Souper Burger

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Souper Burger – 198 Barkly St, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
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If you’ve never seen it before you’d be forgiven. When its not being hidden by the buses that stop right out the front, you might not think much of it if you walked past. From both the exterior and interior it looks as if it has been apart of the scenery for yonks. Truth be told, they’ve only been open for around 5 months and their game, as the name suggests, is soup and burgers. Some years ago, owner and chef Scott had a ripper of a soup recipe going. Thinking, “Why the hell not share it with the world”, he decided to open his first establishment. But, Melbourne being Melbourne, where your day can turn from Merino wool to Budgy Smugglers, he knew a soup kitchen alone wasn’t going to be enough. Harking back to his childhood from a family vacation to Queensland, Scott told us all about one particular burger experience that left him gobsmacked and in love. This passion for burgers sees him at Prahran Market every morning scouting for the freshest, juiciest produce. After many trials it was Gary’s Quality Meats that made the cut. With a bunch of different burgers on the menu (all named after people that helped Scott get Souper Burger up and running) he also offers up a selection of winter warming soups and chilli dogs. Using a mix of Chuck, Short Rib and Brisket, some simple seasoning and a homemade burger press Scott dished us out the Perry (named after the Welder that put the joint together). Along with the beef pattie the burger comes on a toasted buttered bun, with lettuce, caramelised onion, tomato, free range bacon, egg, cheddar cheese plus a choice of sauce (we opted for ketchup and mayo).

“As the time passed and we waited for a our meals, I had a feeling this one man show would produce the goods and it’d be worth the wait! With the looks of a good old fish’n’chip shop burger, the beef pattie was subtly seasoned and had been cooked nicely. The combo of the egg and the creamy cheese makes for a burger that was really one of the creamiest I can remember having. The caramelised onions were also perfectly cooked and added a nice sweetness. I really have to say this place is going to give a few other joints of similar style a run for their money.”
“Seeing as it was a slow monday night with only other 2 people in the shop who bought soup, I was wondering why it was taking so long. However, then I took my first bite and understood the time and care this guy puts into making his burgers. The beef was slightly thicker than your average fish’n’chip shop pattie, but it was the extras that really stole the show. The creamy melted cheese, the yolky egg, caramelised onions and a bun soaked in butter is what, for me, set this burger above other similar take away burgers. I have a lot of respect for one man shows who are passionate about their food, I just feel sorry for him when he gets busy.”
“For a place that’s only 5 months old this place looks like it has always been part of the neighbourhood. With a St. Kilda like casualness to it and friendly hospitality this place impressed the hell out of me. The nicely seasoned beef pattie was cooked perfectly. The cheddar cheese slice combined with the mayo made each bite a delight. What topped it for me was the caramelised onion – just oozing with sweetness taking the burger up a level. The bun was nicely toasted with no surprises there. The lettuce and tomato were there and did their job, not taking over the burger. Sorry folks, no chips here, but you don’t really need any. If you feel like you need a side I recommend the Chilli Dog for $5.”
“I walked into this not expecting a whole lot. I know, I’m an asshole. But the concept of soup and burgers together took me to a weird place. But once I bit in to the burger, that weird place turned into paradise. It was so creamy! A whole bunch of sweetness ooozed from the caramelised onions, the bacon was delicious, the cheese and egg fantastic, and the small amount of lettuce and tomato stepped back but did their job. Being lightly seasoned, the meat really didn’t have to stand out a whole lot in regards to creating any overpowering flavours. Instead it worked in harmony with its other counterparts to make me smile with every bite. Being one of the most well-balanced, and enjoyable adventures I’ve had in a while, it really shows that the most important ingredient in a burger is love. ***wipes tear***”
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I live around the corner from this, and it’s a much much better option than Kraze burger (ye old Dannys)

LJ ( April 4, 2012 at 12:46 )

Yeah, really good burger at souper. You have to go to the new Greasy Joe’s though. The burgers are ridiculously good. The chilli beef burger is off the hook!

Maddy ( April 4, 2012 at 13:58 )

I drive pass this place virtually daily but wasn’t sure what to make of it from the exterior. I probably assumed it merely catered to tourists & backpackers.

Great to hear Souper Burger delivered the goods.

I was fearful they’d serve you a burger you had to eat through a straw.


Nathaniel Stockley ( April 4, 2012 at 15:52 )

Souper Burger is simply the best burger joint in st kilda baby!

Jums ( April 4, 2012 at 21:21 )

I’ve eaten burgers world wide but this place is amazing!! Couldn’t recommend it enough

Carol ( April 4, 2012 at 21:33 )

I was lucky enough to find myself living in St. Kilda (on vacay from the states) right around when Souper Burger began it’s soup and burger adventures. The first day I walked in Scott was making a new soup and he gave it to my friends and I to taste test (soooo goood!) then he let us share a dim sim, he was excited to have found a seller at the market worthy of being offered, and we had never had one (also soooo goood!). Then we ordered our burgers. I got a regular burger with bacon and cheese, which I randomly topped with the sweet chilli sauce, something I never do! I always stick to ketchup, but this time I switched it up. And oh my god am I ever glad I did! After my second visit Scott began to recognize me and I swear he knew my burger before I could order it. Seriously the best burger I’ve ever had. I’m back in the states now and miss it SO MUCH. If i had $1500 to blow I would SO spend it on a trip to St. Kilda just to have my beloved burger one more time. Keep up the burger love, Scott

laura ( April 5, 2012 at 07:46 )

I absolutely LOVE Souper Burger! My burger of choice is the Dave – beef, onion, cheese, tomato, lettuce, bacon, egg and my compulsory burger ingredient BEETROOT! The hot chilli sauce really sets it off. The passion, pride and hard work Scott puts into it are obvious in both the burgers and the soup. All the ingredients are top quality and prepared to perfection. This is a man who absolutely, completely, 100% understands a good burger! Beats Danny’s by a mile and I’d even go so far as to say it tops the legendary Andrew’s Burgers in Albert Park, no mean feat! Keep it up Scott, love it!

Esther ( April 5, 2012 at 13:48 )

I loved these burgers so much, I had to take photographs of them.
Scott really has put a lot of time and effort in to come up with a patty mix that is awesome plus with the right mix of organic produce to make your tongue dance with joy.

And those caramelized onions!!!!

Ya gotta try these guys!

Tim ( April 24, 2012 at 10:41 )

The first time we tried to go, we couldn’t get a park. For the next three weeks it’s been closed. We called the number and it’s been disconnected. What’s going on?? I’ve been desperate to try it after all the reviews. But no luck!

Emilie ( July 27, 2012 at 11:15 )

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