Image credit: Miss Kay's | Esteban Rivera
In the words of a great poet, I like ‘em round and big. I also don’t want none unless you got buns, hon.
The tasteful bard Sir Mix-a-Lot and I have that in common. We both love burgers. Full-bodied voluptuous burgers. Burgers with pork belly. Burgers with juicy Angus rump. Burgers dripping with slaw, spiked with onion rings, on panini, glossy buns or charcoal rolls.
With the weather taking a cool turn, burger devouring season is in full swing. From new haunts to enduring favourites, here are 15 places you can wrap your jaw around a big ol’ burger in Brisbane.
Haven’t heard of Miss Kay’s? Let’s remedy that. Food trends may come and go but burgers are forever. Miss Kay’s knows this and has popped up on George Street to satisfy our burger urges. The fried chicken Ludakrisp is at the top of my must-eat list, followed closely by a Mac Daddy (yep, mac n cheese) and the MK Special with maple bacon.
This fresh Greenslopes eatery takes inspiration from the five urban communities of NYC. While the menu travels from the classic Cuban sandwich to sticky, finger-licking baby back ribs, it’s the 5 Boroughs burgers that have us fixed in a New York state of mind. Even the veggie burger with grilled haloumi and beetroot relish is a winner.
The Euro’s side project has been skulking under the radar, but the secret’s out. Perched upstairs on Spencer Lane off Margaret Street, The Laneway is a drinking den with a mentionable burger list including a little Bangalow pork number with chipotle zing and apple salad.
Bridgeman Downs & Carina
North side burger fiends rejoice! No longer do you have to schlep all the way out to Carina to get your hands on the smoky goodness of Getta Burger. Their new setup at Bridgeman Downs (which apparently is near Aspley) boasts the same menu you know and love. Three words: Getta Beef Brisket.
I’m sure they’d think again, if they had a friend like Ben. No tofu, no kale, no acai – just juicy patties, candied bacon, chewy cheese and shiny buns. Shiny buns mean shiny, happy people. There’s no substitutions at Ben’s Burgers, thanks. You can’t improve on perfection.
The Fox Hotel
The Fox is everything to everyone and their burgers never fail to fill the void, whether it’s late on Saturday night or during the working week. Adventurous palates will be tempted by the tempura soft shell crab and crispy chicken katsu burgers.
Underground but certainly not underappreciated, Greaser is worth venturing off the beaten track (see: Brunswick Street) for a fixin’ of sweet, glossy burgers with golden Jack cheese and crunchy pickles. They’re served alongside crinkle cut fries in a red basket, while velvety voices croon on in the background.
Brisbane’s original Chur Burger continues to keep guests of TRYP Hotel and Valley wanderers full and happy. As of last week, Chur are also slinging their epic burgers (plus shakes and fries) at a shiny new express location in the revamped Riverside food court near Fridays. Pork belly and pulled pork are particularly oink-worthy.
The Flying Cock
This is a brave statement, but the ‘chickening out’ cheeseburger from The Flying Cock is my pick for the best burger in Brisbane. The best, Jerry. I’ve been too scared to go back, instead choosing to preserve the memory of that glorious burger. Is it really that good? You tell me.
Red Hook’s Brooklyn cheeseburger is pretty failsafe, but cheeky specials like the ‘resolution breaker’ (double patty, double bacon) and the ‘Elvis burger’ (Wagyu, cheese, pickles, peanut butter, bacon) keep us hooked. Red hooked.
With good beer comes great burgers to line your belly and allow for further consumption of good beer. Tomahawk Bar recommends pairing their pork belly burger with an Extra Special Bitter and their cheeseburger with an American Pale Ale. Who are we to argue with the experts?
Hoo Ha Bar
South Bank local Hoo Ha Bar is no one-trick pony. This cocktail emporium also piles on the flavour with their grilled chorizo burger smothered in Sriracha mayo and variety of brioche sliders. Good things really do come in small packages.
The Bone Lorry
While The Bone Lorry food truck sounds like it’s ripped straight from the pages of a Lemony Snicket novel, their street food is pure and transcendent. Your choices include a pork and beef rib in a brioche bun or a triple pig bun with chorizo, pork and bacon… from some kind of wonderful, magical animal.
Hops Scotch and Beans
Pre-game and weekend indulgences don’t come much better around the inner-west than at Hops Scotch and Beans. Their pulled pork slider with fries made it onto our exclusive list of Brisbane’s 50 best cheap eats so you know it’s good.
New York Brew Company
When you tire of flour-dusted artisan rolls and traditional seeded buns, visit The Valley’s New York Brew Company for a pretzel burger. Toasty brown on the outside, warm and fluffy in the middle, NYBC’s burgers range from traditional cheese to SoHo steak and a clean, green Madison Square Garden.
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