Food & Drink

Load Up On The Gold Coast’s Most Epic Burgers

By Danielle Read
5th Aug 2019

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Small, XXL, super-sized, stuffed, in brioche, with bacon and extra brie…on the Gold Coast we like burgers any which way. So, if you think you’ve seen it all, tackled the metaphorical whales of the Gold Coast burger world so to speak, you’d better have tried all the burger joints on this list. 

In no particular order, here are the best burgers on the Gold Coast to wrap your choppers around.

Eddie’s Grub House

Coolangatta

Still haven’t checked out Eddie’s in Cooly? Now’s your chance to get down and familiar with this cool-as-hell whiskey dive bar. Serving up epic live music and an extensive tipple selection, these guys dish out some of the best burgers on the Gold Coast. Our top pick? The BBQ Chicken Slawter is an absolute ripper. With Southern fried chicken tenders, bacon, Jack Daniel's BBQ sauce, cheese, house made slaw and onions, you’re going to love it. More of a simple burger eater? We're calling it, Eddie's Grub House is making the best cheeseburger on the Gold Coast. Hands down. 

Ze Pickle

Burleigh Heads

Sometimes you want your outrageous burger with a side of cool bar vibes and excellent cocktails. That’s exactly what you’ll find at Burleigh hotspot Ze Pickle, the OG location for this insane burger bar that can also now be found in Brisbane and Sydney. Here, we can’t just pick one favourite, so here’s out hit list—the Biting Buddha (grilled Szechuan chicken, red chili, haloumi cheese with kewpie mayo), Ya Mum (pressed wagyu beef patty, ze fries, ipa beer cheeze sauce, maple smoked bacon with truffle butter), and the Mac Burger Pro (jalapeño five-cheeze fried macaroni patty, zp sauce with mum’s slaw and corn chips).

The Loose Moose

Broadbeach

Burgers on buns and in bowls, now that’s caught your interest! Moody vibes and good times isn’t all that The Loose Moose offers its Broadbeach guests. With a seriously impressive line up of burgs, you’ll be returning time and time again, just to make your way through the menu. We recommend the Big Blue for something different—topped with Byron beef, onion, tomato, sautéed mushrooms, and a generous serve of gorgonzola and smoked jalapeno mayo, it’s an epic flavour hit.

Longboards Laidback Eatery And Bar

Surfers Paradise

Regularly featured on the Gold Coast's best burgers lists, Longboards is serious about food and hands-down has some of the strangest burgers on the Coast. Case in point, the Phat Bastard Challenge is a monster of a dish. Think: 600 grams of grilled Wagyu with crispy bacon, melted cheese, pulled pork, beer battered onion rings and all your favourite salads. Not a great idea to slip into Longboard’s swimming pool after this bad boy. It’s near impossible to choose just one favourite here, but we can’t go past the Cheezus of Nazareth, with grilled Wagyu, crispy bacon, a deep-fried cheese patty, pickles and tomato salsa. On a budget? This Gold Coast burger bar is dishing up $13 specials all day long on Thursdays. 

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. Opening up new stores all across Australia and thankfully in three locations on the Coast, we adore that this American-styled diner chain is Aussie-owned. We think the recipe creators for Betty’s Burgers must have put in some serious hard yards scouring the U.S. for tasty burg creations. With her soft-as-a-pillow milky buns, crispy fried mushroom patty filled with Gruyere cheese, all topped with lettuce, tomato and Betty’s Special Sauce, make sure you don’t skip past the ‘Shroom Burger. Hands down, Betty's is making some of the best burgers on the Gold Coast. 

Notorius E.A.T. Food Truck

On Tour

Notorious E.A.T. is so much more than just a Gold Coast burger truck. Inspired by the local diner and burger scene in the USA, Chefs Jem and Dan spend time at HQ trialling burgers to bring their loyal fans some seriously epic creations. Fan favourites include the Ezy E (and pressed beef patty, rasher bacon, cheese, caramelised onion, house BBQ sauce with two crispy hash browns) and the Piggie Smallz (lettuce, house made apple slaw, melt in your mouth pulled pork, bouse BBQ sauce). Keep an eye on their Instagram to see where which food festivals and events across Gold Coast and Brisbane they'll pop up at next.

Burgster

Palm Beach

Sometimes you’re ravished with a hunger. A hunger that only burgers can satisfy. Down the southern end, Burgster in Palm Beach has got you covered. These guys take your classic faves and give them a tasty makeover. While we drool over pretty much every item on their menu, we can’t go past their Ugly Burger—buttermilk chicken, cheese, pickles, lettuce, onion, jalapeno mayo and HOT dust. And for the pescatarians, opt for the deep fried bug tails, marinated in chilli, parsley, garlic with lemon mayo on a brioche bun. Did we mention they do $1 natural oysters on Fridays (3pm until sold out)? 

Bille Dee's Burgers, Beats & Beers

Biggera Waters

Perfectly marrying the best of American-style burgers with New Zealand flavours, Billie Dee's Burgers, Beats & Beers (originally The Bros) have been slinging juicy burgers up north for years. There’s a bunch of drool-worthy burgers on the menu, but we can’t go past the Beached As (melt-in-your mouth beer-battered Hoki fillet topped with cheese, soft egg and tartare sauce) and the Maholo (pulled pork, grilled pineapple, cheese and smoky BBQ sauce) Even better? All burgers here come with free fries.

Easy Street Diner

Mermaid Beach

A feast for the eyes, it doesn’t get any more American that Easy Street Diner. Flippin’ burgers like New Yorkers do, the ES team have their dishes 100% perfected and 100% tasty. Just the way we like them. Head straight for the Cheezie Boi, with buttermilk chicken tenders, halloumi, smoked bacon, bacon cheese sauce and baconaise. We order ours with extra bacon, just because we can. Wash it down with a Budweiser or Root Beer Float. 

Bondi Grill’e

Coolangatta and Burleigh

Sharing locations across Burleigh, Coolangatta and just casually, Uluwatu in Bali, Bondi Grill’e’s collection of 15+ burgers all get our tick of approval. With their Cooly store just tucked away from Snapper Rocks, a whole heap of these double bun-wiches are inspired by the surf. We would feel like bad people if we didn’t tell you about the Cape Town Burger. This South African dream is a double decker, with beef or chicken, then topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, grilled pineapple, beetroot, caramelised onions, salad and secret sauce. If you're on the hunt for some of the Gold Coast's best burgers, stop the search. 

Brooklyn Depot

Surfers Paradise

Americana burger bars, eat your heart out. Brooklyn Depot’s glossy burger buns, succulent meats and oozing cheese means that ordering just one burger would be an insult. Also offering fried chicken topped bloody Mary’s and chicken topped waffles, we have a feeling you won’t be leaving here anytime soon. Don’t limit yourself and go for burger gold with one of their monster creations, like the Fuhgeddaboudit!—grass fed beef patty, beef chilli, American cheese, onion rings, chilli relish and your choice of hot sauce injection, all wedged between a milk bun. 

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

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