Buns on Ilkeston Road in Nottingham is one of the latest burger emporiums serving up a ‘smash burger’ in the City.
Their menu tells us that their ‘House Beef Buns’ are ‘all handmade fresh to order using 100% halal angus beef’ and that they ‘only use the highest quality ingredients to construct the perfect burger of your choice’.
When they were launching just before the holidays I saw some pictures on Instagram and to be fair they did look pretty good and pretty tasty, so even though it was a bit of a trek as it is about a 15-20 minute walk up the hill from the Market Square. I was keen to pop up there and check them out…. so I did….twice 🙂
Buns Classic with Ruff Rustic Fries
I took it pretty easy on the first visit to Buns just getting a the basic burger effort the ‘Buns Classic Cheese’ with the house fries or ‘Ruff Rustic‘ as they call them. I just wanted to see what they were all about and whether they were any good before I shelled out too much cash
Buns Classic BurgeR
The ‘Buns Classic Burger‘ was described on the menu as thus “Stay Famous” – ‘Angus beef topped with melted American cheese, lettuce, red onion, gherkins and buns home made secret sauce‘ for £5.95 and comes with the suggested tag of #BiteMeBaby
As Smash burgers go I was quite impressed and happy, the actual patty was as promised cooked fresh to order on the flat top and you could see the char and that it had been hand formed.
Fillings or Toppings wise it was all very simple. The melted American cheese shrouded the bun like a soft silky cheese overcoat. The placement of the lettuce on the bottom bun was a classic and correct piece of burger construction that helped to hold it all together and stop too much juice soaking into the bottom bun.
At just under 6 quid I was happy enough with this as a basic burger.
Triple Stacker with Ziggy Crinkle Fries
On my second visit to Buns I was all about checking out one of their ‘bigger’ burger efforts and so I ordered the ‘three beef patty’ Buns Triple Stacker with ‘Ziggy Crinkle Fries‘ cos I love a crinkly fry. I kind of knew that it was going to be too much meat but I thought ‘go big or go home’ and ordered it anyway.
Buns Triple Stacker
Before we move on: “Is it just me or does this burger look like a character from Dad’s Army?“
Buns Triple Stacker was described on the menu as “Food Porn Lover? ‘Dare try it….Get your lips all around this triple beef stack burger! Fully loaded and ready to tantalise your taste buds! Seriously big and juicy‘ it came with a price tag of £8.95 which might seem hefty but then again Secret Burger Club will sell you a double patty smash burger effort for £9.50 so I guess that just some thing to ponder before you gasp at the financial outlay
The menu suggests that you can ‘double up the beef’ for £1.50 on any burger. Now I did not ask, as I never read that on the menu until I started writing this, but does that mean I can get 6 beef patties on this burger for a quid and a half? I kind of think that it does, even if they didn’t mean it literally. I know someone who would certainly try that out as well 🙂
All in all I enjoyed the burgers at Buns, a month or so ago I had seen a poster in the window when bimbling back to town from a MyFoodHunt trip in Hyson Green and had vowed to return. I was glad that I did.
I did see that they are also selling the ‘Beyond Meat’ burger for the Vegetarians too. Which is described as “The Beyond Beef”..’The world’s first plant-based ground meat to deliver on the versatility, meaty texture and juiciness of ground beef as veggie’. It’s not my sort of thing but I have a few friends who will be jumping at the chance to try one
Buns are located at 119 Ilkeston Road in Nottingham, NG7 3HE. It is about a 5 minute walk down the hill away from Canning Circus. It is also directly opposite the big student radford hall so as the bloke in Buns told me, they can be rammed in the evening during term time. When I popped in on the Sunday afternoon it was pretty quiet so a good time to go if you want it relaxed