Mr Mark Jessen
31 Best Burgers in Sydney | Man of Many
Locals to Sydney’s Northern Beaches will recognise the pink Miami Vice inspired lounge, Sunset Diner. Executive chef and owner Ben Varela recognises his Miami dream restaurant with a burger place situated a mere 3min walk from Avalon Beach. This joint features one of the best burgers in Sydney and even an outdoor pet-friendly courtyard that carries the same pink flair you’ll find on the inside of the restaurant! The menu is traditionally kept with options such as ‘The Double’ and a host of shakes such as the Classic Cookie Dough which is way too delicious to miss out on.
1. Sunset Diner
Join us as we momentarily steer you away from the host of hearty beef patties and onto something a little less traditional. Ume Burger is the sister to one of Surry Hills’ most popular eateries, Bar UME. Located on Barangaroo’s Wulugul waterfront walkway the view is equally as good as the patties themselves. Speaking of, hatted Head Chef Kerby Craig runs the show, with a small selection of Japanese inspired bangers that are truly out of this world. The traditional UME Burger is phenomenal and features a signature beef patty with Wagyu mine sauce. For less traditional options head towards the Fish Katsu or Menchi with Handmade Pork Katsu and Tonkatsu Sauce. This is easily one of the best burger restaurants in Sydney. Don’t forget to pair your meal with a Yuzu Soda, of course.
2. Ume Burger
If you’re looking for a quality feed without all the nonsense, this is the place for you. Classic burger is a semi-fast food restaurant with better quality food and service than your average shindig. This joint in Liverpool sets a cool and relaxed atmosphere for you to enjoy one of the best burgers in Sydney. The philosophy at this local haunt is simple, utilise locally sourced quality ingredients and cook them fresh to order. If you’re looking for In N Out equivalents, this would be the closest thing in Sydney.
3. Classic Burger Liverpool
The New York-themed Five Points captures the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple. Push through the long lines of this popular place to order a selection of burgers that represent the five New York boroughs – The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens. The Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan are beefy experiences, the Queens is a chicken, and the oh-so original Staten Island is a portabello mushroom and just one of the many reasons to make the trip to North Sydney. Dine-in or takeaway.
4. Five Points Burgers
Chebbo is a certified legend in the Sydney burger scene. People travel far and wide to sample his smashed patties, so much so he’s the self-proclaimed CEO of burgers on TikTok. Self-proclaimed he might be, but he’s created a name for himself in Sydney and beyond thanks to his mouthwatering options. Take the fried onion, sounds simple enough right? But it just tastes so unbelievably good you’ll want to grab a couple. Check out Chebbo’s Instagram to see what creation he’s coming up with next.
5. Chebbo’s Burgers
Strong drinks, low lighting, great music, and graffiti are all part of Mary’s charm. It’s a loud, energetic chain that has expanded beyond the Newtown venue to open a series of diverse establishments across the city. The Castlereagh Street stop in the CBD is a hole-in-the-wall takeaway. A trip to any of the other Mary’s joints will undoubtedly result in some of the best burgers in Sydney, alongside fried chicken and hangovers because you will want to stay long after the tables have been cleared.
6. Mary’s Newtown
Another legendary burger place hailing from Sydney’s Northern Beaches. This joint is to put you into a food coma of sorts, some might even call it a ‘hibernation’. The classics are all there, including the cheeseburger, and chicken burger, but options such as the ‘Hell Boy’ with house chilli sauce might pick your fancy a little. It doesn’t matter which choice you go for they’re all more than enough to feed …. never mind.
7. Two Hungry Bears
Beefy’s got all the gourmet beef goodness you could ask for in a cheeseburger. Take one look at the menu and you’ll easily satisfy any cravings you’ve got with the large variety of choices on offer. With options such as the ‘Beefmeister’ and the ‘Boring Bazza’ with special sauce, these are certainly going to hit the spot.
8. Beefy’s Burgers
This burger place in Sydney might have the best menu, and it’s the perfect place to go on a night out. Sometimes it’s nice to enjoy a meal at a restaurant, and now that Lotus 2.0 is gone, there’s only one obvious choice to grab a gourmet burger with table service. Bar Luca is home to some of the best choices in town and with a menu that includes about 20 add-ons you can customise your meal as you please. Personal preference aside, you must try the BL Beef, it’s a classic burger that includes the famous BL sauce. Hungry yet?
