Crafty Burger, St Martins Square, LeicesterOh yes... behold... the mighty Krispie Klucker - Buttermilk chicken, spiced Rice Krispie crumb, 'slaw, BBQ sauce & mayo. I'm usually a beefy burger kind of girl but by god this ones good. Crafty are open Thurs / Fri / Sat nights from 6pm so book ahead to get a table. Read my review to get a full taste of whats on offer!
The Paget Arms, Paget Street, Loughborough
Hidden in the student 'golden triangle' in Loughborough, The Paget has a great 'burgers n brews' menu. Go straight for their classic burger - 6oz beef patty with Red Leicester cheese, caramelised onions, burger relish & pickles. You can't go wrong! See what I thought here.
Byron Hamburgers, Highcross, Leicester
My love of Byron is well documented - it's a shining star in the homogenised misery of the Highcross's chain food collective. Since reviewing the opening of Byron, I've eaten there a few more times (ahem) and have always loved it. Great news for Derby - there is now one there too, in the INTU centre! Yippee for the Midlands!
The White Horse, Quorn
The food here is good quality pub grub but nothing more. Sometimes that's all you want though - and the one thing they do really well is their burgers. Perfect to kick start an afternoon of drinking. If you're feeling like a challenge, try their Beef & Chicken Gut Buster - 8oz Beef Burger topped with a Cajun Chicken Breast, Pulled Pork, Onion Rings, BBQ Sauce & Melted Cheese. Crazy times!
Annie's Burger Shack, Lace Market, Nottingham
There was no way I wasn't including Annie's into this. The number one spot for burgers in the Midlands surely? I reviewed the original Annie's when it was still hidden in the Navigation pub and although I've been to the new place more than a couple of times, I just haven't managed to get it onto Gingey Bites yet. Rest assured, toppings are weird and wacky, the service is great and the queues are worth it! If you haven't been, you need to.
So that's it, my best of the bunch in the East Midlands - wherever you go on National Burger Day - forget the calories and enjoy the ride. Sometimes you just can't beat a bloody good burger!