There are days when I just feel like eating unhealthy food. I’m not sure why that’s the case, it’s not like I’ve been eating all that healthy lately. Today was one of those days. I craved for a good old burger. A classic Aussie beef burger with the lot. I used to get them all the time when I was young from the local fish and chip or take away shops.
Then I remember there was a burger place that I’ve been wanting to visit for the longest time but still haven’t made my way there yet – Andrew’s Hamburgers in Albert Park. Andrew’s Hamburgers is rated the best burger in all of Melbourne by many food critics and with good reason too. It’s loved not only by the locals and foodies like myself but also by celebrities, restauranteurs, sportspeople and our very own Masterchef judges.
When I walked up to the shop I thought to myself ‘did I just drive 25kms to eat takeaway? You’ve got to be kidding me!’. The shop literally looked like your average burger takeaway. I’m sure there’s one in nearly every suburb, but of course, this one was different. There was a reason why a whole wall in the shop was completely covered in awards, articles and photos with famous patrons who all adore their burgers.
According to Greg, the current owner and chef, the shop has been open since 1939, being one of the first or second burger joint in the whole of Melbourne. In 1957, Greg’s uncle Andrew purchased the place and it has been in the family ever since. Coincidentally, the first owner’s name was also Andrew. The recipe for their famous burgers have not changed since its first opening and Greg makes sure he only sources the best and freshest ingredients for his burgers. When you have organic beef and free range eggs, surely it can’t go wrong.
If you’re after fancy burgers with modern ingredients and cultural twists, look somewhere else. Andrew’s serves up classic versions with the choice of tomato, lettuce, egg, pineapple, bacon, cheese and beef. If you feel like something else, they also have rolls, sandwiches, souvlakis and chips on the side.
Greg was so warm and friendly. I could see the twinkle in his eyes when he was telling me about the shop’s history and that just shows how much he cares about the place and how proud he is of what they have achieved over the years. I just love that little bit of personal touch.
I must say, he’s quite photogenic and a very seasoned poser…and so is that burger.
And how were the burgers I hear you ask? Absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t have been happier with what I got. To be different, Yuye and I didn’t both order burgers with the lot ($10.50). Only he did. The burger was bigger than I expected. The bun was very fluffy and the egg was cooked perfectly. The yolk was still slightly gooey but somehow they made the egg flat. The patty was juicy and full of beefy goodness and we’re glad they didn’t stingy out on the bacon.
I ordered the steak burger with the lot ($11.50) so essentially had the same ingredients as Yuye’s except mine was better. The steak was meaty and chewy but still very tender and juicy. As it was in steak form, it tasted a lot more beefy than the patty. I liked mine more but Yuye liked both of them equally.
We ordered a small chips for $3.50 (you can choose between mini, small or large) to share as well. If I had known the burgers were so filling, I would have only ordered a mini. But the chips were just so good I didn’t want to waste them so we pushed on and finished them all while we walked back to the car. If you wanted tomato sauce to go with your chips, they’re available on the counter for a donation which is such a lovely thing to do.
We were only able to dine in because we paid Andrew’s a visit on a late Wednesday afternoon. With only 4 seats and hardly any space to stand, your best bet is to take away the burger if you do plan to visit.
Would I drive 25km again to eat at Andrew’s Hamburgers? Absolutely yes. The burgers at Andrew’s are cheap, hearty, full of fresh ingredients and best of all, they are very tasty. Not the best for my heart or waistline, but they are great on my palate. I can assure you too, the wait for your burger will never be boring as you can read all the articles and reviews on the wall that Andrew’s Hamburgers have featured in.
Question time: Do you have days when you crave for unhealthy food like burgers or snacks?
Phone: (03) 9690 2126
144 Bridport St, Albert Park VIC 3206