For the hungry traveller, discovering a great burger joint is an invigorating way to refuel after experiencing Melbourne’s many charms. And for the local burger enthusiast, it is a place of sanctuary when in need of one of life’s ultimate comfort foods.
Burgers are a universal favourite. Familiar, reassuring and yet capable of delighting the taste buds when delivered with panache. The ingredients may be ubiquitous and common, but the best burger can delight even the sternest of gourmet critics.
In a deeply enjoyable exercise, we have revisited our favourite burger joints in Melbourne and have listed what we consider to be the best exponents of burger splendour in the city. Never run the risk of ordering a sub-standard burger again!
Location: 46 Lygon Street, Brunswick East, VIC 3057 Ph: (03) 9381 5492
Also located at: Malvern (210 Glenferrie Rd, 3144 Ph: (03) 9069 1969), Moonee Ponds (491 Mt Alexander Rd, 3039 Ph: (03) 9372 8679), Footscray (2/56 Nicholson St Ph: 0477 109 273), Sunshine (Sunshine Plaza, 324-328 Hampshire Rd, 3020 Ph: (03) 9310 1537) and the CBD (170 Flinders St 3000 Ph: (03) 4050 7441).
With a number of burger joints all over the city, New York Minute (NYM) has done an impressive job in carving out its niche in the Melbourne market, particularly so, when you consider how competitive the burger food scene is.
A NYM outlet is well worth checking out as the gourmet burger range is both well-priced and well-made . From 100% Wagyu and Angus Beef, to free range chicken, rare-breed Berkshire pork, or freshly prepared springtime veggie burgers – there’s something for everyone at New York Minute.
The food philosophy is simple: fresh, local produce is best. The franchise has teamed up with Victorian farmers to source the best quality beef, pork, chicken, vegetables and buns. The recipes might come from the bustling streets of Manhattan Island, but the Victorian produce comes from just around the corner!
NYM bestselling gourmet burgers all come with names that reflect their stateside recipe origins and the ‘city that never sleeps’ – the New York, the Rockefeller Wagyu, the NYC Deli Brisket, the Broadway Grill, the Manhattan Island and the Philly Cheese Steak.
So although they might sound very NYC, these folks make our list of the top 15 burger restaurants in Melbourne.
Location: 97 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Ph: (03) 9642 5823
Also located at: 222 Exhibition St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Ph: (03) 9663 4347 & Glen Waverley Ph: (03) 5455 4378 & Windsor Ph:(03) 9510 3579 & Chadstone Ph:(03) 9569 1412 & Doncaster Ph: (03) 9855 9621 & Elsternwick Ph: (03) 9530 0006 & Brighton Ph: (03) 9593 1935 & Cheltenham Ph: (03) 9583 2141
This chain originated in Queensland but has since opened up in Melbourne (and Sydney) to an awaiting, adoring public. The burgers here are not overdone or overly embellished and this makes them massively appealing to the consumer.
They are crafted from a vast array of different ingredients. The menu includes delicious patties ranging from the class Angus-beef burger to the drool-inspiring crispy pork belly burger.
This burger joint is particularly renowned for it’s fried chicken burger that will have you salivating. And no wonder – the Crispy Chicken Burger really is crispy!
And if you prefer to eat gluten free or paleo, they do the cheekily named Bare Betty. This burger features all the best bits of their Classic Burger, bundled up in lettuce rather than a bun. Smart, hey?
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Location: 2 St Collins Lane Centre The Aviary, 260 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Ph: (02) 9259 5600
Also at other locations across the CDB and Chadstone
This restaurant is what happens when you mix the finest burger ingredients with one of Australia’s finest culinary teams.
Here acclaimed chef Neil Perry utilises his culinary excellence to craft some of the most unique and satisfying burger’s in Melbourne. Of course, quality is paramount at a Neil Perry establishment – even a burger joint. Therefore, the patties are formed from the finest Tasmanian Cape Grim grass-fed beef. There’s also a southern-style chicken burger.
This burger joint is an essential visit if you are looking for the finest burgers that Melbourne has to offer with a renowned reputation to uphold.
Editor’s Note: We have been informed that Burger Project has closed all of its outposts in Melbourne. We will let you know when we learn more. As this is the case, why not try here instead…?
Location: 344 Chapel St, Prahan, VIC 3181 Ph: 0413 112 295 See Website for Further Locations
If you are yet to try a Burgertory burger, we reckon it won’t be long until you have. This chain is slowly creeping across the city and gaining a loyal following as it does so. In fact, we reckon they are already one of the top 15 burger restaurants in Melbourne.
Their winning formula is a menu of tasty burgers themed around Saints and Sinners in the form of their 7 Deadly Sins and Archangel creations. Plus some tempting sides. Seriously, why don’t more places cook up Zucchini Wedges ($8) and Salt and Vinegar Fries ($6)?
