Cnr Mary & Albert St, Brisbane City
This bright red container, with its steady stream of customers and delicious smells wafting onto the street, has been intriguing me for some time now, and I finally made it inside.
I’ve seen Miel Burger cited as ‘Brisbane’s Best Burgers’, but I’m always a little dubious about titles like that – after all, I’ve walked past at least three other burger places making the same claim. Still, there is definitely a reason that the queue extends out into the street every weekday lunch time – these are some pretty amazing burgers.
The inside and surrounding seating was packed, so we opted to take our food to the Botanic Gardens. There was a bit of a queue, but the food came out very quickly and the staff were polite and efficient. The prices are very reasonable for what you get, as well – I paid $11 for a big veggie burger and chips, and meat burgers are only a few dollars extra, which is to be expected. It’s not Hungry Jack’s prices of course, but it sure isn’t Hungry Jack’s quality either.
I wouldn’t consider myself any kind of burger aficionado, but I’ve eaten a fair few veggie patties in my time and Miel Burger’s (above left) are probably some of the best I’ve had. Where most places try to substitute the meat with heavy mashed potato or similar, the Miel burgers use tofu with veggies, which is much lighter (and SO delicious). A meal of this size and consistency would usually leave me feeling sluggishly over-full, but the lighter filling (and the fresh salad) made it the perfect meal size. Huge praise was also heard for the Korean BBQ burger (above right) for several days after it was eaten so, if you’re a meat-eater, give that one a go!