Eating healthy is all well and good, but sometimes it’s nice to indulge in a little bit of what you love.
Burgers have long been a favourite treat food, so shun the salad for a day and let your cravings get the better of you at one of these mouth-watering eateries in Leeds, where juicy burgers are the king of the menu.
They may have started out as a temporary kitchen takeover, but the tasty delights of Patty Smith’s burgers proved to be such a hit that it earned them a permanent kitchen residency.
Two years since setting up camp in Belgrave Music Hall, this place is still a firm favourite among burger lovers, and there’s plenty on the menu to choose from.
Try their renowned Dirty Burger, which comes layered with cheddar, chipotle mayo, American mustard, dill pickles, lettuce and tomato.
Visit: Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, 1-1A Cross Belgrave Street, LS2 8JP – belgravemusichall.com
They are the self-proclaimed kings of meat, and hidden among the menu of ribs, pulled pork, BBQ wings and smoked chicken at Red’s, you’ll find a selection of burgers that are to die for.
These generously sized patties are a mouthful, so if you’re looking to indulge, this is the place to go.
From the giant pit burger (topped with Black Angus brisket and pulled pork), to their infamous donut burger, there’s something for every burger lover.
Visit: 1 Cloth Hall Street, LS1 2HD / 6A Otley Road, LS6 2AA – truebarbecue.com
Offering plenty of variety, Almost Famous dishes up more than your average burger joint with their exciting flavour combinations.
There are 12 different burgers to choose from here, each loaded with a healthy dose of toppings.
If you’ve got a penchant for spice, try the Chili V3.4 which comes with cheese pepperoni, ‘Hot AF’ sauce, jalapeno, red chilli, red onion, blue cheese and jalapeno mayo.
Visit: 23-25 Great George Street, LS1 3AL – almostfamousburgers.com
With two bases in Leeds – one in Hyde Park and one in Chapel Allerton – you can satisfy your Boss burger cravings both in and out of the city centre.
Serving deliciously juicy handmade gourmet burgers, Boss pride themselves on their use of fresh, local meats from the best grass fed Yorkshire cattle.
As well as their no nonsense beef patties, they also serve a veggie burger and chicken fillet, so all tastes are well catered for.
Visit: 75 Brudenell Grove, LS6 1HR / 38 Harrogate Road, LS7 4LA – bossburgers.co.uk
It’s an American favourite which has proved to be equally popular on this side of the pond, and Leeds is lucky to be home to three branches of Five Guys.
Hot dogs and grilled sandwiches are also on offer, but the burgers are undoubtedly the star of the menu.
You can choose from a regular or small sized portion, depending on how hungry you are, and load it up with as many toppings as you like.
Visit: 9-11 Duncan Street, LS1 6DL / Cardigan Fields Leisure Park, Kirkstall Road, LS4 2DG / Unit R13 White Rose Shopping Centre, Dewsbury Road, LS11 8LU – fiveguys.co.uk
Nation of Shopkeepers
With a rustic interior decked out with twinkling fairy lights, and a stunning outside area for those warmer days, this laid-back American-style diner is a welcoming spot to unwind with a drink and a burger.
They offer a great range of beef, chicken and veggie burgers, which can be paired with one of their ‘wild sides’ and deliciously satisfying shakes.
Visit: 26-27 Cookridge Street, LS2 3AG – anationofshopkeepers.com
As the name hints, burgers, wings and booze are the main ingredients at this popular eatery.
There are a range of options to choose from, including the classic cheeseburger and the French-mustard fried Dead Hippie patty, along with an impressive menu of fries.
And if you don’t eat meat, give the tasty halloumi mushroom burger a try.
Visit: Trinity Leeds, Bank Street, LS1 5AT – meatliquor.com
Housed in a stylishly restored converted warehouse overlooking the River Aire, this relaxed bar has a burger-led menu, created by the Yorkshire Burgaire Company.
Their signature Rockafella is their most prized (and most extravagant) burger, with four beef patties layered with American cheese, gherkins, Kraken rum barbeque sauce, and pulled pork.
Visit: Sparrows Wharf, 32 The Calls, LS2 7EW – aire.bar
If you’re looking for your burger fix away from the city centre, The Pit in Chapel Allerton has your foodie needs well covered.
Made using British beef, their mouth-watering handmade burgers come served in a brioche bun, topped with lettuce, tomatoes and a side of house fries.
Visit: 8b Stainbeck Lane, LS7 3QY – arcinspirations.com