Fritzenberger (Brisbane, QLD)

52 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, QLD, 4000

Fritzenberger Verdict: 8.5/10dsc022031

Beef Burger: 9/10

Chicken Burger: 8.5/10

Sides: 8/10

 

So why Fritzenburger?

He says: A Brisbane jaunt in honour of my darling Mum’s 60th birthday brought us here the day after the party (and all the party drinks). Am a big fan of the Harajuku Gyoza restaurants and this is the same team’s take on burger goodness.

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She says: This was our saviour on an extremely hot day in Brissy. The lay out here is cool, front bar (with air-con) leads out to an open back area which, while too hot to eat in when we went, looks like a great place for a group of people and a bunch of burgs/beers.

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What did you order?

  • The Fritzen Burger with Maple Syrup Candied Bacon c$13
  • The Chicken Burger – $12
  • The Loaded Frites – $10

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Tell us about the Fritzen Burger?

He says: Great Burger. The patty melted in your mouth and had the perfect partner in the sensational Fritzensauce. The addition of the Maple Syrup Candied bacon should be made mandatory. The bun was a little on the dry side but it would take a whole lot more than that to bring the quality down on this little guy.

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She says: You could tell by looking at this cutie it was going to be good. I didn’t mind the bun and I liked how soft it was and how much it compressed when you bit in. The star of this really was that candied bacon –  love that salty sweet!

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So then, how did you find the Chicken Burger?

She says: The chicken looks pretty thick but it wasn’t too much. Nice crispy lettuce, fresh tomato, spicy sauce and a good hunk of american cheese meant this was a solid burger choice. Juicy chicken thighs with spicy mayo are a perfect pair.  Would eat again.

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He says: Top stuff once more. I’d normally prefer my fried chicken fillet to be of the breast variety but the thighs got it done here and made me look like a fool. The spicy mayo lifted everything up another notch as well.

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Now, what about the sides?

He says: These were as good as they sounded on the page: French fries loaded with cheese sauce, candied bacon, green onions, Fritzensauce and Twisties salt. YES, TWISTIES SALT!

She says:  Seconded.


|| 52 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, QLD, 4000 || www.fritzenberger.com || (07) 35063656 HOURS: Open Monday to Thursday 11:30am – Midnight, Friday – Sunday 11:30am to 1:00am
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The Erko

DSC00449The Erko Verdict: 6/10

 

 

 

Beef Burger: 4/10

Brisket Burger: 7/10

Sides: 7/10

 

 

So why The Erko?

She says:  I really like the feel of the Erko – it has that great old Aussie pub vibe, the staff are really friendly and it never feels like its packed with dickheads. It’s family friendly and spacious.  We have been here a couple of times to try the BBQ meats (totally worth a try) and the burgers looked impressive as they went past. (…okay yes, also we are lazy and it’s close to home.)

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He says:  Not only conveniently located for us but also a cracking location for smoked meats and many beers in the past. Surely the burgers would follow suit?

 What did you order?

  • The Erko Cheese Burger – $19
  • The Brisket Burger – $22
  • Pulled Pork Poutine- $16

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Tell us about the Erko Cheese Burger?

He says: Really disappointing. The patty was like and oversized (and cooked) pepper rissole with extra pepper. Seriously, the pepper in this one pretty much negated the taste of every other ingredient. Was also near impossible to hold.

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She saysYeah, this was a massive let down. It looked good and I was pumped for a classic burger with that good greasy flavourful meat patty backed up by some strong flavour friends in the cheese, bacon and sauces. But, sadly no such luck. The bacon was hard to taste, the sauce was M.I.A. and the cheese, while it looked promising from the outside but when I bit into it, it actually wasn’t melted very much and wasn’t very strong or bitey. I don’t think I’ll be going for this one again.

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So then, how did you find the Brisket Burger?

He says: The brisket itself was on point but didn’t really seem to work with the rest of the ingredients. The brisket was carved into two distinctly shaped pieces and didn’t seem to fit well in the burger which hence meant there were a whole lot of meatless bites which in itself is nothing short of a tragedy.

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She says: Better than the Cheese Burger because the meat was the good, smokey brisket chunks, this burger still wasn’t awesome (sorry canned beetroot but you are going to have to do more than this to win me over). He is right about the logistical issues that we faced with the meat to rest ratio. It was hard to eat and not that much fun.

 

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She says:  Firstly at the risk of getting all food bloggy, this is not traditional poutine. The traditional dish is fries and cheese curds with a “gravy-like” sauce (thanks Wikipedia). Instead the Erko’s poutine is fries, gravy, pulled pork and just normal melted cheese. Perhaps it’s my childlike fascination with that RSL/nursing home flavour of powdered gravy (which is both amazing and disgusting at the same time), or that I just think any meal whose basis is fries is incredible, but there is something about this poutine. I can’t decide if I love it or hate it… I was leaning more towards love this day as I had a teensy bit of a hangover, which this dish is pretty much made for.

