Where’s the best burger in Birmingham? Everyone thinks they know the spot. Some people even have Excel spreadsheets ranking their favourites. But there’s a new young and hungry joint gunning for the crown. Burger-Me-Up serves classic, juicy burgers that are a mouth-watering feast for the eyes as much as the stomach.
It started life in a small kitchen at Wake Green football club in Shirley shortly after “the torture of COVID and the lockdowns.” But the burger joint was always meant for bigger things, and quickly secured a kitchen at The Indie Lounge. Where they mainly operated as a dark kitchen and built quite the online following.
As before, however, they quickly outgrew it. And back in May, co-owners Molly Thompson and Alex Bird opened their own bricks and mortar shop in Selly Oak on Bristol Road. “Selly Oak didn’t have a decent burger bar, so I knew we’d fit right in,” said Alex. With one look, or bite, of their burgers, it’s easy to understand why.
There’s nothing too outlandish or overly fancy about the burgers here. They’re just best described as flipping good. Everything is handmade and every bite is juicy, comforting and delicious. The PB-Jelly-Me-Up adds a US-twist to a classic staple, by adding raspberry & onion jam, crunchy peanut butter and bacon to a British beef patty. It might sound a bit crazy, but believe us when we say it’s da bomb.
Elsewhere on the menu, the Daredevil Beef adds chorizo to the mix, while they cater for veggies and vegans too. The feta and apricot burger is a fabulous creation. While the vegan BBQ black bean burger can beat anything else Burger-Me-Up is sliding out of their restaurant. Sides include loaded fries and the childhood throwback potato smiley faces. And there’s even room for dessert, with Nutella, Biscoff and Kinder Bueno cheesecakes.
Burger-Me-Up has gone from strength to strength in just a short manner of time. They are fast becoming Birmingham’s best spot for a good, solid burger. And who knows where else one day soon? “The vision was always to have a shop on Bristol Road, but hopefully, should things go our way over the next couple of months, we can turn it into much more than we initially envisaged.” The only way is up.