The right bite! Top 10 best burgers in Australia
LOOKING for the juiciest, biggest and best burger in all the land?
Here's your answer.
Travel and reviews website TripAdvisor has released its top 10 picks for the best burger joints in Australia.
Three Noosa venues feature in the prestigious burger-lovin' list.
The Burger Bar came in at number four, while Nosh Express was rated the sixth best place to grab a burger in the country.
But the top ranking went to Burger Lounge, Coolangatta, Queensland, a chef run operation serving up their fresh and tasty take on the classic meat and bun combo.
"Winning best burger in Australia really shows us that all our hard work over the last five years is appreciated by our customers," director and chef Jason Steele said.
The ranking is based on the reviews and opinions of TripAdvisor travellers, taking into account the quality, quantity and ratio of reviews mentioning burgers in reviews submitted over an 18-month period.
Establishments in the list are independently owned with a maximum of four restaurants belonging to the same chain, and are listed on TripAdvisor as offering either hamburger or American/barbeque cuisine.
But it seems the opinion of locals does not match that of visitors.
The Sunshine Coast Daily asked readers last week to rate their favourite place for a burger binge. Rick's Diner at Palmwoods came in at number one and Nosh Express did not rate a mention.
So if you are looking for the perfect patty, here is a rundown of Australia's best burger joints.
1. Burger Lounge, Coolangatta (4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor, 163 reviews)
This is every burger lover's dream - home to the best American style hamburgers in Australia. It is located in Queensland in the coastal town of Coolangatta. Accompany your American hamburger with Burger Lounge's finger licking buffalo wings.
A TripAdvisor reviewer said, "Best Burger, there are no words to describe how amazing this burger is. Never tasted better. Do yourself a favour people!"
2. Off The Track, Port Douglas (4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor, 55 reviews)
Just as the name suggests, this burger joint is located a bit off the beaten track. However, it is well worth the detour. Off The Track has a variety of burger's ranging from the Texan burger to the Crickey's Burger (crocodile meat burger). If these burgers don't suit your taste buds they also serve classic burgers and the freshest seafood and chips.
A TripAdvisor reviewer said, "This would be the best burger I have ever had. Wow, great burgers. Quality ingredients, quick service and tasty meal. Definitely recommend and will be back for sure!"
3. Long boards Laidback Eatery & Bar, Surfers Paradise, Queensland (4.5 out of 5 bubbles on Trip Advisor, 313 reviews)
Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Long Boards Laidback Eatery & Bar is the destination for 20 irresistible burger options, guaranteed to satisfy everyone's taste buds. For the serious burger appetites Longboards Laidback Eatery & Bar has their famous "Phat Bastard Burger". This burger is not for the faint-hearted; this 1.8-kilo burger is packed with the lot.
A TripAdvisor reviewer said, "Just the perfect burger, the burgers here are sensational I can't speak more highly of them. They were absolutely delicious as were the other meals at Longboards."
4. The Burger Bar - Noosa, Queensland (4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor, 228 reviews)
Richard Tan owner of Burger Bar, located in tropical Queensland stands by making everything in house. This type of homemade love and devotion translates into their incredible burger. The burger bar caters for all taste buds vegans, vegetarians and meat lovers. Burger bar's burger recipes are all created by Chef Erik Van Alphen, ensuring every burger is worth salivating over.
A TripAdvisor reviewer said, "Awesome burgers, seriously, the burgers here are terrific. Read the menu on the wall and make a quick decision. Otherwise you'll spend all night salivating at the choices."
5. The Bottle of Milk - Lorne, Victoria (4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor, 228 reviews)
Owners Brett and Robert opened The Bottle of Milk in 2008 to bring the suburb of Lorne the taste of good quality hamburgers. Located along the Great Ocean Road, it is worth the stop over. Known for keeping it local, the restaurant uses local premium quality Australia beef on locally freshly baked buns and condiments are made in house or locally by Four Fat Martians. Accompany your burger with one of their drool worthy milkshakes.
A TripAdvisor reviewer said, "I want more, by far my favourite burger joint. These guys make amazing burgers, the best I've ever had. The Bottle of Milk is an absolute must!! Quality burgers with quality taste."
6. Nosh Express, Noosa, Queensland (4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor, 18 reviews)
This gem is located on the popular Hastings Street in Noosa. Great take away place to grab a New York burger and rush back to Noosa's popular main beach. Why not accompany that mouth full of burger with Nosh Express's famous salads.
A TripAdvisor reviewer said, "Good quality burgers, great option when you want quality takeaway. Burger was fresh and full of flavor. The New York and Flathead burgers were a highlight!! One word - incredible".
7. Betty's Burgers & Concrete Co. - Noosa, Queensland (4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor, 133 reviews)
Strolling down Hasting Street in Noosa, you are drawn to Betty's Burger & Concrete Co. The smell of grilled meat patties and freshly toasted buns fills the street. Betty's Burgers & Concrete Co. has seven strong burgers. You have to get your hands on a Betty's classic with its juicy Angus beef, the freshest lettuce, tomato, onion and melted American cheese topped off with Betty's special sauce. To finish it off Betty's specialises in homemade deserts such as hot waffles or Betty's baked apple pie.
A TripAdvisor reviewer said, "Great burgers and ice cream! These burgers were fantastic! The bun was my favourite part plus the cheese was melted perfectly. The quality of these burgers was amazing. "
8. Nordburger - Norwood, South Australia (4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor, 37 reviews)
Nordburger is a top contender when it comes to great American style burgers. Located on the Parade in Adelaide, Nordburger offer's the perfect fusion of an America cheeseburger with a basket of Buttermilk fired chicken tenderloins. You can't go wrong with chilli cheese fries with juicy beef pieces topped with melted America cheese.
A TripAdvisor reviewer said, "The best burger I have ever had. Hands down the best burger ever!! You can't beat the cheese burger with bacon and chipotle chips."
9. Georges Hamburger Shop - Bairnsdale, Victoria (4 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor, 33 reviews)
George's is a must stop for true Aussie style burger. Not a gourmet place but they do good old fashion delicious hamburgers. Located in Bairnsdale opposite the golden arches, George is said to be a burgertologist by the locals.
A TripAdvisor reviewer said, "Best burgers east of Melbourne. It is no accident that George's is regularly ranked highly in the mainstream media in lists of the best hamburgers. George uses the freshest patties and other fresh ingredients. Freshly cooked to perfection on a real bread bun."
10. 8bit - Melbourne, Victoria (4.5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor, 32 reviews)
Located in Footscray and themed in circa 80s arcade video games symbol, 8bit serves Melbourne's finest hamburgers, milkshakes fries and hotdogs. For the bigger appetites the Double Dragon is a must for you, get your mouth around double beef, double cheese, double bacon, pickles, mustard, lettuce topped with 8BIT sauce.
A TripAdvisor reviewer said, "So good, so delicious! Had the altered beat burger, which was amazing. The bun was crunchy but soft yet sweet. The peanut butter milkshake was a good idea too."