Melbourne is the city in Australia where the trend towards gourmet, artisanal burgers started. There are many great burger places in Melbourne, but read on to discover the best burger joints.
HELLO SAM styles itself as a gourmet burger concept store. It gives you another reason to make the journey out to South Yarra to try its delicious burgers. This burger joint’s happy hour, from 5 to 9pm on Monday and Tuesday, makes it one of South Yarra’s few budget spots. You can get a Simply Sam burger and chips for a cheap price. The problem remains that once you get your Monday burger fix, you might find it hard to turn down the suggestion every other day of the week.
HELLO SAM, 760 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC, Australia, +61 3 9973 9551
Rockwell and Sons
The inspiration for Rockwell and Sons is cuisine from throughout the USA. This includes from America’s Southern states which are famous for their barbecue sauce and fried chicken as well as the coastal north-eastern suburbs where you can find excellent seafood. No one is going to argue that burgers are a modern, healthy super-food However, Rockwell and Sons takes a step forward in creating delicious burgers in a true American style that will excite your tastebuds, but might also stretch your waist-line.
Rockwell and Sons, 288 Smith St, Collingwood VIC, Australia, +61 3 8415 0700
There is a limited selection at Chew Burgers, but this is just another example of the long-standing rule of thumb ‘less is more’. Although there is a choice of only seven burgers, each one is an incredible combination of great, locally sourced ingredients. This burger joint is also a great choice for vegetarians, since almost half of their burgers are vegetarian. It’s hard to find a burger place where everything is authentically made on the premises. Here, even the pickles and sauces are made in-house, making it genuinely artisanal burgers.
Chew Burgers, 147 Plenty Rd, Preston VIC, Australia, +61 3 9484 9720
Fat Bob’s Bar and Grill
Fat Bob’s Bar and Grill is the home of classic handcrafted burgers in a vintage American diner setting. The idea for Fat Bob’s started during a trip to Cincinnati, where Bob, a lover of good burgers and ice cold beers, and a collector of vintage signs, decided to bring the three things together. With the help of his wife Deb, he created a robust restaurant serving great gourmet burgers. Since starting this adventure as a burger restaurateur, Fat Bob’s has been awarded with many accolades that attest to its excellence.
Fat Bob’s Bar and Grill, 80 Cochranes Rd, Moorabbin VIC, Australia, +61 3 9555 0909
Brother Burger and The Marvellous Brew
It’s a match made in heaven: Australian craft beers with specially crafted artisan burgers. Brother Burger and The Marvellous Brew has just that. Arguably Melbourne’s best burger bar, Brother Burger provides a juicy and delicious burger experience, using only the best Australian 100 percent wagyu beef along with other unusual, palate-stimulating ingredients. These burgers are coupled, of course, with Australian craft beer or cider. Don’t worry if you’re not of the meat-eating persuasion, Brother Burger offer delicious vegetarian options as well.
Brother Burger and The Marvellous Brew, 413 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC, Australia, +61 3 9419 0088
Spotted Mallard is a three-in-one. It’s draught beer selection is constantly being updated with local and international beers. This makes it one of Brunswick’s top beer bars. It is also one of Brunswick’s premier performance venues for Melbourne’s music scene, with the stage being the main focal point among the cool, vintage decor. On top of that, Spotted Mallard offers a menu of classic bar snacks and larger meals, including their selection of burgers that show off seasonal flavors and the chefs’ artistic flair.
Spotted Mallard, 314 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC, Australia, +61 3 9380 8818
Bar, Pub Grub, Australian, $$$
Offering its space as a performance and entertainment venue, Howler is one of Brunswick’s premier spots for art displays, and to see up-and-coming musicians. This is in addition to being an extraordinary bar and garden lounge, and, of course, one of Melbourne’s greatest burger joints. The variety of burgers is sure to knock your socks off. Each one displays flavors that hint at different cuisines from around the world. With all the art and music, quirky decor and brilliant bar food, you’ll just have to come back a couple more times to be sure that you’ve taken it all in.
Howler, 7-11 Dawson Street, Brunswick VIC, Australia, +61 3 9077 5572
The Alehouse Project
After opening in the winter of 2012, The Alehouse Project has been leading the way in terms of craft beer ever since. The diverse range of beer and cider sits waiting to be discovered, since the 12 taps, showcasing some great microbrewery beers, rotate to offer new options to customers. This places constantly exhibits produce from different breweries. The Alehouse Project also has an neat menu including a variety of delicious bar snacks that are packed with international flavors, and a selection of delicious hand-made burgers.
The Alehouse Project, 98-100 Lygon St, Brunswick East Vic, Australia, +61 3 9387 1218