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Published February 25th 2018
Where do you get your big beef injection?
Mouthwatering double beef burger
It was one of those steamy hot Brisbane summer days. You know the ones; you don't want to cook because you're busy feeling like you're being cooked by the sun. The s.o. and I had heard a fabulous rumour – the classic double was back at Ribs & Burgers. The clock struck high noon as we moseyed into the Woolloongabba store to order two of the biggest, beefiest burgers Brisbane has to offer.
Get your burger fix down Trafalgar Lane in Woolloongabba
We had foolishly parked our car a couple of blocks from the 'gabba and rode a wave of our own perspiration down the street to find Ribs & Burgers tucked away inside an arcade. Ribs & Burgers is one of those super cool places with the industrial decor. There's a water and hand washing station and your condiments and cutlery is handed to you in a metal kettle that sports your table number in a spot.
Coolest condiment kettle ever
Speaking of condiments… pink sauce. I don't know what kind of witchcraft is in the sauce but I am an addict. I just want all of the pink sauce all up in my face all the time. I don't even care if I'm drooling pink sauce out each corner of my mouth like a 2-year-old with pudding. Pink sauce is my God now.
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'Don't eat until I take the photos,' I said. S.O. just couldn't resist the deliciousness
Anatomy of a Double
So aside from pink sauce (all hail pink sauce!) what's on the double and why should anyone care that it's back? Let's start with the top bit. Not the very top bit. That bit is a wooden skewer thing holding all the awesomeness together. Do not eat. I repeat, do not eat.
The next bit down is the sesame seed bun top (we'll get to the bun bottom later). It's a really good bit because the seeds are nice and the bun is fluffy but with good hull integrity to hold the might and power that is double the beef. Also, there is pink sauce on the top bun so sorry bottom bun you're just not as good. You're still good, just not as good as your seedy friend on top.
Anyway, I came here to talk about the beef. You get two Angus beef patties. Mine were juicy but not that foul oily run down your arm juice; just the right amount of juice. They're charred and smoky with those crisp burn marks from the grill. They're so well seasoned so you don't need to muck about with salt and pepper. It's fine to add more pink sauce. That's no insult to the beef.
The drool-worthy double and its mate, hot chips
Then you reach what I like to call 'salad town'. Fans of crispy crunch will enjoy the red onion. You've got some pickle for acidity and tomato for your umami. There's that nice oak lettuce which isn't as mainstream as iceberg and not as acquired a taste as some of your other fancy lettuces (rocket I'm looking at you).
Holding it all together is the bottom bun. It's the most underrated member of the classic double. Think of it as the Ringo of the group. Kids ask your nan to explain that joke to you.
But I can't order a burger all on its own, what should I do?
Being responsible reviewer types, the s.o. and I eschewed the plentiful beer and wine on our visit. You can go nuts though (if over 18) on the selection of alcohol. My s.o. had the apple juice which he reported was 'was crisp and cool', perfect for a steamy summer day. I had the milo thick shake which made me declare if it had all the vitamins and minerals I needed to live then I would drink nothing else but milo thick shake for the rest of my life.
Milo thickshake I love you almost as much as pink sauce
Refreshing cloudy apple drink on a hot day for my bae
The onion rings at Ribs & Burgers are also to die for so give them a go if you are packing a big appetite. We couldn't quite manage onion rings on this visit, but did share a bowl of the crunchy beer battered chips. You'll never guess what I dipped my chips into?
Tell nan to pack her teeth! These chips are crunchy on the outside, fluffy inside
The Other Things
Getting a park in the area can be tricky so you might need to grab a side street park or take a stroll like we did. There are heaps of bus stops over near the 'gabba that should be convenient for anyone not into driving or parking.
The menu has plenty of other options including gluten free and vegetarian. There are also smaller options for the kids.
You can tell the food is made with care, not just thrown together by someone who's not paid well enough to care.
No, you can't buy take-home bottles of pink sauce. I asked.
MMMmmmm pink sauce... made from 100% real pink (they wouldn't tell me their secret recipe)