2018 gifted Perth a string of new burger joints, but 2020 is hot on its heels, with a clutch of new players rising from the post-lockdown ashes. Last week, Bad Love Burger Co – arguably the most anticipated burger joint of the year – opened in West Leederville.

Bad Love is the rebranding of Smashburger BBQ, which has been turning out its popular burgers (sometimes as many as 100 an hour) from its pop-up at Bayswater Bowling and Recreation Club since mid-2019. Architect Tristan Chambers started Smashburger as a part-time creative outlet in collaboration with Big Don’s Smoked Meats. “It was a way to scratch an itch that didn’t require a full commitment”, he tells Broadsheet.

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