The place is called “Byron Hamburgers”, not “Byron Mushroomburgers”. Don’t give an excellent place a poor review because of your lifestyle choices. Meat isn’t murder – it’s dinner.
341 Upper Street, Islington, London WC2E 7BN
- Angel Station (0.1 km)
- Angel Tube Station (0.3 km)
- Contact us:
020 7704 7620
19 reviews of Byron Hamburgers in English
I’ve been to this Byron many, many times. As I’m from Los Angeles, home of In N’ Out, I definitely know a good burger when I taste one. I love going to Byron for a quick bite. The beef is succulent, and the slice of pickle gives it that American feel. The shakes are great and most of the time the staff are very friendly and make sure you’re happy with the meal.
Not enough veggie options available I'm afraid, so I can't compliment this place on it's funky interior or its awesome fries.
'But you're a vegetarian, why would you want to eat burgers?' I hear you cry. Well actually I love a good veggie burger, and this place doesn't do them. OK it has gone for the unimaginative 'mushroom in a bap' option, but I certainly wouldn't want to pay 7 quid for a mushroom sandwich.
Is it really that hard to make burger patties without meat, just in addition to the no-doubt staggeringly good meat menu? (no). Then they have no excuse not to serve them. I preferred it when it was Hamburger Union!
Shame, as their tiling and shopfront are really awesome. Two stars for that.
thjprice, 11 July 2012:
absinthecity, 12 July 2012:
Um, hang on, how is that called for? I wrote the review because love burgers and enjoy eating them at many other similar-level outlets including GBK, who manage the apparently impossible feat of having four non meat choices. I’m just pointing out that Byron are losing customers – they seem unaware of this. I’m the sort of person who regularly winds up in town looking for a quick bite or gets invited out to places like Byron with colleagues, but for the reasons I’ve outlined, tend to give it a miss – their loss.
The thing is, it’s not just my custom they’re losing, it’s bigger groups because if a colleague suggests Byron as a work trip I’ll veto it on the grounds that I resent paying above the odds for a bit of vegetable in a bap when I think they could do better, then none of us will go. They’re not the only culprits by a long chalk, but I do think it makes sense to pick places up when they’re letting down a significant customer base.
I actually think my criticism is very fair and also quite helpful – not sure why you’re so bothered. Or why you just joined Qype under a brand new anon account apparently just to diss me! Hilarious.
benolney, 18 November 2012:
What a long winded bunch of nonsense. I agree with thjprice. I wouldn’t give a vegetarian resturant a bad review because they don’t serve meat! Get over it, I’m sure they won’t be losing any sleep over the masses of customers they are missing out on.
Excellent hamburger restaurant with some healthy options thrown in. The quality of the meat is exceptionally good. Also a good range of soft drinks including my favourite root beer.Shame abouit the "trendy" warehouse vibe setting which fails to impress. Still the staff are friendly and the service is first class.
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Great burger, chips and onions rings!
I went for the blue cheese burger, which came with nice fresh salad and chunky gherkin.
We were served quickly, and the restaurant was packed.
Would of been a 5* rating, but ordered aioli to go with the onion rings and it wasn't up to the same standard as the rest of the meal!
It was a cold dark night and I craved some meat. I have also been reading about this place since what feels like new restaurant chain opening time began and thought its time to see what the fuss was about.
I was impressed. I had a full on cheeseburger, loaded with jack cheese and the hand cut fries and a gingerbeer. Yes I have become that rock and roll these days.
My beloved had the same cheeseburger, but because she wanted a girly version she had the skinny one which had no bun but a rather nice salad which I ate lots of too. It had a great variety of leaves that included peppery ones and ones that had little red streaks on so it didn't end up being oily green stuff. The dressing was sharp and tangy too. She did have some fries so we wouldn't end up ordering more. Or the age old thing that happens when you eat with a girl - they say they don't want chips and then they end up eating all of yours. Then the next day complain that they are putting on weight.
OK before I get flame grilled alive more than the burgers, I must add that my beloved isn't one of those those ladies!
