There’s a new burger joint in ‘town’: Byron Hamburgers has officially arrived!
But this is not just another burger restaurant... the menu offers simple but delicious hamburgers done properly, using fresh ingredients and properly-sourced British beef along with some great sides (hello Gangnam Fries!) and amazing milkshakes, all ensuring that you have the best burger experience possible! We headed over there to find out what makes the ‘Byron experience’ so great…
Image: Byron Hamburgers in Norwich
The restaurant is a large, open space with plenty of tables and comfy booths, plus an open-plan kitchen at one end – seeing the chefs cook your meal is always a nice touch. The décor is stylish and contemporary with plenty of cool ‘industrial’-style touches, and the atmosphere was great.
BEER AND… FREAKSHAKES?!
Image: an assortment of the milkshakes on Byron's menu!
Yes, they are a thing! Not only are there some delicious milkshakes on offer in a variety of flavours (think ‘espresso & brownie’, ‘salted caramel’ and ‘Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup’ on top of the usual milkshake flavours), but there are also two options of ‘freakshakes’. These are Byron’s own take on the classic milkshake, which they’ve made bigger, better and tastier! Choose from Oreo or Reese’s; both include a thick and creamy milkshake topped with plenty of sweet treats on top.
Byron Hamburgers also have their own brewery, so you can try their exclusive Byron Larger and Byron Pale Ale, as well as a selection of other craft beers. They also serve wine, spirits and soft drinks, plus delicious coffee and tea to relax with after your meal!
Image: the classic hamburger
So, this is where it gets tricky – because I could have eaten every item on that menu; it all looked delicious! We started with some very tasty nachos which came with melted cheese, salsa, jalapenos, guacamole and sour cream.
For my main course I opted for the ‘B-Rex’, a juice 6-oz beef patty which is cooked medium rare as standard (though you can ask for your burger to be cooked for longer if you’d prefer). It came topped with an onion ring, bacon, American cheese, jalapenos, pickles, onion, BBQ sauce and mayonnaise – a truly decent size burger there! I also added some crispy onions which gave it some extra crunch! It was definitely one of the tastiest burgers I’ve ever tried.
Image: their chicken burgers look just as delicious!
Some other tempting burgers on the menu included The Kimcheese (Korean BBQ sauce glaze, bacon, Freddar cheese, crispy onions, kimchi cucumbers, Gochuchang sauce and Ssamchang mayonnaise) and the Smoky (mature cheddar, bacon, crispy onions, iceberg lettuce, pickles and smoked chilli BBQ sauce). If you don’t fancy beef why not try one of their chicken burgerers? If you fancy being a little healthier you can opt for your chicken to be chargrilled, but if not we recommend having your chicken fried – we have it on good authority that it’s really delicious!
GANGNAM & COURGETTE FRIES - PLUS MANY MORE SIDES…
This is also the only restaurant I’ve been to (or am aware of) where courgette fries are offered, so of course I ordered a side of these to go with my burger. They’re something Byron Hamburgers seems quite well-known for, and consist of strips of courgette deep fried to create ‘fries’ – they’re lower carb (for anyone who’s interested) and they taste so good – almost addictive! I don’t think I’ll ever go back to normal fries now… though if I did, I’d be sorely tempted by the Gangnam fries; if you’ve ever wondered whether you can improve on cheesy chips, these fries prove you can! They’re topped with freddar cheese sauce, jalapenos, and Gochuchang sauce (based on Gochujang sauce from South Korea, where Gagnam style - and therefore these fries - hails from).
BUT WHAT ABOUT VEGETARIANS…?
Image: the bean patty burger and macaroni cheese
Never fear! My veggie companion had this to say about her experience:
“My chosen vegetarian option – of which there are two choices – consisted of a bean patty filling with a spinach, tomato and red onion salad, wedged in between two soft brioche buns, generously covered in their special aioli sauce. Sheer perfection! The bean patty was well seasoned and flavoured - neither spicy nor bland but filled with warm and rich flavours. I also opted for some cheese on the burger; there were a lot of cheeses to choose from, but I went for Monterey Jack as I like a bit of a kick to my food. When our waitress knew this, she suggested the Chipotle Mayonnaise to me too, which has a great medium-level heat to it which can be built on to be hotter depending on how much you dip into it! The burger isn’t complete without a side of chips, and rather than going for the French Fries, I gave the Sweet Potato Fries a go. They were perfectly crisp on the outside and deliciously soft inside. Falling in love with the varied menu, I even dabbled in trying their Mac and Cheese which truly does give a sense of what a proper American mac and cheese should be like. Not overly strong on the flavour but creamy and saucy enough that I could use some of my cheese to mop up the remaining sauce.
The portion sizes are very generous – I was struggling to finish it all off! But then I saw the dessert menu… and that fabled ‘separate stomach’ for sweet treats was suddenly famished. This is when I was introduced to the Oreo Freakshake and my goodness, it was a marvel! With ice cream blended with Oreos, dollops of ice cream on top and lashings of cream which was garnished with all the chocolate sauce and a heavenly slice of brownie (yes, an actual dessert-size slice of brownie), plus the classic Oreo itself. I genuinely was stunned at the beauty of this Freakshake – it surpassed all my expectations.
I’d highly recommend Byron's for meat eaters and vegetarians alike! And try the freakshake - Oreo OR Reese’s, both looked delicious. Mmmmmm…”
Other vegetarian-friendly choices on the menu included French fries, onion rings, house salad, coleslaw and those delicious courgette fries!
CUSTOMISE YOUR BURGER
It’s important to remember that all the burgers at Byron Hamburgers are really customisable – you can choose to double up or add sauces, other toppings or go bun-free and have a side salad instead of the bread. They’re really happy to make sure the burger is cooked exactly as you’d like it!
We were so impressed with how quickly we got our food! It was a busy lunchtime and there were plenty of people dining, so the restaurant would be forgiven for taking a little longer to serve us. However we actually got our main courses within 20-25 minutes of ordering, with our nachos arriving in just 5 minutes. You could easily pop in and eat within your lunch hour, and we’d recommend you do so!
The staff were great and so friendly, giving us fabulous recommendations on burgers, sauces, sides – everything! They really looked after us and we’d never have guessed that the restaurant was so busy from the service. Truly brilliant and very attentive.
Give Byron Hamburgers a go – situated on Chapelfield plain outside intu Chapelfield, it’s located right in the city centre- very convenient for a quick shopping break, an evening meal or lunch break from work! To find out more take a look at their listing or book a table on 01603 767700.
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