The humble hamburger has seen a great renaissance over the past couple of years – not that it ever went away. The new wave of burgers are a breed apart from their mass-produced forebears – organic, free-range patties, golden brioche buns, house-made pickles and flavour to spare. One constant is these delicious meals can be held in your two hands. Do you want fries with that? Of course you do.

This guide is very beef-focused – if you're after a chicken burger, check out our fried chicken guide.

Gang Gang

A bricks-and-mortar diner for the food-truck favourite – with an expanded menu suitable for meat-eaters, vegans and gluten-free folks alike.

69 Unley Road, Parkside

Bread & Bone

This late-night CBD haunt dishes out great burgers, hot dogs and more to hungry revellers stopping by for a feed before bed.

15 Peel Street, Adelaide
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Plant 4

Next time you're at Plant 4, Bowden's sprawling community hub, make sure you stop by Bloom Burgers. It may be new, but its burgers are already knocking it straight out of the park.

1 Third Street, Bowden

Burger Republic

There’s an entire page of the menu dedicated to cheeseburgers.

1 110 King William Rd, Hyde Park
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127 Days

This new-school burger joint, in an old-school milk bar, has a great – and diverse – range of burgers to choose from. Although the American-style ones are great, we recommend the Aussie beetroot and egg burger with the lot. Top it off with a classic milkshake.

Shop 7 123-131 Days Road, Croydon Park

Burgastronomy

This spot keeps it simple: simple flavour combinations, classic burgers. That pared back approach allows the quality and freshness of the ingredients to really shine. Tip: customising your burger with some of the many extras is the way to go here.

19 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide

Nordburger

This place has one of Adelaide's best – and most extensive – menu of burgers to choose from. Every burg is very American, and very over-the-top. There's one or two options for vegetarians, but this is really the place for the meat eater in your life.

31 Moonta Street, Adelaide

The Banksia Tree Cafe

In addition to having a stellar line-up or brekkie burgers on rotation, The Banksia Tree hits regular burgs out of the park, too. Both the Royale with cheese and the Banksia Cheeseburger are well worth your time.

147 St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide

Two-bit Villains

This soda bar and diner dishes up fully vegetarian burgers and hot dogs. They taste like the real deal, too. The patties – made with soy mince or black beans – aren't a like-for-like beef replacement, but the whole thing adds up to something greater than the sum of its parts. Trust us, you won't even miss meat-based burgers.

Shop 150 Balcony Level Adelaide Arcade, Adelaide
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Barry’s Burgers

The goal at Barry's is to make burgers that make you feel good after eating them. And while they don't completely meet the brief – these are, after all, burgers – you can really taste the freshness and quality of the ingredients here. Handily some of Adelaide's best burgs.

1/13 Semaphore Road, Semaphore

Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co

A Queensland-born boutique burger chain serving burgers and frozen-custard desserts it calls “concretes”. Despite being a chain, the quality of the burgers has remained consistently excellent – and attractively priced – over the years.

211/215 Rundle Street, Adelaide