Is there anything that says cheat day as much as a big American-style burger? The good news is Melbourne is swarming with great burger joints, from the classic cheesy right through to the more creative. While Melbourne is spoiled for choice when it comes to burgers, it’s important not to forget about the many other wonders of American fare — think bagels, hot dogs and of course, American-style barbecue! Join us as we explore the east side for the best US-inspired eats.
Image Credit: Fish & Burger Co
Let’s kick things off with the quintessential American food icon — the burger. It’s stiff competition out there, but a burger joint that never fails to please is Fish and Burger Co in Doncaster. It’s got American-diner-style neon lights, paired with modern industrial decor making for a truly unique dining atmosphere. Their Ol’ School Cheese burger is a must try, especially for first time visitors, and comes with a beef brisket patty, American cheddar, tomato, pickles, onion, ketchup mustard and mayo. If you’re feeling especially hungry, add a mac and cheese croquette to your burger for a seriously American feed.
1001 Doncaster Road, Doncaster East | thefishandburgerco.com
Image Credit: Bagelicious Hawthorn
You don’t need to travel all the way to the Big Apple to enjoy one of these deliciously dense buns. In fact, you just need to hop on a train to Glenferrie Station in Hawthorn! You will be spoilt for choice at Bagelicious with over ten variations of the bagel — from plain to spinach and parmesan — without even starting to think about toppings. Bagels with the classic cream cheese are great for a snack on the go, but if you’re after something more substantial, try the turkey bagel with cranberry sauce — it’s Thanksgiving in a bagel. If you’re after something sugary, try the sweet bagel which comes with peanut butter, m&ms and chocolate flakes.
646 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn | bagelicious.com.au
Image Credit: Melbourne Hot Dog & Burger House
Hot dogs are trending in Melbourne at the moment, and our eateries are coming up with new and inventive ways of presenting the classic New York frank. It’s only been open just shy of two years, but at Melbourne Hot Dog & Burger House in Eltham, hot dogs are a speciality. If you’re after a classic hot dog with no frills try out the NYC Dog (with cheese sauce, pickles, ketchup and mustard) or The Classic (cheese sauce and ketchup). Feeling a little more daring? The MHBH Dog (with grilled onion, pickles, bacon, barbecue sauce and mustard) or the Mexican Dog (cheese sauce, jalapeno mayo, hot sauce and corn chips) will not disappoint.
9b/38 Bridge Street, Eltham | facebook.com/MHBHEltham
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If you’re looking for the slow cooked, sticky goodness that is American-style ribs, Ribs & Burgers in Hawthorn is the place to get your fix. The ribs here are cooked to perfection — tender, falling off the bone and served in a delicious basting. The pork baby back ribs, served in the restaurants signature barbecue basting, is very popular and is available in half and full servings. For something a little different, try the lamb ribs with lemon and herb basting. Top things off with a serving of their ‘famous chips’ or crispy onion rings, and you’ll be in comfort food heaven.
1/862 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn | ribsandburgers.com
Mac and Cheese
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It’s the meal that Kevin (aka Macaulay Culkin) expertly prepares in Home Alone. But don’t worry, we’re not talking about the kind of mac and cheese made in a microwave. Collective Espresso in Camberwell has taken this American childhood snack and morphed it into something a little more sophisticated, with their charred corn mac and cheese. It’s served with melted mozzarella, sweet corn, parmesan and smoked paprika chips, and comes with the option to add delicious bacon bits or soft shell crab.
1/3 Cookson Street, Camberwell | collectiveespresso.com.au
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While Cultural Commons in Springvale serves a mean burger, from 6pm Friday through Sunday they offer a banquet menu of deliciously slow smoked meats. If you're game, the Death by Meat platter is a perfect for a feast with a group of friends, but make no mistake, it's not for the faint of heart! It’s made up of a smorgasbord of meats from the smoker including beef brisket, beef ribs, baby back pork ribs, chicken ribs, sausage, house barbecue sauce, chimichurri, plus your choice of sides. In the unlikely event that you still have room in your stomach, be sure to try out the decadent white chocolate crème brulee — it’s gluten free and scrumptious!
12 Queens Ave, Springvale | culturalcommons.com.au