Reviewed by Darryl Ryznar
Today celebrates the opening of the new Halo Burger in Shoreditch, London, a creative fast-food joint, specialising in vegan ‘junk’ food – literally every item on the menu, be it nuggets or burgers, is plant based.
Halo Burger originally launched in Brixton back in 2018, with founder Ross Forder using Beyond Meat burger patties coated in secret Halo Burger seasoning. For those unfamiliar with the Beyond Meat brand, their burger “is the world’s first plant-based burger that looks, cooks, and satisfies like beef.”
Using the Beyond Meat burger, Halo Burger’s menu includes a Halo Burger (two 1/8 lb burger patties covered with melted plant-based American style cheese, onion, tomato, lettuce and tasty signature home-made sauce), and Smoky Carolina BBQ (where they’ve removed all the salad and replaced it with crispy onion strips, plant-based Gouda style cheese, and BBQ sauce), alongside the regular classics such as the quarter pounder, hamburger and cheeseburger. As I mentioned earlier, they even have “This Isn’t Chicken” nuggets available too, so you really are spoiled for choice. Prices range from £5.50 for a hamburger up to £9.50 for the Halo Burger with extras like Jalapenos, sauces and other items available for an additional fee.
But how do they taste?! Admittedly I was sceptical at first as I wasn’t sure what to expect but after one bite I was incredibly impressed. We tried the Halo Burger first. All the delicious, filthy burger-goodness was there – melted cheese, oozing sauce, crunchy pickles and glistening patties. The burger had the comforting texture of a double patty cheeseburger from a regular chain restaurant, but I could really tell the difference in quality: this wasn’t just your average fast food burger, it was something different and truly special. The tangy sauce and sticky cheese complimented the stand-out seasoned patty perfectly. Heaven!
It was a struggle not to dive in for another one, so we then opted to try the Smoky Carolina BBQ burger. Again, the quality shone through and made it a happy mouthful. The sticky, rich smoky BBQ sauce accompanied the crispy fried onion strips and runny Gouda perfectly. With the mouth-wateringly delicious feeling of a proper dirty beef burger this one was going on my favourites list.
The taste isn’t the only thing that’s good about these burgers though. They use 99% less water, 93% less land, 93% fewer greenhouse gasses and 46% less energy to produce, meaning they’re much better for the environment than your standard beef burger. A definite win-win in my book!
The shop itself has been decorated in familiar hues of red, yellow and white. While it might look like a slightly glammed-up version of your standard fast food joint, obviously this one is harbouring a tasty feel-good secret. Instead of eating swathes of non-descript meat, from god-knows-where this place offers a fabulous alternative. “Quality food for thought” is their strapline and boy does it deliver!
To celebrate today’s launch in the new Shoreditch location, they’re giving away their first 100 burgers free, so make sure you get there early! Knowing how good they taste, I might be tempted to spend my lunch hour battling the hordes to get a bite of one of those Smoky Carolina BBQ burgers.
To view the menu or order online, visit haloburger.co.uk.
Halo Burger, 105 Great Eastern St, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3JD