THE P.M.A. PATTY
Oozing with brain-guarding ingredients, Five Guys’ cheeseburger will help you find the same positive mental attitude as its founder, stock trader Jerry Murrell, who gave up his career to form the company after reading a motivational quote in a magazine. It might not sound like smart business acumen, but by crafting a patty that puts your mind first, Murrell succeeded in his investment.
Eating 65-100g of lean red meat up to four times a week can halve your risk of depression. Deakin University found. So, with these patties containing 80% beef to 20% fat, it’s one happy meal.
Even better, in the UK. Five Guys’ beef is from 120-day grain-finished Irish cows – a criteria met by just 1% of British beef.
Elsewhere in the kitchen, the buns are made with free-range eggs, boasting twice the depression- and dementia- fighting omega-3 as caged ones. Plus, fries twice-fried in cholesterol-free peanut oil offer up an extra order of heart-protecting vitamin E. With recent evidence suggesting heart health is directly linked to mental fortitude, you’ll struggle to wipe the smile off your face.
“A good burger is something you never get tired of ” says Tommi’s founder Tomas ‘Tommi’ Tomasson sagely.
And with studies showing the bountiful vitamin A – found in a garnish of lettuce, onions and tomatoes – slows the visible signs of ageing, who are we to argue?
Tomasson is clearly taking his own medicine. Grey-haired, tattooed and muscular, he still works the grill in the company’s flagship Reykjavik location. His lust for life is matched only by his passion for the life-lengthening benefits of a decent hamburger.
Served medium (sorry, Trump), Tommi’s classic is made from cuts of steak from award-winning butcher HG Walter, while the buns are courtesy of Millers Bakery. Meanwhile, the generously slathered mustard packs calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium – essential minerals which combine to crush your risk of diabetes, certain cancers and respiratory disorders. Loaded with energy-boosting В vits along with a few blood-sugar balancing carbs. a single stack won’t derail your nutrition goals, either. If you’re looking to build life-long durability, this is the most delicious of prescriptions.
GRASS UP BODY FAT
Leaning out while loading up on high- end fast food may sound like a fantasy, but by harnessing the fat-searing potential of the finest beef cattle in the country. Honest Burgers has made all your weightloss dreams come true.
Its supplier, renowned butcher The Ginger Pig, rears its Longhorn cattle on the rainswept North York Moors for up to 30 months, encouraging a slow maturation of its beef (essential for enhancing depth of flavour) and packing in massive amounts of body fat-reducing and testosterone-boosting CLA fatty acids in the process.
Wonder-nutrient CLA works by supercharging your body’s basal metabolic rate, essentially helping you to convert food into energy more efficiently. It also stops fat cells in their tracks, inhibiting their growth. And the results are significant: in a study published in The Journal of Nutrition, test subjects adding CLA to their diets lost nearly 3kg more fat than those who didn’t. Loading up can also flatten your risk of type-2 diabetes and certain cancers, as well as boosting endurance during exercise.
The cattle are then ‘finished’ on a six-week diet of oats, barley, molasses, homegrown peas and soya protein, which contains a full range of essential amino acids to promote muscle growth, further helping to unbalance your body’s fat-to-muscle ratio in your favour.
All of which flips a guilty cheat day into the honest pursuit of a summer six-pack. Feels good, doesn’t it?
CAJUN BLUE CHICKEN BURGER
GBK, Northcote Road, Battersea, London
THE FLY WEIGHT
By hitting the perfect balance of protein and energy-boosting extras. Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK)’s Kiwi founders succeeded in introducing British taste buds to something slightly more refined – not to mention significantly more sustaining – than your typical late-night burger van.
The New Zealanders sought to recreate the patties reared on the windswept, cattle-friendly wilds of home. And while its beefburgers more than hold their own. it’s GBK’s Cajun Blue chicken burger that really sets the brand apart, with a shirtsleeves-swelling 40g of protein per serving. Not only will this feed hungry muscle fibres after your hardest training day, but the anti-inflammatory capsaicin found in the jalapenos works to soothe postworkout aches so that you can hit the gym again tomorrow.
