We love to celebrate here at The Urban List and you can bet your bottom dollar that any novelty international holiday is reason alone for us to party all night long. So, in celebration of International Cheeseburger Day, we swear this day is for reals, we have rounded up 12 of Sydney’s best cheeseburgers. But let’s be honest, these bad boys can be enjoyed any day of the year.
Warning: this is a drool-heavy post.
Eating a cheeseburger at Five Points in North Sydney is like being transported to the US of A without the hefty airfare and jetlag. Each burger is named after a New York borough and their cheeseburger is aptly named The Bronx, featuring a tender beef patty sandwiched between two melted slices of American cheese, sweet onion jam, sour pickles and iceberg lettuce.
Out of everyone we surveyed*, this cheeseburger was voted and crowned the Queen of Burgers, so it makes sense that Royal Stacks’ cheeseburger is part of this list. Cleverly named Miss Elizabeth, the burger includes an Australian pasture fed beef patty, Swiss cheese and truffle mayo. Oh so fancy and oh so delish!
*The survey may or may not have included only one, very passionate, cheeseburger lover.
Mary’s is a burger institution in Newtown so it makes sense that their cheeseburgers are a 12/10. Fatty and tasty, they are the perfect burger to demolish if you enjoyed a few too many sneaky bevvies the night before (not that we are speaking from experience, or anything).
The guys and gals of Bang Bang in Surry Hills hit the nail on the head with their burger selection and in particular, the All Star burger is a real five star creation that should be eaten and enjoyed by one and all. Featuring the wagyu beef patty, smoked cheddar, lettuce and a special Bang Bang sauce, the All Star is bang-on (#sorrynotsorry).
Prepare your tastebuds because ze chee-ze burger at Ze Pickle in Surry Hills is so tasty. With a hand pressed wagyu beef patty, maple smoked bacon, iceberg lettuce, tomato, fried onion straws, special zp sauce and jack cheese, it’s ze fanciest chee-ze burger goin’ round, and we ain’t even mad about it.
Cheeseburgers with added bacon are the holy grail of burgers and Papi Chulo’s does not disappoint. Even better is that every Monday from 5:30pm, you can get their famous cheeseburger with grain fed beef, bacon, American cheese, tomato, lettuce and pickles for only 10 buckaroonies. You’re welcome.
You guys, the burger game at Bar Luca is strong. We’re talking the same guys who created the Wonka Burger with a rainbow milk bun to celebrate the life of Mr. Wonka (Gene Wilder) himself. The Classic Cheese is just as good with a 200g beef patty, American cheese, ketchup (let’s totes pretend we’re in the USA right now), mustard and pickles. If you don't fancy braving the crowds at Bar Luca, their little brother, BL Burgers serves the same burger for you cheeseburger purists. They have set up shop in Bondi and Darlinghurst, so you'll never be too far away from their classic cheese.
Pub Life Kitchen
Since taking over the Lord Wolseley Hotel, Pub Life Kitchen's famous burgers have found a new vintage diner-style home. Although the pub itself is one of the smallest (and officially the narrowest) in NSW, the flavours are big. You can’t go wrong with The O.G, a classic cheeseburger that includes all the old faves as well as Pub Life Kitchen’s special aioli and McClure’s Pickles.
Cheekyburger in Paddington is responsible for the oh so delicious Cheeky Cheeseburgers that everyone loves sinking their teeth into. The deal gets even cheekier though with $10 burgers every Tuesday from 5pm.
Paul’s Famous Hamburgers
It’s well worth the drive (and wait) for one (or more, we won’t judge) of Paul’s Famous Hamburgers. With a line continually out the door, our advice is to go with a hungry belly so you can savour each mouthwatering bite of the famous cheeseburger. We recommend washing it down with Paul’s signature freshly squeezed pineapple crush.
Vic’s Meat Market
A fish market seems like an unlikely spot to demolish one of Sydney’s best cheeseburgers, but you need to trust us on this one. The wagyu cheeseburger is what burger dreams are made of, and it’s full of all the cheeseburger-y goodness you could hope for, finished with crinkle-cut pickles on a soft and bouncy bun.
Burgers By Josh
The Annandale Hotel
The most pimped out cheeseburger in all the land is awarded to Burgers By Josh and his Infamous Primo. Although you’ll most likely need to do the City2Surf a gazillion times to burn off the calories, we promise you that the cheeseburger made of a Wagyu patty, American cheddar, house made pickles, thousand island dressing, iceberg lettuce, beer battered onion rings, crispy American bacon, all finished on signature milk bun will be 100% worth it.
If you still haven't ticked everything off our list of Sydney's best (new) burgers, shame on you. Go here, now.
Image credit: Papi Chulo