My recent iron deficiency diagnosis has me on the lookout for ways to add more red meat to my diet. I’ve been craving burgers, so I thought it was a good time to do a round-up of the best gluten free burgers in Glasgow.
Glasgow has a neighborhood in the city centre that is chock full of burger places. In fact, three of the places I’ve listed below are within about two blocks of each other, on St. Vincent Street in the city centre. There’s another few burger places in that immediate area that I didn’t include here! For some reason, burgers are the hot trend here, and new places continue to open. The latest addition to the burger ‘hood was Byron Burgers, not far from the “burger block.”
My criteria for inclusion below is the availability of some kind of gluten free container for the burger (either bun or lettuce wrap), even though I sometimes just order the burger without the bun anyway. I’m also only reviewing beef burgers (sorry, chicken and other meats. Bacon, you can stay.) There are plenty more burger places in Glasgow that offer gluten free options, but these are the ones I enjoyed the most.
GF buns: yes
Lettuce wrap: not sure
Bread Meats Bread has one location in Glasgow’s city centre as well as one in Edinburgh. This place is pretty much always full at dinnertime, so naturally I was dying to try it. I’ve gotten in the door twice now, and both meals were outstanding. For me, Bread Meats Bread has the best gluten free bun I’ve seen in Glasgow or really, anywhere. It’s soft but sturdy and takes like bread, not sawdust. It’s amazing and you should give it a try.
Buns aside, they are also making really good quality burgers and they are topping them well. They are hitting that magic place where everything is perfectly balanced, like burger nirvana. They are just about to join Deliveroo^, which means now I can enjoy delicious burger goodness without leaving my flat. Maybe I should just have them deliver it right to the gym so I’d be forced to go there first.
Try: Butter Bacon burger (sub the fried onions for sautéed for gluten free), bacon fries (cooked in shared fryers, FYI). Yes that is a lot of bacon. Maybe try them on separate trips then.
GF buns: yes
Lettuce wrap: no
BRGR have two locations, one in Glasgow’s West End and one in Giffnock. While they do have gluten free buns available, I’m not a big fan and usually opt for a naked burger on a plate (yeah, it’s more of a piece of cardboard – they don’t do plates and cutlery.)
Eating off a piece of paper with a wooden spoon and knife aside, they do generally make pretty great burgers. Their fries are also good, with a few seasoning options available for 50p each. I don’t mind the upcharge since all burgers except one are £4 on weekdays and £5 on weekends. They do good shakes too, just make sure you double-check on the ingredients, because a couple of them have gluten in them.
They are also on Deliveroo^ if you’re not up for a trip to the West End!
Try: Hot Coo burger, Kinder milkshake
#3: Five Guys
GF buns: no
Lettuce wrap: yes
Here’s one even the Americans can enjoy! With locations all over the UK and US, you’ll find three Five Guys restaurants in Glasgow (city centre, Silverburn and Braehead.) They don’t do gluten free buns in the UK, but you can get a lettuce wrap, or get your burger in a bowl (I haven’t tried this one.) I like that they let you customize your burger how you want it with a choice of 15 toppings included free. Cheese isn’t one of them though.
My biggest issue with Five Guys in the UK is the prices. A small cheeseburger, fries and a soda set me back about £11. That’s in line with (or more than) the places I’ve listed above, which have table service. Granted, the fries at Five Guys are big enough to be shared, but a value meal at McDonald’s or similar fast food chain costs less than £5. I checked their US prices, and they are still high for fast food, but the difference isn’t as noticeable there.
That said, Five Guys are pretty easy to find in Glasgow and throughout the UK, so having a safe option for a burger stop might be worth the extra money.
Try: Lettuce wrapped cheeseburger, share the “little” fries with a friend!
GF buns: yes
Lettuce wrap: no
Handmade Burger Co. (HBC) has locations across the UK, though oddly they don’t seem to have any in London. In a strange coincidence (or is it?!) their three Glasgow locations are the same as Five Guys’: city centre, Silverburn and Braehead.)
HBC has an entire gluten free menu with most of their regular menu options available. When you order a gluten free burger, you get a bun in a little wrapped package next to the insides of your burger – build it yourself! That is nice though, as it reduces some of the risk of kitchen cross-contamination. Fries are listed gluten-free but may be cooked in shared fryers; however, this isn’t clear as they have accreditation from Coeliac UK. I’d ask in the restaurant before ordering, just to be sure. They’re also on Deliveroo^, which is apparently the place for lazy burger cravings.
I will say that I haven’t been back to the city centre location recently, as their food quality has been a little hit or miss my last few visits. They are generally pretty solid so I’m including them, and I hope they don’t make me sorry I did!
Try: Avocado Bacon burger, chips with rosemary salt
A plea from Gluten Free Fab Life
Burger makers of the world: quit putting bread crumbs in burgers! You don’t need them. There are numerous burger places in Glasgow that do this; Ketchup (which, ironically, does lettuce wraps) and Neighbourhood are two places off the top of my head where I know the burgers are glutened. By leaving out this one unnecessary ingredient, you can make your food available to an additional 1% of the UK! Seems like a no-brainer to me, and I’m not alone in this thinking.
What is your favorite place for gluten free burgers? Are you team lettuce wrap or team gluten free bun? Tell me in the comments!
^Deliveroo doesn’t tend to have the gluten free options on their online menus, with the exception of Ed’s Easy Diner. This appears to be down to the restaurant and what they submit to be included on the Deliveroo website. I believe you can call the restaurant just after placing your order to clarify that you need gluten free buns, but I always feel like that’s a little bit risky. It would be awesome if restaurants like these above would include their gluten free menus in the online ordering system.
Bread Meats Bread says their gluten free bun will be available via Deliveroo when they start deliveries next week – I’ll check and update here when they go live!