Where to find the best burger in your capital city

It's International Burger Day on May 28, and we're celebrating with a round-up of our favourites.

If you're headed to one of these cities and don't have time to eat all the burgers on offer, never fear!  We've narrowed it down to the one burger you need to have on your list. 

Now, we had a hard time picking just one for each city. There are certainly a few broken hearts at Lifestyle HQ, but hey there's always next year. If your favourite didn't make the list, throw us a comment. There really isn't a limit to the burgers we're willing to try.

Without further ado, here are our finalists:

Adelaide: The B&B, Bread & Bone Wood Grill


This Adelaide institution cooks juicy meat to perfection on a wood grill. It doesn't only serve burgers, but basically, that's the draw card. The B&B, complete beef, bacon, caramelized onion, salad, sauc, and mayo, is the most popular choice, we've heard the pulled pork and soft shell crab options are also winners. While meat-eaters will get a kick out of the entire menu, vegetarians won't be left disappointed by the quinoa and lentil burger or the pumpkin fritters.

Honourable mentions: the mushroom and halloumi burger from Veggie Velo, a Cheeseburger from Burger Republic, the Hot Bacon Bird by Burgastronomy

Brisbane: Southern Fried Chicken Burger, Charboys


At $11, Charboys' Southern Fried Chicken Burger is a steal! The ingredients aren't too fancy - fried chicken, lettuce, tomato etc. - but the signature sauce seals the deal. Founder Shravan Gautam reportedly makes the sauce to taste, so no written recipe exists. You'll get it on all of Charboys' burgers, but we hear the Southern Fried Chicken is a winner. 

Honourable mentions: the Betty's Classic at Betty's Burgers, the Cheesy from Ben's Burgers

Canberra: Dirty Bird, Grease Monkey


Everyone loves 'Greasys' in Canberra's delightful Braddon. While the Greasy burger is the beef hero of the menu and the Nimbin - with it's crumbed portobello mushroom - is another popular choice, the Dirty Bird has a cult following in the city. 

Honourable mentions: the Brodburger at Brodburger, Mookie's Shroom Burger

Darwin: Barramundi Burger, Rachael's Seafood Shack



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Can you go to Darwin and not eat barramundi? Rachael's specialises in freshly caught seafood of all varieties and is an ideal place to feast on NT's local fare. While crab is king of the menu, we're here to talk burgers and you can't go past Rachael's barra burger. It's a no-fuss ordeal, just fish on a white bun with your choice of fillings, making it the perfect light lunch. You might even call it "classic". 

Honourable mentions: The Katherine Traveller at Lola's Pergola, a Vegetarian or Hot Bird burger at Good Thanks

Hobart: Animal, The Standard


The Standard has a huge burger menu. Vegetarians will feel particularly spoiled by an unprecedented five options to choose from. (Admittedly, they all use the same patty, but the flavour diversity is appreciated.) Regardless of what you get, try and get something with the secret sauce. The Animal has most of your standard ingredients, but with a mustard grilled beef patty and secret sauce.

Honourable mentions: Jack Greene's Beef and Blue Cheese burger, the Sweet Potato Head at The Burger Haus

Melbourne: Thunderburger, 1090 Burger



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Nothing says 'iconic' like a secret recipe. It's rumoured only two people know the ingredients of 1090's delicious beef marinade, and it's a one-of-a-kind flavour that will always have customers returning for more. The beef is locally sourced, which is always a plus, although a single patty may not be enough for those with a big appetite. The spicy mayo is also a top add-on.

Honourable mentions: the fried chicken sandwich from Juanita Peaches, the Double Patty Smash from Rockwell & Sons

Perth: Double Cheese Deluxe, Varsity


For those who like a thick, cheesy burger you're in for a treat with Varsity's Double Cheese Deluxe. The Northbridge institution has a broad menu, with a great selection of beef, chicken (including two jerk chicken burgers), and veggie burgers. 

Honourable mentions: a RoyAl with Cheese (and a side of fried chicken) at RoyAls, The Cure from  Johnny's Burgers

Sydney: The Mary's Burger and the Veg Burger, Mary's


That's right, it's a tie! There really is something about Mary's. Whatever they're doing keeps people coming back. Relentlessly. There is a limited menu with two beef burgers (the Mary's Burger and a Cheeseburger), a mushroom burger (definitely one of the most addictive in Sydney), and a fried chicken burger, which is only sold at the CBD store. The original restaurant is in trendy Newtown, so head there for a Mary's burger and a glass of local beer or natural wine. For introverts and those who love a chat over dinner, be warned: the restaurant is loud. Takeaway is an option. 

Honourable mentions: Soul Burger's 'pulled pork' burger,  a fish burger from Clovelly's Out Of The Blue

To make your own at home, check our Lifestyle's delicious burger recipes:

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