Good burger

On Saturday, we got to try a Motherflipper burger at Brockley Market. While watching them work was a little stressful as they struggled to cope with the variety of options customers were asking for (while mustard / no mustard, cheese / no cheese is not exactly the Enigma code, it makes for a fairly complex assembly process), the burgers themselves were excellent: Great chuck steak, lots of seasoning and heavy on the cheese and salad.

On Sunday, we had lunch at the Old Haberdasher and polished off the burger our son couldn't finish. It was OK: nothing to blog home about but plenty of flavour and a generous size.

So we can say with some confidence that Brockley does good burger - but which is the best? BC Tweeter Claire absolutely has to know. Comments please.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Motherflippin burgers are excellent and worth waiting for (you can look round the rest of Brockley Market once you've ordered). I haven't had the ones at the Old Haberdasher yet, but will check them out. I'll be incredibly impressed if they beat the Motherflippers though.

Birch said...

Ladywell Tavern, hands down

Anonymous said...

Ladywell Taverns burgers are very good, as are the Ravensbourne Arms.

Chris said...

Motherflipper is, in my opinion, the best burger in London.

Anonymous said...

I had a Motherflipper for the first time on Sat and was expecting a lot. So much hype. Was sadly disappointed. Dare I say it, but slightly reminded me of a Quarter Pounder. Contentious I know, but I don't rate them...

Brockley Kiwi said...

Although you can't say it for all dishes on their menu ... the Orchard has a mighty fine burger on their lunch menu.

mb said...

Great burgers, tried the bacon buger this weekend. mike & ollies wraps shade it for Brockley Market hot food fix though.

refuse to ask for a "mother flipper" though. I hold their stare and ask for a bacon burger. I'm not 12 ;-)

Timmy2wheels said...

Motherflipper burgers are very good - not the best I've had, but very good - but they are slow to arrive and the flippers themselves a bit disorganised. The service is, at best, functional; I don't expect saccharine USA-style customer service, but I find it a bit off-putting when they world-wearily bark out the order numbers like a just-out-of-bed teenager. We asked for a well-done burger, making sure they understood it was for my wife, who is pregnant. It was still pink when she bit into it, and whilst they apologised and stuck it back on the grill, they put in back in the original bun which by the time she ate it was sauce-logged and soggy. With a bit of work they could be great.

Anonymous said...

? nothing like any 1/4lb I've ever had.

Credit crunch chick said...

The double bacon cheeseburger at Mother Flipper was awesome - still looking forward to next time I get a chance to have to another one.

Anonymous said...

I've never eaten a 'burger' of any description and don't intend to start now

Pete said...

How do they compare to Meat Easy/Meat Liquor?

Anonymous said...

How sad to have never eaten a burger in ones life. Is that post sponsored by the Mung Bean Elite?

For what it's worth, on the way back from a night out the half-pounder with cheese from Gulen is very, very juicy and goes great with their burger sauce.

Anonymous said...

Mother flipper burger is by far one of the best burgers I have ever tasted. I am talking from experience having tasted burgers from many a place including New York. I must say it's up there with the best great job!!!! Although the gruelling wait has you anticipating it's every drip of beef juice it is UNBELIEVABLE. Definatly 9+ out 10 burger. The one thing that does it for me is the bun. The way it holds together even with the juices flowing.

DJ said...

Thanks for that. If there's anything else you haven't tried so can't comment on please don't hesitate to let us know.

Anonymous said...

I got one for my son the other week. He was disappointed and gave it a 6 out of 10, just OK. He's a big fan of the Orchard burger though.

Anonymous said...

Oh flip, I am going to the market on Saturday with some friends from Leeds who love their food, and I cant wait to tear into one of these bad boys... my mouth is watering reading these comments!

Charlotte said...

I had a burger with candied bacon and it was absolutely delicious.

