Restaurants

We’ve Found The Best Burgers On The Gold Coast

By Brooke Darling - 03 Jan 2018

It seems Gold Coast’s love affair with burgers knows no bounds.

Sure, these days most places have a bangin’ burger or three on their menu, but today we’re talking about local joints making these soul-satisfying dishes their life mission.

Our pick of the best burgers on the Gold Coast—the new edit—includes some old faves and a few newbies that you absolutely need to get your hands around.

Let the debate begin!

Eddie’s Grub House

Coolangatta

Despite having only opened this year, Eddie’s Grub House has quickly made a name for itself among the best burgers on the Gold Coast. If you’ve not welcomed “the baddest bar in town” into your life, then what the hell are you waiting for, peeps? Honestly, any of Eddie’s burgers will blow your freakin’ mind, but we’re totally crushing on a menu newbie, the BBQ Chicken Slawter with southern fried chicken tenders, Byron Bay bacon, Coopers Pale Ale BBQ sauce, cheese, onion, and Memphis coleslaw. Food coma = inevitable!

Easy Street Diner

Mermaid Beach

Ask any burger aficionado and this is where they’ll tell you to go. Bringing “proper burgers” to the Gold Coast since early 2015, American-style Easy Street Diner aims to please with their infamous Royale with Cheese (only 12 bucks!), the Flamin’ Chicken Deluxe, and the jalapeno-stuffed Big Poppa Royale, not to mention their po’boy-style burger range. Don’t forget to #supersize the calories with a side of ol’ American classics like mac ‘n’ cheese, chicken wings, truffle fries, and sweet spiced pumpkin pie. Now mobile with their own food truck, Burgers by Junior; are these some of the best burgers on the Gold Coast? Ah-ha!

Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co.

Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach & Robina 

We don’t know who Betty is, but we love her and we love her burgers. Descending on Surfers Paradise from Noosa and quickly spreading to Robina and Broadbeach, Betty’s Burgers is a hot contender on our best burgers on the Gold Coast hit list. Betty rocks our world for so many reasons, be it those soft-as-a-pillow milky buns, the pop of greenery in every burger, the wallet-friendly price tag, or her frozen custard with mix-ins, aka the signature dessert—concrete. Our go-to every time? Betty’s southern fried crispy chicken burger, simple yet oh-so delicious. The perfect end to a proper #cheatday meal.

Burgster

Palm Beach

Anyone who knows anything about the best burgers on the Gold Coast, knows Burgster. Palm Beach residents are lucky to call this cool haunt their local, for the rest of you, it’s totally worth hunting down. King of the next-level gourmet burger, try the tempura fish, the pork Cubano, the smoked brisket, or treat yourself to the Morton Bay bug tail burger. Better yet, come on a Fri-YAY arvo and receive the delicious bonus of $1 oysters. Get in mah belly!

Brooklyn Depot

Surfers Paradise

Commanding front row seats of Surfers Paradise’s The 4217 complex, Brooklyn Depot has found the recipe for success in the burger kingdom and that’s pumping out flavour-packed burgers in a fun and funky setting at uber respectable prices. After giving away a whopping 1,000 or so burgers on their first birthday (cheers, guys!), Brooklyn Depot are expanding with new stores now open in Brisbane and Sydney. Leave your diets at the door.

Ze Pickle

Burleigh

Burgers with attitude, and we mean this in the nicest possible way. Not satisfied with pumping out some of the best burgers on the Gold Coast, in the past six months, Ze Pickle has expanded to Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, Sydney’s Surry Hills, set up the Ze Lab creation station at Burleigh Heads, and, come summer will be mobile, adding their very own Chevy Step Up food truck to their credentials. Snap, boys! Wanna try something crazy? Ze Pickle’s Doughnutfukwitdis burger with a glazed doughnut bun and Nutella-infused bacon is like a heart attack on a plate, but totes worth it.

Main Street Burger Bar 

Broadbeach

As far as burger joints go, this place oozes cool. From the gangsta rappers staring back at you from the walls, upbeat styling, laidback staff, funky tunes and the not too dark, not too bright lighting, they’ve successfully managed to recreate a slice of Byron Bay (where it originated) right here in Broadbeach. Fanatical burger fan or not, you can’t help but visualise the eye-rolling moments you’ll have when wrapping your lips around a Teriyaki Fish burger (with coconut crumbed local fish — COCONUT CRUMBED, guys!) or the Troppo Chook with chicken tenderloins crispy fried, double smoked bacon and house made pineapple relish. 

The Loose Moose

Broadbeach

The Loose Moose literally knocked our socks off when unveiling one of the most mind-blowing restaurant designs to descend on our sunny shores. Inspired by the illicit underground speakeasies of America’s 1920s Prohibition era with a twist of its Canadian cousin, The Loose Moose has an insane 130 whiskeys behind the bar and a too-hard-to-choose food menu to match. But you’re here for the ridic selection of burgers, and there’s 11 on the menu, so take your pick of beer-battered soft-shell crab, slow-smoked pulled pork, or southern fried chicken with tangy slaw. We take ours with a side of mac ‘n’ cheese.

Bondi Grill’e

Coolangatta

Epic burgers? Check. Pro surfer hangover? Check. It’s little surprise this joint, around the corner from Snapper Rocks, was flooded with some of the top names during and after the Quiky Pro. Not only do these guys make some of the best ribs on the Gold Coast, their burgers are hand-designed by a handful of their surfing mates, like the Mexican-themed Puerto Escondio, the Cape Town, and the Hawaiian-inspired Pipeline burger. If you can’t make it down to Coolangatta, Bondi Grill’e are often on-location flippin’ burgers at Miami Marketta and the Currumbin Sanctuary markets. Surfing fuel, right there.

Longboards Laidback Eatery

Surfers Paradise

These guys made the list last year and will probably make the list again next year, because you simply can’t leave Longboards off a round up of the best burgers on the Gold Coast. This Surfers Paradise burger joint has mega burgers down pat, from the aptly named Budgie Smuggler, the G-Banger, to the Tree Hugging Hippie. Got a bottomless-pit for a stomach? Faceplant their Phat Bastard Burger challenge: complete the 1.8-kilo burger in 30 minutes and nab a $150 bar tab! *Burp*

Milky Lane

Surfers Paradise

Since opening their doors in Bondi Beach way back in 2016, Milky Lane has already planted themselves firmly on many Sydneysider’s foodie hit lists. And now, Sydney's infamous burger joint has landed on the Gold Coast. Sure you can get a decent burger on almost every corner these days, but prepare for the animated Milky Lane team to take the needle up a few dozen notches in the outrageous stakes.

Image credit: Hayley Williamson, Claire Dryden, and Brooke Darling for The Urban List

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