08 Oct The A-List: The Best Burgers To Wrap Your Face Around
Best Burgers in Town:
What’s not to love about a burger?! Everything delicious tucked between a toasted bun, with as many variations and options as are possible to imagine. It took some stamina, but after the hard slog of burger research, complete with elasticated pants, we can now bring you our top burger spots Auckland wide.
Big J’s Takeaway
Big J’s Takeaway is a gourmet burger and takeaway joint located in the heart of
Mt Wellington and owned and operated by a qualified chef. The menu is tried
and true and there’s a burger of the week every week – last week’s was the ‘Blue
Glory’ which is prime beef patty, topped with grilled streaky bacon, sautéed
onions, baby spinach leaves, red pepper & chilli jam and a blue cheese aioli – so if
that’s anything to go by, you definitely need to check it out!
4/1 Melton Rd, Mt Wellington, Auckland, New Zealand 1060
Better Burger do burgers plain and simple. Their menu is small, but that’s not a
bad thing! You can enjoy a hamburger, a cheeseburger, a double cheeseburger or
a vege burger. Accompaniments include fries – which are skin-on, crisp, crunchy
and divine, a soda or a shake. The straightforward nature is perfect and it’s open
late Wednesday – Saturday so ideal if you’re out and about in the city at night.
31 Galway St, Britomart
Velvet Burger is a gourmet burger joint that started off down in Dunedin in 2006
when hungover students needed something tasty the night of and something to
bring them back to life the next morning. Since then Velvet Burger has made it’s
way up the country to Christchurch and Auckland as well, offering up their tasty
fare sourced from New Zealand growers and producers. It’s very hard to go past
the namesake – the Velvet Burger. It has venison, salad, grilled pineapple, chilli
mayo and the special Velvet Relish. Even better if you add bacon!
18 Fort St, Auckland
Residing in a purpose-built burger place in Manukau, Murder Burger is all about
tasty burgers, without the artificial colours, flavours and god knows what else!
Although it may a bit of trek, it’s definitely worth the journey. We love the Spicy
Jalapeno Chicken Burger – free-range grilled chicken breat, signature jalapeno
pesto lettuce, tomato, red onion, gourmet relish and free-range mayo. This is
definitely not for the faint-hearted though!
613 Great South Road, Manukau
The Flaming Onion is two Kiwi blokes’ humble offering to the ever-growing
gourmet burger market and they’ve got something good going on! An awesome
addition to the North Shore – we’d recommend the Beef & Cheese – flame grilled
beef, tasty cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, mustard, mayo and relish. If you’re
feeling adventurous then definitely try the burger of the week. Lots of tasty
combinations and don’t forget to try the potato rosti, handmade and a nice
change from fries.
1 Lydia Avenue, Northcote
And now for our personal favourite – Burger Burger! While they may appear to be ‘just another gourmet burger joint’, they are so much more. Their small and perfectly formed menu makes decisions easy, especially when you know that all of the six regular options is tried, tested and tasty. The weekly special is always of the same high quality, with heaps of variations in flavour.
Our go-to is the Beef Burger with a savannah grass-fed beef patty, homemade pickles, tomato jam, mustard, and mayo, but the Pork Burger is also amazing if you want something a little bit different. 4-hour Harmony pulled pork shoulder, homemade BBQ sauce, mint slaw and mayo. There’s lots of vegan, bun free, and gluten-free options too. We would definitely recommend trying the charred broccoli side with garlic butter and almonds and their potato skins are off the chart amazing. We don’t know how, but it works! You can also feel good knowing that all ingredients are ethically, sustainably and locally sourced.
You may end up waiting a little while, but this is simply a testament to the quality and popularity Burger Burger have. Every meal is lovingly crafted, and Instagram-worthy.
The Lane, Ponsonby Central
4 Brown St, Ponsonby
3B York St
Osborne Lane, New Market