From humble beginnings as the little red burger caravan in Kingston that took the Canberrans by storm, BRODBURGER is now an Australian burger institution that still makes people occasionally wait over an hour to eat in a frenzy more suited to starving sharks. As a Sydney burger smasher who spends regular time in Canberra I have always been on the burger lookout. Canberra has four burg places I now worship and BRODBURGER was my first. A place I regularly visit when in the Capital, but I am now more savvy in my meal, picking quieter times or using their QHopper App to order before I arrive.
Way back in 2009 a little red van started selling burgers on the foreshore of Kingston, in the park. It was a hit, Canberrans had never seen burgers before, or at least none this good. Come 2010 the council wanted them gone, it didn’t fit in with the OCD organisation known as Canberra. The public went into an uproar and shit hit the fan. They were allowed to extend their stay thanks to petitions, media uproar and the like. Eventually a building was fully built and provided for them in the Canberra Glassworks. They went from caravan to mega new fancy-pants venue attached to the Glassworks and a walk across a carpark/ field to the Kingston foreshore – some truly snazzy waterfront apartment blocks. They got their location location location.
It is good to see something so loved by the public go from rags to riches and then turned into an institution for all to visit.
The venue is massive, decent indoor and large outdoor seating. It is mostly open and always packed and abuzz. The kitchen and the counter are too small for the venue and I have queued for ten plus minutes in a snake queue to place my order and been told the wait will be one hour plus for delivery. Being a Sydney food snob I lost my shit over it the firs time – “worst place ever” ran through my mind but the place, the people and the culture of the venue have changed my mind. On that first hour long wait, in winter, at night time, I sat outside rugged up next to two uni med students playing checkers. They finished and then discussed burgers with me until all our meals arrived. I just loved that interaction and have had a few more like it on other visits.
The place has abundant seating and around the corner outside is my fave, a big stand up table, it’s best for my pics haha. Also healthier to stand when eating burgers this big.
The only disappointment I do have with BRODBURGER is the wait times. In comparison to every other venue in Sydney or Canberra they are ludicrous. It has to come down to that kitchen not suited to the demand. But they do have a great solution if you are in the know! Visit their website via links below and GET THE APP. You pre-order your entire meal and put in what time you are arriving. From memory it tells you the wait time and so, basically, if you plan it well you can arrive as your burgers are being finalised, take them to your seat and feast on awesome.
THOSE BURGERS THOUGH:
The burgers are better at Brodburger, sorry HJ’s. These guys have a specialty big white fluffy bun that I would go as far as calling their signature. I cannot locate any different bun options on their menu and sorry I can’t see any gluten free options either – maybe ask in-store. The bun is massive and their burgers are all a little over standard size when comparing to other venues. I have had four of their burgers in all my visits and I have enjoyed all of them.
A decent bonus when ordering is you can choose your cheese type out of blue, brie, Swiss or cheddar. I think I have always chosen blue – if they don’t offer American cheese then blue it is – truly a great flavour addition to any burg.
The top photo is their flame FLAME GRILLED CHICKEN BREAST BURGER – it comes with bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, Spanish onion, in-store made chilli aioli and tomato relish plus your cheese choice. A great chicken burger with nearly the lot. LOVED IT. The next one is their PIRI PIRI CHICKEN BURGER – this has a crumbed chicken breast, bacon, tomato, iceberg lettuce and house-made piri piri mayo. I loved this burg – the mayo rocked and the crunch from the crumb impressed but I would prefer an addition of cheese.
The Signature BRODBURGER is probably the most popular – 200gm flame grilled beef patty, lettuce, tomato, Spanish onion, aioli, relish and choice of cheese. I can’t find my pic of that one – but it’s quite nice. I did need chips with it though to fill me. Speaking of chips – they are DE-BLOODY-LICIOUS. And if you like onion rings, BRODBURGER have some of the best in the business, they are massive and the inside is nice and soft matched with perfectly crispy shell.
Then, on my last visit, I took the challenge and destroyed their DELUXE BURGER – 2x 200gm flame grilled beer patties, 2x eggs, 2x crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, Spanish onion, aioli, relish and I chose blue cheese :). It comes to about 800gms in the burger and I finished that monster. The truly interesting part was it didn’t destroy me, I also had a couple of onion rings and one handful of chips. A friend and I ordered a small onion rings and a large chips to go with the burgs – he got all the chips.
BRODBURGER is an Australian burger institution. They do their own thing and don’t adhere to burger norms. If you are in the capital you have to visit and try their wares. But I do urge you to get the app because wait times can drive you insane. If you visit with a fiend or friends it will make it more enjoyable. Grab a board game and kick back and enjoy your burg with a nice boutique beer.
PH: (02) 6162 0793
TUES–SUN: 11.30 – 3pm (till 4pm on Sundays)
TUES–SAT: 5.30pm – 10pm
BAR: Yes (of sorts)
LOCAL DELIVERY: No
VEGETARIAN OPTIONS: Yes
GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS: Yes
KID FRIENDLY: Yes
*** JK (and any guests of Spooning Australia) were invited guests of the establishment. However, as always, if it was shite I would happily tell you as such.