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Published on June 26th, 2013 | by Magnus Reviewman

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Reviewman Countdown 4 – Perth’s Best Burgers

Food trends come and go, much like the strange Mini Disc fad of the mid 90s.  However, unlike the concept of making CDs look like floppy disks again, the appeal of a hefty piece of meat shoehorned between two pieces of bread is ever present.  Perth has a good number of contenders in this burger-based Wrestlemania, but who boasts the concoction that takes the title belt?  It was a tough job, but someone had to do it. I took a look at the best burgers in the west, stemming from five notable burger joints and a surprise high-end restaurant.  For the sake of alliteration, let’s call this list Six Sexy Burgers.  I know “burgers” doesn’t start with an “S”, but we’ll roll with it.

 

6. CRAM $13.50 – Alfred’s Kitchen.

This casual Guildford outlet is one of the most loved in Perth, and with good reason.  The CRAM itself is one of them.  The most calorie-packed burger on a menu that’ll seriously cause the loosening of belts and popping off of buttons, it’s a classic “The Lot” burger.  Egg, bacon, cow two ways (beef and steak) and some relatively soggy salads make this more like a supercharged Double Whopper rather than a gourmet burger, but it has its charm.  The decent price:content ratio gets it bonus points, though it isn’t the cheapest on the list.  Fun fact: Matt Preston named this as his favourite burger in Australia.  The fact that he has the diet of a garbage truck and the body of a walrus should indicate to you that if you’re looking for healthy, nutritious food, you’re barking up the wrong burger joint.

Alfred's Kitchen on Urbanspoon

 

5. Goat’s Cheese & Hummus $14.50 – Grill’d.

With a price as suspect as the lack of a letter “E” in the restaurant name, you’d be hoping for something pretty outstanding from this lamb burger.  It delivers, with a simple blend of ingredients that works.  Smooth, rich goats cheese is offset by the nuttiness of the hummus, two flavours that combine beautifully with the no fuss meatiness of the lamb.  Being a massive chain, expect some inconsistencies in quality.  Don’t be surprised to find the odd sandy lettuce leaf or grisly patty on your visit.

Grill'd Mount Lawley on Urbanspoon

 

4. Day Dreamer $12.20 – Bilby’s. 

Head up Davies Road in leafy Mount Claremont and you’ll come across a teensy tiny burger joint with a capacity of around nine diners.  Bilby’s holds a special place in my heart, having produced the first truly “gourmet” burger that I laid tastebuds upon.  To this day, I’m pleased to report that my favourite burger at the diner, the Day Dreamer, holds its own, against far more expensive entrants, I might add.  This chicken burger packs a decent hunk of breast marinated in thyme and all manner of native pepper berries, giving the traditionally boring white meat a nice herby zing and a little bit of heat.  It’s garnished with the usual salad greens and tomato mix, along with melted cheese, bacon and a beautifully silky avocado cream.  Being the cheapest burger on the list is a huge plus.
Bilby's Chargrilled Burgers on Urbanspoon

 

3. The Beef Big Smoke $15.50 – Burger Bistro. 

The price is as high as the burger itself.  If your wallet can brave one, and your jaw the other, the payoff is good.  A flavoursome Angus patty is engulfed in the obligatory salads, but the smoky barbecue sauce, quality Emmental cheese, pancetta and garlic mayo are the true keys to the magic.  The crispiness of the bread is a nice touch, which also prevents the burger from breaking apart through the combination of meat juice, cheese juice, sauce and all sorts of other juices.  Possibly the most filling burger on this list.
The Burger Bistro on Urbanspoon

 

2. Mozzarella Chicken $14.50 – Jus Burgers. 

Jus is seen by some as the undisputed king of the Perth burger scene, and I tend to agree.  They don’t overcomplicate things by loading ingredients in between bread, instead focusing on nailing what’s in each.  Perfectly cooked chicken tenderloins, with a little light charring for that inimitable taste of fire, are the centrepiece.  The little touches make a huge difference too, like fantastically crisp lettuce; and lightly grilled, salted and oiled bread.  It’s held together by a house-made pesto and notoriously expensive, fresh tasting buffalo mozzarella.  It’s not literally held together though – this thing is a nightmare to eat, even if you cut it in half with the provided steak knife.  Pack a bib, make sure no one’s looking, then lick it all up or soak it with bread & chips.
Jus Burgers on Urbanspoon

 

