The Most Perfect Burger in Sydney


There are two Holy Grails forever being pursued by the American in Australia expat community – Mexican Food and burgers. Mexican food, served just the way I want it, remains enigmatic, but today, I’m am able to report a victory for Team Burger.

First, let me define my terms. A burger, in American parlance, should be a thick patty of fatty, fatty meat, topped with ketchup, mustard, and sweet pickle relish or a dill pickle chip. Maybe mayo, if you’re wild. Tomato and a piece of lettuce make it healthy. And, melty orange cheese and possibly crispy bacon make it glorious.

Here are things that Australians like to do to their burgers that make Americans cry inside:

  • Use lean meat
  • Top it with beetroot
  • Top it with pineapple
  • Top it with egg
  • Top it with non-crispy Australian bacon
  • Slather it in barbecue sauce

I mean, the Aussie burger is fine if you’re into that kind of thing, but if what you’re after is an American style burger, it’s sort of like ordering sushi and getting lasagna.

A couple of months ago, I bragged on the burger at The Grounds of Alexandria as being the best I’ve tasted in Sydney. I stand by that as a damn fine burger. However, last week, I discovered the World Series Apple Pie Bald Eagle of Down Under burgers.

Five Points Burgers in North Sydney has only been open a few months, but has already become one of the most popular lunch spots in the area. I’d actually attempted to go once before, but even at 1p.m., the lunch rush was still raging on, and the line to order was to the wall, with a mob outside waiting for their burgers. Apparently, it’s like that every single day.

We gave it another try post-rush around 2:30p.m., and that was the lucky time. We ordered two Bronx burgers and a side of fries to share between the three of us (Hushpuppy, who had been declaring her excitement for burgers the whole way, ate about three fries and was done with the whole thing, but she’s two, so I wouldn’t go by her review). I also added a vanilla shake (chocolate and salted caramel also available). Our whole order was around $35.

What can I tell you? The burger was perfection. Tasty, juicy, cheesy, bacony, just everything I want in a burger. Look at this masterpiece:

… I know, right?

I’m not actually sure how you go back to work for the rest of the afternoon after this…

The fries were good – big, crispy, beer battered steak fry style – but honestly, entirely unnecessary. And, I’d probably skip the shake next time. It was thin, not what they call in Australia a “thick shake,” which is what we Americans would think of as a burger joint shake. Though, the salted caramel is tempting.


I was fat ‘n’ happy after our lunch, and so full I skipped dinner. It’s definitely a once in a blue moon sort of decadence, but one that this Yank is so excited to have in the neighborhood.



A few things:
Five Points Burgers
124 Walker Street, North Sydney
Open weekdays only. 11:30a.m. to 5p.m.
Not child-friendly (no high chairs or kid’s menu, primarily high stool seating). Grab takeaway and go to the park!
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12 thoughts on “The Most Perfect Burger in Sydney

    1. Cristin Post author

      With the traffic they’re doing every lunch hour, I’d say they’re here to stay.

  1. Kirstie

    This post is making my mouth water! Shame it’s only open weekdays during the day. Hopefully they open another location closer to the CBD soon!

    1. Cristin Post author

      Wouldn’t at all be surprised if they branched out – they seem to be booming!

    1. Cristin Post author

      It’s a little of the beaten path of most of the businesses, so you probably wouldn’t just stumble on it. It’s across from the Jet Fitness. Worth the walk (run!) for lunch – you probably won’t be running back to work after! 😉

  2. Christie Wilkin

    We have reveled in delicious burgers, thick shakes, and crispy french fries since our return to the U.S. I’m glad you get to experience it whenever you like in Sydney!

    1. Cristin Post author

      I’d be doing exactly the same. Glad this place isn’t TOO close to me – it’s awfully tempting!

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