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Twenty Next-Level Burgers to Try at Wellington On a Plate 2020

More than 200 inventive burger and bun combinations make up this year's lineup — here are 20 worth checking out.
By Stephen Heard
October 14, 2020
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Twenty Next-Level Burgers to Try at Wellington On a Plate 2020

More than 200 inventive burger and bun combinations make up this year's lineup — here are 20 worth checking out.
By Stephen Heard
October 14, 2020
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Burger mania has swept through the capital as Burger Wellington officially lands for its 12th year. The three-week burger celebration is an annual highlight of Visa Wellington On a Plate, and this year sees more than 200 venues serving up creative burger and beer matches. Forget your average beef and bun — here you'll find peanut butter patties on doughnut buns, hot dog-topped burgers and one creation which is literally served on fire.

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ATLAS — WAGYU, TRUFFLE AND BORDELAISE

What is it? Wagyu chuck with truffle flavoured Zany Zeus mascarpone, smoked bone marrow and Bordelaise sauce in a pine nut brioche bun.

How much? $30 or $40 with the beer match.

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BURGER LIQUOR — EARLY BIRD

What is it? Cornflake fried chicken with salty 'n' sweet Wellington Honey butter, apple slaw and baconnaise in an Arobake cereal milk bun.

How much? $18 or $29 with the beer match.

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CARRELLO DEL GELATO — PEANUT BUTTER ME UP

What is it? A chocolate-coated peanut butter patty with Kāpiti Candies peanut brittle, mango slice, raspberry jelly and toffee sauce in a Clareville Bakery doughnut bun.

How much? $18.

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CHOW — KARAOKE KOROKKE

What is it? Grass-fed wagyu, cheese and potato korokke with house-made pickles, shredded lettuce, miso ranch and yuzukoshō in a Pandoro tōgarashi spiced bun, with tōgarashi spiced fries and wasabi mayonnaise.

How much? $14 or $26 with the beer match.

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CONCRETE BAR — THE HOT D'URGER

What is it? Beef patty with cheese, onions, mustard, gherkin relish, barbecue sauce, mayonnaise and sausage in a Zaida's potato brioche bun, with potato crisps.

How much? $19 or $27 with the beer match.

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DILLINGER'S — FIRESTARTER

What is it? 28-day aged wagyu brisket and chuck patty with house-made pickles, Kāpiti smoked gruyère, truffle and bone marrow smoked onions and Russian dressing in a Brezelmania potato bun. It's served on fire with Havana coffee and bone marrow broth, parmesan fries and truffle aioli. Phew.

How much? $29.

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FOOD ENVY — BRINNER TIME

What is it? Buttermilk fried chicken drizzled in maple syrup, with red cabbage and kimchi slaw with maple candied Harrington's bacon bits, baby cos lettuce, in two housemade crumpets.

How much? $18.

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GLASS — OUR FOR A DUCK

What is it? Crispy confit duck leg with pickle, cucumber and gravy in a house-made brioche bun.

How much? $26 or $36 with the beer match.

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HILLSIDE KITCHEN & CELLAR — KAWAMUNGA

What is it? Deep-fried Cameron Family Farms vegetable terrine with kawakawa honey mustard and mung bean sprout slaw in a house-made bun, with potato crisps.

How much? $20 or $30 with the beer match.

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HOT SAUCE — LUCKY NUMBER 8

What is it? Crayfish patty with Ōtaki pork patty, cos lettuce, shaved daikon, coriander, chilli, spring onion and sriracha mayonnaise in a Zaida's eight-shaped charcoal milk bun.

How much? $32 or $42 with the beer match.

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LASHINGS — EVERYBODY LOVES DESSERT

What is it? Milk chocolate brownie patty with vanilla cream, passionfruit pâte de fruit and raspberry sauce in a SoNut (sourdough doughnut) bun, with popcorn ice cream and salted toffee popcorn.

How much? $18.

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LUCKY — TANDOORI GLORY

What is it? Fried tikka-spiced chicken thigh with red slaw, Zany Zeus raita and chutney in a Brezelmania garlic bun, with curry fries.

How much? $20.

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MEDITERRANEAN FOODS TRATTORIA AND DELI — THE FORAGER

What is it? Black angus beef patty with truffled prosciutto cotto ham, Taleggio cheese, lollo lettuce, balsamic borettane pickled onion and foraged porcini mushrooms in an Altamura sourdough bread bun, with Van der Rose potato wedges.

How much? $20 or $33 with the beer match.

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MOCKINGBIRD — MISSPENT YOUTH

What is it? Triple cheese patty in a hemp crumb with tequila pickles, smoky bacon, red ale caramelised onions, pickled red cabbage, iceberg lettuce, Shoots NZ micro beetroot, sticky glaze and herb aioli in a Zaida's bun with beer-battered fries and bacon mayonnaise.

How much? $22 or $32 with the beer match.

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ONE FAT BIRD — CHICKEN LICKEN

What is it? Kiwi-spiced free-range fried chicken with pickles and black garlic aioli in a Brezelmania milk bun, with bacon-loaded waffle fries and dipping gravy.

How much? $23 or $32 with the beer match.

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PORTLANDER BAR AND GRILL — THE SHEAR-HOLDER

What is it? Palliser Bay Station tartare flavoured lamb patty with Garage Project Pils'n'Thrills American cheese sauce and housemade ketchup in an Arobake brioche bun, with rosemary seasoned taties.

How much? $25 or $35 with the beer match.

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SHEPHERD — PLENTY OF OTHER FISH IN THE SEA

What is it? A rotating lineup of beer-battered locally caught fish, with shredduce and tartare sauce in a Leeds Street Bakery bun, with triple-cooked fries and seaweed seasoning.

How much? $21 or $31 with the beer match.

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THE LIBRARY — CANDY MOUNTAIN

What is it? Carrello del Gelato Malteser-crumbed Twix bits ice cream with salted pretzel and Curly Wurly chocolate bark, Cherry Ripe jellies and deep-fried Freddo in a Sixes & Sevens doughnut bun with Snickers pipettes, funnel cake fries and frostchup.

How much? $18 or $30 with the beer match.

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THE RAMEN SHOP — SLOPPY MAPO

What is it? Fried Phoenix City tofu with a spicy mapo-style sauce in a house-made bun.

How much? $14 or $24 with the beer match.

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WILSON BARBECUE — HOT MESS

What is it? Mānuka-smoked beef brisket with brisket mac 'n' cheese, fried jalapeños, brisket jam, pickle and jalapeño mayonnaise in an Arobake milk bun, with shoestring fries.

How much? $25 or $35 with the beer match.

Published on October 14, 2020 by Stephen Heard

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