Sink Your Teeth Into Christchurch’s Top 10 Burger Joints

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Christchurch takes its burgers seriously, with juicy patties and creative concoctions being crafted across the city. From smashed beef in a fluffy milk bun to plant-based stacks exploding with flavour, we’ve gathered the 10 best spots to get your burger fix. Bite in if you dare!

  1. Empire Chicken – Poultry Paradise

Crispy, saucy and finger-lickin’ good, Empire Chicken’s fried chicken burgers are the stuff dreams are made of. With eight options including stock classics like the ‘American’ or adventurous creations like the ice cream stuffed ‘Dessert Burger’, flavor reigns supreme.

  1. Grater Goods – Plant-Powered Perfection

Vegan deli Grater Goods flips meat-free burgers that would convert even the most dedicated carnivore. Their celebrated KFT burger features marinated tofu, melty vegan cheese, zingy pickles and hot sauce that will have you questioning everything you thought you knew about plant-based eats.

  1. Craft Eats at 12 Bar – Bar Bites & Brews

The burger truck stationed at laidback neighborhood joint 12 Bar plates up the ultimate bar food. Sink your teeth into their creative stacks as you sip craft beers with friends or catch live music sets at this hidden gem.

  1. The Burger Joint – Beachin’ Burgers

Mere steps from the beach in New Brighton, The Burger Joint uses premium local ingredients like Peter Timbs meat and Good Honest buns to create their they-mean-business burgers. Don’t leave without trying their loaded fries – pure magic.

  1. Pomeroy’s Old Brewery Inn – Classic Pub Grub

With craft brews and cozy vibes, neighborhood pub Pomeroy’s plates up classic pub fare done right. Their roster of burgers includes can’t-miss options like The Spicy Fried Chicken Burger – a triple threat of crispy chicken, hot sauce and melty cheese.

  1. Black Burger – Smashed to Perfection

Using high quality wagyu beef, Black Burger keeps things simple and oh-so-satisfying with LA-style smashed patties and gooey American cheese. No frills, just flavor.

  1. Bonobo Cafe – Feel Good Plant-Based

Packed with unexpected flavors, Bonobo Cafe’s 100% plant-based menu spotlights their stellar Bonobo Burger. This wholesome patty with all the fixings will smash any skepticism about vegan food.

  1. Smokey T’s – Fall-Off-The-Bone Brisket

The smoked meat maestros at Smokey T’s add their melt-in-your-mouth brisket to a pillowy milk bun to create sweet burger dreams. With other patty options like jerk chicken or pork belly, carnivores can’t go wrong.

  1. Slick Burger – Saucy & Creative

With a menu of 25+ out-there burgers, imagination rules the roost at appropriately named Slick Burger. How does a fish burger named after a Clinton or a 420-themed double beef burger sound? Exactly.

  1. Smash Palace – Garden Delights

An urban garden oasis with a cult following, Smash Palace plates unfussy burgers bursting with backyard flavors. From their classic beef cheeseburger to intriguing mashups like the Breakkie Burger or Pigalafel, simple tastes anything but.

Well, have we sparked a new burger obsession? Let us know your top Christchurch burger bites or hidden gems in the comments. Now who’s up for seconds?

November 23, 2023 by Your friends at Hotel 115

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