The very best burgers that Sydney has to offer | 2018 ultimate list

Not all burgers were created equal. That’s why we’re on a hunt to find the best burger in Sydney.

Finding the best burger in Sydney is a lot harder in 2017 than it was a decade ago. It used to be relegated to the dull end of the menu, but these days the once humble burger is now – alongside kale chips and espresso martinis – a staple of the Sydney diet. Don't scoff. You know it to be true.

Fine dining and fast food are both deeply invested in the burger hype as are its consumers, who have gone on to create its own private Facebook group: Fatties Burger Appreciation Society.

Never before have you been able to get your two-handed dinner with such a variety: the classic beef, a cheesy weesy, an Aussie lamb, pulled pork, mini sliders, breakie burgers and even the humble veggie burger all make an appearance on this list.

Fine dining? Who needs it?

Some of us swear by the burger for a disappointment-free meal, while others are firmly in the "every once in a while" camp. You might be the healthiest little Vegemite in your bootcamp, but when you're having a cheat day, there's nothing better than sinking your teeth into a juicy hunk of meat between two buns.

Don't waste your calories on an average meal. These are the best burgers in Sydney. Memorise. Consume. Repeat.

And wipe off that drool. There's eating to be done.

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Dee Why Hotel, Dee Why


Now, somewhere in the past year or so you might have heard tale of the Trufflenator. It was a meaty monster of a thing consisting of two 100g Wagyu beef patties, bacon, American cheese and onion rings all dressed with black truffle mayo, truffle butter, truffle-infused Havarti cheese and truffle maple syrup, making it a heart attack between two soft Japanese buns that you couldn't help but say, "Oh god, yes" to.

Sorry, we got lost in a burger coma just there. Where were we? Oh yes, this mind-boggling monster was the brainchild of Dee Why Hotel's chef Brad Johnston and was on the menu for a "limited time" only. Now, for your enjoyment, it's back. Permanently.

Address: 834 Pittwater Road, Dee Why
Opening times: Monday-Sat 10am-late, Sunday 10am-10pm

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The Potting Shed, Alexandria


This is perfection in a bite. Imagine a Big Mac that's everything you ever dreamed it could be: quality ingredients, soft buns, juicy meat with that sauce you know and love… that is the closest we can get to describing The Potting Shed’s Angus Beef Cheeseburger which comes housed in a pretzel bun.

The terracotta pot the accompanying chips are served in goes well with The Potting Shed’s charming country-house feel, too.

Address: 4143 Bourke Rd, Alexandria
Opening hours: 11:30am-late daily

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Mary’s, Newtown


Succulent, juicy and “ridiculously greasy”, there’s a reason people are lining out the door come weekends and we think it’s more than the Americana vibe and friendly wait staff. It’s not the Aria or Rockpool of burgers, more like the best fast food you’ve ever had, but we’re not complaining.

You can’t order cocktails at McDonalds.

To find Mary's look for the red lightbulb and the line of hungry burger worshippers. You'll get it when you get there.

Address: 6 Mary St, Newtown
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 4pm - 12am, Saturday 12pm - 12am, Sunday 12am - 10pm
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Ze Pickle, Surry Hills


Queensland is fast becoming the origin for guilty pleasure noms with a penchant for Australian domination. First it was Doughnut Time, now it's Ze Pickle.

Its Surry Hills outfit is the third in its chain (it already has stores in Burleigh Heads and Fortitude Valley) and is "ze" place to knock back a craft beer and wrap your mouth around an inventive burger in a setting that screams "unpretentious".

The two time "Best Burgers on the Gold Coast" winner hand-presses many of its mouth waterers and tops them with jack "cheese" and a special zp sauce. For Doughnut Time fans, it serves a Doughnutfukwidis burger, which features hand pressed Wagyu, Nutella smoke bacon and jack cheese between a grilled Doughnut Time doughnut.

Address: 6/17-51 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills
Opening times: Monday - Friday, 12pm - late
Find them on: Facebook

Burgers by Josh, pop-up


Pop-ups are known to have launched many a chefs career and notoriety, and none so much as Burgers By Josh. Burger fiends travelled far and wide to gaze in wonderment at his overindulgent burgers and sides.

