Review: Boss Burgers, Chapel Allerton, Leeds

Mark Ketteringham of Boss Burger in Leeds, at the Chapel Allerton branch. Pic: Tony Johnson.

Mark Ketteringham of Boss Burger in Leeds, at the Chapel Allerton branch. Pic: Tony Johnson.

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DOZENS of burger joints have been popping up across the city in the past year or so.

Byron, MeatLiquor, Five Guys and Almost Famous are just a few of the big names that have flocked to Leeds recently.

The 'Goats Cheese and Chilli One' at Boss Burgers in Chapel Allerton. Pic: Tony Johnson.

The 'Goats Cheese and Chilli One' at Boss Burgers in Chapel Allerton. Pic: Tony Johnson.

And last week, the YEP reported that one of the best burgers in the whole of the UK hailed from Leeds – from a local independent eatery, too.

According to TripAdvisor, Boss Burgers has the fifth best burger in the UK.

The company, launched by Harrogate brothers Adam and Mark Ketteringham, has three branches – Hyde Park, Harrogate and Chapel Allerton.

The latter only opened a few weeks ago, so we decided to try it out.

It’s in quite an unusual spot, just down from a curry house, funeral parlour and charity shop. But that doesn’t seem to put off punters, who regularly queue out of the door and pack out the outside seating area.

Despite this Boss Burgers branch being fairly small, it’s perfectly formed.

The inside dining area has been decorated in light, neutral colours, with glass doors that can be opened up onto an outside seating area, complete with fake grass.

It’s the perfect spot to soak up some sun and people-watch but sadly on this occasion it was a little too cold.

So once greeted by a friendly waitress, we chose a table inside by the window.

We were handed menus and were pleased to see it was fairly succinct, with a few snacks and just six burgers to choose from.

There is also a veggie option with grilled halloumi, peppers, onions and rocket for £6.50.

We opted for some crispy pig skin for £2.50 to start, then my dining partner chose a ‘Smokeback Mountain’ burger, with smoked back bacon, cheddar, lettuce, smoked BBQ sauce and homemade Boss Mayo, at £8.50.

It was a good size and the meat was perfectly cooked, while the chunky bacon added a light smokiness.

I chose the ‘Goats Cheese and Chilli One’, with chilli jam, rocket and Boss Mayo, at £8.50.

The cheese was warmed perfectly and was a great accompaniment without taking the flavour away from the meat.

Both were well constructed and went down a treat.

It’s obvious the meat is good quality, and a little research showed Boss Burgers only use grass-fed Yorkshire cattle, with select cuts from Dexter, Longhorn and Galloways.

As we finished off our chips (which cost an extra £1.50 or £2.50 for sweet potato fries), we were already discussing which burger we’ll try next time.

With two fries and two soft drinks, the bill came to £25.

It’s impossible to say if this is one of the best burgers in the UK as we’ve not tried them all.

But it was certainly one of our favourites in Leeds.

Rating: ****

PIC: Simon Hulme

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