It’s not hard to find a burger in Melbourne, but when it comes to burger joints that absolutely cannot be missed, you may have some new favourites after reading this article. We’ve tracked down a few burger joints in the city that we think make the grade.
The Grand Trailer Park Taverna
Despite being relatively new, The Grand Trailer Park Taverna has quickly made a name for itself in Melbourne’s bustling burger scene. Taking up residence in the former Happy Palace on Bourke Street, the east coast inspired fit-out comes complete with Winnebagos, airstream caravans and picnic tables that set the scene for a burger experience like no other. Made with a blend of three types of 100% Australian beef, they were recently voted Melbourne’s best new burgers by Epicure. Served with hand-cut chips, alcoholic milkshakes, cocktails and slushies, it’s the perfect place for a summer BBQ all year round.
Our pick: Fold like a house of cards under the weight of the Francis Underwood: Aussie beef, American cheddar, tomato, butter lettuce, potato mac and cheese croquette, special burger sauce and American mustard on a lightly toasted brioche bun.
1000 Pound Bend
Chilled-out cafe and gallery space, 1000 Pound Bend has cemented their burger rep in recent years with a formidable menu of brioche-bunned delights that is as eclectic as it is tasty. From Black Angus, Cajun chicken and kangaroo for the meat heads to saganaki, falafel, and carrot and chickpea for the vegos, they have every taste covered. They even offer gluten free buns. Their Tuesday Busta Burger special is hard to beat, with $9 burgers and $2.50 pots from 5pm.
Our pick: People come from far and wide to sample the vegetarian delight that is the Saganaki Burger: Grilled saganaki, rocket, tomato, caramelised onion, cucumber and tzatziki.
TOWFD (The Organic Food and Wine Deli)
Tucked away amid the colour and movement of Degraves Street, TOWFD is an unlikely spot to find one of the city’s great organic burger offerings. Their lentil, veggie or tofu patties served inside wholemeal sourdough buns are 100% vegan with the option to add cheese, avocado and hummus to spice things up.
Our pick: Go guilt-free with the Tofu Burger: beetroot, spinach, carrot and tomato chutney on a wholemeal sourdough bun.
If you’re on Degraves Street and craving something a little meatier, Perkup Café & Burger Bar is a quaint spot with a hefty menu. They offer kangaroo, lamb, beef and schnitzel choices, along with a mouth-watering Portobello mushroom burger for vegetarians.
Our pick: Some like it hot and the Chipotle Burger doesn’t disappoint: pure beef patty, mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickles and extra-spicy, smoked-dried jalapenos.
One of the (very) few places in the city serving up great fish and soft-shell crab burgers, Thaiger in The Causeway puts a Thai spin on an old favourite. They’re serious about burgers, and their Thaiger House Rules include no cutting up the burger (it tastes better whole) and no squeezing it too hard (don’t lose any of that tasty sauce). Their playful menu includes classic beef, crispy crumbed fish, grilled spicy prawn, and pan-fried tofu.
Our pick: Only the adventurous need apply for the “Pou-Nim” Black Burger: Crispy soft-shell crab, granny smith Asian slaw, sweet and tangy dressing inside an ink-black bun.
- Lord of the Fries: vegetarian, kosher, halal and tasty
- Babu Bar Burger: you choose the burger size and how it’s cooked
- Madame Squint: an Asian spin that’s putting the concept of burgers on its head
- Gloria Swanston’s Kitchen: ice-cold beers served in a chilled atmosphere
- Huxtaburger: old-school burgers served with crinkle cut chips
Which not-to-be-missed burgers did we miss?