Rockpool Bar & Grill - David Blackmore’s Mishima Wagyu Hamburger w. Bacon, Gruyere Cheese and Zuni Pickle ($22)

Australia’s burger revolution has given birth to some standout restaurants

The hamburger has become a worldwide phenomenon with each country and culture taking on its own version. As is the case with much of the food in Australia it has been introduced from another country. In the case of the hamburger, as seen on the HelloFresh history of food, it has arrived from American influence in the 1940s.

Through the years it has developed with a number of different varieties now available not only at fast food restaurants but also at dedicated burger establishments and pubs. Such is the Australian way we have taken the burger and tried to turn it into a gourmet dish. In some cases this has produced delicious results but in others it has simply taken away the essence of a juicy burger squished in a bun. As the Australian burger revolution is now in full swing, let’s take a look at some of the best burger establishments throughout Australia.

Rockpool Bar & Grill - David Blackmore’s Mishima Wagyu Hamburger w. Bacon, Gruyere Cheese and Zuni Pickle ($22)
David Blackmore’s Mishima Wagyu Hamburger w. Bacon, Gruyere Cheese and Zuni Pickle

Melbourne

Nshry

Nshry has long pleased the Albert Park locals and even drawing crowds from all over Melbourne. The melted Gruyere cheese and beer battered chips are favourites.

Where: 129A Beaconsfield Parade, Albert Park VIC

Rockpool Bar & Grill

Another Neil Perry establishment, but this time in the gourmet food category and it doesn’t disappoint. The meat used in the Rockpool burgers is incredible, using some of the highest quality wagyu and occasionally the very rare Mishima beef.

Where: Crown Entertainment Complex, Southbank VIC

Huxtaburger

One of the early trend setters in the burger revolution is Huxtaburger. Owned by chef Daniel Wilson, these burgers are simple and draw on the American foundations with a gourmet Aussie touch.

Where: 106 Smith Street, Collingwood VIC

Adelaide

Bread and Bone Wood Grill

It’s not uncommon to see a line out the door in the alleyway as this popular burger joint. The wood grill gives every burger an unmistakable smoky flavour that is sure to send you to burger heaven.

Where: 15 Peel Street, Adelaide SA

Nordburger

This is an American style burger restaurant that makes its burgers the traditional way. The cheeseburger is as simple as it sounds but is definitely the best they offer. They also have great sides in tater tots and chilli fries.

Where: 168 The Parade, Norwood SA

Burger Republic

This is everything you want in a burger restaurant and more. They have 15 beef burger varieties along with 7 non-beef and an endless list of sides, starters and a dedicated fried chicken menu too. You’ll need a few visits to get through this one.

Where: 1/110 King William Road, Hyde Park SA

Sydney

Bar Ume/Ume Burger

Located in the CBD and Surry Hills these Japanese-inspired burgers are everything the Japanese are good at. Plenty of katsu options and the best mayonnaise in the world means you’ll be coming back for more.

Where:

Ume Burger: 33 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo NSW

Bar Ume: 478 Burke Street, Surry Hills NSW

Burger Project

Neil Perry’s fast food venture, Burger Project, does everything the way you would expect it to be done – well. Offering a simple menu that nails the essence of the burger that is made for Australians.

Where: various locations

Marys

Known for its American style burgers, these will hit the spot if you’re down for a traditional burger. Complimented with plenty of fried sides and a cocktail, Mary’s is a great night out.

Where: 6 Mary Street, Newtown NSW

Perth

Short Order

Beef burgers are the go at Short Order with their hand made patties and incredibly soft buns. The BBQ bacon cheeseburger is a favourite with caramelised onions, maple bacon, cheddar cheese AND smoked mozzarella.

Where: 1 James Street, Fremantle WA

Brooklyn Lounge

Serving the ultimate burger range, the Brooklyn Lounge in Claremont serves up some pretty impressive burgers. Try getting your mouth around the King Kong – two beef patties, bacon, cheese and a crumbed mac and cheese patty on a brioche bun.

Where: 22 St Quentin Avenue, Claremont WA

RoyAl’s Chicken and Burgers

Known for its American style burgers, RoyAl’s Chicken and Burgers is a favourite of the locals. The El Diablo is a standout housing a beef patty, a little bit of spice and tater tots.

Where: 8/885 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park WA

Brisbane

Ze Pickle

Ze Pickle goes all out when it comes to their burgers and they don’t seem to be slowing down. Having started in Fortitude Valley they can now be found across Australia. Mac and cheese, corn chips and their famour brioche bun make their burgers a heavenly experience.

Where: 1 Prospect Street, Fortitude Valley QLD

Ben’s Burgers

Taking burgers back to basics, these guys believe that a burger should be a beef patty with cheese and sauce and maybe a few crunchy accessories. They keep it simple and do it well.

Where: 5 Winn Street, Fortitude Valley QLD

Super Combo

With references to the 1980s video game Street Fighter, Super Combo make what is arguably the best burger in Brisbane – The Sonic Boom. Fried chicken, smoky mushroom sauce, cheese sauce, pineapple chutney, lettuce and candied bacon make for a serious mouthful.

Where: 20 King Street, Bowen Hills QLD

Nshry - Umami Burger – Wagyu and Angus Beef Pattie Medium-Rare, Umami Rub, Brown Mushroom Sauce, Gruyere, Caramelised Onions, Oven-roasted Tomato, Parmesan Crisp, Brioche Bun, Beer Battered Chips
Umami Burger – Wagyu and Angus Beef Pattie Medium-Rare, Umami Rub, Brown Mushroom Sauce, Gruyere, Caramelised Onions, Oven-roasted Tomato, Parmesan Crisp, Brioche Bun, Beer Battered Chips

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