The round-up: wrap your laughing gear around Brisbane’s best burgers
There are few meals more satisfying than a big ol’ juicy burger. Whether you like them stacked or simple, this famous two-handed food is universally adored for a reason – and through the countless variations we have encountered in our travels around Brisbane, we have adopted some clear favourites. From tried-and-true local stalwarts to the craziest creations, we’ve rounded up the best burgers in Brisbane for you to wrap your laughing gear around – and don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.
Broken Hearts Burger Club, Morningside: Since opening its own bricks-and-mortar location in Morningside, Broken Hearts Burger Club has had a line of customers snaking out the door nearly every night. It’s not hard to see why – the experimental pop-up turned patty-slinging powerhouse has nailed the humble smash burger, making a true masterpiece out of quality ingredients and simple techniques. If you go here, then you’d best try the classic hand-smashed burger, which is comprised of a lightly toasted potato bun stuffed with a perfectly cooked patty (made using a blend of chuck steak, porterhouse, sirloin or oyster blade, and bacon – seasoned with a pinch of salt), slices of American cheese, bread and butter pickles, and a dollop of house-made pink sauce. You can get it made fancy with lettuce, tomato and onion or add an extra patty if you’re hungry. Either way, these beauties are legit.
Ben’s Burgers, Fortitude Valley: Ben’s Burgers is bona fide star. This Fortitude Valley eatery has been dominating taste buds with its no-frills approach to the classic hamburger and cheeseburger for years. To really get the best experience we suggest adding maple bacon to your burger with a side of fries and special sauce. You won’t regret it – trust us.
Barbecue Mafia, Chelmer: While known to most for its plentiful platters of lovingly smoked barbecued meat, the Barbecue Mafia crew has expanded its repertoire to include smash burgers. These burgers are a masterclass in beautiful simplicity – soft potato buns gently holding a succulent minced-brisket patty (with delicate lacy edges, so you know it’s a legit smashie), perfectly melted American cheese, Picklehead pickles and a dollop of house sauce. Bellissimo!
Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co, Newstead, Chermside, Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane City: In 2017, Noosa-born sensation Betty’s Burgers opened not one, but two locations in Brisbane. Chermside and Newstead welcomed the arrival with open arms, and so did we, with classic stacked burgers and decadent concrete custard making for a near-unbeatable combo.
Bender’s Bar, West End: Although Billykart Kitchen has long been one of Brisbane’s best spots to get breakfast, its menu also boasts a cheeseburger that is counted amongst this city’s best. When Billykart Bar opened in West End, it promised a great opportunity to try signature Billykart burgers without having to book a table inside the restaurant. The concept evolved further in 2019, with Billykart Bar moving across the road and transforming into Bender’s Bar. In addition to the acclaimed Billykart cheeseburger, punters at Bender’s can also wrap their mitts around a fried chicken sandwich, a vegan burger and a fish burger with ranch dressing, avo and lettuce.
KCS Chicken, Woolloongabba: Gunning for the title of Brisbane’s best fried chicken burger spot is KCS Chicken, the fried-chicken concept conceived by the crew at Kimchi Cheese Smile. The tight menu boasts five kinds of burgers to choose from and, apart from the halloumi burger, all the options contain crispy chicken as the core ingredient. The KCS Chicken Sandwich is a classic must-try option, boasting chilli mayo, cucumber pickles and a soft bun, while the Korean Fried-Chicken Burger ups the ante with gochujang aioli, Korean red-chilli sauce, red cheddar and slaw.
Grass Fed Vegan, South Brisbane: Look, we get that the die-hard carnivores amongst you might take umbrage at seeing a plant-based burger on this list, but hear us out. Fish Lane’s Grassfed Vegan is a burger joint that is proving that meat-free deliciousness is as mouth-watering as its beefy counterpart. The burgers utilise alternative vEEF patties from Fënn Foods – as close as you can get to the real thing without actually eating any animals.
Milky Lane, Newstead: If you like your burgers with a side of hip-hop, then you’ll get a kick out of Milky Lane at Gaskworks. The burgers here are best described as unfiltered, unadulterated burger porn – we suggest the trying the Lil Weezy (Milky Lane’s take on a cheeseburger), the Chic-Kanye (crispy southern fried chicken, maple bacon and slaw), or the Big Poppa (beef pattie, Texas rubbed and smoked beef brisket, maple bacon, mac’n’cheese pattie, American cheese).
Red Hook, Brisbane City: Few cities in the world do burgers better than New York City, which is why Red Hook is upfront about where it draws its influences from. The Grandmaster Flash, Brooklyn Cheeseburger, Uptown Funk and Shaolin Soul burgers are all winners, which means you can be too if you eat here.
