Loaded Burgers

American Burgers
by HGAT | 05/03/2014
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6.3/10

As most of you know, I got engaged a couple of months back and have, unfortunately, been on a so-called “wedding diet”. This “diet” means I have to eat healthy and exercise as much as possible – possibly the two worst things! Anyways, I’ve been pretty good in the last two weeks, so good that when I read about a new burger joint opening up, I instantly dropped that carrot stick and ran straight to the computer.

Typing in “Loaded Burgers”, I instantly found out its exact location and proceeded to head out the door. But I stopped in my tracks. Should I absolutely destroy the new healthy lifestyle I had recently adopted and sacrifice my body for my readers OR should I sacrifice my readers’ enjoyment of a new burger for a couple of lettuce leaves. You obviously know what option I chose – burgers here we come!!!

BW unfortunately sat this review out to maintain his figure so I decided to drag my best friend, L, along on this little adventure into Ilford!

The restaurant had a cool, hipster feel to it, with denim seats and mason jar lights. The crowd was young, but a few oldies popped in to grab a bite, and the majority were couples all digging into their delicious burgers! It was a little quiet but being a weekday, it wasn’t surprising.

Restaurant

From looking at the menu, they have a variety of options such as homeslaw, milkshakes, different types of burger patties (lamb, beef or chicken) and ribs. And for those brave souls, there is a burger that even Halal Girl can’t get her head around – it goes by the name of “Fully Loaded”. Dun dun dun! Beef, chicken and lamb patties with beef sausage, turkey bacon, turkey ham, onion rings, cheese, onions (both raw and caramelised), an egg, a potato waffle, lettuce and a tomato (just to be healthy) all squidged between a brioche bun. Just writing that sentence made me hungry again!

Thankfully, I didn’t order that burger otherwise any hopes of losing weight in the next couple of months would have vanished but instead we opted for the following…

Original Mojito & Strawberry Mojito (Virgin)

Original Mojito
Original Mojito
Strawberry Mojito
Strawberry Mojito

You can’t go wrong with a virgin mojito and Loaded Burgers didn’t fail to deliver. Both were icy, minty and topped off with a rim of delicious sugar. However, the drinks should have been served colder and the ice could have been crushed. Also the strawberry mojito became slightly too sweet after a couple of a sips.

Strawberry Bubble Tea

Strawberry BubbleTea
Strawberry BubbleTea

So as the waiter pointed out, Bubble Tea is like marmite – you either love it or you hate it. I haven’t had one before and L was curious to try it. Bubble Tea is a tea-based drink originating from Taiwan with small, tapioca balls in a milk or fruit based tea. Thanks to the helpful waiter who guided us as to what to choose, we opted for the strawberry flavour. It was way too sweet for my liking, maybe a different fruit flavour would have been better such as mango but I’m no expert when it comes to Bubble Tea. The tapioca balls were squidgy with a jelly-consistency and burst when you took a bite. I can see the appeal but for me, it wasn’t something I was a fan of!

Strawberry Milkshake

Strawberry Milkshake
Strawberry Milkshake

As you can tell, there is obviously a trend going on with the strawberry here but I couldn’t help myself especially when the waiter suggested it was the best milkshake out of the bunch. I’ve always been a vanilla type of gal so I was a bit wary as to what the strawberry milkshake had to offer. It arrived ice cold, frothy, thick and absolutely delicious. With strawberry syrup dripped along the sides of the glass and fluffy whipped cream on the top, I couldn’t help but to continue drinking and drinking until my stomach couldn’t handle anymore and I had to stop.

Finally on to the food…

Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Wings
Buffalo Wings

The usual buffalo wings I’m use to are small, double fried and crispy. The ones at Loaded Burgers are double the size, soft and drenched in tangy buffalo sauce. This wasn’t a necessarily a bad thing – in fact these were really good wings and were one of my favourite dishes of the night. As you take a bite into the wing, you get an instant kick of the spice of the buffalo sauce followed by the piping hot, juicy chicken meat.

