Queenslanders are a casual bunch who love casting aside the cutlery, rolling up their sleeves and tucking into a good burger. We’ve put together a list to guarantee you get your hands on the best burgers in Brisbane.
If you don’t get all the references to video game Street Fighter II, don’t worry. All you need to know is that Super Combo has seriously juicy Angus and Wagyu beef burgers, a fried chicken sandwich with maple bacon and super-crunchy hand-cut fries. If Street Fighter is your thing, you can play a few rounds on the wall-mounted Super Nintendo while you wait.
20 King Street, Bowen Hills
Ben’s believes in keeping things real, with just four American-style burgers on the menu – all perfectly charred on the outside and pink in the middle and with no alterations allowed. Their house-made cherry cola is the bomb (with or without bourbon). The original outlet is tucked away in the Valley’s coolest laneway, and there’s a second, more spacious branch in West End.
5b Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley
153 Boundary Street, West End
There are now two inner-city branches of this all-American burger joint, but you’ll still have to do battle with the crowds of city workers who descend at lunchtime. It’s the combination of juicy pink Byron Bay beef and a trifecta of sauces – ketchup, mustard and Miss Kay’s creamy-tangy sauce – that make the cheeseburgers here so popular.
Miss Kay’s, 185 George Street, Brisbane
Little Miss Kay’s, 159 Logan Road, Woolloongabba
Sit at the bar sipping a perfectly made Negroni and watch in wonder while the chef sears Wagyu patties with a blowtorch to construct a perfect cheeseburger of two patties, two slices of cheese and secret sauce – Gerard’s is a far cry from your average burger joint.
13a/23 James Street, Fortitude Valley
Named after the Brooklyn neighbourhood, this pint-sized laneway bar is the place to go for a range of American classics, including medium-rare beef burgers, buffalo wings, hot dogs, bacon ketchup and deep-fried Oreos for dessert. There’s also a very impressive selection of beer, wine and cocktails.
3/88 Creek Street, Brisbane
Why do Da’Burger burgers taste so good? It could be because the meat comes from the boutique butcher shop two doors down, and the lettuce from a farm in Lowood, just outside of Brisbane, and that the burgers are always so carefully put together. They never fall apart but you will need both hands to eat one of these, as they’re huge.
876 Brunswick Street, New Farm
Chur Burger is proof that taking a little creative licence on a burger menu doesn’t have to equal freakish towers of deep-fried horror between buns. The Notorious P.I.G is a good example, with a beautiful balance of pork belly, chilli-caramel sauce, pickled carrot slaw and aïoli.
20 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley
This laid-back neighbourhood hangout has a reputation for its chilled courtyard, friendly staff and one of the best cheeseburgers in town. It’s even better on Sunday afternoons when burgers are two-for-one.
106 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington
The menu includes a Korean bulgogi burger, a miso-smoked pork belly burger and a tandoori burger, but there’s also the option to design your own burger at this diner in a shipping container. With three beef options, two chicken, a fish fillet or vegie patty, over a dozen different sauces and a host of optional fillings, the possibilities seem endless.
Corner of Mary and Albert streets, Brisbane; (07) 3229 4883
Top image: Super Combo
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