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Top 10 Burgers in Adelaide, South Australia

A definitive ranking of the most burgerlicious burgers in Radelaide

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Whilst most tourists, travellers, and backpackers easily dismiss Adelaide (more affectionately termed, Radelaide, or Rads for short) and head for the Eastern states, Adelaide does have some things to offer:

One, The Fringe Festival. If you come to Adelaide, come in March. The Fringe Festival is amazing. Even after living in London I can attest to the wide array and variety of high class shows; and The Garden of Unearthly Delights is a treat on its own. There is always something to do every day of the week when The Fringe is on.

Two, the beaches. If you don't come in March, come in summer. Our beaches are spacious with soft sand, so they're not clogged up with beach beds and there's none of those pesky people trying to rent you one in sight. There will also never be a lack of towel space like in Bondi.

Three, the food. Adelaide has good food. You can walk into pretty much any place and get a decent meal. We offer every type of cuisine and because Australia is so multicultural you can be sure that your sushi chef is actually from Japan, your North Indian curry is made by an authentic Indian, and your cold rolls are rolled by a Vietnamese. The burgers are no exception. As a burger connoisseur who has no idea how to make a good burger but will critique each one I eat like I am an expert, I have travelled far and wide and the burgers in Adelaide are really top class. They might not be made by Americans, but they don't need to be. Think Shake Shack is the ultimate burger? Wait till you come to Adelaide.

Now that Adelaide has made New York Times' list of places to go in 2015 you might as well pop over and grab a burger (it's only like a 20 hour flight from Europe, no biggie).

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While their menu reads like something you might find in the toilet bowl, this place is like a little burger heaven. Like the majority of great gourmet burgers, they started in a van with a couple of dedicated burger grillers flipping delicately cared for, medium-rare patties. They opened a diner in Felixstow, Pearl's diner, which has unfortunately now closed, but they have one in the city, corner of Rundle and Union street.

Some argue that the burgers are a little on the small side but I say quality > quantity. Plus then you will have room to try the No. 1 and No. 2 in one sitting.

I believe what makes a good burger is first, the patty, second the bun, and third the ingredients. Burger theory make a great patty, and you can never go wrong with a brioche bun. The No.1 is your classic burger with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and delicious truck sauce. If you want something a bit more fancy, go for the No.2 – pancetta, onion confit, and blue cheese sauce. I can't decide which one I like better, they are equally mouth watering, so make sure you try both.

I must say that the burgers from the truck are slightly higher quality. This difference is minuscule, and if you go to the city diner you will still be presented with a perfect burger. However, I would recommend chasing down the food truck that still roams the CBD. If you download their smartphone app you can track its locations.

They also do catering if you want to have to coolest party of the year.

Borger score: 9.5/10


Diner: 8 Union Street, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
Truck: Roaming the city Truck App
Pearl's Diner: Sadly, closed
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A very close second, this place always has a line of people waiting outside, snacking on the free popcorn. Down South, next to the Flinders Hospital, this place is a favourite of the staff and the Flinders Uni students. It is most definitely worth the drive and the wait for a table.

Their Hamburguesa comes with three delicious choices of sauce, as well as Peruvian salsa criolla (I don't even know what that is but it tastes good), lettuce, tomato, and a juicy beef patty. I recommend the chipotle mayonesa sauce. They also offer a 'lupe' burger on their menu (with a beef pattie with queso fundido - melted cheese and spicy chorizo [I googled it], lettuce, pickled jalapeños, avocado, and salsa) as well as an array of traditional Mexican food.

Borger score: 9/10

1/4 Rupert Avenue, Bedford Park SA 5042, Australia
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If you go to press*, get the press* burger. Not sure what the * is about but they make an exquisite burger with a tasty side of onion rings - well worth the $18.50 price tag. To be honest, I don't get all the hype about the rest of the stuff on their menu, although I haven't yet tried their $85 per person Roast Suckling Berkshire Pig for ten which is mean to be amazing. But, nonetheless, the burger is fantastic. If you feel like being fancy for lunch or dinner but still want to eat a burger, put on some pants and hop over to press*.