Classic Burger

Classic Burger
Classic Burger

A must order at any new burger restaurant for comparison purposes, I opted for the classic burger and asked for it to be cooked to a medium – not medium well but a nice, bloody medium. What arrived in front of me was a beef burger patty sandwiched between a soft, buttery brioche bun, topped with salad and dripping in their house sauce, the Loaded Burger sauce. And lo and behold, when I cut the burger in half, it was cooked to that pink medium I had requested – we were off to a great start.

Classic Cut
Classic Cut

This was my first burger in a very long time and I wanted it to be amazing! The burger was great – juicy, full of flavour, and easy to handle. The brioche bun wasn’t too big so it didn’t take up most of the sandwich and the salad was minimal but still present.  I had also ordered a side of turkey bacon to put into the burger which tasted good but needed some more time on the grill to make it slightly crispy.

Topless

Topless w/ Fries
Topless w/ Fries
Topless
Topless

I love the name of this dish – just like cock scratchings, it is just one of those names to remember! There is nothing “topless” about this dish apart from the fact that the burger patty isn’t in a sandwich this time but is in fact lying there naked on top of a piece of French toast. Oh that cheeky little thing! It isn’t a combination you would usually associate with a burger joint but it worked. A medium cooked patty on a soft and sweet French toast, with sautéed peppers, caramelised onions and melted cheese.

Topless Cut
Topless Cut

Again cooked to how I like it, I enjoyed this dish. The juice from the burger had made the French toast soak up all the flavour so it became soft (in a good way) but the toast itself could have been sweeter. The chips that were also served with the dish were also slightly bland and could have done with a little more time in the fryer to make it crispy.

Just a side note to say that from personal experiences with several burgers and steaks, especially burgers, I find that the meat tends to taste even better when cooked to a medium to medium-well. The reasoning behind this is that there tends to be more juices retained within the patty so when you take a bite, the burger isn’t dry but is nice and succulent. But that is my own personal preference and other people tend to find their burgers taste better when cooked to a well done!

Chilli Cheese Fries

Chilli Cheese Fries
Chilli Cheese Fries

This, unfortunately, was a disappointment and I couldn’t quite put a finger on what the issue was. The chips that were used were bland, too soft and too large. These were then topped with a beef chilli mixed with kidney beans but we both felt that it lacked a small amount of salt, and then followed by melted cheese that seemed like pretty standard cheese. The dish wasn’t bad at all but it just lacked the flavour that was evident in all the other items we had ordered.

The total of the meal was £39.60 which was quite pricey considering it is just burgers but then again, these are gourmet burgers that are cooked with care. They pay attention to every detail of the burger and execute the order exactly how you want it. Loaded Burgers also provide take out options for those who prefer to savour their burgers at home.

Because the restaurant just opened up over the weekend, they have their small flaws which will, hopefully, be improved over the next couple of months and from what I tasted, their food is good – just in need of a slight tweak regarding their chips and chilli cheese fries. I also wish they had more in terms of cheese options such as blue cheese, Swiss cheese etc. but aside from that, I enjoyed the meal.

The service was spot on and the wait for the food wasn’t long either. However, we did notice them run out to purchase the whipped cream for my milkshake and the card machine wasn’t working (so bring cash) but, like I said, it’s a new restaurant and they’re just getting to grips with running a burger joint so it won’t lose them any points. Loaded Burgers is definitely a close contender in terms of best halal burger and given a couple of more months, these guys will be in competition for the top spot!

As for me, I completely obliterated any success of healthy eating over the last two weeks in one meal. Well, what can I say? Offer me burgers, especially by the name of Topless, and I’ll be there in no time at all!

HMC approved and halal status verified by manager (who also runs Maedah Grill!)

