Kustom Burgers

Monday, August 3, 2015
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Kustom Burgers – 861 High St, Thornbury, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
EH Smashed Burger
Serviettes:
5
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
13 minutes
Would we recommend:
Go Now!
Price:
$14
Summary

This is the definition of a passion project: know what you want, work your butt off and then make something awesome. A guy by the name of Paul Hendrie is behind Thornbury’s Kustom Burgers. He brought his love of burgers together with his love of cars to create a one-of-a-kind diner. Sure, parts of it looks like a regular old diner, but then there are all the bits that’ve come out of a chop shop. There are tables made of old truck boots, stools like tractor seats, and an actual truck who’s tray doubles as a slot car racing track. Of course then you come to the burgers. All designed by Paul himself, named after classic beauties like the F150, FJ Holden and the Imapala. Some of their burgers are classic beef favourites, but they also do a Fried Chicken one, even Chilli Dogs and wings. I couldn’t go past the EH Smashed Burger. I opted for the classic hamburger bun (you can go for brioche if you like), with 2 smashed Angus grass-fed beef patties, double bacon, double American cheese, lettuce, onion and a house-made special sauce.

Comments
“Damn it feels good to eat a burger this great again. It kicked me in the mouth with flavour from the very first bite. Smash burgers are the way to my burger-loving heart (big nod to Laurie Dee’s). The cheese was Oh-So-Oozy and had a nice bit of saltiness to it. The whole thing balanced out perfectly. Every bite was filled with beefy goodness, salt from the cheese and then the sweet from the special sauce. I’m rather happy I went with the Standard bun – brioche just would’ve been overkill. The onions were also fantastic. I wanted more as soon as I walked out. I will be back. I’m even contemplating moving Northside.”
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Archie’s All Day

Thursday, June 11, 2015
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Archie’s All Day – 189 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Juicy Lucy
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
11 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$20
Summary

There’s a lot going on along Gertrude St, so when opening a new venue you’d want to offer something pretty great. Not having sampled everything, we can’t comment on that, but there is choice. And it’s available (almost) all day. Behind the people pleasing operation is Anthony Brem, owner of Collingwood’s famed Bluebird Espresso. So he knows what works for the area and what doesn’t. That’s why you probably find such a large selection of feel good food, alcoholic beverages and gourmet sans-gluten dishes. It feels pretty laid back in there. There are sultry paintings on the walls with plenty of booth action, as well as some outdoor space for the smokers and friends of smokers who like them enough to withstand the bitter ice that is a Melbourne morning. To keep you warm though, you can grab a coffee with some Za’atar eggs that come with chickpea chips, burnt eggplant, sumac yoghurt and pomegranate or, just wait ’til 10am and you’ll get in on the burger. It’s just the second Juicy Lucy we’ve seen in Melbourne, so this was the only thing we had on our minds when ordering. The burger comes out on a brioche bun with a Wagyu patty stuffed with Jalapeno spiked Monterrey Jack, mustard, ketchup, pickles, iceberg lettuce and fries.

Comments
“I’ve had a few Juicy Lucys now, some here, some in the USA. And, I think there’s definitely a level of gimmick to it all. But that doesn’t mean I don’t get sucked in. Oozy cheese? What could be better? In Archie’s burger, the patty/patties did well to keep the cheese from spilling out all over the place. What surprised me most was how much more punch the Jalapeno Jack had. It was “Tame” on a scale of “Nothing to Pass Me the Milk”, but there was still a nice tingle with each bite. With all the effort going into sealing the patty and cheese, the patty became a little over cooked. I was looking for a soft pinky juiciness to be there. It was still a tasty patty . But just a little too far charred. I’m a real fan of pickles but there was a little too much here. For this, I’d liked to have seen a pickle on the side. So your experience goes something like: take a bite, grab some chips, and then take another bite of some juicy sweet pickles for some zest. I didn’t mind this thing and I do give credit for trying something not so everyday.”
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Grand Trailer Park Taverna

Monday, May 18, 2015
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Grand Trailer Park Taverna – 87 Bourke St,
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
KSA
Serviettes:
4
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
16 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$13.50
Summary