The food in there is so moorish and lovely that you will find yourself reluctant to share. Burger food is about being slightly gluttonous anyway.
The meat in the burgers was lean yet really flavourful and juicy. The cheese had the right melty balance with the cheese that didn't feel like you were swallowing grease nor would be likely to be sweating meat and cheese for the next week.
I love burgers but I don't eat them often as I know they aren't the healthiest things on the planet but sometimes when you want to feel you are being slapped on the back by a gruff lumberjack, nothing does this better than a burger. A good one at that.
The service in there was good, staff attentive but not irritating.
The menu in Byron is simple but I am glad they keep it that way. I think it's important (especially where burgers are concerned) to keep it simple and to focus on making a really good base product.
Every time I want a good burger my choice shall be Byron.
I also loved the exposed brickwork and deliberately mismatched chairs. It had a very own industrial chic about it and food was prompt.
If you haven't gone already then check it out! It doesn't burn a hole in your pocket and you leave feeling satisfied in having eaten naughty but very nice food.
What a let down!
A friend recommended the Byron on Upper St, but I thought it was a rip-off and far from the "gourmet" burger experience I expected.
Friendly, fast service & interesting decor, but that's about as far as I would go.
The meat was organic but the burger felt very processed, not the chunky sort of mince that I was expecting. IMO it was a slightly bigger, organic version of a BK Whopper! Price was OK, but definitely not cheap for the quality.
The portion of fries was a joke - about £3 for a tiny bowl of mass-produced chips.
The onion rings were greasy and fell apart in the bowl they came in.
This was my first experience of the new kind of plush burger restaurant & I was totally disappointed.
Luckily the burger I had at the Victoria Inn (Bellenden Rd in Peckham) restored my faith - chunky, homemade burger, cooked well, with great chips & it was probably a couple of quid cheaper.
Great venue for proper american burgers, and none of that bogus preservative filled meat substitute that you find at the main-stream chains. My vote would be - go for the burgers - and have a Byron, and add Jalpenos or a portabello mushroom.
If I wasn't leaving so early tomorrow morning, I'd have one for breakfast!
Sometimes, like Joni Mitchell sang, you don't know what you've got until it's gone. And that's very much the case with a Byron burger, which disappeared rather quickly after it arrived at my table. And while I'm sure I've had better burgers, I'll be darned if I can remember them. But I do remember Byron's burger - and every meat patty between a bun since just hasn't measured up.
Yes, the menu isn't exactly extensive. But this is a burger joint, not The Ivy. Frankly, I'd be a bit worried if they were pushing an inventive scallop dish as a starter. It's always a sign of confidence if you don't get a great deal of choice, and there's more than enough options with extra toppings to keep you happy.
The burgers themselves are deceptively filling - a decent size yet a challenge to you when you reach the last couple of mouthfuls. Plus the meat is tender and pink in the middle and the grilling is just right.
The courgette fries are also a clever and utterly delicious addition to a meal and much more moreish than the standard fries. You'll be plotting how to make them at home, and failing. And this is without mentioning the huge onion rings.
A few criticisms: they forget the extra bacon in my friend's burger, but the staff were very quick, friendly helpful and apologetic and fixed this quickly. Plus I'm not entirely sure if I'm keen on the 'half-renovated-before-the-builders-took-an-extended-tea-break' is quite my thing.
But there's no arguing with the quality of burgers, the speed of service, the friendly staff and the price. Maybe I'll find a better burger in London over the coming months, but it'll have to go a long way to top Byron.
Hmm let's start with the good shall we
1) Although my burger was slightly past medium it was still juicy
2) The Oreo milkshakes were the perfect consistency, not so thick that you couldn't get it through a straw not so cold it gave you brain freeze. Perfect!
3) Nice soft bun that didn't require extensive surgery (on the bun not me!) to get it in one mouthful. Hate those ciabatta monstrosities that rip your mouth to shreds.
The not so good...
