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Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Burger Restaurant and Takeaway

2.7 out of 5 2.7/5 from 18 reviews (add your opinion)

137 George Street
West End
Edinburgh
EH2 4JY

Phone: 0131 260 9896

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Price: £££
Licensed: Yes
BYOB: No
Pre-Theatre: No

Takeaway: Yes
Delivery: No

Opening Hours:
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3.5 from craig777 (100%) on September 2nd, 2008 (9 years ago)

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, 137 George Street, EH2 4JY, Edinburgh

I went here last night for dinner and have to say was pleasantly surprised. I have heard some very mixed reviews so went in with an open mind.

I had a pestorella burger (with pesto and mozzerella) and my friend had the chicken, cranberry and camembert cheese which looked good - although i think the chicken was a fried breast rather than fresh.

It is a bit of a cop out having to pay extra for teh chips but its similar to what Wannaburger do. Word of warning on the garlic mayo - its very strong!!! It is also annoying to pay for everything up front - it doesnt work for me - we only had one beer but if we wanted another would we have had to go up to the bar to order again? It just ruins your meal I think.

We went using the 2-1 voucher they have been using for the month of September so was £10 each for 2 burgers, 2 beers and a portion of chips to share. I would go back - but probably only on a voucher rather than pay full price - my next stop would be the Camberidge Bar behind to try their burgers.

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3.5 from andy (83%) on February 3rd, 2008 (10 years ago)

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, 137 George Street, EH2 4JY, Edinburgh

I went here with a friend today (Sunday) for lunch. He's a big GBK fan having been to a few in London. I left feeling satisfied, but underwhelmed.

As it was a Murrayfield international day, it was busy and we had to wait 10 minutes for a table. Not a problem.

We both ordered burgers - a chili burger for me and an avacado bacon burger for my friend. At about £7 each they would be fairly priced if they came with chips, but they don't. We spent another £2.55 on a tiny bowl of chips to share. The chips were nice and I suppose we didn't really need them as the burger was big and would have been enough on its own.

My burger was excellent - very tasty indeed. No complaints there. But I should think so too for £7 without chips! My friend asked for an egg to be included in his burger which was done without an issue - contrary to the experience of the previous reviewer.

To be honest, I probably won't bother going back. The food was good, but a tenner for a burger and chips is just asking a bit much, I think. You don't even get full table service - you have to go up to the counter to order your food.

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3.5 from Meng (69%) on June 11th, 2008 (10 years ago)

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, 137 George Street, EH2 4JY, Edinburgh

Having to pay for extra chips, and ordering food and paying for it at counter too before eating, like some trendy-cool upmarket-burger-bar-disguised-as-sushi-restaurant decor? Why this BURGERS belief!

But then I remember that on George Street where people's suits are made of money, it comes to no surprise that this place (and many others e.g. Cambridge bar, Wannaburger, etc) will charge you 7 pounds for what is basically a good quality, large portioned burger, available in a rainbow spectrum of burger flavours. Aubergine buger, mushroom burger, lamb burger, chicken breast burger, etc.

Have it your way!

All in all, a decent lunch meal of burger and chips and a fun time in a relaxed atmosphere if you happen to be one of these money-suit-wearing yuppies *cough* but for impoverished paupers? I guarantee, your wallet won't be lovin' it.

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1 from jwjlewis (64%) on February 19th, 2010 (8 years ago)

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, 137 George Street, EH2 4JY, Edinburgh

I dined here on a Friday lunchtime and was thoroughly disappointed.

My friends and I went along at about 1245 and were seated very promptly. There were two very friendly waitresses and they took our order efficiently and with a smile. I decided to be vaguely healthy and opted for the chicken burger, albeit with camembert and cranberry sauce!

When the burger arrived I tucked in and immediately thought, "what the...". The chicken tasted like it was straight from a McCain's packet. But worse still , it was breaded and deep fried! Am I alone in expecting a tasty grilled piece of chicken breast when I order a chicken burger from somewhere that isn't McDonalds?

As a side order I had asked for chips, these arrived, but were incredibly plain. Not only this though, at something like ?2.50 for a portion, I would expect some sauces on the side, but NO! you have to order these for about ?1.50 each.

