First visited – March 2015
Type of establishment – Restaurant
Serving – Lunch and Dinner
Price – ££
Level of Paleo – Gluten free/paleo sympathetic
When some friends of ours suggested Handmade Burger Co. for lunch in Birmingham, with our eating habits in mind, we figured we’d at least be able to get the option without the bun, and maybe add a grain-free friendly side or two to beef up the plate that would be sadly lacking. We were pleasantly surprised however, to find quite the extensive gluten free menu, with more than enough choices to create a sustaining lunch that wouldn’t leave us hungry straight afterward. With 20+ different burger options that can all be made gluten free (you have to specifically ask for it when you go up to order because the normal patties have gluten-containing Worcestershire sauce), and a ‘naked’ option without the bun (and they give you a side salad instead, which was an added bonus!) there’s bound to be something for everyone. As the name suggests, they are handmade to order, and their beef is 100% grass fed, something which I rarely find advertised in the UK. I opted for the bacon and avocado burger without mayo or relish to avoid unnecessary sugars, with sweet potato fries, and wasn’t disappointed with the generous serving size, which was more than sufficient. The only thing that won’t be paleo are the seed oils they probably cook with, which, depending on your sway, may be an acceptable compromise to be able to enjoy a casual, affordable meal with non grain-free friends.
PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT to be confused with Gourmet Burger Kitchen (or GBK) which also offers a gluten free menu and bun-less burgers, but unfortunately left me feeling what can only be described as drunk (light headed, brain fog, stomach ache, nauseous, and downright miserable for about 2 hours until I was suddenly starving again for some real food and nutrients!)