CHEAT DAY PRO­TEIN

100% BEEF! ONCE THE FOODSTUFF OF LATE NIGHTS AND CHEAT DAYS, THE BURGER HAS OUTGROWN ITS JUNK STA­TUS TO BE­COME THE UL­TI­MATE PRO­TEIN FIX. HERE WE HAIL BRI­TAIN’S BEST

Men's Health (UK) - - In This Issue - WORDS BY DAVID MICHAELS

Our run­down of the finest, filth­i­est (but se­cretly quite healthy) burg­ers in Bri­tain

From mid­night grease pa­per­wrapped in­dul­gences to gourmet in­no­va­tions, no fast food item has colonised our pop cul­ture and our palates quite so dom­i­nantly as the beef­burger. But it’s time to lose the guilt. Be­cause not only does its unc­tu­ous sim­plic­ity pro­vide a unique can­vas for gas­tro­nomic ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, it also forms the base for a host of im­mu­nity, me­tab­o­lism and mus­cle-build­ing ben­e­fits, with each hearty rel­ish heap­ing fat-sear­ing, health-giv­ing spices into each mouth­ful.

In fact, you need only look at a plain burger in a bun to see its im­pec­ca­ble 2:1 ra­tio of mus­cle­re­pair­ing carbs-to-pro­tein, or lis­ten to the siz­zle of a 90% beef patty to be re­minded of its good fats and for­mi­da­ble pro­file of amino acids. As nu­tri­tion­ist Joe Sexton ex­plains over the fol­low­ing pages, when done right, the burger is the per­fect ve­hi­cle for hit­ting your macros with flavour to spare. Call them dirty gains, if you like.

As a long-over­due cel­e­bra­tion of Amer­ica’s great­est ex­port, we’ve com­piled the finest patty and bun com­bos in the UK – from GBK in Bat­tersea to Fat Hippo in New­cas­tle. Bring nap­kins.

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