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


YOMG

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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YOMG – 65-67 Kingsway, Glen Waverley, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Yo My With Cheese
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
6 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$9
Summary

Frozen yoghurt and burgers aren’t generally something you’d ever link. But with these two being some of the biggest food trends to hit Melbourne over the last couple of years, it isn’t a surprise that there’s now a place you can get them at the same place. YOMG (Yo My Goodness) started out in 2013 as a funky little fro-yo joint in Mordialloc. Knowing they were onto a good thing, with the place packed with sugar crazed Tweens and anxious First-Daters they’ve now spread to six locations, even as far as Cairns. But their fro-yo store in Glen Waverley has a difference: it’s a burger joint too. There’s a lot on offer with eleven burgers on the menu that go from your standard cheeseburger to the vego-friendly potato cake burger. Enjoy your fries five different ways from classic to smothered in pulled pork or opt in for a shake done old school or fancy-like. It’s hard to get a seat in there most nights but I patiently stalked three tables simultaneously waiting for a chance to eat my burger in a civilised manner. Of course, when my buzzer started to vibrate I went up and grabbed the Yo My with Cheese that came on a glazed sesame seed bun with a Grass Fed Angus patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato, ketchup and secret sauce.

Comments
“What the hell was I in for? Having been a little anti on the Fro-Yo Movement (seriously just get some ice cream people) I really wasn’t sure how a burger was ever going to be good here. But, with delightful surprise, it was great. A lot of what they did with it reminded me of Raph’s Beatbox creation, but with a mean dill/tangy sauce thing going on. It was really well balanced – a beefy patty with hints of creaminess from the American cheese to the sweetness in the tomato and ketchup. It’s busy as all hell but actually worth it. The other nice thing is that it feels like they really put their burgers first, leaving all that fro-yo nonsense at the back of the shop where it belongs.”
YOMG - Yo My Goodness 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


Mick Adams Burger Bar

Thursday, August 20, 2015
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Mick Adams Burger Bar – 38 Portman Street, Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Cheesy Mike
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
8 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$9.50
Summary

It wasn’t too long ago that Oakleigh was just a little Souvlaki-filled pocket next-door to Chadstone Shopping Centre. These days it’s a bustling little place where both locals and people from all over town come to enjoy coffee, cakes or a leisurely get-together. With this, the level of dining has lifted. New restaurants and bars are popping up all over. So of course there needed to a spot for a genuine burger joint. Mick Adam’s has stepped in to fill this void. They take their name from a Greek immigrant who opened Australia’s first Milk Bar in Sydney back in 1932. The Milk Bar was called the Black and White and so it looks like they’ve rolled with this theme throughout their restaurant – white tiles with black accents all over. Paying homage to the old days of diner eating they keep their menu pretty simple with burgers, shakes and fries. The hamburger options are mainly beef but they stretch to a crab and veggie option for more “modern” tastes. Surprisingly, there’s no signature “Mick burger” available so I went with the simplicity of the Cheesy Mike. It came on a brioche bun with a 150g grass fed beef patty, double cheddar, pickles, tomato and lettuce.

Comments
“By the look of hte place, it didn’t feel like fast food at all. But the burgers came out pretty damn quick. They didn’t look like anything too crash hot compared to some of the PR shots floating around the internet, but at least my melted cheese was a giant plus. Overall the burger was pretty balanced. But in this instance it meant nothing really stood out (apart from having half a tomato fall out at one point). For me, the patty was cooked spot on – it was super pink. The beef wasn’t bad either but it didn’t have a tonne of flavour. I wanted a more salty, fatty punch from it. I know it’s early days for these guys and maybe I went for the wrong burger. But I just felt there was something missing from this one (probably bacon). On a plus the staff were really friendly and it made it feel like a place you could graze on burgers and sides here for quite a while.”
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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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On It Burgers

Friday, June 5, 2015
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On It Burgers – 930 Burwood Highway,
Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
On It Burger
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
10 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$12.95
Summary

It was once a KFC and then turned into an Indian restaurant, but now, sitting almost lonesome on the side of Burwood Hwy is On It Burgers. All the tell tale signs from the Finger Lickin’ Good days are still there. So it’s even cooler that inside is a pretty cool, craft beer loving, burger slinging restaurant. They opened in late 2014 to much local fanfare but the buzz has has worn off a bit and now you won’t be left elbowing people away for a table. They pride themselves on their premium Grass Fed beef burgers, with 9 on offer there’s more than enough to keep you wanting to come back again. Same goes for the fries and shakes. Pick anything from Truffle & Parmesan fries to a Toasted Marshmallow milk shake. But there’s a dozen more options. I was tempted by The Luke burger that comes with bacon jam and a black bun (maybe next time) but went for their names sake, the On It Burger. On an Artisan Bun it comes with a Grass Fed Beef Patty, American cheese, Smokey On It Sauce, lettuce, red onion, tomato and pickles.

Comments
“It seemed like a “nothing much” kind of place. As I drove toward it, it sent me straight to the memory road-trip pitstops, where you’re dying for a leak and whatever deep fried food is on offer. But this had a smidge more class. The fact that I didn’t walk through an automatic door helped this, but then I saw the craft beers on display and almost pool hall like decor. There were some decent choices on the menu, but I had to go with the namesake. Accompanied by a crisp beer and some parmesan truffle fries it sat there alone on a wooden board. I figured it was going to be that or a basket anyhow. But, I really like the bun. Apart from there being maybe a bit too much of it, it was really nice. It was fluffy but then with a nice glazed exterior that held in all that signature sauce. Which, I might add, was delicious. It was smokey, creamy and slightly spicy. Imagine a more complex, less sweet chipotle mayo. It mixed really nice with the fatty, meaty patty. I just wish there was a bit more of to go around because I was left with just bun and sauce at the end. I thought this was a really nice burger. It had a signature to it and it left me wanting more. But I think in a good way. I’d go back if I was ever in the mood for a road-trip down South. But I might opt for a Double Classic option just with added On it Sauce.”
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