Sometimes you want nothing more than a big fat juicy burger in a bun, dripping with ketchup and mayo, bulging with heaps of crisp salad and so beeftastically big that you'll need to hire an industrial crushing machine to help shape it into an edible size.
The popularity of the succulent patty has shown no signs of abating and in recent years some pretty decent burger joints have opened up across the capital, providing the hamburger connoisseur with lots of rather tasty options.
If you're up for a deliciously delightful burger experience, here are a few places that should satiate your appetite:
Byron Hamburgers: Burgers start with the Classic at £6.50 and end with the Byron at £8.50 (dry cured bacon, mature cheddar, Byron sauce). Cuurently with 11 restaurants across the capital.
Hache Burgers: With locations in Camden and Chelsea, Hache's menu include burgers of not just beef but also chicken, fish, lamb....even duck! Vegetarians are also catered for. All burgers are served in a fresh Ciabatta bun with rocket, beef tomato and sliced sweet red onion, and Haché mayo.
Fine Burger: The Fine Burger Company claim to be on a mission "to upgrade your burger". The menu includes all the burger types you'd expect, plus a few interesting ones, such as the Thai Chicken Satay burger (£7.50) and the Catalan (grilled Spanish chorizo, piquillo pepper, wild rocket and aioli - £7.65). Several locations across the capital.
Dollar Grills and Martinis: Located in Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell, Dollar Grills & Martinis serves up a range of 7oz 'Dollar Burgers' from £6.95, and 8oz 'Million Dollar Burgers' from £9.95. Ground floor restaurant. Bar downstairs.
Ed's Easy Diner: Ed's Easy Diners bring a touch of 50s America to the heart of London and beyond. With burgers made from prime West Country beef, your tastebuds should be in for a treat. Burgers priced from a reasonable £5.35 to a still reasonable £6.65. You'll find Ed's Easy Diner in Soho, Trocadero, Bluewater, and Euston.
Black & Blue: The burgers here are hand-made using 100% British beef, char-grilled precisely to your liking. Burgers for around £10 with the usual toppings of crispy bacon, melted cheese, guacamole, and BBQ or mushroom sauce, as well as the not-so-usual topping of foie gras. Black & Blue currently has six restaurants across London at locations including Borough Market and Notting Hill.
GBK: The Gourmet Burger Kitchen will be more than happy to present you with, among others, their Mexican burger (sour cream, avocado, spicy kidney bean salsa, mayo and salad - £8.25) and their Jamaican burger (mango & ginger sauce, salad and mayo - £7.75). Opening their first branch in Battersea back in 2001, they're now in many cities across the UK, with several restaurants in London.
Burger Co: Located in Carnaby Street, the Carnaby Burger Company menu features 30 gourmet burgers, including the Classic Beef at £6.25 and the Pepper Jack! (Monterey Jack cheese, jalapeno peppers, fried onions and peppercorn sauce) at £8.65.
Guerilla Burgers: With burgers like the Cobb Burger (crumbled blue cheese, avocado, crispy bacon and house salsa - £6.75) and the vegetarian Aubergine & Goats Cheese Burger (red pepper, salad, tomato and currant relish and house salsa - £5.75), this popular restaurant close to Selfridges should do just fine in taking care of all your burger-based desires.
Fatboy's Diner: Go to America without going to America (it's at Trinity Buoy Wharf just across the river from the O2 Arena). This authentic American roadside diner (open 10am to 5pm; closed Mondays) serves up a variety of 'Fatburgers' including the Boy's Bonanza (a double Fatburger (half pound) with cheese, crispy bacon, and "a sprinkling of rabbit food") and the ABC (a giant Fatburger topped with avocado, bacon and cheese).