9. Bar Luca
These guys reckon they have the best burgers in Sydney. We have to say if you’re looking for one that has more than just ‘the lot’ you might’ve found your next stop off. We’ll let you be the judge on whether or not these guys are the best in Sydney but taking one glance at ‘The Heisenburger’ and you won’t have to twist our leg one bit. This monster features all the trimmings including their signature maple bacon aka “Crack Bacon” because it’s well, as addictive as…
10. Burgers Anonymous
A true tuckshop in every sense of the word, this local haunt is nestled amongst the hustle and bustle in the sunny suburb of Glenhaven. Run by a bunch of local guys and gals, this burger place just wants to have a bit of fun while working hard to bring its loyal customers some tasty takeaway tucker. The menu is simple and relaxed and features more than just cheeseburgers. You’ll find tradie rolls, green smoothies, salads and thick shakes alongside some of the best burgers in Sydney.
11. The Tuckshop
It’s in the name. Superior claims to be one of the best burgers in Sydney, and they could be right. This Sydney burger joint has an ever-changing menu that listens to its customers. Take, for example, the ‘AY CARAMBA’ a previously unseen special burger that features an SB beef patty, Double cheese, Chimichurri, Chilli beef con Carne, Pickles, Ketchup and Mustard! It’s a must-visit, you never know quite what you’ll find.
12. Superior Burger
As we all know, not all burgers are made equally. Thankfully with our list of the best burgers in Sydney, you can’t really go wrong. To demonstrate our point, we have Burger Patch. This restaurant utilises only the freshest quality ingredients and their patties are made from 100% Aussie beef with no fillers. They grind their beef perfectly to deliver a delicious meaty texture that will have you coming back for more. Like any good burger place, they have their own signature sauce. You can find it alongside housemade chilli on the Angry American, a must-try.
13. Burger Patch
In case you haven’t quite worked it out yet, there’s a burger revolution happening in Sydney. Helping push the revolution for good ol’ American styles is Balmain’s Bugerhood. This American style shack offers shakes and fries alongside their mouthwatering burgers. Those who decide to eat in are treated to a complimentary soft serve that pairs like a fine wine. All the usual suspects are there, but you can’t go past the Hood Burger (as pictured) that comes with a very secret and mouthwatering ‘Hood’ sauce.
Located on the eastern foreshore of Manly Cove, you’ll find the Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club, commonly referred to as ‘The Skiff’. Beautifully set next to the harbour and overlooking the boats and ferries coming and going, the club offers a relaxed place for a weekday special, mid-week Trivia or weekend schooner. With various mid-week specials, one of which includes their Thursday Burger Night featuring $10 burgers all night, this is easily one of the best burger restaurants in Sydney. Take the Crispy glazed peri peri chicken burger with iceberg, tomato, onion & hot chipotle mayo, or the Skiff Angus Burger with bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion jam, pickles, and cheese. There’s a wild burger ride waiting to happen.
15. Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club
Affectionately referred to as OTB, this is one of the best burgers in Sydney and is one of the east’s most popular gems. Proudly family-owned and operated, every burger is handmade with locally sourced ingredients. The menu includes all of your favourites but it’s the house specials that set OTB apart. While there are a handful of seats inside, this is predominately a takeaway joint. So order ahead, pick up your burg and head down to the Cloey carpark for dinner with a view. Fair warning, Out of The Blue is cash-only. But, damn she’s worth it.
16. Out of The Blue
A far cry from your local burger joint, Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney is home to one of Australia’s finest dining rooms and the perfect venue for experiencing one of the most acclaimed wagyu beef burgers in the country. This bar meal is part of a menu produced under the guidance of Head Chef Corey Costelloe, and the David Blackmore’s Full Blood Wagyu Burger with Bacon, Gruyere Cheese and Zuri Pickle are exactly as gourmet as it sounds. Pair it with a glass of Si Vintners’ Si Red’ Cabernet Blend for $27.
19. Rockpool Bar & Grill
Juicy burgers meet curated cocktails within one of Australia’s fastest-growing indulgent institutions. Milky Lane’s been shaking up the scene since 2016, opening a chain of stores up and down the east coast and winning a legion of fans along the way. These burgers are not for the faint of heart, and if you’re concerned about clogged arteries, well, maybe you should eat a salad instead.
20. Milky Lane
This piping-hot bar and grill serve up soul food comprising delicious layers of premium seasoned meat, cheese and salads within toasted buns baked fresh daily. Burger fans are encouraged to explore the range of exotic condiments, while the weekly burger specials encourage and justify repeat visits. pair a burg or two with a housemade doughnut instead of fries for a truly unique combo.
