Whether you’re a fan of a tasty brioche bun, prefer American cheese over Swiss or like a three-patty stacked monster, the options for burgers in Sydney are endless.
The burger craze doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon. While always a popular fast food option, about a decade or so ago burgers infiltrated the Australian restaurant scene, evolving from a dirty cheat meal into a gourmet dish that dominates menus across the country.
Whether you’re a fan of a tasty brioche bun, prefer American cheese over Swiss or like a three-patty stacked monster, the options for burgers in Sydney are endless. And let’s not start on the sides.
To make sure you’re experiencing the best burgers in Sydney, we’ve selected our top burgers you must try below.
Like your favourite t-shirt or sweater, Mary’s has been a staple of the Sydney foodie scene, slinging tasty burgers for over a decade.
The original store in Newtown is an iconic venue described by Mary’s as having “the worst toilets in the postcode.” Thankfully the food is incredible, with the simple menu consisting of six burgers (Mary’s Burger is the pick of the bunch), four fried chicken options and several sides, including the much-loved mash and gravy.
There’s also a vegan menu for those that way inclined, with Mary’s responsible for curing many a Sydney hangover over the years.
Address: 6 Mary St, Newtown
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With Head Chef Kerby Craig running the show, UME Burger is a stylish Japanese-inspired burger joint where you can grab a Classic Cheeseburger with a side of Renkon Chips and a Japanese whisky or beer without breaking the bank.
The Menchi Burger – handmade pork katsu, mild mustard, Tonkatsu sauce, mayo, Spanish onion and shredded cabbage - is delicious, but most visit UME for the Chicken Katsu Burger, made with hand-crumbed chicken katsu, Yuzu kosho mayo, onion, shredded cabbage and Tonkatsu sauce. Mouth-watering.
Address: Wulugul Walk, Barangaroo & 1 Little Pier St, Darling Exchange
Resembling a kebab shop you’d normally visit on the way home from a big night, there’s more to Paul’s Famous Hamburgers than its colourful appearance.
Open since 1957 and once voted “Australia’s best burger,” this cash-only establishment serves affordable burgers made with fresh ingredients on Tip-Top buns.
The Famous Works Burger with the lot is top of the menu and comes piled with one beef patty, lettuce, tomato, raw onion, egg, bacon, cheese, pineapple and tomato sauce. You can even add a slice of beetroot for free if you want an Aussie touch to your burger.
Squeezed fresh daily, be sure to add pineapple juice to order, another item Paul’s is famous for.
Address: 12 Princess Hwy, Sylvania
Unlike most of the restaurants on this list that are burger-specific, The Gidley is an opulent steak house where nothing comes cheap. Not only does it offer prime cuts but it’s also home to arguably the best burger in Sydney.
You get two beef patties, cheddar cheese and a house pickle with the option of adding bacon and egg. It sounds simple but this burger melts in your mouth and is well worth the $25 (or $32 with extras) The Gidley is charging.
Address: Basement 161 King St, CBD
After 12 years in the music industry, Tony Gosden decided to mix things up and got into the restaurant business, opening the music-themed Bonditonys.
This Bondi eatery features a tasty selection of burgers named after Aussie acts Gosden worked with, such as the Just A Jezabel (pano crumbed free range chicken burger with house-made guac and coleslaw) and the Classic Cog (100% grass-fed beef burger with cheese, lettuce, home-made BBQ chutney and tomato relish).
There are plant-based options and gravy-loaded fries, with a selection of Young Henry’s beers to wash it all down with.
Address: 144 Glenayr Av, Bondi
This is no ordinary fish and chip shop. From Josh Niland of Saint Peter fame, Charcoal Fish is the seafood equivalent of your favourite chicken shop, sourcing only the freshest seafood from local sellers.
The menu is simple but satisfying with fish and chips packs, fish boxes and a variety of salads available. Then there are the burgers.
These aren’t dodgy Filet-O-Fish burgers, but gourmet creations made with Yellowfin Tuna that will have your tastebuds doing flips.
Address: 670 New South Head Rd, Rose Bay
Beginning life as a food truck back before burgers were a thing, Mister Gee now has a successful shopfront in Sydney’s inner-west where burger connoisseurs can get their fill.
Highlights from owner Gee Ozgen’s menu include the Stoner’s Revenge, featuring a grass-fed beef patty topped with Havarti cheese, Dijon mustard, pickled onions, pickle, salt and vinegar chips, bacon and stoner sauce, and the Cheese Boogie, which is a beef patty with American cheese, caramelised onion, pickles and boogie sauce served on a brioche bun.
Don’t sleep on the milkshakes either, with the Baklava Shake a sweet tooth’s dream.
Address: 16 George St, North Strathfield
Like meat? Vic’s Meat Market has you covered. Comprising a butcher shop offering the finest cuts and a smokehouse where you can dine on 10-hour smoked Wagyu brisket, Vic’s is also famous for its burgers.
Pair the Pork Belly Burger with a portion of chips with housemade BBQ seasoning or stuff your face with the Double Wagyu Cheeseburger and a side of house-made Texan slaw.
And if you’ve still got a little room left, we recommend Vic’s Meat Choc Fudge Sundae with crushed peanuts and choc wafer. You won’t regret it.
Address: 50-60 Bank St, Pyrmont
Bar Luca’s notoriety came about with the creation of the Blame Canada, a burger celebrating the Great White North consisting of a beef patty, American cheese, maple-glazed streaky bacon, maple aioli and poutine.
It sounds mad but tastes divine and is just one of several interesting burger combos you’ll find on the menu at Bar Luca.
Along with using top-quality produce, all sauces and relishes are homemade and the patties are 100% grass-fed Angus beef.
When stopping by for a feed, look out for the weekly special and get around the milkshakes, with the Hershey’s Chocolate Fudge a meal within itself.
Address: 52 Philip St, CBD
Few things go as well together as burgers and beers, and that’s exactly what you get at J.B. & Sons.
Boasting three locations across the Sydney suburbs, this popular burger bar prides itself on serving American-style burgers, loaded fries and crispy wings with a delightful selection of local beers and wines also available.
Head down on a Tuesday for $10 burgers with any drink purchase and take advantage of $5 lagers all day every Sunday.
Locations: 49 Sydney Rd, Manly, 154-158 Pacific Parade, Dee Why and 1421 Pittwater Rd, Narrabeen
If it’s good food and good vibes you’re after, then you’ve come to the right place.
Burger Patch is a Chatswood hotspot that uses 100% Aussie beef for its burgers, with the Angry American (Angus beef, house chilli, American cheese, pickled jalapenos with chilli BBQ and Burger Patch sauce) a spicy treat that will give you the meat sweats in the best possible way.
Burger Patch also offers lamb, chicken and veggie burgers with a range of sides that includes seasoned fries, beer-battered onion rings and chicken tenders.
They also have a loyalty program whereby you accrue “Burger Miles” with each meal and can then redeem them on future visits.
Address: Cnr Victoria Ave and Katherine St, Chatswood
The last place you’d think would be serving burgers is a restaurant known for its baos, but Sydney is full of surprises.
Belly Bao uses Taiwanese bao instead of buns, with the celebrated The Baoger - featuring Angus beef, cheese, lettuce, onion, radish and Baoger sauce between two bao burger buns – a culinary masterpiece.
It might put purist’s noses out of joint, but anyone who’s taken a bit of one of these beauties understands just how incredible they really are.
Address: 184 King St, Newtown