With new restaurants and ever-evolving trends popping up every month, Melburnians are spoilt for choice with an array of moreish eats. But when the cravings hit, sometimes a burger is the only thing to cut it.
And with National Burger Day around the corner – make sure 28th May is firmly etched into your calendar – there couldn't be a better time to celebrate. So we took it upon ourselves to round up the best burgers in Melbourne – from succulent wagyu patties to towering Rueben sliders – eat your way through Melbourne’s finest. We'll see you in the queue.
What originated as a hot sauce brand has now turned into one of the most renowned burger joints in Melbourne. The team’s handmade sauces are still at the heart of all the burgers on offer though. The Changz Hot Sauce range provides a heady and spicy kick to the senses. The standout burger is The Reuben, a hearty take on the classic sambo. It comes stuffed with double beef, cheese, house-made pastrami, tangy sauerkraut and pickles. Drool!
256 Glen Eira Road, Elsternwick
This local fave has wasted no time making a name for itself on the Melbourne burger scene. As its playful name suggests, the meat patty is the showstopper here. Inside a toasted house-made brioche bun sits a free-range, grass-fed and organic beef patty that’s cooked to perfection to ensure ultimate juiciness. It’s accompanied by cheese, mustard, ketchup and McClure’s pickles, all for a tenner. Win!
Mentone and Toorak
Slinging burgers for over six years, these guys have earned themselves a cult following among burger lovers and renowned chefs alike. Their delicious burgers often sell out, so be sure to get in early. If you make it in time, you’ll get to dig into their signature Minor burger with a 100 per cent beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, American cheese and Tuck Shop Sauce. For something a little heartier, upgrade to their Major Burger, which doubles the patty and cheese quota. And take the Major to the next level with bacon and a free-range egg.
273 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield North
The Noosa favourite has brought indulgent diner-style brioche burgers to Melbourne’s CBD. Its claim to fame is Betty’s Classic, based off the simple American-style cheeseburger but is anything but boring. It’s this simple and nostalgic take on fast food that has won the hearts and stomachs of burger-lovers nationwide.
97 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
A burger fave, Grill'd is all about variety. From juicy classics to healthy alternatives, there is much to love about this burger slinger. In the lead up to National Burger Day this Thursday 28th May, Grill’d have launched its #DressUpForGrilld challenge via TikTok, calling on customers to get fancy and dress up in their most creative threads for the chance to win a year’s supply of burgers. The #DressUpForGrilld challenge will run from 25 May - 19 June with the aim of injecting some fun, vibrancy and connection, as the world continues to navigate new restrictions and life around COVID-19.
4 locations across Victoria
What started out as a roaming burger truck has found a brick-and-mortar home in Brunswick – and thank goodness for that. Instead of tracking down the fleet in search of a good burger, pay this cosy plant-filled space a visit (it even has a table tennis table!) The vegan burger, the Veg Supreme, is a standout – the recipe took a year to perfect. Full of legumes and vegies, this burger will satisfy your cravings in the most wholesome and nourishing way possible.
692 Sydney Road, Brunswick
If burgers and video games sounds like your idea of a good time, then this Footscray outpost will be your new favourite hangout. All of the burgers are named after the team’s favourite video games, and you can even play them on games consoles and retro arcade machines while you wait for your order. The Zelda burger is an excellent meat-free creation, with a chickpea, corn and quinoa patty topped with beetroot relish and grilled haloumi. If you’re after more of an artery-clogger, opt for the Double Dragon with double beef, double cheese, double bacon, pickles and mustard.
8 Droop Street, Footscray
Having firmly established itself on Melbourne’s lunch scene, Le Bon Ton dishes up American soul food-style in a New Orleans-inspired space. Sit out in the sun-soaked courtyard and dig into the Le Bon Ton Cheeseburger. This quality offering features a 150g char-grilled wagyu patty, crispy bacon, onion and spicy ketchup and aioli. The Southern hospitality will keep you coming back time and time again.
51 Gipps Street, Collingwood