our mission to make burger restaurants great again...
Welcome, one and all, to Half Man! Half Burger!
Since July 2015 we have been Hastings / St Leonard’s first dedicated, fully licensed Burger restaurant. Eighteen months later in December 2016 we opened our second site in Eastbourne.
We honed our craft in various pop-up restaurants and street food events in Brighton, and rocked our burgers on the UK festival circuit including Glastonbury and Sonisphere. This led to opening our first permanent home at the art-deco tastic Marine Court in St Leonard’s. In our eyes St Leonard’s and Hastings really needed a dedicated burger joint where we would enjoy eating and drinking. We figured if we did others would join us. The same outlook brought us to Eastbourne in 2016, we already had people visiting regularly so being there was a no-brainer. As soon as we opened the door in Eastbourne it was obvious we did the right thing.
Our business was inspired by many pilgrimages to authentic American burger joints where we soaked up the vibes and the food. Half Man! Half Burger! are here to offer a fresh & local burger experience, obsessed with delivering the tastiest burgers possible. Our mission is simple: to create perfect hamburgers, fries and sides every time. We believe food and drink should served up with a smile, whilst playing some decent rock n'roll at the same time!
The meat: It's all about the meat. Our patties are locally sourced 100% Sussex beef pastured and grass fed, never frozen and containing no fillers or preservatives. Once selected, our beef cuts are freshly ground every day and hand-pattied on site for maximum taste. We griddle in hot butter, not oil, so the juices flow - these patties get spoiled! We don’t stop there, our incredible smokey bacon relish, bourbon whiskey BBQ sauce and chipotle mayo are all lovingly handmade on site.
Our bacon comes from the family-run Oakley Brothers, who have been using a traditional brick built kiln smoker since 1875. Their tried and trusted methods help produce the finest smoke-infused bacon we have encountered on our search for flavour. The HM!HB! smoke-o-meter always hits a 10 when we unwrap a fresh delivery!
We take just as much care with our fries as we do with our burgers. In fact we have sought perfection with our fries feeling let down by many gourmet burger outlets on our tasting travels, Hand-cut Maris Piper potatoes (never frozen!) are twice fried with skins on, and then lightly dusted with rosemary salt.
We are also proud to have had from day one an incredible vegan burger, which is made in our own vegan prep kitchen from scratch, using a huge array of secret ingredients sourced from Infinity Foods. It was decided that if we put our heart and soul into every recipe this has to be the vegan bomb! Vegan buns, vegan cheese and vegan mayo complete the scene. Now it is one of our biggest selling burgers!
All burgers are served on our own bespoke glazed pain de mie / brioche bun made from Shipton Mill organic flour, and baked locally in Sussex for super freshness.We believe passionately in providing more quality, more consistency and - most of all - more taste. The Half Man! Half Burger! experience aims to deliver this with every burger - every time. Enjoy!