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Best of Canberra: Burgers

By 8 July 2014 37

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Following up from our recent Pizza to go question (we’re road testing the two most popular and will have a decision for you ASAP), we’re on to the next staple in takeaway – burgers.

I have a friend who includes ‘Find the worlds best burger and eat it’ on her bucket list. She also has a very specific approach to eating a burger, which must be served with chips. She is my go to girl on burgers in town. She will be watching this post eagerly for future dining ideas.

What do you think? Are you a fan of the local takeaway burger, beetroot or none? Or do you prefer the gourmet variety?

Whatever your burger desires, where do you get the best burgers in Canberra?

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37 Responses to Best of Canberra: Burgers
#1
mountainman9:21 am, 08 Jul 14

Mine has to be the Filet o Fish extra sauce hands down.

#2
James McMahon9:25 am, 08 Jul 14

Sure this will be mentioned a bit, but minus the queue time Brodburger is hands down the best , and a far distant 2nd Cream Cafe Bar as they tend to inconsistent.

#3
shirty_bear10:16 am, 08 Jul 14

Your gourmet burger joints are way over-priced and under-good (relative to the $$). But they’re a trend now, so they’ll thrive for a little while, then start to die off.

Better off with one with the lot from Hawker or Kaleen or Kippax takeaway. Or pretty much any other.

#4
neanderthalsis10:21 am, 08 Jul 14

The burger joint in the Canberra Centre food court, can’t recall the name, but it’s a small franchise (NOT McDonalds…) does a fairly good burger and chips for a food court meal. Not as w*nky or as expensive as Brodburger, but still has real meat, i.e once identifiable as a living creature, fresh salad and chunky, well seasoned chips.

#5
Mess10:35 am, 08 Jul 14

Brodburger can certainly lay claim to the most overrated burger in Canberra.

Central Burger District in Braddon is fairly decent, and London Burger is pretty good as well.

#6
dungfungus10:47 am, 08 Jul 14

What is the difference between a burger and a hamburger?
About $15 is probably the best answer I can think of.
The local geasy spoon takeaway usually identifies their freshly prepared product as a “hamburger” and when the extras like egg, cheese etc. (beetroot is standard) are added in expect to pay $9.00.
The Scottish “hamburger restaurant” around the corner sells something that tastes like cardboard and is half the size (no egg) for about the same price with “fries” which without salt are tasteless.
Anywhere you sit down and get a burger on a plate with knife and fork expect to pay anywhere from $19 to $29 and if you are lucky you may get chips.
Hamburgers are best consumed eaten with both hands in the wrapping that they are in.
There is no such thing as a “gourmet hamburger”.

#7
watto2311:29 am, 08 Jul 14

Mess said :

Brodburger can certainly lay claim to the most overrated burger in Canberra.

Central Burger District in Braddon is fairly decent, and London Burger is pretty good as well.

agree Brodburger is overrated IMO for the price. Its no better than a takeaway burger.

i don’t mind paying $15-20 for a good burger with tasty chips. I like the variety at London burger.

#8
qbngeek11:32 am, 08 Jul 14

Well it’s not quite in Canberra, but I bet many Canberrans drive past it without realising it is there. Best hamburger I have found in a long time would be from the Mobil at Braidwood.

#9
Holden Caulfield11:45 am, 08 Jul 14

Gourmet: Brodburger, Grill’d.

Old skool: Watson Take Away.

#10
astrojax11:54 am, 08 Jul 14

what sort of un-australian question is ‘beetroot or none’??

local takeaway is usually best, often country towns’ chippie doing a fine meal of it, as long as the chips are up to par. ainslie takeaway used to be great; now i find watson takeaway pretty good.

why is it these purveyors of such excellence in takeaway food are closed the one night you need them [sunday]?? where can you get a decent hamburger with the lot on a sunday?

#11
Maya12312:25 pm, 08 Jul 14

“good burger and chips”
How can one fit in both in the same meal? Sounds like a recipe for obesity.

#12
lumpy12:44 pm, 08 Jul 14

Brodburger is only delicious because you have to wait an hour to eat it.

Poppa’s at Kingston Hotel is hands down the best burger I’ve had in Canberra. Cheap, reliable and quick. I can order and pick it up within 15 minutes, and they have a drive through window so it saves finding a park. Blue cheese errythang.

#13
rosscoact12:46 pm, 08 Jul 14

Maya123 said :

“good burger and chips”
How can one fit in both in the same meal? Sounds like a recipe for obesity.

Or part of a balanced diet as the Scottish restaurant is wont to say

#14
VYBerlinaV8_is_back12:50 pm, 08 Jul 14

I had a brodburger once and thought it was ok, but no better than one with the lot from my local takeaway.