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He says: Have had the poutine a few times before and it was just as tasty as usual. A big shout out to the aioli which, in my opinion, resides near the top of the garlic mayonnaise kingdom for the year.


|| 102 Erskineville Road, Erskineville, NSW, 2043 || www.theerko.com.au||

HOURS:

Monday to Saturday 11:00am – Midnight,

Sunday 11:00am to 10:00pm

 

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Harpoon Harry

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Harpoon Harry verdict: 6/10

 

Beef Burger: 5/10

Soft Brisket Roll: 8.5/10

Sides: 6.5/10

 

Why this place?

She says: We pass this place together on an almost weekly basis on our weekend pilgrimages between our respective houses in Newtown and Darlinghurst. For months we have wanted to try it and after some positive blog feedback it seemed like a no brainer.

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He says: Noticed these guys had a burger that was regularly recommended on various food blogs. With a couple of mates in tow and in the midst of a Sydney Film Festival marathon and we needed somewhere that both looked the goods and was close to the city – Harry’s fit the bill.

What did you order?

  • The Harry’s Burger: $18
  • The Soft Brisket Roll: $16
  • Diablo Chicken Wings: $12 ($5 on Sundays)
  • Crispy Polenta Fritters: $12
  • Calamari: $18
  • Guacamole – Dressed: $14

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Tell us about the Harry’s Beef Burger?

He says: When this came out it looked to be a winner and I was excited about the pork and beef short rib patty as a point of difference. Unfortunately it didn’t really do much for me. The patty was both way too big and overcooked and the guava ketchup didn’t really do much to further it’s case. Perfectly edible but at $18 and with a reputation behind it really was a let down.

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She says:  I was immediately disappointed with this one. We eat a lot of burgers and I accept that standards we have are high but the meat in this one really poor. And there was a lot of it. It was too oily but also with a tendency to fall apart, the outside of this super thick patty was blacked and dry while the inside was grey. It was reminiscent of the taste of your great-aunt’s home-made rissoles that are cooked for hours to within an inch of their lives. I couldn’t see past it to comment on the rest of the burger.

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So then, how did you find the Soft Brisket Roll?

She says:  THANK GOD FOR THE SOFT BRISKET ROLL. (While not technically a burger, there wasn’t any other option and He is a HUGE brisket fan (and is cursed by the fact that wherever we go with brisket, when we are there it is almost always sold out). The bun was soft, the brisket was beautifully cooked and seasoned and the salady bits were crunchy and fresh. I would go back for this again and again. A winner!

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He says: There wasn’t another burger on the menu so we thought we’d indulge in our love of brisket with this little guy. Unlike it’s sibling burger this was utterly delicious. The brisket was cooked to perfection and the only issue here was that it was about half the size it should of been.

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And what about the sides?

He says: As mentioned earlier we had a few friends in tow and this in turn afforded us the ability to order more sides than we normally would. The dressed guacamole was a favourite and came adorned with smoked bacon queso fresco and cheese.  The chicken wings were solid but nothing to bang on about. I had difficulty eating the polenta fritters as they were bland and had a strange texture to them. The fries served with the burger and brisket roll were simple but cooked well and, as they often do in a meal, shone accordingly.  

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She says: The fries were the winner for me, as He says, simple and done well. The guacamole was also pretty good, nice and fresh and served with some pizazz. I didn’t mind the chicken wings but probably wouldn’t get them again. The polenta fritters looked great and the crunchy exterior was nice because it was bathed in salt but the innards lacked flavour and they were too thick to rely on that outside seasoning to carry through.

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|| 40-44 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010 || www.hotelharry.com.au || 02 82628800 ||  info@hotelharry.com.au

HOURS:

Mon – Sun: 11:30am – Midnight

 

Surly’s

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Surly’s verdict: 8.5/10

Beef Burger: 8/10

Chicken Burger: 8.5/10

Sides: 9/10

 

 

Why this place?

She says: Each week we spend countless hours working out where to go for smash burgers on the weekend. He texted me about this one about mid-week and as we got closer to the weekend, we noticed a little bit of related internet chat regarding Surly’s too so obviously we invited our friends and turned up before they opened on Saturday and waited outside until they would let us in.

He says: With our work hours it’s rare to get to a chance to attend the early days of a new burger joint. After seeing this one on the interwebs and being blessed by living close by and having a Saturday free, we assembled with friends for an epic Anzac Day feast.

What did you order?

*        The Surly Burger with Bacon: $13

*           The Cajun chicken Burger: $14

*           Bacon Cheese Fries: $10

*           Chilli Cheese Nachos: $14

*           Buffalo Hot Wings: $12

*           Fried Chicken (3/pc): $15

(It wasn’t just us though okay – don’t judge us!!)

