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Published January 27th 2017
The Aussie Twist - Beetroot, pineapple and egg (by Chur Burger)
Brisbane and burgers. For lovers of alliteration, supercharged sandwiches or Brisbane's countless benefits, it's a heavenly combination.
While science can answer certain questions, the battle for the best burger can't be decided in a laboratory. It's a delicious combination of ingredients, condiments and atmosphere, all in sync to create the ultimate burger experience. In the interests of culinary curiosity and because it's almost lunch time, we need to know, where can we grab Brisbane's best burger?
The Beast Burger (by Chur Burger)
Miel Container - 96 Mary Street, Brisbane
Open 7 days a week, Miel Container - Premium Homemade Burger recently wowed the Masterchef judges, wise to the crucial need for good buns with your burger. Their classic beef burger, designed to be a handful, combines a grass-fed beef patty with melted cheese, sweet onions and chutney and savoury bacon inside a toasty brioche bun. They also have a crunchy prawn option with pineapple, Tandoori chicken with tatziki sauce and smoked pork belly with garlic aioli sauce. Burgers start at $13.50 with sweet potato fries, crunchy wedges or beer battered chips as sides. We're in Australia so beetroot and fried egg are available. Miel is open for lunch, dinner and late night snacks from 11am - 11pm.
Chur Burger - 20 Constance St, Fortitude Valley or 123 Eagle St, Brisbane
Skip burger joints where the patty is pounded to paste, choosing Chur Burger for the chunky beef texture, cooked medium rare and smothered with sweet chutney. While there are chicken, chickpea, pulled pork, grilled lamb and crumbed fish fillet burgers for $12, Chur's Beast Burger should satisfy if you've skipped breakfast (and maybe dinner as well). Doubling the stakes, it's stacked with 2 grilled patties, 2 bacon slices and 2 cheese slices with a trio of sauces to match - tomato jam, barbecue sauce and mustard mayonnaise. Don't risk a dislocated shoulder or jaw by trying to lift the giant burger to your mouth but instead use a steak knife to tuck into each half of the massive meal. The Fortitude Valley Chur is opens at breakfast, 7am on weekdays, 8.30am on the weekend, closing at midnight on Friday and Saturday, 10pm on other nights. The CBD Chur opens 7am - 4pm on weekdays.
Ben's Burgers - 5B Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley or 153 Boundary St, West End
Joining cult favourites, Five Guys and In-N-Out Burger, Ben's Burgers focus on the iconic American burgers, stripping the menu of the fancy new ingredients popping up in flashier joints. For $11 you'll enjoy the classic burger taste featured in Pulp Fiction and The Big Lebowski, containing beef, cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup, mustard and mayo. You can add jalapenos or bacon but no beetroot, pineapple or egg. A vege burger with mushrooms, parmesan and swiss cheese has enough bite to make a meat-eater reconsider. You can finish you American dining adventure with pecan pie, ginger ale, or a Hershey's chocolate milkshake. If you're also an Elvis fan, begin the day right with an bacon, peanut butter, banana and maple syrup burger, served between 8am - 11am. Ben's is open for breakfast and lunch, Mon - Fri 7am - 4pm.
DA'Burger - 876 Brunswick Street, New Farm
Famous for the colossal size of their dinnertime treats, the DA'Burger staff have degrees in burgerology, outlining their discoveries on the website with their thesis 'The Burger Triangle', a hunger-inducing study of the three components of the best burgers - bakery, meat and salad. Strongly focused on the local environment, they only use local meats, bakers and produce to create over 20 burgers, ranging from the classic DA'Burger for $11.90 with black angus beef, the DA'Vegie with grilled halloumi cheese and zucchini, the Sunday Roast with lamb, bacon and potato, and the Duke for $17.90 with scotch fillet steak and swiss cheese. For nostalgia, try the Casablanca with lamb or perhaps the best chips in Brisbane. Saving paper, they've scrapped the guest book, instead inviting customers to leave comments on the wall, adding to the cosy dining atmosphere. Open from 11.30am 7 days a week, closing at 9pm Sun - Thurs and 10pm Fri and Sat. You can park out the back of DA'Burger after 5pm on weekdays or all day on weekends.
MOS Burger - 79 Adelaide St, Brisbane or Sunnybank Plaza Shopping Centre
Enter a curious science fiction burger world with a fusion of the best American and oriental flavours at MOS (Mountain Ocean Sun) Burger. Creating Japanese-inspired burgers since the 1970s, MOS only arrived 5 years ago. Earning a black belt in precision, the exacting portions of the burgers include classic American options using wagyu beef or fish to teriyaki beef, chicken or shrimp cutlet. Experiment with the rice burger range, using 2 rice plates instead of bread buns to contain beef yakiniku and sunny lettuce, pork ginger and onion, or seafood okonomi (with bonito (similar to mackerel) and kakiage (tempura prawns). MOS Burger is open from 8am till late on weekdays and from 10.30am on weekends with Happy Hour specials from 2pm - 5pm Mon - Thurs.
Where have you had your tastiest burger? Please let us know with a comment.
Just Poppys in Bogong Str, River Hills - Gets my 101% vote for a selection of 69 Awesome Burgers on the menu is mind boggling. My Burger of choice "Bring Back The Biff" Double Patties, Cheese sauce of choice with added Pineapple is as close to perfection as it gets.
All Patties are all Handmade and each burger can be customised to suit your taste we will not even elaborate about the fries.......My mouth is watering all over again yet I know its too early in the morning for a burger right now yet that is not a deterrent. I will and do however travel more than 1hr to lay into "Bring Back The Biff".www.justpoppys.com.au
All of these places are really city-centric, aren't they? The best burgers I have had over the past decade have been at The Emporium Rock 'n Roll Milk Bar at Old Petrie Town. Real old --fashioned Aussie burgers with all the trimmings!