There are very few things better than a big old burger, stacked with goodness (read: all the cheese), to wrap your mouth around. Add some crunchy fries and an ice cold Coca-Cola and you’ve had yourself a pretty good day.
Speaking of days, Thursday May 28th is International Burger Day so here’s a list of the best Gold Coast burger spots to satisfy those cravings.
From north to south, happy chomping.
Founded in the 70s in Tokyo, premium Japanese fusion burgers are the name of the game at Mos Burger. They offer a delicious range of Asian style flavour burgers (think chicken katsu or double teriyaki with cheese) that are like no other you’ve ever tasted and there’s a rice sushi burger that you have to sample to believe. Healthy burgery goodness comes in the form of their low-carb bun-free options too! Wash it down with a delicious iced tea and you are one happy guy/gal.
Where: Pacific Fair, Broadbeach; Australia Fair, Southport and Soul Boardwalk, Surfers Paradise
The newest of the bunch, Milky Lane came into our lives in 2018 bringing with it huge burgers, loaded sides and some of the most creative cocktails around. The burgers, largely named after celebs are super stacked and if we had to recommend one, it would be the Fried Chicken Weezy because it’s got crispy Southern fried chicken, DOUBLE American cheese, all of the tasty toppings (including cheese gravy) and it’s served on their famous milk bun. So, so good.
Where: 38 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Longboards Laidback Eatery
The Surfers Paradise favourite is indeed a laidback eatery of epic proportions. There’s more chill vibes than you’ll find anywhere else, plenty of frosty cold beers and of course, a HUGE range of absolutely stacked burgers that are so delicious and will keep you full for days. The Slow Cooked Juicy Pork Burger is a fave but there are tons of goodies to choose from.
Where: 9 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Serving up all the US-style eats in all the tastiest of flavours is Brooklyn Depot, found in the The 4217 at Surfers Paradise. They’ve got the juiciest of burgers with exceptional sides like Harlem Chicken Tenders and BBQ Pork Ribs and of course, loaded fries. Burger-wise we are quite partial to The Depot Burger which is, wait for it, TWO grass fed beef patties, double American cheese, hickory smoked bacon, grilled pineapple, salad and Depot special sauce. It’s next-level. Good luck.
Where: The 4217, 10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise
Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co.
A classic burger shack-style situation serving some of the freshest, juiciest burgers around, Betty’s Burger & Concrete Co. has three Gold Coast locations, so triple the opportunity to fill your face. They also boast a famous dessert called a Concrete (why have frozen cream when you can have frozen custard?), which you should absolutely sample, but we’re here to talk about burgers. Our fave is The Pork Belly burger because it’s got Crispy pork belly, lettuce, tomato, spicy pickled vegetables and Sriracha mayo. YUM.
Where: Chevron Renaissance, Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise; Pacific Fair, Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach and Robina Town Centre, Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina
Fat Freddy’s Beach Bar & Diner
One of the newest kids on the block, Fat Freddy’s opened in 2019 in Broadbeach much to the delight of well, everyone really. It’s a sports bar slash good time space with some of the best eats around plus of course, frosty beers and alcoholic milkshakes too. Burger-wise there are plenty to choose from because obviously no sporting game is complete without burgers. There’s a Classic Cheese Burger and a Southern Fried Chicken Burger and they are some of the best US-style eats outside of the US. Get there.
Where: 2663 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach (entry via Surf Parade)
Robina’s new TGI Friday’s is absolutely overflowing with delicious eats but none moreso than their burgers (obvs). They are absolutely stacked with goodness and we recommend trying them all of course with a side of Jack Daniels glazed ribs because may as well go all out hey. We like the Friday’s Signature Glaze Single Stack with a grass-fed beef patty basted with FRIDAYS™ Signature Glaze made with Jack Daniel’s®, topped with melted American style cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles and roasted garlic aioli. Yes, that one please.
Where: The Promenade, Robina Town Centre, Robina
One of the most-loved burger joints around, Easy Street can be found in Mermaid Beach generally packed with tasty food loving folks. They’re all about cold beer, the very best burgers, fried chicken and good times and those are all things we can get behind. Our recommendation, although we love them all, is the Flamin’ Chicken Deluxe with southern fried chicken tenders, cheese and special sauce. Oh and the Cheezie Boi with buttermilk tenders, halloumi cheese, smoked bacon, bacon cheese sauce and baconaise. Yep.
Where: 12/2563 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Famous from Sydney to Brisbane, Ze Pickle is the OG stacked burger gang that started in Burleigh Heads and they absolutely go above and beyond with their creations. Think burgers bigger than your head (all very Insta-worthy of course) and with a very delicious pickle on top. So good. We enjoy the Pecan Wood Smoked Brisket burger with smoked beef brisket, bbq sauce, housemade mac n cheese and fried onion straws. We also recommend adding maple smoked bacon and corn chips because why not eat all of the things. Get it.
Where: Cnr of Park Avenue and Connor Street, Burleigh Heads
The Palmy beauty has been around for quite some time and that is testament to their exceptional burgers and probably also $1 oyster Friday’s. They’re all about ‘old school’ nostalgia and the trendy culture of NYC but made chill because, Gold Coast. Get some Bang Bang chicken to start and then go for the Deep Fried Bug Tail burger (insane right) because they are marinated in chilli, parsley and garlic with lemon mayo and lettuce. It’s actually amazing.
Where: 4 Phillipine Parade, Palm Beach
Eddie’s Grub House
Burgers with a side of rock ‘n roll is the go at Eddie’s Grub House in Coolangatta. The boys have been serving up the goods for quite some time, while also providing epic live music, tasty tipples and plenty of rowdy times. While we do love the humble Cheeseburger at Eddie’s A LOT, we’re also fans of the Frying Nemo with Cajun crumbed fish fillets, lettuce, red onion, cheese, pickles and tartare. The Texas Chilli Cheese fries are also obviously the yummiest so get those too.
Where: 171 Griffith Street, Coolangatta
Words by Kirra Smith