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.

Mary’s

Head down a narrow alley and up a dingy stairwell for grungy vibes, fun wines and sensational burgers.

167 Franklin Street, Melbourne

Juanita Peaches

Featuring the decadent "once-a-month" burger by Beatbox boss Raph Rashid. Not your everyday burger.

12 Edward Street, Brunswick

300 Grams

This compact 25-seater flips beef and plant-based cheeseburgers, and serves southern fried chicken and vegan Cocowhip sundaes.

313 High Street, Northcote

Beatbox Kitchen Brunswick

Melbourne’s original burger truck, in bricks-and-mortar form.

682 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Easey's

Served five storeys up in a refurbished train carriage. Beat that.

48 Easey Street, Collingwood

Bar Margaux

Margaux's burger consists of two 120-gram Wagyu patties, bacon, organic sliced cheese, a 50-50 milk-brioche bun, and a classic bordelaise sauce made from bone marrow, red wine, shallots, and – in this case – a truckload of pepper.

Basement 111 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

8bit Footscray

Play video games while you wait for your perfect patty. Also available in the CBD.

8 Droop Street, Footscray

Grand Trailer Park Taverna

The beef is minced on site and every table is stocked with moist towelettes. Hint: you'll need them.

87 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Tuck Shop Take Away

A nostalgic take on the meat sandwich.

273 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield North

Leonard’s House of Love

Casual bar vibes meet professional house party.

3 Wilson Street, South Yarra

1090 Burger

Grass-fed Angus beef and a top-secret marinade, served on brioche.

181A Swan Street, Richmond

The B.East

Get your fill of beef or chicken. Or be adventurous and try the venison.

80 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

Smoke and Pickles

Skip the brioche and try a patty between Japanese-style milk buns.

256 Glen Eira Road, Elsternwick

Meet Patty

From the former owner of Duchess of Spotswood.

Thrift Park Shopping Centre 171 Nepean Highway, Mentone

Royal Stacks

Shake Shack-inspired burgers served with frozen custard.

470 Collins Street, Melbourne

Fat Jaks

Fast food without the mystery-meat aspect on Barkly Street.

205 Barkly Street, St Kilda

Kustom Burgers

Race slot cars while you wait for your grass-fed monster.

861 High Street, Thornbury

Andrew's Hamburgers

If you like old-school fish 'n' chip shop burgers, this is the one for you. Now in the CBD too.

144 Bridport Street, Albert Park

Danny's

The second-oldest burger joint in town, after Andrew's.

360 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North
98 Watton Street, Werribee

Fat Bob's Bar & Grill

This nondescript warehouse churns out some of Bayside's best.

80 Cochranes Road, Moorabbin

Parlour Diner

Classic American excess.

64 Chapel Street, Windsor

Royale Brothers

It's all about that perfect ratio.

1 Church Street, Brighton

Ziggy’s

Burgers inspired by the Middle East, Mexico and beyond.

195 Carlisle Street, Balaclava