Regardless if you use two hands or one, this burger festival will have you frying something new this August.
Burgers are the pinnacle of any Sydneysiders food-driven adventures. Whether you’ve travelled near or far, Sydney is stacked with some of the best burger joints around the world.
And to help satisfy your cheesy ways, The Rocks will be frying up one of its most mouthwatering festivals yet, and it’s all centred around that delectable meal that can make any day just that little bit tastier and worthwhile. We’re talking about burgers here.
To bury the feeling that most Australians will be missing out on international travel, some of The Rocks’ most renowned retailers have teamed together to create for Sydneysiders a taste of overseas – all whilst supporting local New South Wales hospitality businesses.
From beef to chicken, pork and even pretzel (yes, pretzel), some of Sydney’s most famed venues including Fortune of War, The Glenmore Hotel and Pony Dining The Rocks have created 13, international-inspired burgers that are absolutely epic to say the least.
So what can you expect? Starting off with beef, if you’re dreaming of a British pub lunch, Bakers Oven have created a Pie Burger ($11) that’s nestled between gravy milk buns, salad and oozing burger sauce. Heading up north, Neil Nolan’s Pony Dining The Rocks has created a Waffle Burger that, as you can guess, replaces traditional buns with waffles that deliciously encapsulates a wagyu burger pattie, pickles, cheese, mayonnaise and house relish.
To put a bit of a zest into your day, Fortune of War has created the Nacho Average Burger ($22) with Mexican beef, cheesy corn tortilla chips and tomato between a scrumptious milk bun. Or if your southern Italian trip has been put on hold, Caminetto has got you covered with their Italian option – Spaghetti and Meatball Burger – the closest thing Sydneysiders will get to a true taste of Italy. Otherwise, for a tippled taste, The Mercantile Hotel has created an Emerald Isle-inspired burger, the Double Up Challenge ($25), that’s infused with smokey Jameson aioli that’s available every Thursday to Sunday throughout August.
If chicken, pork or even fish is more your dish, from 4pm each day Caminetto Italian have also constructed the Pollo Parmigiana Burger ($16.90) which features everything from cheese to grilled eggplant, guacamole, chilli mayonnaise and a classic chicken parmy. For some Deutschland delight, The Fine Food Store uses crispy pork belly Japanese schnitzel, gherkins, spicy mayonnaise and salty pretzel buns to form the German Pretzel Burger. For some Asian sensation, Sergeant Lok have won the trifecta with their three limited-edition burgers, The Squadron, The Skipper and The Sarge ($18 each), where burger lovers can decide between charred glazed chicken thigh, sambal crumbed barramundi or shaoxing wine beef ribs that are available Friday to Sunday 12 – 3pm. Of course, if your spontaneous Bali weekend trip was canned, Aslan Coffee have decided to bring Bali to you with their Balinese Crispy Pork Burger ($18) that is available daily from 4pm.
Of course, no burger festival would be complete without a true taste of Australia. So, to complete your trip around the world, The Australian Heritage Hotel will be grilling up the Kanga Sanga ($21) each Thursday to Sunday throughout August. Topped with roasted capsicum and red onion, mustard aioli and jam-packed with succulent kangaroo, this is one not to be missed!
To finish off with a sweet treat, The Tea Cosy has designed only the most luxurious and royal desserts of all time, the Burger Scone ($10). Think chocolate cream, giant strawberries and chutney-like strawberry jam between two fluffy scones. Or for an all-American-inspired dream, The Glenmore Hotel have brought the campfire to you with their Gimme S’More ($12) – toasted marshmallows, peanut butter, strawberry jelly and gram crackers on a brioche bun that’s available until the end of August.
When: Wednesday 12 August – Sunday 06 September
Where: around The Rocks, Sydney – dine in or takeaway
For more information visit: The Rocks website
Want to know where to find the best burgers in Sydney? Check out our top 10 cheeseburgers around Sydney’s CBD. Sydneysiders, are you looking for other things to do this August and September? Grab your sombrero as El Camino Cantina has announced a margarita festival, Ritapalooza.
Feature image: The Pie Burger ($11) by Bakers Oven. Photographed by Anna Kucera. Image supplied.