Hanbao in Digbeth has built quite a reputation since opening back in April. Its LA and New York-inspired burgers have become the talk of Birmingham thanks to some outright bizarre – but no doubt delicious – flavour combinations. And we can’t get enough.
The most inspired of all has to be the Odd Future, however. It’s absolutely maddening to look at. It’s essentially a cheeseburger with a bacon trifecta of bacon jam, maple streaky bacon and baconnaise, as well as some chopped fresh chili. If that wasn’t enough, the burger buns have been replaced with a glazed donut (with sprinkles, of course) flipped inside out. It’s like living in the Upside Down.
It’s this out-of-the-box creativity that’s seen Hanbao – who opened their first location in Worcester in 2016 – gain so much attention. Other mind-boggling, yet mouth-watering burgers, includes the Honk Kong Phooey, which adds char siu pork belly and sesame slaw to a cheeseburger for a distinct Chinese-twist. While Caesers Palace balances tater tots on top of double-fried chicken and streaky bacon, dripping with Caesar dressing.
On top of the burgers, you can also order a variety of loaded fries. There are plenty of options smothered in toppings, such as char siu pork belly, sweet n sour shredded chicken, miso onions and bacon bits, all with a variety of other eastern and western toppings. A side order of chicken wings is a must too – miso honey glazed wings are our favourite.
When it comes to the actual restaurant itself, there is a distinct Hong Kong vibe – Hanbao means ‘burger’ in Mandarin. A clean-concrete and neon aesthetic makes Hanbao stand-out on Birmingham’s burger restaurant scene. But the burger joint still manages to offer a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Perfect for tucking into these guilty pleasure burgers. It’s even easier to unwind when you order one of Hanbao’s killer cocktails too.