When it comes to crowd-pleasing comfort food, there’s nothing more satisfying than a juicy burger. Whether it’s stacked with succulent beef patties or brimming with veggie delights, a classic hamburger ticks every box.
And with National Cheeseburger Day around the corner – make sure 18th September is firmly etched into your calendar – there couldn't be a better time to celebrate. Lucky for you, Sydney has plenty of patty-flipping burger joints dedicated to the all-American classic. So, for next time the cravings hit, we’ve rounded up the best of the best in Sydney. You are welcome.
With the mantra, “fast food, slow values”, Neil Perry's Burger Project serves up quality burgers, wings, fries and milkshakes. The pièce de résistance is the juicy American cheeseburger with grass-fed beef, pickles, tomato, lettuce and Perry’s secret sauce. And for National Cheeseburger Day (Wednesday 18th September) you can chomp down on this succulent burg' for just $5! Now, that's what we call a juicy deal.
Bondi, Broadway, Circular Quay, Martin Place, Parramatta, Sydney, World Square
This burger joint is as playful as its name suggests. The Surry Hills favourite is known for dishing up juicy burgers with a smothering of raclette – yup, that oozy, melty cheese you see in those mesmerising Instagram food videos. The menu states “add raclette to anything”, which is an invitation we’re more than happy to accept. For just $7, you can get the good stuff drizzled generously over your burger of choice – because you deserve that kind of happiness in your life. If, like us, you were hoping to celebrate Cheeseburger Day this week, you definitely have to pop into Bare Grill on Bourke. From 17th-20th September, you can add a cheeseburger to any meal for just $1.
15/425 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
If you have an Instagram account, you’ve likely come across one of Milky Lane’s gloriously OTT burgers on your feed once or twice. The super-stacked burgers come decked out with all the trimmings, but are equally as customisable, so you can pimp them however you want.
Milky Lane’s burger menu is nothing short of genius. Expect generous fillings like succulent wagyu beef, slow-roasted brisket, Mac and Cheese patties and crispy maple-smoked bacon. Also, look out for their monthly specials – one month featured an Italian burger topped with a deep-fried mozzarella and spaghetti and meatballs, all packed into a giant garlic bread bun.
141 Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach
When the cravings for a good old-fashioned burger kick in, it’s hard to look past Bonditony’s. With a simple menu, communal tables and music memorabilia lining the walls, the vibe is relaxed and oh-so-Bondi. All of the burgers are made using grass-fed, free-range produce, too, so you won’t be walking away with that post-burger guilt we all know too well. We also can’t fault the house-made truffle aioli – we’d eat it with a spoon if we could. (Deliveroo anyone?)1/144-148 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach
The Noosa favourite has brought its brand of delicious down to Sydney, and thank goodness for that. 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.
Shop E-04, 14 Darling Drive, Sydney
Shop 6 & 7 East Esplanade, Manly
Shop 5050, Westfield Bondi Junction, Bondi Junction
6-14 Castle Street, Castle Hill
Located smack bang in the middle of Barangaroo, Ume Burger prides itself on its Japanese take on the humble burger. Signature burgers come with beef patties, crumbed fish fillet, pork katsu or vegie fritters, and are slathered with a signature sauce that’s oh-so moreish. On Wednesday 18th September, their humble, classic cheeseburger will be just $11, (that's $3.80 less than the usual price), for National Cheeseburger Day. Also, don’t leave without helping yourself to the soft-serve station and vintage Japanese soda vending machine.
Wulugul Walk, Barangaroo
This well-established microbrewery has earnt some serious cred on the Sydney hospitality scene, and its newest foodie venture is no exception. At 4 Pines’ Beer & Burger outposts in Manly and Surry Hills, delicious brews are served alongside an extensive array of mouth-watering burgers. Standouts include the buttermilk fried chicken burger, with the chicken coated in crispy cornflakes, or the smoked and cured sweet and sour pork belly burger with Asian slaw and yuzu mayo. We also highly recommend adding jalapeños to your burger – they come covered in an Indian Pale Ale panko crumb, so it’s an obvious choice.
9/43-45 East Esplanade, Manly
557 Crown St, Surry Hills
Providing the good folk of North Sydney with a much-needed dose of diner-style dining, Five Points Burgers does a stellar job of bringing the quintessential Yankee burger to antipodean shores. Oozing with melted cheese and perfectly charred patties, the Bronx burger will instantly transport you to the Big Apple, with the experience markedly improved only by the addition of a salted caramel shake.
124 Walker Street, North Sydney
Mary's is all about good music, fun times and great burgers. A well-kept secret among locals till word got out, Mary's menu mantra is quality over quantity. Hands down the hero is the Mary's Burger with beef, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and Mary's sauce. Still hungry? Opt for the fries and delicious mashed potato and gravy.
6 Mary St, Newtown
154 Castlereagh Street, Sydney
The Truffe, a burger that has given Mister Gee a foodie-magnetising reputation, is the one we choose to write home about. With a patty (or three) cooked to perfection, American cheese, caramelised onions, pickles and a secret truffle-infused sauce, the exquisite flavour that comes out of a food truck on the side of Parramatta Road is something you must try for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.
315 Parramatta Road, Haberfield
Purportedly the city’s best burger, Rockpool Bar & Grill’s full-blood wagyu burger with bacon, gruyere and zuni pickle is likely the best quality burger you’ll be able to find. Though you may not be accustomed to spending upwards of a tenner on your humble burg, after one modest mouthful you won’t question the price tag, which is perfectly justifiable, we say.
66 Hunter Street, Sydney
Juicy patties and generous fillings are a consistent plus from the BL joint. A spin-off of Sydney institution Bar Luca, BL serves the same burgers as its inner-city brother including the acclaimed Blame Canada burger. With a BL beef patty, maple-glazed streaky bacon, American cheddar, poutine and maple aioli on a milk bun, you’ll discover a new depth of love for Justin Trudeau.
1/151 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
Not just a charcoal chicken takeaway shop, 'Charlie's' does a mean burger. With 12 different chicken and beef options, there is a tasty burger on the menu for everyone, available at any of their 10 Sydney locations. The crowd favourite is the classic Original Chicken Burger with juicy grilled chicken, lettuce, tomato and onion on a fresh milk bun.
American-style burgers with an Aussie twist, Belfield’s burgers are adored by Rosebery locals and visitors alike. The Belfield Burger has a beef patty, cheese, lettuce and is rounded out with a dollop of Vegemite mayo – talk about patriotism. Sides of tater tots or deep-fried mushrooms keep things balanced, while a killer hip-hop soundtrack accompanies your meal.
1/797 Botany Road, Rosebery
Are we breaking the rules here? Too bad. A little different but equally as delicious, the Baoger is an offering served up by the Belly Bao gods as a heavenly hybrid of bao bun and burger. With a bun made in-house using gua bao dough, the ingredients create an addictive blend of classic beefy-cheesy comfort and delicious secret-sauce-radish-combo.
184 King Street, Newtown