That sweet smell of a freshly toasted bun, crispy cheese topping the juicy patty and the perfectly crafted sauce. Already drooling? Well, we are – and especially for grass-fed beef from small farms. El Perro Negro located at St James Quarter’s Bonnie & Wild gets the importance of knowing where your food comes from, and has become a favourite in Edinburgh’s burger scene.
Crafting the perfect burger is a task of limitless opportunity: top it with onion rings, blue cheese, barbecue sauce, pixie dust or a small child… It will still taste amazing, well, maybe not the small child part but you get the idea that anything goes. El Perro Negro crafted its signature Top Dog burger and was crowned National Burger of the Year in 2021 and 2019 at National Burger Awards.
The famous Top Dog could firstly be described as a feast for the soul: with bone marrow and Roquefort butter, double bacon, caramelised onions and black truffle mayo. While it may sound peculiar at first glance, believe us when we say you have to give it a try! The alluring balance of the softness of the beef combined with the sweetness of caramelised onions, and the warmth of the buns and truffle mayo is just too hard to resist.
And for guests who are after something simpler or smaller, they can still celebrate with a Classic & Cheese burger with caramelised onions, pickles and burger sauce, or vegetarians can feast on the Tofu Burger with deep-fried marinated tofu, Asian sweet pickle slaw, iceberg lettuce, spicy Korean mayo and coriander. And if you need a good sauce for your fries, the truffle mayo is a foolproof choice.
While it can be tricky to pick a food stall from the myriad of options at Bonnie & Wild, El Perro Negro is a painless choice for burger lovers. Honestly, we’d queue there just to get a taste of another Top Dog burger.