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Maroochy Works Burger from Beach House Bar and Grill in Brisbane CBD. 28th Jan 2012.
The place seems to style themselves on beach style food. They have both Reef & Beef and Surf & Turf, which is a fair call when you focus on sea food and steaks. My only issue is that it’s in the Brisbane CBD. The closest ‘beach’ is an hours train away; I just don’t understand. I guess that’s what happens with franchises.
Anyway, at least they make good food and it’s not as pricey as Pig ‘n’ Whistle (Two good things to have in a business).
What you get:
$15.90 gets you the Maroochy Works Burger
Do they offer works burgers? Yes and no. The Maroochy works burger isn’t a true works burger. No Pineapple, no class.
Chips included? Yes!
Side salad: No.
Drinks: Beer, wine and cocktails. Unsure of price.
Pre-cut burger? No.
Extras? I’m sure they can do something for you.
My first ever Wagyu beef burger and it doesn’t even have real cheese. Kraft singles should be reserved for kids and not powerful food. All that aside, I was impressed with the bun, nice and crisp! The chips were strangely delicious and went really well with the BBQ sauce they have (I’m not a big fan of BBQ sauce.) The best part of the chips is that they fit the burger quite nicely. Always a fan of caramelised onions, they go well with the BBQ sauce they add to their burger.
Back on topic. I mean after all you’re here to read about the burger, not the sauce. Wagyu beef burger. A small, but dense patty with a rich flavour. I just can’t stress how dense this thing was. Kind of got hard to eat towards the end and I found myself dipping what was left of the burger into my little container of sauce. I was not really impressed with the standard array of salads, but hey, they do fit the beach theme (egg, bacon, tomato, lettuce, beetroot and onions.)
Enjoy with a Fat Yak or similar fruity pale ale (Little Creatures, James Squire - no idea if they have those at the bar)
Impressive work, personally a few touches would make it far better. 3.5 stars (Points lost for fake cheese, dripping burger and that I could taste it for about an hour afterwards.)
You can grab a menu here: http://my247.com.au/247venue_images/20204-201127-beachhouse1.pdf

Maroochy Works Burger from Beach House Bar and Grill in Brisbane CBD. 28th Jan 2012.

The place seems to style themselves on beach style food. They have both Reef & Beef and Surf & Turf, which is a fair call when you focus on sea food and steaks. My only issue is that it’s in the Brisbane CBD. The closest ‘beach’ is an hours train away; I just don’t understand. I guess that’s what happens with franchises.

Anyway, at least they make good food and it’s not as pricey as Pig ‘n’ Whistle (Two good things to have in a business).

What you get:

$15.90 gets you the Maroochy Works Burger

Do they offer works burgers? Yes and no. The Maroochy works burger isn’t a true works burger. No Pineapple, no class.

Chips included? Yes!

Side salad: No.

Drinks: Beer, wine and cocktails. Unsure of price.

Pre-cut burger? No.

Extras? I’m sure they can do something for you.

My first ever Wagyu beef burger and it doesn’t even have real cheese. Kraft singles should be reserved for kids and not powerful food. All that aside, I was impressed with the bun, nice and crisp! The chips were strangely delicious and went really well with the BBQ sauce they have (I’m not a big fan of BBQ sauce.) The best part of the chips is that they fit the burger quite nicely. Always a fan of caramelised onions, they go well with the BBQ sauce they add to their burger.

Back on topic. I mean after all you’re here to read about the burger, not the sauce. Wagyu beef burger. A small, but dense patty with a rich flavour. I just can’t stress how dense this thing was. Kind of got hard to eat towards the end and I found myself dipping what was left of the burger into my little container of sauce. I was not really impressed with the standard array of salads, but hey, they do fit the beach theme (egg, bacon, tomato, lettuce, beetroot and onions.)

Enjoy with a Fat Yak or similar fruity pale ale (Little Creatures, James Squire - no idea if they have those at the bar)

Impressive work, personally a few touches would make it far better. 3.5 stars (Points lost for fake cheese, dripping burger and that I could taste it for about an hour afterwards.)

You can grab a menu here: http://my247.com.au/247venue_images/20204-201127-beachhouse1.pdf

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Believe me, I want to do another write up just as much as you want me to.

You should totally get a burger from McDonalds. Just so you can set a bench mark for worst burger.

D-

Would not “Big Mac” again.

