To say Brighton has a myriad of amazing burger restaurants would be a gross understatement. With various award-winning venues on our doorstep, you'd be hard-pressed to find a higher concentration of quality establishments in the UK. 

But which are the best? We put on our loosest trousers and prepared ourselves to create the definitive Brighton guide. This list is the fruit of our labour. Let us take you on a culinary journey of our favourite burgers served at Brighton restaurants. Not partial to meat? We've got a run down of the best veggie or vegan burgers in town too. 

Lucky Beach

Lucky Beach has more than luck to thank for being rated as the UK's #3 best burger restaurant. This chic seafront venue takes inspiration from the laid-back culture of Australia, serving organic burgers as fresh as the Australian surf. Try the Sussex Shoehorn dry-aged beef patty, made with streaky bacon that snaps with a delicious crunch, squidged between swirls of melting cheese and fig jam - you'll be bowled over by the waves of flavour.

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Coggings & Co.

Last year this smart Seven Dials eatery won the coveted ‘Best Burger’ award at Brighton & Hove’s annual food and drink awards. And with good reason. The meat itself is sourced from just up the road and the chips are triple cooked in beef dripping. Beyond the basics, bold fusions such as Manchego cheese, chorizo jam, roasted garlic mayonnaise, or scotch bonnet chilli sauce, pineapple salsa and Provolone cheese more than justify a hike up the hill.

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Burger Brothers

Once upon a time, two bold brothers introduced Brighton to 'Britain's Best Burger'. This is no hyperbole, no far-fetched claim based on our own experience of Burger Brothers. This is fact, as decided in a highly regarded championship and awarded by serial burger fanatic Gavin Lucas (otherwise known as Burgerac). Burger Brothers have hit high notes since day one, promising every diner a trip to burger heaven. This place is a foodie's must-try experience in Brighton, found inside a simple burger bar. The menu changes regularly, and is so rich in delicious description that we can't repeat it here. We will leave you with a taste of their famous Benneton Burger. An offbeat mix of thick beef, Tuxford & Tebbut Blue Stilton, juicy Portobello mushroom, super-thin chorizo, wasabi mayo and caramalised onions, expect taste explosion overload.

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Trollburger

Working out of a modest shack by Trafalgar Street arches, the Trollburger team is so confident they named their biggest seller ‘Stinky Breath’; organic beef, special sauce, St Giles cheese, home-made pickles and lettuce on brioche. Moist, hunky, moreish and magnificent, all burgers are seasonal, organic, locally sourced and ethically conscious. People literally travel from miles around for a trolling, Wednesday-Saturday from midday-9pm.

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Lost Boys Chicken

Winners of Bravo Brighton's Best Pub Grub are laying the smack-down with their fiery Buffalo wings and proper banging burgers, bringing the tastes of New York to Brighton. Grab a table, or the railway carriage-style booth, and start working your way through the menu centred around two main offerings – wings and signature ‘sandwiches’. When it comes to the wings, tailor your choice with one of the four house sauces from the Wendy original buffalo to the smoking hot Shadow (over 18's only) or choose from one of the week's guest sauces. There’s a Buffalo chicken sandwich smothered in swiss and blue cheese dressing with your name on it, too.

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Busby and Wilds

Salve your burger craving in the refined setting of this chic Kemptown gastropub, named after the architectural duo who laid out much of Brighton. Tuesday is burger night, and for a mere £14, you can sink a pint and nosh juicy patties in perfectly-toasted brioche (with thick-as-your-forearm chips on the side). The classic burger is ace, or if you’re craving more of a chilli-kick, the 'Firestarter' is piquant without being overwhelming. A serving of slaw as-standard means your portion size is never measly. And you can kid yourself you’re getting your five-a-day.

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The Bok Shop

Welcoming one of the newest additions to Brighton's food and drink scene, The Bok Shop. A brand new gourmet fried chicken and vegan faux chicken restaurant sat on the corner of East Street. Try their innovative chicken burgers such as 'The Hot as Cluck' or 'The Satay Night Fever' or make it vegan easily with vegan chicken, mayo, and cheese. Load up on their range of tasty homemade sides, dips, and crispy chicken/cauliflower pieces too. Their 'All You Can Eat - Wing Wednesday' is well worth checking out with a group of hungry mates as well.

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Burger Off

Forget your all to frequently seen hipster Burger Bars, Burger off serve up honest, decently priced big ol’ juicy burgers. It’s won over the hearts of Brightonians throughout the city and is a staple if you’re passing by the Brunswick area. You can grab a hearty bun for as little as £4, or stack em high with one of their signature towers, choose one from the menu or build your own. Wriggle’s favourite is the Blue Cheese. These bad boys of the Burger world are also hosts of one of Brighton’s most famous food challenges - the XXX Hot Chilli Challenge. Strictly for over 18’s only and a disclaimer must be signed first. Many chilli filled chops have attempted and failed including Brighton local Pete Bennett, are you brave enough to give it a go?

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VooDoo Kitchen @ Revelator

For an authentic homemade take on Creole cooking, look no further than The Revelator on Western Road. With authentic Deep South food and hearty portions, you’ll definitely leave satisfied with full bellies. Famed for a cracking burger range, staff favourites and also one of their top burgers is the ridiculous Poultrygiest Burger: Chilli and whisky friend chicken, smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, slaw and JD BBQ sauce.

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Burger Kult

Like the Mash Tun boozer it calls home, Burger Kult’s wares are lively, juicy and dripping with good humour. Pick from a revolving roster of towering confections –  from the classic Back-Flip Truck (maple bacon, melted cheese and mustard) to the Peanut Brittle Nymph with smashed roast peanuts, paprika mayo and shredded butter leaf. The blue-haired barlady (astutely) steered us towards Swamp Thing: a moist mountain of ground chuck beef, crayfish tails, ‘swamp sauce’ and red chill jam, on brioche natch. Fries, served in a plastic tumbler, are rich and appropriately fatty. Pair with a pint and devour. A friendly, informal bite in the heart of town.

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BLOCK.

Over at the fantastic BLOCK. you can treat yourself to the slap-up burger feast that you deserve. Their gloriously tempting selection includes The Block Beef, smoked Goodwood cheddar, Malbec onions, chimmichurri, aioli; The Chick, 9 spice coated buttermilk chicken breast, slaw; The big cheese halloumi, panko breadcrumb, chilli jam, sweet potato crisps; The Beet, beetroot patty, pickled red cabbage, sweet potato crisps and the Classic burger, tomato, onionion, frisse. What a cracking sounding menu, grab a burger and pop a squat in their award-winning beer garden.

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The New Club

A trip across America introduced the soon-to-be owners of The New Club to the best of US diner culture, where ordinary, honest food using top quality ingredients - made from scratch with care - became a call to action. Having found their ideal (and derelict at the time) space with iconic views along the Brighton seafront in 2012, The New Club has blossomed into a well known burger, brunch, beer, coffee (Union) and all-things-US style favourite for tourists and locals alike. Shortlist Magazine gave them 5* for their dirty burger - that’s all you need to know.

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Published -23rd August 2018