Beat’s guide to the tastiest Melbourne burger joints
04.10.2019

Beat’s guide to the tastiest Melbourne burger joints

There’s no joy quite like that of wrapping your lips around a well-crafted burger, and here in Melbourne, we’re pretty spoiled for choice. Whether you’re chasing a classic cheeseburger or looking for wacky creations stacked with gourmet ingredients, these are the best spots to satisfy your cravings.

8bit

How do you stand out from the crowd?

Our burgers stand out because of the awesome ideas behind them. Our concept has a great nostalgic feel to it, with a nod to retro video games. We also have strong, recognisable branding, which helps.

What’s the most outrageous burger & why is it so?

Not outrageous per se, but different to what 8bit usually do, we have a Halloween burger running for all of October called Ghouls N’ Ghosts. Double beef patties, double cheese, maple bacon, spiced ketchup, onion, and pumpkin hommus all on a black bun.

Are there any burgers/burger ingredients that you are trialling at the moment? If so, what are they?

With the Ghouls N’ Ghosts, we are using different ingredients such as the previously mentioned pumpkin hommus and black bun. The next special, which is still top secret, will feature smoked pepperoni and white mozzarella.

What’s your bestselling burger and why is it popular?

It would have to be our classic burger, the 8bit With Cheese: beef patty, American cheese, ketchup, mustard, tomato, pickles, red onion, lettuce and 8bit sauce. It covers all bases with your classic burger ingredients.

Can we expect any exciting changes to your burger menu coming into summer?

We are working on refreshing our current menu, with some exciting new additions and tweaks. We will also be working on more limited specials for the summer and into 2020, so stay tuned.

Find 8bit at 8 Droop St, Footscray and 231 Swanston St, CBD. Check out the full menu at their website.

Between 2 Buns

How do your burgers stand out from the crowd?

Almost everything on our menu is made in house and is fresh. Our preservative-free patties are made in-store daily, our buttermilk chicken and onion rings are made by hand as well as our special b2b sauces.

What’s your most outrageous burger and why is it so?

Any burger on our menu can be customised (even a custom ten beef pattie monster!). The Farmyard is our most outrageous at the moment, containing a succulent beef patty, crispy bacon, b2b coated buttermilk chicken and a layer of house-made sauces.

Tell us about the other burgers you offer?

We have a variety of beef, chicken and vegetarian burgers, ranging from mild to spicy and can be customised to your specific tastes.

What is the ultimate accompaniment to a burger?

Are you kidding?! FRIES! We have an abundance of loaded fries to complement our burger menu including cheese sauce, bacon bits and house-made chilli mince.

Can we expect any exciting changes to your burger menu coming into summer?

Keep an eye out for our new loaded waffle dessert menu and new summer shake flavours.

Describe your burger restaurant in five words.

Fresh, indulgent, family owned, hand-made.

Between 2 Buns is located at four locations across Melbourne in Altona, Hoppers Crossing, Sunbury and Williamstown. Order online and find out more about the restaurant via their website.

Hamilton’s Burgers

How do your burgers stand out from the crowd?

Our burgers are unique – we guarantee a taste experience that no other restaurant can deliver. From past classics such as the Super Saiyan to our latest addition Moana, each of our 19 burgers reflects the one-of-a-kind burger that is served to your plate.

What’s your best-selling burger and why is it so popular?

Our house signature, the Goku Secret Fusion, is always the best-selling burger, with our signature house sauce. It achieves both a savoury and sweet flavour while having a tangy yet creamy texture, combining contrasting elements into a juicy burger that is recommended to all ages.

What’s your most outrageous burger and why is it so?

We actually have many outrageous burgers, from the Neptune to the Rama IX, but I would personally say the Moana. This combines a seafood flavour with the juicy sweetness of pineapple and is perhaps our most daring burger created in our restaurant.

Tell us about the other burgers you offer?

