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Happy International Burger Day: here are six to order tonight

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“A burger is simple, but it seems to make a lot of people happy” – someone from some website I found when Googling International Burger Day. And honestly, I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Happy International Burger Day! As Canberrans, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to good burgers. We’ve got ‘em and we’ve got plenty.

I consider myself somewhat of a burger connoisseur.

I love burgers so much that once, as a farewell escapade in a previous job, my team and I literally spent the entire week sampling burgers at lunch. A different day called for a different burger place and it was arguably the best week of my life.

Thus, I have nominated myself to put together my top-six picks of Canberra burgers to be enjoyed this International Burger Day (or IBD as I will henceforth be referring to it).

Please enjoy…

BRODBURGER: The Brodburger

Have you even lived if you’ve never tried Brodburger? The answer is no.

These home-grown morsels are somewhat of a Canberra icon, alongside the likes of Parliament House, The War Memorial and the bridge-to-bridge walk.

What makes a humble Brodburger so sensational is a few simple yet key ingredients. The bread, which is the ultimate balance of soft and crunchy. The meat is thick, juicy and flame-grilled. The salad is fresh. The relish is sweet. The cheese (oh the cheese), it’s melted in abundance. But most importantly, the house-made garlic aioli is absolutely mind-blowing.

For me, there is no burger I’d rather be devouring on this special day.

If you’re vegetarian or vegan, the best way to enjoy a Brod, minus the meat is via their OMV (Oh My Vegan) and Brod Veg burgers.

Brodburger is open at the Kingston Glassworks for pickup and home delivery within 8kms, and at Coop at Soho in Dickson for pickup and home delivery within 5kms. Order online at brodburger.com.au.

TERRA: The 18hr Smoked Brisket on Bread

If you’ve ever walked through No Name Lane in City West, chances are you’ve smelled the smokey goodness emanating from Terra.

This restaurant has paved the way for smoked, grilled and rotisserie meats in Canberra. They are one of the best and you better believe they serve some of their succulent meats in burger form.

My pick is the 18hr smoked Black Angus brisket, served with classic old bay coleslaw, cucumber pickles and cheddar cheese on a soft milk bun. This ‘less is more’ approach combines just a couple of unique flavours that really hits you where it matters…the taste buds.

Terra takeaway is open for pickup from their No Name Lane store. Order online via mryum.com/terra

MR PAPA: The PFC (Peruvian Fried Chicken Burger)

This Peruvian street food truck is your chance to get a taste of Peru in Canberra. And ever since I saw they offered loaded fries with sausage and special mayonnaise-like sauces, I knew Mr Papa and I were going to get along well.

But today we’re here to talk burgers and the PFC Burger is hard to beat.

The main component of the burger is the Nikkei-style fried chicken (which upon another quick Google, I’ve uncovered is actually a Japanese-Peruvian fusion of flavours). It’s oh-so-crunchy and has just the right amount of bite.

Paired with Tonkatsu mayo, Peruvian slaw and yellow chilli sauce, and you have a spicy, saucy, exotic burger that’s everything you need to celebrate IBD. Washing it down with a sweet Inca Kola is probably the closest you’ll get to visiting South America this year.

Mr Papa is open at Coop at Soho in Dickson for pickup and home delivery within 5kms. To order, visit: shop.mrpapa.com.au

GREASE MONKEY: The Greasy

Out of an old mechanic’s garage in Braddon come these greasy, mouth-watering burgers.

I love to wear my stretchy pants and get down and dirty with a little Grease Monkey on the regular. Disclaimer: it’s not the cleanest burger to eat, and that’s exactly how you know you’re eating it right.

Of course, you simply can’t go past the classic Greasy. Beef patty, lettuce, cheese, onion, pickles, GM relish and Greasy’s sauce. I don’t know what they put in that sauce but I know I want to bottle it up and take it home.

Vegans rejoice because the Greasy also comes in delicious vegan form.

Grease Monkey is open for limited dine-in and takeaway in Braddon and Gungahlin. To view their full menu and order online visit greasys.com.au

MORNING GLORY: The Wagyu Cheeseburger

Despite its name, Morning Glory can be enjoyed at any time of day (no pun intended, I promise). And since COVID forced us all into the four walls of our homes, I have very much taken a liking to their takeaway menu which, evidently, features some pretty heavenly burgers.

My recommendation for IBD is the wagyu cheeseburger. THIS is exactly what cheeseburgers are all about. A quality meat patty (wagyu, no less), cheese (cheddar, I think?), a tangy kick (spicy jalapeño), a delicious sauce (kewpie mayo AKA the king of mayonnaise) and a side of French fries.

Tick, tick, tick, tick and tick.

Quick tip: if you’re steering clear of meat, I’ve just seen a teriyaki mushroom burger pop up on their stories! #winning.

Morning Glory is open for takeaway from 12 pm – 9 pm. Visit their website to view their menu and order via phone 6257 6464 or visitmorning-glory.com.au.

LITTLE THEO’S: The Chili Chook

Photo: Tim Bean Photography.

Do yourself a favour and head over to Little Theo’s Instagram page. Don’t get me wrong, I love myself a curated Instagram, but the endless videos of deep-fried pickles, deep-fried fish, deep-fried scallops, deep-fried fritters, and cheesy pizza can send me into a total spiral.

Thank you, dear Anthony, for the essential deep frying you do every day. You are a true hero.

Of course, my burger pick here must feature something deep-fried; which is why I’ve chosen the Chili Chook. House-made chicken schnitzel fillet, lettuce, cheese tomato and Theo’s famous Portuguese chilli-mayo.

No fuss, no muss. Just a (not-so) wholesome schnitty on a bun with all the right trimmings and a bloody good sauce.

Little Theo’s is open for takeaway. Order online via littletheos.com.au

So, there you have it, people. My top recommendations to celebrate International Burger Day.  Go forth and enjoy all that flame-grilled/deep fried/smoked goodness.

Or tell me, which burger will you be devouring in honour of this blissful day?

Feature image: Tim Bean Photography.

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