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We like big buns and we cannot lie…

If there’s anything that hits the spot better than a good burger, we’re yet to find it. But if you’re hankering for more than the usual tomato sauce and beef, there are plenty of other options to satisfy the tastebuds.

Whether it’s a Korean fried chicken concoction or a burger named after one of Canberra’s iconic structures, here’s where to find the best buns in town for your next burger and beers session.

ORIGINAL BEEF BURGER, THE DISTRICT

Given they won the AHA award for best burger last year, Crace’s The District is the perfect place to start if you’re hankering for a good quality bun. Aside from their original beef burger, there are chicken and pork varieties, along with a great range of tap beers. Head along on Sundays for their $20 burger and beer deal.

Shop 7 & 8, 56 Abena Avenue, Crace Central Shopping Centre, Gungahlin | facebook.com/TheDistrict1

VEGE BURGER, EDGAR’S INN

Who said burgers have to be loaded with beef? Packed with a zucchini and cauliflower fritter, tomato, lettuce, haloumi and cucumber yoghurt, this is a burger that delivers a zing if you need a break from the meatier options. Wash it down with a frosty tap beer.

1 Edgar Street, Ainslie | edgarsinn.com.au

CHEESEBURGER, SHORTY’S

Sometimes you can’t go wrong with the classics, and Shorty’s does the American-style cheeseburger to perfection. Simple but effective, it comes with cheese, pickles, onion and of course, mustard. Better yet, it’s just $10 all day, every day (which means you can afford a beer or cider to complete your meal).

29 Garema Place, Civic   |  shortysbar.com.au

HERB COATED CHICKEN BURGER, BENTSPOKE

This herb-coated chicken burger is served on a Sonoma bun with red nut pickled jalapeños, mint slaw, cheese, spicy aioli and served with a side of hops salted potatoes. With eighteen rotating beers on tap, choosing a beer to go with this burger will leave you spoilt for choice. (But if you’re stuck, the brewers recommend that it’s best enjoyed with a pint of Sprocket and surrounded by mates!).

48/38 Mort Street, Braddon   | bentspokebrewing.com.au

BRODBURGER, CAPITAL BREWING CO

To ensure the freshest premium mince and juiciest burgers, all beef at Brodburger is hormone free and ethically produced by Claystone Beef, a local farmer in Hoskinstown just outside of Queanbeyan. Their flame-grilled namesake burger is a standout with their legions of fans, and now it can be enjoyed in the relaxed environment of Capital Brewing Co at Fyshwick’s Diary Road. The family and dog-friendly venue includes a kids’ cubby, great beer garden and green play space.

 3/1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick  | capitalbrewing.co 

FRIED CHICKEN BURGER, BADGER & CO.

Badger & Co.’s signature bun is their Fried Chicken Burger; loaded with kimchi, lettuce, kewpie mayo and fries. Crispy and moreish, it goes down perfectly with a pint of Capital Brewing Co. Pale Trail Ale.

Health and Well-being Centre 156-11, Joplin Lane, Kambri Precinct, Australian National University | badgerandco.com.au

TELSTRA TOWER BURGER, LITTLE THEO’S

The only takeaway in Australia to be listed in the Good Food Guide, Little Theo’s has built a loyal following, thanks in part to its 15cm tall Telstra Tower burger; a nod to the Canberra landmark. Stacked with double beef patties, double egg, double bacon, quadruple cheese, double house-made potato scallops, lettuce, beetroot and tomato, the burger even has the famous “pole” sticking out at the top of the bun.

3 Carleton Street, Kambah  |  littletheos.com.au

LOADED BURGER, CASINO CANBERRA

Casino Canberra knows the power of a banging burger and beer, so much so they have a $20 combo every Sunday. Their loaded burgers come with a tasty twist of Asian flavours: the katsu chicken burger is stuffed with Asian salad and katsu sauce, while their char sui pork burger is topped with crackling and coriander. And if you like your burger stacked as high as your poker chips, you can play it your way by adding as many extras as your stomach desires.

