If you’re gazing at mammoth burgers, stacked high with thick patties and spilling over with fresh toppings and oozing cheese, then we bet you’re in The Meat Shack.
Stirred by a passion to create quality filthy burgers made with the best ingredients available, The Meat Shack launched itself into the Birmingham way back in 2012, carving the way for a whole new appreciation for burgers and pioneering the dirty burger scene that’s so prominent in the city today. After years of grafting on the street food circuit and popping up in destinations across Brum, they bagged keys to their very own bricks and mortar restaurant in 2017 which quickly established itself as a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.
The home of The Meat Shack (situated on Thorp St.) is everything you want from a burger joint and more. It’s a cool and casual hangout with wooden furniture hand-built by the team, and some creative wall art by local street artists Foka Wolf. A long bar takes up a big part of the interior, boasting a choice of outstanding beers (including Pale Brummie from Birmingham Brewing Co.) and ciders on tap, as well as a fridge brimming over with cans of craft brews. There’s plenty of spirits too, which lend themselves to a banging cocktail selection. As expected with a venue of this size and its popularity, it gets busy with buzzing burger fans; but as a casual hangout which people drop into for their fix before moving on, it’s always easy to get a spot and tuck in.
When it comes to their burgers, The Meat Shack team don’t mess around. The beef burgers are hand smashed using a hefty hunk of well-aged 100% British beef. They’re cooked fresh for every order, giving them a crispy caramelisation of beef on the outside, that harbours a tender dripping mess within. On the chicken side of things, they make their own buttermilk brined fried chicken breasts topped off with hot sauces, pickles and a hearty portion of cirtusy lime mayo. There’s also the Bella Emberg vegetarian burger, made with deep fried halloumi, mushroom duxelle and dutch gouda cheese. Add a generous side, including their enormous hangover fries and cider battered onion rings, and you’re on for a winner.
If The Meat Shack doesn’t prove that love at first bite exists, we don’t know what will. Get stuck in to the filthiest burgers in town.