Time was, going out for a burger conjured up thoughts of fast food outlets, limp lettuce and rake thin patties. But no more. Recently Sydney has seen a spate of gourmet burger places spring up, and burgers have come into their own. Here are three places I've enjoyed.
Charlie and Co Burgers, in the fancy food court on level 5 at Westfield Sydney, is one such example. They have a limited range to choose from, but even so, as they all sound so tempting, it is difficult to decide which one to go with. In the end, I opted for The New Yorker, a very yummy steak sandwich. However, the absolute highlight of this burger house is their special parmesan and truffle fries. Out of this world!
Grill'd, while a restaurant chain, is another great example of delicious and interesting burger combinations. Their desired aim, according to their website, is to return the burger to its rightful place as a wholesome and nutritious meal. I particularly love the fact that they have the calorie count for each burger on the menu. They provide a heap of options from the bun through to the protein and the sauces, each with a funky name. I went for the Zen Hen when I ate at their Darling Harbour outlet.
Yum Burgers in Five Dock is a relatively new addition to the area. They offer a wide range of options from beef, chicken and fish as well as a selection of wraps. If you like things spicy, why don't you try a "Hot Lips Burger". The service can be a little abrupt, but the burgers taste great and are bursting with filling and flavour. This is less about health and more about indulgence. Yum.
Best burgers I've ever had are at The Grill on George at Windsor. Massive, 5 star ingredients and amazing. We grab a couple of them and sit on the Hawkesbury River 2 min walk from the shop. And when you are finished there, hop across the road to Windsor Ice Creamery - 32 flavors and each scoop is 2-3 times bigger than you'd get from Wendy's and cheaper as well.
Website for The Grill -http://thegrillongeorge.wix.com/tgog#!home/mainPage