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Ten Burgers You Can Order Right Now Because Everyone Needs a Two-Handed Feed

Classic cheeseburgers, spicy fried chicken buns and everything in between.
By Libby Curran
August 06, 2021
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By Libby Curran
August 06, 2021
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TEN BURGERS YOU CAN ORDER RIGHT NOW BECAUSE EVERYONE NEEDS A TWO-HANDED FEED

Classic cheeseburgers, spicy fried chicken buns and everything in between.

There are few culinary pleasures quite as satisfying as a really, truly great burger. The perfect cutlery-free handful, sandwiched between a couple of soft buns (carbs, glorious carbs), and stacked so that every bite represents a fortuitous meeting of meat, salad and sauce.

Happily enough, when it comes to burgers, Melbourne's home to some absolute doozies. Whether your go-to order is a classic cheeseburger that champions the simple union of beef, cheese and pickle, or perhaps a fried chicken sambo finished with some slaw and fancy extras, this city has a boss-level burger with your name written all over it.

Check out these 10 burger-flipping heroes next time you get a hankering for comfort food. Oh, and you'd best stock up on serviettes — this is going to get messy.

  • 10

    Brunswick East’s B.East (get it?) has been feeding hungry northsiders with burgers, fries, sides and shakes since it came to life in 2012. Its beef is local and organically farmed, its burger names are cheeky and its lineup of vegan-friendly eats has options galore.

    Alongside a Japanese-inspired katsu pork creation ($16), a southern fried chicken number ($15) and some plant-based delights, you’ll find no less than five different burgers centred around the kitchen’s famed beef smash patty. Big appetites will especially love the Sexy Beast ($19) — a double hit of beef and cheddar, sandwiched with hickory bacon, pickles, jalapenos, barbecue sauce and ranch inside a toasted potato bun.

    Get it during lockdown: Order here for pick-up or delivery.

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    With a vibe that’s log cabin-meets-house-party and a good ol’ American-style food offering to match, this long-standing spot is a firm favourite for chilled southside burger sessions.

    Get comfy, order a beer and acquaint yourself with the satisfyingly simple classic cheeseburger ($14), or heat things up with the habanero and duck fat-glazed chicken burger ($17). Importantly, the house beef patty is an ingenious fusion of short rib and brisket that makes many an appearance throughout the menu. Otherwise, you can ditch the meat in favour of a crumbed fish sanga ($15.50) or perhaps the smoked portobello mushroom creation ($12).

    Get it during lockdown: The full regular menu is available for pick-up on Friday and Saturday nights — order here.

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    As far as burger-scoffing locations go, this is one of Melbourne’s most unique, nestled in a train carriage perched high atop the roofs of Collingwood. But novel setting aside, you’ll agree Easey’s menu of burgs, dogs and sides proves impressive in its own right.

    Expect options aplenty, with single, double and triple meat variations available for many of the burgers, and a range of plant-based goodies also on offer. There’s a jazzed-up take on the classic cheeseburger (from $14.50), a southern fried chicken sandwich with ranch (from $14), and even a barbecue bacon creation teaming a smash patty with cheddar and ‘deep-fried crispy bits’ (from $19.50). A side serve of the mac and cheese-topped tots is obviously a must ($13).

    Get it during lockdown: Order online for pick-up or delivery, or call them on (03) 9417 2250.

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    As the brainchild of burger boss Raph Rashid (Beatbox Kitchen, Taco Truck), it’s no surprise Juanita Peaches is slinging some very tasty things-in-buns. Ok, so the star of this show might be the crispy fried chicken, but you’d best bet the burgers put up a solid fight for your affections, too.

    It’s a short and sweet lineup that champions simplicity, headlined by a grass-fed brisket cheeseburger with double cheese and pickles loaded onto a cracking house-made bun ($15). If you’re game, you can double up on the patty for an extra $4. Otherwise, ditch the meat in favour of the eggplant sandwich with slaw ($15), or get your chook fix in between bread with the southern-style fried chicken sanga ($15).

    Get it during lockdown: Jump over here to pre-order for pick-up.

    Images: Julia Sansone

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    Melbourne’s highly competitive burger scene doesn’t always make it easy for newcomers, but it didn’t take long for this tiny Caulfield North spot to earn its status as a cult favourite. Here, settle in for a dose of nostalgia courtesy of the retro, school-themed interior, as you unwind over some burgers and hefty shakes.

    There’s a fuss-free, old-school vibe to the menu, celebrating real ingredients and classic flavour combinations — from the signature Minor burger with lettuce, cheese and pickles ($12.50), to the slow-cooked pork and bechamel situation ($10). Opt for a School Meal deal and they’ll throw in chippies, soda and a chocolate crackle, too.