#15
M0les1:02 pm, 08 Jul 14

Lonsdale Street Roasters’ Royale with Cheese

Warning: It’s fairly rich.

#16
AmarooStu1:10 pm, 08 Jul 14

Ellena’s Pizza, Calzone and Burgers – Platypus Centre, Ngunnawal.

#17
rommeldog561:24 pm, 08 Jul 14

Despite a few early teething problems post opening, I reckon that the burgers at the London Burger and Beer (correct name ?) in Tuggeranong are great. Huge.

#18
dungfungus1:26 pm, 08 Jul 14

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

I had a brodburger once and thought it was ok, but no better than one with the lot from my local takeaway.

It took me 4 attempts to get my first Brodburger (either “just sold out” or “closing now”).
It was underwhelming and overpriced. It sort of looked rustic but styled by a metrosexual.
The taste hasn’t convinced me to attempt a return visit.

#19
excession1:38 pm, 08 Jul 14

Phat Burger (? I think) at Farrer Shops. Pretty well perfect hamburgers, with beetroot and tomato relish that’s way better than plain old tomato sauce.

Torrens Shops does excellent Aussie Burgers, they’re $10 each, but really great. We get take-away every week or so from Torrens, their fish and chips is very consistent quality (and quantity), well worth a visit if you’re in the Woden area.

#20
nicnacvb2:04 pm, 08 Jul 14

How about the best vege buger?

*Dons flame proof suit*

#21
Genie2:10 pm, 08 Jul 14

I’ve never eaten at Brodburger and I find the London burgers disgusting.

My fav place for a burger is either Central Burger District in Braddon or a Pulled Pork Burger at Shorty’s.

#22
Kalliste2:10 pm, 08 Jul 14

So many options, where to begin.

Takeaway burgers – Watson and Palmerston takeaways, unfortunately neither have both pineapple AND beetroot, have to ask, but no big deal.

Pricier burgers:
I like Central Burger District in Braddon, the ‘In Vogue’ is awesome – chicken burger with sundried tomato, baby spinach, bacon pesto and pineapple – but all of their burgers are pretty good

London Beer and burgers – Haven’t been there in soo long, but love the burger with the lot (plus you get the chips) and their thick shakes are pretty decent too

Grill’d is pretty decent for a chain. I haven’t tried too many but they’ve been good each time, plus their chips are quite delicious.

Never been to Brodburger, their menu seems limited and doesn’t really entice me and I can’t be bothered dealing with the wait to find out.

#23
AgentK2:22 pm, 08 Jul 14

nicnacvb said :

How about the best vege buger?

*Dons flame proof suit*

None of the burger joints seem to take veggie burgers seriously. It’s all dissapointing and uncreative.
I have my own recipe that beats everything on offer.

Oven baked sweet potatoe chips. – Cut 1 sweet potatoe up into chip sizes, lightly dress in olive oil, sprinkle of mixed herbs and roast vegetable herbs. Bake at 200 in lined tray for 30 mins

Burger – Buy wollies macro organic morrocan burgers, Byron bay coconut sauce, One cape seed roll from bakers delight, lettuce, grated carrot and tomotoe.

#24
switch2:29 pm, 08 Jul 14

Kalliste said :

Never been to Brodburger, their menu seems limited and doesn’t really entice me and I can’t be bothered dealing with the wait to find out.

And the pay parking about to come into force there.

#25
Reprobate2:34 pm, 08 Jul 14

In Canberra, it’s the Wanniassa shops takeaway – miles ahead of anywhere else taste wise, just order a serve of chips as well for the kind of meal the OP is looking for. However, be prepared to take it away to somewhere nicer to eat…

Though I wish we had a branch of BenBry burgers here (only in Manly), they are just sublime…

#26
Becmaster783:13 pm, 08 Jul 14

Evatt shops takeaway does old school burgers that are great. Best pizza in Canberra too. Ainslie takeaway was the best place for burgers until they changed hands I agree.

#27
robcrisp3:17 pm, 08 Jul 14

+1 for Brodburger.

#28
Canberroid3:37 pm, 08 Jul 14

Wilbur’s in Hackett is decent. Good pizzas too. I’m yet to try the burgers at the new-ish joint at Watson shops.

#29
sirocco4:39 pm, 08 Jul 14

Durham Castle Arms in Kingston does a variety of great $10 burgers at lunch with a half pint of any (craft) beer for an extra $3.

And they don’t take anywhere near as long as Brodburger…

#30
astrojax4:51 pm, 08 Jul 14

Canberroid said :

Wilbur’s in Hackett is decent. Good pizzas too. I’m yet to try the burgers at the new-ish joint at Watson shops.

don’t try the ‘newish joint’ at watson – over-priced [mai oui] and meh, and the takeaway next door is the business, with pretty good chips and will often throw in an extra potato scallop when you order a few – just like a real chippie!

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