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The legends are true… The Brodburger is real…

By johnboy - 13 October 2009 25


[First Filed Oct 10, 2009]

Since April RiotACT has had increasing amounts of chatter surrounding the Brodburger.

According to legend a master of Kitchen Stadium and his restaurant partners had been wiped out by investing in mortgage backed securities and forced to wander the earth making sublime burgers in a caravan, eventually coming to rest, somewhat in the manner of Brigadoon, upon the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.

Last night a crack team of drunken freak bike riders went in search of this fabulous beast.

I won’t bore you with the details of the magical sunset over the lake shore, the reflection of the floodlit Carillon, or the tastiness of the beers conveyed on Loose Brown’s tricycle.

Suffice to say that after a trek we suddenly burst into a half full car park and a large crowd of people clustered around a fairy lit red caravan.

The Brodburger crowd is an usually complete cross section of the Canberra community. Well dressed grey haired ladies, packs of Chinese students, rough looking blokes in beanies and beards.

Taking my advice from previous comments on this site I approached the window, ordered my blue cheese burger, paid $9 and received a number.

In due course my number was bellowed, the screen slid open, and my burger was exchanged for my number, the screen slid closed.

The hype surrounding these burgers is such that is not possible for them to exceed expectations. But they pretty much meet the expectations.

The ingredients are top notch, the flavours balanced supremely well.

It was so good that many of us ordered a second burger, some before finishing the first.

The Brod deluxe at $15 is possibly a bit much, it loses the superb balance of the standard burger, on the other hand if you’re hungry it will fill you up.

I also heard good things about the Chicken Burger with the camenbert sauce.

So, if you were wondering, yes, it’s real. It’s very busy, they’re basically serving a customer a minute non stop. Four burly guys crammed into one quite small caravan to meet demand.

They’re open until midnight of an evening and, I’m told, do a raging lunch time trade.

There is a website. To get there you basically turn east from Kings Avenue along Bowen Drive and pull into the first car park. Google Street view hasn’t been updated since the van went in but it’s basically next to the public convenience visible here:


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25 Responses to
The legends are true… The Brodburger is real…
Woody Mann-Caruso 10:06 am 13 Oct 09

If they grind it fresh then do it rare, fine – hell, I’ll take it raw if it’s seasoned properly. But having preground stuff lying about for however long before grilling – at least medium, thanks.

Chop71 6:56 am 13 Oct 09

err cash for comment 😉

Clown Killer 11:39 pm 12 Oct 09

I love a place that knows how to cook a good burger (ie. pink in the middle). From my experience in New York a few years ago, that was pretty much how a decent hamburger came – if you didn’t want it done medium-rare you had to specify when you ordered.

Dante 9:56 pm 12 Oct 09

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good rare steak but I’m not so sure about mince.

chewy14 5:09 pm 12 Oct 09

Dante,
the rare bit was a joke, i’m pretty sure you could ask them to cook your burger however you liked it.
However in my opinion anyone who does not like their meat still mooing is a heathen and should become vegetarian.

Dante 4:14 pm 12 Oct 09

They serve rare mince? I’ll steer clear thanks. I was keen until this useful tidbit of info.

chewy14 9:48 am 12 Oct 09

realmadrid said :

I was so looking forward to my brodburger – friends have raved about it. Unfortunately the burger I got the patty was very red in the middle, didn’t end up eating much of it. Now I can’t go back, even though I’m sure that was a very rare exception.

very rare, thats the idea. There is nothing better than a rare cooked burger. Don’t worry about the E.Coli, its good for you.

I still don’t know if it’s quite worth the $9 but i’ll keep going back because whats an extra couple of dollars for that awesome blue cheese sauce.

misshelly 3:15 am 12 Oct 09

When are they actually “supposed” to be open?

Holden Caulfield 10:30 pm 11 Oct 09

realmadrid said :

Went to my ol’ faithful, Flatheads, today and got a special – organic wagyu beef burger for $8. Best burger I’ve had for ages.

I haven’t been to Flatheads for a loooooong time, after being a regular for a while there. Might have to try it again.

georgesgenitals 8:29 pm 11 Oct 09

I tried one the other day. Yes, the burger was great – but nine bucks for a plain burger? Seems kinda expensive to me (but then I’m a cheap bugger).

Given the repeated stories around the office, and my own experience once, they’d better not slip up on burger quality, because with the price and variably availability (both opening hours and products) they could easily slip into food van oblivion…

realmadrid 6:13 pm 11 Oct 09

I was so looking forward to my brodburger – friends have raved about it. Unfortunately the burger I got the patty was very red in the middle, didn’t end up eating much of it. Now I can’t go back, even though I’m sure that was a very rare exception.

Went to my ol’ faithful, Flatheads, today and got a special – organic wagyu beef burger for $8. Best burger I’ve had for ages.

Holden Caulfield 5:08 pm 11 Oct 09

Oh, after attending the Brodburger at lunch time, the waiting crowd can swell to two or three times more than the other night.

Holden Caulfield 5:02 pm 11 Oct 09

I thought Johnboy was one of the rat pack in attendance the other night. Perhaps I should have introduced myself.

That was my second Brod experience, and it was just as good as the first. 🙂

Alan Shore 1:07 pm 11 Oct 09

Brodburgers are simply amazing. However, they let themselves down repeatedly with their opening hours and their inventory.

The opening hours on the sign on their caravan are at best a broad statement of intention, and at worst, pretty much a lie. The number of times I’ve led hordes of hungry friends or workmates to the fabled red caravan, only to be disappointed when they’re unaccountably closed, is truly astonishing, and can’t be good for business in the long run.

If they’re not closed, they might be opening up for lunch at, oh, say 1:45pm. They’ll sell the first person there the only serving of chips they’ve got, then announced to all assembled that they’ve only got three beef burgers left, so you’d better like chicken.

And we keep going back, like chumps, because the burgers are really that good. The little red caravan is printing money at the moment, so they can get away with it. But I do wonder how long they can continue to take their customers for granted.

PM 3:18 am 11 Oct 09

Hummina-hummina-hummina…!!!!!

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