It’s time to mustard up your appetite and relish the food trend that’s not leaving Brisbane streets any time soon: the burger. Less shy than a sandwich and packed higher than any knife-and-fork affair, it’s time to roll back your sleeves and wave goodbye to those cravings (and, let’s face it, your diet).
Our personal trainer suggested exercising more, so we ran to all of Brisbane’s best burger joints. We think he’d be proud.
5 Boroughs | Stones Corner & Ascot
Burgers stacked taller than the Empire State Building have arrived straight from the boroughs of New York – and you’ll fall in love in a New York minute.
Ben’s Burgers | Fortitude Valley
We’re not sure how they do it, but Ben’s Burgers always manage to look like they were just walked out of a photo shoot. And the eye catching burgers taste as good as they look, with the classic fillings of a meat patty (or two), cheese, tomato, lettuce, bacon and just enough sauce to leave your fingers dripping in delicious burger bliss.
Brooklyn Depot | South Brisbane
Still hungry? Fuhgeddaboutit! You’ll want a stack of napkins and the foresight not to wear white before tackling the saucy concoctions of deep fried pork belly and pulled BBQ chicken at Brooklyn Depot.
Burger PL8 | Logan Hyperdome
These guys must squat, because these buns are mighty fine! With handmade and hand rolled patties, these burgers are seriously fresh and seriously delicious. Whether you’re after something meaty like the Betsy, with a pork and veal patty and basil, or a lighter option (the Fun Guy with mushrooms, sweet potato, tomato, onion, garlic oil, cheese and lettuce, is not only a brilliant pun, but a delicious burger), Burger PL8 will fill that burger-shaped hole in your heart.
Charboys | CBD
After perfecting their art at the Boundary Street Markets, Charboys are toting da Vinci level beef and brioche creations to the office crowds – just don’t forget to grab an Instagram shot first.
Chur Burger | Fortitude Valley
When you create a burger stacked with crispy pork belly and chili caramel, you pretty much win a guaranteed spot in our hearts. Throw in the option of double meat, and sides of mac ‘n’ cheese topped fries and you’ll see us every weekend.
Collective Kitchen | CBD
What’s better than a panko crumbed chicken burger loaded with sesame and pickled carrot slaw? The same burger for $10 of course, which Collective dishes up every Thursday from 4pm! You can get their burgers any other day of course, but at that price, you can even add bacon and a side of chips (just saying).
DA Burger | New Farm
Taking the Brisbane burger scene by storm, DA’ Burger is all about fresh ingredients and local produce (including meat from the butcher next door!). If you’re feeling a Sunday roast but not the effort needed to cook one, tuck into DA’ Burger’s version, with an Aussie lamb patty smothered in warm red onion jam with bacon, sweet potato, lettuce, tomato, red onion and smokey BBQ sauce.
Fritzenberger | Petrie Terrace
Even after inhaling our weight in fries, we find ourselves drooling over the beefier icons at Fritzenberger. There’s a reason fries, burgers and brews take up 90% of the menu here.
Getta Burger | South Brisbane & various locations
Getta stack of napkins, getta couple of hours off work, and getta taste of the super-sized badboys at this South Brisbane spot. Just don’t expect to getta bite of your fries halfway through – two hands are needed, no exceptions.
Little Clive | Annerley
A place that offers pre-work caffeine fixes and celebratory we-survived-the-work-day burgers afterwards? We’re pretty sure Little Clive is the Narnia of the foodie world.
Miel Container | CBD
We might not be able to contain our love of burgers, but it is possible to fit the perfect burger joint inside a shipping container. Triple cream brie or cheddar? Brioche or ciabatta? Design your food coma every step of the way.
Miss Kay’s | CBD & various locations
All you need to know about the burgers at Miss Kay’s is that all the burgers live up to their names. When you see the Ludakrisp, think hella crispy fried chicken with house slaw, pickles, BBQ sauce and mayo. The Mac Daddy? You guessed it – mac ‘n’ cheese wedged between a beef patty, American cheese and piled high with fries. Yaaaaas.
MooFree Burgers | North Lakes & food truck
You’ll be telling beef to moo-ve over after a taste of these badboys. With an established kitchen in North Lakes and a roving food truck worth chasing, MooFree Burgers offers a completely vegan menu every burger fan can enjoy – and with towering creations stacked with bacon-like rashers, cheeze, and totally-tasty beefless patties, you won’t miss the meat!
Mr Burger | Food truck
Here’s one to rev your engines. If ever there was a food worth hitting the road for, it’s burgers. Hit the car, scope out this food truck’s spot for the day, and fuel up.
Red Hook | CBD
Trust us when we say that you haven’t had a real cheeseburger until you’ve tried Red Hook’s Brooklyn cheeseburger. Stacked with a medium-rare beef patty topped with cheese, pickles, ketchup and a special sauce, sometimes simple is better. And if you’re feeling like something not so basic? Red Hook have also got five other burgers to tickle the tastebuds.
The Bone Lorry | Food truck
While they may specialize in meat on the bone (hence the name), we’ve got no bones about ordering a burger from this Brisbane-based food truck. You’ll find new lip-smacking creations (like beef cheek cheeseburgers) ready to roll out every week.
Ze Pickle | Fortitude Valley
In a pickle over lunch decisions? Let’s face it, most burger joints claim to be ‘different from the rest,’ but when their specialty burger features Nutella-smoked bacon and a grilled doughnut as the bun, you know they can walk the walk (even if you can’t walk afterwards).
Sorry Beyoncé, but these are the buns we’re aspiring after.
Words by Samantha Chariton