Burger Hero is located in Mort Street in Braddon, just a short walk from Canberra's city centre. It is tucked away in an unusual location at the bottom of a tall apartment building, with several stairs to get up to the first floor landing - if you can't find it, just look for the large "BH" sign at the front of the building. At the top of the stairs there is a casual outdoor dining area with picnic tables and umbrellas, or you can sit inside and listen to the music and the burgers sizzling on the hotplates.
At the counter is the huge Burger Hero menu, which has a dozen different types of burgers to choose from with beef, chicken and vegetarian options ranging between $10.50 and $17. There is also the option of creating your own burger, starting from $12 and then adding your own ingredients, so you can customise your own towering burger of yum! There is one important tip that all diners need to know about before they arrive at Burger Hero - bring your appetite. It doesn't matter what you pick, it's going to be big!
The B-3 Special - Bourbon, beef and bacon burger. Look out for their specials on the Burger Hero Facebook. Image: Burger Hero Facebook
Although there are a wide range of options on the menu to choose from, on my visit I ordered the "Hero Original" ($12), to see what their basic burger was like. As I sat inside and waited for the burger, my stomach started to rumble as I could hear the sizzles and pops from the hotplate as my burger was getting the Burger Hero treatment. I also ordered sweet potato fries on the side for an extra $4, however you can also choose waffle fries or turn them into cheesy or chilli fries. I wasn't sitting there long before my (huge!) burger was delivered in front of me - with two patties, melting cheese and a whole lot of dripping sauce.
Hero Original with fresh grilled beef, lettuce, tomato, spanish onions, American cheese and Hero sauce, with sweet potato chips ($16 in total)
This is the type of burger where you need to dislocate your jaw to take a bite, however every bite is a saucy, juicy, sweet mess. Sauce comes off the burger and drips on your plate, on your hands, over your mouth and if you are particularly unlucky like me, down your front. It is all worth it however, as it tastes as good as it looks. Although the burger is the star, the sweet potato fries are also a stand-out feature, with a smoky, sweet flavour and delicious crunch.
A winning combination - guaranteed to fill you up!
If you visit Burger Hero and are instantly hooked, sign up to their newsletter, download their delivery app or follow their Facebook for the latest deals and specials. They also have gluten-free buns and if you have a big appetite, you can always try the Burger Hero Challenge - if you dare. The burger in the challenge has a whopping 8 beef patties with bacon and cheese, plus you also need to polish off a side of fries and a drink. Inside the store there is a Leader Board so you can see the quickest times of previous challengers - if you think you can beat the burger!
For the rest of us, Burger Hero is a "must" for any burger-lover in the city (who doesn't have to watch their cholesterol!). Although there is plenty of stiff competition in Canberra with Brodburger and Grease Monkey, Burger Hero is worth tracking down to see if it will become your new favourite burger joint. I will be back with my appetite - but I don't think I'll ever be hungry enough to tackle this...
Can you eat EIGHT patties on a burger? If so, take on the Burger Hero Challenge! Image: Original photos from Burger Hero Facebook