05\ THE DIRTY CHEESEBURGER

Dirty Burger, 79 Highgate Road, Ken­tish Town, Lon­don

Men's Health (UK) - - Burger Nation - S CON­TAIN 200 FEWER A KCAL THAN RKET SUPERMA H* SANDWIC

HEART IN A BOX

The first Dirty Burger ‘shack’ opened to lit­tle fan­fare in the car park of a Chicken Shop in Ken­tish Town in 2012. Its be­gin­nings may have been in­aus­pi­cious – and with a mea­gre 241 calo­ries per serv­ing the name some­what du­bi­ous – but, backed by the mighty Soho House group, open­ings in Vaux­hall, Whitechapel, and Shored­itch quickly fol­lowed.

It helps that the burg­ers aren’t half bad, ei­ther. Al­though, they do re­lin­quish more of their ‘dirty’ cre­den­tials by fore­go­ing pro­cessed cheese in favour of proper Bri­tish ched­dar (pack­ing roughly 50% less sodium, but a whole lot more flavour). Gone too are store­bought pickles, re­placed by thick slices of Span­ish gherkin, which en­cour­age healthy gut bac­te­ria and boast up to 35mg of the blood-pres­sure reg­u­lat­ing min­eral potas­sium to boot.

Like­wise, its ba­con is spe­cially se­lected and smoke-cured, pro­vid­ing you with around 3g of heart-healthy mo­noun­sat­u­rated fats, as well as bonus B vi­ta­mins. Fi­nally, the main event: 99% beef pat­ties, in­cor­po­rat­ing sirloin, rump steak and bone mar­row, which adds an ad­di­tional dol­lop of vi­ta­min A to round out the burger’s car­dio­vas­cu­lar virtues. In short, when it comes to qual­ity nu­tri­tion, this dish is your heart’s true de­sire.

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