Whether you like your patty thin or fat, your sauce creamy or spicy, your bacon crispy or smokey, ain’t nothing on earth quite as pleasurable as diving into a juicy burger. It’s been a while since we brought you our pick of Melbourne’s best burgers. Far too long, friends. Melbourne’s burger scene is still booming, with a new burger to try virtually every week, which can leave you in quite the pickle when it comes to knowing what to order.
So, in homage to the hamburger, from humble to haute cuisine, we’ve scoffed our way around town to present to you 13 Melbourne burgers you cannot live without in 2015.
The Frenchy at Humburger | Hawthorn
This chic-ass Melbourne burger at Hawthorn’s Humburger is killing it with a combo of beef pattie, potato rosti, herb hollandaise, chunky garden mayo and cornichons. Sure to cure a serious case of the j’ai faims. Check out their insta feed for some of the most droolworthy #foodporn around.
Ivan Drago at The Grand Trailer Park Taverna | Melbourne CBD
All the burgers at newcomer, The Grand Trailer Park Taverna, are pretty spesh, but we cannot go past a burger with some good ol’ fashioned beetroot. This guy comes with beef pattie, American cheddar, crispy bacon, Black Russian tomato, sliced beetroot and Tsar burger sauce (a combo of mayo, horseradish, shallots, pickles and more) on a lightly toasted brioche bun. What DID we do before brioche buns?
Make sure you team your burger with one of their wicked (and wickedly delicious) spiked milkshakes. Bourbon, salted caramel and maple bacon—lord have mercy.
Hippy Royale at The Royale Brothers | Brighton
We reckon The Royale Brothers do some of Melbourne’s best burgers, including one of our fave vegie burgers. Full of flavour, the Hippy Royale comes on a milk bun, packed with a panko-crumbed pinto bean patty, with the added juiciness of housemade slaw, plus avocado, mayo, tomato and pickles. We also can’t go past the classic Royale with Cheese when more carnivorous cravings strike.
The Parma Burger at The Beer & Burger Bar | Richmond
When we heard about this glorious fusion of two of our favourite things—burgers and chicken parmas—we ran to Richmond as fast as our chicken legs would carry us. Upon arrival at The Beer & Burger Bar, all our culinary dreams came true. Think crispy crumbed chicken breast, bacon, Napoli sauce and cheese, topped with tomato, lettuce and aioli, in a traditional, fluffy white burger bun. Devouring The Parma Burger is super messy, in a wonderfully satisfying way.
Pou-Nim Black Burger at Thaiger | Melbourne CBD
Tucked away on Causeway Lane, Thaiger dishes up burgers with a delicious Thai twist. Eschewing US tradition for flavours like Gra-Pow Beef and Tom Yum Goong, we’re smitten with the Pou-Nim, which packs crispy soft-shell crab, Granny Smith apple, Asian slaw and a sweet and tangy dressing into a unique charred bamboo black bun. (Don’t be scared—it’s mainly for appearance sake, as it tastes pretty much like a regular bun).
Vego at Chew Burgers | Preston
Our favourite Preston burger joint, Chew Burgers, has a concise menu, with a focus on local and quality ingredients, including house-made pickles. As far as burgers go, their vego burger is on the healthier side of the spectrum, with a quinoa and black bean patty, cos lettuce, coriander, guacamole and pico de gallo salsa. It’s a meat-free, flavour party in your mouth!
Fat Bob at Fat Bob’s Bar & Grill | Moorabbin
Why should inner-city dwellers have all the fun? Fat Bob’s is bringin’ it to the burbs, with neon lights and some of Melbourne’s best burgers flying off the grill. The Jackie O gets a lot of (well-deserved) hype, but in honour of the summer holidays and with Australia Day just over the horizon, we’re honouring the Fat Bob.
Fat Bob involves a whopping 180g grass-fed beef pattie, cooked to pinkish perfection, with beetroot, tomato, Spanish onion, melted tasty cheese, bacon, pineapple, egg, cos lettuce and tomato sauce, on a soft, toasted bun. Perfect. Just perfect.
Double Patty Smash Burger at Rockwell & Sons | Collingwood
While we love their Fried Chicken Sandwich (burger), we just couldn’t go past the Double Patty Smash at Collingwood’s Rockwell & Sons. An ode to plastic cheese, two beef patties are topped with melted Kraft singles, pleasingly pink (and deeeelish) special sauce, and gherkins, served between a toasted brioche bun. Oozy, gooey, cheesy, meaty, saucy magnificence on a plate.
The Major at Tuck Shop Take Away | Caulfield
With an old-school milk-bar vibe, an awesome-to-stalk Facebook page and menu items like Redskin milkshakes and jam doughnut soft serve, we’re slightly obsessed with Tuck Shop Take Away. Oh, and did we mention that they’re a red-hot contender for best burger in Melbourne?
The Major is a major burger crush in the TUL office—an epic stack of Grass-fed beef patty, crunchy iceberg lettuce, tomato, pickles, free-range egg and bacon, doused in their special sauce (a mayo-mustard-t-sauce mix that you’ll want to swim in), wedged between a Noisette seeded milk brioche bun.
Make sure you pair your classic burger with Tuck Shop’s ‘cuts’—triple-cooked, hand cut chippies with the skin on. Damn delicious.
The Midnight Burger at Temple Brewing Company | Brunswick East
At the forefront of the charcoal bun burger trend, Temple Brewing Company launched their ‘Midnight Burger’ back in 2013, to pair with a black IPA brew. The beer’s long gone, but they still do a roaring trade in the inky-bunned brioche burger. The Midnight Burger is packed with a 100% Aussie Wagyu beef patty, house-cured bacon, gruyere, relish and pickles. The perfect accompaniment to Temple’s mighty fine brews.
Chicken Burger at Parlour Diner | Windsor
Best pack a healthy appetite if you want to tackle the towering chicken burger at Chapel Street’s Parlour Diner. Jam-packed with crispy fried chook, tomato, cheese, slaw, pickles and yumalicious chipotle sauce, it’s hands down one of the best chicken burgers in town. Order the curly fries, too. You know you want to.
Double Dragon at 8bit | Footscray
Footscray’s 8bit has a fun retro video-game theme, which they’ve even applied to the names of their awesome, American-style burgers. If we’re feeling reaaaaalll bad, we go for the juicy deliciousness that is the Double Dragon—double beef patty, double bacon and, you guessed it, double cheese. Plus all the usual suspects—lettuce, mustard, pickles (and 8bit sauce), on a soft, fluffy bun. Yum.
The Sanchez Mexican Burger at Andrew’s Hamburgers | Albert Park
Alright, alright, pipe down! We were never gonna leave this Melbourne burger institution off this list! Flipping patties since 1939, Andrew’s Hamburgers in Albert Park is home to good, old fashioned, Aussie-style burgers. No trendy brioche or charcoal buns here folks, just good, honest, juice-running-down-your-chin, burgers that’ll hit the spot.
For something with a bit of added kick, we love the Sanchez burger, with beef patty, lettuce, tomato, red onion, double cheese, jalapeno, sour cream and hot sauce. Add an extra patty or two if you’re extra hangry.