There’s no denying competition for the best burgers on the Gold Coast is a bloody fierce race.
We often wonder how you lot stay looking so taut, trim and terrific when you’re smashing down these juicy cheat meals on the reg. But it’s all about balance, right?
That’s why we are here to tell you there’s a brand spankin’ new burger joint in town, which has hopped across the border. Now you no longer need to make the one-hour journey south to devour the best burgers in Byron Bay, ‘cause we’ve just gained our very own Main Street Burger Bar, right here in Broadbeach. Hurrah!
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 in Broadbeach.
When we visited, there were longhaired, sun kissed surfer dudes devouring burgers next to office workers who were throwing down knock-off brews and chews, with visiting families chilling out in the booths. Broady has always had a nice intermingling of tourists and locals, and it’s easy to see Main Street Burger Bar will be a magnate for both.
These guys take their job very seriously, only using the best locally-sourced ingredients they can get their hands on. All beef is 100% grass fed, soft buns are organic and baked locally, and the pork, chickens and eggs are free range. Basically, there are no inferior ingredients making their way into your meal. Cut the fries to reduce the calories (or don’t, we won’t look), and you’ve pretty much got all the five food groups covered in one mega mouthful.
Penny pinchers will be pleased to hear their burgers are kickass value too, starting as low as $10 and averaging around $12-$15 for a generous serving of burger awesomeness.
While their all-time best seller is the mighty Main Street Beef (100% grass fed beef pattie, caramalised onion, double smoked bacon, cheese, housemade BBQ sauce, garlic mayo, tomato and lettuce), we are simply salivating reading our way through the rest of the menu.
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. We know right, it all sounds bloody delightful, eh?
Vegos are well catered for too, with the Vego Pattie being a tasty combo of beetroot, quinoa and haloumi with truffle mayo and the Vegan Jackfruit with pulled peanut satay jackfruit, bean sprouts, coriander, carrot and a sesame soy dressing that even us devout carnivores would happily forgo the meat to try.
There’s even a compromise for your “I’m on diet this day/week/month” friend who can join you on your burger mission and tuck into a “shun the bun” Main Street Energy Bowl salad. It comes overflowing with spiced roasted pumpkin, beetroot, quinoa, kale and mint slaw, hummus, plus topped with your choice of crispy buttermilk chicken, harissa smoked lamb shoulder or we’d totes go the coconut crumbed fish.
Wash it all down with one of four craft beers or ciders on tap from, you guessed, legendary Byron brewers Stone & Wood, and you’ll be suitably happy, we can promise you that.
But the fun doesn’t end there. Main Street Burger Bar smash it outta the park in the drinks department, too. Using hand crafted sodas by Byron bartending brothers, The Flavour Fountain, think: Spring Loaded Lemonade with hints of elderflower, jasmine, cucumber and thyme; Cherry Crush Cola or classic ginger beer—all can be made boozy with suggested add-ons like Beef Eater Gin and Havana Club Anejo Rum.
And boozy milkshakes? Of course they do! We went straight for the Classic Dark Chocolate with a shot of Cointreau and orange. Yep, you’ll be getting rolled outta here, that’s a given.
Is Main Street Burger Bar a hot new contender for the best burgers on the Gold Coast? You be the judge.
Where: Victoria Avenue, Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
Image credit: Hayley Williamson for The Urban List