1) Short menu. The fancyiest burger has just 3 toppings bacon, cheese and Byron sauce. I didn't order this because it sounded like a saltfest (bacon and capers in the sauce) but in retrospect that's exactly what my burger need. More seasoning and more sauce. My cheesburger just tasted of meat, tomato and lettuce as the mature cheddar wasn't bring much to the party and in a country where tomatoes taste of water that's not enough. I ended up throwing on all the condiments on the table (mustard, chili sauce, ketchup) in a desperate bid to make it taste of something
2) The courgette fries. These got slightly too greasy halfway through the bowl. I felt a bit sick after eating these. Stick to regular.
So where would I put Byron in the league table of chain burger places? Better that the travesty that is Fine Burger not as good as GBK. Byron-it's OK!
This lot will be giving many of the other burger joints a run for their money.
Incredible burgers done medium so still pinky in the centre - exactly as they should be. The skin on chips were just perfect and hopefully slightly healthier than the skinnies also on offer.
Staff were very sussed and the Islington branch (I believe another branch is planned for Covent Garden) is wonderfully de-constructed/industrial/construction-in-progress in terms of it's decor.
With such a fab offering I suggest they get that upper floor sorted - to accommodate the willing punters.
Thank goodness Byron has opened up in Islington - finally a proper, tasty burger in the area! Used to go to The Diner but was always a bit disappointed with them - now I will be at Byron instead, having a juicy, cooked-to-order burger with some amazing courgette fries. This place rocks, even if the decor is a bit too unfinished for my taste (the ceiling joists are exposed, making it look like you're eating in a building site). Our party of 6 was seated quickly and service was friendly (perhaps even overly friendly for England?) Jugs of tap water get them even more bonus points. Next time I'm trying the oreo milkshake.
I didn't 'mind' Hamburger Union but wow, BYRON is Islington is a fantastic replacement! Firstly I LOVE the decor - amazing. Distressed exterior, raw pipework inside...the entire feel is very raw but it works and is especially beautiful at night.
Anyway - we couldn't eat in tonight as we were both exhausted from a day with the kids so I called up and ordered a takeaway (collection only).
Our food was excellent. My skinny fries were great, really full of flavour and my wife's skin on chips were even better. Our cheeseburgers were just perfect - soft bun, great meat. I wolfed mine down in seconds!
To top it off our milkshakes were off the hook - my OREO cookie one fantastic.
Byron works well because it delivers simple simple food but with lots of flavour and no fuss. It's exactly what you want from an honest burger place but goes that little bit further to make you want to come back.
My only tiny tiny tiny gripe (which may not apply to most people) is that our burgers were very much medium / rare - i.e. chargrilled on the outside, pink inside. Whilst I LOVE my burgers like this my wife didn't like the rawness so much - so if your'e not a fan of raw meat then please make sure you ask for a well done version!
Can't wait to go back - well done BYRON!
Byron Hamburgers have come up with the nifty idea of taking over the old, not particularly special Hamburger Union restaurant and transforming it into a great place to eat.
The interior is, at this stage, so under-developed that I wasn't quite sure if they haven't actually finished. Everywhere is bare brick walls, timber and "toilets upstairs" scribbled on the way in felt-tip pen. However, the kitchen is gleaming new and appears to be working well.
The hamburgers themselves were great: flavoursome and fresh without being overladen. The sides (hand-cut skin on chips and onion rings) were a perfect compliment. I also went for a chocolate malt which was just the right side of thick and served as an awesome starter, accompaniment and desert.
I will definitely keep coming back as long as they keep serving burgers this good.
Great place and location on Upper Street. It is opposite the Business Design Centre, and is the latest branch of Bryon (replaces Hamburger Union on Upper Street). David, manager (centre of photos), mentioned that they are rolling out other branches across London - including Covent Garden.
I was impressed by the way things were running, given that they had only been open for 3days. All staff very friendly and helpful, especially our waitress Adriana,the manager David and the chefs. Loved the stripped back, almost rustic, look; when you look down from first floor you can see to joists.
Cheeseburger with Gruyere cheese was yummy and not greasy like some other burger joints (eg. Fine Burger Co.). Loved the Courgette Fries - they come hot with a nice crispy semolina batter coating. Oreo Cookie milkshake is amazing, and just right composition.
Enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and will be going back again.
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