Would I recommend this place? Absolutely not, never ever go here. It is awful.

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4 from irishphat (61%) on March 25th, 2008 (10 years ago)

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, 137 George Street, EH2 4JY, Edinburgh

Big fan of GBK. Having eaten at 2 of them in London (1 of them several times) I am quite keen on the business model and the grub.

First of all on the service. Take Away or sit in, up to the counter in turn to order your burger. If you have a large party you still have the same issues of dividing up the bill - you just do it before you eat. Or you can order individually. If I'm in a large group with you - I've probably already ordered (and eaten it and ordered again - I'm very hungry).

Good selection of beers as well (Kiwi admittedly). The sides are fine. Nothing particularly special but the burgers are the main show here. The buns themselves are excellent. They don't fall apart at all the wrong times and are delicious.

On the burger front, blue cheese is great. I'm a fan of the chili burger and the bbq one. Both light on dressing but big on taste. The Jamaican burger is very tasty but I was disappointed that it wasn't more filling. I've eaten with friends who have had the monstrous 'Kiwiburger' which includes:

100% Aberdeen-Angus Scotch beef, beetroot, egg, pineapple, cheese, salad & relish

This looked pretty filling (and scary).

Decor is pretty standard. They also have free wireless. I'll certainly be going again and will probably drag people with me.

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2.5 from ddcook (52%) on February 29th, 2008 (10 years ago)

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, 137 George Street, EH2 4JY, Edinburgh

Having been to a similar outlet in London I quite liked the concept of the fast food meets half decent restaurant, ordering and paying for your food up front while enjoying a more restaurant type atmosphere up the back. Simple service to match the simple menu, burgers and little else but with a wide variety of options.

Being within 5 minutes walk of 3 of Edinburgh's finest burger joints it was always going to take something special to convert me, but sadly it was not the case. Service was good, the beer selection was a little out of the ordinary with some Kiwi brews on there, always a good thing in my eyes, plus I dont think the price was extortianate given the competition, and the surroundings were pleasant and clean. The downsides... dry buns, mediocre burgers which relied on the wealth of toppings to give them any sort of oomph, soggy chips and the most expensive sour cream I have ever experienced at over £1.50 for a 25ml serving.

Had I never eaten a burger outside of McDonalds or Burger King I would have thought this thing was the best thing since sliced bread but given Bells Diner, The Cambridge and Wannaburger all offer far superior burgers with an equally wide range of toppings within a large stones throw of GBK's front door I see no reason why I would bother going back.

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2 from Elaine (12%) on January 29th, 2008 (10 years ago)

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, 137 George Street, EH2 4JY, Edinburgh

Really good food but strange service. Not willing to add grilled chicken to a salad - the chef couldn't do it they told me. Surely a chef can grill chicken? Not at GBK. Also paying before your meal is a strange concept. Not overly friendly. I think I'll be sticking to the burgers at Wannaburger.

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3 from Neill (12%) on February 26th, 2008 (10 years ago)

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, 137 George Street, EH2 4JY, Edinburgh

Went here last Saturday for a friend's birthday.

To start with service was a bit strange, a waiter takes your drinks order and brings drinks to the table, but doesn't/won't take food orders. This has to be done at the counter/bar where you pay up front. I imagine this could be a right hassle if you were with a large party. Secondly our waiter that night spoke a very accented english hich made him a bit tricky to understand.

Burgers were ok, a little dry for my tastes, certainly not the best burger I've ever had. I had the cajon and the relish seemed to overpower everything else on the bun.

The chips were ok but not at £2.55 for a tiny bowl. On the plus side the blue cheese dip was excellent if a little expensive at £1.50 for an egg cup's worth.

Probably won't be back in my search for the perfect burger.

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5 from Daniel Jones (12%) on March 7th, 2008 (10 years ago)

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, 137 George Street, EH2 4JY, Edinburgh

I went to GBK two weeks ago and it was the best burger restaurant I've ever been to. The selection of burgers was large and had trouble choosing one. I chose the blue cheese burger and I never regretted choosing it after my first bite. The blue cheese was amazing and the burger was lovely. The chips were very crispy and enjoyable. I used the spare blue cheese to dip the chips in. The service was brilliant and the staff were really friendly. I recommend everyone to go to GBK and have the blue cheese burger.

