Searching for the best burgers Sydney has to offer? Look no further.
Fried chicken. Bacon. Beef patty. Mushroom. Whatever filling you prefer, you can find it all loaded into an epic burger. And the good news? Sydney has no shortage of delicious burgers to curb your cravings. We’ve called on our team of writers to reveal their favourite spots to grab a burger in Sydney.
Ms Darlinghurst’s Pick: Rock
pool Bar & Grill Burger
It’s not the cheapest burger in Sydney but at Rockpool Bar & Grill it’s not just about the burger but the whole experience. Skip the restaurant and take a seat at the dimly lit, art deco style bar. You’ll need to go early as it fills up quickly with after-work crowds. For years there was just one burger available- a David Blackmore’s Full Blood Wagyu Burger with bacon, gruyere cheese and zuni pickle and it was $26. They’ve now added the American Cheese Burger and The Texan Burger but don’t mess around, stick to the original. It’s gone up to $28 and comes with no sides so by the time you add a serve of their must-try onion rings with house-made ketchup ($12) and a glass of wine you’re not leaving for less than $50. But it’s worth it.
Find Rockpool Bar and Grill at 66 Hunter Street Sydney, open Mon to Sat, 12pm till late.
Emily’s Pick: Blame Canada Burger from Bar Luca, CBD
When it comes to burgers, I usually prefer the classics. You don’t want some leaning tower of Pisa which is precariously held together by a single toothpick arriving at your table. In most cases, there’s no need to mess with the perfection of a beef patty, cheese, tomato and pickles in between two buns.
In saying this, Bar Luca’s Blame Canada, which is far from a classic, takes the crown as my favourite burger. A beef patty is smothered between maple glazed streaky bacon, maple aioli and poutine fries on a milk bun. The sugary maple bacon creates the perfect balance of sweet and savoury against the poutine and juicy beef patty. It’s extremely indulgent and not for the faint-hearted. Literally.
Find Bar Luca at 52 Phillip Street, Sydney CBD.
Anita’s Pick: Mary’s Burger from The Unicorn Hotel, Paddington
An oldie but a goodie, the Mary’s burger has well and truly reach iconic status in Sydney. The meteoric rise of this humble tomato, lettuce, cheese, onion, beef pattie offering arguably singlehandedly transformed the city’s burger culture. Spanning many a American-style copycat in the process. Years later burger fever still refuses to subside.
Not content being the burger lifeblood of beatnik-dripping Newtown, Mary’s expanded its soft bun empire by opening an outpost in the CBD, and then again when it combined forces with the boys from Young Henry’s and Porteño at Paddo’s The Unicorn Hotel. Maybe it’s the venue, maybe it’s the wine list, or maybe it’s simply the vibe of the thing, the Mary’s burger just tastes better at The Unicorn. But wherever, however you source it, you can’t really call yourself a Sydney-sider if you haven’t tried one.
Find The Unicorn Hotel at 106 Oxford Street, Paddington. Open Mon to Sat 11am-3am and Sun 11am till middnight.
It might not look like much, but Out Of The Blue Clovelly is an institution in the area. For diners, expect no-frills comfort food designed to delight all walks of life. The venue is always packed with locals, school kids and hungover folk alike. My pick of the menu? I can’t go past the chicken schnitzel burger, a simply ridiculous combination of homemade garlic mayo, crumbed chicken schitzel and all the trimmings stuffed into a soft bun.
Find Out Of The Blue Clovelly at 272 Clovelly Road, Coogee.
Sanj’s Pick: Normandy Burger from Restaurant Hubert, CBD
Lauren’s Pick: The Chook from Four Pines Beer & Burger, Surry Hills
Lucinda’s Pick: The Kakiage Burger from Ume Burger, Surry Hills
Japan and burgers don’t typically go hand-in-hand. But at Ume Burger, these two collide (and boy, am I glad they do). At this neighbourhood eatery you’ll find a menu of five delicious burgers along with a selection of Japanese-inspired sides (think fried chicken, hot chips with umami salt, rekon chips and pickles). For me, the star of the show is the Kakiage Burger ($14.20), loaded with a perfectly-cooked vegetable fritter, shredded cabbage and doused in Nori mayo and Tonkatsu sauce. Pair it with a glass of natural wine and a bowl of chips and you’ve got yourself an unmissable feed.
Find Ume Burger at 478 Bourke Street, Surry Hills.