World-renowned for its beef, Australia serves easily some of the tastiest burgers in the world. Featuring a natural, tender and juicy flavour, the burgers here are the kind of burgers you dream about and crave long after the last bite.
From Canberra to Sydney and all the way over to the Gold Coast, you’ll find a great burger wherever you go in Australia. And, with so many choices, it can be hard to nail down just where to go for the best of the best.
So, we scoured the country for you. In search of the best burgers in Australia to try in 2020, we encountered some of the most piled-high, toppings filled, saucy, tasty burgers in the world. Ready to drool? Check out the top 50.
Following on from our 2019 round-up of the nation’s best burgers, we took onboard suggestions from our readers and our 2 million social audience of Australia’s best burgers throughout the year.
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This Gold Coast diner is reminiscent of classic diners you’d find in any small town in America. They use only local fresh farmers, suppliers and producers to whip up some tasty dishes, namely their creative burgers. Try the Cheezie Boi, which comes with patties plus buttermilk tenders, halloumi cheese, smoked bacon, bacon cheese sauce, and baconaise.
There’s a lot to love about the food at Nordburger, which includes everything from milkshakes to crispy, tasty fries. And, the best part is that their burgers pair so perfectly well with literally everything on the menu. Choose from a simple variety of four different burgers, all of which come with their special NORD sauce. Then, prepare to take your tastebuds on one of the most flavourful journeys they’ll ever go on.
With four locations all over Sydney and now one in Melbourne, you’re never too far from a tasty Chur Burger. They keep things simple here, making it easy to decide what to order. Opt for the Biggie Smalls, featuring grilled beef, cheese, spicy pickles, lettuce, onion and their special Chur sauces. Finish the meal off with one of their thick, creamy milkshakes and you’ll be full until the following week. But, it’ll be so worth it.
An American-style diner with touches of trailer park vibes and decor, the aptly-named Grand Trailer Park Taverna serves up quality on every front. And, the food is just as vibrant as the decor. You’ll find massive milkshakes, craft cocktails and loaded fries. But, the real star of the show is their burgers. Order one with Truff hot sauce and prepare to die and go to foodie heaven. It’s worth the heat.
Mookie specialises in serving up American-style burgers but with a Japanese twist. And, while they’ve got some creative choices on the menu, we suggest starting out with the Mookie. It’s got 100% pure grass-fed black Angus beef and cheese. But, it’s all about the sauces. Their smokey BBQ sauce and Mookie sauce both add so much flair and flavour to the burger. It’s perfectly cooked throughout and delightfully thick.
Tasmania is full of great spots where you can indulge in one of the best burgers in Australia. But, Burger Junkie is a great place for both meat-eaters and vegans alike. Their beef burgers are all hand-pattied and fresh. But, their vegan burgers are truly unique. Try the Jack ‘n’ the Box’ burger, which comes with a vegan patty, BBQ jackfruit, onion strings, and cheese. Craving meat? They’ll make it meaty for you, too.
All you have to do is look at the burgers here and you’ll undoubtedly begin to drool immediately. And, it gets better than just great burgers. They also serve fantastic beers, which is nice considering that you’re gonna need something to help you wash down all of this juicy goodness. Burgers feature Wagyu beef and a secret, signature sauce that really seals the deal. You’ll be back for seconds, or even thirds, no doubt.
Just Poppy’s is well-known for serving one of the best burgers in Brisbane. And, they serve them all up, as they say, with attitude. And, aside from having a serious attitude and flavour, the burgers here vary greatly in style. You might have trouble choosing which to order first as the menu is quite extensive. The Clacker Cracker, however, comes with chilli and the T-Rex features beef and rib filet steak. Both great options.
Farm-to-table dishes delight at Press*, a restaurant that acts as a contemporary, sleek spot for a nice meal and a fine glass of wine. A seasonally-changing tasting menu offers guests the chance to taste a variety of well-crafted dishes. However, you simply can’t leave without trying the burger. It’s cooked on their custom char-grill, which adds a unique flavour to the already high-quality meat and superb toppings.