We also offer other burgers such as the Black Goku, an extremely peppery variant of our Goku Fusion, and the Kaioken for our fans of spice. Other flavours include the French fusion Truffle White and the curry inspired vegetarian burger, Vegeta.

What is the ultimate accompaniment to a burger?

We personally believe that you can never go wrong with a good serve of chips, especially our house-made chips with a tangy, slightly peppery flavour that complements all our burgers.

Hamilton’s Burgers is located at 17 Hamilton Street, Mont Albert, open Wednesday to Sunday. Find out more about the restaurant via their website.

Hello Sam Burgers

How do your burgers stand out from the crowd?

We go out of our way to ensure we use the most premium and high quality ingredients we can find. We think when it comes to burgers, if you are going to do it, you may as well do it right.

What’s one underrated burger ingredient that not many people know about?

For one of our burgers, our Too Cheesy, we use a house made Cheddar Ale Melt – it’s our unique cheese blend with a few other secret additions that we’re really proud of. You can add it to any burger if you’re after that extra cheesy hit.

What’s your most outrageous burger and why is it so?

Our Sam Vs Food: double beef, double southern fried chicken, quad bacon, quad cheese, pulled pork, onion rings and pickles finished with our Hello Sam burger sauce. It’s our challenge burger, and is a real hit with Australia’s biggest burger bloggers.

Tell us about the other burgers you offer.

We like to be as inclusive to everybody as we can be; we offer a wide range of gluten free, coeliac options as well as salad versions of all of our burgers. We recently launched a fully vegan menu, with seven dedicated vegan burgers and heaps more sides that’s been a really big hit. We’ve got big plans for this part of our menu, so watch this space.

Describe your burger restaurant in five words.

Quality, innovative, inclusive, relaxed, fresh.

Find Hello Sam Burgers at 760 Chapel Street, South Yarra open seven days a week from 11am-9pm. More info via their website.

The Piping Hot Chicken & Burger Grill

What’s your best-selling burger and why is it so popular?

Our best-selling burger is the Korean Fried Chicken Burger. We believe it’s so popular because of its build – it’s crunchy, it’s spicy and it’s delicious. But it’s the house-made sauce that makes it so special.

What’s your most outrageous burger and why is it so?

Our Bacon Marmalade and Blue Burger. Inside a soft toasted bun there’s grilled Angus beef topped with cheddar cheese, double cream brie and creamy gorgonzola with house-made bacon marmalade, crispy bacon and wild rocket leaves.

Tell us about the other burgers you offer?

We have a wide range of gluten-free burgers. Try the Bacon Brekky Burger or the Mama Sita.

Are there any burgers that you are trialling at the moment? If so, what are they?

At present we are trialling a Southern Fried Chicken Burger with a blue cheese dressing and crispy bacon. It’s going gangbusters.

Can we expect any exciting changes to your burger menu coming into summer?

We are hoping to introduce a plant-based burger that is every bit as good as our Angus beef. There’s something else we have in the works which is the Beyond Meat Burger. We are very excited about this.

The Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill is open seven days at Shop 5 and 6, 63A The Terrace, Ocean Grove. Find out more via their website.

300 Grams

Tell us about the burgers you offer?

We have seven burgers on the menu, four beef, two chicken and a fish variety. What makes us unique is four of those can be made vegan or vegetarian – and they’ll look and taste identical.

How do your burgers stand out from the crowd?

Our menu took over 3 years to develop, all burgers were trialled at our other restaurant, we didn’t move on to the next one till we got it perfect. You’ll know when you taste them.

What’s the ultimate accompaniment to a burger?

For us it’s another burger – who can stop at one!

What’s your best selling burger?

The double cheeseburger – it instantly transports you to a happy place, a feeling you haven’t felt since you were a kid. It’s already got its own little cult following.

Describe your burger restaurant in five words.

The burgers of your childhood.

300 Grams is located at 313 High Street, Northcote, open seven days. Check out their menu via their website.