If you’re stuck for takeaway ideas – or if there are just too many options to choose from – then you can do a lot worse than ordering a big old burger. Burger joints are inherently takeaway-friendly, so even in lockdown many of Melbourne’s best burgers are available to order right now. And most of these spots have a very crowd-pleasing menu of options – not to mention pretty much every kind of savoury side you could think of – which makes a burger place a solid choice if you’re ordering for a fussy group. Plant-based burgers have also made huge strides in recent years, so vegos and vegans can actually get in on the action too. Here are our favourite takeaway burgers in town.

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Juanita Peaches

You can order Juanita’s fried chicken, burritos and renowned brisket cheeseburgers, which we can’t stop thinking about, for pick-up via its pastel-pink website. Delivery is available on all the major apps.

12 Edward Street, Brunswick

The John Curtin Hotel

Sonny’s Fried Chicken and Burgers, the diner inside the Curtin Hotel, has been quietly doing its thing for years now. The fried chicken is excellent – and the spicy option is very spicy, be warned – but the cheeseburgers have been steadily gaining traction among Melbourne’s burger circles as the standout. Sonny’s is open for pick-up (pre-order here) and delivery is available on Door Dash and Uber Eats.

29 Lygon Street, Carlton

Leonard’s House of Love

Leonard’s at-home hamburger kits are back. They come with everything you need for a good time – but if you can’t wait, the ready-made version is just as good. Rock up to the house anytime Friday through Sunday for pick-up. Pre-order for takeaway and delivery here.

3 Wilson Street, South Yarra

Lulie

This good-times bar swapped out pizzas for burgers on the food menu a little while back – to excellent results. All of the burgers, fries and bar snacks at Lulie are well worth checking out, but special props must go TJ’s Famous Whopper: a Hungry Jacks-inspired masterpiece. Order over the phone for pick-up; delivery is via Uber Eats.

225 Johnston Street, Abbotsford
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300 Grams

This compact Northcote burger joint and its Coburg spin-off are still serving beef and plant-based cheeseburgers, Southern fried chicken and vegan Cocowhip sundaes all through lockdown. Pick-up is available from the restaurants and delivery is via Uber Eats.

313 High Street, Northcote

Easey's

Melbourne’s only burger joint in a train carriage on a rooftop (that we’re aware of) is once again busting out its lockdown burger packs. Two-, three -and four-person packs are available – complete with patties, buns and all the trimmings. Order before 8pm to have one delivered or ready for pick-up the next day.

48 Easey Street, Collingwood

Ona Coffee

Look, trust us, we’re as sick of trying to find lockdown silver linings as you are. However, Ona Coffee, one of Melbourne’s best cafes, is doing a burger pop-up for this lockdown. And it looks pretty great. There’s a beef burger and two kinds of fried chicken burgs (you can swap out the buns for waffles if you’d prefer), and it comes with fries. Ona is also giving away free take-home meals to anyone who’s doing it tough and needs a feed in this latest lockdown, and that’s worth applauding.

22 Ovens Street, Brunswick

Andrew's Hamburgers

If you like old-school fish’n’chip shop burgers, this is the one for you. We’re talking about lettuce, a fried egg, bacon, tomato, cheese, tommy sauce and the crucial addition of griddle-cooked onions. Stop by for takeaway or order via Deliveroo.

144 Bridport Street, Albert Park

8bit Footscray

Go for the 8bit burger with cheese, then level it up with a side of loaded fries and an ice-cold milkshake. Pick-up is available from 8bit’s sunny Footscray digs, or the sequel over in Taylors Lakes. It’s also on the big delivery apps.

8 Droop Street, Footscray

Tuck Shop Take Away

A burger joint with an old-school vibe and a new-school twist. In addition to the burgs, which are some of the best in town, there are also joy-inducing jaffles; hand-cut, triple-cooked chips; inventive shakes; and classic sodas.