You’ll find that at each of the Ze Pickle locations you’re welcomed by trendy vibes and modern, contemporary space. However, that’s not all you can expect to enjoy when visiting. Count on treating yourself to quality craft beer and the best burgers in South East Queensland. Order the Ze Pickle Burger, which comes with a beef rib-eye patty, provolone cheese, house onion and garlic jam plus truffled parmesan fries. It’s easily one of the best burgers in Australia, if not the entire world.
Travelling to Tasmania and craving a tasty treat? Check out Burger Got Soul, one of the most well-loved burger joints in the state. The secret? Well, they use only the freshest Tasmanian produce and 100% lean beef as a base. But, their burgers are simply creative. Where else can you get an Angus porterhouse burger or one that’s topped with venison, brie and boysenberry? They’re seriously delicious and seriously unique.
The Burger Bar has consistently won awards for the best burger in Queensland. And, after you sink your teeth into one of their thick burgers, it’s pretty easy to see why. Their gourmet burgers impress every single time as they consistently prepare them to perfection. And, on top of the quality, they give you lots of choices. From a Dutch Oven to a Downunder, you’ll find something you love here for sure.
You don’t have to be a rebel to enjoy the burgers at this Port Macquarie hotspot. But, after just one taste you’ll definitely be a rebel for life, unable to indulge in any other burger in the area. They do old school gourmet burgers here and they do them up to perfection. Start with a classic cheeseburger, featuring chargrilled beef and cheddar cheese but honey mustard mayo and a zucchini pickle. It’s simple yet flavourful.
A visit to Australia’s capital city isn’t complete without devouring one of the huge burgers at Brodburger. And, not only are they massive but they’re also flame-grilled, which adds a special taste on top of an already fantastic base of flavours. Don’t believe us? Try the burger that comes with bacon and egg, or opt for double cheese. They’re all so fantastically flavoured that we guarantee you’ll be back for more.
Both a burger joint and craft beer bar, Longboards is truly a laidback eatery. Situated just mere steps away from the beach, you’ll be able to eat your weight in burgers by indulging in something called the Phat Bastard Challenge. Not feeling that hungry? Stop by for a thick burger and one of the best craft beers in the country. You’ll leave satisfied either way.
Thick, heavenly shakes accompany the wildly outrageous and flavourful burgers here. It’s no surprise that locals and visitors alike think they’re serving up some of the best burgers in Australia. Just look at how massive they are. 100% Tasmanian beef is the base for the burgers. Then, they load the patties up with mouthwatering toppings. Get their Aussie burger, which comes with a Lamington bun, double beef, and double maple glazed bacon.
For juicy burgers that leave your plate and your hands an absolute best, you can’t go anywhere else in Perth but Meet & Bun. They serve their burgers pink and oh-so-juicy, perfect for those who love a messy meal. Feeling like devouring something huge? Try the Triple Big Daddy, pictured here. As you can see, it’s a masterpiece of meat that’s just dripping with flavour. You’ll need two hands to hold it and lots of determination to finish it.
Head on over to this old mechanic’s garage for one of the best burgers in Australia. Grease Monkey’s burgers are some of the tallest on this list, with a few even featuring more than a few hand-smashed patties to enjoy. They’re all topped off with Greasy’s sauce, a special sauce you won’t find anywhere else in the country. Craving more comfort food? They also serve fantastic Detroit-style pizza and chicken wings.
This place is called the Devils Kitchen because eating here makes you want to sin. And, sinning has never tasted so good. This quaint little burger joint in Hobart has been slinging some of Tasmania’s tastiest burgers for a while now. And, they’re the perfect option for those who love a scaled-back burger in terms of topping but not when it comes to meat. Their patties are massively thick and handmade.