They were coping really well too considering how busy it was!

re. the meat wagon Q. I've been to meat wagon at The Rye (Peckham)when they were there in summer 2011 and the one that's now meatliquor. Mother Flipper wasn't as good as the one from Meatwagon at the Rye but slightly superior to the ones now at meatliquor (I guess as they have greater covers each night, the burgers just aren't as good as the ones were at the rye).

Overall the best burger I've eaten in a while!

Donald McOldnad said...

Dear 'Anonymous',

Thanks from all of us for taking the time to read a post on 'burgers', then deciding to share with us the news that you have never eaten one.
It really added something to my 'day'.

Best,
Don

Brockley Ben said...

I'm a big fan of the Motherflipper burgers, although for me they have always erred on the side of overcooking. Excellent, well-seasoned meat, both the beef and the candied bacon, and really first class brioche-style buns. Hard to fault.

I do think the Meateasy burgers were a little better, probably benefitting from a more organised kitchen environment. Not sure about Meatliquor, though: while I could cope with uncertain waiting times when the venue was close to home I'm not so keen to schlep Up West to queue in the rain on the off-chance.

Elsewhere, I've had the burger at The Orchard a few times. It's pretty good (though I have a lingering suspicion one poisoned me there on one occasion). Other than that, not had many in the area.

If you want a real treat, incidentally, the Hawksmoor burger (a short Overground ride away) is your friend.

TJ said...

The Talbot does a decent bruger but it has to be...

MOTHERFLIPPER

Best damn burger I ever had...

Anonymous said...

I have to out a good word in for the current burger at Jame Circus. The recently changed chef and the new burger is delicious, my dish of choice.

Caroline said...

Motherflipper was quite good- it is not near a Meat Wagon from the Meateasy- not as juicy, but I did have it week one so maybe I need to have another.

I have not tried the burger but The Old Haberdashers do have some very good food. Would recommend.

Mb said...

Without wishing to patronise the MotherFlipper guys they look about 18-22ish? Considering their tender years they're doing really well. I was still squeezing zits at their age.

(that is little patronising isn't it? *ruffels their hair*)

Mb said...

@brockleyben. Never made it to the Meatwagon but agree about their perm place, meatliquor. All the charming makeshift touches I read about at their wagon seem a little try hard when attached to a proper bar/restaurant. Still a great burger though.

neilgadhok said...

The Ravensbourne Arms burger is ace

Anonymous said...

Not as beefy or as juiicy as a Meatwagon/easy/liquor burget for my personal taste, but still a great burger.

They're cooked in the same way: hot grill, covered with a metal cloche to steam the burger/keep it juicy. Same cuts of beef too - chuck steak, I believe.

Have had a similar burger from Lucky Chip in Hackney and I hate to say it, it probably just pips MF in terms of flavour.

Still, a great stall at the market. Good luck to them.

Claire said...

Thanks Nick for posting this, as you mentioned, I absolutely have to know where to get a good burger locally. For the moment, I will schlep to the MeatWagon set-up in West London, but there must be somewhere in SE4 or even 14 that can whet my appetite.

Anonymous said...

As has been mentioned - Gulen do an excellent burger.

Anonymous said...

Tried the Jam Circus burger last night, after the earlier comment. It was nice - but beaten hands down by the Ladywell Tavern and Ravensbourne Arms

Jonathan said...

Having spent quite some time recently sampling burgers across town, I think MF sits quite high in the the 'Middleweight / street food' category, which is by general consensus probably currently ruled by either MEATLiquor or Lucky Chip.

I think MF compares very well to MEATLiquor - similar cut, technique and assembly produces a meaty, juicy burger that's well worth a visit.

The 'heavyweight' (read 'more expensive') category has some even more impressive burgers, but pretty much all are found in Central London - Goodman, Admiral Condrington, Bar Boulud etc.

As for the original question about best burger in Brockley - only have MF for comparison, but imagine it's going to be quite hard to beat.

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