A City Centre Burger Sanctuary

Byron Burger has come a long way since its humble start up in Kensington by founder Tom Byng in 2007. He was inspired by burger joints in New York and despite expanding dramatically they still ring true to their origin.

If you are looking for some respite, a filling feed and good service away from the hustle and bustle and ques of the German market this is your spot.

A busy Thursday night found the sizeable Brum branch busy with groups, families, couples and individual diners; for who doesn’t like a burger. The interior is industrial with homely features and wallpaper plus a fine selection of Birmingham art.

With an expansive staple menu that caters for eager carnivores, discerning vegetarians and virtuous vegans plus all dietary requirements are considered. A reasonably priced mini Byron menu will keep the kids gleeful too.

Prompt service had us enjoying one of their many craft beers. The company’s growth in popularity means they can pull in the big boys for collaborations, so they have some exclusive beers with Camden brewery; a seasonal peach IPA goes down easily as we browse the menu.

Staff and service is speedy but relaxed. We order some chicken wings from the small bites menu while we await the main event. Tender wings deep fried and generously coated in a vibrant buffalo sauce, not blow you top but spicy but had a kick. The accompanying dip had big creamy chunks of blue cheese, the sauces were kept for our meaty buns. I do enjoy a condiment.

As well as their core burger menu, they have seasonal specials and Christmas is no exception. Bring on the Cheesemas menu. These can be part of a set menu for groups or stand-alone burgers. We opt for the full shebang with the Holy Cheesemas; a chargrilled beef patty served pink and juicy with 3 cheeses-melted and crisped, chipotle mayo and a garnish of bacon macaroni. A big feed, that left me mighty full but was a good combination with the cheese textures, quality produce and flavours complimenting each other.

Our other choice was the Rueben, which also packed a punch with a smoky BBQ brisket topped beef patty, a zingy pickle relish and crunchy onion and bacon. A cheese sauce on the side made a good dunking companion to our fries. I upgraded my side to courgette chips, in attempt to fool myself into believing it was a healthier choice; they were bountiful and crispy all be they still deep-fried vegetables.

No room left for dessert but there are plenty of rich options available as well as a wide range of milkshake choices that contain 4 scoops of ice-cream no less.

This burger chain provides quality food with speedy service so is great for a quick bite or a more leisurely meal, perfect tonic to Christmas shopping or turkey leftovers!