21. The Milk bar by Cafeish
Ideally located on Oxford Street, BL Burgers is the perfect meal before or after a night out. It’s open late on the weekends precisely for this reason. Or if you live in the west, there’s a second BL establishment in Parramatta. The real treat here, though, is the house specialities. With names like Blame Canada, Blame India, Mr T-Ruffle and Mac Daddy, you will wonder why you ever settled for names like Quarter Pounder and McChicken. Keep an eye on the BL Facebook page to catch the latest weekly burg specials. Dine-in or takeaway.
22. BL Burgers
Offering Sydney’s authentic slice of Nashville, Surly’s is the inner-city bar and grill where big kids go to play with the soul food and good company making you want to stay. This dive bar serves up a great selection of smoked meats and burgers, with the current menu featuring 13 unique burg creations. Highlights include Kenny Powers with Carolina-style smoked pulled pork, and for something different, the Surly Burger replaces meat with a roast sweet potato and chickpea crumbed patty.
23. Surly’s American Tavern
Vegans and vegetarians will appreciate this restaurant for its 100% plant-based burgers, fries and shakes. Juicy, healthier and great for the environment, the current menu includes classics like southern fried chicken, battered fish and pulled pork all made entirely from plants. See if you can tell the difference. We don’t think you can. The Soul range also includes unique creations like Satay Tofu and Falafel burgers. Dine-in or takeaway, you can find Soul Burger spreading its wings across Sydney and possibly shaking up the entire fast-food industry in the near future.
24. Soul Burger
In another life, Bondi Tony managed, toured and promoted rock bands. Now he creates fantastic burgers named after The Jezabels, Cog, and Children Collide, to name a few. With Young Henrys on tap, great wine and mean Bloody Marys, take advantage of the indoor or outdoor seating in the sun, upbeat tunes and inviting atmosphere for a great time near Bondi Beach.
25. Bonditony’s Burger Joint
Burger Head was founded by three fine dining-trained chefs who came together to use their skills and to dish out quality burgs in the western suburbs. Mincing their own beef and concocting their own special sauces, one bite into a burger and you know it’s something special. Dine-in at Burger Head, order take away or look to social media and keep track of the food van. In early 2020, it set up residence in Blacktown.
26. Burger Head
Just a few steps from The Morrison’s main bar, Parlour offers an eclectic menu of six delicious burgers and finger-licking sides, milkshakes and craft beers. The beef patties are a blend of Angus beef chuck, brisket and fat – seasoned with signature star anise salt. The buns are a mix of both Turkish and brioche doughs. Boasting its own bar, long banquette couch seating at the rear of the room, high round tables and leather stools, this is the perfect space for enjoying a cold bevy, after work drinks or watching the game.
27. Parlour Burger
Zomato rated Bare Grill the best burger restaurant in Sydney for both 2018 and 2019, so to experience it for yourself, head into the La Perouse restaurant and select between the 15 or so available branded burgers. There’s also a great range of ribs, loaded fries, shakes and salads for those healthier folk. Order a Grizzy Bare at your own risk. Dine-in or takeaway.
28. Bare Grill and Cafe
Part butcher, part smokehouse and grill and even part culinary school, Vic’s Meat Market has it all!  Vic’s takes the fresh quality meat from the Butcher straight to the smokehouse and grill to serve burgers with smoked meats and perfectly grilled steaks. Pair a burger with some fries and a glass from one of Australia’s finest wineries to make your next trip to the Sydney Fish Market a truly memorable experience.
29. Vic’s Meat Market
Favourites mix with kiwi sensibilities at Chur Burger. Burgs, beers, shakes and sides from a growing chain that was awarded best burger in the Good Food section in the Sydney Morning Herald after just six weeks of trading. Whether looking for a meal in Surry Hills, catching a quick bite before the next flight or tracking their food van over the socials, the Chur name pretty much guarantees a good feed.
30. Chur Burger
The warm, welcoming atmosphere and award-winning recipes of Chargrill Charlie’s have kept mouths watering for over 30 years. The house chicken burgers are made with grilled chicken breast marinated in lemon and herb then finished off with their famous chilli sauce. The beef burgers are made using ground Aussie Angus beef and when placed in the freshly baked buns with lashings of steak sauce, they become a real treat for the palate. Dine-in or grab takeaway. If you’re really into the food, look to Charlie’s to cater your next function.
31. Chargrill Charlie’s
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