Morsels Guide: Perth’s Best Burgers

Best Burgers in Perth

This guide to Perth’s best burgers includes my personal favourites and recommendations, places I would suggest in conversation, and the venues I visit on autopilot when I’m just hungry.

Update: I wrote this list over a year ago, and my recommendations still stand. We’ve had some interstate players hit the scene recently (Hello Harry and Pattysmith) but time will tell if they can beat our established players.

Burger Bones, Busselton

Okay, so it’s a bit of a drive from Perth (2.5 hours) but I’ve publicly declared Burger Bones to be WA’s best numerous times, and my view hasn’t changed. Whatever you try, you won’t be disappointed. The Habanero Smack Patty with goat’s cheese and Dr Paul’s Habanero Mustard is a menu highlight, and an example of a perfectly-balanced chilli burger. The loaded tater tots could be described as life-changing, if I was to indulge in such language. Leave after breakfast and you’ll be there for lunch.
55 Queen Street, Busselton. @burgerbones

Short Order Burger Co, Fremantle & Perth CBD

It’s hard to go past Short Order for a quality, consistent burger experience. The licensed Fremantle restaurant is a delight to visit, with beer, wine, cocktails and shakes to enjoy. The beef is great, and the FNZ Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich remains one of the best chicken burgers in Perth. Of course there’s always Short Order spin-off Goldbird Hot Chicken just around the corner if you want to level up your chicken experience.
3 William Street, Fremantle & 800 Hay Street, Perth. @shortorderburgerco. Website.

Bad Love Burger Co, West Leederville

Bad Love truly embraced the smashed patty trend, and perfected a range of accompaniments to go with it. Sauces are a big part of the Bad Love experience, and you’ll probably come out with some dripping down your arms (but you won’t care). The chicken is just as good as the beef, and they’ve recently added vegetarian options. Loaded fries are now on the menu permanently, and are hard to resist. There are plenty of imported soft drinks and craft beers, too.
39 Harrogate St, West Leederville. @badloveburgerco

Local Bird, Tuart Hill

Another great smashed patty vendor, Local Bird could be described as a simpler – or maybe just less messy – version of Bad Love. I find their simple LA cheeseburger (make it a double) very hard to fault, and is my go-to order. The onions make a real difference. Their chicken burgers are ridiculously generous in size, and the loaded fries are something special (especially with popcorn chicken). Partly a spin-off from excellent neighbouring cafe Little Donkey Corner, it’s clear to see where the slick kitchen and friendly service come from.
91 Wanneroo Rd, Tuart Hill. @localbirdtuarthill

Christos, Landsdale

What started out as an industrial-area lunch bar now serves some of the best (smashed patty) beef and chicken burgers around, and is now open nights and weekends. It’s a great success story, and they deserve the attention. There are some interesting burgers to be found – the Bombay Banger with chicken tenders, slaw and curry mayo is a personal favourite, and their new mac & cheese slabs are outrageous. They go hard without going over the top. Nearly.
1/20 Christable Way, Landsdale. @christos.sbfc. Website.

Le Rebelle, Mount Lawley

Le Rebelle

Yes, it’s a French wine bistro and bar. It’s also the answer to the frequently asked question “what’s your favourite restaurant in Perth?”, and they serve what could arguably be our best burger. With a wagyu patty and beaufort cheese this is a high-end experience, very different to everything else in this guide and trying it is essential. Leave room for the creme caramel.
676 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley. @lerebelleperth. Website

Notable Mentions

  • Big Dogs, Morley – excellent burgers and hand cut chips. One to watch. 54 Walter Rd W, Bedford. @bigdogsburgers
  • Meet & Bun, Royals, Hoodburger – the other big players all have their devotees, and deservedly so. Well enough established to deliver few surprises.
  • Big Rigz & Two Stacks – two great Freo options worth your burger dollar.

About the author


Martin was born in England but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a passion for breakfast, coffee, hot curries & fast food, and is a cat & Dalek person.

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