Fergburger

My Review: 6

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I recently spent my honeymoon in New Zealand, and a good portion of our time there was spent in and around Queenstown, a city on the south side of the South Island. If you find yourself in Queenstown, New Zealand, it is worth stopping in at the Fergburger.

Fergburger has immense (read: large) hamburgers. They make burgers from beef, lamb, deer, swine, fish, chicken, and many combinations of the aforementioned creatures. Their patties are about 8 inches across, and served on huge buns with lots of trimmings. I had a “Little Lamby” and a “Fergburger w/cheese” over the course of my time in Queenstown. Here is a short excerpt from the menu:

 
     
The Fergburger $9.00
Prime New Zealand beef, lettuce, tomato, red onion, aioli & tomato relishFergburger w/cheese
Prime New Zealand beef, lettuce, tomato, red onion, aioli & relish with your choice of Edam $9.50 or Blue cheese $10.00Southern Swine $10.50
Prime New Zealand beef, streaky bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, avocado, aioli & tomato relish

Tropical Swine $11.50
Prime New Zealand beef, American streaky bacon, edam cheese, pineapple, lettuce, tomato, red onion, aioli & tomato relish

Mr Big Stuff $14.50
1/2 lb of prime New Zealand beef topped with melted edam cheese, American streaky backon & bbq sauce, lettuce, tomato, red onion & aioli

Little Lamby $10.50
Prime New Zealand lamb, mint jelly, lettuce, tomato, red onion, aioli & tomato relish

Sweet Bambi $11.00
Prime New Zealand cervena with a thai plum chutney, lettuce, tomato, red onion & aioli

The Codfather $12.50
Fresh Blue Cod, beer battered with Ferg’s dill tartare, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and aioli

 

The atmosphere is frantic and fun, especially if you are into teens and twenty-somethings who insist on asserting their uniqueness. They are located on Shotover Street indowntown Queenstown, and their hours run from around 8:00 AM all the way to 5:00 AM, so they are great for a late night, post-binge drinking snack. They’re also good for a breakfast burger, if you can accept some serious indigestion for the rest of your day.

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The patties are wide, but they are a little thin. I never worked up the guts to try the “Big Al” (The Big Al $15.50: Al delivers a double serving of prime New Zealand beef (1/2lb), lashings of bacon, a whole lotta cheese, 2 eggs, beetroot, lettuce, tomato, red onion, relish & a big wad of aioli) but the standard patties were impressively wide but sadly thin. And the fries were mediocre at best. And, my biggest gripe, was the sauce. Kiwis do not routinely use American Ketchup (Catsup, Heniz 51, the red stuff) and instead prefer a sweet and tangy, almost barbecuse sauce-like condiment. I do not care for it.

But, never-the-less (I am into hyphenated words today – weird) Fergburger is worth the trip. The staff move so fast it’s dizzying, the energy is fun, and they sell good beer. (I like the local Monteith’s Celtic.) The food is hot, good, and expensive ($15.00 for a burger!) But hey, you’re on vacation. I give Ferg a 6.

PS

They made it onto Wikipedia – that’s worth something.

PPS

Someone else’s half-eaten Fergburger. Gross.

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