Port Burger is a shipping container burger bar and lounge situated right on the water’s edge. So, dining here is not only a treat for your taste buds but a treat for you too. The vibes are always great and there’s lots of fantastic craft beer and wine to go around, too. It’s easy to tell that they put a lot of care into handcrafting their burgers from scratch, each one featuring a flurry of unique flavours and ingredients. And, when paired with an ice-cold craft beer, it doesn’t really get much better.
More than a mere burger joint, Boneshaker is a family-style cafe serving up a variety of quality dishes and drinks. Order a local South Australia wine and then settle in to enjoy an equally local burger. Hand-crafted and very gourmet, you’ll find that the burgers here are all made to order, presented perfectly along with fresh, tasty toppings. If you’re from out of town, order the full Aussie burger with smashed beef, American cheese, crispy bacon, fried egg, pineapple, beetroot relish and more.
It’s nearly impossible to resist the allure and aroma of a burger at Five Points Burgers. Locals and visitors alike flock to this North Sydney burger stop, famous for their American-style burgers and fries just as much as they are for their wonderfully tantalising milkshakes. They perfectly char the buns and then use them to book-end a burger showcasing thick patties and world-class toppings. If it’s overflowing with cheese and sauce then you know you’re in for a real treat.
As they like to say at Johnny’s Burgers, they’re not about that “fancy schmancy stuff.” They rely on quality ingreidents to carry their menu, which is filled with everything from chicken wings and hot dogs to shakes and their world-famous burgers. One look at their social media page and it’s clear they specialise in food porn, but it all tastes as good as it looks. Craving something super tasty? Definitely order a cheesy Juicy Lucy.
There’s something special about Burger Head. And, part of it’s due to the fact that the team behind this burger bar used their fine dining experience and training in local restaurants to craft the country’s best burger. The result? Seriously top-end grub that combines some of the best ingredients, techniques and flavours you’ll find in all of Greater Sydney. They’re home to some of the best burgers in Australia without a doubt.
With a focus on American food, the superb staff at The Bottle of Milk ensures that the dining experience here is enjoyable each and every time you visit. But, it goes further than just a fantastic meal. With over 10 different specialty burgers to choose from, they offer up lots of choices. Whether you order a prime beef Nelly Burger with avocado and bacon or their mouthwatering cheeseburger, you know you’re getting something top-notch.
Wow. Seriously, what’s not to love about Chuck Wagon? It bills itself as both a kitchen and a dessert bar. Do we really need to say more? Their massive, mouthwatering burgers come loaded with crazy toppings, such as Jack Daniels BBQ sauce, molten cheddar cheese and streaky bacon. All of that paired with pizza fries, a cold beer and then a monster peanut butter and jelly shake? You’re in for quite a foodie treat.
If you’ve got a massive appetite then the burgers at Burger Hero are sure to satiate your cravings. They serve up some of the biggest burgers in the state. And, while you can choose from one of their specialty options, we suggest opting for the build-you-own-burger route. You can choose from an array of their unique, fresh toppings and then finish it off with one of their near 15 different sauces to choose from. Delish.
Just south of Melbourne you’ll find Smoke & Pickles, tucked away quietly in Elsternwick. And, while most traveller seem to miss out on the best burgers in Australia when paying a visit to Melbourne, we’re here to tell you that you cannot miss out on these massive, meaty, mouthwatering burgers. Start with something smoked, fried or pickled. Then, dig into a tasty burger. Vegan? They’ve got options for you, too!
While you might be initially drawn into Mary’s for the impressively trendy interior, once you get a whiff of their tantalising burgers you’ll quickly shift your focus. The burgers here are about as flavourful as they get, with fantastic breakfast options for those looking to cure a hangover or simply jolt themselves awake in the mornings. If you’re feeling particularly hungry, order a triple stack and prepare to truly indulge.
