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We came, we saw, we ate our way through a whole lot of burgers. And here are 13 that we love...

Rockpool Bar & Grill

Rockpool

It’s the best burger in town, and Heston Blumenthal’s pick for best in the country. We’re talking about Neil Perry's buttery, full blood wagyu hamburger. Topped with bacon, Gruyere cheese and pickle, the brioche bun is just sweet enough, without reaching overkill. Order it rare (trust us), settle in at the bar with an Old Fashioned, and get ready to experience food nirvana. Sydney.

Five Points Burgers

Sydney’s hottest burger joint lives up to its name. Order the Bronx – a charred but tender patty cooked medium-rare is sandwiched between two melted slices of American cheese, sweet onion jam, a whole heap of sour pickles and a big, crunchy leaf of iceberg lettuce. It sounds like it’s going to topple over but the sturdy, soft Brasserie Bread milk bun keeps things in check. North Sydney.

Burger Project

Another day, another kickass burger from Neil Perry. Here, the double cheeseburger is your best chance for meat-to-bun perfection – two thin patties, melted cheese, lettuce, tomato and some milk bar-sized slices of raw onion, all on a toasted bun. Sydney.

Papi Chulo

Papi ChuloThe burger at Merivale's Manly offering is a messy affair: a soft roll filled with a grain-fed beef patty, covered in melted American cheese (so yellow), bacon, lettuce and tomato with a side of pickles. Manly.

Vic's Meat Market

If you can bear to look past the beef brisket sandwich (which might be made by angels), the wagyu cheeseburger will not leave you disappointed. Upon a dense, full-flavoured patty sits American cheese, finely chopped onion and crinkle-cut pickles, all enveloped by a soft, bouncy, Aussie-style bun. Pyrmont.

Mary's

Mary'sIt’s salty, fatty and the kind of burger you crave when you need to refuel after a brew too many. The work that goes into this burger is disguised by its trashiness (wide and flat, it looks like you sat on your Maccas) – the patty is made with two parts chuck, to a part each of brisket and rump. The optional bacon, smoked in an (unused) bin, is a must. Newtown.

Excelsior Jones

Excelsior JonesOut of all the fine tastiness that comes our way, it’s the juicy cheeseburger that keeps this café front and centre in our hearts and minds. A thick patty of grass-fed black Angus beef wears an overcoat of melted Gruyère, tomato relish and aioli, all sandwiched in a soft bun with a side of smashed-then-fried potatoes. Ashfield.

Grand National

The burger here is a doozy: a proper medium-rare beef patty with cheddar melted on top comes secured in a well-toasted sesame seed bun. A little rocket, caramelised onion relish and a smoky savoury tomato relish are welcome additions, but it’s the swirl of béarnaise sauce that takes this humble burger from rags to riches. Paddington.

The Hayberry

The food options at this North Shore bar are typical booze food: burgers, hot wings and pulled pork. Go for the cheesy bacon burger – it’s equal parts juicy, greasy and good. The bun is soft, the beef patty is well seasoned and the bacon is crisp. And it's one of the best burgers we’ve had in this neck of the woods. Crows Nest.

Chur Burger

Chur BurgerOrder the luscious beef patty with tomato relish, mayo and pickles on a soft, sweet bun. It's at least a five napkin job – the giving bun and patty kind of meld into each other and the sauce is all but guaranteed to run down your arm. Chase it with a salted caramel milkshake spiked with bourbon for an all-carb-and-dairy snack attack. Surry Hills.

Soul Burger

Excelsior JonesSoul Burger is entirely vegan, and the burgers are epic. If you’ve got a hunger on, go for the Sumo burger. It’s a beast: the meat-free Gardein patty is paired with soft, buttery, chargrilled field mushrooms, a pepper-spiked (plant-based) sausage and silky swathe of roast red capsicum, lettuce, tomato and a fresh tasting tomato relish. It's so tall that it’s almost impossible to eat as a burger. Instead we Jenga that shit right up and nibble on bits and bobs as we go. And it’s excellent: each ingredient has been cooked perfectly, making it smoky, textural, and full of contrasting – complementing – flavours. Randwick.

Jacks Newtown

Excelsior JonesThe bacon cheeseburger at Jacks is so juicy that the whole thing drips helplessly onto our laps as we eat it. The patty is super-tender and gently seasoned (owner Jack Fonteyn has worked with Anthony Puharich from Vic’s Meat to get the perfect ratio of meat to fat). It's topped with bacon that tastes powerfully of the smoker and generously portioned, melted American cheese. The sauce is hot and punchy with mustard, with coral lettuce and slices of tomato bringing freshness. The buns are sweet, soft and robust; which is just as it should be. Meat not your bag? Check out the veggie burger here, because it is seriously excellent. Newtown.

Mister Gee Burger Truck

Excelsior JonesThe burgers at this food truck change every week, but the night we line up it’s the Truffe, and the moment we bite into it we understand why the queues here are so damn long. A big-ass beef patty sits on a bed of caramelised onions, and is topped with properly melted cheese, peppery rocket and truffle oil-infused mayo. The patty is excellent: thick and chunky and cooked medium, the meat coarsely minced so that it retains a nubbly texture while remaining super-moist. The brioche bun isn't too sweet and holds the burger in place perfectly. Eat it from the half-pocket of silver foil it comes in, though; this is one messy sanger. Around Sydney.

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Updated on 27 Jan 2016.

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