Love them or hate them, everyone has an opinion about burgers! I get asked every day for recommendations of where to get the best burger in and around Worcester, so thought I’d share a few of my favourites in the city and beyond. There’s also some great local pop up events happening locally so keep an eye out on my foodie events calendar for more info.
First up (listed in alphabetical order) here’s 14 places to get a really great burger in and around Worcester city centre…
Bodega’s halloumi burger is one of my favourite dishes on their menu. The halloumi is breaded and comes wrapped in a toasted tortilla, with lime mayo & pico de gallo salsa, spicy slaw and sweet potato fries. If you’d rather a meatier option then try Bodega’s homemade 6oz beef burger topped with cheese and chipotle mayo in a toasted tortilla, also served with sweet potato fries & smoky slaw on the side.
Children’s menu, takeaway menu and vegan menu available.
Burger Shop focuses on one thing and does it very well. They serve a range of quality burgers with great sides and fries. The classic ‘Farmer Tom’ burger and ‘Buttermilk Chicken Burger’ are always a good choice for your first visit, and you’ll also be needing a side of their Westcombe cheese curds! You can find Burger Shop under the railway arches, just off the main drag on Cherry Tree Walk.
Children’s menu is available and be sure to keep an eye out for the regularly changing specials.
Burgers don’t always have to be about the meat! Firefly Worcester are constantly bringing out creative vegan burgers on their 100% vegan menu. Look out for their onion bhaji burger, sticky fried portobello mushroom burger, katsu burger, mac ‘n’ cheese burger and the quinoa burger just to name a few! Vegan or not, Firefly Worcester are cooking up some of the tastiest burgers in the city.
Keep an eye out for plant based pop up events at Firefly Worcester.
Friar Street Kitchen pride themselves on offering some of the best quality steak you can get your hands on in Worcester city centre, so it’s no surprise that they put together a mega burger too! The 6 oz ‘two counties beef burger’ comprises a 100% Herefordshire beef burger in a toasted brioche bun, Hereford hop cheese & Knightwick bacon, kitchen dill pickles & burger sauce, all served with hand cut chips & salad. A ‘Wyle House Farm’ lamb burger, vegetarian burger and free range chicken burger is also available.
Add an extra patty or freshly grilled raclette for £3.50
For a taste of Southern American food in Worcester, head over to Hickory’s Smokehouse at Cripplegate Park. Expect seriously stacked American classics with a Hickory’s twist. Choose from the Southern-fried chicken burger, the classic Hickory’s beef burger, the Bird & Beast burger (chicken & beef patties), the Go Big or Go Home burger (pictured), the Veg Patch burger. Or, if you’re feeling brave then why not take on the Texan Beef Rib Burger – two prime beef patties & American cheese, with lettuce, onions & pickles, and then add a whole bone-in beef rib & Tennessee bourbon gravy!! All burgers are served with skin-on fries & house slaw.
A great place to take the kids as they can enjoy the cinema room, children’s outdoor play area and children’s themed menus.
Steak lovers rejoice! Ounce Bar & Kitchen is the only place in Worcester where you can order your cut of steak by the ounce. Their ‘from the other side of the kitchen’ menu changes, but usually features one of their delicious, meaty burgers. Pictured is the old classic ‘Black & Blue’ – a handmade burger with black pudding & melted stilton. When I check today’s menu the Gorgonzola Venison Burger is listed. It’s served inside a brioche bun with skin on fries and pear & sloe gin chutney.
Ounce have recently started their new ‘Ounce & About’ popup’s. We saw them at Worc Food Festival, and they’ll be making an appearance at After Worc Feast St and Worcester Disco & Food Festival. They are also ‘popping up’ at other events and festivals across the UK – keep an eye on their Facebook page for more news.
For delicious Low n Slow BBQ food check out Smokin Brad’s. Their menu is packed with favourites such as pulled pork, pastrami, beef brisket, ribs, hot wings, nachos and chilli cheese fries. You can find Smokin Brad’s every Friday night at The Sociable Beer Company in Worcester where they’ll be serving up their tasty Hickory smoked pulled pork, smoked pulled beef and smoked BBQ jackfruit buns. All come served in a locally baked brioche bun with cheese, slaw, pickles and homemade BBQ ranch sauce.
Keep an eye on the foodie events calendar to see the full menu, and details forthcoming pop up dates / venues.
This is one of Worcester’s best kept secrets for great food and especially great burgers! The newly renovated, The Swan on Worcester’s New Street is an independent, free house serving up food from the soul! With all ingredients being locally sourced and an exclusive partnership in place with Ma Bakers, The Swan is delivering some of the finest food in Worcester City Centre, boasting a menu consisting of mouth watering burgers, small sharing plates and Cubanos sandwiches. From the burger menu choose from ‘Plain Swan’ – a classic cheeseburger, ‘Smelly Swan’ – brined mushrooms, crispy onions, blue cheese sauce & cheese, ‘Messy Swan’ – beef chilli, home nacho, mint crème fraiche & cheese, or ‘Piggy Swan’ – pulled pork, treacle bacon, chorizo crumb & cheese. Make sure you ask about the chef’s special sauces!
