It’s been hard to ignore the burger epidemic that has swept across the nation for the past few years. It seems every corner has a burger bar on it and deciding what places are premium and what’s just expensive fast food can be tricky. We’ve laid out our favourite Adelaide burger joints (and our favourite selections from each) in our Burgasm guide, to make the choice a little easier for you.
Burger Republic– 110 King William Rd, Hyde Park. Sister store to health food central café ‘Nutrition Republic’ (and located right next door!) Burger Republic brings us delicious food in a great environment. Differing from their health and fitness eatery in menu but not in quality. None of this dark and dingey surroundings you’re so often faced with at burger joints. The patties are juicy and delicious and always cooked to a perfect medium rare.
Glam pick: The Gaucho – house sauce, beef, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon, onion rings, ranch dressing, spicy bbq sauce
The Taxpayer Burger and Booze Bar– 193 Victoria Square, Adelaide. Formerly just ‘The Taxpayer’ this little hole in the wall has undergone an amazing little revamp to put themselves on the map for burgers in Adelaide. We love their funky menu which has some classic style burgers, and a few that are a little more out there; all have excellent names. They are also feature in our new bar guide due to their awesome cocktail list. So why not have both (cue adorable Latino girl saying ‘Por que no los dos?’ and Mexican fiestas consequently erupting.)
Glam Pick: The Willie Nelson– slow roasted turkey with Brie slab, greens, cranberry sauce and herb mayo
The Sophia Loren– spicy blue swimmer crabcake, sweet onion relish, greens and herb mayo
Burgastronomy– 19 O’Connell St, North Adelaide. The menu at this North Adelaide location is not extensive, but each item combines simple ingredients to create burger perfection. The staff are always friendly and the big glass windows make people watching a breeze.
Glam pick: The Trucker – beef, lettuce, bacon, egg, cheese, caramelised onion, tomato ketchup & mayonaise
Burger Foundry- 172 Henley Beach Rd, Torrensville or 367 Magill Rd, St Morris. We don’t number our guides because we don’t like to pick favourites. However we must say that Burger Foundry has SO many things on the menu that we love. The choice of beef, chicken and vegetarian burgers are all divine. Plus they havewicked sides (not just chips), ribs, salads and shakes. The St Morris store even has deep fried oreos *droooool.*
Glam Pick: Blue Steel– grilled 100% aussie black angus patty with roasted walnuts, sweet caramelized onions, blue cheese, rocket and aioli (make sure you add bacon too)
Sean’s Kitchen- Adelaide Casino, North Terrace. Not specifically a burger joint as many know, but when it comes to making a mean burger Sean’s Kitchen have created something that on paper seems so simple, but in your mouth tastes like a party. We couldn’t exclude it from our favourites. Also it’s worth noting that the black widow burger that you’ll occasionally spot photos of on social media (distinctive by it’s jet black bun) is delicious. If on a Black Friday you happen to spot pictures of it you should do your damnedest to get your hands on one. It’s a unique burger experience.
Glam Pick: Dry-aged Burger with house pickles, chipotle mayo and duck fat chips
The Hackney Hotel-95 Hackney Rd, Hackney. This venue is not given nearly enough recognition for their excellent ‘Burgerland’ menu. In 2013 their first showing of the new menu awarded them the AHA Best Pub Burger award, and rightfully so. The very same Wagyu burger remains at the top of their 12 burger strong menu and is definitely worth a shot. All burgers are served with a side of chips AND a pint of Coopers. However if you’re feeling super hungry (or hungover) you can add sides like deluxe cheese fries to really help you fight off seedy Sunday. The Wagyu burger is delicious in a traditional burger way, but it’s not actually our number one pick.
Glam pick: The Riblet Burger- slow-cooked beef ribs, red cabbage & apple slaw, sriracha mayonnaise, baby cos leaves.
The Curious Squire– 10 o’Connell St North Adelaide. We’ve loved this place since its opening and the addition of head chef Drew (South American born and bred) is just the icing on an already pretty awesome cake. We love the WHOLE menu, not just the burgers and it’s great to be able to pair this incredible cooking with great Australian beers. Check out their website for super cheap weekly specials.
Glam pick: The trio of sliders– try the philly steak, the cheeseburger and the smoked pork burger all at once. Perfect for those who want it all.
Chuck Wagon 175- 175 O’Connell St, North Adelaide. Chuck Wagon is a name you can’t go past with burgers in SA. Their approach is slightly different to many others, using (as the name suggests) chuck steak, which a very traditional American burger meat. Their menu is filled with incredible burger combos and more varieties of fries than us humble Aussies knew were possible. This is the venue if you’re after meaty, saucy, sticky fingers and chins. Be ready to indulge.
Glam pick: The Texan- 160g chuck, 2 pieces of grilled short cut bacon, Jack Daniels BBQ sauce, tangy fry sauce, lettuce, tomato & fresh white onion on a soft toasted sweet bun
Enuf Burger– 2/83 Jetty Road, Brighton or 563 Anzac Highway, Glenelg North. This is your option for those who want a burger, but don’t want to feel bad about it. I wouldn’t stretch as far as they do and call it healthy, it’s still a burger after all. But Enuf Burger is 100% delicious. You have the choice or different buns depending on your fancy; soft white buns, brioche, wholemeal crusty rolls, damper or even a gluten free options for those who would normally struggle in a burger bar. Even the vegan burgers at this place are incredible, yummy enuf (see what we did there) to suit everyone including those who ordinarily would pick the meaty option.
Glam Pick: The Gerhard- beef patty, bacon, camembert cheese, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onion, barbecue sauce & mayo
The Bo Peep- lamb patty, beetroot relish, lettuce, tomato, red onion, cheese & mayo
127 Days– Shop 7 113-131 Days Rd Croydon Park. The new kid on the block. The menu tells a very adorable boy meets girl tale of how 127 Days started. The menu is also SUPER affordable, with no burger costing more than $13. Blink and you may miss this place as it’s location is not five star but we can assure you once you get your hands on their burgers you’ll be transported to heaven anyway. They have a small simple menu packed with great flavor combos, and all the ingredients are cooked superbly.
Glam pick: The Mushroom Melt– angus beef, roasted mushrooms, jack cheese, bacon, caramelised onion, rocket & truffle aioli.
*Please note: we know there are many spots in SA that serve up great burgers on their extensive menus. We at Glam have attempted to stick to burger specific venues, otherwise this guide would be 100 venues long and we’d go up 4 dress sizes during the research!
If you believe we’ve done a great injustice by missing your venue, please let us know in the comments section or inbox our Glam Adelaide Facebook page. We’re always looking for new places to showcase in our amazing city.