A year ago I started #burgertime, my ongoing quest for the absolute best burger around. A hit on my Instagram, it was a no-brainer to continue #burgertime Year Two with more burgers and more reviews. What better way to start than with this: The Greedy Burger at Love Thy Burger in Ipswich, England.
Sure, it’s pretty niche to review a burger in the small town of Ipswich, and Love Thy Burger only has one sister location in Colchester – where Love Thy Burger started – but no burger I come across must be left unturned.
Love Thy Burger is simple and effective a place. On the quieter side of the town centre and curiously parked next to an Ann Summers, many might not even venture to this side of town unless passing through or on a dedicated mission. With a Burger King on the other side of the street nearer to places such as WHSmith, Debenhams, and Primark, one should just take a few steps more and try out Love Thy Burger.
With the simplest of ascetics – true, it does look like it’s half built with its decision to use chipboard-like furniture and decoration – it truly is about the love of the burger at Love Thy Burger. With a simple menu on one page boasting a range of burgers including one for the loves of spice and one for the vegetarians not to be left out, Love Thy Burger does well to even enhance their most basic of burger options with some delicious red onion marmalade.
The burger of choice on this most recent visit was The Greedy Burger. Priced at £8.30 and the most expensive burger offered, The Greedy Burger is still reasonably priced in the world of burgers. The addition of £3.00 nets you rosemary fries and a drink, and that’s definitely recommended. Love Thy Burger’s rosemary fries are a good shout.
The Greedy Burger comes as standard with red onion marmalade, cheese, pickle, smoked streaky bacon, fried egg, onion ring, LTB slaw, lettuce, tomato & ketchup. As you can see, it’s a damn fine choice for those who want everything. The only issue with ordering said burger was when asked for medium rare (The best and only real way to have a burger if you have the choice) they said they could only go to medium. Which is a shame, but it’s not the end of the world.
As a whole, the burger is excellent. You can never go wrong with onion rings, and the addition of a fried egg to a burger is always welcome. Why should they be relegated to the world of the Sausage and Egg McMuffin? What really makes Love Thy Burger stand out – and it’s the curse of most burger places that like to throw all sorts of ingredients in their burger – is that their buns are super stable. Too many times have I found that burger buns just aren’t stable enough and that they fall apart when you try to eat the burger how it’s meant to be eaten.
Love Thy Burger has brilliant buns with a nice flavour and texture to them that accentuate the burger as a whole. And that is super satisfying. The whole experience including burger, fries, and drink is solid. It definitely makes a good case for the best burger place in Ipswich so far (and so far I’ve tried).
That said, the burger is in resurgence. More and more places are offering interesting burgers, and dedicated burger places are a thing. As #burgertime continues we’ll take a journey through the world of burgers and trust me, you ain’t seen nothing yet.