Friday 1 March 2024

Sayer St Burgers at Feed The Yak in Elephant & Castle, SE17


Sayer St Burgers, run by chef Oli, is serving smash burgers every day at Feed The Yak, the sports and craft beer bar in Sayer St, SE17, near to Elephant & Castle.  Oli also ran Buena Onda Tacos, at the same site, and changed the menu (& the brand) at the start of this year.  The burgers are inspired by the LA-style smash burgers - and I had the one with two patties.

Burgers trends always seem to go in waves. The first 'gourmet' burgers about 20 years ago went for 'big and thick', I think partly to distinguish themselves from McDs and BK, whose burgers were always thin. This approach was also followed by Honest, Patty & Bun and the wave that came post 2011.

But now we're obviously going back the other way, with lots of people offering the thin 'smash' burgers, not least the viral guys in Soho, and Honest too, whose own smash burger is their best seller, and will be opening some dedicated 'smash' sites. Smash is the new fried chicken - discuss.

Back to chef Oli's smash burger: I absolutely loved this - full of flavour, made from mince specially formulated by a local South London butcher. The thinness, and the pressing during cooking caramelises the meat, and the greater surface area adds to the flavour. (I am drooling as I write this).

In fact it reminds me of The Bird in Berlin, a place I went to a few years ago - when the 'gourmet' style was all the rage here - thin patties with lots and lots of flavour, making a very tasty, moreish 🍔

When - Daily

Where - Feed The Yak, 2 Sayer St, London SE17 1FG


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