There's no room in life for sub par burgers. If your local takeout shop isn't cutting the mustard, you need to upgrade to a tastier establishment immediately. According to TripAdvisor's customer review data, these are the best ten burger places in Australia. (Note: The following descriptions and photos may cause extreme taste-bud torture. You have been warned!)
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The burger shops below have been crowned the tastiest in Australia by travel site TripAdvisor based on customer reviews. While this is by no means a fair or accurate ranking system, it's safe to say that all of these restaurants will provide a perfect burger fix. As you can see from the list, Queensland appears to be the best location for burger lovers, with a whopping six slots taken up by the Sunshine State.
If you're feeling peckish, head down to whichever one is closest and order a burger with the lot. (Or if you have some time up your sleeve, plan an odyssey across the country to try all ten.)
This American-style burger specialist scored an impressive average of 4.5 bubbles out of 5 across 163 reviews. Hero burgers on its menu include the Cows With Guns (beef patty, homemade chill concarne, vintage cheddar, jalapenos, guacamole, spicy tomato salsa, onion rings, tomato relish, pickled cucumber and Spanish onion) and the Wagyu Bacon Deluxe (Wagyu beef patty, Swiss cheese, truffle mustard, tomato relish, garlic ailoi, rocket, tomato and caramelised onion.) Tasty sides include crispy fries, onion rings and buffalo wings.
Off The Track scored 4.5 out of 5 bubbles across 55 reviews. As the name suggests, it's a bit out of the way but by all accounts the detour is well worth it. Specialty burgers include the Texan burger and Crickey’s Burger which boasts a crocodile meat patty. The restaurant is also noted for its homemade sauces and relishes including a scorchingly hot sauce made from Carolina Reaper chilies.
Long Boards Laidback Eatery & Bar scored 4.5 out of 5 bubbles across 313 reviews. This surfer-friendly burger joint packs more than 20 burger options onto its menu, including the signature Phat Bastard Burger: a 1.8kg monster stuffed with grilled wagyu, bacon, pulled pork, cheese, coleslaw and salads. Anyone who can finish the burger (plus fries) in half an hour scores a $150 in house voucher. Also worth trying is the Big Kahuna Burger, which comes with Wagyu beef, lettuce, tomato, beetroot, onion, pineapple, bacon, mustard pickle, mayo and BBQ sauce.
The Burger Bar scored 4.5 out of 5 bubbles from 228 reviews. This burger joint stands out from the crowd by making everything in house; from the sauces down to the bread. There's also a range of burger options for vegans. Tasty options sounding include the After Burner (chilli beef, jalapeno relish, cheese, lettuce, tomato, house mayonnaise) Midnight Delight (beef, cheese, smoked bacon, garlic & chilli mayonnaise, fried onions, lettuce, tomato, house mayonnaise) and the Dutch Oven (beef, bacon, sauerkraut, dijonnaise, fried onions, lettuce, tomato, house mayonnaise.)
The Bottle of Milk scored 4.5 out of 5 bubbles from 228 reviews. It's located along the Great Ocean Road in Lorne, Victoria. It uses locally sourced ingredients with homemade condiments. Signature offerings include the Hell Yeah burger (prime Victorian beef, tasty cheese, pineapple, beetroot, lettuce, tomato, onion, house mayo and relish), The Pest (prime Victorian beef, roasted capsicum, lettuce, tomato, onion, house mayo & fresh pesto) and Brie Cheeseburger (prime beef, brie cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, house mayo and homemade tomato relish.) As the name implies, it also sells milkshakes.
The Nosh Express scored 4.5 out of 5 bubbles from 18 reviews. Located on Hastings Street just off Noosa's main beach, Nosh Express specialises in New York-style burgers that are quickly made to order. It is also famous for its flathead fish burgers fresh salads.
Betty's Burgers scored 4.5 out of 5 bubbles from 133 reviews. Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co. keeps its menu lean with six burgers to choose from. Its signature is the Betty’s classic which comes with an Angus beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion and melted American cheese topped with Betty’s special homemade sauce. If you're watching your carbs, they also do a bread-free option called the Bare Betty. You can also order beers and a range of desserts including apple pie.
Nordburger scored 4.5 out of 5 bubbles from 37 reviews. Nordburger's signature burger is an unusual fusion of an American cheeseburger and a basket of Buttermilk fired chicken tenderloins. This burger joint is also famous for its chilli cheese fries topped with beef pieces and cheese. Other noteworthy burgers include the Royale (double beef, double cheese, caramelized onions, pickles, mustard, ketchup, Nord sauce and Mushroom burger (Panko-crumbed portobello mushrooms, coleslaw, mustard.)
George's Hamburger Shop scored 4 out of 5 bubbles from 33 reviews. Are you sick of all these gourmet and "Americana" style burgers? George's Hamburger Shop sticks to true Aussie style burgers. They're purportedly like a souped-up version of the burgers you used to get in the '80s: big, greasy and amazing.
8-bit scored 4.5 out of 5 bubbles from 32 reviews. This retro video game-themed restaurant is located on Droop Street in Footscray. It claims to serve Melbourne’s finest hamburgers and hotdogs. Charmingly, the burgers are all named after famous video games; from the Golden Axe (crispy fried chicken, cheese, sriracha mayo, slaw) to the Double Dragon (double beef, double cheese, double bacon, pickles, mustard, lettuce topped with signature 8BIT sauce.)
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