I've tried quite a few at a variety of restaurants that have been just not right.
I can't put my finger on what the problem is, but I haven't found one that compares to Whataburger, Snuffers or Burger House.
My darling husband, having heard my complaint, suggested that we go to Gourmet Burger Kitchen for pre-theatre dinner on Saturday night. We'd been there before and I'd say it's the best burger I've had in England.
While we were there, we discussed a few things.
1. Bacon- I threw our poor waiter into a tizzy by asking if the bacon was British-style or American-style. He was totally flummoxed. I tried to explain the difference, and though he tried to figure out what I meant he was at a loss. He helplessly raised his hands and said, "I'm Australian." Hahaha! I said that if he could bring me a piece, I could tell him the difference. He obligingly went to the kitchen. He returned with hope in his eyes and a piece of bacon on a plate. Sadly, I shook my head and declared it British bacon.
Crispy, dark, delicious!
Floppy, pale pink, also delicious (but not on a burger).
You can get the American style bacon at the grocery store here, but I don't think I've seen it at a restaurant. Now I don't normally have bacon on a cheeseburger, but I guess I was having a "go big or go home" moment. I guess the restaurant- or perhaps the entire nation- was trying to save me from over-indulgence.
2. Salad- Now, in America, salad means- well- salad.
In England, it might mean that. Or. OR! If we're talking about a sandwich or burger of some kind it could mean something entirely different. It doesn't mean that you'll be getting a salad on the side. It just means that you'd like lettuce, tomato, and onion ON your sandwich. They never explain that though. It's just one of those things that you're supposed to know.
Finally, let's talk about the use of the term "burger". In America, the fact that the burger is made of beef is implicit. In the UK, you'll hear anything on a bun referred to by the "burger" name. I guess in the US there are things like a turkey burger- made from ground turkey meat. But in the UK, a chicken breast on a bun is a chicken burger. It always sounds strange to me.
Do you prefer British bacon or US bacon?
Where do you find a great burger?