But back to the burgers. From the Archangel selection, the Michael ($10) features a Smashed Beef Patty, American Cheese, Red Onion, Purity Mayo and Pickles in a Milk Bun. It might not be the prettiest burger we’ve ever eaten, but it has a good meaty flavour. Over on the 7 Deadly Sins side of the board, the Envy is vegan-friendly from its Plant-Based Patty, Lettuce, Tomato, and Relishes etc through to its Vegan Cheese. It’s also a fabulous lurid green, just to ram home the point.
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Location: 470 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Ph: (03) 9620 0296
Also at Lonsdale St, Melbourne Ph: (03) 9639 6726 & Melbourne Quarter & Brunswick Ph: (03) 9383 7554 & Chadstone & Moorabin
This restaurant was founded by Dani Zeini and boasts American-style burgers. Royal Stacks is inspired by the American restaurant chain, Shake Shack. However, the beef served here is 100% pasture-fed Australian beef and is totally hormone free. What’s more, the patties are prepared fresh each day.
With plenty of chicken options as well as chickpea patties for those preferring a plant-based diet, the burgers here are definitely a cut above average.
The cool, laid-back American vibe coupled with the awesome selection of milkshakes and desserts makes for a fun, family-friendly venue that will definitely convert you into an all-American fan.
Location: 424 Bridge Road, Richmond, VIC 3121 Ph: (03) 9429 4409
This alternative burger bar doesn’t play by the rules. Its endless options of burgers will leave you drooling and coming back to try the next option.
This burger bar is led by the Uber-talented, Sargum Chaudhary and the presentation of these burgers is of culinary excellence. The patties are perfectly cooked and served with copious amounts of delicious sauce.
The milkshakes here will also be sure to impress your social media following! There are numerous options for any time of day and a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free alternatives too.
A few doors up on Bridge Road lies one of the most exciting Asian fusion restaurants in Melbourne, Kekou. Read our review here.
Location: 245 Main Street, Lilydale, VIC 3140 Ph: (03) 9735 1455
Although this award-winning burger bar originated in Maroochydore’s Queen Street and has other locations across South Australia and Queensland, they also have this outlet in Melbourne.
Why are they so successful? Well, Hello Harry uses the finest cooking techniques and reputable expertise to craft distinctive burgers at a reasonable price.
The menu offers loads of unique options such as pulled pork burgers and Tijuana chicken which includes jalapeños and baked peppers. The ice-cold beers are a luxurious addition to your burger and ensure that you don’t leave thirsty.
No wonder Hello Harry makes our look at the top 15 burger restaurants in Melbourne.
Location: 80A Cochranes Road, Moorabbin VIC 3189 Ph: (03) 9555 0909
This burger bar takes its influence from the American company, ‘Fat Bob’s’. At this award winning diner, you’ll gain an authentic American experience in the heart of Melbourne, which is the perfect soother for the American traveller.
At this burger bar, you’ll receive generous, American-sized portions alongside the best beer in Melbourne. You’ll definitely leave with a full stomach!
Location: 29 Lygon Street, Carlton, VIC 3053 Ph: (03) 9663 6350
This burger restaurant is perfect for thick, heavy burgers and is perhaps the best chicken burger joint in the state.
This is because the fried chicken is cooked with a copious amount of grease (which may be important to consider if you are on a health kick!) But you will engulf a burger so crispy that you’ll be dreaming of the delicious crunch for a long time.
The chicken is brined for 24 hours prior to service and is pressure fried to add an untouchable flavour.
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Location: 79 Brighton Road, Elwood VIC 3184 Ph: 0414 521 881
This burger joint offers fast and friendly service, creating a warming atmosphere. The order-arrival time is approximately 5-8 minutes and this makes it lightyears ahead of most burger joints in Melbourne if you are looking for a thick and fast experience.
The menu includes smaller and larger burgers catered to different appetites that are uniquely delicious at a moderate cost.
Of course, there are a lot of great cafes around that do awesome burgers. See our top Cafes in Melbourne for some recommendations
Location: Unit 5 297 Ingles Street, Port Melbourne Ph: (03) 8842 3595
This restaurant is renowned for creating the best burgers to suit your individual taste buds. There is also a cross-fit gym and day spa to ensure that all that delicious meat is being balanced out.
However, you shouldn’t worry too much about the calorific content as the team at Tally aim to ensure that their burgers are packed with delicious nutrients. They also make sure that they use the freshest ingredients available.
Therefore, this burger joint is the perfect place to try if you’re looking for healthy and heart-warming options.
