If you’ve been following CFJ (previously PFJ) for a while, you might’ve guessed that I love burgers. For me, there is something spectacular about a good burger, crisp fries and an accompanying cool drink.
When A and I went to New Zealand last year, we were told many times that we HAD TO try Fergburger when we were in Queenstown. We did, and yes they were spectacular – but I’m happy to say that Australia has an equivilent in the form of Brodburgers!
Brodburgers has been around for years and used to be based in a red caravan located on the lake at Bowen Park in Barton. Due to popular demand, they have now found a venue for their amazing burgers at the historic Canberra Glassworks building in Kingston.
A and I ventured there on a Friday night to see what they hype was about and we were forewarned that there would likely be a long queue. Luckily for us, it seems that the rainy evening had turned people off the thought of lining up but evenso the venue was packed. We were lucky enough to snag a table at the back of the restaurant without a wait.
A ordered for us and came back to tell me that they were licensed – to which we both ordered a beer to go with our burger. Now, in Perth it’s a rarity to find a good burger joint that also has a liquor licence (with the exception of my favourite burger joint, Flipside in Wembley, which is located next door to The Stanley, a small bar which allows you to eat your burger while enjoying a drink) so I was very excited by the thought of enjoying my burger with a cold beer.
At Brodburgers, there is a good selection of different burgers to order, including the Brodburger (½ pound of flame grilled beef patty, with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, Spanish onions, homemade aioli and tomato relish), Brodeluxe (2 x ½ pound beef patties flame grilled, two eggs,
crispy bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, Spanish onions with homemade aioli and tomato relish), Brodchicken (Succulent butterflied flame-grilled Chicken breast with bacon, avocado, fresh
lettuce, tomatoes, Spanish onions, homemade aioli and tomato relish), Brodveg (Assorted flame grilled vegetables, fried halloumi cheese, homemade aioli and tomato relish) and the Brodfin (grilled Fish of the week, fresh lettuce, Spanish onions, homemade aioli and tomato relish). Every burger comes with your choice of cheese: Blue, Brie, Swiss or Cheddar.
A and I both ordered a Brodburger ($13.50) and as soon as they arrived I was sure I wouldn’t be able to finish mine entirely. A ordered her Brodburger with cheddar cheese, whereas I ordered mine with bacon (+$1) and brie cheese. We both added a side of chips ($2.50).
We both loved our burgers, with A congratulating herself that she ordered simply as I struggled with my burger she deemed as a ‘heartattack in a stack’. Regardless, my burger was delicious and I loved the pairing of the brie, bacon and meat pattie. The pattie was cooked medium and was light pink in the middle, the brie cheese had melted slighly and was a perfect match for the bacon, which was generous in quantity. The salad items were fresh but the standout of the burger was the homemade aioli – which literally made me stop and cherish the flavour of it. The french fries were golden, crunchy and perfectly salted. This was one of the best burgers I’ve had and can confidently say that it gave my fergburger a run for its money!
On our way out, I visited the counter area to see the selection of local and imported beers, bottles of wine as well as a selection of cupcakes and macarons for those who need to end a meal with something sweet.
If you love a good burger than you need to try Brodburgers. This Canberra institution manages to serve up quality burgers (made with hand formed beef patties from A-grade premium mince beef), delectable fries and provides service with a smile.