Living in London, I have extensively searched beyond belief for “that” burger. Trying restaurant after restaurant that have claimed to cook up a real burger, I have been disappointed at the flat and obviously processed burgers that I have been served. Perhaps I have been comparing too many of them to the tastier burgers I have tried at many restaurants overseas, but surely our glorious London must have ONE good burger to serve up.
Thankfully, the fact that I am writing this post shows I may have just found the filthiest, juiciest, tastiest halal burger in the whole of UK (or at least in London anyway).
Red Iron Burger
My fellow siblings and I practically ran down Uxbridge high street when we heard of this burger joint serving up delicious gourmet burgers and after two days of online drooling over their extensive menu, we were still unsure what burger to order.
Chicken, Veg and Lamb were mentally crossed off in all three of our minds. We were here for the star of the show. The 8oz 40-days-matured beef beauty.
Understandably, we were nervous; what if we had overhyped it? What if it doesn’t taste as great as its been made out to be? Regardless, we placed our orders with my brother obviously footing the bill; it was simply guilt- and expense-free paradise for me!
Vinegary gherkin fingers fried to a crispy gold with a complimenting dipping sauce; was it perhaps simply sour cream? Nonetheless it was a perfect pairing of tangy crispiness and creamy refreshment that ended up in us fighting for the last finger; who can beat me?
Monstrous non-greasy crispy onion rings may not look it but, boy were they huge. Sadly they weren’t on the same level as the fried gherkins, and although they were a nice addition to the meal, none of us felt the urge to fight over the last one (doesn’t mean I didn’t still finish every single one of them!)
My siblings opted for the Red Iron Burger whilst I chose the cheeseburger to play it safe. We didn’t consider using the forks and knives provided to us – this just was not the time for it.
Here they are…
The Red Iron Burger came piled high with a steak knife pierced right through its centre to hold it all together. Onion jam, jalapenos, cheese, their trademark sauce, the absolute works! The siblings didn’t really speak to me much for the rest of the meal… I guess they were experiencing their own food-gasms!
Being so adventurous, my ordinary cheeseburger came with a long toothpick topped off with a dill pickle. I felt a little disenchanted after having seen their huge juicy burger next to my much smaller-looking cheeseburger, but it was not as ordinary tasting as I had imagined. I had opted for American cheese (but there are lots of other cheese choices available) and asked for the patty to be cooked to a juicy pink medium. It was mouth-wateringly beautiful; just delicious and simply satisfying.
All three of us agreed that the next 500 times we visit this place we will omit the sweet red onion jam, but this is a personal family preference of ours. Regardless, this was the best burger we’ve had in a long time. The meat was fresh (never frozen) and custom made on the spot, which resulted in a slightly long (but not too long) wait. Their glossy brioche bun really tried hard to keep the burger and condiments together; the food that makes a mess tastes the best; it is what you get, so roll up those sleeves and prepare to get dirty.
The restaurant is situated right in the middle of Uxbridge high street and may need to invest in some heaters, but despite this there was enough seating and the service was good. Price-wise, it was expensive but receiving a gourmet burger cooked from scratch with fresh chips, I didn’t think twice; besides, I wasn’t paying!
Halal status verified by owner.
P.s. For those who like a good food challenge, Red Iron Burger has THREE challenges for those mighty brave people – super spicy chicken wings, a 32oz burger (so that’s 4 burger patties altogether) and a mammoth sized steak. So head on down there if you fancy being hailed the next Adam Richman (Man vs Food) of Uxbridge.
P.s.s. Everything is halal!
Tweet these beautiful guys @RedIronBurgers or check their meat-tastic website at www.redironburgers.co.uk