On the inside, you’re on the outside and when you’re on the outside you’re still outside. Well you’re on a balcony. If that’s not too confusing for you, it basically means that when you head upstairs of what was once a Chinese Restaurant (there’s still remnants on the exterior facade), you’ll come face to face with the park benches and caravan inspired decor of Grand Trailer Park Taverna. It’s run by a one guy who owns a nightclub called Pawn&Co and another who owns a suburban family/burger friendly restaurant, Dandenong Pavillion. Together they’re burger fanatics, churning out 9 or so different burgers along with spiked milkshakes and waffles. This place is a hashtag paradise; rich in both concept and loaded American comfort food that’ll see your Instagram notifications swell as soon as you apply that last filter. Apart from a few classic styles they offer other burgers with mac & cheese inside them, another with beef patties covered in lamb and truffle mayo and then of course a mushroom burger for the lightweights. We took our place at a park bench and wanted to go for an East Coast inspired classic: the KSA that came on a brioche bun with a beef patty, American cheddar, tomato, butter lettuce, special sauce and American mustard.

Comments
“After many recommendations and blogosphere chatter I went to check this place out. We’d quite enjoyed our previous encounter with older brother Dandenong Pavillion, so thought that this would be pretty damn good. But sometimes hype has a way of messing things up. I bit in to my burger expecting all kinds of greatness. But it was a flop. It fell well short of making me fall in love. There was way too much bun on this thing. There was too much mustard too and, not enough ketchup. I liked the patty but it wasn’t amazing. If I were going back I’d try their more simple cheeseburger but make sure there was no mustard to take over the party. All in all I guess I can say it was good. It just wasn’t anything special which was terribly disappointing.”
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The Fish Shop

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
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The Fish Shop – 22 Challis Ave, Potts Point, New South Wales, Australia
Burger:
Dan’s Famous Cheeseburger
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
8 minutes
Would we recommend:
Go Now!
Price:
$18
Summary

In 2011 this Merivale Group venue hosted a few burger lovers to one of their most memorable burger experiences to date. Back then it was called Lotus and sadly it ended up closing down. But not for long. Inspired by the Fishing Clubs of Nantucket, The Hamptons and Cape Cod, The Fish Shop opened up to Sydney-siders hungry for a different take on Fish n Chips. There’s fish everything here: fish tacos, fish fingers, fish schnitzel and fish burgers. But when designing the menu for The Fish Shop, the Merivale Group owners knew they couldn’t just let the legend of the Lotus Cheeseburger die. Amongst all the sea shanty, maritime paraphernalia sits a proud statement of burger genius – Dan’s Famous Cheeseburger. Former Chef of Lotus, Dan Hong once described his creation as “bun, meat, onions, sauce, cheese, mayo and pickles – it is a proper burger – no fancy shit”. So it’s a good thing that Chef Jeremy Strode has tried to mess with it too much. I sat down on a sunny Saturday and eagerly ordered the burger that almost lead me to quit this wicked adventure of ours.

Comments
“My word! It’s been 4 years.This burger was so good the restaurant changed names/concepts/menus/everything and it’s still here. And good reason for it. It’s amazing! I might have to say it a my favourite burger in Australia. I feel like if the king or queen of a nation asked for a burger this is what they should get. Nothing but the finest ingredients done so simply. The cheese, the bun, the pickels – all Devine. Then take the patty. So damn good. I’d even skip the chips and just order another one (even though the chips were great). I’m so impressed. So salty. So soft and so beefy. Well f**king done.”
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Burger Project

Monday, March 30, 2015
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Burger Project – 644 George St, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Burger:
Cheese
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
4 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$9.90
Summary

The geniuses behind Rockpool are now taking every juicy bit of knowledge they’ve acquired over the last 30 years and turning it into fast-food. That doesn’t mean the stuff you might be used to at your local drive-thru. All that dedication to quality and fine ingredients have been converted into a machine that can churn out burgers all day long. Neil Perry’s new burger shop opened in October 2014 and has built quite a following, even if it’s tucked away from the main street. This could be for many reasons. Either it’s the spitting resemblance to worldwide burger Gods, Shake Shack or that Neil Perry knows exactly what’s up when it comes to cooking a hamburger. To make their burgers they use 36 month aged Cape Grim beef; a mix of chuck and brisket, and it’s all ground on site. They offer a bunch of options that vary in different ways. Say the “American Cheese” versus the “Cheese” option. As far as one burger buff can tell the American uses a Rose mayonnaise and omits the tomato. Then of course, they aim to please all diets by offering your burger in a bowl or a chicken or mushroom option. I tried to opt for the most classic burger I could get (avoiding the Classic option) and ordered a Cheeseburger that came with a beef patty, soft bun, cheese, onion, pickles, lettuce, tomato and special sauce. Again, just like at Shake Shack, I took a seat and waited for my plastic disc to start buzzing – Oh the anticipation!