1. Rockpool Burger ($24) – Rockpool Bar & Grill.

Neil Perry is known for many things.  Ponytails, QANTAS First and Business Class menus, steak, fine-dining, and having the most successful high-end group of restaurants in Australia.  I’m here to talk up the burger, tucked sneakily away on the bar menu, which is not only the best in Perth, but may well be the best in Australia.  Virtually everything on offer is made in-house, from the pillowy bun, through to the tangy onion and zucchini pickle, amazing chilli jam, and of course the patty.  Using assorted cuts of David Blackmore’s Wagyu Beef, which are finely minced, seasoned and formed into generous slabs before being cooked medium rare, this is a serious piece of beef.  This isn’t that low marble score crap you get at some restaurants either though.  This is some of the only 9+ Wagyu beef you can get in the country.  Say what you will about the $24 asking price, which will get you the burger and absolutely nothing else… this is a literal double handful of explosive flavours, and is the best burger I’ve ever eaten, by a distance.
Rockpool Bar & Grill on Urbanspoon

Found any better options?  Let me know, I’d bloody love to chow down on them.

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13 Responses to Reviewman Countdown 4 – Perth’s Best Burgers

  1. Josh says:

    Have you tried a Butty’s Burger? It’s a food van that gets around the place… at Curtin uni a fair bit. I reckon they do a decent burger.

  2. Aleksia says:

    This is a great run-down, although it Some of the best burgers I’ve tried in Melbourne and are so inexpensive they in comparison – the infamous Huxtaburger in Collingwood is only $8.50 (I think) and its tricked-out cousin the Theo comes in at like $12. The burgers at Rockwell & Sons are around the $10-$12 mark. The likes of Mr Burger and Beatbox Kitchen (fancy food trucks) come in around the $9-$11 mark. Of course there are more expensive burgers around, but the ones I’ve listed are consistently rated as some of Melbourne’s best. I’d say they’d be on par with quality, reputation, atmosphere etc with Jus and Burger Bistro, which makes the $5 or so price difference quite astounding.

  3. Gary Haldane says:

    Munchies 2 Go on Scarborough Beach Road in Mount Hawthorn makes a mean burger. They may not be as gourmet as the rest, but for a relatively cheap price, it hits the spot.

  4. Kingers says:

    I reckon that each of the chain burger joints (Flipside, JusBurgers and Grill’d) have their fortes
    Flipside does Chicken best hands down – Triple B (Brie, cranBerry, Bird), Chilliander (Chicken, Coriander, Chili), Pear & Paremsan (Chicken, Fresh Pear & Parmessan) Taxi C.A.B (Chicken, Avocado & Bacon)
    JusBurgers do Lamb and Game meets best – Lamb Burger (trumps the chicken mozarella), Turkish Lamb and the Roo burger
    Grill’d (admittedly the one I’ve been to least) from what I’ve had does really solid beef burgers.

    Special mentions (I live in Freo so they’re mostly coming there)

    Missy Moos – Yankee Doodle (proper US style Cheesebruger)
    X-Wray – Haloumi Burger (haloumi instead of meat patty – awesome)
    Il Cibo – Tuscan Burger (uses Tuscan style pasta sauce in it – crazy good)

    • Kingers says:

      Oh and Missy Moos also do really great Vegie Burgers too

    • I do love me some Flipside. I haven’t been there enough to really cast an educated vote though. Now that it’s in Northbridge/combined with Mechanics I’ll probably be eating there a lot more. From what I’ve had Taxi CAB is a winner.

      Jus Lambs vs Jus Mozarella Chicken – I’m just an absolute sucker for basil pesto and Mozarella, the latter of which is particularly expensive so represents decent value next to some of the other burgers. Lamb done well is probably better than any other meat done well though. Maybe I just need to give it another chance.

      Missy Moos keeps popping up, will have to head there soon. I’ve been to X-Wray a couple of times, have never even noticed the burger though.

      But seriously… anyone who reads this… eat the Rockpool Burger. It’s worth the trip, the bogans you’ll have to contend with at the casino, and the money.

  5. Very good list. My only issue is that IMO Alfred’s belongs nowhere near it. I’d honestly rather go to HJ’s. Thanks for the Rockpool tip – will definitely try that. Always happy for an excuse to go there. I would be interested to hear what you think of The Merrywell at Crown, as I rate their burgers highly, and while not at the top of the list I would second the previous nominations of Flipside, and also Missy Moos, which sits at around Grill’d level for me as a solid option.

    • I have actually had a Merrywell burger! It was very nice, but lost its spot only because you can walk 30 seconds across the road into Crown itself, pay a dollar less and get some of Australia’s only 9+ Wagyu beef at Rockpool.

  6. Clare says:

    I’m way late to the party, but you know who I think has the best burgers in Perth… it’s a left-field winner… Deville’s Pad.

    They are straight up American diner goodness. Soft white roll with melted butter on top and pickles are what makes their cheeseburgers an absolute winner. Plus the sides, oh god, the sides! Once my coleslaw came garnished with pretzel sticks, dipped in chocolate, rolled in bacon bits. Does it get any better?

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