273 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield North

The B.East

Burgers, booze and bands – that’s been the premise here since day dot. And years on, the B.East is still delivering. Every ingredient in these burgers is made on-site (except the potato buns). There’s a big range to choose from too, including a very respectable plant-based selection. Stop by for pick-up or get delivery via the apps. The B.East Booze Bus is hitting the streets again this lockdown, delivering bottled cocktails and DIY burger kits.

80 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

Meet Patty

Both of Meet Patty’s branches, one in Mentone and the other in Toorak, remain open for delivery. The Black Angus beef patties are made fresh each day, and the buttermilk-brined Bannockburn chooks are fried to order. Delivery is available on pretty much every app you can think of.

Thrift Park Shopping Centre 171 Nepean Highway, Mentone

Royal Stacks

These Shake Shack-inspired burgers are franchise-worthy on their own. The double-stacker beef burger is the clear headliner here, but don’t overlook the perfectly crisp fried chicken. Potato heads: you can get your sprout fix in gem, shoestring or waffle form. Be sure to get some frozen custard, too. Royal Stacks Brunswick is open for takeaway and delivery.

470 Collins Street, Melbourne

Fat Jaks

From humble St Kilda beginnings Fat Jak’s is now spreading like crazy, taking over everywhere south of the river, one bun at a time. We can see why: Fat Jak’s very satisfying American-style cheeseburgers, Nashville hot chicken sandwiches, New York hotdogs and more are a takeaway no-brainer. Especially in lockdown. Head in for pick-up, or delivery is available on the apps.

205 Barkly Street, St Kilda

Kustom Burgers

Kustom is one of the best takes on the American diner genre in Melbourne. This hot-rod-themed burger joint is the place to go to if you enjoy a tall, old-fashioned milkshake with your burger. Or if you’re just a big Grease fan. Stop by for pick-up or you can find it on any of the big delivery platforms.

861 High Street, Thornbury

Fat Bob's Bar & Grill

You wouldn’t know it from the outside, but the kitchen in this nondescript warehouse is churning out some of the Bayside’s best burgers. Pillowy buns and smoky, pink-centered patties are the stars – backed up by a roster of Southern diner sides. Pre-order your meal here.

80 Cochranes Road, Moorabbin

Parlour Diner

In a town full of plus-sized burgs, the ones at Parlour Diner still manage to come in well taller than the average. But size isn’t everything, and these burgers have the quality to match their quantity. There’s baby back ribs and fried chicken, too. This retro-steeped joint is staying open throughout lockdown, and you can order ahead here.

64 Chapel Street, Windsor

Royale Brothers

Pulp Fiction fans will dig the name, but anyone can get around the wares at The Pantry’s epic hole-in-the-wall side hustle. The ratio of filling to bun is on point, which means you’ll have belly space for thickshakes and ice-cream. (Probably. Only one way to find out.) Takeaway is available, and delivery is via Door Dash.

1 Church Street, Brighton

Ziggy’s

This well-known lunchtime all-rounder puts burgers in pride of place. For fillings, you can choose from grass-fed beef, Southern-style fried chicken or a plant-based Beyond patty. If you’re going for beef, our pick is the Texan: a 150- or 250-gram beef patty with melty cheese, tomato, pickles, lettuce and Ziggy’s sauce. Available for pick-up and delivery.

195 Carlisle Street, Balaclava

Truck Stop Deluxe

This Werribee favourite is still open. The extensive menu here is packed with classic options, as well as a few zanier ones. Beef, fried chicken and plant-based patties are all represented, and there’s a killer line-up of sides and desserts, too. Order here for pick-up. Delivery is on all the big platforms.

98 Watton Street, Werribee

Danny's

Danny’s is the second oldest burger shop in Melbourne, after Andrew’s. But it’s kept up with the times – these old-school fish’n’chipper-style burgs are available on Deliveroo. If you live nearby, it’s open for pick-up, too.

360 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North

Huxtaburger

Huxtaburger arguably kickstarted the Melbourne burger renaissance when it opened in 2012, and it’s still a go-to for many across town. Its Collingwood, CBD and Hawthorn shops are all open throughout lockdown. Order pick-up or delivery here.

106 Smith Street, Collingwood