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Sink your teeth into the best burger in town at Young and Frisky

Lachlan Roberts 30 July 2019 44

Young and Frisky’s Classic Cheeseburger has been awarded best burger at 2019 ACT Hospitality Awards. Photos: George Tsotsos.

What makes a good burger?

Is it the soft bun or the finger-licking sauce? Maybe it’s the slice of cheese perfectly melted onto the patty, or maybe it’s the protein itself, cooked to perfection and melt-in-your-mouth?

According to the chefs at Young and Frisky in Gungahlin, who won the 2019 ACT Hospitality Award for the best burger in town, it’s all of the above.

With 10 burgers on the menu including Cajun Fried Tofu Burger, the ever-popular Kansas Chicken Burger and The OG, it was the humble pub’s Classic Cheeseburger that caught the attention of the judges’ tastebuds.

Chefs David Carvajal and Caleb Chubb said the secret to their award-winning burger is simple ingredients done right.

“We like to have different textures hit the mouth in our burgers,” chef Carvajal shared. “The milk buns are really important and maybe the most important part of the burger.

Chef David Carvajal said the bun is the key ingredient.

“The bun needs to hold its consistency and not melt and fall apart in your hands. It can really make the difference.

“We also love our ketchup and our American mustard, which is why the bun is so important. We want to serve a saucy burger but we don’t want it to fall over the place.

Sweet dreams are made of these…

“Then you top it with patty, sliced onion, pickle and cheese. We don’t like to cook our meat patties all the way through because we like to keep a bit of colour when you bite inside. We let the patty rest so the blood doesn’t ooze through the burgers.

“It’s a cheeseburger so you can’t forget the American cheese. The way I like to describe our burger is simple ingredients done right.”

The OG and the Classic Cheeseburger have your name written all over them.

Young and Frisky co-owner Brian Smith, who owns Hopscotch and the recently opened burger joint Flash Eats in the city, said all the credit has to go to the chefs in the kitchen, especially head chef Caleb Chubb.

“Last year at the awards, Caleb said ‘I am going to win that next year’ and sure enough he did,” Mr Smith said with a laugh. “All the credit needs to go to him.

“He has put a lot of time and effort into this. Personally, I think the key is consistency.”

Mr Smith said the gamble of opening up a pub in Gungahlin three years ago was starting to pay off.

“We opened Young and Frisky three years ago and this is our first award. Absolutely it was a gamble setting up in Gungahlin,” he said. “It’s always a risk but you have to back yourself and I think after three years we are finally seeing a lot of action.

“It’s going really well and we are extremely happy.”

Young and Frisky is located at The Marketplace, Gungahlin Place West and Efkarpidis Street, Gungahlin and is open every day from 11 am til late. Visit their website or Facebook page for more information.  


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44 Responses to Sink your teeth into the best burger in town at Young and Frisky
Daniel Cirovski Daniel Cirovski 12:49 pm 29 Jul 19

Big claims James Prpić

    James Prpić James Prpić 2:04 pm 29 Jul 19

    big claim. Looks like we’ll have to do a tour and let our tastebuds do some testing.

Jessica Jonceski Jessica Jonceski 10:24 am 27 Jul 19

Rob Reynolds can we go

Tom Tom 10:57 pm 25 Jul 19

Went to Young and Frisky recently and ordered a steak sandwich. Requested barbecue sauce instead of tomato sauce and was charged $5 extra….
Was a reasonable steak sandwich but I won’t be back.

Wendeborg Wendeborg 8:44 pm 25 Jul 19

American mustard, American cheese? No thanks!

Alvi Hosain Alvi Hosain 8:02 pm 25 Jul 19

Marilyn Parker please confirm?!

Aleea Shell Aleea Shell 6:08 pm 25 Jul 19

Daniel Zacharewicz wtf now i wish id tried this!

Emily Cassandra Emily Cassandra 5:45 pm 25 Jul 19

Todd Hartas maybe a road trip to gungahlin??

Scott Gardner Scott Gardner 3:53 pm 25 Jul 19

Congrats to the team Brian Smith

John Moulis John Moulis 12:50 pm 25 Jul 19

Sounds like a decent burger cafe has finally opened in Gungahlin. The other place is, well…

Barry Pope Barry Pope 12:29 pm 25 Jul 19

Like totally dude

Kaleb Landeryou Kaleb Landeryou 12:29 pm 25 Jul 19

Damien Woods David Blackman might need to venture beyond the lake.

    Damien Woods Damien Woods 12:36 pm 25 Jul 19

    Might have to!

    Kaleb Landeryou Kaleb Landeryou 12:38 pm 25 Jul 19

    Might spend tonight making up my list of burgers and I'll chuck this one on 👌🏻

Richie Ryan Richie Ryan 12:24 pm 25 Jul 19

Emma Ryan can we go?

Brook Keir Brook Keir 6:41 am 25 Jul 19

Nathan West we need to ensure they are the best

    Nathan West Nathan West 6:53 am 25 Jul 19

    Brook Keir been saying we need to go there for ages 😂

ozdownunder ozdownunder 12:48 am 25 Jul 19

Haven’t tried the burger here still, will be trying soon……nevertheless the spicy $0.50 cents chicken wings with chilled beer is the best in town here I can say.

Daniel Königs Daniel Königs 11:24 pm 24 Jul 19

Rhiannon Cameron Jordan Lj Haywood Danyon Grainger we still need to tram it out for a bev sometime...

    Rhiannon Cameron Rhiannon Cameron 11:51 pm 24 Jul 19

    before Danyon goes!!!

    Daniel Königs Daniel Königs 9:24 am 25 Jul 19

    Next Friday or weekend?

    Danyon Grainger Danyon Grainger 9:45 am 25 Jul 19

    How about you just come around to mine and put pingas up my ass

    Rhiannon Cameron Rhiannon Cameron 9:51 am 25 Jul 19

    Danyon Grainger oh I thought we only did that on Wednesdays

    Danyon Grainger Danyon Grainger 9:56 am 25 Jul 19

    Rhiannon Cameron other way round! Wednesdays are my day off 😂

    Jordan Lj Haywood Jordan Lj Haywood 4:06 pm 25 Jul 19

    I thought we agreed we weren't going to tell him about his sleepy pinger stuffing times

    Rhiannon Cameron Rhiannon Cameron 4:52 pm 25 Jul 19

    Jordan Lj Haywood he’s leaving the country it’s time we fessed up

    Daniel Königs Daniel Königs 1:03 am 26 Jul 19

    Danyon Grainger heat that? Yeet yo sheet!

Julie Siacci Julie Siacci 10:59 pm 24 Jul 19

Can we come?

Deahne Victoria Deahne Victoria 10:47 pm 24 Jul 19

Zac you mad?

Chris Simon Chris Simon 9:33 pm 24 Jul 19

Does this burger pass the Russell Hall test though?

Dan Grallelis Dan Grallelis 9:12 pm 24 Jul 19

Jo Anna we gotta go

Beff Lai Beff Lai 9:09 pm 24 Jul 19

Timmy Lai next time I come home?

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