The Best Burgers in Sydney
Taking the kids out for burgers goes back generations, but there is no need to settle for typical fast-food fare, now that there are burger joints popping up all over Sydney, serving seriously tasty diner food that draws foodie families and hipsters in equal measures. Next time you treat the kids to a burger make it a treat for yourself as well, with our best burgers in Sydney.
Happy Ending Burgers, Concord
Happy Ending Burgers boast Concord’s finest fried chicken and beef burgers by the masterful Mister Gee of food truck fame! They have an amazing selection of big, fat burgers with juicy meat and soft buns - comfort food just the way we like it - plus creative weekly specials. The Loaded Fries or Pakora Onion Rings make a winning burger combo, and if there is still room try the decadent Deep Fried Oreo's. It's a busy little place with limited indoor and outdoor seating, so there is often a queue at the door, but the friendly service, fun atmosphere and down-right delicious food are worth it.
The Milk Bar by Café Ish, Redfern
Choose one of eight burgers, then add your choice of topping (basically the salad part) to create your perfect combo. With everything from a classic cheeseburger to Korean fried chicken, there is a burger for everyone. There are smaller dishes like mac’n’cheese if you have little kids that couldn’t finish a whole burger, although you could always finish it for them! The meat is sustainably sourced and free-range and they make all the milkshake syrups themselves. You can’t come to The Milk Bar and not try one of the deservedly famous shakes, but with 18 to choose from you may need to come back more than once. An old-fashioned jukebox and arcade game table are a fun addition for the kids too.
Chur Burger, Surry Hills, Rooty Hill & Sydney City
When Chur Burger opened in Surry Hills, it caused a revolution. One of the early diner-style burger bars selling top-notch burgers, Chur Burger was the word and the burger on everyone’s lips. But they haven’t let the fame go to their heads. Their succulent burgers are still top quality and good value. Although not specifically aimed at families, burger lovers of all ages are welcomed. They also have an outlet at Rooty Hill RSL, a Chur Express at the airport and a Melbourne store. Having made it to just about every 'best burgers' list around, if you haven’t tried one of their burgers, you owe it to yourself to go!
This inconspicuous cafe and grocer is a local favourite, supporting the inner west's organic and ethical businesses. The Big Kahuna Burger at LABLD is basically a cheeseburger on steroids with an injection of tequila jalapeno aioli - and yes even the kids give this burger the thumbs up. If you'd rather have this all to yourself you can always ply them with free babycinos - we think this cafe is most egg-cellent.
Bonditony's Burger Joint, Bondi
This cool music-inspired diner is a firm favourite for burger lovers due to it's down to earth vibes and authentic, generous burgers. Made from grass-fed, free-range produce and home-made sauces, Bonditony's prides itself on using the best quality products around. Since its inception in 2015, this little gem has become a Bondi institution. Flanked with rock and roll music and memorabilia throughout, it has a buzzing atmosphere with friendly staff and loyal locals. It is family-friendly with a kids menu and signature Super Thick Shakes, and a great outdoor seating area.
Excelsior Jones, Ashfield
The owners of Excelsior Jones moved from Le Monde in Surry Hills to open this neighbourhood gem in Ashfield. The much more family-friendly vibe of the area has been catered for beautifully. While not a dedicated burger restaurant, the juicy cheeseburger is becoming famous in its own rite. There is a kids menu and other diner classics including an old school lime spider. They are open for breakfast and lunch, seven days.
The Tuckshop, Glenhaven
This suburban milk bar has been transformed by the boys behind The Baron and Nathan Hindmarch, of Eels fame, into a contemporary “tuckshop”. But this is no school canteen and has already earned some serious foodie cred. Produce is sourced locally so meals are super fresh and tasty, as well as having a feel-good factor. The burgers are definitely the drawcard at The Tuckshop, but they also have tasty salads and an all-day breakfast menu. This is parent heaven, or Glenheaven, as their sign cheekily calls it. The kid's menu has a choice of chicken nuggets, or a healthy option of fruit and veg with Avo smash and they’ll lend you a rug to picnic at the adjoining park with a playground, so the kids can run wild, while you relax with a well-earned cheeseburger and single-origin coffee.
Burger Co. By Kingston
Westfield Hurstville's Burger Co is so pure you can tell yourself you're eating healthy. These guys mince their own patties each day using brisket, chuck and flank. Locals just love these juicy burgers set in a super convenient location. Other menu items include mac and cheese in heated tubs, Buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese sauce and fries topped with bacon and gravy. Oh and don't forget to try their imported sodas.
This joint is like the Willy Wonka's of burger factories! Every week there is an experimental burger that really pushes out the boat, think: peanut butter and cheese, duck bacon and layers of potato crisps. I mean just look at their Halloween themed burger above. They also do your classics and if you want to mix it up a bit, their selection of sauces is extensive! Find Bar Luca in the city.
Paul’s Famous Hamburgers, Sylvania
The burger revolution in Sydney has brought us a slew of slick establishments, but what has become of the old fashioned burgers we grew up with? You’ll find them at Paul’s Famous Hamburgers and they are better than ever. Opened in 1957, this hole-in-the-wall burger bar has been serving traditional burgers for generations. Touted the best value burgers in Sydney, locals and visitors queue out the door to get their burger fix. There is a kids’ burger too, but no veggie option. Grab some burgers and a two-litre pineapple crush drink, which has been described as liquid sunshine, and head down the hill for a picnic by the Saint Georges River. The whole thing won’t set you back much more than $30 for a family.
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Oct 29 2015
best burger way better than Grill is Bonarche burgers in Leichhardt!