We’re all on a quest to find the right burger. A universal quest that’s almost existential for all foodies everywhere. But what makes a burger ‘perfect’? How do we even begin to measure the deliciousness of this sandwich? The ideal meat to bun ratio? The right amount of cheese? How crunchy the pickle is? How perfect the sauce is, marinating in a bed of vegetables? We all have our preferences, but the question begs, where do we find it?
So far, I have compiled a list of places that I’ve personally rated as Sydney’s greatest and the most popular burgers:
- The Grill On George (Windsor) http://thegrillongeorge.wixsite.com/tgog
Sometimes the best burger joints are the ones that are worth travelling for. If you’re ever in the North West – particularly in Windsor, The Grill on George is a haven for delicious char-grilled burgers for great value and generous portions.
- Chur Burger (Surry Hills/Darlinghurst) http://www.churburger.com.au/
‘Juicy’ and ‘gourmet’ are words that come to mind when describing the burgers at Chur Burger. If you’re ever around Surry or Darlinghurst, drop by and try their stuff. They serve spiked milkshakes, beers, sweet potato fries and good vibes.
- Grill’d Burgers (all around Sydney) http://www.grilld.com.au/
Grill’d Burgers emerged as one of the more earlier favourites before the hype around artisanal burgers. Grill’d Burgers is a chain restaurant available at different and convenient locations around Sydney. If you like your burgers delightfully sandwiched between a crisp bun with thick cut patties, you’re in the right place.
- Burger Project (World Square) http://www.burgerproject.com/
Imagine you’re in a lab doing a science project and the experiment was dissecting a burger. That’s what it feels like when you’re eating at Burger Project. Your tray of food is eaten under a incandescent lamp but you don’t even care about the odd minimal interiors because the food is too good.
The vibe and taste is truly American, a great place to hit up if you’re ever in Town Hall.
- Mary’s (Newtown)
If you’re after a tasty diner-style McDonalds burger replica served with shoe string fries in a very loud environment, then Mary’s is the place to go to. Edgelords everywhere gather around this bar and you might not get a seat, but Mary’s provides the best sandwich chaser to go with your craft beer.
And there you have it. I hope you enjoyed my list and wish you all the best of luck in finding your own favourite burger place!
Picture this. You’re hungry with only ten dollars in your pocket. You turn to your mate and ask what he wants to eat. He shrugs and then asks you, “I don’t know, what do you want to eat?” And with the same remark of uncertainty and indecisiveness, you return his answer with the same annoying shrug. This exchange goes on for another ten minutes before you both surrender and settle for Maccas. This doesn’t have to happen of course. I can save you with my Cheap Eats Around Sydney guide list. Don’t worry, I’ve been poor before.
Dove And Olive (Surry Hills) http://doveandolive.com.au/
For affordable hipster pub-style food, Dove And Olive is the cheapest by far. For only $9.90 you can grab: 2 for 1 Chef’s specials on Mondays, schnitzels on Tuesdays, ‘Rump Day Hump Day’ steaks on Wednesdays and delicious cheeseburgers on Thursdays.
Soda Factory (Surry Hills) http://www.sodafactory.com.au/
Who in their right mind would sell gourmet hot dogs for only a dollar? Well the Soda Factory does…every Tuesday night. Grab your mates and head down to Soda for a cheap feed and a great atmosphere. Regular hot dogs cost only $10 on normal days and for only $8 you could grab yourself a basket of chilli fries!
Mappen Sydney (Sydney, CBD)
For an adorable authentic Japanese lunch or dinner, Mappen takes you on a journey to the streets of Japan. In the heart of Sky View Shopping Plaza, Mappen sits in the centre as a cafeteria-style self-serve noodle bar. They offer a range of delicious udon and soba noodles served with a broth of your choice and a variety of tempura side dishes to add to your tray. All dishes usually range between $5-$15, on average under $10. Seating is communal but it’s all worth the taste and price! I highly recommend adding an ontama (their signature poached egg) with your noodles!
Top Choice, Market City Food Court (Haymarket)
$10 is all you need for a good Asian stir fry. Top Choice offers an array of different Chinese-style stir fry selections served on a sizzling plate, with all choices accompanied with rice. It’s ridiculously cheap, filling and hits the spot.
J’s Kitchen (Cabramatta)
Eating a steak doesn’t have to be so expensive. J’s Kitchen located in Cabramatta has built itself a reputation for serving ridiculously large portions for an unusually low price. For only $10 you can get a large steak or any other selections such as schnitzels, calamari and kranskys, all served generously with chips and salad. Bonus – all of their drinks only cost only a dollar. Now that’s a steal!