The number of burgers to try in Melbourne is forever growing, so it's hard to stand out from the crowd. In fact, I never used to be much of a burger person but the following newer eateries on the scene have left some pretty good impressions with me.
Thaiger: Shop 16, The Walk Arcade, 8 Causeway Lane, CBD
Located where else but a laneway, you'll find this shop next to the extremely busy Sushi Monger off Bourke St. Thaiger is the sister restaurant of FOMO Thai, further along Bourke St, and serves burgers inspired by Thai flavours.
The store is quite small, with only about six or so seats outside. It's located amongst other small takeaway-based stores but we managed to get seats as people were leaving.
When you first walk in, the menu and pictures of the burgers are spread across the wall and make it a very hard choice.
The most popular burger seems to be the soft shell crab served in a charcoal bun - or "Pou-Nim" Black Burger ($10) - so I decided I couldn't leave without trying that.
The crab is quite generous for a burger at that price, and most crab burgers in Melbourne cost quite a bit more. It's not my favourite soft shell crab in Melbourne, but I definitely enjoyed the Thai twist with a healthy amount of salad in the filling.
I also tried the sweet potato fries, which were a good size and addictive, but salty towards the bottom like any serve of chips.
My friend ordered a pork belly burger/bun, which is something different to all the other burgers. It was a bit hard to eat without it falling apart, but worth it. The other good thing about the menu is that they also serve Thai milk teas and salads.
The menu is a lot more extensive than I expected, as small places often have a limited menu. But if you bring a friend here there is sure to be something for everyone, and it's not like anywhere else. You might just have to bag a seat quickly or take your food somewhere else in the outdoors to eat.
I've been hearing about Bad Boys for a while, and it was not until I stumbled upon them during a stroll that I decided it was time to see what all the fuss is about.
Similar to Thaiger, it is small and gets busy during the lunch period. However there are some bench seats inside and some tables outside. It's not a clogged up laneway, so there's a bit more space to breathe and manoeuvre yourself.
The menu is also quite affordable with all burgers for only $9.50! It's great to have a flat price for everything and a value deal for $15.
I decided to go with the Cheesy Boy - wagyu beef pattie, gherkin, mustard, ketchup, cheese and onion. I wasn't hungry enough for chips as well, but they looked delicious and thickly cut.
I'm not often impressed by burgers as simple as this, but each bite was juicy and the patty even a little crispy. It was good enough that I made a promise to myself to come back and try more when I have a bigger appetite.
1090 Burger: Location varies. Often at Ruckers Hill, cnr High and Bayview St, Northcote
1090 Burger is one of the newer burger trucks on the scene and is often at Northcote - not too far from me.
We arrived quite early in the evening, but as the night went on, more people strolled by for their burger fix and families even came with picnic blankets, as the ground there has a lot of dirt and not a lot of grass.
The big thumbs up goes once again to the prices - a lot of burgers were under $10. Even the most challenging Half Blooded Beast with double patty, double cheese and more was only $13 - a bargain these days!
My little sister had the Vintaburger - beef, cheese, shiitake mushrooms, tomato, ketchup, pickles and lettuce. It's a nice simple burger and a not too big - perfect to eat alongside some fries. I had a bite and it was nice and juicy but nothing compared to my burger.
The Thunderburger - $11
I had the Thunderburger because I was super hungry and immediately sold by the double beef, double cheese, bacon and chilli mayo. It looked as bad for you as it sounded, with the sauce and cheese oozing out seductively.
The beef was juicy and tender and I just may have found one of my favourite burgers. The only thing was when you get towards the end of the burger the meaty flavour feels the same and almost sickening. It makes you feel guilty but then the burger as the whole is delicious - so it's probably good to have every once in a while.
Are there are new burgers in Melbourne that you would recommend?
Monty's Char Grille Burger Cafe in Main St, Upwey Village in the Dandenongs do a great Burger & Chips pak. Starts with the Classic Aussie Burger with the lot for $10.50, Eat in or Takeaway.Indoor tables & chairs & also Outdoor tables & chairs on footpath.