Above: Tiger Burger, Josh Griggs
BIG J'S TAKEAWAYS
4/1 Melton Rd, Mt Wellington
Set your GPS and discover this hidden gourmet-burger bar. Keep it simple with a cheeseburger or make a meal of it with their weekly special burger (posted on Facebook). Don’t miss the crunchy homemade onion rings. There are lots of the usual takeaway suspects on the menu, but here the burger is king.
Ponsonby Central, 4 Brown St entrance, Ponsonby
Still, still the best burgers in all the land — or at least in the wider Auckland region. A prime example of how doing one thing, and doing it properly, offers a real air of credibility to a restaurant. Medium-rare beef, sharp pickles and melty cheese will fulfil all of your burger-related dreams. Take a date; you’ll know they’re the one if they can stand the sight of you with sauce all down your face.
Burgers, vegetarian friendly, licenced, free farmed
THE FLAMING ONION
1 Lydia Ave, Northcote
You know this is an unusual location when directions read, “Next to the aquarium”. Burger lovers will want to seek out this popular takeaway for not only perfectly cooked burgers, but also for their specials, sides, homemade sauces and relishes. The rosti is a must-try — the bacon and egg stack with rosti has “survival food” written all over it. They even deliver.
549 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn
Esther Jeong and Matt Shephard quit their jobs in the media and started a Korean burger stall over a year ago. It’s now a hip, minimal restaurant nestled in the Grey Lynn shops, serving dripping, indulgent burgers with a difference — homemade traditional Korean sauces, mayos, pickles and kimchi — with gluten-free and vegan options. Zesty cocktails and Asian beers help cut through fast-food richness.
Burgers, licensed, free range