When hunger strikes, sometimes nothing else will do except a big ol’ hunk a meat in a bun. It’s that simple. We’re talking burgers. And Brum has some stonkingly good patties on offer. Flanked by maple-coated bacon and Nashville seasoning, spiced chickpeas and crispy buttermilk coatings, your appetite is guaranteed to be well and truly satisfied. 

To save you from the trauma of biting into a mediocre burger (doesn’t bear thinking about, really), we’ve found Birmingham’s best burgers and popped them onto one handy list for you. Roll up your sleeves, it’s about to get messy. If burgers of the plant-based kind are what you're after, head over to our vegan junk food guide

Self-described “patty pimps & purveyors of filth,” you know you’re in for a treat at Original Patty Men. Starting from a single street food stall, O.P.M. are now set up permanently in edgy Digbeth. Try the Alabama Slammer – deep fried boneless chicken thigh with lime and ginger slaw – for a Southern twist. Or the meat-free Po Money, Po Mushroom, complete with Cajun Boss Man sauce. Fries either come as they are, with spice, or with a zesty yet creamy house slaw and crispy fried onions. No, YOU’RE drooling.

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More filth (the good kind, naturally) comes courtesy of The Meat Shack. These meat fiends have been delivering hand-smashed, 100% grass-fed beef to grateful Birmingham folk since 2012. Choose from six different burgers, including The RnB – beef, Red Leicester, candy bacon crumb and black pudding. The halloumi fries (sprinkled with a different spice each week) are the stuff of legend. Still hungry? Wash it all down with a tub of Churchfields Farmhouse ice-cream. Clean eaters need not apply.

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Pint Shop burgers are quite simply outstanding. Their finger-lickin dirty burger comes with a dry-aged beef and pork pattie, maple bacon, mature cheddar and tomato jam, ooooh boy. And their beer and buttermilk fried chicken burger with chilli and apple sauce and smoked cheese is the stuff of dreams. If you're adverse to the meaty side of life, you HAVE to check out the 'Beyond Meat' burger, it's darn delicious.

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Chicken and liquor go together like birds of a feather. Or something like that. In any case, Bonehead, aptly located just off Beak Street, specialises in this fab combo. Offering all things chicken, the menu includes three thigh burgers flavoured with house seasoning, Nashville hot seasoning or buffalo hot pepper sauce. Non-carnivores can tuck into a chickpea-based patty complete with fresh veg, lettuce and gherkins. Come for the best chicken in Brum and stay for the crispy waffle fries and rock‘n’roll vibes.

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You’re guaranteed cluckin’ great chicken at Rebel Chicken. A hopscotch away from the Jewellery Quarter train station, they’re celebrated for their charcoal rotisserie. But if you’re in the mood for red meat, they won’t disappoint, either. With their Rebellious Burger Co. range, enjoy the likes The Rebel – a handmade beef patty stuffed with cheese and crushed up spicy nachos, with baby gem lettuce, red onion, beef tomato and mayo. And for a South-Asian spin, order The Rebel Desi – a spiced beef patty soaked in balti sauce, chutney and coriander.

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Self-proclaimed creative burger people, Burger Theory turn out exceptionally inventive buns and fully-loaded fries. You won’t find your run of the meal beef burgers here; these guys are all about pushing the boundaries of what can go in a burger and bring global inspiration to their cuisine. The result: unique burgers with tonnes of ingenious toppings, sauces and flavour combinations. For beef fans, check out the “Blue Cow”: a beef and jalapeno patty, topped with crispy bacon, blue cheese, chipotle mayo and house-ketchup. And if chicken is more your thing, it’s got to be the “KFC”: Korean fried chicken with a sticky chilli glaze, spring onions and a smattering of peanuts. There’s a great selection of vegetarian and vegan burgers too, so everyone’s a winner when they stop by Burger Theory.

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The Mailbox’s sharing-plate aficionados Gas Street Social is THE place to eat, drink and be merry. The best day to satisfy burger cravings are on a Monday, when all are two for the price of one. Veggies will be torn between The Mexican – homemade sweet potato and chickpea and three bean vegan chilli served in a buttermilk bun – and The Halloumi Stack: chargrilled aubergine, fried halloumi, lime, mint and coriander salsa. Carnivores, don’t miss The St. Louis: beef topped with slow-cooked pulled pork, jalapeños, pickles red onion and American cheese.

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If you like your burgers served in a buttermilk bun, you are in for a treat. Buffalo & Rye is based in the beating heart of Birmingham’s food scene on Bennetts Hill, next door to Mexican sister venue, Bodega Cantina. Eat your heart out on beef, chicken, and chickpea patties, plus two types of hot dog. Favourites include buttermilk chicken complete with double American cheese, garlic or jalapeno mayo. Plus, the smoked pulled beef brisket patty with Emmental and red cabbage will have you drooling.

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You can always count on the Jewellery Quarter’s award-winning Lord Clifden pub for a top-notch burger experience. Try The Italian Job for beef with Bolognese and mozzarella and the Banksy for chicken breast topped with smoked bacon. Or, if you’re feeling political (or just ruddy hungry), chomp down on the Brexit, a 10oz British beef patty topped with pastrami, Swiss cheese, German sauerkraut and French Dijon mustard. There’s also a vegetarian option: spicy bean topped with goat’s cheese. Yummers.

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Published -18th September 2019