The little Aussie burger is so famous at events – what makes it so special?

Nothing tops the Aussie burger when it comes to catering service, according to our chefs and guests.

Beefier than Chris Hemsworth and groovier than Kylie Minogue, the Aussie burger is a national icon.  To prepare an authentic Aussie burger, it must adhere to a unique recipe, include products from our homeland, and leave you with a pleasant sensory experience.

But where did Australia’s meatiest treasure come from, and what exactly makes an Aussie burger an Aussie burger? We look into it.


The origins of ‘the lot’ Aussie burger

Burgers are a relatively new addition to the Australian food scene, with the first sightings occurring in the 1930s.

While the exact origins of the humble burger are uncertain, most gourmets believe it was conceived in the late 1800s by a chef who sandwiched a Hamburg steak between two slices of bread to make it easier to eat. Genius.

It’s unclear when an Aussie burger became THE Aussie burger we know today.

An amusing theory holds that the tradition of placing “the lot” on a burger arose from a joke on US troops visiting Australia. And you know what, they quite liked it!

In any hospitality event, our national adoration of the full-on Aussie burger was solidified just shy of a century ago — and we’ve never looked back since.


An Australian burger’s anatomy

So, now that you’ve learned the history of the Aussie burger, what exactly goes into one? This is a topic that has sparked great debate among foodies and pubgoers across the country. Some consider pineapple to be a farce. Others say they wouldn’t eat a beetroot-wrapped burger.

While there is no legally enforceable criteria, most Australians agree that an Aussie burger should feature…

  • A bun.
  • Sauce. Tomato and BBQ sauce are acceptable condiments.
  • A patty of meat (juicy patty cooked from chuck or brisket beef).
  • Bacon.
  • Cheese. Melted Swiss or cheddar cheese on top of the meat patty.
  • A fried egg. The oozier the yolk, the better.
  • Pineapple. Sweet, little tart, and really necessary.
  • Beetroot. If your burger isn’t turning your hands purple, it’s not up to par.

Lettuce, tomato, and onion are optional.

One of our private chefs could be just what you need to cook you ‘The Lot’!

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