Mac From Way Back, Woolloongabba: Although the team at Mac From Way Back earned its following thanks to its signature baked mac ‘n’ cheese, now that the former food truck has its own permanent home on Logan Road, the team is free to expand its range. The Mac menu includes a selection of mouth-watering burgers, from single and double-pattie smash burgers (with gooey cheese, onions, pickles and special sauce) to a Nashville-style hot fried-chicken burger and vegetarian-friendly crumbed-mushroom (with grilled saganaki) burger.
Lucky Egg, Fortitude Valley: When it comes to fried chicken, Lucky Egg is at the peak of the finger lickin’ mountain. The original crispy with slaw and buffalo crispy chicken burgers are to die for, but the new Brunswick Street location is now cooking up a scrumptious beef burger that is on-par with the best. Also, don’t sniff at the vegi crispy – the tempura-fried eggplant steak topped with American cheddar is a winner for anyone looking for a meat-free option.
Remy’s, Paddington: Kicking back on a sunny Sunday in Paddington is a common pastime of ours, made even better when we do it at Remy’s. The burgers here are top notch, with several unique choices sharing menu space with the classics. The pork belly, cabbage and kimchi burger and the jerk chicken with Caribbean salsa are worth investigating, but don’t be ashamed if you find yourself back in the arms of the double pattie and bacon cheeseburger.
Brewski, Petrie Terrace: It’s not all hops and malt at Caxton Street’s Brewski – this pub does also does some phenomenal burgers for the hungry crowd. The menu features tasty options for the carnivore crowd and peckish plant-based types, including the classic smashed-beef burger and the stout-infused and applewood-smoked jackfruit burger, respectively.
Charboys, Bulimba: Fans of Charboys on Oxford Street in Bulimba claim that this joint makes the closest thing to iconic American chains such as In-N-Out Burger and Five Guys. Succulent patties, cheese, tomato, lettuce and onion – this is proof that the best works of art are made with a smaller palette of colours.
Wing Fix, Coorparoo and Newmarket: For much of its existence, Wing Fix has built its following on crispy fried-chicken wings. These days? They’ve still got the wings, but now Wing Fix boasts a burger selection to tempt tastebuds. Alongside the classic cheeseburger and double-pattie smash burger, Wing Fix is also slinging a maple fried-chicken burger, a Nashville-style chicken burger, a barbecue beef and bacon burger, a southern-style fried-chicken burger, an Angus beef smash burger and a grilled mushroom burger. If you ask us, there’s no wrong choice.
Miss Kay’s, Mitchelton, Birkdale and Springwood: Anyone seeking a taste of some quintessential American burger artistry should take a seat at Miss Kay’s table. Head to any of Miss Kay’s locations and order some of the drool-worthy options like the Ludakrisp fried-chicken burger, the Mac Daddy with mac’n’cheese, the Poutine Burger or the Austin Flowers with spiced tempura cauliflower.
Ze Pickle, Fortitude Valley, Hawthorne and Camp Hill: This Gold Coast-bred operation has made its name by pushing the boundaries of what a burger can be. The mad scientists in the Fortitude Valley kitchen stack the likes of smoked beef brisket and mac’n’cheese, truffle buttered grilled mushrooms, fried cheese sticks and maple bacon and Doughnut Time doughnuts into Ze Pickle’s burgers, which are as tasty as they are formidable.
Getta Burger, various locations: West End, Clayfield, Ashgrove, North Lakes and Capalaba are just a few suburbs that been caught up in Getta Burger mania. The popular franchise boasts a veritable menagerie of choices, from 12-hour smoked brisket burgers, double beef patty and fried mozzarella sticks, pulled pork and bacon topped with fries and more.
Jee’s Burger, Brisbane City: When it comes to burgers, you can’t beat a classic, and Jee’s Burgers does justice to the classics better than most. If you crave a burger that lets its ingredients speak for itself, then you’ll really get a kick out of the classic, cheeseburger, beef and bacon, and cheese and bacon burgers – all available with either a single or double patty.
Just Poppy’s, Riverhills: Riverhills is home some of the city’s best burgers – 69 of them, in fact! There are rib-fillet steak burgers, meat-free burgers, hamburgers, and burgers with chicken, lamb, pork and fish – all of them available at Just Poppy’s. You will be forgiven for lingering longer on this menu, but rest assured that there is no wrong choice.
MooFree Burgers, North Lakes and Morningside: Vegans are amply catered for by MooFree Burgers, which operates on a ‘no meat, no worries’ mantra. Patties are made from the likes of black beans, pulled jackfruit and more, and also feature fake bacon and vegan cheese to top.
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