- Last updated: 1/08/2012
I’ve yet to find a burger joint where everything appeals but that’ll be why they all have pretty extensive menus – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, as they say – but I do have a couple of favourite burgers.
Before I impart my burger wisdom I’d like to make clear certain criteria that must be met before I even consider a burger for the purposes of this list....number one - it must contain a beef patty – so if you’re after a falafel bun or something with poultry or fish then I’m afraid I am not the man to help you; and number two - it needs a very good reason (i.e. mouth watering deliciousness) to contain any sort of fruit.
Since its inception in 1995 Burger Fuel has expanded throughout New Zealand with some 27 restaurants and there’s a good reason why: their burgers are pretty darn good. My favourite, the CN Cheese, is a classic cheeseburger that’s heavy on all the key ingredients – meat, cheese, salad and sauce – and light on the bread; meaning it’s probably not too bad for the waistline either.
Just as Burger Fuel did in 1995 Murder Burger has set up shop on Ponsonby Road (less than a block away from the original Burger Fuel) and is definitely rivalling its older sibling for taste and choice. Once again, I have one standout favourite, the Gourmet Beef and Mustard burger; another classic beef, cheese, salad and sauce burger that is epic in taste and ample in proportions. A couple of things that have piqued my Murder Burger appetite of late are the excellent chips and koftas and their brilliantly off-the-wall branding. Take a look at their website if you need cheering up.
Other notable mentions should go to Burger Wisconsin, Handmade Burgers in Kingsland and all of the pubs that offer a classic burger on the menu.
Editorial by Jooles Clements