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Get your hands around Newcastle's best burgers

Looking to satisfy your cravings for a juicy burger with all the trimmings? Whether you prefer a classic cheeseburger, a fried chicken number or a vegetarian burger that actually hits the spot, we've got you covered with our guide to Newcastle's best burgers.

The Avenue Takeaway

The Avenue Takeaway is an old-school takeaway joint serving up classic fish and chips and big, juicy burgers. It's no frills, cheap and cheerful – just how we like a takeaway spot to be. Don't miss the works burger here!
Where: 59B Stewart Ave, Hamilton South

The Bennett Hotel

The Bennett Hotel's burger offering is small but mighty. Even vegetarians are covered with the Green Pea Falafel Burger featuring pickled red onion, oak lettuce, muhammara & harissa tahini sauce – no boring vegetable patties here. Grab The Bennett's burgers for $16 on a Tuesday night (and play trivia while you're at it).
Where: 146 Denison Street, Hamilton

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A modern take on the chicken shop, Birdie is the place to be for chicken burgers. We can't go past the Schnitty Burger with creamy slaw and aioli for just $14. The chips and salads always hit the spot here too, if you're after a side for your burger.
Where: 3/47 Glebe Rd, The Junction

Burg Street

Get greasy with the line-up of burgers at Burg Street in Jesmond. With names that are always entertaining to order (think Tenacious B, Cheesie Royale, and Big Bird) and ingredients that are piled as high as possible without compromising on taste, Burg Street burgers are an underrated gem to get your hands around.
Where: Shop 75/28 Blue Gum Rd, Jesmond

Burger Bros at the Boat Shed

Are you a Lake Macquarie local? Head to Burger Bros at The Boat Shed for your burger fix. With plenty of beef, chicken, pork and vego options, there's a burger for everyone to get their mitts on.
Where: The Parade, Belmont

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Burgers by HMC

Burgers by HMC is a bit of a way to go for burgers if you're Newcastle based, but trust us, it's worth it. Attached to incredible local butchery Hungerford Meat Co, Burgers by HMC only offers a handful of burgers, all of which hero meat from the butcher. Don't miss the chips or the black garlic aioli either!
Where: 47 Maitland St, Branxton

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The Falcon Restaurant

This American-style diner offers up the dreamy combo of tasty burgers, cruisy beach vibes, and quality beers and cocktails. The Falcon Restaurant's cheeseburger is an excellent take on the classic, while the Cajun Chicken burger offers a delicious taste of the southern American flavours the restaurant is known for.
Where: 10 Pacific St, Newcastle NSW

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The Grain Store

Pair your burger with craft beer at The Grain Store. We can't go past the stand-out Loui Burgerwith crispy fried Louisiana chicken, lettuce, creamy blue cheese sauce, and spicy buffalo sauce. The Grain Store's wraps aren't any boring old wraps either – think spiced lamb, pulled brisket, or maple pork.
Where: 64-66 Scott St, Newcastle East

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Hotel Jesmond

With five burgers to choose from on its extensive pub menu, Hotel Jesmond has got you covered when the cravings hit. There's even a bunch of burger add ons, like Southern fried chicken, bacon, and American cheese if you want to deck out your burger.
Where: 182 Newcastle Rd, Jesmond

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Brought to you by the same guys behind The Falcon Restaurant and The Ship Inn, Humphrey's is an old-school, diner-style takeaway serving up nostalgic favourites. The Works Burger is a whopper like any good works burger should be, and the Battered Fish Roll is perfect for picking up and eating across the road at the beach.
Where: 12 Pacific St, Newcastle

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Serving up cheeky twists on iconic seaside takeaway favourites, Larrie's burgers are no-fuss, all flavour. For something different, try the Fish Burgerwith slaw, pickles, red onion and burger sauce, all on a seeded bun.
Where: 99 Frederick St, Merewether

Mayfield West Kebabs & Charcoal Chicken

This low-key charcoal chicken shop has amassed a bit of a cult following in Newcastle, and for good reason. The burgers are classic takeaway shop creations, and when paired with the hand-cut chips, make for a delicious meal.
Where: 402 Maitland Rd, Mayfield

Mrs Jones Oyster Bar

Mrs Jones Oyster Bar may specialise in oysters, but did you know this Carrington spot also has a selection of burgers on the menu? If you're craving seafood, don't miss the Hawaiian Fish Burger or Prawn Roll, or if you're after a classic beef burger, order the Angus Beef Burger featuring a wagyu patty, lettuce, tomato, beetroot, onion, cheese, and pickles.
Where: 91 Young St, Carrington

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Newy Burger Co.

Newy Burger Co's menu has remained the same for years, which can only mean one thing – they nailed it the first time, and people just keep on coming back. Eat its burgers named after Newcastle beaches at Newy Burger Co's Hunter Street locale or get them home delivered.
Where: 459 Hunter St, Newcastle

Newy Fried Chicken

Newy Fried Chicken is inspired by the sweet and spicy southern flavours of Nashville, and boy does it deliver on its namesake dish – fried chicken. It's replaced the traditional burger with the sando, offering combos like the Sunday Sando, with crispy thigh fillet, shredded lettuce, American cheddar, sliced tomato, pickles, and house-made Sunday sauce. You can also choose your desired heat level for the chicken, so you can take it super spicy if you like. 
Where: Shop 3/127-129 Lambton Rd, Broadmeadow

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The Prince of Merewether

Gastropub The Prince of Merewether has really upped the game when it comes to pub food in Newcastle, and the burgers section of the menu is no exception. In fact, the Prince Beef Burger won the AHA NSW Best Pub Burger award for 2022/2023, so you know you're in for a treat.
Where: 1 Morgan St, Merewether

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If you’re a true Novocastrian, you would know Rascal Burgers by now. With burger joints in Newcastle's CBD and Charlestown, Rascal have got American-style burgers down to a fine art. While the regular menu always hits the spot, keep an eye out for the Burger of the Week specials so you can experience the full range of the kitchen's epic creations.
Where: 1/266 King St, Newcastle | 36 Pearson St, Charlestown

The Skullery

Trust us when we say that the burgers from The Skullery are not for the faint hearted – think creations like the Hell-Billy Deluxe, with a smashed beef patty, cheese, bacon, a fried mozzarella stick, jalapeños, and caramelised onions, or the the Walk of Shame, a brekky burger stacked with bacon, egg, sausage, and cheese – all on a croissant. Keep an eye on The Skullery's social pages to find out where this food truck is headed next.

Smokin Hot 'n Saucy BBQ

For mouth-watering Texas-style BBQ, Smokin Hot ‘n Saucy is Newcastle’s go-to. Expect a Brisket Burger, a Pork Burger (with either pulled pork or pork belly, depending what's available from Smokin Hot ‘n Saucy's suppliers), a Big Tex Burger, and even the whopping Carnivore Burger, featuring brisket, pork, and jalapeño cheddar sausage. 
Where: 116 Maitland Rd, Islington

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