Burgers as we know them have changed.
Customers have spoken up and restaurants have listened. The increased demand for vegetarian, vegan, halal and locally sourced ingredients has been heard and forever changed the way we enjoy the classic burger.
Brunswick is known for attracting talented chefs from all over the world to produce some of the best food in Melbourne. The diverse culture and life experience that this trendy suburb attracts means that chefs have a story to tell and they do so through their food. The classic burger may still be around, but with everything else on offer, you may be giving it the flick soon.
Below is a list featuring some of the best burger joints in Melbourne. We suggest peaking at their menus before you decide to order ‘the usual’.
Bringing funk and soul to the heart of Lygon Street, The B.East is not just your typical burger joint. This upbeat, fun-loving venue is about more than just the food. Their focus is to provide a good time for Brunswick locals through live music, DJ’s and even some of Melbourne’s best trivia nights. Hosted free every Tuesday night with prizes to be won, the B.East’ “Funky Bunch Trivia” is enough to keep people lining up at the door. But you didn’t come here to learn about trivia, you came for the burgers.
The love affair between the Melbournian and the classic burger has only increased since its transformation. The options provided are endless with many burger restaurants now working hard to source organic produce, as well as free-range patties, brioche buns, plant-based burgers, mock meat and MORE. No matter your dietary requirements, there’s a burger for you!
The B.East is no exception, their extensive range caters for all. The Texas Rattlesnake is a popular choice amongst locals. This mouth-watering plant-based burger is made with char-grilled plant pattie, Texas BBQ, Vegan Cheese, Maple Facon (bacon alternative), Lettuce & Pickles.
For those who love a traditional meaty burger, there’s the Ron Swanson made with Beef smash pattie, Gruyere Cheese, Jack Cheddar, Horseradish Aioli, Caramelised Onions, Crispy Bacon & Red Wine Beef Jus. Would you like fries with that? (obviously). The B.East’ cheesy, gravy loaded fries are the best in town and they cater for vegans!
If you’re not hooked yet, then you’ll be delighted to know that the easing of restrictions means live music is now back in full swing, every Friday and Saturday night and it’s completely FREE. Their first in best-dressed system means walk-ins are welcome anytime, so we suggest you get a move on.
If you’re after traditional beefy burgers, Royal Stacks well and truly delivers. With that being said, they have been quick to adjust to the new burger normal, introducing halal and vegetarian options to keep up with increased demand and bring a new wave of change to the table, combining classic american flavours with a little Middle Eastern flare.
Royal Stacks is often compared with legendary U.S chain, Shake Shack although they have begun to forge their own path. Owner Dani Zeini set out to bring American style burgers to the streets of Melbourne, with a commitment to sourcing fresh local ingredients that are 100% Australian, pasture fed. GMO free with no hormones or nasty antibiotics, they even use halal certified beef. In just 2 years, Dani was able to expand internationally with locations in Melbourne and China.
Regina George is the newest burger to hit the Royal Stacks menu, and it’s 100% vegan-friendly, made up of a Vegan patty, vegan cheese, lettuce, horseradish, shallot, and gherkin sauce.
Rude Boy Burger
Nestled a little further out from our favourite burger hotspots is Rude Boy Burgers, owned by Karen Rodriguez and Franco Caruso, the ex-owners of Lolo and Wren.
If you’re looking for a little flare in your life, then you can’t go past Rude Boy Burger. These burgers are far from lacking, if you’ve been disappointed in the past from thin burger buns and slim fillings then you’ll be pleased with the generous offerings that Rude Boy dishes out.
If you’re after a burger with a bit of a challenge we suggest the Dirty Santa, consisting of fried turkey (with ALL of the trimmings), sage & onion stuffing balls, brussel sprouts, bacon slaw, salt and vinegar chips, salad L.T.O., cranberry compote, cheese, crispy sage and white wine gravy. This burger is the real deal, we find it hard to believe you could be disappointed with that line up.
As always, Rude Boy Burger has tailored their menu to suit all dietary requirements, including both vegan and vegetarian options. Whether you’re a bit strapped for cash or just love a good deal, you’ll love Rude Boy’s “Tight Arse Tuesday” with half price burgers* and $5 beers from 12pm – 6:30pm. We’re convinced, are you?
* Fried chicken burgers aren’t included in this deal.
Rude Boy Burger
There’s something for everyone at New York Minute, Brunswick.
Keeping in line with traditional New York recipes, New York Minute prides themselves on providing the same great taste and flavour to their burgers. To achieve this great taste they source fresh ingredients from local farmers and butchers to ensure they provide top quality ingredients to their customers.
New York Minute started out as a small restaurant in Moonee Ponds and within a few short years was recognised as Melbourne’s premier gourmet burger restaurant with over 9 different locations in Melbourne. Lucky for us, East Brunswick is one of them!
Their top burger on their menu, the “New York”, was voted into Melbourne’s top 10 gourmet burgers, consisting of two grass fed patties, special sauce, premium grade swiss cheese, sweet imported pickles with onion and cos lettuce on a fresh baked bun. That’s one cheeseburger we can’t wait to try!