St Burgs

Wednesday, December 30, 2015
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St Burgs – 4/41 Edgewater Blvd, Maribyrnong, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Double D
Serviettes:
5
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
17 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$9
Summary

You don’t really just stumble on a place like St Burgs. Apart from a laundromat, it’s one of the only inhabited businesses at the bottom of an apartment block in what feels like the middle of nowhere. This little pocket situated along the Maribyrnong River has spectacular city views and will some day be booming with life. But right now it has that Docklands vibe that isn’t quite right. This hasn’t stopped the burger loving guys behind St Burgs. It’s a family affair, with a bunch of brothers getting together to create a no-nonsense burger joint. Their menu consists of only a handful of burgers to match your appetite or eating disfunction: choose from a beef burger, fried chicken burger or a mushroom burger. They even do some wings if you need more than fries as a side. There’s not a whole lot of room inside but there’s a lot more space to go Al Fresco and embrace the beef sweats. We ordered the Double D that came on a milk bun with two Australian grass fed beef patties, double American cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, gherkin relish, “durger mayo” & smokey sauce.

Comments
“Some very well-seasoned, good smashed patties surrounded by oozing cheese and drenched in some sweet tasting sauce. The bun started out OK, but by end became a sloppy mess. Would I go back? Hells yeah! Big tip: when you’re sitting outside be sure to use a plate when eating as I guarantee you the burger will drop through the table gaps and go all over your new kicks. Fries were good.”
“This was good. It dripped goodness. Everywhere. I was hungover and it was just what I needed. The patties were salty and had a bit of crunch to each bite. But the biggest bonus to this burger was the soft gooeyness that left cheese stuck to all my teeth. The only this I just wasn’t sure on the BBQ sauce. It mixed with the pickle relish they had going on and made for a burger that was just a touch too much the sweet side for me. Next time I might just hold the BBQ sauce. If you’re in need of a burger hug, St Burgs will answer your prayers.”
St. Burgs Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Juanita Peaches

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
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Juanita Peaches – 12 Edward Street, Brunswick Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Cheese Burger
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
5 minutes
Would we recommend:
Go Now!
Price:
$12
Summary

The man behind the famed Beatbox Kitchen, Taco Truck and All Day Donuts brings Melbourne another stellar eatery. It’s called Juanita Peaches and it’s a little bit of East L.A in Brunswick. For the last couple of months it’s been mainly a fried chicken joint, but there’s a Cheese Burger on the menu now that should get peoples’ attention. Why wasn’t it on the menu from the get-go? It just wasn’t ready yet. Raph Rashid has been perfecting this burger for the last 5 years. He wanted to create a cheese burger that you’d keep coming back to, something you don’t feel like you need a python-like jaw to eat, something with the perfect balance of bread to meat. One of the things that took the longest to craft was the bun. Raph calls it a Boogie Bun, and it’s like a potato bun made love to a brioche – solid but spongey. When you order, you’ll see the guys place the buns in a giant steamer, along with the cheese on the top bun creating the signature “Up-Cheese”. He also minces his own Victoria Grass Fed beef, meaning that from top to bottom it’s all Raph’s Cheese Burger. It comes with 120gm Grass Fed beef patty, double cheese, mustard, onions, pickle all on a Boogie Bun. You can order extras like an extra patty or chilli peppers, but the chef recommends keeping it as is.

Comments
“This is a Happy Meal for adults. All of it made me feel like a kid again. The white onions, the American cheese, the mustard and of course the delicious patty. All in between a spongey, soft bun. This thing is great. It made me want more. It left me wondering, did that burger need another patty? Was I just being a fatty and thought I needed another burger because I was hungry? Was I still even hungry? I thought about it for a while and realised that, yes, I did want more. But that’s pretty much what Raph sucked me into. He was right, it’s the burger you want to go back to. It’s the kind of burger that brings back the joy of going out for a hamburger with some friends. Grab a beer, add some fries, get some fried chicken and enjoy yourself. You’re not meant to eat this and wish you could take a shower. Yes this is a simple, classic Cheeseburger, but it’s also first-class.
Juanita Peaches Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Burger Burger

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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Burger Burger – 135 Union Rd, Surrey Hills, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Belmore Bacon
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
8 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$14
Summary

In the evening, under the mixed light of street lights and setting sun, the Union Rd strip of shops looks more like a small country town than a suburb just 11kms out of Melbourne. It’s on the more affluent side but that doesn’t mean locals shouldn’t indulge in the humble hamburger. BurgerBurger was created in early 2015 by husband and wife duo Leena and Nesh Rakhra and strives for burger perfection. They source all produce locally and offer a handful of burgers all named after the neighbourhood: the Cam-baa-baa-well is filled with lamb and grilled haloumi whilst the Chicky Canterbury has the ever popular Buttermilk Chicken and Sriracha combo. For those that can’t stand gluten, they look out for you too with Gluten Free buns at an extra $2. After speaking to the very friendly Nesh about what’s been popular I took a seat in their modern little shop and waited for my Belmore Bacon burger that comes on a brioche bun with a 150g Wagyu, Smokey Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Cos Lettuce, Pickles, Tomato, Grilled Onions and BurgerBurger sauce.

