Melbourne’s love affair with the humble hamburger shows no sign of cooling down. There are more buns to get your hands on than ever before with tasty offerings from seasoned grill masters plus some remastered classics from fresh, new burger maestros. And we’ve done the hard work for you – tasting our way through Melbourne’s preferred patties. So, there’s really only one decision for you to make – do you want fries with that? Of course you do!
The mastery of Melbourne’s fine dining chef, Neil Perry, Burger Project boasts the finest produce cooked to perfection. Choose from classics like cheese and bacon or indulge in the more indulgent burgers like the chilli cheese with grass fed beef, cheese, jalapeno, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce and secret sauce. The fried chicken katsu burger is also a must with its slaw, pickles and tasty katsu sauce. Spice it up with salted red chilli. There are even burgers in a bowl if you’re not prepared to commit to quite so many calories. Find it at St Collins Lane, and newly opened on Bourke Street.
Andrew’s Hamburgers has been serving up old school burgers and milkshakes since 1939. Once only an Albert Park institution, excitingly, you can now get your mouth around one of Andrew’s prized patties at its new CBD location in Franklin Street. The epitome of no-frills dining, the Andrew’s burger with the lot is a wise choice and includes lettuce, onions, egg, bacon, tomato, double cheese and tomato sauce.
Opening their first joint in Brunswick, Royal Stacks has expanded to the city and become a crowd favourite. With 100 per cent Australian pasture-fed beef burgers such as The King and chips or the Miss Elizabeth with truffle mayo, this burger bar is not to be missed. Plus, their signature frozen custard desserts will cool you down this summer.
The video game-themed 8bit on Swanston Street and its newer Collins Streetcounterpart are never short of a steady stream of burger aficionados consuming these culinary creations. Choose between options like the Altered Beast with beef, bacon, cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, 8bit and BBQ sauce or the After Burner with beef, tomato, red onion, chilli sauce, jalapenos, mustard and chipotle mayo. For vegetarians, the 1 Up Mushroom Burger features a crumbed mushroom with cheese, tomato, red onion, green tomato relish, lettuce, mustard and 8bit sauce.
Can’t afford a table at the three-hatted Vue de Monde? Well, there’s good news. You can still sample chef Shannon Bennett’s culinary cleverness at his new Benny Burger outlet in Little Collins Street has just opened. A location on St Kilda Road is also in the works. Benny Burger, a nod to his dad, Benny, who liked to cook a burger on the barbie, boasts all ethical burgers, starting from $8.90, choose between the Mr Burns, the Cluck Off or the Yoga Burger.
The Grand Trailer Park Taverna
Want ultimate taste minus the regret of overindulgence? Well, you can’t beat the ultimate American-style diner, The Grand Trailer Park Taverna with a burger menu that will make any sandwich-lover drool. There’s the tamer KSA – where it all began – with its beef pattie, cheese, tomato, butter lettuce, special sauce and mustard on a toasted brioche bun through to the Atomic stacked with a premium beef patty, American cheddar cheese, caramelised onion, chilli cheese kransky, streaky bacon, BBQ sauce and truffle cayenne mayonnaise on a toasted brioche bun.
Masters of Burgerology
The Masters of Burgerology have definitely majored in taste. Situated next to The University of Melbourne with a classic American college theme, this burger haunt is perfect for between lecture snacks and after class indulgences. If you love your buns and puns and a bit of sci-fries you won’t be able to resist the Buns N’ Burner with its ground beef pattie, melted cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, grilled jalapenos, caramelised onion and extra hot spicy mayo on a charcoal bun. Top marks for these guys!
Here are some other notable establishments you need to know about.
Captain Melville – Notable for its American-style cheeseburger made from ethically sourced ingredients packing heaps of flavour with pickles and chips.
Three Crowns Hotel – The menu boasts seven burgers to choose from so the choice isn’t easy. But the American Cheeseburger and Buffalo Fried Chicken stack up well. Don’t forget to add on the waffle fries and panko shrooms.
Babu Burgers – This North Melbourne burger bar offers a design-your-own burger service. Choose the size of your patty, how you like it cooked, plus the toppings and sauce. And they offer home delivery. Winning.
Trunk – This all-day diner boasts a tummy-tempting breakfast burger and a gourmet selection for lunch and dinner. Check out the wagyu or bbq jerk chicken burger, or if it’s meat-free Monday try the Spicey veggie burger with black rice, tempeh, beetroot, black turtle bean, tofu and almond patty with smoke tomato, aioli and house-made pickles. If you’re still hungry, you can super-size everything with the Super Trunk Burger.
Huxtaburger – A fond favourite for its Britney, Justin and Cheesus burgers, Huxtaburger has gone and combined two of our favourite things into one must-have summer sensation. An ice-cream burger! Vanilla ice-cream rolled in Huxtacrunch with chocolate or caramel sauce. Genius!
Sonny’s Fried Chicken & Burgers – It’s hard to beat the call for fried chicken and burgers. And when it hits, don’t look past Sonny’s Fried Chicken and Burgers at the John Curtin Hotel. By Sonny’s own admission, it’s 24-hour brined chicken, pressure fried and crispy AF. Just add crinkle cut chips.
Betty’s Burgers – it’s pink and pretty and kitschy cute but Betty’s serving up nothing but serious burgers in Elizabeth Street. Think slow-cooked pork belly or crispy fried mushrooms filled with melted Gouda and Gruyere cheese. There’s nothing cheesy about it.
Brooklyn Depot – American-style burgers and hotdogs are on the menu at this Lonsdale Street eatery. There’s the Brooklyn Classic or for something a little bit fancy try the Flip the Bird with pulled BBQ chicken, hickory smoked bacon, Depot slaw, guacamole and sweet BBQ sauce.
The team behind this popular Preston meat eatery is turning its hands to its next project – a three-storey venue in Swanston Street. Dexter Meat, Liquor and Roof is tipped to open autumn 2018, and if the burgers (think pulled pork, double-smoked beef brisket, mustard, slaw and pickles) are half as they sound, then we’re all in for a treat.