The Gold Coast is definitely emerging as the place to go for indulgent burgers. Ze Pickle pitches you way more than the average hamburger. This place slaps some wild food dreams together in a bun. And not even always in a bun.
Ze Pickle is in the hip foodie area of Burleigh Heads, so parking can be a bit challenging if you arrive at a peak eating time. They don’t take reservations either, so you may face a bit of a wait if you want to eat when everyone else does. They are pretty efficient though, so food service doesn’t cause delays. You can always entertain yourself by reading all the car plates they have lined the bar with, or looking at the stuffed animal heads on assorted walls. The design brief was probably cool New York neighbourhood bar, and they haven’t gone far wrong. My only lament is that their subdued lighting makes it hard to take good food photos, so you will have to take it that the burgers looked at least twice as impressive in person.
Their menu options are difficult to choose between, as there will be at least a couple that will take your fancy. Options like a 12 hour smoked beef brisket burger with macaroni and cheese in it, or a burger with guacamole and corn chips in it (not with it, but in it)..
I knew from first read, however, which burger I was going for. The Cronut.
On the menu, it’s a housemade cinnamon dusted cronut with a hand pressed wagyu beef patty, cheese, nutella bacon, and maple syrup. On the plate, that cronut is crispy and flaky, and could well be sold on its own, not just a semblance of a cronut there only in name to put ingredients in between. It is, in fact, better than the cronut I got from a food truck that supposedly specialised in cronuts, but which turned out to hawk a disappointingly cold and chewy mass of pastry. Odd as it sounds, all those ingredients work together. The savoury and the sweet, the ooze of the cheese and the firmness of the coated bacon.. The burger comes at a bit of a premium price for a burger, but it’s worth it.
Runner up was the 3am burger. Wagyu beef patty, maple smoked bacon, guacamole, their special sauce, and the magic ingredient, deep fried cheese sticks. On a regular sesame seed bun, I feel obliged to say after the last burger, but it is no slight. You will wish all burgers came with fried cheese sticks. These are crumbed and slightly crunchy, and when bitten into, oozy, stretchy cheese is released. I have no doubt that this was someone’s end of big night out dream.
The one relatively disappointing burger we had was the pulled pork one. It wasn’t actually bad, just in comparison to the others we had, seemed rather standard. The meat was a bit sloppy, but others would say that that was saucy. Pulled pork is something you can get at many other burger places, and there weren’t any real surprises in the flavour of this one. I think, given all the other options on the menu, you could easily pick something more interesting.
All the burgers come with a half pickle on the end of the stake. Just to keep it thematic.
Might try the dessert next time: deep fried candy bars. Next time..
Price point: Burgers from $14.50 to $18. The Triple Loco sits a bit outside that curve at $36, but I’m not sure the standard person comes with that much of an appetite.
Value: Pretty good. Burgers are a bit more expensive than at other burger joints, but you also get quite different things.
Address: Corner of Connor Street and Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads, Queensland
Phone: 07 5659 1091
Website: Ze Pickle