It may seem odd now but once upon a time, Sydney didn't really have a burger scene. Then came Mary's, Dan's Hong's Lotus cheeseburger and Chur Burger. Not long after there were countless imitators and even more innovators.

Now burgers are everywhere. They're on cafe menus, at the bar in fine diners, and in just about every second food truck that's ever rolled onto a Sydney street. Style-wise it may look all over the place with wild specials, attention seeking ingredients and even more ridiculous names but all the basics are classic American. Beetroot, eggs, defrosted patties and sesame buns are relics now, now it's all about milk buns, American cheese, house-ground patties and special sauce.

Whether they're classically American, stacked like fatty Jenga towers or filled with experiments, here's where to find the best in town.


Shakes, burgers and soft-serve cones.

Shop 1 332 Darling Street
Balmain NSW 2041

Down N' Out

American-style burgers inside the Sir John Young.

Sir John Young Hotel 577 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Five Points Burgers

Do it like the New Yorkers do with the help of Tomislav Martinovic.

124 Walker Street (enter via Berry Street)
North Sydney NSW 2060


Burgers and American barbeque.

182 Campbell Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010

Vic’s Meat Market

Trust a butcher to make a top-notch burger.

Sydney Fish Market Bank Street
Pyrmont NSW

The Lord Gladstone

$10 cheeseburgers on Tuesdays.

115 Regent Street
Chippendale NSW 2008

Chur Burger

So popular, it's gone interstate.

48 Albion St
Surry Hills NSW 2010

The Fish Shop

Cheeseburgers by Dan Hong.

22 Challis Avenue
Potts Point NSW 2011

Eat Burgers

A cult burger joint down South.

43 Gerrale Street
Cronulla NSW 2230

Burger Head

Fine dining chefs in Penrith.

Shop 17/98 Henry St
Penrith NSW 2750