Small, XXL, super-sized, stuffed, in brioche, with bacon, extra brie (?), in Brisbane we like burgers any which way. 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 the absolute best burgers in Brisbane.
All hail the humble burger: it’s not going anywhere fast.
South Bank, Fortitude Valley And Stones Corner
Brooklyn Depot is your one-stop shop for all foods ‘Americana’. I’m talking Philly-style hot dogs, Hershey’s chocolate shakes, signature slaw and caramel pecan brownies… You’re probably already drooling and we haven’t even started talking about the burgers. Do yourself a favour and try the Nashville (the Southern-fried chicken will blow your mind), or take a chance on whatever's going for Burger of the Month.
Fortitude Valley And Camp Hill
The famed Ze Pickle made their name in levelling up burger chow and now they’ve gone full turbo and cranked their entire operation up to full tilt. The magnificence of this titanic burger haunt is evident in the Ze Pickle’s pecan wood smoked brisket burger. That's 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. If you need a more detailed description of a Ze Pickle experience, click here.
Benz On Miller
Murarrie And Roaming
You know it’s a good burger when you can’t help but make an absolute mess of yourself eating it, and that’s just what you’ll do at Benz On Miller. Whether it’s a crispy chicken, beef patty or vegetarian burger, it will definitely end up on your shirt, so best not wear white. Our pick has to be the Sweet Baby Jeebus, with Wild Turkey maple-glazed fried chicken, bacon, cheese, lettuce and mayo.
Shaved meat grilled in flatbread is not a burger. Raw fish on rice is not a burger. Fermented grape juice in a box is not a burger. If you can’t tell where I’m going with this, check out Ben’s Burgers. They teach one lesson and the lesson is this: a burger is a beef patty with sauce, cheese and potentially crunchy accoutrements between a fluffy sesame seed bun. Don’t get it confused. Our pick? The Cheezy: a beef pattie, American cheese, pickles, onion and their special sauce.
Where the fries are more than a side, Getta Burger's feasts are proper beasts. Their entire menu holds its own pretty well against the stiffest of Brisbane’s burger competitors, but the standout has got to be the Getta Boss, which is not only a revenue-raising, micro-managing, synergy-promoting juggernaut but is such a daunting prospect that to finish one of these suckers is the burger equivalent of a touchdown.
Mitchelton, Springwood And Birkdale
Food trends may come and go but burgers are forever. Miss Kay’s knows this and now has lodgings in Mitchelton, Springwood and Birkdale to satisfy our burger urges. 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…
A beloved Noosa institution, Betty's Burgers finally made their way south to Brisbane and goddamn if we aren't bloody grateful. Their burger menu is uncomplicated perfection, with plenty of sides and extras to customise your meal. But the prowess is not limited to the grill, Betty's also prides themselves on some incredible thick shakes and concrete sundaes.
Broken Hearts Burger Club
This no-frill burger spot is all about the perfect burger (with crispy fries on the side of course), developed over months of trials and taste-testing. Sure, there's some other bites on the menu, but the star of the show is the classic, hand-smashed burger. A patty (you can double or triple it if you like) made up of a blend of chuck steak, high-end steak cuts and bacon, American cheese melted over top, pickles and a dollop of house-made sauce is all sandwiched in a soft toasted bun, with the option to add lettuce, tomato and onion if that's how you like it.
Newmarket And Coorparoo
Thought these guys just did wings? You though wrong. As well as saucy, crispy chicken, Wing Fix are the master of a stacked burger, with both beef and chicken buns on the menu. Go for the truffle cheeseburger, with an Angus beef patty, truffle mayo, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles on a toasty bun.
Ever had a burger so good, it made you sing like Barry White? Well Soul Brothers claims their burgers are so good that that’s exactly what’ll happen to you. Their epic menu will have you struggling to decide which one out of the six different beef burgers to choose from, as we guarantee each and every one will strike your fancy. If burgers aren’t your thing then give their selection of cheese kransky hot dogs a try or go for the Doritos fries that are topped with their signature burger sauce, cheese sauce and crushed Doritos.
Sue’s Burgers & Shakes
Travel back in time as you step into Sue’s Burgers & Shakes, an 80s inspired American diner serving all the old school classics. If you’re a sucker for the simple things—that are certainly not simple—then you’ll want to try their Double Trouble Beef Burger with American cheese, onion, pickles, crispy bacon and Sue’s signature sauce on a toasty milk bun, paired with their beer battered onion rings. If you’re feeling a little on the wild side however, then dig into their Glazy Susan featuring a Biscoff glazed milk bun topped with crispy bacon bits and shredded cheese, or the infamous Sue’s Freaky Fries that will have you dreaming over their three-cheese sauce.
