There’s no shortage of burger joints in Brisbane with more opening every year. Not that we’re complaining because let’s face it – everybody loves burgers. So, we went on the hunt for the best burgers in the Valley (in the name of research, obvs). If you thought Beyoncé had good buns, wait ‘til you try these Fortitude Valley burger joints.

Ben’s Burgers

This all-American burger joint on Winn Lane offers an easy-choice menu with just three lunch and dinner burgers – classic, cheesy or vegetarian. Ben’s Burgers nails the balance of juicy beef patty with warm, creamy cheese, crispy lettuce, perfectly ripened tomatoes and just the right amount of sauce. Note: this is an alteration-free zone, which might be hard to digest for fussier diners. Available for takeaway and delivery from 12am to 8:30pm from Tuesday to Sunday. Pre-order for pickup on 3195 3094.

Brooklyn Depot Express

Opening 9 July, Brooklyn Depot Express is bringing its Brooklyn borough flavour to the Valley. Taking a page from the more-is-more playbook, you’ll need your A-game and your stretchy pants to tackle these handcrafted stacked burgers with beef, pork, chicken and vegetarian burgers on the menu. Like it hot? Go for Fuhgeddaboudit, wise guy – a cheeseburger or crumbed mushroom burger with a choose-your-own-adventure level of heat. For barbecue fans, there’s the slow-cooked pork belly sandwiched with slaw and truffle mayo. Pop in during July 2020 for $6 cheeseburgers. We’re ready for you, Brooklyn Depot Express. 

Greaser Bar

Step through the big red doors and indulge in greasy goodness. With a name like Greaser Bar, maximum calories are to be expected. It’s the closest thing possible to American diner food with beef, chicken or vegetarian eggplant burgers. Simplicity works wonders for Greaser Bar and proves all you need are the basics to get the tastebuds singing. Mac ‘n’ cheese is just one of the many to-die-for sides on offer, and you can expect plenty more where that came from. Open Wednesday to Saturday from 5pm – walk-ins welcome, or call 3648 9036 to book your dine-in slot.

Hashtag Burgers & Waffles

From old-school classics to custom burgs, Hashtag Burgers & Waffles is the spot for serious burger fanatics. Forget dainty sliders – check out the 1.3kg monster Burger Challenge stacked with mac’n’cheese, waffles and beef patties! For a slightly smaller appetite, we recommend the cheesy Cheeky Tuesday stack with a beef patty, onion rings and jalapenos, Pickle Me Elmo – a cheesy beef burger with pickles and bacon, or crumbed beetroot patty for vegetarians. Available for dine-in, delivery and pickup. Open daily from 12pm to 10pm.
Lord of the Fries
Vegans rejoice! Melbourne’s Lord of the Fries in now in the Valley with a fully plant-based menu with heaps of indulgent burger goodness. Open from 4pm to 9pm Monday to Thursday and from 12pm Friday to Sunday, dine-in, takeaway or order pickup online of your choice of eight different types of vegan burger from Phish to Parma. Get in quick for the limited-edition Mac N’Cheese Burger with a crumbed creamy mac’n’cheese patty, salad, double cheese and jalapenos – yum!
Lucky Egg Fried Chicken

Not just about that fried chicken life, Lucky Egg does a hot trade in beef and vegetarian burgers, too. If Southern fried chicken is your religion, say hallelujah to the real deal – buttermilk fried chicken with buffalo sauce, or Nashville-style hot-and-spicy fried chicken with jalapenos and Tabasco mayo. We’ve got no beef with the Original Beefy either – a chunky chuck-and-brisket patty with salad and the holy trinity of sauces – ketchup, mayo and mustard. Order for pickup via, or delivery via Uber Eats. Open 4pm ‘til late.

Mad Burger

Making its home on the Chinatown Mall, Mad Burger Fortitude Valley is all about American-style stacks. The gourmet burgers include beef, chicken, vegetarian and vegan options and a choice of fresh buns, including gluten-free. If you’re packing a big appetite, sink your teeth into the signature Mad Burger – a double beef-patty-and-chips stack, or the Body Builder with two grilled chicken breasts. The sides are also moreish if you’ve still got room. Available for dine-in or takeaway.


The OG burger hangout, McDonald’s in McWhirters has been serving Big Macs since the 1990s. Like a beacon on the Brunswick Mall, those golden arches signal a Maccas run. Everyone’s got their Maccas go-to so we won’t tell you what to order, but will let you know that McDonald’s now has a McVeggie Deluxe burger suitable for vegetarians with jack cheese, salad, mayo and pickles atop a crunchy potato, cheese and veggie patty.


Open from Thursday to Sunday from 12pm to 9pm, Netherworld is serving us major burger vibes for dine-in or takeaway with three vegan options on its completely plant-based menu. Order The Bunyip with grilled pineapple and beetroot, or the American-style Southern-fried chicken stack with hash brown, cheese and chipotle mayo. You’ll need two hands to handle the Burgatory – a double cheeseburger with onion rings. Either way, it’s finger-lickin’ good! Book at

Paradise Fortitude Valley

If you believe in burgers for breakfast, you’ll think you’ve reached burger nirvana at Paradise cafe on Alfred Street. This sweet spot has just introduced a beef burger to its popular breakfast and coffee menu. The beef burger with double-beef patties, salad and cheese on a sesame seed bun joins the egg and bacon breakfast burger topped with hollandaise, avocado and spinach sandwiched in a brioche bun. Open Monday to Friday from 7am to 1pm for dine-in and takeaway.


Image Source: Lucky Egg Fried Chicken

– July 2020