Varsity Burgers

Unfortunately, the first, and subsequent bites just made the experience worse. That patty was so overcooked it was like a McDonalds burger, fresh from the microwave; like eating a piece of rubber covered in mayo sauce; my mum would have said it was perfect. Oh the shame of it all. This is all very reminiscent of a commercially made patty, that has been mixed aggressively by a machine, with fillers, or eggs, or other foreign material added that ensures those proteins hold together like super glue. Like I said, rubber.

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YOMG – Yo My Goodness


I have to say, it wouldn’t really occur to me that a frozen yoghurt place would have burgers. And believe me, this place has their burger action sorted.

I’ve been happily posting my burger adventures for some time now. Slowly but surely, more and more of my friends express an interest in joining in on the experience. Pete is the latest to submit to the joyous experience of eating a burger whilst listening to the endless analysis; and ultimately whining from my side of the table. Boldly, he added that he wanted to visit somewhere I had not been before. I quickly turned my mind to a recent post on Broadsheet (I think that is where I first saw it?) that made it clear this was a place to visit.

Glen Waverley is a busy place to eat, and this Sunday was no exception. A vibrant strip with so many options, but YOMG was doing a roaring trade. I was annoyed to find their eftpos was out, but that is forgivable. What’s not is the attitude when I asked for the nearest ATM – “No idea mate!” Now, if your eftpos is out, the first question should be: “Where can we send our customers to for money so they can buy our burgers…”

After procuring some cash, my burger rules quickly made my decision for me. I ordered the “Yo My with Cheese,” which is basically a cheeseburger – with lettuce and tomato of course. Given I had just returned from a morning bike ride, I was feeling rather peckish, so I hungrily added some loaded fries to my order. Now this is unusual. Normally, I proudly proclaim that fries ain’t my thing and I’m being healthy[ier] by avoiding them. So glad I made this decision – it must have been providence. OMG (or should I say YOMG?!). These “Shang-Fry” fries were incredible! Pulled pork to die for, with a combination of flavours that just made these chips heaven. They were devoured in no time at all.

The burger was a pleasing experience, with a perfectly cooked patty, nice bun, ample supply of tomato and lettuce, and a good combination of sauces. The tomato sauce was a little overdone, and this dominated the flavour profile. A really solid effort from these guys. Sure to have a wide appeal, with no risks taken. A good (read: average; at the top of the bell curve) burger that comes recommended at a great value price. Perfectly suited to this area, and of course to a chain burger joint like YOMG.

Now Pete is not a big guy, but he bravely ordered “The Kingsway,” a double patty behemoth that is on the larger side of large. Lucky he had his daughter Jess on his lap to help him. I swear that she ate more than he did. Such a privilege to introduce the undeniable pleasure of the burger to the next generation of enthusiasts. And isn’t she a cute little burger lover! Tammy had something with chicken in it (schnitzel of all things…), which doesn’t qualify as a burger, so I avoided too much conversation about that.

Frozen Yoghurt – I was so full at the end, that I couldn’t even think of trying this out. Truth be told, I really didn’t see that many people actually indulging in the namesake dessert. Do they even sell it? I didn’t notice, or care.

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Chur Burger (Hotel Kew)


Oh happy day Chur Burger is in Melbourne – this weekend only at Hotel Kew. Or that’s what they say on their FB page anyway. According to the guy behind the bar, it’s here to stay. In the name of ‪#‎fomo‬ I came down here quick smart so as not to miss out!!!

Sitting outside, right next to the kitchen, I could smell the beef on the grill. Oh, the anticipation. Will it meet my lofty expectations. Can the second run ever live up to the memory of the first glorious experience. Science says no; I’m here to test that theory out…

The guy behind the bar was keen to point out that the patty would come out medium rare. No such luck. Medium well for sure, but still juicy. I should point out, I suspect this was the first burger they have sold. They were very keen to get my feedback; and it was relayed directly to the kitchen.

The pickles are unbelievable – next level. Damn I love pickles. The bun has a little extra sweetness, but the thick patty balances that just nicely. Lots of sauce, but not too much. Balancing on the precipice, without going over the edge. This is a delightful experience.

The scientists are right. The second time round can never quite match up to the first, especially given the bar was set so high initially. But I would come back here over and over, despite my little whinges. No doubt once they get some practice in, they will get better. If that patty was medium rare, it would have been SO much better.

Hotel Kew would definitely not be my first choice for a supreme burger experience like this. The beer selection is woeful, at best. Horrible place to drive to and park at. But the burger, it reigns supreme.

Get down here if you can, preferably this weekend. Who knows what the truth of the situation is. I know I wasn’t about to miss out.

One can only hope that these guys open a proper shop, with awesome beer, in a better location (hint: Richmond please). God knows we need a Chur Burger in Melbourne. We can’t possibly have Sydney and Brisbane leading the way.

Don’t worry Mark and Allie, I’ll still come to visit!

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The Merrywell


Surely a new Prime Minister deserves to be celebrated by visiting a new burger joint?!

The Merrywell just happened to be across the road from the trade show I was at today, so a burger for lunch seemed very appropriate. I have ridden past this place so many times on my way down Southbank, and it comes complete with the reputation of best burger from the guys at The Burger Adventure (albeit 2012 and 2013).

First impressions were that these guys are definitely doing their own thing. Big thick patty, and a soft white bun with plenty of flour floating on top.

Now that patty was oh so delicious, but it also contributed to all that was wrong with this burger. A thick, pink patty creates a lot of juice. Juice and a soft white bun creates a doughy experience that is akin to raw bread dough. Yuck. The bun was a MASSIVE let down, and I spent hours trying to rid myself of the excess flour. It was in my clothes, hair, face, everywhere!

Special mention goes to the delicious pickles used here. The sauces were ok, but not standout. Really needed some lettuce and tomato to add some freshness to the experience.

Later in the day, I went out for a bike ride to work off the empty calories. When passing this place, I didn’t even give it a second glance. I won’t be back.

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