From vegan burgers in No 2 Church Lane, Sunderland, to meat feasts at Stirks Steakhouse and onion bhaji burgers at The Cliff, here's our pick of nine places to relish, in no particular order.
1. No2 Church Lane, Sunderland
Unlike most burger places, No 2 Church Lane offers a great selection of vegan and vegetarian burgers, as well as the meatier ones. Burgers come with imaginative names such as Fat Boy, Feed the Goat and Donald Rump. Its quiz nights and movie nights are also good fun.
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2. The Broadway, Stirks Steakhouse, Sunderland
For premium burgers head to Stirks Steakhouse which is run by well-known local butcher John Stirk. This 6oz rib eye burger features chicken breast, potato rosti, bacon, cheese, mustard mayo and ketchup. Head to their Facebook page for a competition to celebrate National Burger Day.
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3. Fat Hippo, Bonded Warehouse and Saddler Street, Durham
North East burger brand Fat Hippo has built up a cult following for its premium burgers, especially its signature PB & Double J which features a double patty topped with peanut butter, cheese, bacon jam and smoked chilli jello. If you're at work, Fat Hippo van serves up at business parks such as Rainton Bridge or eat in at the restaurant in Saddler Street or at functions at Bonded Warehouse, Sunderland, where Fat Hippo have a kitchen.
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4. Bulan Burger, Seaham Marina, East Durham
Seaham is home to some great independent cafes and restaurants, and this burger place occupies one of the units in the lively marina. Its burgers and hot dogs are made especially by popular local butchers Angus using Highland beef. They're also dog-friendly if you've got your four-legged friend in tow.
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