I blame Melbourne’s incredible burger scene for my pot belly. Actually, scrap that. If I’m honest, I already had a pot belly. But I do blame Melbourne’s incredible burger scene for the extended edition of said pot belly which I’m now sporting.
We left Melbourne nearly two weeks ago now and I really really miss it. We called it our home for almost five months and loved everything about it. We’re in Penang, Malaysia now. It’s loud, full of mopeds, humid and very very hot. It’s great. But it’s not Melbourne and I doubt anywhere ever will be. Anyway, enough moaning. Back to the topic at hand: Burgers.
On It Burger
TOP PICK: Double On It. A classic double beef patty with red onion, cheese, tomato, lettuce and the house ‘on it’ sauce. SO GOOD.
The restaurant itself is small and not overly comfortable but if the weather is being kind, you can sit outside and watch the world pass by. Service is fast and the prices are good. Don’t be alarmed when you don’t immediately see fries on the menu, they do offer them it’s just not massively clear!
TOP PICK: The 3051: Double beef, double cheese, bacon, lettuce & wonky sauce. THUMBS UP!
TOP PICK: Whatever your order, make sure you include a portion of the cheesy bacon fries with it. They are so so good. A mess of oozy cheese sauce with spring onions, bacon bits burying a mound of skin-on fries. *DROOL*
Burger-wise, for me it has to be the After Burner. Beef patty, tomato, red onion, lettuce, cheese, chilli sauce, jalapeños, mustard & chipotle mayo. It’s oozy and quite hard to eat but worth the mess.
Betty’s was our chosen place to eat on Australia Day and Dave had their special – filled with avocado, beetroot and a fried egg. It was so good (as was mine) that I returned with my friend Patrick on the last day of his visit. The burgers both comforted us and acted as a triumphant final supper. This place looks great inside too, very surf chic despite its city centre location.
TOP PICK: The Betty’s Classic Stack: Beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, Betty’s special sauce & a crisp fried mushroom filled with melted Gouda and Gruyere cheese! BOOOM! If you’ve got room share a portion of onion rings and make sure you grab a pot of the sriracha mayo too. It’s awesome.
The menu is a bit complicated so take a look online before you go in. Otherwise, you’ll be stood at the counter stammering like a bloody tourist and holding up the inevitable queue. TOP PICK: For something utterly decadent, go for the Miss Elizabeth. Beef patty, Swiss cheese & truffle mayo. And as if that wasn’t enough, I added fried mac n cheese. Yeah, baby!! Share a cheesy fries with your dining partner. The portion is huge and they are SO rich you’ll never manage one to yourself!
Find them: CBD: 470 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 // Brunswick: Shop 1, 800 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, VIC 3056 // insta // online.
That Burger Joint
These guys have a small garden out the back with an outside bar and they also run some good deals on lunch and delivery so definitely worth checking out when you’re next in St Kilda!
TOP PICK: Mighty Chillian. Beef patty, lettuce, tomato, fresh green chilli, crispy bacon, cheese, spicy salsa and guacamole. Yes, please!
So many burgers, so little time!
And that’s it. Somehow I’ve managed to narrow it to six burger joints out of the many excellent choices there are for burger connoisseurs in Melbourne. 🍔
Which one do you think looks best? Have I missed somewhere off? I love to hear your comments so share below!