Location: 89 Station Street, Fairfield, VIC 3078 Ph: 0466 025 349
Also at Fairfield Ph: 0466 025 349 & Plenty Ph: (03) 9434 3344 & Hawthorn Ph: (03) 7038 0344 & Burnside Ph: (03) 8315 6988 & Werribee Ph: (03) 8714 5023 & Craigieburn Ph: (03) 9333 0914 & Highett Ph: (03) 7064 5530 & Watsonia Ph: (03) 9120 8958 & Ashburton
This American-stylised burger joint caters to everyone. It serves up gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian choices that make a delicious alternative to even the most staunch meat eater.
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Burger Road is made more desirable by the fact that most of its dishes use a lot of spice. The flavoursome wagyu beef burger and loaded fries are one such example of the culinary excellence that is on display at Burger Road.
Lastly, this restaurant featured on the renowned Urban List in 2017 and is a local favourite. And that’s why it’s made the cut of our top 15 burger restaurants in Melbourne.
If you try the Burger Road in Ashburton, why not pop to the street for a drink or 2 at the Oydis Bar?
Location: 89 Station Street, Fairfield, VIC 3078 Ph: (03) 9434 3679
This burger restaurant prides itself on crafting mouth-watering burgers as well as ribs and irresistible milkshakes. Flame 400 serves high quality food without the cost.
Customers should definitely try the ‘Burger Down Under’ to see why this restaurant is classed as one of the top 15 burger restaurants in Melbourne.
Editor’s Note: We have been informed that Flame 400 has closed. We will update you when we know more.
Location: 205 Barkly Street, St Kilda VIC 3182 Ph: 0414 317 710
Also at Altona North Ph: 0449 759 102 & M-City Clayton Ph: 0414 317 702
Fat Jaks is an Americanised burger joint that serves American-sized portions. The taste of all these burgers is exceptional and they are crafted with locally sourced meat and premium ingredients that add an abundance of flavour to each burger.
The burgers are also branded with an ‘FJ’ for a unique touch.
Although it’s hard to beat a good burger, sometimes a plate of dumplings can really hit the spot. For our guide to the Best Dumplings in Melbourne, click here.
Location: 2/166 Toorak Road, South Yarra 3141 Ph: (03) 9827 2569
L.A burgers is inspired by the sunny imagery and fast-food of Los Angeles, California. This burger restaurant is a relatively new addition in the Melbourne burger scene and serves an eclectic mix of burgers, sides, frozen custard ice-cream and shakes.
LA Burgers certainly plays respectful homage to Californian fast-food. The servings are large and the delivery is fast, friendly and efficient.
We tried the Bel Air Burger, Chocolate Shake and Cheesy Fries and felt transported state-side. You can choose between a Gluten-Free Bun, Vegan Bun, a Lettuce Wrap or a Milk Bun.
Moreover, you can order online and get your burger-fix delivered to your door by the standard Uber Eats, Door Dash and Deliveroo platforms.
Editor’s Note: We have been informed that L.A.Burgers has closed. We will update you when we know more. As this is the case, take a look at this recommendation instead…
Location: 3 Freshwater Pl, Southbank, Melbourne, Vic 3006 Ph: (03) 9938 8805
It’s going to be interesting to see how the discerning foodies of Melbourne take to Five Guys burgers.
The American fast food restaurant has already spread its yummy tentacles across much of the US, Europe and Asia. In fact, when Eatability made a recent trip to the UK, they found Five Guys outlets all over the place. And they were doing a roaring trade.
So what’s all the fuss about?
Well, at Five Guys the burgers are made to order, from top quality produce. You pay for your basic burger of choice and then there are a number of free extras that you can include to customise your burger to your personal taste. Those additions cover things like grilled onions and – be still my heart! – HP Sauce.
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Now admittedly, a burger, fries and drink from here aren’t cheap compared to your local milk bar, but they are undoubtedly good.
We’ll keep you posted on how Five Guys fare amongst our best 15 burger restaurants in Melbourne.
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Location: 262 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn VIC 3103 Ph: (03) 9042 9429
Now this small, decadent alternative burger shop is famous for both its burger buns and donuts. Everything is homemade and baked in-house and this burger restaurant combines outrageous burger-donut combinations.
Admittedly, this is not the place for the light-meal consumer but is perfect for those who are seeking true, burger-based extravagance. This is arguably the most unique burger joint on the menu as it’s donut-based experimentation is unmatched.
There is no room for fussy eaters here, but there are plenty of options available and this is why it is a real favourite amongst locals.
Location: 28 Pier Street, Altona VIC 3018 Ph: 0497 77 151
Also located at: Sunbury & Melton South & Hoppers Crossing
We close our round up of the best burgers in Melbourne with Between 2 Buns (B2B), a niche burger chain with outlets away from the CBD and the traditional inner-city foodie havens.
We love the irreverent slogan “skinny people are easy to kidnap, eat a burger”, and this sense of fun is reflected in the friendly staff and witty branding.
The burgers are simple, unfussy and well-priced, packed full of flavour, and delivered promptly. Set aside your lettuce and lentil wraps and indulge with a burger from B2B.