Header image: Bad Love Burger Co. via Facebook.
Since burger joints took over the Perth food scene in recent years, attention has turned towards the next level: smashed burgers, process involving smashing the meat patty down on the grill to lock up more fat and juices in your eventually heart-stopping, but oh so tasty burger. It’s of course not quite that simple and different places have different methods, but Perth is already stacked with joints serving out plenty of these devilishly good delights.
We’ve tried to round up a few of the best (in no particular order), and may your mouth smash many more as you set off on your smashed burger journey – just don’t wear a white t-shirt.
A success story, Two Stacks had been traipsing around Perth garnering fans across the land before settling into Fremantle’s Sunshine Harvester Works at the start of the year. They keep things pretty simple with the menu, preferring to let the burgers do the talking and we’re all the better for it. Great service + great burgers = a happier you.
1 James St, Fremantle
Basically all of our burger lists include Hoodburger, but it’s hard to deny their succulent smashburgers, dropping with nostalgic Americana. We can’t help but think of Scrooge McDuck when we see their heaving trays of fries – you almost want to dive right in. They’ve just opened up a new shop in Ardross too, so they’re ready to conquer the south as well!
Old Shanghai, 123 James Street, Northbridge
848 Beaufort Street, Inglewood
31 Kearns Cres, Ardross
The Generous Squire
Feeling duty-bound to keep you informed of the best new smashed burger options around at the moment, we’d love to point your hungry eyes to our latest obsession, CBD brewpub The Generous Squire. They’re big in the smashed patty game, and along with rocking a couple of great deals (including a huge Burger Tower for $65), they’ve just launched a Brewer’s Bun series pairing a new burger creation with a new brew. Just make sure you don’t have any work meetings on after lunch, it’ll knock you right out!
397 Murray St, Perth
Flames Burgers & Grill
You can bet your sweet, smashed butt we’re going far and wide for this list baby, and Flames Burgers out in Wanneroo is one of many on this list worth the mission. As with basically this entire list, make sure you leave a few notches on the belt before you get there. The menu is HUGE with heaps of breakfast and lunch options, but real ones will have eyes on the BIG BOY burger menu only.
950 Wanneroo Rd, Wanneroo
Bad Love Burger Co.
File Bad Love under another successful food truck fairy tale (well, almost)! The legends behind beloved Perth pop-up Smashburger BBQ have turned the good will from that pop-up into the Bad Love Burger Co. in West Leederville. Big, juicy, smashed-to-within-an-inch-of-their-life patties + booze is a winning combo as far as any sane person is concerned, but hurry down – people have already caught on and the place is heaving.
4/39 Harrogate St, West Leederville
The Peach Pit
While it may be nestled right on Scarborough beach, The Peach Pit has anything but your beach bod on its mind. Their regular selections of smashed burgers are dangerous enough (the potato buns a big plus), but its their burgers of the month that’ll haunt your dreams. This month (March) the Gangnam Style has been given an extension, and you’ll need one after trying to put this bad boy away:
148 The Esplanade, Scarborough
Christo’s Lunch Bar
Next time you’re wandering out Wangara way make sure you pop in to Christo’s Lunch Bar. With burgers as big and delicious as Christo’s, you’ll usually have to wait a little bit for the pleasure but trust us when we say it’s more than worth it. If you really want to clear the rest of your working schedule, hook into The Big Drip – double smashed patty, fried chicken, double cheese, bacon, pickles, caramalised onions, Christo’s BBQ sauce and special sauce. OOFT.
1/20 Christable Way, Landsdale
Big Rigz Burger Co.
Big Rigz has been taking on the big job of Freo for a couple of years now, and you’ll be hard-pressed trying to find an unhappy customer. Along with just having a huge range of huge burgers, they obviously understand the neighbourhood and will cater to many dietary requirements, including gluten free buns, vegan cheese etc. Most places on this list will drop some kinda loaded fries, and Big Rigz are up there with the best of ’em.
