Melbourne’s got every burger under the sun, from your standard cheeseburgers and fried chicken, to the insane freak-stacks you come across on Instagram.
Well, the Melbourne burger scene is about to get a massive shake up—and it’s called Benny Burger.
Shannon Bennett needs absolutely no introduction, and it’s been no secret that the man behind Vue de Monde has had a burger project in the works for a while now. Benny Burger is named for Shannon’s dad Benny Bennett, whose backyard BBQ burgers inspired him to create burgers that are made from fresh, quality, local ingredients. “If you want to know exactly where what you put in your mouth has come from, come to Benny Burger”, Shannon says.
Beef is sourced from Blackmore wagyu, spuds are straight out of the fertile soil of Gembrook, eggs from Goulburn Valley Farm and milk from Schulz Organic Dairy. Not only that, but the group’s Burnham Bakery will be baking all of the buns locally. That’s sure to get a rise out of you.
You’ll find some absolute classics on the menu. From the No Apologies Double Cheese featuring double cheese (no surprises there), double beef, onion, pickles, ketchup, mustard and mayo, The Chang, which is a bit of a middle finger to David Chang (of Momofuku fame) who suggests that Australian’s ruin burgers by adding egg and beetroot to them. The Chang features (of course) a fried egg, and a healthy slap of beetroot relish.
You’ll also be able to grab all-day breakfast in the form of The Tradie, piled high with everything a good brekky needs (beef, fried egg, bacon, cheddar, bbq sauce, mayo) or if you’re looking for something a bit smaller, then The Apprentice is right up your alley.
It definitely wouldn’t be a burger joint without fries, which you can get salted or loaded. You can also get your hands on a hand-dipped potato cake, along with a healthy selection of Concretes, which come in some classic dessert flavour combos like Lamington and Salted Caramel Tart.
For the parched, there's a selection of shakes, organic soda, coffee and juice, as well as beer on tap and a bit of vino by the glass.
The store will be opening on Saturday, June 17 from 11am, they’ll be giving out 100 free burgers to the first few in the door and there will be live music to kick off the evening in style.
When: Saturday, 17 June. 11am onwards.
Where: 95 Swan Street, Richmond
Need a burger to tide you over until Benny Burger opens? Check out this list.
Image credit: Benny Burger