Jurassic fries, twice booked in beer batter and poured over with Americana cheese and house 1000 island dressing was only the tip of the iceberg when compared to its infamous burgers, which could house any number of artery-pumping combinations including Wagyu beef, Americana cheese, lemon aioli, smoked green chilli relish, and house made pickles to Wagyu beef, dorritos, pickled jalapeno relish, chipotle cremas, Americana cheese and pica de gallo.

And all on Josh's signature milk buns. Tuck in.

Find them on: the Burgers By Josh website

Bar Luca, Sydney CBD


If there's only one burger that you try at Bar Luca make it the Blame Canada. It's all kinds of mouth watering, artery pumping, Canadian goodness - from the maple glazed streaky bacon and maple aioli right down to the mountain of poutine. Licking your lips already, aren't you?

Now top that with a 200g wagyu beef battle and some all American cheddar and you'll be right ready to forgive Canada for just about anything. Well, maybe not Justin Bieber.

Still licking your lips? Order a side of ice cream loaded fries and we promise you, all will be right with the world soon.

Address: 52 Phillip Street, Sydney
Opening times:
Monday-Tuesday 11am-9pm, Wednesday-Friday 11am-10pm, Saturday 5pm-10pm
Find them on:
the Bar Luca website

Celebrating International Burger Day in style? So is Brad Johnston. For the day, he's hosting a pop-up at sister venue The Light Brigade in Woollahra where, for sessions between 11:30am and 4pm on 28 May 2017, you too can sump on the manic Trufflenator. Book your spot early here.

Pub Life Kitchen, Ultimo


Pub grub has come a long way from your standard fish "n" chips, steak and parmie options. These days, whole sections are dedication to burgers, ingredients are made "in-house" and menus change seasonally or sometimes even weekly.

While Pub Life does offers your typical "pub grub" menu, it also prides itself in its burger list which features salt-aged beef that's ground in-house. The menu is simple, with burgers that build off its standard O.G. (beef patty, American cheese, McClures pickles, lettuce, tomato and P.L.K. aioli, adding more and more toppings as you go down the list. Well, why stop when you've got a good thing going, right?

Address: 265 Bulwara Road, Ultimo
Opening times: Monday 5-9pm, Tuesday to Saturday 12pm-3pm and 6pm-10pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm
Find them on: the Pub Life Kitchen website

Burger Project, Sydney


Defy the messy American burger for one moment and delight in the beauty of the creations by master chef Neil Perry. Founded in 2014, his "burger project" is committed to healthy, nutritious burgers that made with tender love and care.

Expect nothing less than all-Australian beef, sourced from Cape Grim in Tasmania, cut and rolled daily and ice cream that is churned daily for your guilty pleasure.

Address: World Square, Sydney
Opening times: Monday 11:30am - 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday 11:30am - 10pm
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Chur Burger, Surry Hills


New Zealand has done a few things right (Lorde, Hobbits etc) and we’re adding Chur Burger to that list. When a place wins ‘Best Burger’ in a city awash with burger joints, you sit up and take notice.

Luckily, it hasn’t gone to their heads; a burger will still only set you back $10.

Address: 48 Albion St, Surry Hills
Opening times: 11am-9pm daily
Find them on: Facebook

Bare Grill Cafe, La Parouse


You know a burger joint is serious about its burgers when it goes so far as to brand them. And the burgers are Bare Grill are seriously good.

Expect the cafe to bulge at the walls over the weekend, but to make up for it has a stunning view to stare at when you do finally get inside.

The menu is 16-burgers strong which includes everything from your stock standard "original" cheese burger to a "death by burger" challenge burger. Not for the small stomached, we suggest you starve during the day if you wish to take down the 10 beef patty stack it packs.

Address: Shop 3/1599 Anzac Parade, La Perouse
Opening times: Monday-Wednesday 11am-8pm, Friday to Sunday 11am-9pm
Find them on: the Bare Grill website

Five Points Burgers, North Sydney


The North Shore's worst kept secret is Five Points.

Believe us, it's worth crossing the bridge for.

