Qype: Grubbs Burgers in Brighton

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Grubb’s is another place that loses points from me in terms of its lack of wheat-free options. I mean come on, how difficult is it to have a gluten-free bun as an option? Their burgers look and smell so totally delicious and all my friends love this place so I know I’m really missing out.

We went here after a few drinks across the road in The Ranelagh last night, with me hell-bent on getting one of their enormous portions of fries, but instead I opted for a bag of their fried jacket wedges with BBQ sauce. I am SO glad I did. They were garlicky, herby and totally gorgeous. Not to mention the utterly MASSIVE portion size. Wow. I said Red Veg in North Laine did the best potato wedges, now I think I’m going to have to seriously reconsider that statement…

The only downside was that the staff didn’t seem to properly understand how to work a chip and pin machine. Consequently, they attempted to charge us twice holding up the entire queue of frustrated-looking Kemp Towners. When we explained to them that we were in fact right, they were decidedly grumpy and rude. They lose a star for that. And for their lack of options for my late-night snackage.

Check out my review of Grubbs Burgers – I am Alice_Reeves – on Qype

Qype: Red Veg in Brighton

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The most incredible smells waft from this place as I’m wandering through Gardner Street and I’m absolutely gutted that I can’t just wander in here and grab one of their burgers. Please Red Veg, when are you going to offer burgers in a gluten-free bun? Or how about I bring my own bun and you can just whack a burger in it? No…?

Anyway, aside from my immense disappointment at their lack of gluten-free options, I have to say that this place does the BEST potato wedges in the city. If you’re out and about and are suddenly struck with a chip craving, give their wedges a go: chunky, spicy, tasty and decidedly less greasy than a seafront chippy. Nom nom nom…

A fab place for lunch, but they lose points for their lack of things I can eat and continual perpetuation of my burger envy.

Check out my review of Red Veg – I am Alice_Reeves – on Qype

Recipe of the Week: Jamie Oliver’s Gluten-Free & Egg-Free Beef Burgers

NOTE: this recipe isn’t one of Mr Oliver’s (as I first thought), but posted on a members’ forum on Jamie’s website. Doesn’t make them any less delicious though, as I’m sure you’ll agree. View the original recipe here.

Being wheat intolerant, it’s not often I get the luxury of having a burger. I’ve perused supermarket freezer sections, meat sections and deli counters feeling increasingly dismayed as every pack of delicious-looking burgers I pick up contains the dreaded ingredient: ‘wheat rusk’. Even the butchers seem to use breadcrumb and egg to bind their burgers together. My longing eventually got so bad it reached the point where I was looking wistfully through the window of Burger King feeling sorry for myself every time I walked past. Don’t even mention that incredible smelling burger van that sits outside Churchill Square shopping centre… Sigh.

The most immense burgers ever. Probably.

The most immense burgers ever. Probably.

So, as the sunny springtime weather has finally come to Brighton and barbecuing season is almost upon us, I felt that something had to be done: enter Mr. Jamie Oliver. Thank you very much Sir, you have created the most perfect gluten-free burger I could imagine. Teaming this recipe up with Sainsbury’s Freefrom White Rolls (£1.66 for 4) along with ketchup, mustard, gherkins and sliced Jarlsberg cheese I think I may well have created the most immense hamburger ever. Go on, be jealous.

Jamie’s burger recipe includes bacon, onion, Dijon mustard and uses cornflour to hold it all together – they’re incredibly easy to make and this recipe makes about ten bun-sized burgers (which, of course, we absolutely didn’t devour between two of us… ahem). Most importantly they taste absolutely gorgeous – far superior to that cheap supermarket rubbish anyway. So there.

Barbecuing burgers: the best smell ever

Of course, the best way to cook any burger is on the barbecue, so we made the most of the Easter Bank Holiday sunshine and fired up our brand-spanking new bucket BBQ from B&Q (which I am totally in love with). I’m now totally prepared for a summer of barbecuing, safe in the knowledge that I’m armed with the best gluten-free burgers around.