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I like 5 guys but too expensive and I don't think it's worth (just like shake shack)! It's a shame we don't have Hardee's (sister company of Carls Jr.) in UK! About proper burgers I think they were talking about Byron (never tried).
Byrons was good until they changed the burger recipe.
 
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Why isn't a McD's/BK etc burger not considered to be a 'real' burger? Of course they might not be the tastiest out there or very good for you in the long run, but they are still are a burger!

In the UK, Wendys were around briefly. They were majestic!
Both too dry or dry and full of fat. The cows seem to have had a hard life.
 

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I like 5 guys but too expensive and I don't think it's worth (just like shake shack)! It's a shame we don't have Hardee's (sister company of Carls Jr.) in UK! About proper burgers I think they were talking about Byron (never tried).
5 guys is good and they only have meat in the burger (which is how it should be). If I remember correctly they also smash the burger but do it after they flip which seems weird to me.
Why isn't a McD's/BK etc burger not considered to be a 'real' burger? Of course they might not be the tastiest out there or very good for you in the long run, but they are still are a burger!

In the UK, Wendys were around briefly. They were majestic!
I think they are over processed, the meat flavour doesn't really come through because of this. The best burgers I have tried are fresh minced beef and salt/pepper added just before cooking.
 
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5 guys is good and they only have meat in the burger (which is how it should be). If I remember correctly they also smash the burger but do it after they flip which seems weird to me.

I think they are over processed, the meat flavour doesn't really come through because of this. The best burgers I have tried are fresh minced beef and salt/pepper added just before cooking.
I totally agree with that... For me mcd/bk burgers are just a "parody" of what a *real* burger should be... A ridiculous amount of meat excepting the most expensive ones, which usually costs the same or more than gourmet burgers on other places, and even in those cases the meat are really dry (you need to put a LOT of kepchup or other sauces) and in general overprocessed.....

I prefer as well homemade hamburgers, here in Spain you can get quality meat for no much money, but anyway there are other better hamburger franchises... For example "5 guys" restaurants offer a decent quality although a bit expensive but there are many other options out there...

Regards

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There was an exploision of gournet burger chains in London at the beginning of the noughties. You could virtually get a different brand every night, especially in trendy places like Islington. Sadly most have disappeared, such as Hamburger Union.
 
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5 guys is good and they only have meat in the burger (which is how it should be). If I remember correctly they also smash the burger but do it after they flip which seems weird to me.

I think they are over processed, the meat flavour doesn't really come through because of this. The best burgers I have tried are fresh minced beef and salt/pepper added just before cooking.
5 guys do smash their burger! I used to eat a lot and free! We used exchange free coffee for free meals with them in my old job! I've been once in Meat Liquor (that one in covent garden) and was very good! Wendy's, Hardee's, In 'n' Out... it's a shame we don't have here! Apart of 5 guys (people used to say the british one is way better than the american one) I think all these american chains lose a bit of identity (taste, price, size of portions ...) when move to UK! I tried Taco Bell here and was disappointing! I had in America and I remember that was cheap and massive portions!
 
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I haven't tried handmade burger Co but I really didn't rate GBK, reminded me of a fat bird's-eye burger from back in the day, very firm, overcooked and no flavour.
I quite enjoyed the 5 guys offering though.
I have been trying to recreate the smashed burgers I had at Freddys in the states. I am now at the stage of mincing the beef myself which gives truly great results with regard to texture and flavour.
Mmmmmm craving burgers now
Oi Fatboy, with BBQ season approaching what cut of beef do you prefer to mince?
 
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Oi Fatboy, with BBQ season approaching what cut of beef do you prefer to mince?
I can't answer this question, but I myself like to go for lamb burgers for the BBQ, and I like quite the mince to have a reasonable amount of fat - then I mix the mince with onions, cumin and harissa paste.

Not a classic beef burger but pretty good nonetheless.
 

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Oi Fatboy, with BBQ season approaching what cut of beef do you prefer to mince?
It depends on what the butcher has in but I tend to get either tri-tip, braising steak (chuck) or a few ribs and trim it off the bone. If it's too lean he will give me some trimmed fat to add in.
 
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