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HOT: Burger Urge, 542 Brunswick St, New Farm

Today we welcome our first post from a guest blogger, Matman. Matman is a self-proclaimed aficionado of all things burger, so this week’s he’s giving us his view of the gourmet burger wagon that’s rolled into Brisbane in recent years. Welcome Matman!

With relaxed decor mixed with indy music posters and laid back staff befitting of the New Farm locality, Burger Urge sets itself apart from the corporate fast-food giants and the dilapidated corner fish and chip shop, with a diverse menu catering for the vegetarian and carnivores alike. I arrive at Burger Urge with an open mind and an empty belly. After a non-committal  five minute perusal of the menu, I prepare a brief short list on my iphone, play three solo games of scissor paper rock and finally manage to cut down my top five choices to a single winner;  the lamb and grilled haloumi burger with mesculin mix lettuce, caramelised onion, pesto dressing and sweet potato fries.

I take a seat in the window facing out onto the Brunswick Street thoroughfare and the burger arrives after about ten minutes looking good enough to pull Damir Dokic from a hunger strike. The lamb is tasty and combines well with the salty haloumi, sweet onions and the fresh pesto dressing smeared on a bakery style sesame seed roll. The side order of spicy sweet potato fries with lime mayonnaise provides a great alternative to the humble potato chip. Meal completed, I am satisfied without feeling stuffed.

I am not going to lie to you; I’ve enjoyed a few burgers , I’ve been around. Many have provided that fix, the hit, buzz , the monosaturated super polyunsaturated rush… ok, maybe not, but many have capably fulfilled what I will term ‘Burger fix phase 1’. The acid test of a quality burger fix lies within phase 2:  how you feel afterwards. Having safely left the confines of Burger Urge feeling truly cured of the urge, I sense no sudden onset of chronic fatigue that many competitors will unfortunately  trigger.  I require no extended napping period and actually feel better for the experience, which is not common in this sector of the culinary world.

As the name suggests, Burger Urge allows you to put your burger craving to bed, with a fresh clean taste that does not leave you needing a lie down. 8/10.

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