Do you love a good burger? The kind that is jam-packed full of ingredients with a thick home-made patty and juices that run down your arm when you bite into it - if you can bite into it? Do you cut your burger in half - or eat it full? However you eat your burger, we can all agree that when you get a good one, you know you will be back for more. If you ask the locals around Canberra where their favourite burger joint is, three names will come up every time. Brodburger on the Kingston Foreshore usually gets the number one spot, closely followed by Grease Monkey's in Braddon and then London Burgers in Belconnen.
Although these are all well-deserved winners of Canberra's affections, where else can you get a good burger? Which ones would be the next best burger venues in Canberra? Feel free to leave a comment on the bottom of this article and add your favourite burger joint to the list. These would be my five tasty nominations...
Hero Original with sweet potato chips ($16) - Burger Hero, Braddon
1/ Burger Hero is located in Mort Street in Braddon, just a short walk from the city centre. There are 12 burgers on their menu which range between $10.50 - $17 and then add $3 - $4 if you would like chips on the side (the sweet potato chips are highly recommended!). While you wait for it to be cooked, sit and listen to the burgers sizzling on the hotplate (and smell the AMAZING aroma!) and then try and wrap your mouth around the char-grilled double patties and tangy sauce. It's messy, but so worth it. See here for details.
2/ The Shed is a café located inside Westfield Shopping Centre at Woden, south of the city. On previous visits to The Shed Café, our family have enjoyed the breakfast menu, however since discovering The Shed Burger - we are now making excuses to go back there for lunch instead! The large, home-made wagyu beef patty, the tangy sauce, hit of flavour and soft milk bun, make this a winner in our books. At the time of writing, there 3 burgers to choose from on their menu - Wagyu, Portuguese Chicken and Lamb. It may not be huge, but it's a good one - the chips are exceptional too! See here for details.
The Shed Burger on Milk Bun - Wagyu beef, pickles, cheese, lettuce and secret sauce, with chips for $$15.90
3/ Beef and Barley is a restaurant and bar located on the far end of the Kingston Foreshore, on Lake Burley Griffin. The Beef in their name stands for their tasty burgers and the Barley, for their matching beer range. There are 10 burger options on the Beef and Barley menu which include beef, chicken, pork, seafood and vegetarian. All meals come out in a metal tray and have chips and their own coleslaw on the side - which are both just as tasty as the burgers. In particular, the "Uncle Sam - Beef patty with streaky bacon, fried onion, cheddar, house BBQ sauce, mustard mayo, pickles" ($18) is a stand-out, but give them all a try and find your favourite. If you want a bigger burger, you can add more meat for an extra $5. See here for details.
Uncle Sam - Beef patty with streaky bacon, fried onion, cheddar, house BBQ sauce, mustard mayo and pickles. Served with chips and coleslaw - $18.
4/ Durham Castle Arms is an English pub, located at Kingston shops - just a short drive from Beef and Barley (above). For lunch they offer a wide range of $10 burgers, with 8 to choose from - however the "Pub Chicken Burger - Fresh char-grilled chicken breast with bacon, avocado, fresh lettuce, tomato, Spanish onions topped with our house-made aioli and tomato relish" is the stand-out. Every burger comes with the choice of blue, brie, swiss or cheddar melted over the meat, which brings the flavours together into a juicy, saucy burger. If you would like chips on the side, just add another $2.50. At the time of writing, this burger deal is also available on Wednesday nights. See here for details.
Pub Chicken - fresh char-grilled chicken breast with bacon, avocado, fresh lettuce, tomato, Spanish onions topped with our house-made aioli and tomato relish (and melted brie) - $10 lunch special
5/ Grill'd is a healthy burger restaurant, located in the Canberra Centre, Manuka and both the Belconnen and Woden Shopping Centres. Although they have a large menu to choose from, their specialty Wagyu burgers have a big, juicy patty and right amount of pickle, mustard and flavour combination. The "Wagyu Wonder - premium wagyu pattie with Dijon mustard, pickle, aged cheddar, Spanish onion, smoked sea salt, tomato sauce & egg mayo ($15.90)" is a good size - enough to be filling but not too huge. If you would like to add chips (with a strong flavour of herbs) on the side, it costs between $3.80 - $4.80 depending on the size. See here for details.
Wagyu Wonder - premium wagyu pattie with Dijon mustard, pickle, aged cheddar, Spanish onion, smoked sea salt, tomato sauce & egg mayo - $15.90. Extra $3.80 for chips.
My Rainbow Dreams is a popular vegetarian café, located at Dickson shops north of the city. This small but inviting café is owned and operated by students of Sri Chinmoy, a renowned meditation teacher from Bangladesh. Their vegetarian Dream Burgers are flavoursome and healthy - making you want to go back and taste more of their range. In particular, their "Dream Burger - Indian spiced lentil burger served with satay sauce, beetroot salad, lettuce and yoghurt raita on cape seed rye Turkish bun" (10.50) will leaving your stomach feeling full, but your tastebuds wanting more. See here for details.
Dream Burger - Indian spiced lentil burger served with satay sauce, beetroot salad, lettuce and yoghurt raita on cape seed rye Turkish bun - $10.50
Although Brodburger is a Canberra favourite, as well as my own, it is always interesting to see what other burger venues have to offer, in case you find a new favourite. Small burgers, big burgers, toasted rolls, brioche buns, beetroot, no beetroot or thick or thin patty - they will all hit the spot when you're starving, recovering after a big night or just need a decent meal to get you through the day ahead.