The round-up: sink your teeth into the Gold Coast’s best burgers
There is something deeply satisfying about sinking your teeth into a delicious, juicy burger. Whether you prefer a humble American cheeseburger with pickles, or you like to live on the edge with pulled meats and some sort of fancy sauce, we’ve got you covered with this handy list of where to get a darn-good burger on the Gold Coast … you can thank us later.
Eddie’s Grub House, Coolangatta: Blues, booze and burgers – yep, Eddie’s is the ultimate. While it’s common to see towering burgers full of fried goodness here, the foundation of it all is the double cheeseburger. It’s the perfect cheese-bun-sauce ratio – the two charred 120-gram brisket-and-chuck patties are blanketed in cheese, lovingly placed alongside sweet, sweet ketchup and special sauce, before being rounded out by slices of vinegar pickles. Don’t get us started on the melt-in-your-mouth buns. Thank the burger gods for Eddie’s.
Burgster, Palm Beach: These guys know how to craft a seriously eye-popping burger. Get your mitts on the go-to grass-fed beef burger topped with Burgster’s special sauce, or if you like to do it low and slow, opt for the smoked brisket burger or lash out with the slow-cooked pork-hock version drizzled with habanero mustard mayo. The marinated bug-tail burger with lemon mayo will be a delight for your fishy face.
Longboards, Surfers Paradise: If you’ve got a big appetite, Longboards will surely fill the gap. There’s a menu of 17 burgers on offer including Beach Cheeseburger, the vegetarian G-Banger, and the Mona Lisa, which arrives towering with wagyu beef patty, crispy bacon, melted brie cheese, garlic-butter mushrooms, caramelised onion, lettuce, tomato and truffle aioli. Those up for the challenge can go for The Phat Bastard – featuring 600-grams of wagyu beef with all of the trimmings – which comes in at a round sum of $69.
Milky Lane, Surfers Paradise: There are burgers, then there are Milky Lane burgers. The Insta-famous Sydney-born burger joint opened its first Queensland venue in the heart of Surfers Paradise, with locals quickly clamouring for a taste of the drool-worthy big-as-your-head creations. There’s everything from the Limp Brisket with slow-cooked Texas beef, to the Kevin Bacon with double beef, double maple bacon, double cheese, barbecue sauce, mustard, special sauce, caramelised onion and pickles.
Betty’s Burgers, various locations: A juicy Angus beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion cheese and Betty’s special sauce – so simple, but so damn tasty. If you’ve experienced the deliciousness that is Betty’s Burgers, you’ll know what we’re harping on about here. If you haven’t, you’ve got four locations to get yourself acquainted with Betty – Surfers Paradise, The Kitchens, Coomera and Pacific Fair. Betty’s also has plenty to suit vegetarian, pescatarian and gluten-free eaters – plus, there’s a brand-new plant-based spicy vegan burger that’s well worth your time.
Pattysmiths, Palm Beach and Merrimac: Just like metalsmiths are master craftsmen of metal, Pattysmiths believes it has perfected the art of hand-crafted burger patties – the chefs (known as Patty Smashers) use a signature blend of wagyu and Angus beef that is ‘hand-smashed’ on a custom-built iron plate to create a distinctive golden crust, which forms the core component of its eye-popping burgers. Opt for the classic cheeseburger, or go hard with the Mac & Cheese Royale – a beef patty with a mac’n’cheese katsu patty.
Easy Street Diner, Mermaid Beach: For an authentic American burger, you need to sit yourself in a booth at Easy Street and get amongst it with a Royale burger … with cheese, because you should never say ‘no’ to American cheese, ever. Throw some pork-belly nuggets and deep-fried pickle poppers on the side and you’re in burger heaven.
Ze Pickle, Burleigh Heads: Where do we start? Keep it simple (as can be) with with the Chee-zee burger or prepare thyself for a mouth bang with the Pablo Escoburger featuring beef, cheese, guacamole, chile con queso, smoked jalapenos and corn chips. Alternatively, go all out and order the Triple Loco burger – triple everything, served between two grilled cheese sambos.
Aprés Surf at Alfred’s Diner, Mermaid Beach: In case you didn’t know, burger-slinging neighbourhood bar Aprés Surf had to close its doors in April 2020, but on Tuesday nights from 5:30 pm the fellas are popping up at Alfred’s Diner in Mermaid with its famed burgers (and parmies!) alongside a bunch of fun backyard cocktails. Tuck into its cheesy beef and bacon burger with pickles and lashings of special sauce each week, or you can keep it plant-based with the new vegan burger loaded with cheese, not-bacon, mayo and ketchup atop a vegan milk bun.
TGI Fridays, Robina: These juicy, towering burgers require two hands and a big appetite. The TGI Fridays crew know their way around a good burger – the Fridays Bacon Cheeseburger is a good place to start, piled high with a grass-fed beef patty, melted American cheese, peppered bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, ketchup, mustard and roasted-garlic aioli. Or send yourself into a food coma with the Fridays Signature Glaze Ultimate – two beef patties with its signature Jack Daniel’s glaze stacked high with cheese, onion rings and all of the trimmings.
Crafty’s, Harbour Town: If you’re yet to experience this reimagined sports bar, then let its burgers lure you there. You’ll find a range of well-made burgers here, from the classic Angus beef to crispy fried chicken with cheese with hot-sauce mayo – and there’s even a chickpea and corn burger for the plant-based eaters. All of the burgs come with French fries dusted with spiced salt, and are best enjoyed with a schooner on the side.
Brooklyn Depot, Surfers Paradise: Situated at The 4217 in Surfers Paradise, this hub spins out a hefty collective of handmade burgers on the daily. Mix it up with The Weisenheimer with slow-cooked pork belly, green-apple slaw and truffle mayo, or get yo’self acquainted with the The Depot Burger with two grass-fed beef patties, double cheese, hickory-smoked bacon, grilled pineapple, crisp lettuce, fresh tomato and Depot special (secret) sauce. Throw some Maclovin’ Balls on the side too, cheers.
Damn Burger, Miami: Located in the Daymaker Espresso spot in Miami, Damn Burger is a takeaway-only burger joint (which also operates on Deliveroo and UberEATS) and dishes up a mouth-watering menu of burgs. Think creations like Pray for Me (double beef, cos, tomato, American cheddar and herb mayo on a toasted brioche bun), crispy chicken burgers and punchy pulled-pork burgers. Definitely order waffle fries for the side.
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