Wrap Your Hands Around the Best Burgers in Sydney

A greasy guide to the best burgers in town.

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Sometimes, there are moments in life when you need to wrap your hands around a good burger. Whether it be a dirty burger, American-style packed to the bun with bacon, cheese, pickles, onion rings, and tater tots, or a fancy wagyu burger, that is mouth-wateringly succulent; Sydney has every kind of burger for every mood. 

Here is where you will find the best burgers in the city.

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Belles Hot Chicken

Barangaroo and Tramsheds
Belles is best known for their Nashville hot chicken, so if you love heat, this is the place for you. They have a signature spicy chicken sandwich, which is a favourite, but you can also get a spicy mushroom sandwich crumbed with polenta and has a generous drizzle of good sauce. The prices are affordable too, with a chicken sandwich setting you back $14.50 or the mushroom version for $14.

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Paul’s Famous Hamburgers

Voted Australia’s favourite burgers, Paul’s Burgers are a must-try, especially the Famous Works. You can choose from an extensive menu of hamburgers with different toppings, including pineapple. They also offer chicken burgers and a chilli chicken burger with Paul’s homemade hot chilli dollop.

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Mister Gee Burger Truck

Multiple locations
Mister Gee has been known to throw together some outrageous stacks including a burger with doughnut buns. No matter what you get, it’s going to be good. Double the patty, the cheese, and bacon, or keep it simple with a smashed patty, and classic toppings. You can find the truck at Haberfield and North Strathfield. Follow them on Instagram for updates.

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Surry Hills and Chatswood
Butter’s burgers are where you go if you’re hungover and need something greasy, or just want a $15 burger that you know is going to be good—every time. Pick up a fried chicken sandwich with dashi butter, and pickled cucumber or try the spicy version with fire hot sauce.

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Bar Luca

Multiple locations
No one does a dirty burger better than Bar Luca, the burger bar known for creating some of Sydney’s tastiest and craziest burger stacks. They’ve stacked their chicken and beef burgers with everything from fried enoki mushrooms to mozzarella sticks, and a spoonful of mac and cheese. Burgers start around $14 and only go up to $22 for the Mac Daddy, which features a double BL beef patty, double the cheese, lettuce, pickles, onions, and BL sauce on a triple BL milk bun. Suffice to say it’s a serious burger.

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Mary’s Underground

Circular Quay and Newtown
If you haven’t had a Mary’s burger, you’re missing out on a vital part of Sydney’s nightlife. Mary’s is where you go to listen to live music, drink beer, and chomp down on a Mary’s burger, which is nothing fancy, just good meat, and a good milk bun, for that indulgent, chewy, melt in your mouth experience. Mary’s burgers are legendary and deserve a spot on any best burger list in Sydney.

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Ume Burger

Barangaroo and Haymarket
While Bar Ume, unfortunately, closed its doors, you can still get their crowd-favourite burgers at their Barangaroo and Haymarket outposts, including the Ume Burger. You can also fill your orders with pork katsu, juicy pieces of boneless karaage chicken, and a hand-crumbed fish fillet. Get a side of housemade kimchi and some renkon chips to munch on.

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Johnny Bird

Crows Nest
This little burger bar in Crows Nest had a previous life selling lobster rolls but rebranded as Johnny Bird to sell big ol’ dirty American-style burgers. While you can enjoy some wings and tenders, as well as loaded fries, their burgers are the main event. Most of their burgers feature a thick, crispy chicken fillet, or you can get a beef burger. The ‘lost in translation’ is a take on a katsu burger, with kewpie mayo, Tokyo slaw and of course, katsu fried chicken. Whichever burger you choose, you won’t be disappointed. They also have great sides options, including sweet potato fries, which are *chefs kiss*.

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Five Guys

Penrith and CBD
Five Guys has cult status in the U.S. and the world, and now it’s made its way to Sydney, and will soon make its way to Melbourne and other major Australian cities. The burgers are simple, and you can choose free toppings such as caramelised onions. They use quality ingredients to make their juicy burgers and don’t forget to add a side of fries. Their claim to fame is filling the bag with fries, every time. Who doesn’t want a handful of free fries at the bottom of the bag?

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Chubbs Bar

Brookvale and Manly
You can always count on a sports bar to serve a good, big burger. Chubbs Bar offers an American sports bar vibe and a menu with six different burger variations. You will find three different wagyu burgers with smoked bacon, fried onion strings and other favourite toppings. If beef isn’t your speed, try the southern fried chicken burger, Texas fried chicken patty, and a grilled halloumi patty.

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Little L

Multiple locations
Little L’s burgers are old school. Think a crisp lettuce leaf, tomato, onion, and grilled chicken with different toppings from L’s special sauce to bacon and cheese. The beef burgers come in double, single, or classic. You can also wrap your hands around a bacon cheeseburger, topped with bacon and tomato chutney.