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2.5 from David (12%) on March 22nd, 2008 (10 years ago)

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, 137 George Street, EH2 4JY, Edinburgh

Food ok - but you have to order and pay up front at the counter. McDonalds anyone??

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5 from james (12%) on July 21st, 2008 (9 years ago)

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, 137 George Street, EH2 4JY, Edinburgh

Last week I visited the GBK restaurant. I tried garlic mayo burger and after the first bite I felt that it was the best hamburger I have ever had in my life. Service was good - very nice & friendly staff. Good selection of New Zealand beer. Such a nice visit. I will suggest every one to visit & try the juicy burgers.

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1 from LA (12%) on August 26th, 2008 (9 years ago)

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, 137 George Street, EH2 4JY, Edinburgh

Waited ages for a burger that was both burnt and cold at the same time. Quite an impressive feat. No atmosphere, no service and very surly staff that seemed miserable to be there. Will definitely not be back.

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2 from tomatoe sauce (12%) on March 9th, 2009 (9 years ago)

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, 137 George Street, EH2 4JY, Edinburgh

Pretty rude bored looking waiter.

Waited ages for food, when the place was empty seeing as it was a Sunday night.

Impossible to eat my chicken burger because the piece of chicken was massive, and having to take my burger apart kind of defeats the purpose of a burger.

£7.25 for a pretty dry burger with no chips plus, random weird service: you order your drinks with the waiter, but then have to go up to the counter to order your burger and you pay for your food and drink then and there.

Not that great overall.

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4 from jayne (12%) on January 1st, 2010 (8 years ago)

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, 137 George Street, EH2 4JY, Edinburgh

Food brilliant really filling and well presented service not so great had to wait ages on drinks, the American guy who served us was grumpy and did not want to be there that was very obvious. Would go back only for the food.

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1 from Hollie Greg (12%) on March 24th, 2010 (8 years ago)

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, 137 George Street, EH2 4JY, Edinburgh

Got to agree with the negative comments about Gourmet burger in Edinburgh.

I bought a BBQ burger at about 7.95 (which is expensive even for Edinburgh) and was shocked by how small and badly presented it was. It wasn't even served with side salad which makes it even worse.

Secondly they don't even have lager on draught which forces the punter to purchase an expensive bottled lager at about six pounds! Ludicrous. GBK is a charity that doesn't deserve your custom. A big big con.

To put in context go through to Glasgow and try the DiMaggios burger and chips for about eight pound and you will realise how much GBK is a rip off.

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1 from quarky (12%) on January 22nd, 2011 (7 years ago)

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, 137 George Street, EH2 4JY, Edinburgh

Horrendously expensive... rip off prices for chips and sides... olives were unripe (we got a refund). Service was dodgy... no clean napkin or cutlery after starters. Cheap tomato sauce - you're better off with Burger King or Macky D's. Don't bother coming here - you will be ripped off by big prices and rubbish food.

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1 from Nat (12%) on April 9th, 2012 (6 years ago)

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, 137 George Street, EH2 4JY, Edinburgh

This was quite posisbly one of the worst lunch destinations I have ever chosen! 29 minutes between ordering the food off of the grubby stained menu, and it being delivered to the table next to the grubby drink/food stained wall.

I ordered the chunky fries and the veggie burger... whatever was in-between the top half and the bottom half looked charcoaled with some utterly revolting slop oozing out the sides (not entirely dissimilar from vomit), and the chunky fries were mediocre at best! I ate the top part of the roll purely through being so hungry after the wait - left the remainder of the slop on the plate and walked out. Overall - If you fancy some stodge in town you would get more class, quicker service and a nicer till receipt from somewhere like Wannaburger than you would from this venue.

Clearly a premium location only equals premium price - this food is not worthy of the bin it will end up in!

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3.5 from jeh2009 (9%) on November 17th, 2009 (8 years ago)

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, 137 George Street, EH2 4JY, Edinburgh

Fast and convenient - as well as freshly cooked. Good value if you have the voucher. Burgers and service can be a bit hit and miss at times. Drinks are quite pricey... but overall a good place to eat.

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