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.
Because we know you feel the very same way, here’s a list of the best Gold Coast burger spots to satisfy those cravings we know you have.
From north to south, happy chomping.
The newest of the bunch, Milky Lane came into our lives mid last year 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
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 Rd, 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, 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 Blvd, Surfers Paradise, Pacific Fair, Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach and Robina Town Centre, Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina
The Loose Moose
The burgers at The Loose Moose, another American-style diner (this one at The Oasis Shopping Centre in Broadbeach), are some of the best around. Not to mention the sweet fitout, 25 craft beers on tap and 160 whiskies’ and all of the good vibes. We’re big fans of the Queenslander (obviously) with Byron beef, all the salad things, American cheddar, pineapple, beetroot and secret sauce. Keep those coming please. With a side of Kentucky Buffalo Wings also. Yep.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Surf Pde, Broadbeach
Main Street Burger Bar
A Byron Bay gem that migrated to Broadbeach, Main Street Burger Bar quickly became a local favourite due to their good time beachside diner vibes and a healthy spin on burgers and sides. The Harissa Roasted Lamb Shoulder burger is a fave with smokey-spiced lamb shoulder, mint and kale slaw, garlic hummus, aioli and red onion. Throw in some crispy onion rings and a side of sweet potato fries and it’s happy days.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Victoria Ave, Broadbeach
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
The Good Wolf
Somewhat of a hidden gem in the suburbs of Miami, The Good Wolf is packing some of the tastiest burgers we’ve ever sampled. Oh so good. Eat in or takeaway but definitely order at least five things either way. We LOVE the Howling Wolf with a hand-pressed beef patty, fried angry onions, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato, chili mash and Swiss cheese. It might just be our favourite of the lot. All the spice please. They also do a Milo milkshake that will change our life. Going there now, bye.
Where: 110 Mountain View Ave, Gold Coast
Smoked meats are the best kind of meats and they’re even better when they come from a literal hole in the wall down a side alley in Burleigh Heads. Wholly Smoke is bringing all of those things and then some and you should make it your life mission to get down there and sample the goods ASAP. The Smoked Cheeseburger is up there with the best in the world so eat that one.
Where: 2/29 Lemana Lane, Burleigh Heads
Famous from Sydney to Brisbane, Ze Pickle is the OG stacked burger gang and they go absolutely 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 Ave and Connor St, Burleigh Heads
The Palmy beauty has been around for quite some time and that is a 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