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Tell us about the Surly Burger with Bacon?

He says: This was a solid little champ of a burger. The patty was flavoursome and well cooked, and although not a massive fan of the bun (a touch dry and doughy) the Surly’s sauce and American cheese rounded this out well. As always the addition of bacon was a masterstroke.

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She says: This was a good burger and He is right, the bacon was a star. Good ratio of succulent meat to fresh light salad and generous lashings of sauce takes this burger to the ‘food you think off as you are drifting to sleep’ category. I recommend highly washing it down with a glass of Blue Moon beer (served with a slice of orange).  

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So then, how did you find the Cajun Chicken Burger?

She says:  FINALLY – a grilled chicken burger that doesn’t suck! It was great. I thought about telling Him how great I thought it was while I was eating but didn’t because it wouldn’t have been worth stopping. The chicken was cooked and seasoned to perfection – succulent and juicy – it ticked all the right boxes. Again – generous sauce and bacon, this has to be one of the top grilled chicken burgers going around.

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He says: As has been well documented on this blog neither She nor I are particularly big fans of grilled chicken on burgers. This however was one of those rare exceptions which I put down to the chicken being seriously juicy and tender (avoiding the dry pitfalls of so many before them). Had a similar issue with the bun as mentioned earlier and I didn’t get that much of a Cajun vibe from the seasoning but was a big fan of the provolone cheese and all in all it was a delightful little burger.

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And what about the sides?

He says: For me this was where it was at. Utilizing the extra bodies we had at hand we were able to try more of the sides than we usually would. The Bacon fries were outstanding and I’m a sucker for that plastic-esque liquid American cheese sauce. The Nachos were also next level and would put out a special shout out to the chips themselves which seemed home made. The Buffalo wings were as good as any I’ve had in Sydney and they had a ranch sauce that lifted it further into side heaven. The MAc n Cheese was also ridiculously rich and moreish even without a crunchy top or the addition of bacon which are normally a staple in my book. Only the fried chicken was a little lacking as I felt it could have done with a hint of spice and a thinner batter. I’ve already made plans to head back to Surly’s next week to attack their smoked meats and imbibe their cocktails. A welcome addition to the area.

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She says: Apologies about the picture – the buffalo wings looked so good I evidently took one (blurry) photo, thought ‘good enough’ and jumped in. They tasted as good as they looked (IRL). They were classically sticky, tangy and fluro orange and were served with a ranch sauce (which could have been a bit stronger – or maybe I was hankering for a blue sauce instead). The fries were outta sight, covered in bacon and cheesy sauce. I wasn’t as taken with the nachos or the mac and cheese as Him but they were still pretty good. This was a great place to bring a group. Get on board!

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|| 182 Campbell Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010 || www.surlys.com.au ||  02 93313705 ||

 

HOURS

Tuesday – Sunday: 12pm-12am

Monday: Closed

 

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The Coogee Pavilion

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The Coogee Pavilion verdict: 9/10

Beef Burger: 9.5/10

Chicken burger: 7/10

Sides: 7/10

 

So why Coogee Pavilion? 

He says:  This has been on our golden burger list since it opened and finally everything aligned to get us there. Being a huge fan of Dan Hong’s burgers I was suitably super pumped.

She says: Another long time list lurker, we again needed to get here for cred purposes. Also as He mentions, it’s a Hong burger which based on his  burger at The Fish Shop, meant it would be worth the schlep over to the east.

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What did you order?

  • Coogee Diner burger – $19
  • Fried chicken sandwich- $19
  • Beer battered onion rings – $9

 

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Tell us about the Coogee Diner burger?

He says: A spectacular burger. From the sheer visual upon arrival and the first taste of the accompanying fries which had a slight smidgen of the burger sauce coating it we were immediately whisked off into dazzling burger territory. The soft milk bun and perfect patty with Amercian cheese both melted in unison in my mouth. And along with my favourite burger sauce of 2015 formed a holy trinity of sorts. On par with Hong’s Fish Shop burger and the kind of little stunner that inspired us to start this blog in the first place.

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She says: From first glance I knew this one would be good – that wrinkly bun, a signature of the Hong burger, gives away the soft fluffy greatness that will come. The ingredients seem sparse, the meat patty comes with just one piece of each addition (one piece of cheese, tomato, onion and lettuce) and is doused in special sauce. It avoids one of the common burger pitfalls of coming with so much filling you cant get your mouth around it while dazzling with a perfectly balanced, symphony of flavours. We were silent as we ate this – it was one of those moments where I wish we didn’t do the blog so I got a whole one to myself.

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So then, how did you find the fried chicken sandwich?