Works Burger from Pure Taste in Post Office Square, Brisbane. 18 Oct 2011.
Take-away burgers. One thing is for sure, Pure Taste certainly looks the name. A clean shop front with a clear separation into three sections each containing delicious, Salads + sandwiches, greasy + baked foods and kebabs. Clear cut they have tailored their store to feed the Corporate masses. Don’t judge it; sometimes you can strike gold with take-away shops and this one happens to be the best place available in Post Office Square.
What you get:
$7.50 gets you a Works Burger. | $11.50 with chips and a can of drink.
Do they offer works burgers? Yes!
Chips included? Yes, with combo.
Side Salad? No.
Drinks? Yes - standard array of cans and bottles.
Pre-cut burger? No.
Extras? No.
Standard, light in flavour, works burger with an interesting soft bun. I’ll start with the negatives. Did it fall apart? Yes, but it wasn’t too bad as I could still repair it. Did it drip? Yes, but not too badly and the bun didn’t end up a soggy mess. Was it delicious? No, it was a standard burger. So what was good about it? Well the bun was soft, but still quite nice. It had all the standards you would expect; tomato, beetroot, lettuce, egg, pineapple, bacon - nothing fancy but nothing is missing - brilliant! The best part about it is that I didn’t feel ripped off. $7.50? Sure! 
Give it a shot! They’re not bad, but the steak sandwich is better. 3/5 stars.

Works Burger from Pure Taste in Post Office Square, Brisbane. 18 Oct 2011.

Take-away burgers. One thing is for sure, Pure Taste certainly looks the name. A clean shop front with a clear separation into three sections each containing delicious, Salads + sandwiches, greasy + baked foods and kebabs. Clear cut they have tailored their store to feed the Corporate masses. Don’t judge it; sometimes you can strike gold with take-away shops and this one happens to be the best place available in Post Office Square.

What you get:

$7.50 gets you a Works Burger. | $11.50 with chips and a can of drink.

Do they offer works burgers? Yes!

Chips included? Yes, with combo.

Side Salad? No.

Drinks? Yes - standard array of cans and bottles.

Pre-cut burger? No.

Extras? No.

Standard, light in flavour, works burger with an interesting soft bun. I’ll start with the negatives. Did it fall apart? Yes, but it wasn’t too bad as I could still repair it. Did it drip? Yes, but not too badly and the bun didn’t end up a soggy mess. Was it delicious? No, it was a standard burger. So what was good about it? Well the bun was soft, but still quite nice. It had all the standards you would expect; tomato, beetroot, lettuce, egg, pineapple, bacon - nothing fancy but nothing is missing - brilliant! The best part about it is that I didn’t feel ripped off. $7.50? Sure! 

Give it a shot! They’re not bad, but the steak sandwich is better. 3/5 stars.

Primal Urge burger from Burger Urge in West End, Brisbane. 14 Oct 2011.
Never in my life have I seen so much go into a burger store. Neon lights under tables and a general dark, yet soft feeling about the place. The temperature inside was less than desirable; so outside dining was indeed a fair choice. Try not to share it with the local pigeons.
What you get:
$12.40 gets you a Primal Urge burger | $16.40 with Chips and Drink
Do they offer a works burger? No. The Primal Urge burger is as close as it comes. No bacon = not a works burger, sorry.
Chips included? Only with the ‘combo’ deal. Tomato Relish.
Side Salad? No.
Drinks? $2.6 for a can of soft drink - limited range.
Pre-cut burger? No.
Extras? No.
At first look, quite an impressive meal. At first bite, it continues to carry that across. Although, after the burger starts dripping do you understand the real meaning of the name and that it’s more primal than expected. Interestingly enough, it brought everything to the table that you would expect in a works burger (except the bacon) and yet it still failed to impress. Try if I can, I need to know where it went wrong; the patty wasn’t dry, the tomato relish was nice, it even included beetroot and rings of onion as well as the other standard salads. Something just wasn’t right and I couldn’t work it out, “A works burger that doesn’t do it for me?” I thought. Finally I spotted it; this burger was over done with sauce. Mayonnaise on the bottom. I can’t tell why there was mayo - so far, baffled. To top it off, the burger ended up falling to shit and the bun sat there soaked in juices. It was nice to see herb-salted chips, at least they fit the meal.
Don’t worry Grill’d; they ain’t no competition. 2.5/5 stars.

Primal Urge burger from Burger Urge in West End, Brisbane. 14 Oct 2011.

Never in my life have I seen so much go into a burger store. Neon lights under tables and a general dark, yet soft feeling about the place. The temperature inside was less than desirable; so outside dining was indeed a fair choice. Try not to share it with the local pigeons.

What you get:

$12.40 gets you a Primal Urge burger | $16.40 with Chips and Drink

Do they offer a works burger? No. The Primal Urge burger is as close as it comes. No bacon = not a works burger, sorry.

Chips included? Only with the ‘combo’ deal. Tomato Relish.

Side Salad? No.

