Chur Burger, which helped set off the burger craze in Sydney, is preparing to open its first Melbourne edition in Richmond.

It has developed a strong following with its riffs on the traditional burger. Now Chur Burger will compete in a saturated market which includes Huxtaburger, Mr. Burger, Royal Stacks and Neil Perry’s Burger Project and more in Melbourne.

Who would be crazy enough to cross state lines to open a burger shop in a city that seems to have one on every corner?

Johnny Moukachar and collaborator Warren Turnbull – a former fine-dining chef who opened the first Chur Burger in Surry Hills – has overseen the fit-out in the ex-Vietnamese bakery on Swan Street.

While grilled beef patties are on the menu, Moukachar expects its more novel items – such as marinated grilled chicken with minted slaw and hot-sauce mayo – are what will set Chur apart and keep punters coming back.

Add-ons, such as bacon and double meat, are a big hit at its other outlets (three in Sydney, two in Brisbane), with some outrageous stacks often being sent over the pass.

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Brisbane graffiti artist Treazy has decorated the white-walled, semi-industrial space. He will also design and spray murals at the Chur Burger slated to open in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in early 2017.

Chur Burger will open on Monday August 22 and will have its liquor licence around two weeks later.

Chur Burger
176 Swan Street, Richmond

Sun to Wed 11am–10pm
Thu to Sat 11am–11pm