From late night food spots to thriving bars, humble hamburgers, fried chicken burgers, whoppers and more are welcome at these burger joints in Sydney!

Burgers. Whether you opt for chicken, beef or even vegetarian, they are the perfect treat to appease any craving, lunch fix or dinnertime retreat.

And although we’re no Donald Gorske, we know a thing or two when it comes to a mighty stack of deliciousness. So, for something cheesy and a little greasy, round up your mates and munch your way through the best burgers in Sydney of 2023!

<strong>Bar Luca</strong>
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Bar Luca

There’s something special about Bar Luca that has us hooked. Maybe it’s their cocktails? Their weekly specials? Or maybe it’s just the fact that they’re always just consistently good. Starting off on Phillip Street in the CBD, Bar Luca has now branched out with BL Burgers and Loaded by BL across Sydney’s suburbs with more coming soon. They’re the legends behind the Blame Canada, the BL Beef and, of course, the mouthwatering Poutine that’s topped with cheese curds, gravy and maple aioli. Check out their Instagram page to keep up to date with the latest specials on burgers, cocktails and shakes.

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<strong>Betty's Burgers</strong>
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Betty's Burgers

With 39 locations Australia wide, Betty’s Burgers is one burger joint you must try out in 2023. Renowned for being a classic Australian burger shack, Betty’s Burgers serves up the freshest and most mouth-watering burgers in Sydney. More than just a burger patty, Betty’s Burgers menu features a delightful mix of diner fare. We’re talking sides, salads, ice cream by the scoop, thick shakes and much more. Home to some of the very best burgers in Sydney!

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<strong>Burgers Anonymous</strong>
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Burgers Anonymous

Some things in life should remain a secret. But, in our guide to the best burgers in Sydney, no stone will be unturned. Or should we say that no burger will go uneaten? Burgers Anonymous is all about good burgers, and that’s exactly what they serve up. With a mighty lineup of delicious and equally mouthwatering burgers to choose from, Burgers Anonymous also has a lengthy selection of sides and sauces to dip into. Not too sure what to order? You can’t go past the Heisenburger, Garlic Soy Wings and their legendary Loaded Fries with maple bacon. This is one delicious burger joint you need to try!

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<strong>Burger Head</strong>
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Burger Head

If the restaurants Momofuku Seiobo, Ormeggio, Quay and Park Hyatt Hotel ring a bell, you may be scratching your head wondering why these fine dining establishments have anything to do with one of the best burger joints in Sydney right now. Well, seven years ago three mates tossed around the idea of starting up a burger shop in the heart of Sydney’s west, Penrith. With three locations to now pick and choose from, Burger Head should be at the top of your mind when looking for Sydney’s most delicious burgers. They mince their own beef, they make all of their own pickles in-house and, the special sauces are especially made onsite daily. Take your pick and be sure not to get a big head.

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What does fried chicken, hip hop, champagne and sneakers have in common? It’s Julian Cincotta – he’s the mastermind behind the hybrid Surry Hills based venue Butter. Dowsed in neon signs, Butter is home to artist appearances, the mesmerising smell of freshly made cinnamon doughnuts and, of course, the best burgers in Sydney. Although their burger menu isn’t as expansive as others, at Butter they’d rather focus on what they do well. For something truly delicious, melt your mouth into the Cheezus burger made with a fried chicken thigh and topped with honey mustard. Or, switch things up with the Fried Chicken & Donut, you won’t regret it.

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6 Hunt St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010
<strong>Frango Charcoal Chicken</strong>
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Frango Charcoal Chicken

If there’s one thing that this family-owned business knows how to do well, it’s chicken. Considering that it’s in their name twice, (frango translating to chicken in Portuguese), we wouldn’t expect anything less. Hailing from the heart of Petersham, Frango Charcoal Chicken was started by the Fernandes family who wanted to share delicious food with all of Sydney. With butterflied charcoal chicken, chili sauce and addictive chips at their forefront, for your visit you can’t go wrong with The Double Burger, a side of Portuguese Rice and, to finish the Chocolate Mousse. A must try in 2023 if you haven’t already!

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If we had to describe Mary’s in six words or less it would be burgers, booze and bass-pumping music. Grungy and home to some of Sydney’s most delicious burgers you need to try; Mary’s should be at the top of your list for any burger lover out there. Perfect for vegans, vegetarians and carnivores, Mary’s menu is made up of a selection of mouthwatering burgers, fried chicken, fried chips and specialty sauces. Our pick of the lot is Mary’s Burger, the Mash n Gravy and, if you’re still hungry, the fried buttermilk Half Bird with a side of Mary’s Hot Sauce.

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<strong>Paul's Famous Hamburgers</strong>
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Paul's Famous Hamburgers

Although they’re not in Sydney’s CBD, Paul’s Famous Hamburgers definitely deserves a shoutout for their delicious burgers. A staple for any summer feed, Paul’s Famous Hamburgers can be found hanging off Princes Highway in Sylvania. Starting out back in 1957, for the past 65 years Paul’s has been titled as the best of the best. Their menu is made up of 14 burgers that can be easily described as Aussie classics. For your visit we recommend the Famous Works paired with chips and their famous freshly squeezed pineapple crush. Sit under Tom Uglys Bridge for front-row views of Georges River, weekend sorted.

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12 Princes Hwy, Sylvania, NSW 2224
<strong>Surly's American Tavern</strong>
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Surly's American Tavern

Tucked along Campbell Street in Surry Hills is Surly’s American Tavern. They’re the guys who shared with us the Sailor Jerry Whipped Cream Birthday Cake Cocktail Recipe. But, apart from the vibrant atmosphere, brick-clad walls and vintage American memorabilia, Surly’s also takes the cake as the home of one of the best burgers in Sydney. With eight burgers to choose from – two of which are vegan and vegetarian – Surly’s reassures that the American dream can in fact come to life. If burgers aren’t your thing, you can create your own loaded fries or you can feast your way through their Ultimate BBQ Platter. With cocktails, sweets and daily specials, you can’t go wrong with Surly’s.

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182 Campbell St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010
<strong>UME Burger</strong>
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UME Burger

When you think of Japanese in Sydney, your mind would usually go straight to sushi trains, traditional eateries and creative bars. However, for all of the burger lovers out there, you need to put UME Burger at the top of your list. With two locations in Sydney’s CBD, UME Burger started up after their sister venue, Bar UME, took off with Sydneysiders. Their drink and food menu has been created with a Japanese twist so expect the likes of Japanese pickles, Onion Rings, Renkon Crisps, House-Made Kimchi and, of course, burgers. How does a Chicken Karaage Burger with tonkatsu sauce sound? On top of this you can slurp it all down with their Yuzu Soda. Talk about gourmet burgers Sydney!

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Feature image: Mary’s. Photographed by Anna Kucera. Image via Destination NSW.
This article was first published on September 18 2018. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on May 18 2023.