Food Blog: 24 Karat Gold Burgers and Boozy Milkshakes at Hard Rock Cafe

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I must admit – for some reason, Hard Rock Cafe isn’t usually my first point of call when it comes to food… Usually opting for a few drinks at the bar if I’m on an evening out, the closest thing I get to food is a bit of fruit on the side of a cocktail!

Recently I was invited to Hard Rock Cafe in Manchester to try a few new additions to the menu, though… Which included the 24 karat gold leaf burger…

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1/2-lb fresh steak burger, topped with 24-karat edible gold leaf, served with cheddar cheese, leaf lettuce, vine-ripened tomato and red onion. 


Through the Hard Rock Heals Foundation, a portion of all proceeds from the 24-Karat Gold Leaf Steak Burger at Hard Rock Cafe will benefit Action Against Hunger to assist in the fight against world hunger.

Alongside the lavish gold leaf burger, we also had the Impossible Burger… Named so due to the incredibly meaty mound of… everything but meat in the patty.

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“100% plant-based vegan patty, topped with cheddar cheese and a crispy onion ring, served with leaf lettuce and vine-ripened tomato.”

This burger even has ‘meat juice’ oozing from it, that is apparently created with beetroot within the recipe.

To truly please the vegan crowd they should really offer the Impossible Burger at Hard Rock Cafe with vegan cheese or a substitute, but I think this is the only aspect letting it down really. If this was placed in front of me alongside a regular cheeseburger I honestly wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

impossible burger hard rock cafe

All served with a generous helping of chips on the side, the burger options at Hard Rock are enough to suit any burger cravings.

We left dessert on this occasion in lieu of some cute little milkshakes. The strawberry and chocolate offerings come either as mini milkshakes like what we tried or as a larger boozier option.

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Milkshakes are a good alternative if you’re too full for dessert but still fancy something sweet. And in a setting like Hard Rock cafe, it’s also an ideal opportunity to soak up the music memorabilia lining the walls.

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