After a bun-by-bun breakdown of the state’s essential burgers? Look no further.

The Perth burger scene is ever-expanding. But while there are plenty of new spots to wrap your hands around, the established players continue to dominate. Short Order leads the Perth pack; its Nashville-style hot chicken sandwich is a thing of beauty, as are the boozy shakes at its new Fremantle venue. 

RoyAl’s and Hoodburger continue to add new locations on the back of good staples, done well. While Meet & Bun keeps on keeping on with potato buns, organic beef and classic accoutrements. 

It’s satisfying to see somewhere new live up to its considerable hype, and Bad Love Burger Co in West Leederville has hit the scene with excellent smashed patties and crisp chicken on big, saucy burgers; try the Cherry Bomb, with double beef, double cheese and cherry-chipotle barbecue sauce for the full-blown experience. 

For fried chicken burgers, we can’t ignore the simplicity of pop-up Archie’s, a tip-off from Big Don’s Smoked Meats (another pop-up), which serves the occasional brisket burger alongside Perth’s finest barbecue. 

Keep Christo’s in Landsdale on your radar for solid staples and breakfast burgers made for easing hangovers, or go fancy at Le Rebelle where the medium-rare wagyu burger is filled with beaufort cheese and served in stylish bistro surrounds. Want more? Try Upperhand in Swanbourne for loaded fries and extra vegan options, 115 Collective in Merriwa for good classics, South Freo’s Big Rigz Burger Co for grass-fed patties and Korean touches, and Old Faithful (in Perth and Freo) for burgers that stand up to the barbecue. Local Bird in Tuart Hill and Two Stacks in Fremantle, meanwhile, are ones to keep an eye on.

The best in WA, however? Take a road trip to Burger Bones in Busselton. Patties are chuck, bacon is from pigs in Jindong, buns are slow-fermented, and the Habanero Smack Patty is perfection.

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