I now almost prefer a skinny burger – no bun, some extra salad and of course some French fries. You quickly get used to no bread and I think it actually allows you to taste the burger better and you get to eat more French fries! If you eat meat, burgers are a good fail-safe low FODMAP option at many restaurants.
Some burgers do contain bread crumbs, but I find they are of a small enough amount to tolerate happily.
Saying this however, I had heard that Honest Burgers make gluten free buns and for old time’s sake had to try them out.What a treat to eat a burger with my hands! (It’s impossible to eat a skinny burger without a plate and knife and fork. I’m waiting for someone to come up with a gluten free/low FODMAP burger bun option for street food stalls and festivals).
Honest Burgers charge £1 for a gluten free bun, which I feel is fair enough. The beef burgers are cooked medium/pink unless you request otherwise – mine was certainly very rare and pink in the middle, so I would personally ask for it medium/well done next time. Although, I still devoured the whole thing and it was really delicious!The bun was great. Not a brioche bun, more of a bap style. It was crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy inside. Whilst the bread was delicious, it plays only a supporting role – to act as the vehicle for the juicy burger – and it carried off this role to perfection.
Make sure you remember to ask for no onion relish. Onions are fructans – which are poorly absorbed carbohydrates in all people, as we don’t have the ability to break them down in the small intestine. They’re particularly a problem if you have sensitive digestion and I’ve found it very helpful to avoid when possible.The house chips were delicious, crunchy, skin-on and coated in rosemary sea salt…It’s a casual restaurant and they seem to have a fairly quick turn around, so perfect for a bite to eat for lunch or quick dinner on the way home from shopping or before a night out in Soho, Camden or Brixton.
The drinks were good too. I had a home-made cloudy lemonade, which was lightly fizzy. They even have gluten free beer on the menu for those of you out there who miss drinking beer! I don’t actually drink beer, but next time I go, I’ll ensure Rob tries one and gives me his review.Naughtily, I do eat ketchup. Strictly speaking, I shouldn’t – tomato ketchup contains high fructose corn syrup and onion powder, both of which should send off alarm bells for those avoiding FODMAPs! However, I’ve found that I don’t get too much of a reaction as long as I’ve had a clean few days in advance and ensure I don’t eat anything else containing FODMAPs.
If you’ve just started and are at the beginning elimination phase, I suggest you don’t eat ketchup. However the eating plan is different for everyone and it’s all about learning what you can and can’t manage on an individual basis. I can’t imagine chips without ketchup, so it’s something I let myself have little and not often.
Honest Burgers don’t take bookings, but do have a cool call-back system which takes your phone number and texts you to advise when your table is ready. You also get sent a link at which you can check your place in the queue. We were told the table would be 20 mins and it ended up being just under 15 mins and I think well worth the short wait.