Comments
“I rarely venture into this part of Melbourne so I didn’t know what to expect. The place was filled with staff and the menu looked promising. They didn’t look really busy until I realised that they deliver – the counter stacked with paper bags ready to go to hungry locals. The burger arrived and the bun glistened. It was crusty on the out and soft on the inside – kind of like the meat patty. I think there should of been more beef in the burger though. Maybe upping the patty to a 200g. I found it salty had pretty tasty, but there wasn’t enough juice. It might have been left of the grill just a little long. Overall it was really balanced though. Every bite got me a bit of everything. But, by far, my highlight was the amazing pickles. They were really sweet and chunky. Decent fries on offer too.”
Burger Burger Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Burger Lab

Thursday, September 24, 2015
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BurgerLab – 63 Florence St, Mentone, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Free Range Bacon Burger
Serviettes:
4
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
12 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$11.50
Summary

Mentone’s little hub has a lot going for it. The locals can get themselves into a decent cafe for brunch, or get themselves into town with the train station front and centre. Nowadays, thanks to Burger Lab, the locals can get themselves a decent looking burger too. The guys behind the operation are Anthony Pinzone and Chef Lochie Greig-Moore who are all about a relaxed environment with organic, sustainable produce. There’s a clear sense of “chill” throughout the place, with friendly staff, plenty of beer on tap as well as local specials for students to come and bitch about their Maths teacher. Their burger list isn’t as scientific – as was expected – from their name and branding, but instead they’re pretty classic options. The craziest they go is with their prawn burger that has a squid ink, black bun. But we’d never go down that path. To make up for that silliness they also offer chicken wings and ribs. I chose to sink my teeth into a Free-Range Bacon Burger that came on a seeded brioche bun with a beef patty, ‘Hagens’ Free-Range Bacon, melted organic Raclette cheese, tomato sauce, lettuce, tomato, diced shallot and mayo.

Comments
“This was big. I saw a tonne of mayo, which normally I’m cool with. But it got me a little worried about how creamy and messy this would get. I bit in and it happened – a whole lot of slide. I almost lost my tomato instantly. But, to make up for it, there was a nice salty creaminess going on. The cheese, bacon, beef and mayo thing was working for me. Then I lost the lettuce. It was half out anyway so I gave it a shove. The beef was pink and juicy and the tomatoes were really fresh and sweet. The downfall to this thing was the bun. There was already a lot of sweetness going on so the brioche was overkill. Plus as I mentioned, it was on the big side. Less bun, more fun.”
BurgerLab 3194 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


1090 Burger

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
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1090 Burger – 181A Swan St, Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Thunderburger
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
8 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$13
Summary

You might have first heard of 1090 from their Northcote escapades. Their food truck was a hit with a whole lot of people so it makes sense now to take over the space of a previously underwhelming burger joint (Detour) in Richmond. The spot couldn’t be better. With a handful of pubs all around, what better way to lure in those who’ve had one or two too many on an afternoon session. Don’t be fooled by the name. You will spend more than $10.90 when visiting. The “1090” refers to their tight lipped ratios of beef cuts they use in all of their patties. All we know is it’s 100% Grass Fed Black Angus. The venue itself is brightly lit and seats line the walls as you peer into the kitchen waiting for your name to be called. Not ideal for groups (there are mainly just tables for two), but seriously, who needs chit-chat when you’ve got a burger to eat. We watched as a few burgers were brought out to other customers and figured that a single patty burger wasn’t going to cut it on this night. We took it upon ourselves to indulge in the Thunderburger. It came on a soft hamburger bun with double-beef, double-cheese, bacon, chilli-mayo, ketchup and pickles.

Comments
“The real standout for me here was that lovely creamy mayo and cheese combo. The double patty was something we had to do. Both were perfectly cooked and tasted pretty good. The bun was good and the pickles and bacon were too. Would I go back? Hell YEAH!”
“Glory, glory, hallelujah! There aren’t many things hotter than a burger dripping with gooey greatness. The bun was so soft and felt like a cloud. There was so much flavour all over this thing. The beef, cheese, bacon and chipotle mayo created a whole land of flavour that I briefly became a citizen of. And it was brief because I wolfed this down. Not because it was tiny. I just needed to have it. These burgers are great. I think next time if I’m not feeling like such a fiend I’m sure I’ll go for the 1090 double.”
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Charlie & Co

Monday, July 27, 2015
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Charlie & Co – Melbourne Emporium, Level 3, 287 Lonsdale St,
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Double Cheese & Bacon
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
15 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t expect much
Price:
$13.90
Summary

Shopping centre food courts aren’t well-known for great quality. You can generally find a burger in amongst them but it’s usually from a wide sweeping chain. Charlie & Co are trying to break that mould. But it’s more of a quality not quantity kind of capacity. Located in high-end shopping destinations across Melbourne and Sydney means that there’s plenty of tourists ready to spend money. That’s why they’re able to charge a more exuberant price than you’re used to when it comes to food courts. Paying homage to Charlie “Hamburger” Nagreen, one of the many that claim they invented the hamburger, they’ve gone straight to the source for their schtick. They offer a range of burgers here but don’t get too crazy with the choices. The worst you could do would be an Aussie style burger that’s topped with pineapple and beetroot. Not for everyone, but some seem to love it. Having eaten here in Sydney I was keen to see if Melbourne could out-do it’s northern counterpart. I went for one of the most classic things on their menu, The Double Cheese and Bacon burger. It came on a seeded bun with smoked middle bacon, double cheese, a wagyu beef patty, pickled gherkins, Charlie’s signature tomato sauce and American mustard.

Comments
“Having eaten this in a Westfield in Sydney years ago, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot. I mean Justin North might have been the founder but as before, I was placing my order in another shopping centre surrounded by day trippers and Emos. This burger feeds the hungry. It’s large and comes with a stack of chips if you happen to order a side. But that’s basically all it does. It looked really promising when it arrived but it didn’t deliver. The patty was a little bland. The bacon could’ve been much crispier, and I wish that the bun wasn’t so dense. I feel like for $14 I should be getting something that’s packed with more flavour. The highlights came from the restrained use of mustard, the sweetness from the pickles and the extra large salty chips.”
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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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