Burgers just got serious in Brisbane. Connoisseurs weigh up bun textures, peppery-ness of meat patties and pickle to sauce ratios. The humble burger is having a renaissance and Brisbane has stepped up to the frying pan, offering burgers to rival contenders from New York to London.
1. Ben’s Burgers
5 Winn St, Fortitude Valley
Three kinds of burgers. No alterations. Ben’s keeps it simple. While their strict policy might polarize some, we say haters gonna hate – and fuzzy eaters are going to miss out on the perfectly balanced burger. Go for the classic or the special add candied bacon, jalapenos, or an extra patty if your chompers can handle it.
2. Red Hook
3/88 Creek St / Gresham Lane, Brisbane CBD
The perfect hand-sized burger, the Brooklyn Cheeseburger at Red Hook has all the essential burger ingredients: beef, cheese, pickles, ketchup, but these guys also add a special sauce that leaves other burgers hanging in the balance. Its great laneway location in the CBD keeps office workers queuing for more. New York street food has found a happy home in Brisbane.
3. Chur burger
20 Constance St, Fortitude Valley
A sign of the times: this Sydney favourite has made its second location in Brisbane. With something for everyone, the Constance Street burger providore serves up lamb, beef, chcicken, pulled pork, fish, pork belly and chickpea burgers with a host of sides. The coleslaw with fennel mayonnaise is a real crowd pleaser.
4. The Flying Cock
388 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
Burger aficionados would argue this could be the best burger in Brisbane. But they’ll have to get back to you after they finished devouring a few more, just to be sure. Don’t be fooled by the name, there’s no messing about when it comes to a well-balanced burger here. If you’re looking for a beef burger the‘Chickening Out Burger’ is what you’re after, not to be confused with the hickory dickory cock chicken burger.
5. Miss Kay's
185 George St, Brisbane CBD
Miss Kay's is somewhat of a newcomer to the Brisbane burger scene, but she's already making headlines for her epic MK Special with a beef patty, maple bacon, onion rings, American cheese, lettuce, pickle, mayo and sweet barbecue sauce; and the Mac Daddy, loaded with mac ‘n’ cheese and fries.
6. Getta Burger
1396 Creek Road, Carina / Shop 8, 5 Canopus Street, Bridgeman Downs
While a little on the outskirts of town, this is one burger joint worth travelling for. The meat-lovers behind this Carina burger joint take pride in slowly wood-smoking the meats in-house, as well as making an assortment of homemade sauces. You’ll have your work cut out for you choosing between the Getta Boss 12-hour smoked beef brisket burger and the other several other mouth-watering burger options.
7. Miel Container
96 Albert St, Brisbane City
Burgers served from a shipping container in the middle of the city? Could Brisbane get any cooler? Design your own burger or choose from the fool-proof favourites, Miel has earned its reputation by offering quality burger ingredients in a unique setting. Buttery brioche buns come from local French baker and there are some Asian inspired burgers on the menu too, including a Korean barbeque bulgogi burger.
145 Eagle St, Brisbane CBD
For just $11 you can lunch at one of Brisbane's most prestigious hatted establishments, esq. (sister venue to three-hatted Esquire). esq.'s cheeseburger is only available for lunch, but is totally worth the effort. Pull up a seat by the Brisbane River and wrap your mouth around the perfectly sizes, traditional beef cheeseburger.
9. Bun Mobile
All over town
Buns on wheels! You can track down one of Bun Mobile’s two trucks as they roam around the city and surrounding suburbs just about any given lunch and dinner. While not your traditional burger, these steamed buns are filled with exotic flavours that have Brisbanites following their every movement. Twice cooked pork bun with hoisin, anyone?
10. Greaser Bar
259A Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
The venue might be underground but the burgers are through the roof! American-style cheeseburgers reign supreme at Greaser. Once you’ve managed to find this back-alley bar, you’ll enjoy the rebellious rock'n'roll vibe and, of course, the greasy goodness of their house cheeseburger, washed down with an American beer or whiskey sour.