She says: There is always a less favourite child and when they are sat next to the family’s golden child, they will inevitably look haggard and useless. This chicken burger could have been merely a non-event if we hadn’t just experienced beef burger heaven. The same great bun gave a fluffy bed to crunchy coleslaw and some deep fried chook. The chicken was dry – real dry – I actually left a corner of one of the pieces that lacked so much moisture it was unrecognisable as chicken. And I think both of us (as usual) would have been pretty keen for some extra sauce.

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He says: For the record (and as the photo’s will attest) this was a burger not a sandwich. Was a little let down by this one. The bun was again a winner and I was down with the B & B pickle slaw and the spicy mayo but the whole party was let down by the chicken itself which was super dry and chewy. Maybe an off day in the chicken kitchen department or possibly I was just I was let down after how sensational the beef burger was.

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And what about the sides? 

She says:  The sides were a bit ‘meh’ for me. I have tried with onion rings, honestly I have. I just don’t get it!! These were objectively a good version of them however and he seemed pretty taken with the ranch sauce (it would have better suited chicken wings but not every day is chicken wings day). And the chips were pretty good too.

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He says: The fries were as good as any going around and, as always, benefited with the addition of a lovely aioli. The onion rings were a little over battered but the cooling ranch sauce was a winner and had me dipping anything and everything possible into it.

 


|| 169 Dolphin Street, Coogee, NSW, 2034 || (02) 9240 3000 || Website  || Email ||

 

HOURS

Monday – Sunday: 7:30am till late

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Meat District Co.

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Meat District Co. Verdict: 5/10

 

Beef Burger: 5/10

Chicken Burger: 5/10

Sides: 7/10

 

Why the Meat District Co.?

He says: There seemed to be a heavy push on social media regarding Meat District with the chief selling point being there expanding empire from Pasadena. I was skeptical as it was located smack bang in the middle of a tourist trap mecca (Darling Harbour) but the photos I’d seen online made their burgers look like the they were the shizzle!

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She says: I’ve made my feelings about Darling Harbour clear before [link to meat and wine co] so I wasn’t super excited to go here, but when we turned up on a Saturday night, it was pumping. The restaurant itself has really a good vibe and heaps of people seemed to be there in big groups getting ready to head out. If that is your M.O. it looks like a good option around those parts.

What did you order?

  • Cheese Burger – $12
  • Chicken Burger – $14
  • Onion Rings – $7.50
  • Truffle Fries – $7.50

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Tell us about the Cheese Burger?

He says: If you’re going to have an open kitchen it might be a good idea to conceal the fact that your patty mince isn’t ground and minced on site (which became evident by the unopened industrial sized plastic bags holding the mince in the refrigerator). This burger was mediocre city. The bun was far too doughy and dwarfed the size of the patty, the patty itself was overcooked and had too many notes of cheap sausage, and there was nowhere near enough sauce. Disappointing.

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She says: This burger was a beauty queen but lacked substance to back up its fairly awesome first impression (and to add to that, note that it was not a traditional Cheeseburger). The patty was really, really salty and had a weird Ikea meatball type taste. Also – as far as I am concerned, the jury is out on rocket on burgers. The pickle was strange too with an almost musty flavour. The cheese was great though and the sauce was working pretty hard to pull the burger from the depths of meh.

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So then, how did you find the Chicken Burger?

She says: This burger featured fried crumbed chicken breast which we were pumped about after having not such a great time with grilled chicken burgers of late. It was a fairly standard, schnitzel type piece of chicken – which would be good with some tomato sauce and cheese, parmigiana style at your local, washed down with a Carlton Draught while you scratch in your Kino numbers with a pretty much blunt pencil that is far too small. The coleslaw and horseradish mayo weren’t super tasty and the bun was a bit too doughy. Again – this burger looked fantastic but failed to deliver.

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He says: Same issue here with the bun as the prior effort. The chicken itself was dry and again there was nowhere near enough sauce and slaw so the whole thing was rendered rather bland. Also could have done with the addition of cheese.

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And what about the sides?

She says: The fries were the best part of this visit – they were great and crunchy, golden with a light dusting of cheese. He thinks He could taste the truffle but I couldn’t, which is strange because I am usually a gun when it comes to smelling, tasting, seeking out and devouring truffled-anything. The onion rings weren’t amazing (but they are more His thing than they are mine, so maybe listen to him on them and not me).

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He says: The sides were the saving grace and highlight of the meal. The chips were cooked to perfection (crunchy on the outside with soft pillows of potato goodness ready to pour out of the center) and the onion rings were bang on as well. The truffled aioli accompanying them both raised the bar again


|| King Street Wharf 1 Lime St Sydney || Website ||

 

Open 7 days a week and 365 days a year – Monday – Sunday : 11am till ‘late’

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