The round-up: Work your way through 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 collated a list of what we think are 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, West End, Morningside, Mango Hill, Ashgrove and Victoria Point: 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, Coorparoo: 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!
Hashtag Burgers & Waffles, Fortitude Valley and West End: What happens when you mix hand-smashed patties with house-made waffles? Heaven, that’s what. You can get a taste of heaven at both of Hashtag’s locations, with 13 gob-smacking burger stacks up for grabs, many of which can be sandwiched between a pair of waffles.
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.
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.
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. Since then Betty’s Burgers locations have popped up all over town and we’ve welcomed each one with open arms. With classic stacked burgers and decadent concrete custard making for a near-unbeatable combo, we reckon there should be a Betty’s Burgers location on every street.
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.
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.
Sue’s Burgers and Shakes, Carindale: The Wing Fix team clearly knows a thing or two about burgers. At Sue’s Burgers and Shakes, the crew is digging deeper into its burger obsession, creating an American diner-themed experience buoyed by a menu featuring burgers boasting lacy-edged smash patties made from a meaty mix of rib, sirloin, chuck and brisket. Not in a beefy mood? You can also get fried-chicken burgers, mozzarella sticks, Southern-style popcorn chicken bites, loaded maple fries and a range of shakes to wash it all down.
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.
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.
Soul Brothers, Nundah: You might not think that curating a music soundtrack for the burger-eating process would have much of an impact on the dining experience, but when Soul Brothers turns up the volume on hits from Sam Cooke, Nina Simone and Etta James you can’t help but get into a better mood. This Nundah burger spot pairs soul music with soul-enriching eats. Think patties made primarily using brisket rump, a delightfully pliable potato bun and a process designed to deliver burgers from grill to table quickly and consistently.
Brooklyn Depot, South Bank, Fortitude Valley and Stones Corner: Brooklyn Depot has been a fixture on the burger circuit since opening in 2016. Its menu of handcrafted handfuls offer perfect options for those seeking a classic burg, while a selection of suitably named Epic Burgers are ideal for pushing the limits of one’s stomach capacity. The triple-patty cheeseburger, the ‘Dubya’ barbecue-brisket burger and the protein-loaded Smash Up (two patties, two fried-chicken thighs and bacon) are only for the most brave-hearted and famished eaters.
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.
Benz on Miller, Murarrie: Some of you may have seen the Benz on Miller truck prowling the streets of Brisbane, but did you know that you that the burger slinger has its own location over in Murarrie? Yep, it’s true! You can get joint’s signature southern-style fried-chicken burger (or the turkey-maple glazed variation), cheeseburgers and vegan burgers in a cinch.
Honourable mentions: There are almost too many ace burger joints to list, but we had to make mention of Charboys in Bulimba, Milky Lane in Newstead, Fritzenberger in Petrie Terrace, Wilston and South Bank, Plan B Works in Petrie Terrace, Super Combo in Bowen Hills, and 5 Boroughs in Everton Park, Rosalie, Stones Corner, Springwood, Ascot and Morayfield.
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