Six of the Best Burger Places in Melbourne

By: Katie Oliveira da Silveira, ellaslist

Melburnians love a burger almost as much as they love their coffee, so it’s a good thing they are plentiful. Day in, day out, Melbourne’s burger outlets are thrilling local taste buds with nouveau, traditional, gourmet and even borderline-insane burgers. So what are the best? Well, we’ve put in the hard yards to bring them to you. Fire up those appetites, folks.

1. The Royale Brothers

For Bayside burger fans, this is the place to go for seriously juicy burgers. In fact, this place won the coveted title of ‘Best Burger in Melbourne’ for 2016 by Food Service for their uber-popular ‘Royale with Cheese’. So you see, you have no choice – you need to go there.

Burgers at The Royale Brothers include the classic ‘Bacon Royale’ and the ‘Spicy Royale,’complete with jalapenos and spicy sauce. For kids, the ‘Pony Boy’ is the best bet, especially if pickles and onions give them the heebie-jeebies. This one has just beef, cheese and ketchup. Giddy-up!

The Royale Brothers can be found at the rear of Brighton’s Pantry, next to (conveniently) an ice cream shop called Lickings Fine Ice Cream. There is some outside seating here, or just swing by, grab take-out and surprise the kids with some of Melbourne’s best burgers.
Where: 1 Church St, Brighton (at the rear of The Pantry)
Cost: burgers start at $12.50 for ‘Pony Boy’, up to $30 for  the ‘Royale Joker’.
Delivery: no
More info: see the website

2. Huxtaburger

This place has a bit of a retro vibe going on, and their burgers are some of Melbourne’s favourites, satisfying breakfast, lunch and dinner burger needs.

At Huxtaburger the breakfast burger (‘The Vanessa’) comes complete with Bloody Mary mayo and packs a flavour punch. For lunch and dinner you’ve got a wide choice of various beef, chicken and veggie burgers – and for kids, there’s a super-cute range of mini burgers with adorable names to go with them, like the ‘Baby Cheesus’: a kiddie-sized cheeseburger with big-time yum.
Where: Collingwood, Collins Street, Prahran, Hawthorn and Eastland
Cost: Mini burgers start at $6, regular burgers start at $7.90 for the breakfast burger
Delivery: available
More info: see the website

Huxtaburger Source: Huxtaburger Facebook Page – Photo by Vert

3. 8 Bit

With two inner-Melbourne locations, 8 Bit has certainly made some friends in Melbourne’s burger-loving community. These guys are a fast food joint that serves hot dogs, milkshakes and all kinds of fries – but it’s their burgers that lure people in droves.

The burger menu includes some interesting ingredients, like crumbed mushroom (‘1 Up Mushroom Burger’) and chickpea, corn and quinoa patties (‘The Zelda’), but you will also find some tried and true burger combos, like the ‘8 Bit With Cheese,’ which is as good as a cheeseburger can get.
Where: 8 Droop St, Footscray and 231 Swanston St, Melbourne
Cost: burgers start at $9.50 for the 8 Bit with Cheese, up to $14 for the Double Dragon
Delivery: available
More info: see the website

4. Nshry

Nshsy is found right alongside the beach at Albert Park, on Beaconsfield Pde, and it attracts a lot of people all year ‘round for it’s famous ‘Umami Burger.’ Trust us when we say, the hype is justified. It’s a huge slab of quality beef topped with mushroom sauce and – get this – Parmesan crips. OMG! At Nshry they also do a ‘Pulled Pork Burger’ and a ‘Crab Burger’, both of which get two big thumbs up. The menu goes beyond burgers here; Nshry also do an all-day breakfast, snacks and salads.

There is indoor and outdoor seating here and a gorgeous view out to the bay. With the beach right out front, this is the perfect spot to with the kids on the weekend for a burger they won’t forget.
Where: 129A Beaconsfield Parade, Albert Park
Cost: Umami Burger $23.50, Pulled Pork Burger $22
Delivery: no
More info: see the website

5. Rockwell and Sons

Located on grungy Smith St in Collingwood you’ll find Rockwell and Sons: a little burger and sandwich joint that continues to draw crowds for its creativity and yumminess.

The menu includes the ‘Black Bean Burger’ and the much-loved ‘Double Patty Smash Burger with Bacon’ – which is a whole lot o’ burger. There are plenty of sandwiches on the menu (which are kind of burgers in disguise), and you can also pick up waffle cones filled with delicious soft serve in a choice of two flavours.
Where: 288 Smith St, Collingwood
Cost:from $12 to $17 for burgers and burger-like sandwiches
Delivery: no
More info: see the website

Rockwell and Sons Source: Rockwell and Sons Facebook Page

6. Lord of the Fries

Now you might think it’s all about fries here, but they do a mighty fine burger as well – all vegetarian. With locations all over town, it’s also a super-convenient place to pop in and grab some veggie-packed take-out for kids with big appetites.

The menu at Lord of the Fries is quirky and appetising. Despite names like ‘The Parma’ and ‘Phish’, there’s no meat in sight. Even the ‘Original burger’, which is a dead ringer for a traditional beef burger, contains a completely vegetable-based patty.

At Lord of the Fries you can also get vegan and gluten-free burgers, and many come in a mini size – perfect for kids.
Where: Southern Cross Station, Swanston St, Melbourne Central, Elizabeth St, Flinders Street Station, Chadstone Shopping Centre, Chapel St and Brunswick St
Cost: mini burgers start at $5, and original-size at $9
Delivery: no
More info: see the website

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