The Brisbane burger scene is bursting at the seams with the most inventive and well-crafted deliciousness you’ll find between two buns.
There’s so much to choose from it can be overwhelming to know where to start, so we’ve put together a list of some of the best varieties of burgers and where to find them in Brisbane.
No matter if you’re looking for a gut-busting over the top burger, something classic and simple, or a really good burger on a budget, you’re going to find something that will leave you with sauce on your chin and a satisfied grin. Let’s dig in.
Right off the bat, you’re going to notice that Ze Pickle is a little different. Browse the menu on the back of a car’s license plate to find burgers with names like “Pablo Escoburger” and “Kaye’s Mum” as craft beer flows on tap behind gritty cool decor.
These burgers are truly Instagramable, completely over the top, and if you finish one, they’ll have you rolling out the door.
You’ll find Brewski on the iconic Caxton Street, and along with the 150 types of bottled beers and 12 beer taps they rotate every day, they serve up some ridiculous burgers.
There are a few things that set Brewski apart from the others in Brisbane; they smoke their meats low and slow in-house, and they offer options for plant eaters that go above and beyond the standard vegetarian burgers you’ll find anywhere else. Why not try a smoked pulled jackfruit burger or their famous vegan cheeseburger?
If you’re a carnivore, you just can’t beat the Brewski burger with fat, smoky beef patties and plenty of bacon.
Twist Flame Grilled Chicken and Burgers
If you’re exploring Brisbane’s bayside and get a burger urge, stop into Twist in Wynnum and make sure your bring your appetite because their burgers are OTT. Everything they do here is massive including their OG Cheeseburger with a wagyu patty, bacon, cheese, pickles and onion rings – this thing will leave you groaning with happy delight.
With just three burgers on the menu, classic simplicity are two words to describe Brisbane favourite, Ben’s Burgers. Hidden away in Winn Lane in Fortitude Valley, you’ll find a tiny burger joint that focuses on perfecting the classic flavours that have Brisbanites packing the place out for breakfast, lunch and dinner (yes, breakfast burgers!). Venture over the Caxton Street to experience Ben’s Burgers at the iconic Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall.
Pro tip: add a chocolate peanut butter or salted caramel milkshake to round out your burger experience.
The Fox Hotel
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but The Fox Hotel comes pretty close with their $5 burger range. This historic and eclectic old pub will charm you with its art deco classic stylings, and the impressive rage of burgers will make you wonder how they do it for the price.
The Chicken Foxtrot burger is a standout favourite, with crispy buttermilk fried chicken and chipotle mayo slaw. Choose a bottle of hot sauce from the range on offer to spice it up even more and jam your chips into the bun to eat it like a local.
Find The Fox Hotel in South Brisbane.
This burger brewpub delivers really simple burgers, done right, made with thoughtfully curated ingredients and beer brewed onsite. The beef is sourced from the nearby Byron Bay Hinterland, minced and mixed with dry aged beef and served on a soft milk bun.
But it’s the range of custom chip seasonings that top off a perfect burger meal. Choose from Vegemite salt, Twisties salt, Shiitake salt or one of their other fabulous salt creations.
Fancy a change of pace with one of the freshest fish burgers you’ll find in Brisbane? Drop by Ol’ School in South Brisbane for one of their fillets battered and served with pickles, lettuce and tartar on a soft milk bun. But it’s also the hand-cut chips with the extra crunch that they’re known for.
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They know what brings the boys to the yard, it’s their milkshakes (and burgers). You’ll need two hands to hold these stacked creations, packing unique flavours punches like blue cheese and buffalo ketchup (the Gorgon Zola burger), or buttermilk fried chicken with char sui sauce and miso mayo (the Chicken Chin Chin burger).
You’ll find this New York-inspired burger chain scattered around Brisbane, but don’t be fooled by their slick shopfront – these guys sling a serious burger. They’re also serious about the quality, sourcing their beef from Mandalong station in New South Wales. They’ve mastered the classic American spread of burgers, chips and wings.
If you’re in the city centre and find yourself craving a burger, go no further than Miss Kays on George Street. This inner-city burger joint is known for their crazy monthly burger specials that produce memorable eats like the Hoff (featuring bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels, pickle, cheese, and mustard). Their standard burgers are hard to beat too, like their Poutine burger.
Grab life (and a burger) with two hands and dig in! Once you’ve had your fill we’ve got you covered here if you want to head out for a drink.
Who serves your favourite burgers in Brisbane?
*This post was originally published in 2014 and updated in October 2018.