Burgers don't just have to be beef mince smashed into a brioche bun with a slice of tomato and iceberg lettuce. Oh no, they can be so much more...

 

Breakfast burger

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The trend for breakfast and lunch is still hot, so why not take your bacon and egg roll and slap a quarter pound of beef in it? I'm not going to say no, that's for sure. And for the brunch crowd, this is sure to be a winner too.

Other options include black pudding burgers or even the supreme beast - a 'full English' burger. They are a great option for all day dining and to drive custom earlier in the day. Everyone's a winner, basically.


Fish

 

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A certain fast food firm's 'Filet' option has dominated people's thoughts of fish in a bun. But it would be a shame for this to dominate our thinking. The options are wide-ranging and delicious.

You could do a traditional British breaded or battered cod or haddock with tartare sauce. Or maybe pollock with lime mayo? Go super premium and do a lobster burger? The fruits of the sea offers a bounty of tastiness.

 

Chicken thigh burger

 

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No chicken breast? No problem! It is time to revolt against the dry stodgy chicken burger.

This dish is inspired by one of the UK's best chicken burgers – operator Coqfighter's signature dish. The Shoreditch, West Brompton and Croydon operator's panko chicken thigh burger comes with Korean hot sauce and smoked sambal mayo.

It is unbelievably moist and has a delicious crunch from the panko breadcrumbs and shredded iceberg lettuce. Add some pickled red onion and you are in cock-a-doodle heaven.

 

Meat free burger

 

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Can it really be as tasty as meat? Really? This has been a question chefs, critics, and Joe public have been asking for many years...with the answer always being...No. But the search for non-meat perfection has come a long way since dry, tasteless beanburgers ruled the veggie roost.

Not well-known in the UK but a sensation in New York is chef Brooks Headley's Superiority Burger. This is probably the pinnacle of meat-free burgers – in fact, it won the best burger in the world in 2015. Really.

Indeed, it is such a cultural revolution that Brooks wrote a book about it. The recipes are certainly worth checking out – especially as the Superiority Burger recipe was a closely guarded secret for years - if you want to have great veggie and vegan options on your menu.

 

"Just cheese" cheeseburger

 

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A viral story about a man ordering a cheeseburger with just the cheese slice was quite sad looking. But it sparked an interesting debate online – and fortunately another story emerged a few months later about a far tastier burger made from cheese, made as a promotional dish by former UK home delivery firm, Hungry House.

The dish features nine varieties of cheese, including the bun, which is made from a mature cheddar with mozzarella 'sesame seeds' sprinkled on top. Instead of a meat patty, you get a cylinder of Camembert, Edam and American cheese (a lettuce replacement), Babybel (instead of gherkins, apparently), and Red Leicester (instead of tomatoes, of course) and German smoked cheese 'onion rings' with a Stilton 'relish'.

Now, I know what some of you will be saying: "hang on, that's just a (very elaborate) cheese roll". Well, you wouldn't be wrong, but maybe shove in some essential burger ingredients – red onion, lettuce, sauces – and you have definitely left the British bap behind. One to try out, perhaps?