Address: 68 Cranbrook Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4NH
Website: http://www.loadedburgers.co.uk/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/LoadedBurgers
Nearest Station: Ilford Overground Station
Parking: I’m not sure of the area but parking should be available in surrounding area

Rating
  • 6/10
    Food - 6/10
  • 6.5/10
    Service - 6.5/10
  • 6.5/10
    Atmosphere - 6.5/10
6.3/10

Summary

– Halal status on all meats verified by Muslim owner with certificates
– No pork or alcohol present
– This is a child friendly establishment

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  1. Reply

    I’ve been following your blog for a few months (I’m one of those silent followers) and you can’t imagine my surprise when reading this post and seeing that this place is in Ilford! I live in Ilford and had no idea there was a new burger place around!

    I will definitely be taking a look at it soon – especially since it’s almost on my doorstep haha. Thanks for a great post!

    As for parking, there’s parking in The Exchange Mall and a couple of other dedicated parking areas – all involve the regular parking fee to be expected. You might be able to find free parking on side roads off Cranbrook Road though! 🙂

    1. Reply

      Ah thanks for the parking information – will update accordingly!! 🙂

    2. Reply

      Went to loaded burger on my birthday and I can tell you none of us, all four, two adults and two children, didn’t like it at all. The burgers we had, three varieties, we’re all tasteless, buffalo wings slightly hard, the best thing by far we’re the drinks. Sadly the search for the tasty halal burger goes on!

        • Sid
        • 31/05/2014
        Reply

        I went there a few months back and I agree the chips were bland, burger was just average. So much potential and its been a let down so far. Hope the owners read these comments.

    • Shak
    • 05/03/2014
    Reply

    Mubaraks on the engagement HG! When you start looking for a lively, entertaining and very well priced DJ for the big palty shalty, please get in touch 🙂

    1. Reply

      Hahahaha thank you for the congrats and the offer of a dj!

  2. Reply

    Ha ha, thanks for sacrificing yourself. Jheez i have been a bit slack on the burger front of late, i have some catching up to do.

    Thanks for the write up and congrats on your engagement :o)

    1. Reply

      You are welcome! And thanks for the congrats 🙂

    • BW
    • 06/03/2014
    Reply

    Nice post, im craaving burgers now!! Youre not making this healthy lifestyle attempt any easier for me!!

    1. Reply

      You rejected my invite so I had to sacrifice myself!! YWDY.

        • BW
        • 06/03/2014
        Reply

        Drama queen

    • Rahat
    • 06/03/2014
    Reply

    Congratulations on your recent engagement. I look forward to your reviews on halal places. Ilford is abit far away for me. But may make a special trip to Loaded Burgers they sound yummy. Red Iron Burgers was one of the best burger places I ever ate at.
    X

    • Muttee Ahmad
    • 07/03/2014
    Reply

    Many congratulations first of all 🙂 Wish you best of luck for the future.

    Coming back to burgers, I can’t seem to find this place, not on google, not by the address that you gave. Could you please guide a bit more? maybe add the post code or the website address?

    Thanks

    1. Reply

      Thanks for the congrats! 🙂

      Hmm, I just provided the address that they gave and their website doesn’t seem to be working at the moment.
      Let me just find the postcode and I’ll shortly update the above information! 🙂

    2. Reply

      Updated!! 🙂

    • mariam
    • 07/03/2014
    Reply

    Just discovered your blog and am loving it so far! Keep up the good work, me and my friends are always stuck for places to eat and now we have new places to explore! Muburuk on the engagement too 🙂

    • Spice Hute
    • 08/03/2014
    Reply

    Thanks for the review. Really the big question you forgot to answer was how does it rank against Meat & Shake burgers?

    1. Reply

      At the momento, Meat and Shake is better but then again, I tried their burgers when the restaurant was a couple of months old so who knows what Loaded Burgers will taste like given a couple more months!

  3. Did they really serve drinks in a jar? Sugar rimmed as well? O___O

    A friend and I decided to try out this bubble tea before (only once though), my stance on it is the same as yours. I didn’t like it either, had green apple with lychee, mango and strawberry bubbles in it. Weird feeling, like it just pops in your mouth and leaves this little sausage like skin behind. So yeah, that was my first and last time ever drinking it. Friend feels the same as well, it’s just…weird. Like kool aid and haribo put together.

    I just discovered your blog btw and find it really helpful! I don’t live in London but when I do visit, I’ll know which places to dine thanks to your blog!

