Whether you like them stacked high or home-style, Perth is jam packed with some top burger spots – here’s our favourite picks.
Hoodburger has been capturing the hearts and minds of Perth since their low-key beginnings; popping up in laneways and at parties around Perth, then in the Tiger Bao test kitchen. We’ve talked about these guys heaps already, but with good reason – 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.
Old Shanghai, 123 James Street, Northbridge
848 Beaufort Street, Inglewood
Short Order Burger Co.
Another pop-up success story! Adding a CBD location in 2018 to accompany its existing kitchen at Freo’s the The Sunshine Harvester Works, city workers can finally sort out their lunchtime burger cravings. Pillowy soft brioche, juicy grass fed beef patties cooked perfectly to medium rare, plus all the fixin’s. Honestly, what more could you ask for?
The Sunshine Harvester Works, 1 James Street, Fremantle
800 Hay Street, Perth
Gary’s! Diner! These burgers are worth an exclamation point or two. These glistening beacons of deliciousness are also highly worth tracking down – I reckon the elusiveness of the truck might even add to the enjoyment.. This mysterious food truck is helmed by the crew behind Comida Do Sul, as well as beloved South Freo bar Madalena’s, so you know you’re getting the goods. Choose from a single, double or veggie option – the curly fries are a must, though.
Check out our Perth’s Best Food Trucks article!
Since moving just a couple of doors down the road from their original Swanbourne home, Upperhand have really up(ppered) their burger game (which to be fair was already a pretty high standard). If you’re looking for some sloppy smashed the Double Chilli Cheeseburger is a must, and the Martin potato rolls may just be an absolute gamechanger. Wash it down with one of their popular boba teas.
123 Claremont Crescent, Swanbourne
3230 Smoke + Grill
Formerly one of our community tips down the bottom, we had to bump the big ‘orses at 3230 up this way after indulging in a few their burgs over the past 12 months. One of the biggest ranges of burgers you’ll find going around, the hardest part can just be picking one to fill up your boots with. Given how massive they are (patty stacking is strongly encouraged) the pricing is also off the charts, and being suckers for spice it’s hard to go past their Flamin’ options (meat or chicken).
Shop 2, 262 Canning Highway, Como
6/5 Armadale Rd, Jandakot
Ok, look. These might not be the fanciest, most glamorous, gourmet burgers you can find in Perth. But as they say, without darkness, there is no light, and you can’t have gourmet without home-style goodness – and that’s what Alfred’s is all about. Pull up to this roadside spot in Guildford for a complete lack of pretentiousness, a super, tasty affordable feed, and a cosy fireside chat with mates.
Corner Meadow and James Street, Guildford
Meet & Bun
Meet & Bun has built an almost frenzied, cult-like following since its launch in 2015. Now with three locations, you can get your fix of these Shake Shack inspired burgers even easier. Whether you’re into a basic cheeseburger or a stacked high skyscraper of a meal – the star of the show will be the WA produce, especially the juicy pink, hand pressed Euro Chef beef patties.
7/609 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley
Trinity Arcade, 72 St Georges Terrace, Perth
3 Cantonment Street, Fremantle
It’s a testament to how good their burgers are that tbsp., not a really burger joint, is on the list. One of our tip top favourite brunch spots, these guys do a ripper kimcheese burger – a double patty served pink, and topped with pickled cucumber and kimchi, as well as Japanese mayo and American cheese on a brioche bun. Their buttermilk fried chicken burger is also worth the trip – with pickled cucumber and gochugang slaw, it’s a perfect fusion of southern American and Korean flavours.
10 King William Street, Bayswater
As if it wasn’t already obvious, Perth loves a pop-up, and Juicy Buns is no exception to that rule. Popping up since the start of 2018, these guys have found a permanent home in the Tribute Coffee & Kitchen in Shelley. Every Friday and Saturday night, get your fill of these epic burgers that are are just as juicy as their name implies.
The Tribute Coffee & Kitchen, 8/19-21 Tribute Street West, Shelley
HomeRun is a new joint down in Freo slinging huge burgers, fresh fried chicken and icey cold beers. The open kitchen makes for a great place to pop in for a bite to eat with friendly staff and relaxed vibes aplenty. Treat yourself to a Ribbie N Roobhard and thank us later.
32 Market St, Fremantle
Throwing in a little wildcard to finish up, we know what you’re thinking: “A Mexican joint, on a burger list?!” However, we will argue to the death that their Burger Royale and their Fried Chicken Burger options are two of the best in their respective categories across all of WA. They might not match some of the joints above pound for pound, but what they lack in size they more than make up for in juiciness and flavour.
Shop 5/148 The Esplanade, Scarborough
Picks from our community…
North of the river:
Rack City Ribs in Morley
Joey’s Swan Valley Diner in Herne Hill
RoyAl’s Chicken and Burgers in Wembley
Smashburger BBQ pop-up in various locations
The Peach Pit in Scarborough
8 Napkins in Bassendean & North Perth
Charlie’s BBQ in Currambine
Bump in Burger in Woodvale
Varsity in Joondalup, Morley, Northbridge, Nedlands, Fremantle, Waterford
Chimek in Northbridge
South of the river:
Cave Man BBQ in Rockingham
Big Rigz in South Fremantle
Johnny’s Burgers in Canning Vale
RoyAl’s Chicken and Burgers in East Victoria Park
Chimek in Victoria Park
Varsity in Waterford
Header image: El Grotto