The Hungerbeater burger at the Silverleaves Store and Cafe at Phillip Island is the stuff of hungover legends.
For many years I had heard much about this legendary beast of a burger, and must admit, all I was expecting was a huge feed without much quality. However, while the burger was in some ways predictable, in other ways I was pleasantly surprised.
However, the patty was a lovely surprise. Well seasoned, flavoursome, a decent thickness and cooked to a juicy pink, I was very pleased to go back for bite after bite.
The caramelised onions were also a nice touch. While normally I won’t waste my time on a burger without pickles (and don’t get me wrong, they still would have been a nice addition to this meal) the rich onions almost filled the void.
The tinned beetroot, pineapple, sliced tomato and shredded lettuce was nondescript and the supermarket tomato sauce was expected.
The cheese was neither here nor there. It was noticeable but not overpowering and it was perfectly melted, so from that perspective it was a win.
And the egg was cooked perfectly! Soft and runny, it was complimented by the crunchy lashings of bacon.
So if you want a big, Aussie style burger without pretension, then The Hungerbeater has got you covered. The accompanying chips were also on point- salty, golden and crunchy.
1 Honeysuckle Grove,
Silverleaves, VIC, 3922