1/231 South Terrace, South Fremantle
Head along to Belmont and you’ll find a bunch of freaks doing some very weird and always wonderful things to your burger-smashing experience. BurgerFreak Belmont offer excellent family deals that’ll put the most energetic of young’uns into a food coma, and if you’re real game have a crack at whatever “Stunt” burger they’re rocking at the time. A recent example: The Meatball Massacre: Parmesan & herb crumbed chicken schnitzel, Nonnas meat balls in a rich tomato sugo, melted mozzarella cheese, roquette, aioli and a garlic bread top! Pro-tip: Cop your burg with a side of – and just go with us on this – crispy brussel sprouts.
2/110 Robinson Ave, Belmont
Big Dog’s Burgers
Big Dog’s is a bit of a hidden gem – literally it’s hard to find the front door. While you’d hope that would slow people down and get you in there quickly, Morley crew back Big Dog’s in hard. Generally busy all the time, they’re always on top of it customer service-wise and will do everything they can to get you your burgs on time. Some of the best value around town when it comes to burgers of this size, their secret weapon is the ridiculous chicken tenders.
Unit 4/5 Wellington Rd, Morley
Head due north for Merriwa for the lo-fi cafe vibes of 115 Collective. Don’t let their chill community attitude fool you though, they’re not messing around when it comes to great breakfast options but most importantly they make a mean smashed burger. Even better they’re all $15.50 or less and come with gluten free options – the Slippery Pig is hard to go past on our end.
869 Connolly Dr, Merriwa
Two things happen when you hook into a burg at Charlies BBQ: you get real messy and you get real full! Both of which are huge positives when you’re in the smashed burger game, and Charlies has been doing it right for longer than most. Their monthly burger specials should always be on your radar, just leave plenty of petrol in the tank for those spicy wings.
113/1244 Marmion Ave, Currambine
An ode to classic midwestern American burgers, Smash Grill are truly nailing the basics. After a long intermission awaiting the opening of FOMO, Smash Grill are finally back, and we couldn’t be happier. Succulent smashed patties, oh-so-crispy fried chicken, and sandwiched between GOAT buns, Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls… Well, gosh – that’s worth waiting for.
FOMO, G07, 10 William Street, Fremantle
After earning legions of local fans, Local Bird has become a name we can barely go a day without hearing. With some practically pornographic burgers, we’re not surprised they’ve created such a furore. Smashed patties are beaten to within an inch of their life, and stacked with more queso than you can even comprehend. That chicken has the crispiest, crunchiest coating you ever did see. We’ve broken out into a sweat just thinking about it, to be honest.
1/91 Wanneroo Road, Tuart Hill
These guys should have been on the list a long time ago, but there’s a lot of burger joints to check out and only so many extra belt buckle notches we can add to the waist line! But good burgers is good burgers and Compton have been slinging some of the best for quite some time now. They’re that popular they’ve even employed hip hop royalty Coolio to create his own burger – the Killa Coolio 100, pictured below – which definitely helps with their hip hop credentials. You’ll have more luck finding a needle in a haystack than finding a bad word about Compton Burgers, so go forth and prosper friends!
196 Stirling St, Perth
Big Don’s Smoked Meats (Pop-up)
We’ll round out this (more extensive than we thought it would be) list with a couple of great pop-ups you should be keeping an eye out for around Perth. First up is Big Don and his menagerie of smoked meats. No one takes American BBQ as seriously as the Don, and when he’s feeling in the mood for a 21 day dry aged brisket cum smashed Wagyu Brisket Burger you’ll want to be there to grab one. Go follow him on Instagram to see some meat for yourself and find out where he’ll be next.
Smashed As Burger Co. (Pop-up)
Last but certainly not least, the team at Smashed As Burger Co. have been popping up around the Port Beach Garden Bar a bit lately and making many people very happy. We can think of few better scenarios than a Freo beer garden, ice cold froth and smashed burger for company on a Sunday afternoon. Follow ’em on Facebook to find out where they’ll be next.
Still hungry? Check out more of Perth’s best burgers HERE.