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NE1 Reviews: Fat Hippo's DIY Burger Boxes

Missing your favourite burger joint? If you fancy putting a creative twist on your usual Toon takeouts, then look no further than Fat Hippo’s DIY burger boxes! 


Fat Hippo has always been a regular on our foodie agenda, and with lockdowns and restrictions forcing us to stay home for a while, we’ve been on the hunt for new ways to enjoy some of our favourite city restaurants. 


Yes, many of our go-to spots are offering up takeout alternatives, which have been total saviours for Newcastle foodies in recent months, but when we heard that we were able to switch up our kitchen routine and given the chance to cook up our own Fat Hippo storm from the comfort of our own homes, we were licking our lips to get in on the action. 



The good news is, if you’re not living or working in the city centre and don’t have easy access to collection points for takeouts, Fat Hippo is herding up a new community of burger-lovers by offering nationwide delivery on their delicious DIY burger boxes. 


So, as the weekend rolls around again and we’re plotting our next foodie move, we’re bagging ourselves a Fat Hippo at Home Kit and we can’t wait to get our fix. 


Our kit arrives promptly on Friday afternoon, ready for us to get prepped for a Friday feast at home. We opted for both the Fat Hippo at Home Kit For 2 (from £18) and the Vegan Fat Hippo at Home Kit For 2 (from £18) - because why not try it all? You can select either kit and up the ingredients for four people if required, and you can also purchase a Fat Hippo Gift Card (from £10), if you want to give the gift of good food this spring! 


Each kit comes with everything you need to make the restaurant’s namesake Fat Hippo burgers - meaning you’ll be able to create the ultimate, patty-packed feast with your own hands. Ingredients includes: Demi brioche buns (or vegan brioche buns), flank + forequarter blend patties (or vegan patties), a sprinkle of magic dust (to-die-for!), American cheese (or vegan cheese), smoked bacon rashers (or ‘cajun fakon bits’), chorizo and the all-important Fat Hippo sauce! We’re drooling just reading through the ingredients, before we even make a start. 



The process is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Simply lay out all of your ingredients as well as your kitchen kit including a bread knife, large frying pan, flat spatula and oven tray, and you’re good to go! 


Once the frying pan is starting to sizzle, throw in your smoked bacon rashers until crisp and then place in the oven. 


In the meantime, toast your brioche buns until golden and place them on the tray with the bacon.


Time to prep the patties! Sprinkle them with ‘magic dust’ and drop them in the pan. They’ll be ready in no time. Top them with cheese, then chorizo, and start to stack up your beautiful burger creation! 


With a loosened belt buckle and a towering burger with all the trimmings, we’re ready to tuck in. 


The verdict? As glorious as ever! We can’t wait to get back to our favourite city restaurants, but in the meantime, if you’re looking for a new way of enjoying takeout treats, this one is sure to bring smiles to faces. Check it out! 



Don’t forget to snap away and share your creation on social media, tagging @NewcastleNE1 and @FatHippoFood.




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