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Byron Miami Slice special

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£9.95 Based on a 'cuban hamburger' Byron's Miami Slice special is one of my favourite things to eat right now BUT it's only on until 9th of June

This Byron special has been on since the end of April but I only managed to sink my teeth into one this week. And now I want one every day - until the special ends on Monday 9th June...

The Miami Slice is most likely not like other burgers you've had at Byron – or anywhere else for that matter in the UK. Rather than being based on the American dream, it's based on a frita or 'Cuban hamburger' that Fred Smith and the Byron research team ate in Little Havana in Miami a few months ago, cooked up by El Mago de la Fritas (the legendary Wizard of Fritas) no less. Said frita featured a burger cooked in chorizo oil, topped with miniature shoestring fries and american cheese, served in a white bread roll with a smokey hot sauce.

"Very rarely do I eat a burger and inspired to replicated it as closely as possible, but my trip to El Mago de la Fritas left me feeling exactly that way," Byron's own burger wizard (Smith) told me when I asked him about the inspiration for the Miami Slice. "It was such a humble sandwich but incredibly enjoyable."

Back in London, after tasting an obscene amount of chorizos, Fred ended up settling on using Nduja, a cured spicy Italian soft sausage, as his ideal patty topping to deliver the oily, paprika and chilli flavour profile he was after. A chat with Marcus Miller about his vision for the Miami Slice resulted in a slightly sour, floury white bap that would help deliver the authenticity of the sandwich that inspired it.


And here we have it - a 6oz Byron beef patty is cooked as usual then a layer of Nduja is placed on top along with a slice of American cheese and it goes under the Salamander until the cheese is nicely melted and the Nduja beneath is all oily and lovely. The burger is placed on the bottom part of the bun, tiny fries are piled on top and a splat of hot sauce is all that's required to finish it off.

The particular flavour of the hot sauce (also served on the side in case you want to add more), the unexpected breadiness of the bun, the crunch of the crisp potato, the deep flavour and oily juiciness of the melting Nduja and the joy of medium rare beef patty blew my mind. Serving a little bowl of chiccharones (pork scratchings) was a super nice touch too.


The Miami Slice is only being served until 9th June (next Monday) so you've got this weekend to check it out if you haven't already. Hope y'all enjoy it as much as did. I know what I'm having for lunch today!

To track down your nearest Byron, visit www.byronhamburgers.com

If you're in London and have a smart phone / iPhone, use Burgerapp to find your nearest branch.


PREVIEW: Byron's Mo 'Shroom special

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£9.95 for a 6oz burger topped with Portobello mushroom, swiss cheese, crisp streaky bacon, shredded iceberg, red onion and cep aioli.

It would seem that Fred Smith is hitting his stride since Byron cannily brought him on board as its head of food development last year. The "posh" burger chain's current monthly special, Le Smokey, (devised by Smith) is officially its most popular off-menu option ever – and Smith's forthcoming Mo 'Shroom burger (which I've previewed) is nothing short of a masterpiece…

The Mo 'Shroom is, as its name suggests, Byron's Movember special. That's right, for the fourth consecutive year, Byron is supporting the annual moustache-growing charity event and will donate 50p to Movember for every Mo 'Shroom sold this November.

Essentially, the Mo 'Shroom is Smith's take on the classic Mushroom & Swiss burger combo (who remembers Burger King's Mushroom Double Swiss burger?) but his creation takes it to new levels of deliciousness with a host of different ingredients combining perfectly to deliver five star burger awesomeness.

The truth is that I NEVER normally order a burger with mushrooms in it – but Byron's Mo 'Shroom is so damn delicious it's got me completely reevaluating my own tastes. Let me break it down... A standard 6oz Byron beef patty is topped with slices of Portabello mushrooms that have been baked rather than fried to give them a meaty (rather than slimy) texture and intensify their flavour. Super thin, crisp, salty streaky bacon, thin slices of red onion, melted Emmental cheese, and shredded lettuce are complimented by a perfectly pitched cep aioli which, Fred tells me, is made with blanched garlic (so it's not overly garlicky), cep mushrooms and just a hint of tarragon. I actually sampled two Mo 'Shrooms and it struck me as I closed my eyes in a gastronomic reverie for the second time that this isn't just a top drawer burger, it's more than that: it's a really good dish.

AND, in what is now a Byron Movember tradition, there's an opportunity to eat some of these awesome burgers FOR FREE… 

Yup, that's right: Byron will be rewarding registered Movember fundraisers (who can show that they've raised £25 or more) with a FREE hamburger or main course salad between 3pm and 6pm every day for two whole weeks, from November 8th through to November 17th inclusive. Fund raising has never been so delicious! 

To get on board and sign up for some moustachioed Movember money-raising (and to find out more about what Movember is all about) check out the website at http://uk.movember.com

For peeps not able to cultivate a hairy top lip, the Mo Burger will be available throughout November at all Byron restaurants for £9.95. For every one sold, Byron will donate 50p to Movember. Moreover, Byron staff (those that are able) will be growing moustaches for the cause too. To date, Byron has contributed over £120,000 to the Movember charity and given away 27,282 hamburgers. Get involved and grow those stats!

To track down your nearest Byron, visit www.byronhamburgers.com

If you're in London and have a smart phone / iPhone, use Burgerapp to find your nearest branch.

Byron Big B monthly special

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£9.50 With two 3oz beef patties, Red Leicester cheese and a sauce inspired by visits to In-N-Out, Byron's Big B special is not to be missed

Next week is a big week for the burger landscape of London. While US burger giants Shake Shack and Five Guys open their first ever London restaurants and homegrown burger joint Honest Burgers is set to open its third branch in Camden Lock, Byron will launch a new monthly special, the Big B, which I previewed a couple of posts ago...

Just to recap, the Big B was inspried by a trip to the States. It comprises two 3oz patties, two slices of Red Leicester cheese, slices of white onion, shredded lettuce and a special sauce made using mayo, ketchup, mustard and pickles, apparently inspired by visits to In-N-Out in California.

As you can see it now looks quite different to the work-in-progress version I tried a few weeks ago – and it's much improved. The cheese is thicker, gooier, there seems to be more slices of pickle in the ensemble and, perhaps most importantly, it is now served in a bespoke potato roll bun devised specially for it by wholesale bakery Millers. The bun is soft and light but has a good heft and a joyously gummy chew to it.

The bun squashes down to almost nothing making the Big B easy to handle and eat. Although a double patty burger might seem to some like a challenge, this has the same amount of beef as a regular Byron 6oz patty. Rather than being about delivering extra beef, the Big B burger is about delivering twice the amount of exterior char / sear flavour across two half-weight patties - plus an extra slice of cheese: good times!

Before the Big B arrives in branches of Byron next week (priced at an Osborne-tastic £9.50), exec chef Fred Smith will be cooking up a load TONIGHT (Saturday 29 June) on the flat top grill in the Byron Van up at Camden Town Brewery. Get involved!