Burger maestro Josh Arthurs, whose name became synonymous with the incredible, towering burgers at Danno’s in Dee Why, has revealed his new venture. After months of operating his catering business, Burgers by Josh, and a successful collaboration with burger event group Hashtag Burgers, he will establish a month-long pop-up, open Mondays to Fridays, on top of North Sydney’s Greenwood Plaza in the location of the soon-to-be-closed Upper Deck restaurant. It will open in the next month, with an exact date coming soon.
Arthurs grew swiftly to become one of Sydney’s most prominent burger chefs. At Danno’s, he created, perfected and faithfully reproduced his signature towering behemoth burgers – which people travel to Dee Why for in droves – without compromising on quality.
Arthurs left Danno’s just months ago. Burgers by Josh provided him with much-needed flexibility to experiment and continue serving his most enthusiastic customers. Soon, Arthurs was sought out by the Hashtag Burgers team, already known around town for burger pop-ups and kitchen takeovers. This connection has been crucial to Arthurs’ success: the Hashtag Burgers crew gave him access to kitchens across Sydney’s CBD and the ability to serve his fans once again, consistently seeing his product sell out at each event.
In Sydney’s burger-loving scene (which is very serious), attending a Burgers by Josh X Hashtag Burgers collaboration has become something of an honour. Demand is higher than ever and events are now ticketed. “For our last event we sold out in less than a day. We released a second round of tickets which went in a matter of hours,” Arthurs says.
For now, though, the collaboration has come to an end in its current form. Instead of scrambling for tickets, fans can head straight to the source.
Arthurs has revealed there will be a bar and a menu that people will recognise. “I’ve written out a solid burger list with all the favourites, and I’m working on a good sides menu.” He’s also allowed room for creativity. “The best menu feature will be a burger of the week, where I’ll present a limited-edition burger. I’ll also work on a new milkshake and an interesting new side each week,” he says.
It’s been confirmed that four burger favourites will return. The Primo, consisting of Arthurs’ famous Wagyu patty, cheddar, house pickles, thousand-island dressing, beer-battered onion rings and crisp bacon, finished with a jalapeño popper on the top. The Phat Joe has a spicier Wagyu burger and lemon aioli and smoked green chilli relish. The Fat Tony is a Wagyu burger with provolone, pickled Spanish onions and rocket. The recently completed “J Burger” is a Wagyu concoction of American cheese (the same used by American chain In’N’Out), smoked bacon, umami ketchup, optional jalapeños, chipotle mustard and white onion.
Arthurs’ burgers are sent out on milk buns, and he makes each of his sauces in-house, the result of tireless experimentation. It’s not just beef, however; the burger chef also experiments with other meats and fillings. Vegetarians need not hesitate – Arthurs has you covered. The Lisa Simpson is a burger with a slow-roasted portobello mushroom, havarti cheese, truffle mayo, rocket and beer-battered onion rings.
The Hashtag Burgers X Burgers by Josh pop-up will open within a month at Greenwood Plaza, North Sydney. A date is yet to be confirmed.