21 Binara St, Canberra |  casinocanberra.com.au

BULGOGI CHEESESTEAK, BABY SU

Like your burgers with a twist? Baby Su’s burgers are Asian-inspired, including the Korean Fried Chicken with a Gochujang glaze, the Teriyaki Cheeseburger, and the Bulgogi Cheesesteak, with marinated sliced beef, kim cheese sauce, lettuce, kim chi and nori.

Whether you prefer your beer on tap, or in a glass or can, you’ll find something to suit—including on-theme Asian varieties.

Corner West Row and Alinga Street, (No Name Lane) Civic | baby-su.com.au

FULL SERVICE, GREASE MONKEY

If you’ve had a few too many drinks the night before or are simply craving something with an edge, you can’t go past the full service at Grease Monkey’s, with its beef patty, streaky bacon, egg, cheese, pineapple, lettuce, tomato, beetroot, onion, GM relish and signature Greasy’s sauce.

Hair of the dog is almost compulsory given Grease Monkey’s great deals, including Tightass Chewsday where you get a free bevvy with your burger, all day!

19 Lonsdale Street, Braddon  |  greasys.com.au

MAPLE BACON CHEESEBURGER, WODEN CENTRAL

After something a little bit fancy? Woden Central’s selection of gourmet burgers is sure to please. One highlight is the Maple Bacon Cheeseburger, with Cape Grim beef burger, crispy maple bacon, provolone, caramelised onion, bacon jam and all-important aioli.

And with more than 15 beers on tap—and a variety of packaged options—you’re spoilt for choice.

Canberra Southern Cross Club, 92-96 Corinna Street, Woden | cscc.com.au

SUSHI BURGER, MOOKIE

 

Mookie is constantly pushing the burger boundaries, and no more so than with their Sushi Burger, a delicious fusion of seaweed, nori seasoning and Angus beef patty on a rice bun.

Their menu staples are equally delicious: sandwiched between traditional American potato buns you can get the classic Mookie Burger, vegan Donald Watson, or even a bunless Protein Burger (so you’ve got more room for that local craft beer on the side).

Choose a bevvy from just down the road, or as far afield as Japan.

4/21 Genge Street, Canberra City | mookie.com.au

DOUBLE CHEESEBURGER, SOUL CARTEL

Photo: Feastyboyz

Not for the faint-hearted, the Double Cheeseburger from Soul Cartel features two 150g beef patties, two piles of bacon, four slices of cheese, fries and three different sauces. You can even ‘hack’ the burger and add a couple of spring rolls, as pictured above. With a loaded bun like that, who needs beer?

With a second location recently opened in Watson, the people have spoken. 

6 Farr Place, Isaacs | facebook.com/FarrSideCafe

CALAMARI SANDWICH, MANOLOS

This popular Phillip café specialises in comfort food, and the Calamari Sandwich is a standout from the Spanish-influenced menu. Owner Alex Piris says the hearty dish is as common as an egg and bacon roll in Spain (and now we’re all packing our bags).

Expect crispy, golden calamari served on an olive oil panini, with aioli, flour-semolina crumb with smoky paprika and lemon sauce and shredded iceberg lettuce.

17 Botany Street, Phillip | manoloscoffee.com.au 

BARNEY’S BURGER, BARNEY’S

Barney’s ‘The Braddon’ has been crafted for Lonsdale Street itself – Portobello Mushroom, Haloumi cheese, Barney’s Sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle. In the “true tradition of Braddon” it’s a burger we can all enjoy, vegetarian or not.

Barney’s recommend pairing this burger with a Capital Brewing Co Coast Ale, which has a slightly below average alcohol content, “floral hops and a great lingering finish”. Cheers to that.

5 Lonsdale St, Braddon | barneysbar.com.au

BENNY’S BIG A BURGER, THE DOCK 

The Dock is the place to be for any occasion – especially when you’re craving a burger. Benny’s Big A includes an Angus beef pattie, old English cheese, smoked bacon, ghost pickle (we’re intrigued) and even a cheeky onion ring or two.

Rock up on Tuesdays and you’ll get two-for-one burgers to enjoy with the extensive range of beers.

 7/81 Giles St, Kingston | thedockkingston.com.au

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