The humble burger has been enjoying a renaissance of late, popping up at trendy venues all around the city. While you could just go to Maccas to get your fix, we strongly suggest going further afield to one of the tried and tested joints below. Skip breakfast, wear your fat pants and prepare for meaty, cheesy goodness at its finest.
In its infancy, Brodburger was a little red food truck responsible for long lines around Lake Burley Griffin. Nowadays it’s a permanent venue in the Canberra Glassworks, complete with much larger kitchen and increased burger cooking capacity, something we’re sure you’ll agree is excellent news. Regardless of which of the 13 delectable creations you get (and they are delectable – we’ve tried them all), you can choose your cheese and add a plethora of extras like bacon, avo, pineapple and pickles. Our gluten intolerant friends who are fed up with lettuce leaves will also be pleased to know GF buns are on offer every day of the week.
As the name of this joint suggests, the burgers here embrace the flavour enhancing qualities of fat with near-reckless abandon. Choose from the Pitt Stop with slow cooked beef brisket and apple slaw, the Dirty Bird with crispy southern fried chicken, or the venue’s namesake the Greasy which is pure cheeseburger heaven. If you really want to embrace the grease factor, order one of their famous milkshakes to wash down your burg and embrace the ensuing food coma with a mid-afternoon nap.
This isn’t a burger-only joint, but one bite of the delicious chicken burger will tell you it should be. Served in a puffy brioche bun and stuffed with crumbed chicken, bacon, avo, cheddar, mixed leaves and aioli, this is heaven in your hands. There’s also a mushroom burger for those looking to cut down on meat intake and it too is pretty darn delicious.
The burgers at this bar and grill are almost faultless, right from the basic beef burger with its succulent maple bacon through to the Peking duck creation that comes complete with Asian slaw and hoisin dressing. In even better news, if you go on Thursday you’ll be able to get the burger of your choice with a cold beer for just $15.
We have three words for you: smoked bacon jam. This wonderful condiment creation comes slathered in just the right amount atop the grilled beef burger. As an added benefit, Shorty’s is one of the city’s favourite bars, making it the perfect place to stick around for a beer or two after you’ve had your feed.
Finally, proving that a good burger doesn’t have to include meat, this vegetarian restaurant serves up breaded creations that will leave even the most avid carnivore deeply satisfied. The Indian Spiced Lentil Burger packs a serious flavour punch while the Haloumi Burger is the pinnacle of fried cheese and pesto glory.