Best Burgers in Perth

Updated 11 months ago

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The humble burger 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 formidable things require two hands to tackle. Do you want fries with that? Of course you do.

  • Simon Kony’s burger journey began in 2015, flipping patties at Freo food hall Sunshine Harvester Works (then known as the Mantle). Now his Short Order Burger Co has its own permanent digs, complete with a liquor license and those Nashville fried chicken sandwiches we love. Plus, big ’50s American diner energy.

  • The CBD outpost for the popular Freo burger joint. The cheeseburger here features the same juicy patty and pillowy seeded milk bun devotees used to hike to Freo for. Coffee (hot or cold brew?) and thickshakes are also on offer.

  • What started as a grungy burger pop-up is now a burgeoning empire, with locations in Northbridge, Inglewood, Ardross and Mandurah, as well as a neighbourhood wine bar. For owners (and brothers) Matt and Tom Shaw, Hoodburger is a love letter to the fast-food chains of the ’80s and ’90s.

  • Burgers, fried chicken and hip-hop are on the menu at this cool Victoria Park diner. There’s also a solid selection of local beer, pre-batched cocktails and boozy shakes to turn your good time into a great one. Also in Wembley and Northbridge.

  • Old Faithful Bar & BBQ has consistently served some of Perth’s best American-style barbeque since opening in 2014. But the cheeseburger here is no afterthought – choose single, double or triple patties, chased with craft beers from the taplist stacked with WA breweries. Also in Fremantle.

  • The first bricks and mortar store from the team behind Bayswater Bowls Club’s popular Smashburger BBQ pop-up. It’s all about classic smashed beef burgers, fried chicken and excellent Philly cheesesteaks.

  • At this next-level diner, a journalist-turned-chef is using techniques he learned at Rene Redzepi’s renowned Copenhagen restaurant, Noma, to make on-point Nashville-style hot fried chicken. The approach borders on forensic; the sandwiches are sensational.

  • Jus Burgers truly is the state on a plate. Well, in a burger. Margaret River Wagyu, free-range Swan Valley chicken and Amelia Park lamb all feature between either Turkish or classic brioche buns. The drinks list is compact and, with most options priced below the $10 mark, very affordable, too.

  • The murals may be minimalist and the decor Scandi-inspired, but what comes out of the kitchen at Johnny’s is all-American. Inventive burgers, chilli dogs and deep-fried cheese sticks are rounded out with a range of imported sodas to complete the immersive experience.

  • Varsity Bar originally took inspiration from college boozers scattered across the United States. Now with seven locations across Perth, it’s leaned into sports and put food front and centre. If it’s not pizza or wings, it’s gotta be the burger here.

  • In business since 1946, Alfred’s is claimed to be Perth’s longest-running roadside burger kitchen. You won’t find anything fancy here – just excellent tuckshop-style burgers and a friendly, family-run vibe. Tackle one by the fire-pit out front.