It’s time to ditch the cheeseburgers and try something new—that’s what living life to the fullest is all about right?—with Miel Container’s assortment of burgers from across the globe. This city spot once occupied a shipping container on Mary Street, but have since moved over to shiny new digs at 1 William Street. If you’re after the spices of India, try out their grilled tandoori chicken burger with tzatziki sauce or taste the flavours of Japan with their miso-smoked pork belly burger.
There's nothing I like more than New York street food. Pride of the menu, Red Hook's Grandmaster Flash burger is a tasty explosion of all the usual suspects: beef, pickles, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, and smoky mayo. All dressed up with a wee pickle skewered through the top like a Philip Treacy. A bite off one of these babies is like getting punched in the mouth by a unicorn.
A Jindalee favourite, Poppy’s doesn't mess around when it comes to a patty and a bun. Their compendium of burger offerings is a mind blowing testament to the tenacity of our burger-loving city totalling a whopping 69 different burgers (don’t be so childish) championing everything from standard beef patties and steak to meat free wonders and twisty concoctions. Is there one with pineapple? Of course there is.
Hashtag Burger And Waffles
Fortitude Valley and West End
You could get a fairly standard burger at Hashtag Burger And Waffles and be perfectly, if not exceedingly satisfied. But then you’d be missing out on an opportunity to try one of their crazier stacks—stacks like the P-BJ, with double beef patties, cheese and bacon, and a good dollop of peanut butter and jam. You’ve also always got the option to swap out the regular buns for cheese toasties or better yet, waffles, on any of their burgers. Yes please.
Petrie Terrace, Wilston And South Bank
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 dig on their classic cheeseburger; grass-fed beef pattie, lovingly draped in aged cheddar, with house-made organic ketchup, mustard, Spanish onion and house-pickled pickles. Drool.
Super Combo Burgers
Looking for the ultimate cheat meal? Then look no further than Super Combo in the heart of Bowen Hills for the biggest and best internationally-inspired burgers. The restaurant owner’s obsession with the video game, Street Fighter, and his love for burgers is what led to the creation of the epic menu, drawing inspiration from the Street Fighter characters across the globe. Now these burgers are no joke, they are packed with thick patties and all the trimmings, such as their “Beet Down Australia” burger that will take you straight back to your old tuck shop days. To cheat even more, dig your teeth into one of their ‘sidekicks’ like the super fries with cheese sauce and maple bacon bits, or one of their decadent super shakes.
Jees Burgers & Chicken
You know what goes well with a Korean fried chicken burger? More Korean fried chicken. Jees Burgers & Chicken has everything you could ever want from a burger joint, including their grass-fed beef patties, mushroom schnitzel burgers, loaded fries, deluxe milkshakes and of course, Korean fried chicken. Their soft milk buns make every bite better than the last, guaranteeing to leave your belly feeling full. If that doesn’t sound like a good enough reason to check out the Brisbane burger spot that everyone raves about, we don’t know what will.
The Soul Kitchen
Remember back in the day when the best burgs in town could only be found on wheels? Well The Soul Kitchen is a throw back to those days, so you'll hve to chase their roaming food truck around town for the chance to wrap your hands around one of their purple burgers. Yes, purple—thanks to ube buns which also manage to be perfectly soft and delicious. Once you get over the novelty, you can choose between a juicy beef burger or their Southern fried chicken number—we can confirm both are drool-worthy.
You might want to plan your post-feed nap ahead of enjoying a burger at Milky Lane. Part 50s diner, part dude-food heaven, Milky Lane piles just about everything one can hope for into their loaded burgers—think mac 'n' cheese patties, cheese gravy, smoked maple bacon and chargrilled pineapple. Of course, you can just get a standard crispy chicken or cheese burger too, but why would you?
Vegans and vegetarians, prepare yourselves, because Grassfed is the burger joint of your dreams: plant-based burgers AND ice cream. Swapping meat patties for vEEF, Chick'en, felafel and even shredded 'pork,' you can pair them with buffalo cauliflower and a soy milk feast for the ultimate vego feast.
When Paddo locals get the burger itch, there's only one place they trust to hit the spot, and that's Remy's. Their deck area is the perfect spot to down a Bloody Mary and a cheeseburger in the company of someone else's dog, and if you come by on a Sunday arvo you can get your burgs 2 for 1 with a side of free beats.
Prefer your carb-loading Italian style? Check out Brisbane's best gnocchi here.
Image credit: Ranyhyn Laine, Ben's Burgers, Betty's Burgers, Red Hook, Fritzenberger, Milky Lane, Soul Brothers