There are few foods as widely popular as burgers.

Whether it’s the beloved cheeseburger, the humble hamburger, the ever popular fried chicken burger or a beast-burger the size of your head, burgers are a simple staple. The Australian home of food, Melbourne, is up to its ears in burgers, so we thought we’d simplify and shortlist our Top 10 burgers. How sweet of us.

Balwyn Canteen

Balwyn Canteen’s Instagram bio reads ‘Just your local ‘hole in the wall’ making big time BURGERS, DONUTS, THICK SHAKES and COFFEE.’ And they would be correct. Our pick of the lot (and there’s a lot) would have to be the Twister, with double fried chicken, lettuce, onion, tomato and ranch sauce on a house made brioche bun.

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262 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn 18.00 Twister Burger

Between 2 Buns

If you head onto the Between 2 Buns website you’ll be confronted with the saying ‘Skinny people are easier to kidnap… Eat a burger’. Naturally we complied – smart people. Do yourself a favour and try literally every burger on the menu. Our pick of the day would be the Farmyard.

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Hoppers Crossing, Altona, Williamstown, Sunbury 16.50 The Farmyard

Fat Jaks

Located in the heart of thriving St Kilda, Fat Jaks is a ‘burger bar’ offering delicious American style comfort food made from local Australian produce. There are 14 burgers to choose from, which mean 14 reasons to visit (and that’s just the burgers). Fat Jaks also offers a burger of the month, not to be missed.

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205 Barkly St, St Kilda 14.00 El Chapo Burger

Tally Kitchen

Get this, Tally is a holistic health club, and Tally Kitchen is their workout fuelling restaurant. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Tally Kitchen goes above and beyond to serve nutrient packed meals – including killer burgers. If you’re game, try the Flaming J – a cheeseburger smothered with sriracha sauce and sliced jalapenos.

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51 Brady St, South Melbourne 11.00 Flaming J

Phat Pizza Burger Bar

Focusing on the simple things, Phat Pizza Burger Bar has been designed to serve fast food for fast people. The burgers are ordered and cooked quickly, the ingredients are premium and they’re reasonably priced. If you’re after a burger to satisfy all those burger cravings but without the sick feeling after – this is it.

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79 Brighton Rd, Elwood 18.50 Phat Bang

Beats Burgers

While from the front it doesn’t look like much, Beats Burgers in Essendon is a hidden, and priceless, gem. The menu is influenced by famous musicians and let’s be honest, it’s a difficult choice. We’d recommend the Notorious P.I.G (pictured) or the Chickney Houston – because how could we not?

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255 Keilor Rd, Essendon 14.00 Notorious P.I.G

Nostimo & Co

If beautiful burgers are your thing, we’ve got you. Nostimo. & Co serves up monstrous stacks, with generous amounts of oozing cheese and sauce. The owner is Greek, so be prepared for American style burgers with a Greek twist – sounds weird but trust us.

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439 Glen Huntly Rd, Elsternwick 18.50 The Southern Fried Avocado Burger

Humdinger Bar

If we could simply add to this list based on cool names, Humdinger would be at the top. Self-proclaimed ‘dude food’, Humdinger is all about using your hands, licking your fingers and smashing into their seriously good burgers. There are 17 burgers to get through; needless to say you’ll be back more than once.

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101 Young St, Frankston 23.00 The Tama

Friend of Ours

Friends of Ours has been open since 2012, so they’ve had time to get it right – and boy have they nailed that. The menu is fresh, only using the best produce and the burgers are bordering on insane. Their American burger cannot be missed – with two homemade beef patties, bacon, cheese and a fried egg – you’d be mad not to.

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1097 Mt Alexander Rd, North Essendon 19.00 American Burger

St. Moritz

We’re going to finish off with something a little bit different – sliders. The Southern Fried Chicken sliders deserve to be here – think piles of southern fried chicken heaped into wholegrain buns with aioli and tangy slaw. If you’re after big burger, do the Smoked Brisket Burger – you’ll have zero regrets.

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138-140 Acland St, St Kilda 16.00 Southern Fried Chicken Sliders