As a long-time member of the Perth Burger Hunters Facebook group, I have the pedigree and passion to offer some juicy honest opinions on Perth’s favorite burger joints.
In the name of research, I recently visited five local favorites – let’s see how they compare.
Cheezy-E with a cheese dip
Compton Burgers, on Northbridge’s Stirling Street, is a star-studded contender backed by music bigwigs like Coolio and Jack Harlow. I got a single Cheezy-E burger ($13) to dip in their famous cheese dip ($7), which wrapped the burger in a yellow plastic blanket. However, the burg is better on its own. I sing a praise song over their grilled onions that balance perfectly with the juices in the burger. 8/10.
There is a lot of talk about the chicken champions Local Bird, in Tuart Hill. The Spicy Bird ($17.50) was stuffed with a modern periwinkle salad, which was addictive and milky without being sickeningly creamy. The burger was more like a phoenix: a fiery thing, beastly in size, and utterly captivating on camera. It burst through the flimsy bun that shriveled and thinned as the Nashville sauce sank. 9/10.
Noosa Classic Surfing
Betty’s Burgers is a new Australian burger joint that has landed in Perth, right next to the cactus in Forrest Chase. I ordered their Noosa Classic Surf special ($17.50) because of the promise of prawns. The meat was tough as a wet suit, but overall it was an acceptable experience. 6/10
Bad Love Burger Co.
Bad Love Burger Co.’s Classic ($16.50) knows how to draw a crowd to its West Leederville home, with its double-trouble guarantee (two broken patties) and crunchy lattice beef. 9/10
Classic Cheese Smash
Two Stacks is tucked away in the maze of The Sunshine Harvester Works food hall in Fremantle. The Classic Cheese Smash ($16.50) is another crispy treat that features an egg-washed bun and a tasty addition of seasoned potatoes ($4.50). I’d trade the homemade “stacks sauce” for a ready-to-go barbecue in the future – it was a creamy, sticky-to-the-tongue kind that got boring after three bites. 7/10