Burger #1 - Press Food and Wine
Beef burger with lettuce, bacon, cheese, tomato, served on a soft glazed roll, I suspect is a bread top bun. This is my favorite burger in the Adelaide CBD at the moment, the mince is tasty, well seasoned and cooked medium rare. Combo of tomato sauce and mayo was nice. Served with the best onion rings you'll find. Not the cheapest meal at $18, but the onion rings make you forget that quickly. This burger has also been reviewed by Pacman here - Press Burger Review.
Burger #2 - Gallery on Waymouth
Beef burger, cooked medium with slaw, tomato, onions, cheese, pickles, mustard and ketchup. Brioche style bun adds a nice sweetness to the burger. Chips are ok, pretty standard. Mine was cooked a little past medium, the patty was still nice, but not as loose formed as some other hand made patty's. Better priced @ $15 than other fancier options, worth the time if you are near by.
Burger #3 - Burger Club, Mawson Lakes
Beef burger, lettuce tomato cheese. The bun is more focaccia style, larger than most of the CBD burgers, more of a blend of American and Australian pub style. What I love about this burger is its balance, plenty of meat in that patty, its not pretentious and classy, its a burger that is great to just eat without the fanciness. Definitely my fave suburban burger. Moderately priced at $11 for a really well sized meal.
Burger #4 - Burger Foundry
Beef Burger, Napolitana this time, mesclun greens, bruschetta, basil aioli and melted mozzarella cheese. Great combo for a burger, I was surprised how nice the basil was. Pattys here are always well done, but aren't dry or chewy, they still have a good level of moisture. The chips are great and so are the shakes. I do love this, but, the 45 min wait, even with a pre order, can really mess with the experience. These are big burgers, choose to have it with fries or a shake, not both! Another moderately priced burger at $13.
Burger #5 - Burger Theory
I have long been a fan of the food truck revolution in Adelaide, like most, infuenced by both the burger and food truck culture of the USA. My best ever experience was shake shack, and for me, burger thoery comes closest to that experience in Adelaide. I lined up in Leigh St on opening day for Burger Theory, and have sung their praises ever since. The bun is a soft bread top item, the mince usually well done, I have asked for it to be medium rare a few times, but often it still comes out well done. Chips aren't a winner for me, I don't get them that often any more. Burger is still an experience, the patty is perfectly seasoned, with a great mix of beef cuts that offer a flavour no other burger in Adelaide has matched. Excellently priced at $10, I don't think you can beat it.
Burger # 6 - The Cumby
Cumby Cheese Burger - tomato, pickles, beef patty, jarlsberg cheese, lettuce & tomato sauce. This is a different approach for a pub, choosing to have a gourmet small burger, rather than a meatloaf between two halves of the largest roll they can find. The beef is nice, over cooked but still nicley flavoured. The jarlsberg gives it a nice creaminess, along with some sweetness from again, a bread top bun. A nice option for those who don't want to pay through the nose at closer options, at $10 its good value. Onion rings are an addition at $5, and are worthy. Chips on the side are pretty standard.
Burger # 7 - Veggie Velo
Combination burger. This is a combination of all their options - Quinoa patty with lettuce, carrot, beetroot, alfalfa, onion jam, sweet potato and cashew spread (vegan friendly) combined with a haloumi burger with grilled mushrooms, lemon thyme. Overall, I was a little disappointed with this combination. The quinoa patty was a little dry and tasteless however the wholemeal bun was fresh and the haloumi and mushroom were delicious. Salads were fresh and added a crisp textural element to the burger. I would definitely go back for the haloumi and mushroom option. A bit over priced at $10 when compared to other options.
Burger # 8 - Relish'd
Cruise'n Burger - Beef, Tomato, Cheese Lettuce, special sauce. Pretty good burger overall, nice tasting patty, well cooked, good charring from the grill. Nice glazed bus, and hand cut, chunky chips were a good touch. The burger is larger than some of the other gourmet options, aligning with what I have found at most suburban burger bars, that these suburban offerings are generally larger and more filling for the same price as CBD offerings.