As most of y'all know, I'm not just a ramen nerd. I am also a burger geek and addict. I feel adrenalin rush through my veins whenever I see a hamburger with soft bun, glistening juicy beef pattie, and a provocative melted cheese. Can I get a witness?!!
Anyway, I heard that the lovely city of Melbourne has amazing burgers of such to offer. So, I carefully mapped out my game plan and picked three places to visit. Namely: Huxtaburger, Mr Burger, and Rockwell & Sons Co.
If the "Huxta" part of the name sounds familiar to you, then you must've watched or have heard of the "The Huxtables" whilst growing up. They are the renowned family of the sitcom "The Bill Cosby show". Even their burgers are named after some of the family members. Such as Theo or Denise "the hot one" (a huxtaburger with chillies). The first shop of Huxtaburger is located on Smith St in Collingwood. Then a few months ago, Huxtaburger II opened in the CBD. It is located in a laneaway (like most amazing eats in Melbourne) called Fullham Place. It had a diner type feel theme that is very fitting to the burgers they serve.
My huxtaburger ($8.50) came out and the burger geek in me got super mega excited. The burger was somewhere borderline gourmet and dirty American burger in style. The melted cheese stared at me as if it was seducing me. The housemade bun was sweet and very soft. The bun was also buttered and slightly toasted that handled the whole burger well. The meat was perfectly flavoured. It also had lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard, tomato sauce and pickles. This burger was so awesome that I had to order another one for takeaway and I went to their Collingwood shop two days later for another hit.
Shop 11 Fullham Pl
Monday to Saturday 10am-10pm
Mr Burger started as a hamburger food truck that would normally park in a warehouse near the Queen Victoria Markets.
Mr Burger ($10) is a standard burger with beef pattie, cheese, tomato, lettuce, pickles, onion, tomato sauce, mustard and mayo. I requested for bacon as an optional extra. The sweet bun that handles all the ingredients is soft and tasty. The beef pattie is well seasoned.
I preferred the Mr Meat burger ($11) to the standard burger. The barbecue sauce, bacon and caramelised onions gave this burger more punch with its smoky, salty and sweet flavours. It also contains beef, cheese, lettuce, pickles and mayo.
428 Little Bourke St
Monday to Wednesday 11am - 3pm
Thursday and Friday 11am - 8pm
Saturday 12pm - 8pm
Rockwell and Sons
Another Collingwood joint that serves burgers goes by name of Rockwell and Sons. This American dude food and bar place is a smash hit amongst locals and visitors. It is run by North Carolinian chef, Casey Wall and Kiwi chef, Manu Potoi. The place has a contemporary industrial small bar look. The service was fast and the staff were very friendly.
I'm here for one reason only and that is to get my hands on the double patty smash burger ($10). It's called double patty smash as somewhere in the cooking process, the beef patties are flip and smashed in a way that it keeps some bits rare and some bits charred. Two patties are then placed in a super fluffy and buttery seeded brioche bun. The whole burger is kept simple with alluring melted Kraft cheese and a special sauce. It is simple yet perfect and extremely flavoursome.
Rockwell and Sons
288 Smith St, Collingwood, VIC, Australia, 3066
Phone: 8415 0700
Friday 12pm-3pm and 6pm-11pm
Saturday 11am-4pm and 6pm-11pm
Sunday 11am-4pm and 6pm-10pm
Monday 12pm-3pm and 6pm-10pm
Melbourne is full of burger epicness that would more than satisfy any burger aficionado. This is only a glimpse of what this city has to offer.