Click here to read my interview with Matt Cooper, Head Chef at The Swan & Drummonds.
Wayland’s Yard might be one of your favourite breakfast or brunch spots in town, but have you ever thought to try one of their burgers? Start your day with the Wayland’s brunch bap – a sausage patty, halloumi, streaky bacon, egg & bloody mary ketchup in a bap. The chicken burger is the perfect lunch time fill, made up of cornflake fried chicken, pink buttermilk slaw, garlic mayo, hot sauce & drizzled house fries. There’s also two plant based burgers to choose from, and regular specials are added like this sticky BBQ Caribbean pork burger pictured.
Wayland’s have recently announced that they’ve converted a vintage horse box into a mobile coffee shop, so you an expect to see them popping up at events & festivals all over the UK. They are also available for private hire.
As well as the 10 amazing places to grab a burger above, there’s also a Cosy Club and GBK in Worcester which both also do great burgers if you’d prefer to visit one of the big chain restaurants in town. Visit Worcester have been hosting the hugely successful After Worc Feast St which was brand new for 2019. The last this summer is on Thursday 5th September, when you can expect to find some of the Digbeth Dining Club favourite burger traders including; The Patty Freaks – ‘Best Burger 2018’ winners at the British Street Food Awards. Big news for Five Guys fans as they’ll be coming soon to Cathedral Square!
2019 has seen a rise in street food and pop up events everywhere, but more noticeably in and around Worcester. I’ve listed 6 of the best street food businesses below who are absolutely smashing it on the burger scene right now,and are all based in Worcestershire …
Roly Poly Ltd / Roly Poly Eats
It’s hard not to get personal when I talk about Roly Poly Ltd. These guys have been hugely supportive of all of the local independent food & drink places and of my little blog since day one. They supplied food for our wedding to help us out when we were let down last minute at the height of festival season, during their busiest time of the year. Roly Poly have worked hard to evolve their street food over the past few years into something unique and special, that now has foodies, Instagrammers & bloggers from all over the country making a beeline for their big black container – aka ‘BB’ at the UK’s best food events. Expect mouth-watering, ‘Instagrammable’ burgers with a long list of delicious, fresh toppings tailored to you.
Big news if you haven’t already heard. Roly Poly Ltd have secured a premises in Pershore and will be opening their first takeaway ‘Roly Poly Eats’ in January 2020 – we can’t wait!
Best known for their infamous sausage rolls and ‘what on oeuf’ scotch eggs, Pork Peddler are all about the BBQ flavours, which includes their slow cooked pulled meat burgers. You can usually find Pork Peddler at most of the local food festivals, shows and events, but they’ve also been working on bringing their slow roasted meats to various venues across the three counties.
If you hear the news that Grandad’s Kitchen are doing a pop up event, get booked in quickly as they usually sell out right away! We were lucky enough to get a table for a kitchen takeover at The Old Oak in Drakes Broughton after a last minute drop out, and it was easy to see why they are so popular. Grandad’s Kitchen’s recent Burger Shop pop up sold out so quickly that they put on a second day. The sticky beef is their trademark dish served in a range of ways – from loaded potatoes and Dirty Fries to Sticky Beef Pretzel Buns and more. We had ours over a homemade duck fat nachos. The sticky beef bun with minted coleslaw & coconut chilli honey is next on my radar. The Old Oak also do their own bangin’ burger night!
Grandad’s Kitchen are now doing regular (hopefully fortnightly) pop-ups at The Old Oak in Drakes Broughton. More details when I have them will be listed on the foodie events calendar.
You’ll remember Mad Snacks from when they were heading up the kitchen at Firefly Worcester, introducing some of the first street food burgers the city had seen coming out of a restaurant back in 2016. Since then they have been popping up all over Worcester doing various street food events at venues like Tonic, Firefly and Hand in Glove. Mad Snacks are still cooking up their famous burgers (more news on this soon), whilst also dishing up plant based BBQ food, gyoza’s and more!
The Rustic aren’t strictly a pop up, but they deserve a place on this list as one of the best places to get a burger in Worcestershire. The Rustic can be found at Hopley’s Campsite at the top of Bewdley, and are open in the summer months only. Choose from several beef burger options, a Southern fried chicken burger or halloumi burger with a side of fries. They also have a stall which they bring out for a few local summer events, details can usually be found on their Facebook page.
Click here to read my interview with Leo Hopley, Kitchen Manager at The Rustic
There’s also lots of local pubs serving up great burgers in Worcestershire, I wish I had time to try them all! If you love a good burger, or if you just love food, then check out The Foodie Card for access to exclusive offers at your local food & drink independents. Grab your card here for £15 (or two for £25) for year long savings whilst supporting local!