Belted Burgers is a family run business in Edinburgh city centre specialising in Burgers using the famous Galloway Belted Cow, bred in Dumfries and Galloway, which is known for its distinctive colouring of a white band around their middle section and are renowned for top quality beef and prime cuts.
At Belted Burgers provenance is high on their agenda and they are very proud of the traceability. They can genuinely say from farm to fork! They use all the prime cuts of the cow and so their burgers are 100% pure Scottish beef with no added extras allowing for these patties to be gluten free.
They do some lovely cocktails but also have a variety of draught beer, craft beer, wine, cocktails, martinis, milkshakes and tea & coffee.
The menu is filled with burgers – beef, chicken and vegetarian and the names of the Burgers all start with the letter ‘B’.
You’ll find some belters on the Belted Menu like BADA BOOM – a beef patty stuffed with chilli cheese, wrapped in bacon with tortilla, creme fraiche, salsa, guacamole and jalapeno bites; or the BOSTON BURGER – beef patty, maple bacon, American cheese sandwiched between two doughnuts; or for Chicken lovers try the BRIE MINE – lemon chicken breast, smokey bacon, pesto, rocket and brie; and for the Vegetarians, the BEETBURGER – beetroot, feta and veggie haggis patty coated in panko breadcrumbs with tzatziki.
We tried a few burgers namely the the Braveheart, the Bru Burger and Belted Cheeseburger. All the burgers come with homemade gluten free chips.
The Braveheart Burger (not for the faint hearted) consists of a beef patty, Ayrshire smoked streaky bacon, black crowdie cheese, red onion relish, haggis bites and whisky mayo.
I loved the wee haggis bite ontop of the burger. This was crispy and super hot, the haggis peppery and quite fine.
This is a large burger but if you squeeze it really hard and open your mouth really wide you’ll just manage a bite! (please don’t eat it with a knife and fork, burgers are meant to be messy!).
The lettuce, tomato and onion rings are fresh; the crowdie melts well and the bacon was just crispy with a delicious smokiness to it that you could really taste – it complimented the beef well.
Up next was the Bru Burger with slow cooked pulled pork in their Irn Bru BBQ sauce, beer battered onion rings and grated cheddar cheese.
The onion rings are large with a really lovely batter that comes with a super crunch. The pulled pork was tender and well covered in the Irn Bru sauce but not smothered in it. There is a lot of bun on both these burgers and we left the bottom but everyone eats burgers differently.
If you are after a classic then the Belted Cheeseburger is for you – beef patty served with American cheese and their secret sauce. This has a very slight spice kick (which I suspect it’s in the sauce).
Their chips are magnificent. Like potato shavings that are lovely and crispy and soft at the same time. Very more-ish and you’ll find yourself disappointed when you reach the bottom of the basket.
You can opt for sweet potato fries or go for these halloumi fries served with mint yoghurt and pomegranate. It’s a large portion of halloumi fries but you’ll finish them. The mint yoghurt and pomegranate scooped up together is a lovely fresh taste burst.
Lastly the dessert; scoops of Cream of Galloway whisky ice-cream with a shot of Bowmore Malt Whisky and a wee chewy hamburger sweetie. The ice cream is lovely and silky, very creamy and the whisky only slightly comes through which is a blessing otherwise it would be overbearing. I like the shot of whisky option as you can top it up and make it as boozy as you wish.
Overall I like Belted Burgers. Their beef patties are 100% beef and you can certainly taste this. They are fairly unseasoned but I think that’s required in order to carry the big flavour combinations. The service is good, waiters pleasant, helpful and very understanding of someone with gluten intolerance’s.
As I mentioned at the start this is a family run business and one of the many independent restaurants whom we should all be supporting. After all it is a good place to go for a proper 100% Scottish Beef Burger!
Belted Burgers, Frederick Street, Edinburgh. Tel : 0131 2609748 www.beltedburgers.co.uk
My Spoon Award : Silver 8/10