In Melbourne, you don't have to travel far to find a great burger. This list is an ode to Melbourne burgers and a chance for you to try something different.
Melbourne has long had an infatuation with burgers. Whether the classic cheeseburger, the patriotic Aussie, fried chicken or anything in between, Melburnians love chowing down on anything stuffed between two buns. Since the early 2000s great burger shops have been popping up all over town. A trip into the CBD is not always required to seek out great ground beef, with some of the city’s best burgers are now found in the suburbs.
House-made premium beef patties, double cheese, fresh onion, pickles, ketchup and mustard — sounds simple, right? Well, that’s because it is, but you know what they say, sometimes the simple things are the best. And we completely agree. The menu at Chip Inn Burger & Grill [2/9 Mill Park Drive, Mill Park] includes 16 great burgers to choose from, but fans of simplicity will love The Super Cheese. We think it’s the best burger on this menu, in fact it's up there with the best burgers on any menu in Melbourne. Also, if you’re feeling extra hungry, try out The 3 Amigos which is basically a mass of chips topped with melted cheese, crispy bacon and house gravy, a true mouthful!
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Two Patties [8 Dennison Mall, Bundoora] claim to serve up the 'best burgers in Bundoora', but we’re not sure we agree entirely. To us, they make some of the best burgers across the ‘burbs. Their staple is the Mr Burns, chock filled with two patties, two slices of cheese, roasted capsicum, jalapenos, not so spicy mayo and house made chilli sauce, this one is for the fearless eaters.
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Backing onto a Brighton favourite The Pantry, The Royale Brothers [1 Church Street, Brighton] have created a fierce reputation within the industry. Their spicy jalapeno burger is worth a try but the Bacon Royale has cemented the burger shop as one of the best in Melbourne. If your hunger is off the charts you can try your hand at the Royale Joker. Manage to devour the triple beef, triple cheese and triple bacon burger you will earn yourself a spot on the Joker wall. With something for everyone, The Royale Brothers offer a burger experience unlike most. Plus, the fresh sea air that blows down the road (five minutes’ walk from Middle Brighton Beach) will ensure you’ll be reinvigorated when you’re done.
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Different to any other burger on this menu, the Japanese Fried Chicken Burger from One Plus Piece [266 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn ] is succulent and simple with just the bun, fried chicken, chipotle mayo, cheese and slaw. Don’t let the simplicity scare you though, we can guarantee you will love the Japanese-inspired burger. It’s crispy and fresh with a hint of spice.
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Boasting locally sourced ingredients and 100% Australian beef, Royal Stacks [1/800 Sydney Road, Brunswick] has come to be known as one of the best burger shacks. With three stores in Melbourne, their popularity is apparent. The original shop is located in Brunswick and still going strong. Most of the burgers are named after British royalty, but our favourite is The Saint. A truly American burger with a hint of spice, The Saint is packed with two beef patties, bacon, tomato, butter lettuce, American cheddar, raw onion, chipotle mayo and pickled jalapenos.
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The staff at the Dandenong Pavilion [55-61 Princes Highway, Dandenong] take their work seriously, especially when it comes to creating glorious burgers. Most of which are thought up by the customers and made to order, the chefs are open to add anything you want from their large menu. Though if that isn’t your style then how about trying their trusty beef burger with premium Aussie beef, melted cheddar cheese, tomato, butter lettuce, chef’s special sauce and American mustard? We do have to say, if you are heading to the best custom burger joint in Melbourne you should spice it up a little… How about doubling that beef and cheese and adding in jalapeno poppers, we dare you! There is also a secret burger menu, so don’t forget to check that out.
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Making straight forward, high quality burgers, Laurie Dee's [571-583 High Street, Epping] has topped many a Melbourne burger list. The restaurant is non-apologetic claiming it’s burgers are, 'Not health food. Not gourmet food. Just better burgers, fries & shakes done the old-fashioned way, from scratch and by hand.” The Double Laurie Dee is comprised of two freshly minced patties, grilled onion, double melted cheese, Special `D` Sauce, tomato, lettuce, diced pickled and green relish. The patties are smashed against the grill to ensure a major crispy layer around the succulent meat.
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To many people around the world, the thought of beetroot and pineapple on a burger is outrageous, but to Australians, it sounds like lunch. The Aussie from Ribs and Burgers [336-342 McDonalds Road, South Morang] includes a beef patty, beetroot, pineapple, Swiss cheese, bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles with both barcecue and Aunty Joan’s pink sauce. Come in and see the finished product for yourself, the burger has a little bit of everything Aussie in it and doesn’t disappoint. Ribs and Burgers has a big menu with something for everyone, including a little burger menu for the young ones. Why not round up the family or some friends and try the Aussie or any of the burgers mentioned above.
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