Handmade Burger Anyone?

Handmade Burger Co.

Location – UK wide including Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield, Hull, Edinburgh and Glasgow

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!)

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2 thoughts on “Handmade Burger Anyone?

  1. Thanks Rachel, glad to find your blog through mark’s daily apple. We love the Handmade Burger Company too. Good burgers, amazing homemade chips. I am going to write to them about the oils, maybe if other people do too, they might look into it. It’s interesting how their prices remain competitive despite using grass-fed beef – makes me wonder whether other high-end burger companies are just making bigger profits. As I find grass-fed beef only marginally more expensive than good quality mainstream beef but a lot more expensive than cheap meat, it makes me think that the other burger companies could easily switch to grass-fed if they are already using good beef….

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    1. Welcome, and thanks for your comment. One of the more surprising things I found when I was writing the blog post was the locations of handmade. Compared to the other burger chains, that are quite highly concentrated in cities, they only have 1 in London, which partly makes me think they may choose their locations carefully to keep costs down. This may of course be completely coincidental, but it may be part of the reason they can stretch to grass fed beef without inflating the price to the consumer.

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