Fat Hippo, Jesmond
WHY WE LOVE IT: Fat Hippo is one of the North East’s most famous burger joints, loved for its inventive toppings and quirky combos. This cool little hangout is the perfect spot for all kinds of patties, to be enjoyed with pals.
WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Whether you’re big on beef, chicken or veggie patties, there’s sure to be something to settle your cravings this National Burger Day. Scrummy sides include sweet potato fries, handcut chips, pickleback ‘slaw, onion rings and the all-important, dirty fries.
ORDER THIS: The PB+J burger (beef topped with chunky peanut butter and bacon jam), Veggie Gastro (spicy bean patty with mozzarella and pesto mayo) are things of glory. If you can squeeze the cookie dough pie in too, go for it.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Go here for gourmet-style burgers and kebabs made with 100 per cent prime cuts, fired up and seared and seasoned until juicy and dripping.
WHAT’S ON THE MENU: This funky favourite in Durham is best-known for its mastery of ‘bread meats bread’ approach, with all burgers freshly prepared with the best local ingredients. Here, you can get creative with your burger of choice – why not try The Big Silly Philli (with Swiss cheese mushrooms and garlic parmesan mayo), or The Pork With a Side of Bacon (exactly what it says on the tin – (topped with slices pork).
ORDER THIS: The French Bulldog (sweet fried onions, brie and coarse ground mustard) and the Gaucho (American cheese, jalapeños, chilli bacon, sour cream, guac and sweet chilli jam).
Oi Polloi, Yarm
WHY WE LOVE IT: From the people who brought you Lost Property, The Dough Box and The Purple Pig. Roll all of those mouthwatering menus into one and you’ve got Oi Polloi, taking up a prime position on Yarm High Street. This swish social cafe takes foodies from brunch to supper, with live entertainment, delicious food and a feel-good vibe running through.
WHAT’S ON THE MENU: This fun-loving foodies’ paradise is giving the people of the North East what they want. A cool, quirky and completely relaxed hideaway where you can enjoy everything from steaks and sandwiches, to burgers, shakes and Teesside specialities.
ORDER THIS: Whether you fancy a classic cheese burger, a Bacon Duece, Nasty Naughty or a Fun Guy on the Fence, you’re going to love the fabulous fusion of flavours at this fantastic new spot.
Port of Call, Sunderland
WHY WE LOVE IT: Our go-to place for an all-American feast. Pop by, dock down and enjoy hearty burgers with a bit of locally sourced grub thrown in for good measure.
WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Think steak and chilli-cheese fries, ‘trash-can’ loaded nachos, Philly cheese steak sarnies, brisket in brioche with lashings of yellow mustard, buttermilk chicken and BBQ pulled pork with slaw, and spicy hot dogs.
ORDER THIS: Stack it up this National Burger Day with Port of Call’s special Smoke Stack. A brioche bun packed with a 6oz beef patty, beef brisket, pulled pork, BBQ sauce, American mustard, gooey cheese and pickle. What’s a dedicated foodie day without going for the full works?
Foundry Project, Harrogate
WHY WE LOVE IT: What’s not to love? It’s the ‘happiest place in Harrogate’ and we can see why! Go here for a perfect evening of sharing platters, pizzas, burgers and cocktails.
WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Foundry Project offers something for everyone, for all tastes and for all meal times. From a hangover brunch to a light lunch and a delicious evening meal, they’ve got it all. A cool, contemporary and brilliantly charming hideout in Harrogate town centre.
ORDER THIS: Let’s go back to basics… the burgers start with a simple double patty and a brioche bun, but with some seriously tasty toppings thrown in for good measure, you’re sure to experience something really special. The lamb and goats cheese burger with chilli, caramelised onions is to die for – topped with lettuce, tomato and harissa yogurt dressing.