Our city's obsession with burgers continues well into 2017 and competition for the best burger in Sydney is heating up. From candied bacon to truffled aioli, it seems like every chef in Sydney is getting on the bandwagon and serving up their own jazzed up version of the humble hamburger.
It was only back in 2015 when David Chang (renowned chef and owner of Momofuku) posted a rant on his blog saying Australians were guilty of serving the worlds worst burgers. I won't bore you with the details but he was pretty much giving it to us for putting canned beetroot and fried eggs on our burgers.
Well David, I've been to America and let me tell you, the burgers available in Sydney right now in 2017 are good enough to rival the likes of American burger giants such as Shake Shack, In n Out and even White Castle, of which you speak so highly.
So, without further ado, here are the Best Burger Joints in Sydney 2017:
This is the only venue which escaped David Chang's wrath back in 2015. Arguably, they are the ones who first sparked Sydney's love for burgers.
The signature Mary's burger consists of an extremely juicy beef patty, lettuce, tomato, pickles, American cheese, and Mary's sauce (I'm guessing a mayo based sauce with a little ketchup and spices), sitting on top of a soft bread top bun. The only complaint I have with this place is that every burger you order has to come with fries, whether you want them or not, so whenever I go there I end up ordering 2 burgers for myself (they aren't very big) and end up with a huge pile of fries which I don't end up eating.
This place serves their burgers BIG! I'm not only referring to the size but also the flavour. My favourite is their wagyu burger (take that David Chang). It's made up of a smokey flame-grilled 200g wagyu beef patty, lettuce, tomato, American cheese, tomato sauce, aioli and bacon. Oh, and I almost forgot, all of this goodness sits in between a soft milk bun. Amazing!
Their most famous burger is the 'Blame Canada', I call this the Arnold Schwarzneggar version of their wagyu burger with the addition of maple aioli and poutine (cheese curds). This burger was the standout in last year's Burgapalooza. Warning: This burger is a bundle of messy greasy goodness, my wife and I could hardly move after eating it.
The team at this place has come up with a creative menu in addition to their ever-changing weekly specials. I've been here 3 times and haven't been disappointed yet. It's no wonder they are so busy.
In my opinion, the lunch offering in North Sydney was always average at best, that is until Five Points opened in 2015. It's obvious this place draws its inspirations from the US, since the shop and even menu items are named after different boroughs throughout New York City.
The menu was put together by Tomislav Martinovic (head chef and owner of Tomislav and protégé of Heston Blumenthal). But unlike his menu at his own Tomislav Restaurant in Darlinghurst (which I personally didn't like because of its many wacky creations ). He has kept things simple with an offering of 4 burgers (2 beef, a chicken and a mushroom for the vegetarians).
Their best selling burger is 'The Bronx' and this bad boy is packed full of flavour. Featuring a smashed beef patty, 2 slices of American cheese, bacon, sweet onion jam, tomato sauce, a lot of American mustard (sorry David), iceberg lettuce and pickles while a brasserie milk bun holds everything together nicely. Add a side serving of the best beer battered chips on the planet and you are in burger heaven. It's just a shame this place doesn't open on weekends.
So, that wraps up my top 3 burger picks for 2017. Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments section below.