The Famished Wolf specialises in serving up hand-crafted gourmet burgers that use 100% Australian grass-fed beef as their base. Order The Duke, which comes topped with bacon, pineapple and their special wolf sauce. When you pair it with one of the local beers they’re usually serving, it’s a tasty treat you’ll dream about long after it’s over. For an especially indulgent meal, get the Texan Loaded Fries on the side.
Urban eats are what you can expect at 127 Days, a causal, laidback burger bar serving up easily some of the best burgers in Australia. Their Aussie famous egg and beetroot burger is an absolute must here. But, you can’t miss out on some of their special chicken burgers, either. The Just Brie Good to Me features a panko crumbed chicken breast with bacon, brie, lettuce, tomato and smokey bacon aioli. We’re drooling.
What to expect at Easey’s? Burgers and world-class beers served five stories up in a rooftop train carriage overlooking the entire city of Melbourne. If that’s not tempting enough to get you in then just take a look at their burger offerings. Combine the Louisiana fried chicken sandwich with a beef patty for an especially mouthwatering treat. Or, stick with something deliciously simple like a Rowdy Double Cheeseburger.
From the seriously massive burgers to the cheese-covered fries, there’s no way you ever leave a trip to Royal Stacks still hungry. The burgers here are royalty amongst the best burgers in Australia, loaded up with ooey-gooey cheese and dripping with sauces and toppings. We suggest sampling The King, which comes with a beef patty, special burger sauce, veggies and a mac & cheese croquette. It’s as scrumptious as it sounds.
This Darlinghurst eatery is a super laidback spot that’s loved by locals who claim they serve the best burgers in Australia. And, we can’t argue with that at all. Their menu is short in length but massively high on quality. Case in point, the wildly famous and delicious Bloody Mary Burger. It’s loaded up with Sriracha bacon, Bloody Mary ketchup and lots of melted cheese. Accompany it with crack fries and prepare to be blown away.
You might not think of heading to Darwin for a dive into the delicious side of Australia’s burger culture. But, Good Thanks warrants a visit for anybody after some of the country’s best burgers. Got a serious appetite? Try The Mongrel. It’s loaded with beef, chorizo, confit chicken, jalapeño cheese sauce, habañero sauce, lettuce, BBQ capsicum, red onion, avocado and mustard sauce. Yes, it’s as mouthwatering as it looks and sounds.
This Sydney food truck is open for just four hours four days a week. And, we’re not gonna lie, it gives it a sense of exclusivity that makes the burgers here that much more tantalising and tempting. So, in the evenings, you’ll wanna stop by early to get a taste of true premium Australian burgers. They’re all true California-style burgers, but their LAX Burger is a real delight. It’s got jalapeños, fried onion rings, and bacon.
If you’re interested in a true cheat meal, there are few better places in Greater Melbourne for you than Balwyn Canteen. This small local restaurant serves up some of the city’s most indulgent treats, from donut-topped milkshakes straight on through to chocolate-filled cookies and peanut butter-topped burgers. They’ve even got one burger that uses fried chicken to book-end the patties instead of buns.
You’ll find a few locations of Betty’s Burgers across Brisbane and beyond, which is good seeing as you’re going to be craving more than just one burger here. The bright, vibrant restaurants are all light and airy, making it easy to stay for a while and truly enjoy every bite of your fantastic burger. Try the new Noosa Classic Surf, which comes with Angus beef and lightly-battered prawns. But, be sure to top it all off with a nice shake for dessert.
Serving up some of the city’s finest milkshakes, fries and burgers, 8 Bit is a unique video game-themed burger joint famous for the quality of their burgers but also for their vibes. Expect nothing short of fantastic burger bar flavours, like beer-battered fries, cheesy bacon fries and, of course, their delicious cheeseburgers. It’s a great spot for a world-class burger and for a casual, fun night out with friends. And, they’ve even got a new location in Sydney.
As the name suggests, you can count on getting to indulge in some of the best burgers in Australia here but also some of the country’s best chicken wings. A thick burger and a few wings in one sitting isn’t too much, is it? We don’t think so. Can’t decide on one or the other? Get the RoyAl Smash Up, which is a bacon cheeseburger stacked on a Chicken RoyAl with bacon & cheese. It’s the best of both worlds!
