We searched for the tastiest burgers being served on our streets.
And the winner is ... Billy Beef and Béarnaise burger at Burgers & Beers Inc, 355-357 Colombo St, Sydenham - 4/5
Not a place you'd take your grandma, this retro-cool burger joint serves its meals in paper bags - no matter where you dine. From a huge selection, we chose the beefy burger ($12.50), containing a 140g all-meat patty, béarnaise sauce, onion rings, wholegrain mustard, rocket and lettuce. The sauces and bun pushed this burger to the top of the table, and the accompanying chips we ordered are a must.
The Fox Burger at The Fox & Ferret Palms, Palms Shopping Centre - 3/5
This fox was the type that stopped you dead in your tracks. A 250g beef patty, streaky bacon and a fried egg were topped with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, beetroot and garlic aioli. It certainly filled our diner, but the supermarket-grade bun dropped the $25 burger down a peg.
Chicken burger at Joe's Garage, 7 Leslie St, Upper Riccarton - 2.5/5
A chicken breast, streaky bacon, Swiss cheese, caramelised onions, tomato, lettuce and aioli with fries sounded good, and expectations were raised by the $19 price tag. However, the burger was ho-hum and the greasy fries a let-down.
Lamb burger at The Brickworks, 69 Centaurus Rd, Cashmere - 4/5
With the ching-ching of pokies in the background, we ordered a burger lunch in a laidback pub environment. The Canterbury lamb with its fillings of tomato, tzatziki, and capsicum and caper chutney ($19.50) was satisfying. The focaccia bap was a bit overpowering, but the herby topping did add a bit of zing.
The Hawaiian burger from Cod Squad, cnr Lichfield and Madras streets - 3.5/5
Presented with a seed-topped burger ($8.50) in a cardboard tray, our diner pulled up a pew on the rubble and tucked in with both hands. The handmade patty was substantial and the fillings generous, but be aware that this mobile fish and chippery can be hard to catch, and its chips could be better.
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