While all of that is going on, the abundant thiamin found in the pineapple supercharges carbohydrate metabolism. ramping up energy levels to keep you fighting fit. Best of all, it’s topped with a healthy, metabolism-spiking dollop of sriracha. just because. Proof, at last, that chicken doesn’t have to be cheeky.
THE DIRTY CHEESEBURGER
Dirty Burger, 79 Highgate Road, Kentish Town, London
HEART IN A BOX
The first Dirty Burger ‘shack’ opened to little fanfare in the car park of a Chicken Shop in Kentish Town in 2012. Its beginnings may have been inauspicious – and with a meagre 241 calories per serving the name somewhat dubious – but. backed by the mighty Soho House group, openings in Vauxhall, Whitechapel, and Shoreditch quickly followed.
It helps that the burgers aren’t half bad. either. Although, they do relinquish more of their ‘dirty’ credentials by foregoing processed cheese in favour of proper British cheddar (packing roughly 50% less sodium, but a whole lot more flavour). Gone too are store- bought pickles, replaced by thick slices of Spanish gherkin, which encourage healthy gut bacteria and boast up to 35mg of the blood-pressure regulating mineral potassium to boot.
Likewise, its bacon is specially selected and smoke-cured, providing you with around 3g of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, as well as bonus
В vitamins. Finally, the main event: 99% beef patties, incorporating sirloin, rump steak and bone marrow, which adds an additional dollop of vitamin A to round out the burger’s cardiovascular virtues. In short, when it comes to quality nutrition, this dish is your heart’s true desire.
THE BLEECKER BLACK BURGER
Bleecker Burger, 205 Victoria Street, London
BUNS OF STEEL
This award-winning burger – which bookends black pudding with two beef patties – is the star of the Bleecker show. Sandwiching oxygen-transporting and focus-sharpening iron alongside 50g of protein, each order arrives as a towering 225g of goodness. If that’s not too much to bite off. as well as forging steely-eyed concentration in the gym. you’ll also be taking on 78% of your daily protein requirement to cement your gains.
Recently touted as a superfood, black pudding continues to resolutely argue its case, with research from the Food Lab suggesting that, gram for gram, it has almost the same amount of protein as a hen’s egg (6.5g to an egg’s 7g).
It also offers magnesium, zinc and calcium to strengthen bones, while its balance of fats and carbohydrates forms the perfect fitness fuel for explosive bursts of flab-searing cardio.
“There is zero compromise with our ingredients,” says founder Zan Kaufman. Nor are there unnecessary chemicals. “We use rare-breed, pasture-fed beef from small farms in the UK. It comes to us via The Butchery in Bermondsey, where it’s dry-aged for 40 days, giving it an intense flavour.” With another key ingredient – thick rings of white onion – helping crush post-training inflammation, paying the iron price for your fitness has never been so appealing.
FLIP OFF DOMS
“We’re not about fancy cuisine,” says Mike Phillips, founder of Fat Hippo. “We serve the ultimate comfort food – good old dirty burgers filled with high-quality, gourmet ingredients.” It helps, too. that a single serving will crush your daily macros in one monstrous swoop.
Its signature item is the eponymous Fat Hippo burger, a protein-stacked, double 114g beefburger with cheese, lean bacon, chorizo. onion rings and the company’s secret sauce – all crammed into a brioche bun. And while you’d have to be a literal hulk of a man to stand a chance of synthesising its 42g of protein Cor near-equal measure of galvanising fats), it does form the perfect fuel for the most hardcore of workouts.
Patties are made from scratch, blending various cuts of meat to create the perfect balance of fat and protein.
helping to power your endurance, muscle growth and recovery without overloading you with waist-expanding carbs. While 1166 calories in a meal may sound like a lot, remember you can’t pull your deadlift PB on willpower alone.
As Phillips says, quoting TV show How I Met Your Mother, “This is no mere sandwich of grilled meat and toasted bread. This is God. speaking to us in food.