Birmingham has some of the best burgers I’ve ever eaten. From Flying Cows who won the award for UK’s best burger this year, to my long-time favorites Original Patty Men. So how does big burger chain Byron Hamburgers fare against stiff competition? I went along to find out.
Sat on a corner of New Street just seconds walk from the station, Byron is in a great location, and its sunny yellow and and blue branding is inviting from the off. The smiling, chatty staff as you walk in make you feel at home quickly.
They know their stuff when it comes to the food too, reeling off the specials and everything that’s in them with ease, offering any advice or opinions on dishes should you want them. So far, so good.
Starting with drinks, I couldn’t help but go for a milkshake. A salted caramel milkshake to be precise, which was so thick I had to give it time to melt a little before I could get it through the straw, but when I did, it was magical.
For food, it was very tempting to go for their Christmas special – the Fromagemas, a burger that comes with a jug of cheese sauce to pour over the top – but I thought that was probably a bit much even for me.
I eventually decided on the B.Rex, which came with onion ring, bacon, American cheese, jalapeños, pickles, onion, BBQ sauce and mayonnaise, while Ste went for the classic Byron with bacon, mature Cheddar, iceberg lettuce, tomato, red onion and Byron sauce.
We thought it best to share sides, so we also ordered fries, onion rings and, at my request, Holy cheese balls.
We had a while to wait until our food was ready, but being presented with this made it worth it.
The fat beef patty was cooked pink in the middle, while the bacon was crispy and the cheese oozing. I put my pickle into the burger, which made it a little tricky to fit into my mouth, but it really added to the flavour
My only criticism here is that my bottom bun fell apart, so I got a bit messy while eating it.
Onto the sides, the fries were good and crisp, but nothing to write home about, the onion rings were massive with a tasty batter, but the Holy cheese balls were absolutely banging.
These little bad boys were breaded and deep fried balls of macaroni cheese with roasted peppers and chillies, glazed with tangy buffalo sauce, cheese sauce, crispy bacon and fresh spring onions.
There was so much flavour in each mouthful, from the salty bacon, to the creamy cheese, to the spicy and tangy buffalo sauce. If I hadn’t been so full, I could have eaten the whole portion to myself.
Unfortunately I’d already stuffed my face with milkshake, burger and fries, but nothing went to waste as our waitress kindly brought me some takeaway boxes so I could take the leftovers home.
Byron aren’t my favourite burgers in town, but they were bloody good, and the Holy cheese balls alone are definitely worth a trip. I can’t fault the staff either, everyone we came into contact with was so lovely, even when they were busy, so top marks for service.
Would I go back? Definitely. But Original Patty Men keep the crown for Birmingham’s best burger for now.
My meal at Byron was paid for in full and staff weren’t aware I would be writing a review.