Who doesn't love a good burger? The people of NewcastleGateshead certainly do. We’ve tried A LOT of burgers in Toon and although the annual Battle Of The Burger at Wylam Brewery seeks to find that champion number one, there are plenty of burger restaurants in Newcastle and Gateshead which you’ll want to try time and time again.

There are several components to a good burger, and brioche buns don't instantly make a burger great. In fact, neither does Monterey Jack cheese! Whether you opt for a classic cheeseburger, crazy flavours stacked with off-the-wall ingredients, or delicious veggie burgers which are just as good as the real thing, you’ll never be short of options in the North East.

Read on to find out where you can find the best burgers in NewcastleGateshead, tried and tested by our team…

Fat Hippo

Ask anyone in Newcastle where does good burgers and 99% of them tell you that Fat Hippo are the kings of pattie flipping goodness. With venues in Jesmond, Durham and Fat Hippo Underground in the city centre, you may even find Fat Hippo at your next foodie festival thanks to its travelling stall! This mega burger chain has a strong reputation and a pretty hardcore following among North East burger-lovers, and it’s easy to see why.

Their burgers are anything but basic. In fact, they're a combination of great meat (or veg) and quirky toppings. Like what you ask? Let's take the PB+J, for example, an 8oz patty topped with peanut butter, cheese and bacon jam. It sounds crazy but trust us, it's amazing!

Fat Hippo regularly update their menu and it includes a number of great meat options with unusual combo’s, chicken burgers and the best veggie burgers to boot; all served with a selection of tantalising fries and hearty sides. Add great happy hour offers, seasonal specials, an array of drinks ( think creamy shakes and locally sourced ales) plus Fat Hippo’s own brand of sauce, and you’re on to a winner, winner, delicious burger dinner.


Lane 7 has been hailed as one of our best nights out in NewcastleGateshead, and the food is a big reason why. If the retro surroundings weren’t enough to impress, their delicious burgers will blow you away.

Think solid, meaty burgers with crunchy pickles and onions. Then there's the bacon, oh God, the bacon! Treacle cured bacon and pulled pork are just as amazing as they sound. You’re looking at £10 for a Lane 7 burger, but it really does offer full flavour and an unrivalled atmosphere, especially for those looking for a more casual dining experience. Plus, it makes the perfect victory meal after a game of bowling or mini golf!

Lola Jeans

When Lola Jeans announced they would be opening in Newcastle, fans of the Tynemouth branch quietly hoped their burger menu would be just as good!

Frequent participants in local burger battles; what's great about Lola's is that their burgers are so fresh in taste, with some amazing combos. If you’re looking for a place that serves their burgers pink as standard, Lola Jeans is the place for you!

For somewhere that doesn't focus solely on burgers, they have an impressive selection on their menu. On your next visit be sure to check out the The California burger; smoked beef brisket, double cheese, crispy pickled chips, red onion jam and beef dripping mayo – perfect!

Tyneside Bar Cafe

Tyneside Cinema's new Bar Cafe is a great place to hang out, watch a film and enjoy a good, tasty burger. The kitchen is headed up by former Cafe 21 chef Tom Adlam and his food provides a twist on classic dishes. They only have one burger on the menu, but trust us, it's a good one. A royale with cheese, an apt Pulp Fiction reference, or so we’re told is not one to be missed. This house special is a ground rib burger with Ogleshield cheese, gherkins and fries.

It's simple, fresh but really sublime. Thumbs up!

Meat : Stack

Formerly known as ‘The Grind’, Meat Stack is a relative newcomer to the Newcastle burger scene. However, it has since claimed the title of Best Burger as voted by the public in 2017 and become a North East foodie favourite. Proudly declaring themselves as sellers of ‘Real American Cheeseburgers’, these ultra-juicy meat burgers are made with freshly ground 100% salt aged beef before being smashed with house seasoning and then served in a fresh home-made bun with steamed gooey cheese and tangy homemade relishes. If the thought of a Meat Stack burger doesn’t have you salivating, who knows what will!

The Brandling Villa

Ever wondered what the ‘Dirty Thoughts Of Cheryl Cole’ might taste like? Fancy a bite of ‘Angry Susan’s Letters From Colombia’? Or maybe you’re a fan of ‘Beef Chegwin’? If delicious burgers that will make you chuckle while reading the menu are your thing, then head to The Brandling Villa in Gosforth. These off-the-wall creations are part of local legend at this point, with Burger Thursday’s regularly marked in the calendars of many Geordie’s. The names, of course, are only part of the appeal!

Whether you like your burgers with a sausage roll (The famous ‘Cheryl’), chicken breast and hash browns (The ‘Jerry Springer’) or topped with mushrooms and Stilton (‘David Dickinsons Real Deal’), you’ll have plenty of fun trying the crazy combos at the Brandling.

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