Simplicity. For me the best burger is a really simple one. There's a trend in the UK these days of over loading them, but for me, bigger is rarely better, although it may look impressive on a photograph. Adding mountains of pulled pork etc to the mix only dilutes the simple taste. A few things, cheese, onion, tomato, maybe a bit of lettuce is all I really want if the meat is good enough.
I always prefer the taste of Spanish beef although I'm not sure why this would be. The breed of cattle? Maturity of the meat? I'm sure someone with a greater knowledge of Spanish butchery will tell me. All I know is that my all time favourite steaks have been from Spain. We had some Galician beef the other day in two restaurants in Madrid and it was completely stunning in flavour and in texture. It may also be that the places we go to are more 'foodie' but also I think they tend to cook the burger really pink, retaining the flavour more.
|Bigger is not always better.|
1. Makobe with Txips (mini burger & chips). A Fuego Negro, San Sebastian.
The meat was so tender, so bloody good, Mrs B decided that this was the best burger she's ever eaten and it'd be hard to disagree with that.
La Gabinoteca, Madrid.
So fiendishly simple, this makes me wonder why I've never seen it anywhere else. The bread was proper moist and cheesy too, almost tortilla like in texture.
3. Mc Foie. Tapas 24, Barcelona.
Very rare beef, liquid foie gras and note it's not even a bun, but a thin toastie, which works so well for the flavour.
4. Blue Burger. Feduchly Lounge, Conil de la Frontera.
I never found out why the bun is blue, but it tasted great all the same.
5. Tuna Burger. El Campero, Barbate.
Almost everything is tuna based at this restaurant, so it makes sense that they did a fine little tuna burger too, served in a cute branded box.