Discover the Sunshine Coast's delicious buns and delectable patties.
From grass-fed wagyu patties drizzled with house-made ginger jam, to angus beef burgers topped with double-smoked bacon and onion rings - the Sunshine Coast knows how to make burgers that will rock your tastebuds. Bring a pair of stretchy pants and your appetite!
Open seven days, The Pub on Downunder Drive at Aussie World is the Sunshine Coast's (if not Australia's) most iconic watering hole. Our pick from the menu's extensive burger range is the "Smokey Queenslander". Also known as the "gamechanger", this modern twist on the classic Australian patty-pineapple-beetroot combo sets the standard with layers of grilled angus beef, double-smoked bacon, cheese, lettuce and a dollop of smokey BBQ sauce - all sandwiched in a fresh sesame seed bun. Served with a basket of chunky chips - no one will be going home hungry.
Aussie World's "Smokey Queenslander" burger.
How much yum can you fit in a bun? Best Western Plus Lake Kawana Hotel answers that question with their house-made wagyu beef patty served on a bed of lettuce and tomato, topped swiss cheese and a drizzle of ginger jam, and wrapped up in a freshly-baked brioche. Grab a table by the water's edge and fuel-up a before heading off to a show at the Events Centre, or order room service to have this beefy feast delivered to your room for some late-night snacking.
Wagyu Burger at Best Western Plus Lake Kawana Hotel
Coolum Surf Club's "Gourmet Burger" is a serve of soft, brioche bun wrapped around a handmade 100% Australian 180g ground-beef patty. Add to this layers of locally-sourced spinach, roasted thyme, garlic swiss mushroom, triple-cream brie, crispy pancetta and truffle aioli and you’ll discover why this is one of the best burgers on the coast. Would you like big, chunky chips with that? Of course you would, and you’ll get them too – all served with a side of spectacular ocean views.
Coolum Surf Club's "Gourmet Burger"
This old-school diner and working garage in Palmwoods knows how to super size. The shopping list of ingredients includes a double-serving of beef, bacon, cheese, eggs (free-range), lettuce, aioli and house-made tomato relish - skewered between layers of house made bread. It may take two people to demolish this towering 1.1kg creation that comes with a "this item cannot be altered for structural reasons" warning.
Rick's Garage - Rick's "Big One"
If you like to wash down your burger with some of the best craft beer on tap, then make tracks to Brouhaha Brewery in Maleny. This boutique brewery makes the perfect destination for a day trip from Brisbane, or a lunchtime pitstop during your Sunshine Coast Hinterland wanderings. Served with a side of beer-battered chips, Brouhaha's scrumptious burgers are made from Maleny wagyu beef, piled with double-smoked English bacon, Swiss cheese, rocket, tomato, finished with house-made aioli, signature Brouhaha Maleny Lager ketchup and topped with a pickle. Delish!
You'd drive from Brisbane for a burger this good.
Create the burger of your dreams at Taps Mooloolaba. Choose from an extensive list of ingredients including beef patties, katzu chicken, panko-crumbed pork belly chips, mozzarella sticks, and onion rings. The Taps' kitchen will cook-up a burger to satisfy the most-ravenous of appetites!
Create your own burger at Taps Mooloolaba
The Imperial Hotel Eumundi has long boasted a fine selection of burgers (including wagyu beef, cajun chicken, and bacon). Adding to this list of deliciousness is the new kid in town - a yellow-fin seared tuna burger with avocado salsa, pickled cucumber and wasabi mayonnaise on a charcoal brioche bun. Make a meal out of this, and then wander over to the hotel's bunker for some of the best live and original music on the Sunshine Coast.
Imperial Hotel Eumundi