There was a time in Melbourne when the best burgers came from your local fish and chip joint, usually with a slice of beetroot and a couple of extra dim sims. Actually, now we think about it, those are still pretty bloody good.
But burgers have evolved over the last decade or so. North, south, east and west, Melbourne has embraced the burger to its dark and fickle heart. Milk buns were big for a while, then came the Brioche juggernaut. We've had squid ink buns, doughnut buns, double stacks, triple stacks, fried chicken and waffle burgers, sushi burgers and burgers cross-bred with meat pies.
So here you go, we present the best burgers Melbourne has to offer.
These Brunswick East burger specialists live for the three fundamental human needs of; burgers, booze, and bands. The B.East is a rock n rolla’ patty grilling outpost, home to a couple of the best burgers Melbourne has on offer. Try your hand at the ‘Sexy Beast’, a double beef, double cheese, hickory bacon, jalapénos loaded burger—or mix it with the vegan burger options like The Smiths frontman homage the ‘Morrisey’, fried mock chicken, sweet corn relish and special sauce.
An institution, worthy of discussion of best burgers Melbourne, this tidy little store in the depths of Fitzroy has been flippin’ patties for decades. Open till three am Danny’s brings a self-described ‘veteran’ approach to their burgers, which means you’re getting a classic ungentrified bun with the traditional fillings in a no-frills environment.
Leonards House of Love
Regularly at the top of the best burgers Melbourne list, the burger-gods have you sorted with Leonard's House of Love wide range of options. The double cheeseburger is your go-to, and could easily be a contender for the best burger in Melbourne, but they've also got great vegan burger options for you to tear into as well if you’re more of a plant-based persuasion.
FAT (Fried And Tasty)
You know what you're going to get at F.A.T when you read the sign. Fried and tasty food, and done well. F.A.T Fried & Tasty specialises in southern fried chicken and American burgers Melbourne style. At F.A.T you can get everything from buckets of chicken, waffles, salads, sides, and sensational burgers stacked with their special fried chicken.
Everyone knows Easey's, it's the burger joint in Collingwood that has three old Melbourne trains on the roof, pretty iconic really. Their inventive and testing nature has led to some of the best burgers Melbourne has seen, whilst their main menu features a line of burgers, sides, hot dogs, and desserts. On the meat and bun front you'll find American burgers Melbourne style, and you’re going to want to order something along the lines of the Double Bacon BBQ Cheeseburger
Andrew's Hamburgers has been dishing out some of the best burgers Melbourne offers from their Albert Park store since 1939. You can't go past the classic Andrew's Burger with the lot, as many Melburnians have sampled over the years. In it you can choose from beef, chicken, or steak and you'll get lettuce, cooked onions, egg, bacon, tomato, double cheese, and tomato sauce. It’s one of the oldest burger joints, and certainly one of the best burgers in Melbourne, too.
Bar Margaux is a french-chic bistro nestled in a basement right on Lonsdale Street and is the home of the most simplistic yet memorable burgers. Their mixture of late-night wine and cocktails with french comfort food couldn’t more be more enticing and the ‘MGX Burger’ with cheese, bacon, famous sauce and fries is one of the best burgers in Melbourne, especially after a hard day in the big smoke.
Burgers and so much more, Juanita Peaches is part of the Beatbox Kitchen, Taco Truck empire and its local outpost in Brunswick has a slew of diner-based goods like fried chicken, burritos and burgers. Their pride and joy is their cheeseburger, with 120 grams of grass-fed brisket, shallots, double cheese, and pickles on a house-made bun it’s one best burgers Melbourne has ever seen.
Smoke & Pickles
Formerly known as Changz Canteen, Smoke & Pickles may have a different name and ethos, but the burgers are just as good as you remember. Their fish burger is a masterstroke, it's probably the best fish burger Melbourne has. There's also a Reuben Burger on the menu if you've got a hankering for some pastrami, and you can order a heap of their southern-American style tapas items like their incredible fried chicken—up there with the best burger joints on the south
After starting out life as a food truck, Beatbox Kitchen these days also dish out their amazing burgers from their hamburger shop on Brunswick’s Sydney Road. Beatbox Kitchen does all the basics right, the Cheeseburger is top-notch, their Shroom Burger is also a great option for one of the best vegan burgers, oh and they also nail the Chicken Sanga.
Tuck Shop Take Away
With brains in the kitchen trained at the likes of The Fat Duck, and Attica, you know you're going to get something special at Tuckshop Takeaway. This venue is Attica owner Ben Shewry's favourite burger joint in Melbourne, and there's good reason for it. All ingredients are prepared daily in-house, and once they run out, you're fresh out of luck. They’ve now also got plant-based patties lending their signature style to some of the best vegan burgers going round. Get in quick though, Tuck Shop’s burgers sometimes sell out before 7:30pm, so it's a must-try destination for any local in Caulfield North.
Moorabbin isn't the first location you'd think of when looking for American burgers in Melbourne, but once you happen upon Fat Bob's your opinion will change straight away. Inspired by U.S diners and set in an industrial area, Fat Bob's Bar & Grill is serving up their classic foil-wrapped burgers to hungry crowds from all around. Try the Jack-O with a 180gm beef pattie, tomato, red onion, fontina cheese, cos lettuce, mustard, and a slathering of Fat Bob's sauce. They’re also offering one of the best pulled pork burgers Melbourne has ever tasted, which is without a doubt worth the drive alone.
Meat Frankie is hands down some of the best burgers in Melbourne, also their policy on not having to shell out hard-earned dosh for extra toppings has cemented their status in the burger world. Due to the outrageous addition of toppings, they keep their menu fairly simple with the humble hamburger and cheeseburger, leaving the stacking of toppings to the beholder.
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