Let’s not mince words; Brisbane is in the grips of a burger epidemic. Sure, we like to dabble in other worldly cuisines—Thai’s pretty bloody great up here, and we don’t mind a few gyoza every now and then—but we just can’t get enough of a good patty. We’re a city obsessed.
Small, XXL, super-sized, stuffed, in brioche, with bacon, extra brie (?), we like burgers any which way—ain’t no denying it.
So if you think you’ve seen it all, tackled the metaphorical whales of the Brisbane burger world so to speak, you’d better have tried these iconic Brisbane patties.
All hail the humble burger: it’s not going anywhere fast.
Ze Pickle’s Pecan Wood Smoked Brisket Burger
The days where you can’t decide between the pasta and the burger are over, thanks to Ze Pickle’s pecan wood smoked brisket burger. Picture smoked brisket, topped with house made mac n’ cheese, maple smoked bacon and corn chips between their famous brioche bun. Not for the faint hearted.
Ben’s Burgers’ Cheesy Burger
Okay, so Ben’s Burgers frequents the pages of The Urban List a fair bit. But for good reason! One of the OG burger flippers in Brisbane, Ben’s have perfected the classics. Our pick? The Cheezy: a beef pattie, American cheese, pickles, onion and their special sauce make this a hot contender for best burger in Brisbane.
Super Combo’s Sonic Boom Burger
Gaming geeks will recognise the nod to iconic 80’s game, Street Fighter throughout Super Combo’s menu, but there’s one pattie in our eyes that tops the Brisbane burger hunt: The Sonic Boom. This fried chicken, smokey mushroom sauce, cheddar cheese sauce, candied bacon, pineapple chutney, slaw and aioli mega mash up is well worth the calorie count.
Getta Burger’s Getta Filthy
It’s big, it’s filling, it’s totally filthy and a man among men in the Brisbane burger bucket list. Naturally, a burger stuffed with double cheese, fries, pickles, their famous BBQ sauce and their ‘filthy’ mix of meats —brisket, bacon, pulled pork and grilled onion—is going to have your jaw scraping along the floor… Wll played Getta Burger, well played.
Bird’s Nest Yakitori’s Karaage Burger
Now, before you get all up in arms, we know Bird’s Nest are known for their incredible yakitori skewers. But, and this is a big ‘but’, we rate their karaage burger pretty damn highly. The fried chicken is perfection and, layered with wasabi mayo, salsa, a tare reduction AND fresh cabbage, this is more than just a random menu add-on—this is a bloody great burger.
Fritzenberger’s pillowy soft, sweet buns are the key here. Their burgers are jam-packed with flavour and yet you never walk away with that, ‘gee I really over did it again’ feeling. We’re digging their classic cheeseburger; grass-fed beef pattie, lovingly draped in aged cheddar, their house-made organic ketchup, mustard, Spanish onion and house-pickled pickles. Drool.
Miss Kay’s MK Special Burger
A Brisbane icon, Miss Kay’s don’t mess around when it comes to a patty and a bun. All of their burgers are pretty fantastic, but our heart belongs to the MK Special. Take a patty, toss in some maple bacon, onion rings, cheese, lettuce, pickles, mayo and BBQ sauce and you’ve really got yourself a burgasm…
Red Hook’s Uptown Funk Burger
I mean, when is there ever enough cheese on a burger? Red Hook clearly felt the same way so came up with the Uptown Funk burger and, well, answered all of our prayers. A beef patty, American cheese, gorgonzola sauce, caramalised onion, bacon and buffalo ketchup has some serious wow factor, no?
Burger Project’s Magic Deluxe Burger
Neil Perry FINALLY launched his famous Burger Project in Brisbane, and of course we’ve tried every burger on the menu already! You will fall hard for the Magic Deluxe; their famed beef patty, crumbed confit mushroom, cheese, onion, pickles, tomato and a dollop of secret sauce. Eat. It. Now.
Hanks Burgers Idaho Burger
A fave amongst the Caxton Street set (and basically everyone else in Brisbane), Hanks serves up some hefty burgers, ripe for the feasting. Feeling extra hungry? Order the Idaho: beef patty, onions, pickles, cheese, mustard, ketchup, oh and tater tots!
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Super Combo | Image credit: Hayley Williamson