Drinks? $2.6 for a can of soft drink - limited range.

Pre-cut burger? No.

Extras? No.

At first look, quite an impressive meal. At first bite, it continues to carry that across. Although, after the burger starts dripping do you understand the real meaning of the name and that it’s more primal than expected. Interestingly enough, it brought everything to the table that you would expect in a works burger (except the bacon) and yet it still failed to impress. Try if I can, I need to know where it went wrong; the patty wasn’t dry, the tomato relish was nice, it even included beetroot and rings of onion as well as the other standard salads. Something just wasn’t right and I couldn’t work it out, “A works burger that doesn’t do it for me?” I thought. Finally I spotted it; this burger was over done with sauce. Mayonnaise on the bottom. I can’t tell why there was mayo - so far, baffled. To top it off, the burger ended up falling to shit and the bun sat there soaked in juices. It was nice to see herb-salted chips, at least they fit the meal.

Don’t worry Grill’d; they ain’t no competition. 2.5/5 stars.

Steak Sandwich from Aroma Garden in Brisbane. 13 Oct 2011.
Interesting place; feels like a cafe, looks like a restaurant, displayed like a bar. Standard seating arrangements; so I’d recommend sitting on the wooden deck. It’s not very inviting the further in you get. Somehow lighting must have been missed in the planning stage.
What you get:
$12.90 gets you a Steak Sandwich
Do they offer a works burger? No, they don’t offer beef burgers - we had to settle for a Steak Sandwich.
Chips included? Yes! Thick cut.
Side Salad? No.
Drinks? Full bar range. Beers $6~
Pre-cut burger? Yes!
Extras? No.
A light steak sandwich with a beautiful colour to it. It’s body is long, but not threatening. It looks thick, yet not overwhelming. Simplicity and colour were taken into account when planning this sandwich. Caramelised onions and BBQ sauce, this sandwich is set to ‘sweet’ and manages to carry this with a thin medium-rare steak sitting right at the top. Complete with cheese, cucumber, tomato and two types of lettuce and set off by a medium garlic Aoli - beautiful. This Aoli somehow mixed well with the BBQ and set a good mood; quite a good touch which displays this sandwich was crafted well. Standard Turkish bread (not a bun), usually not a great idea when you’re looking at a burger; but as a sandwich it was fine especially with the direction this was going. Brilliant, crisp and long chips - certainly a good choice.
I certainly recommend a light, crisp beer with this one. 4/5 stars.

Steak Sandwich from Aroma Garden in Brisbane. 13 Oct 2011.

Interesting place; feels like a cafe, looks like a restaurant, displayed like a bar. Standard seating arrangements; so I’d recommend sitting on the wooden deck. It’s not very inviting the further in you get. Somehow lighting must have been missed in the planning stage.

What you get:

$12.90 gets you a Steak Sandwich

Do they offer a works burger? No, they don’t offer beef burgers - we had to settle for a Steak Sandwich.

Chips included? Yes! Thick cut.

Side Salad? No.

Drinks? Full bar range. Beers $6~

Pre-cut burger? Yes!

Extras? No.

A light steak sandwich with a beautiful colour to it. It’s body is long, but not threatening. It looks thick, yet not overwhelming. Simplicity and colour were taken into account when planning this sandwich. Caramelised onions and BBQ sauce, this sandwich is set to ‘sweet’ and manages to carry this with a thin medium-rare steak sitting right at the top. Complete with cheese, cucumber, tomato and two types of lettuce and set off by a medium garlic Aoli - beautiful. This Aoli somehow mixed well with the BBQ and set a good mood; quite a good touch which displays this sandwich was crafted well. Standard Turkish bread (not a bun), usually not a great idea when you’re looking at a burger; but as a sandwich it was fine especially with the direction this was going. Brilliant, crisp and long chips - certainly a good choice.

I certainly recommend a light, crisp beer with this one. 4/5 stars.

Sparrow Beef Burger from Sparrow + Finch in Brisbane. 11 Oct 2011
Classy place. Cafe, beers, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, beers, salads. The place gets really busy come midday. Polite staff and relatively comfy seating (if you can find a place that is). A nice place to take a friend or work colleague out for lunch that won’t break the budget too badly.
What you get:
$13.50 gets you a Sparrow Beef Burger - $18.50 with a FatYak (Menu special)
Do they offer works burgers? No.
Chips included? Yes! Shoe string fries. Tomato sauce
Side Salad? No.
Drinks? $5 extra for a FatYak (Menu special) | $2.5 for a coke.
Pre-cut burger? No.
Extras? No.
What can I say? First glance it was fantastic! Visually stunning. The patty is a standard well cooked, lightly charred for flavour, moist beef patty. It comes with all the standard accompaniments, Bacon, Egg, beetroot, tomato, green stuff of some variety. Topped with a standard, but satisfying BBQ sauce. The placement of food within the burger is extremely important - the cheese should always go on top of the patty (Failed - see picture above). The bun was a Turkish. Now I like Turkish bread, I really do; but the bun was almost too crisp (while still being fresh) and certainly too small. It was a hard to eat burger. Things slipping out here & there and cutting it was surely a poor choice. Shoe string fries are always an interesting choice. While tasty and easy to cram in your mouth, shoe string fries don’t hold in the heat very well and so just went to waste.
Overall a good choice - next time I’ll get the FatYak. 3.5/5 stars

