We all know trends come and go, but what’s in-trend at the moment is burgers. Inspired by American style burgers but adapted to the sophisticated and open minds of Australian palettes, I’m seeing a new generation of burger joints sweeping their way through Sydney.
This will be a growing list of my brief thoughts on each burger.
Alberts Bar, North Sydney
|Burger||The Wagyu Cheeseburger|
|Would I come back?||Yes if I needed to eat with a big group and Fivepoints was full.|
|Price||$15 with fries (double)|
The Wagyu Cheeseburger with fries ($15 for double patty) had a double wagyu beef patty, tomato sauce, caramalised onions, pickles and mustard. The wagyu beef patty was very moist and tender, but could’ve done with a but more crust in order to give some contrasting texture to the burger. A tad more flavour and seasoning wouldn’t hurt either, but the perfectly melted cheese and pickles helped cut through the richness of the wagyu beef patty.
Albert’s use a brioche bun for their burger. There are usually two camps when it comes to buns on burgers. I am definitely on the milk bun camp, as I feel that brioche buns are too rich, creamy and airy. The brioche bun used here is actually pretty good though, and it held up well considering I ordered a double patty.
At this stage, Five Points is still my default choice for a burger in North Sydney but the advantage of Albert’s is more seating, no queues and access to a regular pub menu in addition to their tasty burgers.
100 Mount St
North Sydney NSW
Five Points Burgers, North Sydney
|Would I come back?||Definitely, a hundred percent.|
The Bronx Burger ($12.50) had a single beef patty, pickles, double American cheese, tomato sauce, mustard, aioli, pickles, bacon, onion jam and iceberg lettuce. I love this burger because it doesn’t have any other vegetables such as tomato which drown out the individual elements of this burger. The patty is cooked with a nice crust and retains it’s tenderness and juiciness on the inside, whilst the bacon added a combination of crispiness and soft bacon along with it’s natural smokiness to the burger. As you can also see, the cheese has been cooked with the beef patty meaning it has melted to perfection.
The upside to this burger is the bun. The milk bun made by Brasserie Bread holds up really well for burgers heavy on filling. I took my sweet time eating it and it did not get wet or soft at all.
At this stage, The Bronx is one of my favourite burgers in the Sydney burger scene right now in 2015.
Five Points Burgers
124 Walker St
North Sydney NSW
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 11:30am-5:00pm
Pub Life Kitchen, Ultimo
|Would I come back?||Definitely|
|Price||$16 with fries|
The Bird burger ($18) had dorito fried chicken, slaw, jack cheese and mayo on a slightly toasted sesame bun. The piece of fried chicken was out of this world, with the mashed up doritos forming a game changing crunch on the outside whilst the piece of chicken thigh remained juicy and full of flavour on the inside. Each bite was an emotional experience on it’s own, moving from crunchiness to tenderness in one bite. I’m getting hungry thinking about it.
The slaw added further texture and balance however I just wished the cheese was slightly melted before it was served. Just a minor personal preference, which didn’t spoil my experience at all however.
The Lord Wolseley Hotel
265 Bulwara Road
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 12-3pm and 6-10pm
The Roots, North Sydney
|Would I come back?||Yes, but only if Fivepoints Burgers was closed.|
|Price||$TBC with fries|
The Yeezus burger ($TBC) meets my minimalist burger criteria by having minimal ingredients but cooked well. It has a soft toasted bun, beef patty, American cheese, pickles and a house made sauce which I need to go back and validate.
At the time I tried the burger, everything was perfect except for the filling to bun ratio. The bun was too airy and I felt it overpowered the well cooked and charred beef patty and the deliciously melted cheese and tanginess of the pickles.
The Roots Espresso and The Roots Next Door
Shop 7, 2 Elizabeth Plaza
North Sydney, NSW
Instagram: https://instagram.com/therootsespresso/ and https://instagram.com/therootsnextdoor/
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 6:30am to 4pm
Mary’s CBD, Sydney CBD
|Burger||1. Cheeseburger with double pattie and bacon
2. Fried chicken burger
|Would I come back?||Definitely, many times already.|
|Price||1. $16 with extras
The cheeseburger ($10 without extras) is actually a burger I’ve never had on it’s own. Everytime I come to Mary’s I always order the double with bacon, to me, it completes the burger.
This is a classic burger with a soft and flat untoasted bun, double beef patty (+ $3), bacon (+ $3), American cheese, onion, pickles, ketchup and American mustard. The patty is flat but has a nice caramalised crust with a lot of flavour when cooked in tandem with the American cheese. The result is a crispy and juicy patty with melted salted cheese.
I’m not sure what bun they use (house made?) but it holds up the burger contently with pride. Their bun is sourced from Bread Top, thanks to @sarahlianhan from https://sarahversuscarbs.wordpress.com/ for the heads up.
The fried chicken burger ($12) is only available at the CBD branch at the time of writing. It’s one of the best fried chicken burgers in CBD along with Pub Life Kitchen (Ultimo). It has a piece of crunchy buttermilk fried chicken, American cheese, Mary’s sauce, lettuce and tomato. Once again, the fried chicken had a good crunch on the outside which compliments the juicy chicken on the inside. The chicken itself was seasoned and marinated well, with Southern style spices.
154 Castlereagh Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Open Monday to Sunday from 10am until late