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American in Wellington Needs Help Finding a Decent Burger

mayt Sep 20, 2011 03:38 PM

I've been in Wellington for the past 8 months and have yet to find a good burger. I am now in desperation mode.

We've got an important rugby game coming up (USA vs. Australia), and we're doing an All-American theme night before we go to the game. One of which includes scarfing down some good burgers and fries with a thick, frosty milkshake before the game somewhere in the CBD.

This is as easy as finding a live unicorn, my friends. Any suggestion would be much appreciated, unless of course if it's McD's, Burger Fuel or Burger Wisconsin.


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    BeanTownGolfer Sep 20, 2011 04:23 PM

    I'm not sure if you'd be willing to make your own, but I've tried this recipe a few times and comes suprisingly close to the original. I'm sure if I tried them side by side, I'd notice the difference, but being 10,000 miles away it's fits the bill.


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    1. re: BeanTownGolfer
      mayt Sep 20, 2011 05:04 PM

      Thanks, BTG. Will try that recipe at some point, but our group needs to be close to the stadium on Friday night so cooking at my house won't be an option.

      Lordy, how I miss my in-n-out burgers!

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      mayt Sep 20, 2011 05:07 PM

      BTW: I found neon green relish at the Pak n Save in Kilbirnie. All I need now are some good brats, bake some soft buns, celery salt, a pickle spear, chopped onion, mayo and yellow mustard and tomato slices.


      1. debbieann Sep 20, 2011 05:49 PM

        You would think that w all the same raw ingredients it would be possible, but I have yet to find a hamburger or milkshake that tastes American to me. All the hamburgers, at least in Australia, seem to have the wrong consistency. same w milkshakes.

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          mayt Sep 20, 2011 06:25 PM

          I agree, debbieann. I'm still looking for a solid burger that doesn't taste like cardboard.

          It doesn't even have to "taste American." It just has to taste GOOD. I like my beef patties thick and juicy. I like my buns to be toasted and soft; a little iceberg lettuce, a couple of thin slices of tomato, some onions, some pickle slices, mayo, ketchup, mustard.


          1. re: mayt
            debbieann Sep 20, 2011 07:53 PM

            I know, I could cry too, but it is also good that you can't get everything everywhere and there are things that are better here than they are in the US. I just have to remind myself to stop ordering hamburgers, because I am always disappointed.

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          iondiode Sep 21, 2011 01:41 PM

          I know this doesn't help you , but the all meat burgers at murder burgers (in auckland) are alright, problem is when you order a burger here you have to make sure it is all meat, and even then that is not a guarantee of quality.

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          1. re: iondiode
            mayt Sep 21, 2011 03:26 PM

            Thanks, I'll try that next time I'm up in Auckland.

            Well, we decided on either Arizona (to yuck it up) or Leuven (for the Belgian beers) in the Wellington CBD.

            I've really gotten into the sustainable/local eating in NZ. The produce is fresh, the meats are very tasty (grass-fed) and I love the seasonality of the food. It's just those darn burgers!

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            bettylee Nov 4, 2011 06:40 PM

            Joe's Garage on Tory Street in Wellington has a pretty good burger. It's basically a bacon cheeseburger, and not quite American, but pretty good.

            But I don't think any burger would have helped you through the USA vs. Australia Rugby game.

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              mayt Dec 7, 2011 10:30 PM

              whelp, i think i found a decent burger.

              you guys should stop by thunderbird cafe on featherston street for a juicy, 100% beef patty with a nice bun and accompaniments. the meat is really good albeit a little under-seasoned. nothing a little shake of the salt shaker and grind of the pepper mill can't solve.

              also, if you're hankering for kansas city bbq, you have to try Uncle Mike's BBQ in petone. they have a smoker out back and authentic bbq. i got a half-slab of the pork ribs and they were more than enough for 2 meals. the buffalo wings are also fantastic, tasting like real buffalo sauce.

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