Only a year young (as at 2017), Five Points offers quality American-style burgers and is open until late or until the store is sold out.

FYI - the burgers DO sell out.

Come in hungry, you'll need it to finish the massive whoppers these guys push out the doors daily.

Address: 124 Walker Street, North Sydney

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from11:30am-5:30pm
Find them on: Facebook

Bondi Hardware, Bondi Beach


Technically, Bondi Hardware’s burgers fall under the category of ‘sliders’, but sometimes food in miniature form is twice as nice.

Sink your teeth into its mini cheeseburgers with pickled onions, or if you’re down before 11am, a brunch slider with crispy bacon and avocado is an excellent hangover cure. Best served with a chilli-infused Bloody Mary and a dip in Bondi Beach afterwards.

Address: 39 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
Opening hours: Mon to Tues 5pm–11pm, Wed to Thurs 5pm–12am, Fri 12pm-12am, Sat 10am-12am, Sun 10am-10pm
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The Soda Factory, Surry Hills


Our favourite hot dog joint The Soda Factory entered the burger game this year and we can’t get enough.

Step inside this 1950s Americana speakeasy (yes, it’s a thing) to find a dark wooden enclave of milkshakes and nostalgia.Its cheese and pulled pork burgers come served in a plastic basket with shoestring fries and on Thursday nights are usually included in their $5 food menu.

If you haven’t been down to this Surry Hills bar yet, it’s really time you did.

Address: 16 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills
Opening hours: Mon to Wed 5pm–late,Thurs 5pm–2am,Fri to Sat 5pm–5am
Find them on: Facebook

Papi Chulo, Manly


Sometimes it’s easy to think of the burger as the ‘boring option’. Not the case at Papi Chulo, where, despite it competing for attention with the perfectly smoked ribs and the Wagyu brisket, it still manages to be a standout.

So popular is South American BBQ house Papi Chulo that you’ll probably need to book a table, but it’s worth it. Trust us.

Papi Chulo's cocktail list needs some perusing while you’re there, too.

Address: 22-23 Manly Wharf, Manly
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 12pm–3pm (lunch) 5:30pm–10:30pm (dinner), Sat 11:30am-10:30pm, Sun 11:30am–9pm
Find them on: Facebook

Hashtag Burgers, Pop-up


Burger pop-ups are so in right now and Hashtag Burgers is one of those hidden gems that hasn't become too big for its britches... yet.

It's not exactly a burger joint to be fair, but it does host infamous burger pop-up Funk-N-Burgers. I say infamous, because the Funk-N-Burger event is known to have an In-And-Out Burger inspired pop-up. Take it from experience, while the burgers might not be the exact same as the chain, they're still pretty darn good. And in the spirit of In-And-Out, the kids' meal comes with a free toy, too. #winning.

Find them on: Facebook

Vic's Meat Market, Pyrmont


There's some about seeing your meat go from market to plate practically in front of you that's so deliciously mesmerising. Attached to Vic's Meat Market is its Kong Bar.

The menu is short and easy to swallow consisting of pulled port and brisket sandwiches, but you're looking at that smoked Wagyu cheeseburger, aren't you? It's everything you expect, from a butchery that specialises in Wagyu and owns a custom-built Yoder smoker which is only fed ironbark and applewood. Yeah, you know you want this.

Address: Sydney Fish Market, Bank Street, Pyrmont
Opening hours: Mon to Sun 10am-3pm
Find them on: their website

Soul Burger, Randwick


Vegan? While burger hounds will always be true to the meat patty we can appreciate that some of us might not worship at this same altar. That's why Soul Burger was born.

It's the holy grail of vegan burger joints, priding itself in fresh, healthy and plant-based burgers that look and taste a treat. Ingredients given the plant based treatment include spicy sausage, battered fish, cheese and, naturally, the "meat" patty. For those not completely sold on this plant based thing, there's also a falafel and mushroom burger to help ease you into the idea.

Address: The Spot,49 Perouse Road, Sydney
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 12pm-3pm and 5pm-9pm (closes 8pm on Monday nights), Saturday 12pm-9:30pm, Sunday 12pm-8:30pm
Find them on: Facebook

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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