Since the massive trend of American-style street food has hit Britain, burgers have played a prevalent role in being the Anna Wintor of the food fashion world. Slowly but surely, Muslims have caught on to the burger craze and have been on the hunt for the filthiest halal burger London has to offer. We’ve begun to drift away from the processed burgers of our standard kebab shops and have been more impressed by places that offer gourmet and fresh meat burgers.
However, the only issue is in fact finding restaurants that specialise in non-frozen pure burgers. But thanks to this Facebook group, The Best Halal Burger in the World! , I have been kept up-to-date with the halal burgers available to us Londoners – places such as Red Iron burgers.
As of recently, there has been quite a controversy over the best burger in London amongst the group members. Red Iron vs Amigo’s Peri Peri. Naturally, I leaned towards Red Iron’s side out of pure lust for their enormous juicy burgers, but as a food blogger, I have to be open to all options and decided to solve the battle of the burgers going on inside my own head.
I drove down to Ealing to try out the “real halal beef burger joint” that Amigo’s claims to be and I placed my order for a 10 oz burger with pineapple and jalapenos (El-Guapo). My friend, J, ordered half a chicken cooked to a brave-as-hell extra hot.
Let’s get the chicken out of the way before we get to the main act of the show because let’s face it, who orders chicken when you can have a real halal beef burger?
The chicken was definitely of good quality and unlike other fast food joints the chicken retained its juices even when cooked to a BBQ crisp. The marinade on the chicken had a slight sweet taste with juxtaposing garlic peri peri sauces kicking in, but while expecting a wall of fire to form with every bite of the extra hot chicken, I was surprisingly unclenched. Maybe my tongue is made of steel or they could have just given the wrong spice level, either way, it was delicious!
Now let’s talk the real deal.
The burger I ordered was a hefty manly 10oz beast. I looked at it and gave out a small laugh, proclaiming to my fellow diner, “Hah! I may look like a lady but this will be easy!” Embarrassingly I spoke too soon and instantly hit a meat wall declaring defeat after just a couple of bites. What was wrong, this was certainly a first.
This hunk of meat was certainly flavoursome, but it contained little chewy pieces of either cartilage or fat. I’m unsure as to what this was, but I will sadly say that Amigos’ may not use the best cut of meat for their burgers. The quality of the meat is very easy to tell from the very first bite. I found it fairly disappointing as the flavouring of the burger was prevalent and absolutely delicious. This is not to say that other diners would not enjoy the burgers, as some I am sure like a really hearty bite-full.
Another disappointment was that I asked for the burger to be cooked to a medium and received a burger that was on the borderline of being cooked to a well-done. In spite of this, the burger still maintained its juiciness and taste.
On par with Red Iron? Sadly, no, but a definite close competitor. Amigo’s statement to be “the real halal beef burger joint” is literally true as all burgers in this joint are halal, but it only provides four types of toppings for the beef burgers while Red Iron provides several varieties of toppings to suit your own individual taste. I will not lie; Amigo’s meat itself has more flavour albeit the chewy fat/cartilage pieces, but I truly enjoy eating at Red Iron.
Despite limiting offerings on their burgers, Amigo’s really up their game when it comes to their peri-peri chicken, which is perfect for those who aren’t in the burger mood. Like I’ve said numerous times before, it takes a lot for me to slightly sway my ways to the chicken side, but looks like Amigo’s’ managed to impress me with their chicken offerings! It was a tough one, but I was not convinced enough; Looks like Red Iron has won this round, but there’s no stopping Amigo’s or any other halal burger places from coming up to steal the title of the “Best Halal Burger in London.” Watch this space!
Check them out on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amigosperiperi