Several weekends back, I went on a quick trip to Queenstown, New Zealand. There was no specific reason for the trip, it was just to getaway from the daily grind. Oh and I guess also because tickets were on sale – score! The trip felt like an eating safari, so yes, there will be a few more Queenstown posts to come. It makes sense to begin where it all started….. with our very first New Zealand feed.
After checking in we walked into town (which was literally across the road from where we were staying) and we saw this burger joint. It was buzzing and we thought we’d see what the fuss is about. Fergburger? Nope, never heard of it so figured it was a New Zealand thing. The menu is quite extensive and it took us ages to figure out what to eat. There’s limited seating and it’s almost like those cafes where you stand over people waiting for a table/spot to free up. Luckily for us we squeezed onto a table that was already half full.
Love how all burgers are served in brown paper bags!
The Fergburger with cheddar Cheese; $12 NZD
The Fergburger with cheddar Cheese innards; $12 NZD
I decide to go with the original Fergburger with an additional slice of cheddar cheese. Unveiling the burger just shocked me. It was huge, and it wasn’t just the bun. The patty and salads were all of a generous portion. Upon inspection seems only the freshest ingredients were used and that plays a huge factor when it comes to the taste test. One bite in and I’m already in heaven. A super moist and perfectly cooked patty with melted cheddar cheese and array of fresh salad and tangy tomato relish with a lightly toasted, freshly baked bun that is soft and super fluffy. There were barely any words spoken after that first bite………
Chief Wiggum; $14.50 NZD
This burger consists of slow roasted NZ pork belly, lettuce, tomato, hash brown with aioli and apricot seeded mustard. The boy sees pork belly and knows that this is what he wants. The pork belly has a wonderful sear on the outside which provides a great crunch, whilst the fat simply melts in your mouth. The apricot seeded mustard definitely highlights the pork and provides that sweetness that cuts back the fatty flavour.
Chips with aioli and wasabi mayo; $5 NZD (with one extra sauce)
Being the biggest fan of hot chips, we couldn’t go without a side order of hot chips. It comes with one sauce but the wasabi mayo caught our eye so we bought it for an extra 50 cents (NZD). The chips are everything you want them to be – crunch on the outside and soft, fluffy insides. I wasn’t a big fan of the wasabi mayo. I suppose it could have had a bigger and better punch. The aioli on the other hand was delicious. It was creamy and smooth and had great zing to it.
So, like, we couldn’t help but not return and have another feed. We returned back on our last day. We walked around town looking for places to eat but for some unknown reason we ended up at Fergburger…..
Southern Swine; $12.50 NZD
The boy goes with the Southern Swine this time – a beef patty with american bacon and salads. Just like the original Fergburger, it was too amazing for its own good.
Cockadoodle Doo; $12.90 NZD
It took me forever to decide which burger I was going to settle with. I ended up with the cockadoodle doo – grilled chicken tenderloins with a sun-dried tomato tapenade. Chicken was suprisingly still juicy (I was scared it was going to be overcooked, like a lot of places are) but the sun-dried tomato tapenade was a little too strong and overpowered the whole burger. It was still delicious though. I gobbled it all up and it was much lighter than the beef burger but still filled my belly up. It was very round and happy :)
And a drool worthy photo to finish this burger post. Ooh how I wish I ate it one more time before I left Queenstown. It definitely has been the best burgers I’ve ever eaten… so far!! Though I’m not quite sure I’ve eaten enough burgers to say it’s the best in the world, yet. Haha.
P.s complete menu found here. I find myself reading it over and over again so I can decide which burger I would have next…. whenever I return to Queenstown.
42 Shotover St
Queenstown, New Zealand