is Manchester’ comes loaded with a double cheeseburger, Cheddar, BBQ pulled pork, gravy chips, wonder onions, creamy peppered mayo and Dijon mustard. There is a no reservation policy here, but the quirky interior style and relaxed bar area serving up craft beers make it a fun spot to spend time waiting for a table.
Sunday Lunch Burger
Another spot with quirky styling, including neon lights and graffiti murals, Solita is a laid-back burger restaurant in Manchester with an impressive line-up of signature burgers. Surely one of Manchester’s most unusual burgers, The Sunday Lunch crams in roast beef, Yorkshire puddings, gravy and all the trimmings.
Chez Mal at Malmaison Manchester Book Chez Mal
Beef with Ayrshire bacon and Gruyère cheese
An elegant choice for burgers in Manchester, Chez Mal at Malmaison Manchester has a spectacular open kitchen with a Josper grill, as well as a theatre-style bar for creative cocktails. The concise burger selection showcases the best of British ingredients, with UK 28-day aged beef topped with Ayrshire bacon and Gruyère cheese. There is also a Louisiana chicken burger topped with peanut butter sauce and chipotle slaw, and the mushroom burger for vegetarians.
Grill at 20 Stories Book Grill at 20 Stories
Bone marrow burger
Offering burgers with a spectacular view, 20 Stories is way up on the 19th floor of No. 1 Spinningfields. A dedicated grill menu includes a succulent bone marrow burger with topping choices like beef cheek with mushroom and onion rings, or chilli, avocado and fried egg. Jaw-dropping panoramic views of the city skyline from the al fresco terrace make this a truly memorable Manchester restaurant for burgers.
Gaucho – Manchester Book Gaucho
Set inside a converted Methodist Church, Gaucho Manchester is filled with bold signature style. Cowhide furnishings, white and black leather, and sparkling chandeliers all make this a sultry spot to enjoy award-winning grill dishes. The signature burger is a mouthwatering creation made with a blend of four cuts of beef, and comes topped with chipotle bacon jam, provolone cheese and guacamole.
GBK Book GBK
Pioneers of the premium burger concept since launching in 2001, GBK offers a range of inventive burgers and milkshakes. The signature Kiwiburger is loaded with a 6oz beef patty, mature Cheddar, beetroot, fried egg, grilled pineapple, house mayo, relish and salad.