The selection of extraordinary burgers at Milky Lane is everything you could want in a burger and more. These funky, art-filled Sydney burger spots are all unique in their own right. But, it’s still the burgers that steal the show. Treat yourself to a creative cocktail, such as a Peanut Butter Martini. Then, settle in for a seriously massive burger. It doesn’t matter what you get; they’re all oozing with flavour, sauces and true premium beef.
If you ask locals, they might tell you that Huxtaburger is one of the original burger spots in the city, setting the standard for what a good Melbourne burger is supposed to taste like. And, after sampling their burgers, it’s hard to argue with that claim of quality. They stick to the basics but use grass-fed beef patties and premium toppings and sauces to take the flavours to the next level.
As a traveller, you simply can’t pass up on the unique culinary experience that is indulging in a burger at Burger Theory. They provide one of the most authentic Australian burger experiences in the country. Their Smashed Burger features a mix of beef and kangaroo meat. And, it’s one of the most original, tasty and downright best bits of cooking in Australia. They take simple flavours and turn them into excellence.
When it’s sunny out, head to The Tuckshop. The outdoor patio space here is great for enjoying all-day breakfast or tasty smoothies. Keep things simple with a double cheeseburger. It’ll come loaded with two smash patties, double American cheese, Hiney’s special sauce, pickles and onions. Devour it all with some old bay fries and a tasty craft beer and you’ll be in foodie heaven.
Travelling through Perth? Short Order serves, as they put it, “ridiculously good burgers made for serious burger lovers.” They excel at serving massive burgers that all feature pretty balanced flavours. Each one is just as tasty and filling as the next. And, it might seem hard to get your whole mouth around these beefy burgers for a bite. But, once you do, you’ll find yourself enjoying a juicy bite of proper burger perfection.
It’s hard to find a photo of the burgers at Alfred’s Kitchen that’ll fit on one page, they’re that huge. And, they’re pretty famous, too. As the longest-running roadside burger kitchen in Perth, you’ll find that just the tantalising aroma of their burgers alone entices travellers in for a taste. Perfectly juicy and full of flavour, there’s nothing here you won’t love. Try Alfred’s Special, which comes with a hamburger patty, egg, cheese and bacon in three layers of toast and gherkin relish.
Wagyu patties are the base on which Rude Boy Burger builds out some of the best burgers in Australia. Nothing here is simple, which you can see by browsing all of their over-the-top, food porn-filled social media posts. Feeling hungry? Order The Big Chomp, pictured below, which comes loaded up with fried chicken, mozzarella patties, smashed beef patties, crispy bacon and grilled cheese for days.
Go big or go home at the nationally-famous Hoodburger. These guys specialise in serving up seriously meaty beauties that will leave you stuffed for at least a week after. But hey, when they taste this good, who cares? Try something like their peanut butter and jelly cheeseburger or a triple burger with cheese. If you’re craving something new, visit for their Test Kitchen Tuesdays when they feature a creative new burger for tasting.
One look at the piled-high burgers here and it’s easy to see why so many people think they’re some of the best burgers in Australia. If you’re visiting in 2020, there’s no way you can pass up on the chance to try one of their creative concoctions. From Indian poutine and Maplewood bacon to truffle aioli, the crazy, delicious toppings they serve here are some of the most unique you’ll find in the entire country.
Bread & Bone topped our list of the best burgers in Australia last year and it looks like they just can’t stop winning. And, it’s all due to the way in which they stick to the basics. They mix high-end cooking with brilliant little twists to deliver fantastic burgers that are simple yet just bursting with flavour. The patties are cooked on a wood grill, giving them a unique flavour. Add on some unique toppings such as slow-braised beef brisket, smoked bacon and chilli kewpie and it’s easy to see why they’re so great.