Comments
“Every photo I’d seen online was just made me think Neil had ripped off Shake Shack. It all looked so similar. The kitchen looked the same. The method of ordering was the same. Could my prayers be answered? Shake Shack at home? I went and picked up my order and was surprised it wasn’t closer to the real deal. The bun had been cut all the way through and the chips weren’t crinkle cut. The first bite in and the softness was there. But there so much sauce! As I delved further in I got to taste more of the beef and cheese. These together were fantastic. All the rest just got in the way and turned it into a sloppy meal. I resorted to just patty and cheese and loved it! That’s the only way I’d recommend ordering this burger. Time will tell, but it looks like the Burger Project is the kind of thing that you’ll start to see popping up in a city near you. Not the Meccas I was hoping for but still good if you were to simplify. Unlike Shake Shack, next time, I’d go a double patty, double cheese.”
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Burgled

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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Burgled – 287 Huntingdale Road, Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Gettysburger
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
5 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$10.50
Summary

There’s not much to look at along the Huntingdale rd strip. That’s because it’s really just mix of shops, factories and a whole lot of Monash Students off to Uni. But for a place that’s all about hamburgers and feel good food, that’s just the kind of place you’d want to be, servicing your hungry workers and hungover students. Opening in 2014, Burgled prides itself on being a Sports Bar, inviting all to watch “the game”, enjoy a beer or two and of course try one of their many burgers. They’ve chosen a bit of an “around the world” theme to create their namesakes. You could try something from Japan which is a panko crumbed chicken patty or something from the Middle East which uses a falafel patty and babaganoush. I took a seat outside on a warm Sunday and was pretty taken with the American Style “Gettysburger” they had created. It came with a beef patty, lettuce, tomato, caramelised onion, pickles, mustard, aioli, cheese and ketchup.

Comments
“We’d heard a few good things but that was about it from a friend of a friend. I didn’t expect much walking in though. But when it hastily came out it looked legit. It ticked all the boxes for me; from the yellow cheese and the thick brioche. Someone had done their research (or perused the American burgers on our site). The thick beef patty was compact and tightly held together. It was pretty good but I wanted a smidge more juice and flavour from it. I would’ve cooked it a little more pink if I could. Plus some more salt. The burger was pretty balanced and actually held together well. I’d come back if I peckish and passing through Oakleigh but I’d probably gear up for a double patty with a lot less salad.”
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Burger and Barrel

Monday, February 23, 2015
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Burger and Barrel – 25 West Houston, New York, NY, USA
Burger:
Bash Style
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
8 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$16 USD
Summary

They say if you make it New York you can make it anywhere. Well, Chef Josh Capon and his “WinePub” Burger and Barrel, have been making it for the last 6 years. They’ve now taken out People’s Choice award for best burger in NYC, up against 29 other worthy contenders at the New York City Wine & Food Festival. There’s nothing particularly fancy about B&B; it’s a Gastro Pub with a widespread menu offering several different burgers, pasta, salad and soup. Basically there’s something for everyone. But they must be doing a lot right, because bookings are essential. The only reason I was there was infamy. I ordered one of their Sunday brunch cocktails and a Bash Style burger that came with mustard cooked beef patty, a potato bun, onion & bacon jam, pickles, American cheese, special sauce and a side of fries.

Comments
“I wanted this burger to knock my socks off and declare it Burger Royalty. But, I had to settle for a hamburger that was just, “good”. This was not worth the hype. I mean, the patty was great and so were the onions. But there was just something missing from this burger. I wasn’t hungover. It wasn’t overly busy. How could it be awarded people’s choice five times? Surely I got a dud? I wanted an experience that heroed the meat but the burger ended up being too balanced for me. Maybe this is just the nice, polite guy of the burger world? The burger that doesn’t offend. But at the same time, doesn’t excite me. It’s me vs NYC, so if you catch this write-up Mr Capon, I’m free next weekend. Rematch?”