has been serving up burgers in Beijing for over a year now, but has just opened a new joint on Xingfucun Zhong Lu, one great leap away from another burger vendor who shall not be named. There are 15 all-American buns of fun to get your teeth into; we back these as the best.
This is a straight-up bacon cheeseburger with a twist: coleslaw spiked with classic Chinese Lao Gan Ma sauce. You can taste the chilli here but it’s by no means a spicy choice – rather, it offers a pungent crunch, which makes for a more balanced bite than some of the other boorishly beefy options. 37RMB.
Carolina Pulled Pork
The strands of meat here are surprisingly lean for your typical pulled pork offering, and the pairing of a homemade Carolina Gold BBQ sauce provides a tangy, mustardy hit that compliments the smokey pork
well. If it’s a sleazy sesh you’re after, go elsewhere, but Mr Carolina is your man for hitting the burger spot without the risk of a subsequent food coma. 44RMB.
The eponymous burger delivers in both flavour and height. Two beef patties, a fried egg, a rasher of bacon, fried onion and mushrooms, not forgetting the melting slices of diner cheese, make for a notably rich nosh, even amongst its greasy brethren. A hint of mustard just about makes its voice heard, but the sheer mass of meat in this squishy shotput means death by Cannonator is definitely more of a smother than a punch. 59RMB.
Pimento Cheese Fried Chicken
For those uninitiated to the world of Deep South dining, pimento cheese is a popular spread made from cheese, mayo and pimento peppers. A classic sandwich filling comes into its own with a whopper of sweet tea-brined fried chicken, which is only marginally less greasy than the red meat options, battered as it is in a delightfully crunchy shell. A healthy helping of creamy coleslaw rounds off the fun; a luscious, contrapuntal companion to the dirty bird. 42RMB.
Guac n Bleu
Another double-decker, the Guac n Bleu is perhaps the health-conscious modern diner’s choice – it has avocado, after all. Backing it up are the antioxidant-rich lettuce and tomato, which we hear are the latest new-wave superfoods. You’re also two-for-two on the beef and cheese counts, not to mention the tough slice of salty bacon, which is great for, um, gains. 55RMB.