Next week is a big week for the burger landscape of London. While US burger giants Shake Shack and Five Guys open their first ever London restaurants and homegrown burger joint Honest Burgers is set to open its third branch in Camden Lock, Byron will launch a new monthly special, the Big B, which I previewed a couple of posts ago...
Just to recap, the Big B was inspried by a trip to the States. It comprises two 3oz patties, two slices of Red Leicester cheese, slices of white onion, shredded lettuce and a special sauce made using mayo, ketchup, mustard and pickles, apparently inspired by visits to In-N-Out in California.
As you can see it now looks quite different to the work-in-progress version I tried a few weeks ago – and it's much improved. The cheese is thicker, gooier, there seems to be more slices of pickle in the ensemble and, perhaps most importantly, it is now served in a bespoke potato roll bun devised specially for it by wholesale bakery Millers. The bun is soft and light but has a good heft and a joyously gummy chew to it.
The bun squashes down to almost nothing making the Big B easy to handle and eat. Although a double patty burger might seem to some like a challenge, this has the same amount of beef as a regular Byron 6oz patty. Rather than being about delivering extra beef, the Big B burger is about delivering twice the amount of exterior char / sear flavour across two half-weight patties - plus an extra slice of cheese: good times!
Before the Big B arrives in branches of Byron next week (priced at an Osborne-tastic £9.50), exec chef Fred Smith will be cooking up a load TONIGHT (Saturday 29 June) on the flat top grill in the Byron Van up at Camden Town Brewery. Get involved!