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Nash Big Brother Burgers

Apart from selling salads and fried chicken, most Sydneysiders flock to Nash for their signature burger, which features Nash special sauce, beetroot relish, cheese, beef patty, and onion. You will also find a mushroom burger, grilled bird burger, and a barramundi burger. As far as price goes, you can pick up a decent cheeseburger for $10 or pay anywhere up to $17 for a BBQ bourbon brisket with jalapeno, and smokey cheese.

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Percy Plunkett

Every weekend, locals gather at Percy Plunkett for good food, good service, and family vibes. While the menu offers a lot of great options, including the deep dish pancakes, you would be amiss to go past the cornflake crumbed chicken burger. Just as it sounds, a juicy chicken breast marinated in buttermilk is crumbed in cornflakes, deep-fried and topped with American cheese, slaw, and chipotle mayo. You will also find a bacon and egg burger, topped with a hashbrown.

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Burger Head

Penrith and Botany
Burger Head is a casual eatery, serving big burgers. Since opening, they’ve gained a cult-following of burger head fanatics, drooling over their delicious American-style burgers. Each burger is stacked to the bun with thick, crispy chicken thighs, or smashed Angus patty—sometimes double or triple. They even offer a vegetarian burger and vegan option, so everyone can enjoy a burger.

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Pub Life Kitchen

In any discussion about the best burgers in Sydney, Pub Life Kitchen always makes it way into the conversation—and for a good reason. They use dry-aged meat for the patty, which sets it apart from other pubs in Sydney. Their fillet-ahh fish is thick (with two cs) and is topped with pickled zucchini, cheese, and homemade tartare sauce. You will also find the OG burger and other options. Since lockdown, they’ve been offering DIY burger boxes so that you can make their delicious burgers at home. 

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Chur Burger

Multiple locations
Chur Burger is a food truck, but you can also find them in Surry Hills, at the airport, and West HQ. They specialise in burgers, offering everything from beef and chicken to lamb and fish. Each burger is stacked with toppings, which you can always double up. Pair it with some seasoned fries or spicy and smokey mac and cheese. They also have gluten-free buns.

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Urban Jungle

Rooty Hill and Hurstville
Urban Jungle recently unveiled a new Hurstville venue, which is serving a different menu, but you can expect similar burgers you would find in Rooty Hill, including a brekky burger with smoky bbq and aioli sauce on a potato bun. You can’t go past the gochujang chicken burger, which comes with a southern-style fried chicken, sticky gochujang glaze, house pickled cabbage, cucumber, daikon, and kewpie mayo with a side of seasoned fries.

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What’s On in Sydney This Winter

There's plenty on.

It’s officially cold, but that doesn’t mean we should hibernate. Throw on a warm coat and hit the streets, as Sydney comes alive with Vivid, Bridgerton Balls and much more.

Check out these events if you’re looking for more fun things to do this weekend in Sydney. 

things to do sydney this weekend

Don your favourite snow gear for Sydney’s biggest Snow Festival

July 4 – 30
North Sydney
There is a snow festival coming to North Sydney, and it’s being brought to us by the hospitality group, Tilley & Wills. Shipping in more than 150 tonnes of real snow, the Greenwood Hotel and The Richmond Inn will be transformed into a winter wonderland over July. There will be the largest Olympic-grade ice-skating rink in North Sydney, winter movie showings, ice-skating performances, inflatable polar bears, gondolas, champagne and skate-up Fireball whiskey bars, free children’s activities and frozen performances. The Richmond Inn will be kicking off the festivities just in time for the school holiday season from July 4 to 10. Then the Greenwood Hotel will be kicking things up a notch with a two-week extravaganza from July 19 to 30.
Cost: Varies.

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Follow the Truffle Trail down in Darling Square

Darling Square
Over the next few weeks, dive into all things truffle with a selection of Sydney restaurants offering exciting dishes showcasing the unique depth and the umami and sweet flavours of the hyper-seasonal truffle. To take things to the next level, a pop-up cart will be open each Sunday offering exclusive, luxury truffle products for avid truffle seekers. Expect duck truffle soup from Auvers Cafe, wild mushroom truffle ragu from Hello Auntie, and even Truffalo buffalo wings from Wingboy.
Cost: Varies

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Attend a 10-day art, NFT, and negroni pop-up for charity

July 21-31
The Rocks and Darling Quarter
Sydneysiders can discover an epic line-up of homegrown artists, from NFT creator Bianca Beers to graffiti artist Scott Marsh, with 100% of profits from ONE’s ticket donations, art sales and auctions going to local charities, including; Asylum Seekers Centre, HalfCut and Save the Children. Across the 10 days, there will also be live auctions featuring luxury items from local businesses, exclusive pieces from Sydney artists and designers, themed life-drawing, and comedy tickets to the ARA Darling Quarter Theatre. 
Cost: Varies from $10- $200 (dependant on auction pricing)
Buy tickets here.