    • Asif
    • 14/03/2014
    Reply

    Wow! Another Burger joint to try in London! But whats your number one? Is it still Red Hot Burgers or Meat and Shake?

    1. Reply

      My ultimate favourite burger joint out of all has to be Red Hot Burgers (Red Iron Burgers 🙂 ) !!

    • Halal Socrates
    • 17/03/2014
    Reply

    This place looks interesting. Carry in the good work – I’ve noticed people are copying your posts and not even being smart enough to change the phrasing merely changing names and sex of people. I guess it’s a compliment to you.

      • Halalapaloza
      • 18/03/2014
      Reply

      Noticed same thing, one website in particular.

      Thanks for the review HG and well done for being the first to discover! I still need to try Meat and Shake, feedback from friends has been mixed..

      PS congrats on your engagement!

        • Muttee Ahmad
        • 25/03/2014
        Reply

        Meat and shake is not that great so lower your expectations when you go there. Not even a single person in my circle has liked it yet, everyone says never again after going there but to each his own I guess.

    • Muttee Ahmad
    • 25/03/2014
    Reply

    Ok I finally went there and almost followed everything you said. I ordered a topless and my wife ordered Machete burns. We ordered Buffalo wings too and went for pina colada (myself) and Mango mojito. I got to say, after Red Iron, if I have to pick a burger joint, it has to be this. Really loved the burger and especially the fries. I guess those fries are very different and not every one’s cup of tea. you didn’t like them neither did my wife but i just couldn’t get enough of them. But on side note, topless was very mediocre, one reason could be that the french toast they gave me was almost 3 times fatter than the one in your picture here. it just destroyed the taste and also wings were normal, nothing special, Tinsel town’s peri peri wings are much better than this but the burger and patty itself were really great and as it is not too far from me so I will be going there a lot. Thanks for the recommendation, I will keep giving my feedbad on other items on the menu. Cheers

    • Anonymous
    • 18/06/2014
    Reply

    how much are they, the burgers how much do they cost?

    • Bobby
    • 22/07/2014
    Reply

    went to Loaded, ordered a takeaway classic burger, waited exactly 24 minutes for my food, politely enquired as to when I might actually get this burger, soon, was what I was told, manager just shouted at the guy on the grill, who shouted back at the manager.
    in the end I told them to stuff the burger and walked out.
    This was a weekday lunch time and they will know exactly what I am talking about.
    if you cant cook a burger in 24 minutes, what hope have you?

    • Anonymous
    • 31/03/2015
    Reply

    I gave in to trying Loaded Burgers after reading this review – my husband still thinks I gave into his please about trying a local burger joint 😉
    I ordered Beef Nachos with cheese for starters and to be honest was disappointed. The cheese was stiff not soft and guey and chilli con carne just felt heavy with no taste.
    For mains, I ordered the buffalo chicken burger which again was another disappointment! The chicken had been fried and practically dipped in a hot buffalo sauce making it taste of west indian hot pepper sauce!
    My other half had a philly
    Both the meals were enough to put me off not ordering a shake, fries or dessert!
    Although the interior of the restaurant was brilliant, I was quite disappointed with the food – It was a wednesday night and the restaurant was pretty busy for a wednesday so I would expect decent food – i hope the owners take note and improve the food.

    • Mustafa
    • 18/07/2015
    Reply

    Went to this place last night with a group of 10. Almost every one ordered a different burger.

    The food was delivered in good time, but the “gourmet chips” – was dry, chewy and tasteless. Even after requesting them to be replaced…I realised the product they use was just of poor quality.

    This pretentious rustic decor and presentation of food on hippy plates permeated thru all the food too.

    Burgers were plain…. the meat could not have been of good quality. The only seasoning you could taste is salt and chilli (machete burger).

    Today, 8 out of 10 of us have upset stomach.

    I wish the food at least tasted good. ..junk food tastes good even if it is bad for your health… this “gourmet” restaurant failed to impress on any front other than the gentrified aesthetics.

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