    Images: Brook James

    Get it during lockdown: Swing past for takeaway.

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    As this Chapel Street takeaway joint proclaims on its website: “burgers fix everything”. And, well, it certainly can’t hurt to try. Hello Sam serves up a hefty menu, with options galore for burger traditionalists. Try the Simply Sam beef burger ($11.80) or the chicken and bacon bun ($16). For those who like to ‘go large or go home’ — the Too Cheesy teams beef with an ale-infused cheddar melt ($13.80), while the Juicy Lucy features a mozzarella-stuffed patty, bacon, pickles, cheddar and two kinds of sauce ($17).

    Sam’s also slinging a diverse lineup of non-boring plant-based burgers, including the fiery Hot One — sriracha-basted vegan beef, vegan cheese,
    jalapenos and a spicy sriracha mayo ($16).

    Get it during lockdown: Order via Uber Eats or Deliveroo for delivery, or call (03) 9973 9551 to order for pick-up.

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    Now with six Melbourne outposts under its belt, Royal Stacks has won itself some serious fans since opening in the CBD in 2016. It’s doing American-style fast food with high-quality Australian ingredients, and it’s doing it very well.

    The menu has rotated through plenty of gold across the years, though big, clean flavours and house-made touches are always a given, regardless. For example, The Saint teams a couple of juicy patties with salad, cheddar, jalapenos and chipotle mayo ($16), while The King amps things up with beef, mustard, special sauce, and a full mac and cheese croquette ($15). There’s a range of fried chicken burgers, a fancy little number laden with truffle mayo ($12), and some fun vegan options, too. Oh, and you’d better not forget to finish with a serve of the famed frozen custard.

    Get it during lockdown: Order here for takeaway from your nearest store.

    Images: Giulia Morlando.

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  • 3

    Footscray’s brightly-hued, gamer-inspired burger joint is the kind of fast food haunt that’ll always put a pep in your step. The walls are lined with pixelated splashes of blue, red and yellow, the burgers are named after popular games, and there are arcade machines to occupy you while you’re waiting for your meal.

    The menu’s not huge, but it’s got all the gang covered — from the Altered Beast rocking beef, bacon and barbecue sauce ($12.50), to the After Burner laced with chipotle mayo and jalapenos ($12.50). The plant-based Zelda features a corn and chickpea patty teamed with avo, beetroot relish and haloumi ($14.50), or you can bypass the beginner’s level and head straight for the glorious Gauntlet — fried chicken, bacon, two kinds of cheese and lashings of the special 8Bit sauce ($14).

    Get it during lockdown: Order 8Bit for takeaway or delivery via UberEats, Deliveroo or Menulog. Or, pop in.

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    You’re going to need two hands and a pile of serviettes for this one. If you’re looking for all the signs of a damn good burger, Preston’s Chew Burger has got ’em. It’s nothing you haven’t seen or devoured before — rather, some tasty textbook burgs, done well.

    The Chew ($16) celebrates that classic marriage of beef brisket patty, cheddar, salad and pickles, with a genius hit of mustard, aioli and tomato sauce rounding out the fun. There’s also a buttermilk fried chicken number ($18.40) and the towering Commando — starring brisket, fried onion rings, bacon, cheese and two different sauces ($19). Team your pick with one of Chew’s thickshakes for some very happy tastebuds.

    Get it during lockdown: Pre-order online for pick-up, contactless drive-up or delivery to select suburbs.

    Image: Leah Hulst

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    If Ziggy’s was a person, it would be that warm, welcoming uncle whose face totally erupts when he sees you. This relaxed burger joint from Israeli duo Moshik Ferder and Assaf Stizki has been around since 2011, earning scores of regulars for its friendly vibe and internationally inspired menu.

    Expect to be spoilt for choice on the burger front, with a lineup that boasts tasty things for just about every palate. Crowd favourites include the Recovery Burger ($19.90) – a double-beef monster with twice the bacon, twice the cheese and plenty of Ziggy’s sauce — and The Cheeez ($13.90), starring house-smoked cheese sauce and pickled onion. See also, the fiesty fried chicken burger with jalapenos and a chilli barbecue sauce ($15.90), a blue cheese-laced beef burger ($15.90), and the vegetarian-friendly halloumi number sandwiched into a vibrant beetroot bun ($15.90).

    Get it during lockdown: Pre-order online for pick-up or delivery to select suburbs.

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Top image: Tuck Shop Takeaway, by Brook James

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