Brisbane's best burgers
There’s nothing quite as accessible as a patty, sauce, and a bun. Chow down on the timeless burger with some of Brisbane’s best. Bring friends and add beer for the ultimate good time. We've even got vegetarian and vegan options so no one's left out.
Burgers by Ben, the way Ben likes them, at Ben’s Burgers. Three choices, no changes. Not a fan of pickles? Grab your hand-claws and fish them out yourself – don’t even dream of asking the chef to exclude them. The Classic, the Cheesy, and the Veg should have everyone covered.
Melbourne expertise meets childhood dream, Super Combo is the first gaming themed burger joint in Brisbane. Inspired by Street Fighter and a bevy of arcade games the Super Combo menu is a globally inspired collection of powerful flavours. The regular burger, levelled up.
Get your 'spicebuds' ready as Fat Belly Jack's is serving up Nashville-style hot fried chicken – and it's not for the faint of heart. Choose from southern-style (no spice) all the way through to really f*cking hot!! chicken burger, wings, breast or tenders encased in a secret batter and served with one choice of style. Do you dare to try the spice?
After starting in a converted shipping container in the courtyard of the Brightside, Lucky Egg did fried chicken so well that they now have a store front in the Valley Mall. Catering to daytime Valley pros and late night partygoers, the burgers, wings, and popcorn chicken taste even better with a cold beer and live music. On Tuesday burgers are half price.
After creating a burger frenzy in Noosa, Betty's Burgers has finally graced Brisbane with their presence and are currently selling their delicious burgers out of two locations. Make it a full meal and order french fries or onion rings and a chocolate peanut butter thick shake made with custard ice cream – #noregrets.
Go toe-to-toe with Sixteenth Round’s Texas-style classics. The regular cheeseburger is exactly what you’d expect but a one-two jab of smoothies and workout protein shakes are sure to keep you bouncing. The real knockout is the Pork vs Mac.
Ze Pickle, Fortitude Valley & Camp Hill
Voted best burgers on the Gold Coast two years running, Ze Pickle’s Brisbane store boasts a prime Valley location and suburban oasis in Camp Hill, along with pressed wagyu mince patties. Eccentric names like the Pablo Escoburger and the Ya Mum reveal the kind of craziness you can expect from their burgers. Try the Triple Loco for a heart attack and a great story.
Burger Time 69, Bulimba, Newmarket & Toowong
Now sporting three hole-in-the-wall burger joints, Burger Time 69 hosts the perfect dinner for two if you both love big, juicy burgers. Beef, chicken and vegetarian options fill the restaurant’s eight-item menu and you can grab American-inspired street eats on the side. For the less physically inclined, you can order through UberEATS.
A Gresham Lane treat, Red Hook is inspired by the street vans of New York City. Pull up a chair on the Queen Street side and savour every bite or grab a takeaway box like a true New Yorker.
Spanish-inspired, for a change, Gerard’s Bar is a modern cocktail and wine bar with a slick European setting. The focus is on its large charcuterie and cheese situation, but the Blackmore Wagyu has gained cult status. It’s hand flamed behind the bar. There’s also a fried chicken option.
Brewski, Caxton Street
Burgers are a beer’s best friend, and Brewski loves food. Pick from a menu of nine burger options, like the traditional Cheeseburger, BBQ pork belly burger, or Beefless vegan burgers, and chow down with a bestie or a date. Drop in for a $10 lunch, Tuesday to Sunday, and 2-4-1 on Mondays. Burgers are $10 all day Tuesdays.
Housed in a red shipping container, Miel Container’s easy to miss but worth seeking out. Ciabatta and brioche buns accompany your choice of meat or vegie patties as you assemble your own burger. Or choose from the classic range if you’re not feeling creative.
Nestled next to Charlie’s Raw Squeeze, Moo Free is Brisbane’s first dedicated vegan burger bar. Chow down on a familiar range of animal-less burgers, the Chic Chic Shroom, Vegan Brothers Delight and Aussie Mama with a side of beer battered chips or onion rings – take it one step further and load up your chips.
Grilling Art, Nundah, Stafford Heights & Underwood
North or south doesn’t matter to Grilling Art – riverside rivalries mean nothing when great food’s on the line. Pick your patty, curate your toppings, and learn to respect the art of the burger with its Homemade range otherwise try a Signature pick and let the artisans guide you through a gallery of taste.