Sparrow Beef Burger from Sparrow + Finch in Brisbane. 11 Oct 2011

Classy place. Cafe, beers, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, beers, salads. The place gets really busy come midday. Polite staff and relatively comfy seating (if you can find a place that is). A nice place to take a friend or work colleague out for lunch that won’t break the budget too badly.

What you get:

$13.50 gets you a Sparrow Beef Burger - $18.50 with a FatYak (Menu special)

Do they offer works burgers? No.

Chips included? Yes! Shoe string fries. Tomato sauce

Side Salad? No.

Drinks? $5 extra for a FatYak (Menu special) | $2.5 for a coke.

Pre-cut burger? No.

Extras? No.

What can I say? First glance it was fantastic! Visually stunning. The patty is a standard well cooked, lightly charred for flavour, moist beef patty. It comes with all the standard accompaniments, Bacon, Egg, beetroot, tomato, green stuff of some variety. Topped with a standard, but satisfying BBQ sauce. The placement of food within the burger is extremely important - the cheese should always go on top of the patty (Failed - see picture above). The bun was a Turkish. Now I like Turkish bread, I really do; but the bun was almost too crisp (while still being fresh) and certainly too small. It was a hard to eat burger. Things slipping out here & there and cutting it was surely a poor choice. Shoe string fries are always an interesting choice. While tasty and easy to cram in your mouth, shoe string fries don’t hold in the heat very well and so just went to waste.

Overall a good choice - next time I’ll get the FatYak. 3.5/5 stars

Classic Beef Burger from Grand Central Hotel in Brisbane. 26th Sep 2011
Pub lunch. Doesn’t sound too appealing to most people. The sight of old war veterans walking around carrying midis of beer can be depressing at times and the seating does put a few people off. Rest assured the place is a classic, the tables at least look nice and the burgers are fantastic!
What you get:
$14.50 gets you a Classic Beef Burger.
$2.5 extra gets you an egg.
Do they offer works burgers? No.
Chips included? Yes! No sauce.
Side salad? No.
drinks? Coke $3~ | Beer $
Pre-cut burger? No.
Extras? 2 x Onion rings if you’re lucky
The burger is a delight. It comes with a tasty, thick beef patty that’s properly cooked all the way through (minimal pink bits!!) that manages to stay together throughout most of the experience. The bacon is nicely cooked and the salads are complimentary - not overwhelming. The bun is crisp but light enough to stay together. The best part about the bun is it’s much bigger than the patty; so when you start eating it, it doesn’t come out the other end. The chips are delicious and compliment the burger amazingly. It’s hard to fit in your mouth with such a large size and although it tastes amazing; it’s even more of a mouthful with the extra egg.
To date, my favourite Brisbane Burger. 4.5/5 stars

Classic Beef Burger from Grand Central Hotel in Brisbane. 26th Sep 2011

Pub lunch. Doesn’t sound too appealing to most people. The sight of old war veterans walking around carrying midis of beer can be depressing at times and the seating does put a few people off. Rest assured the place is a classic, the tables at least look nice and the burgers are fantastic!

What you get:

$14.50 gets you a Classic Beef Burger.

$2.5 extra gets you an egg.

Do they offer works burgers? No.

Chips included? Yes! No sauce.

Side salad? No.

drinks? Coke $3~ | Beer $

Pre-cut burger? No.

Extras? 2 x Onion rings if you’re lucky

The burger is a delight. It comes with a tasty, thick beef patty that’s properly cooked all the way through (minimal pink bits!!) that manages to stay together throughout most of the experience. The bacon is nicely cooked and the salads are complimentary - not overwhelming. The bun is crisp but light enough to stay together. The best part about the bun is it’s much bigger than the patty; so when you start eating it, it doesn’t come out the other end. The chips are delicious and compliment the burger amazingly. It’s hard to fit in your mouth with such a large size and although it tastes amazing; it’s even more of a mouthful with the extra egg.

To date, my favourite Brisbane Burger. 4.5/5 stars