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Go window shopping at the Sydney International Boat Show

July 28 – August 1
Darling Harbour
It is no secret Sydney loves yachts and setting sail under the Harbour Bridge, so this year the Sydney International Boat Show will introduce a VIP experience like never before. Located on The Jackson, a 60-metre superyacht, The Harbour Lounge is the ultimate luxe experience offering access to all-day 5-star catering, premium beverages, live entertainment and exclusive boutique tasting experiences, all while overlooking the superyachts on display in Cockle Bay.
Cost: $26

things to do sydney this weekend

Celebrate Christmas in July at Entertainment Quarter

July 8-17
Moore Park
Coinciding with the first week of the school holidays, the EQ will transform into a Christmas fantasy land. Taking inspiration from some of the beautiful, whimsical Winter Markets dotted around the globe at Christmas. Christmas Winter Wonderland is a fun, festive experience for children and their families. A moment to come together and celebrate all the magic of Christmas, however in July.  

Find the giant Christmas tree and take a walk down Selfie Lane where you can snap the night away and purchase a Selfie Snow Globe to let the memory live on at home. There’s even a selfie moment for your four-legged furry friends. Hop on board the Santa Express before heading to the main event in the Show Ring. There is also a Nueva Bar serving a range of tipples from prosecco and ales to mulled wine and more plus numerous food trucks, perfect for parents and those wishing to munch on melt-in-your-mouth foodie delights.
Cost: Varies: $10 for children and $16 per adult.

Attend The Bridgerton Ball

Saturday, September 3
Town Hall
The town’s most informed Lady is inviting the cream of the town to the social gathering of the season at the exquisite Sydney Town Hall. Dress in elegance and come prepared to dance to classics known to many by our fabulous string quartet. Favourable food and enticing premium drinks fit for Lady’s and Lord’s, along with an array of activities such as life drawing and games of chance await you as you try not to be caught up in the gossip to earn the Queen’s attention. 
Cost: $209.

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Try Maybe Sammy’s new cocktail menu

From April 6
The Rocks
Rat Pack is out. Artistic doyennes are in. The new menu has been inspired by 12 women who have shaped us artistically from the fields of music, art, cinema and fashion. Each of the 12 cocktails is a tribute to these leading ladies and their contribution to the arts. Maybe Sammy has collaborated with a talented female Australian artist, Clementine Roslund (who goes by @klemekleme_), who has created bespoke artworks to accompany each cocktail. The artwork sits alongside each cocktail in the new menu booklet, entitled ‘Stardust’, which is the name of this new collection. Each cocktail will have a bespoke custom social media filter made from the artwork, so you can pop yourself or your chum into it and extend the experience. The filters will be accessed by a QR code that can be found next to each of the cocktails in the Stardust menu.

things to do sydney this weekend

Conquer Sydney’s tallest paint and sip experience

Champainting has launched Sydney’s highest paint and sip event at over 300 metres above the CBD in the Sydney Tower Eye. The exclusive event allows guests to paint the ‘City by Night’ masterpiece. Sip on a two-hour drinks package and enjoy a gourmet grazing box while you unleash your inner Monet.
Cost: $145 per person.

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Race your friends at Hyper Karting

Entertainment Quarter
Located in Sydney’s The Entertainment Quarter, Hyper Karting is not your average go-karting—it’s karting reimagined. Think, electric karts, faster speeds, environmentally friendly, all-weather track and safe and inclusive karting. Each race is 15 minutes, and you can enter as many races as you want. It’s only $19 per race and there are two tracks, one for the kids (3-7 years old). When you start the race, your kart is at 50% power, although with every lap you finish, your speed increases dependent on your lap times. So the faster you complete a lap. the faster you can go the next time around. They have expert and standard races. If you’ve never been karting before, stick with the standard. You can race as a family, and the best part, they take your dine and discover vouchers. So what are you waiting for?
Cost: $19-$59.

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Bridge Climb X Hendrick’s Gin Bar

Throughout the month of January 2022, all climbers that scale the iconic arches on Day and Twilight Climbs departing after 1 pm will be treated to a complimentary post-Climb celebratory drink in an on-site celebration bar, which closes at 10 pm. The post-Climb drink offered will be a Hendrick’s and Fever-Tree Tonic with a cucumber garnish. Alcohol will be served to guests aged 18 years and over only. Those not of legal age to drink will be offered a non-alcoholic version.
Cost: From $198 for adults, and from $99 for kids.

things to do sydney this weekend

Butter X Impossible Pop Up at The Rocks

The Rocks
Butter, Sydney’s favourite burger and chicken joint have launched an Impossible Pop Up in The Rocks in Sydney. The menu is made exclusively with Impossible Beef, so you can pop down there and try the full menu if you want. Expect dishes such as an Impossible Chilli Cheeseburger, Impossible Katsu and American Impossible Chilli Cheese Fries. There will also be live music and DJ’s every week, and a bar stocked with fun cocktails. Butter hour is from 5 pm to 6 pm every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Bottomless brunches will also be on, as well as secret menu items, Australia Day festivities and New Years events.
Cost: Varies.

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