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We've searched high and low to find the best burgers in Brisbane. You're welcome. It's taken real gumption and commitment to chow through these suckers; our waistlines are showing it, and we've been picking teeny tiny sesame seeds out of our teeth for months. But, like true pioneers, we've done it!
On our valiant quest to deliver you the best of Brisbane's burgers, we've discovered a few cheeky nuggets lurking in some of our more formal menus. So that myth about burgers having no place in formal dining? Debunked!
So, without further ado (and in no particular order), here is our round-up of Brisbane's best burgers of 2014.
Red Hook | CBD
There's nothing I like more than a new kid, except a new kid serving 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.
Howzat Burger | CBD
These all-Australian guardians of the grill are real crowd pleasers and offer a tidy variety of burgers to satisfy every palate. Our pick at Howzat? The Square Leg lamb burger featuring a cumin-spiced lamb patty, balsamic BBQ onions, iceberg lettuce, and mint yoghurt. There's nothing florid about these hearty morsels, which is why we think they've got some of the best burgers in Brisbane.
Getta Burger | Carina
These guys are wizards of the burger game. Lovingly engulfed in the Getta 'Lot' burger is house-ground beef, double cheese, grilled onions, tomato, lettuce, mustard, mayo, and a BBQ sauce that sure as hell doesn't come from a bottle. On your second visit try out Getta Burger's 12-hour smoked beef brisket burger with cheese, pickles, slaw, and more of that house-made BBQ that makes you weak at the knees.
Miel Container | CBD
The folks at Miel trust you completely. That's why they let you customise your burger with a build-your-own menu! Myriad combinations of gourmet burgers await the whims of your wildest dreams. Design your dream burger with options of six proteins, two kinds of buns, four types of cheese, a whole salad bar, and no fewer than SIXTEEN different sauces. Is this paradise? Close, it's Miel Container.
Chur Burger | Fortitude Valley
It's been said that Chur Burger offers some of the best burgers in Brisbane. Good news! Speculations are confirmed. With easily the most varied and extensive burger menu on this list, Chur Burger's got the classics covered and plenty of room for some bold new combinations. Our pick? The pulled pork fiasco. This one comes with Chur's own BBQ sauce, red slaw, and a fennel mayonnaise; topped with a brioche bun this burger is a knockout of plump, porky love.
Alliance Hotel | Spring Hill
We've come to expect great things from the kitchen of the Alliance Hotel and gloriously their Wagyu burger doesn't disappoint. Freshened up with some Swiss cheese, rocket, and tomato, this beefy handful also features the combined palatable powers of BBQ sauce, mustard, and onion jam. Damn tasty, and bites like a beauty.
Gerard's Bar | New Farm
Gerard's is known for creative and innovative explorations in gastronomy, but when it comes to this bar-snack burger, they know how to retain the quality and keep it simple. Showcasing all the usual suspects of beef, bacon, relish, cheese, and pickles, the burger at Gerard's bar is the perfect thing to complement your chronic wine habit.
The Fox Hotel | South Bank
A golden bun perches atop a dizzying stack of beef, American cheddar, double smoked bacon, tomato, lettuce, and a Texas BBQ sauce. The Fox Hotel makes the kind of burgers that make you forget you're eating a burger and believe instead that you're wolfing pure ambrosia. At least that's what happens to me when I'm gums deep into a Loaded Fox burger...
Ben's Burgers | Fortitude Valley
Can't wait until dinner? Have your burger first thing at Ben's. Breakfast sarnies are no new thing, but the chaps at Ben's Burgers have elevated the possibility of a one-handed breakfast into new realms of saucy bliss. In keeping with their simple menu approach, choose from three killer kickstarters: bacon, egg, cheese, and special sauce; egg, cheese, and Bourbon BBQ sauce; or the thoroughly sinful 'Elvis': bacon, peanut butter, banana, and maple syrup. That said, Ben's regular burgers are bloody bril' as well.
Pony Dining | CBD
The cult following behind the fish burger has been gaining momentum and so many places are now offering their own take on a gourmet fish burger. Here's one for all you upper crusters courtesy of the gastronomical masterminds at Pony Dining: a soft shell crab burger with wasabi mayo, pickled radish, and betel leaves. And yes, we'll have the matching wine.
Laneway | CBD
The Laneway have put themselves in the unique position of being the only place in Brisbane where you can choose between a Wagyu beef patty or a chicken schnitzel in your burger. Cue the horde's descent. Add bacon, cheese, caramelised onion, pickles, and a generous dollop of beetroot relish and we've got one of Brisbane's best burgers on our hands.
Hoo Ha Bar | South Bank
With two absolutely killer burgers on their menu, Hoo Ha Bar certainly hasn't given us an easy choice. Rest assured, whatever you decide on, it's going to taste amazing. For the demi-traditional, a slow-braised beef cheek burger with Swiss cheese, dill pickle, and chipotle slaw. If you're feeling adventurous, try the sweet pork hock, sticky maple pancetta burger with cos lettuce, golden chilli salsa, and pickle mayo. Shibby…
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