Happy National Burger Day! I’ve had this post in my drafts for a long time, then I woke up and saw what day it was – so I couldn’t resist sharing it! What constitutes a good burger is very much a personal choice. For me, it’s a mouthful of balanced flavour with a range of textures – it needs to have Umami and ultimately, be a meal in one. Fast-food chains have dominated the burger scene, with most people thinking that’s all that’s out there to enjoy, but I say you don’t know what you’re missing. The rise of the street food scene has paved the way for more niche burgers using quality, local ingredients, and vendors pushing the burger boundaries to create something truly delicious.
In this Milton Keynes food guide, I’m sharing the best burgers to come out of Milton Keynes from independent vendors.
This blog post was written before the national lockdown. Opening hours and menus may differ during this period, so please check with the restaurants and vendors directly. Please adhere to the latest government guidance.
Guide to the Best Burgers in Milton Keynes
- Bandit Street Food
- The Brasserie at MK College
- Byte MK
- Five Ahki’s
- Gourmet Burger Joint
- Saf’s Kitchen
- Percy’s BBQ
The Ned Kelly by Bandit Street Food
I make no secret of my absolute adoration of Bandit Street Food. It won Best Street Food Vendor at the MK Food Awards in 2018 for a reason!
This is one of my all-time favourite burgers. In fact, Dan and I both dream about it quite often. The Ned Kelly is a dream combination of beef brisket, southern fried chicken breast, Bandit slaw, BBQ sauce and jalapeno cheese, sandwiched in a lightly toasted brioche bun.
Crunchy slaw, gooey cheese, crispy chicken breast and oozy, tender brisket. It’s absolutely perfect.
You can find Bandit Street Food at local street food events such at Eat Street MK and Street Food Friday. Currently, you can find the truck at Green Dragon Eco Farm. Follow them on Facebook for updates.
Double Stacked Burger by The Brasserie at MK College
Did you know that Milton Keynes College has a restaurant that offers delicious food including what me and Jonathan of Bandit Street Food have dubbed one of the greatest locally made burgers ever?!
This burger is an ultimate classic – double beef burger with cheese, bacon and onion chutney. It’s about £6 and absolutely incredible value. The burgers are locally sourced and so tender. And make sure you try the accompanying fries too – SO GOOD.
The Brasserie is currently closed due to Coronavirus. Check their website for further updates.
Wagyu Burger by Byte MK
Byte MK opened in November 2020 and it’s hit the indie scene with a bang! Located by MK Bowl near Furzton, this 24/7 burger bar ticks all the burger boxes. They use Aubrey Allen Butchers, so the meat is top quality. Byte’s menu currently works on a ‘build your own’ burger, so you can choose from beef, chicken, beyond burger (vegan) or Wagyu beef. The wagyu beef burger is epic. A very succulent beef patty in whatever bun you fancy and with extra fillings of your choice. I’m so excited to see where these guys head – they have big plans for the future! The wings and shakes are well worth a try here too.
Byte MK currently offers takeaway and delivery and has some space for indoor seating. You can find them on GrabNow, Deliveroo and JustEat.
Website coming soon!
Juicy Lucy by Five Ahki’s
Five Ahki’s opened towards the end of 2020 and has caused quite a stir in MK. The reviews have been rave, so I was very much looking forward to trying it out for myself. I’m pleased to say it was good enough to make the cut for my burger guide! The Juicy Lucy (pictured below on the right) is my top pick. It features a 6oz patty stuffed with melted Gouda cheese, caramelised onions, double cheese, gherkin, house mayo and relish. All the good burger flavours. The Big Ahki is good too, though if you’re not a fan of a sweet burger, this won’t be for you. It features two 6oz patties, caramelised onions, quad cheese, maple beef bacon, strawberry jam, house mayo and relish. They haven’t quite nailed the chips yet, so skip them, but with the size of these burgers, you won’t need them!
The wings are worth a try from here too – I recommend the Chipotle & Lime or the Honey & Garlic.
Five Ahki’s is located in Peartree Bridge and is open for takeaway and delivery via Just Eat.
House Burger by Gourmet Burger Joint
There’s a theme with what constitutes my favourite burgers here… I like ’em stacked with a lot of meat!
Gourmet Burger Joint is a newbie on the independent food scene in Milton Keynes, and it’s a good’un. The House Burger is their signature on the menu and features a 4oz beef patty, southern fried chicken breast, macon bacon, cheese, lettuce, gherkins and smoked BBQ sauce, all in a brioche bun. GBJ has got that fast food flavour without the grease. The ingredients are good and you can really tell.
Gourmet Burger Joint is open daily from 4pm and offers takeaway, delivery and dine in.
Double Besharam by Saf’s Kitchen
I’m cheating a little bit here by including a burger that isn’t always readily available, however, I had to include this Punjabi burger from the amazing Saf’s Kitchen. Saf introduced Punjabi burgers to her street food menu in 2020 and they have gone down a storm.
This is the Double Besharam which features tandoori aubergine, chicken tikka breast, chilli and lime grilled pineapple, onion, tomatoes, mango chutney, crispy sev and mixed leaves, all in a brioche bun (or vegan brioche by Geoff’s Real Artisan Bread).
I love this burger because it’s got so much texture and balanced flavour. There is the sweetness of the fruit with the kick from the tandoori, then all the gooeyness of the meat and filling with crispy sev (puffed rice). It’s just brilliant.
Follow Saf’s Kitchen on Facebook to stay up to date on when the next street food event will be.
Sweet Home Alabama by Sizzler’s
Sizzler’s is another street food vendor in Milton Keynes that does fantastic burgers using great local ingredients. The Sweet Home Alabama is another great classic burger featuring a 100% chuck steak patty from The Best Butchers in Great Brickhil, bacon, cheese and a specially made onion relish by Jam Moo Kow.
It’s got the sweet and the savoury so much good flavours going on!
You can find Sizzler’s at various street food events in Milton Keynes, including Street Food Friday which takes place on the third Friday of every month in Queen’s Avenue Carpark in Newport Pagnell.
Porkwich by Percy’s BBQ
Percy’s BBQ is pretty much a household name in Milton Keynes, serving up great burgers and BBQ food. It was Dan that suggested that the Porkwich deserved a spot in my this guide to the best burgers in MK and he was not wrong.
It’s not quite a traditional burger, but it’s meat in a bun! Cajun pork steak with chorizo, smoked bacon, pulled pork, BBQ sauce and mayo. HEAVEN. It’s smokey, sweet, a little bit spicy and totally delicious. You really don’t get the greasy feeling with Percy’s either. Win win.
Percy’s offer collection and delivery and is open Wednesday – Saturday.
What is your favourite burger in Milton Keynes? How many of these have you tried?
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