Laurie Dee’s

Friday, December 6, 2013

Laurie Dee’s – Pacific Epping, Epping, Victoria, Australia, Australia
The Double Laurie Dee Burger
Dress Code:
10 minutes
Would we recommend:
Go Now!

Laurie Dee’s recently reopened within the $30 million ‘Urban Diner’ development at Pacific Epping (previously Epping Plaza) providing a restaurant and entertainment precinct that caters to the demands of all the families moving into the new surrounding estates. As you’d expect, everything is brand spanking new and th evenue resembles a cross between an American diner and a fast food outlet. We ordered at the counter, grabbed a booth and eagerly awaited the Double Laurie Dee Burger with Angus beef that’s minced daily and then smashed, grilled onions, cheddar cheese, special D’Sauce, tomato, lettuce, pickles and tomato relish.

“Oh God this looked the goods and was exactly what I needed as I was completely starving (having taken the long way to get to Epping). With giant, crusty chunks of beef hanging off and ample amounts of cheese, I could not wait for my first bite. The beef was perfectly salted and crumbly with creamy cheese filling in every crevice. The pickle added a nice sour bite, but possibly the only thing I’d change is the tomato relish to a ketchup – apart from that I couldn’t fault it. The smash method of cooking a patty (starting with a fresh ball of mince and then smashing into smithereens with a spatula on the hot plate) has not caught on in Australia but I’m glad these guys have done it, and done it so well.”
“This was a very cheesy and greasy experience. Packed with meat/juice goodness, relish and melted cheese, each bite is consistently the same in taste and texture. The Special “D” sauce combined well with the relish. There wasn’t a lot of green stuff to make it boring, but enough to add some underlying fresh tones to cut through the sauce. The chips come seasoned with herbs and really tasted great – good enough not to share.”
“What really got me excited was when I saw other diners’ burgers. I was filled with massive food envy as I waited for my meal. As it arrived at our table all the signs of a smashburger were apparent: a smashed pattie. It was terribly soft and greasy, and by “terribly” I mean “awesomely”. I was too busy trying to keep a good grip on it all to try ingredients individually but the main flavours were soft, salty beefiness and then the creamy punch of the melted cheese. The only thing I would change would be their special sauce to something more traditional. Save your airfare money, maybe pack an over night bag (we are talking Epping here) and make your way down to Laurie D’s for a little piece of the USA in and around your mouth.”
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You must have got them on a good day. I went there maybe 6 months ago and it had to be the worst burger I have ever had. Super thin patties that were just charcoal. But looks like I will have to give them another go now.

Aaron ( December 6, 2013 at 19:08 )

Nice to see them open again. I definitely need to head there again!

Jimmy ( December 10, 2013 at 08:56 )

I rate your recommendations quite highly but I think you were off a little with this one. Would struggle to make a top 20 on many other quality lists I think.

Joe ( March 3, 2014 at 16:46 )

Worth the trip. well priced, cheap and so very delicious. It feels a little dirtier, especially with the cream cheese, but that is the charm. An excellent burger. And served in 6 minutes after ordering.

sebbyde ( June 16, 2014 at 13:39 )

I have lived in the US and I love in & out burgers. I must tell you that this is even better! It is one of the best burgers I have had… I love it!

Mike ( July 12, 2014 at 18:00 )

Your recommendation misses the mark in so many ways for me. The comment “one small step above Hungry Jacks” was uttered by one of our group. Nothing exciting about the Laurie Dees experience whatsoever. The only bonus was it was only 20 minutes drive from my sister’s house. If I had of driven the full 1 hour from my place I would have been very upset. (Do not) “Go Now!!!”

Kris ( February 1, 2015 at 18:29 )

Laurie Dee’s does not even come close to rating a mention in my opinion.
Every time I have been there I have been so dissappointed and underwhelmed.
I honestly cannot see what all the hype is.
Very, very ordinary. I think you’ve missed the mark with this one.

The ‘smashed pattie’ that everyone is raving about, looks AND tastes like excess burnt fat scraped from the grill. Yuck.

Andrew ( February 3, 2015 at 13:27 )

On another note, Laurie Dee’s “Concretes” are delicious, and the only thing worth visiting there for.

Andrew ( February 3, 2015 at 13:29 )

Super thin patties and over cooked, maybe I caught them on a bad day!
It was built up to much so I wasn’t impressed at all.
Go if you are in the area!

Mo ( November 11, 2015 at 17:59 )

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