I fell in love with Betty’s Burgers while on a girls weekend in Surfers Paradise, initially I was drawn to it by the bright, retro decor and the curiosity to find out what ‘concrete’ was. Then I ate some classic yet fantastic burgers and some concrete and lived happily ever after, that is until I had to return to Sydney which had a distinct lack of these amazing burgers. Until now!
Starting off from humble beginnings in Noosa by David Hale, who wanted to pay homage to and recreate the revered meals of his late grandmother Betty, the burger chain recently opened up it’s eighth store in Darling Harbour. I was ecstatic! Finally I could once again enjoy an awesome burger and their inventive concrete desserts! After raving about these burgers to anyone who would listen, I was finally able to pay a visit to the store when it opened up late last month.
My favourite burger of the day would have to have been the Betty’s Classic Stack ($16) which is a combination of their Betty’s Classic and the Shroom Burger. The crispy fried field mushroom stuffed with Gouda and Gruyére is the reason that I still think about these burgers. Imagine this, a well cooked Angus beef pattie and the mushroom pattie dressed with Betty’s special sauce and salad sandwiched between buttery brioche. Beefy, cheesy, mushroomy magic, it’s the stuff of foodie day dreams.
The Cripsy Chicken ($11) is your quintessential fried chicken burger. Crispy fried chicken with lettuce, tomato and Betty’s special sauce was definitely a flavoursome choice. The chicken was moist and tender, with a great crunch and seasoning which was complemented by the fresh salad and soft bun. Simple yet oh so deliciously tasty.
Did I mention they make some wicked shakes too? Their thick shakes ($8ea) are freshly made using Betty’s famous frozen custard concrete, which gives the drink both texture and an added flavour dimension. The chocolate one I had was really rich and moreish, I struggled not to polish it off before the burgers came out. It’s another element of the menu that really plays into the yesteryear burger shack vibes of the shop’s aesthetic.
Betty’s slow cooked Pork Belly burger ($12) with lettuce, tomato, pickles, sriracha mayo was the final burger of the day. The thick pieces of pork belly had good flavour, but perhaps were a bit too cooked as the crackling had hardened slightly. The meat was still enjoyable, and was only enhanced with the tangy pickled veggies layered through it and a slight heat from the sriracha mayo.
Their sides are great too. The sea salt seasoned french fries ($5) and beer battered onion rings ($6) are both good options. Coming to the table piping hot from the fryer, both were crisp and crunchy. The onion rings have an especially tasty batter which was not soggy at all which you find with some onion rings. Enjoy them with a side of Betty’s Special Sauce (think like a Big Mac Sauce) and garlic mayo ($2ea).
I somehow manged to have enough room to fit the honeycomb, orange biscuit crunch custard ($8). Vanilla custard concrete is given a swirl of vanilla cream then stacked up with honeycomb, almond biscuit and fairy floss. Just for good measure it’s then given drizzles of orange zest and honey. Creamy and citrusy this was a perfect way to end lunch and despite being like ice cream it was still light enough to enjoy after a burger. What the concrete actually is, is frozen custard which is delicious on it’s own but with a myriad of toppings to choose from this is no time to be a plain Jane. If you can’t decide what to have, they have a list of suggested topping combinations ready at your disposal.
Betty’s Burgers and Concrete Co. definitely has brought the goods and will easily fit in with the heavy weights of the flourishing burger scene in Sydney. Make sure you head in early, as this place is no secret and the line can be out the door!
Betty’s Burgers and Concrete Co.
Shop E-04, International Convention Centre, 14 Darling Drive, Sydney, NSW
Phone: (02) 9212 7773
Website: Betty’s Burgers
I Ate My Way Through dined as guests of Betty’s Burgers