Borger score: 9/10

40 Waymouth Street, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
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The Pot Burger is another classic burger with a solid combo of an appetising bun and patty… and a side of equally great onion rings. They also offer 'Pot Buns' of the prawn, pork, soft shell crab, and truffled mushrooms kind. I don't know what else they have on their menu. Frankly I don't care. Get the burger.

Borger score: 8.5/10

160 King William Road, Hyde Park SA 5061, Australia
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This is a great spot for a sunny Sunday sesh in the beer garden and a great place to grab a burger. Their underrated but quality beef patties with soft buns make easy-to-eat deliciousness. Their namesake burger is a classic cheeseburger. They also offer The Baconator with bacon and BBQ sauce, a chicken burger, and a range of "buns" – miniburgers that are simple little bites of delish. The buns come in the form of cheeseburger, chicken, halolumi, and tempura bug tail. The rest of their menu isn't bad either, offering a range of fancy pub food including oysters, gnocchi, and sweet potato chips.

Borger score: 8.5/10

127 The Parade, Norwood SA 5067, Australia
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Jaime's Italian opened in Adelaide and everyone got excited. Then Kayne West and Kim Khardashian ate there and everyone got more excited. There are lots of great things on the menu and I could write a review about the whole restaurant, but I'm just here to discuss burgers. This is a good burger, with a price to match - $19.50. But I probably wouldn't go here just for the burger. I'd also go for the ambience, the drinks, and the rest of the food on the menu. If you haven't been yet, it's worth the visit. And when you go, make sure you try the burger. Juicy patty, brioche bun, inviting ingredients, and some classic onion rings on the side. Obviously it's a bit more compressed in real life compared to the photo, but it's still delectable.

You do have to wait to get a seat, but you can pass the time at the bar where you can order bar snacks (pretty much a selection from the entrée menu) and try out the yummy cocktails.

Borger score: 8.5/10

2 King William Street, Adelaide SA, Australia

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Burgastronomy has a great burger, if you make the right menu choices. Firstly, you want to go for their Southern Fried Chicken burgers. Avoid the beef this time. Secondly, you want to ask for your Chicken Burger with a Cheeseburger bun. Their normal buns are too dry, but if you swap them for a nice soft Cheeseburger bun you will have a delightful burger experience. Adding cheese and avocado to your burger is not a bad choice either.

Borger score: 8.5/10

19 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide SA 5006, Australia
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This place is a favourite of those who frequent The Parade in Norwood. It's always jam-packed, and I must say, they really do need to increase their indoor (and outdoor) seating space. While it is a nice place to sit inside and eat, it's kind of like they want you to have your burger takeaway, as you usually end up standing in a corner crammed over a small table space your friends. Nonetheless, their burgers are fab. This is a classic burger joint with an old school feel and some old school "soda" options to match. The burgers are decent with soft buns and flavoursome ingredients. Don't forgot to try their tater tots with fry sauce!

Borger score: 8.5/10

168 The Parade, Norwood SA 5067, Australia
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Ginger's Burger is a solid burger, featuring jalapeno aioli and caramelised onion. The quaint café is a charming place to go for brunch, and who doesn't love burgers for brunch?! They also offer a Lentil and Chickpea Burger for those who don't eat meat. And while you're there, grab a coffee from their specials menu.

Borger score: 7.5/10

109A Goodwood Road, Goodwood SA 5034, Australia
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Next time you're down the bay, i.e. tomorrow, because it's damn hot, head to Relish'd. Their burgers come with an amazing herb aioli and their extensive menu boats beef, chicken, lamb and vego options, catering to everyone's' tastes. The buns are nicely glazed with a wonderful medium-rare beef patty. Grab one takeaway to eat on the beach and be thankful that you are nice and warm whilst the Northern hemisphere freezes their pants off.

Borger score: 7.5/10

730 Anzac Highway, Glenelg SA 5045, Australia
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