Burger purists, DA’Burger loves burgers and they love you. The menu boasts vegan options and really not vegan options all driven by science in pursuit of the ultimate burger. Locally-sourced bread, meat, and salad are the three key elements of the DA’Burger Triangle.
The only food truck on the list, Mr Burger’s probably wherever you’re not. Keep up with its movements on its Facebook page and hunt down the eponymous burger that started it all.
Burger Urge, South Bank, Gardens Point & New Farm
Dealers of delicious, Burger Urge has been growing for ten years straight. Sauces made in-house, free range meat, hand-baked bread, and biodegradable packaging are testaments to the Brisbane icon’s standard of quality. Chow down on The Donald Trump, an American-style House Special.
Miss Kay's, George Street, Mitchelton & Springwood
Arguably the best burgers in Brisbane, Miss Kay’s is the go-to for authentic American-style fast food. The Ludakrisp, Mac Daddy and Poutine Burger all speak for themselves while The Big Kay’s Challenge gets you on the Wall of Fame.
Neil Perry’s latest experiment, The Burger Project promises fast food with slow food values. Beef is sourced from North Western Tasmania in some of the world’s most pristine pastures and pure air. The menu may look standard but the food certainly doesn’t taste like it. Jump the queue by ordering on the Burger Project app.
Word on the street is Flippin' The Bird knows how to cook a chook, and you'll certainly taste it in their mouth-watering F.T.B burger. Combining butter milk fried chicken breast, maple bacon, apple slaw, habanero mustard and Texas BBQ sauce, this burger is the things of dreams.
Quite simply, Remy’s is about breakfast, burgers and beer. In the heart of Paddington, Remy’s offers takeaway and preorders from its familiar menu. Head down on Mondays for half-priced burgers, Tuesdays for $3 tacos, catch smooth jazz on Thursdays, and double down on 2 for 1 burgers and a live DJ on Sundays.
The perfect inner-city takeaway, Charboys lives on Edward Street in a converted container. Outdoor seating options mean you can take some time out to chat and chow down on the classic cheeseburger, a lentil burger for vegos, and or a fried chicken burger that’s finger-licking good.
Fritzenberger knows the value of the frites. Not just a side dish, they’re a compliment to the burger itself. Heck, there’s even a gourmet salt station. Locally-sourced beef, with perfectly made chips, coupled with in-house brewed beers make for the perfect meal out. The venue’s also open to function bookings.
Consider yourself a burger connoisseur? Then you must have tried every burger at Burger Institute. They're all legendary but our personal favourite is the signature chook with crispy chicken breast schnitzel, iceberg lettuce, bacon, ceasar dressing and a Parmesan Crisp – the additional Parmesan will change your life.
A Sunshine Coast staple that’s made its way to the River City, Hello Harry offers the usual beefy options but teases the tastebuds with Texan brisket, chickpea, and crumbed Queensland barramundi offerings. No nonsense, no fluff – just delicious burgers.
Voted 2016’s Best New Restaurant, Brooklyn Depot’s Chef-prepared menu is about as American as you can get without a shaky visa. Pork belly, pulled BBQ chicken, and beef brisket spice up the menu while the Fuhgeddaboudit promises a lethal injection of hot sauce. Ask the crew about the burger of the month.
Caution: Just Poppy’s may cause permanent addiction. Voted best burger by Brisbane Times readers, a huge menu of 70 (!) burgers will give you reason to come back, again and again. Rib-fillet, meat-free, lamb, chicken, pork, fish, and beef – you name it, they’ve probably got it.
Literally everywhere – and still expanding – Getta Burger’s menu is familiar and accessible. ‘That BBQ Sauce’ slathers the best of its menu such as the Getta Boss, the Getta Filthy, and the Getta Pig Out. Straightforward, simple, and close to you.
Ribs & Burgers, Fortitude Valley & Woolloongabba
Pretty self-explanatory, Ribs & Burgers have two main specialties – have a guess. Angus patties cooked to medium with American cheese are a mainstay, but other options play with wagyu and veggies. Super easy online ordering can cut down on the wait for mouthwatering mealtimes.
Grill’d, … right next to you, probably
You know where and what Grill’d is, we don’t have to explain this to you. Beef, lamb, chicken, vegetarian and vegan options punctuate the hip, reliable menu, with tasty fries with herb salt and they even have Mini Me packs for the kids.