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Fergburger, Queenstown, New Zealand

There are certain things one does while travelling that defy normal behaviour. One such oddity is to stand in a queue at Queenstown’s Fergburger, at 1 am, after a five course dinner at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards to order a burger. The other, is to sit on a bench across the road from said burger joint, unwrap the prized burger and grab a quick photo while late night revellers give you the odd sideways glance.

Fergburger, Queenstown, New Zealand
Fergburger by Night

Fergburger is a Queenstown institution which started in 2011 as a “hole in the wall” in Cow Street before it moved to the current premises at Shotover Street beside Ferg Baker. You can dine inside but during the late hours, you simply order from a window and eat it at one of the benches that line up the outdoor area. At 1 am on a Sunday, the queue is surprisingly short but then unlike Sydney, Queenstown parties until 5 am and the burger joint operates daily from 8.30 am until 5 am.

Fergburger, Queenstown, New Zealand
Fergburger Menu

There are over 20 varieties of burgers with clever names such as The Codfather with fresh blue cod, Chief Wiggum with slow-roasted pork belly, Cock Cajun and Bun Laden with falafel patties. All are priced below $15 NZD with the exception of Big Al at $17.50 NZD that comes with half a pound of prime NZ beef and lashings of bacon, cheese and eggs.

Fergburger, Queenstown, New Zealand
Southern Swine Fergburger

Unwrapping the Southern Swine ($12.50 NZD) reveals a soft sesame seed topped bun, about 12 cm in diameter, with a tasty patty of prime New Zealand beef, American streaky bacon, tomato, red onion, avocado, aioli, tomato relish and a lettuce leaf poking out its tongue.

Fergburger, Queenstown, New Zealand
Fergburger by Day

Is it a good burger? In fact, it’s very good, even at 1 am on a full tummy after a big dinner and easily joins the ranks of Chur Burger and Hollywood and Vine, both in Surry Hills. Is it the best in the world as some locals and visitors contest? It certainly deserves the reputation it has garnered making Fergburger a must-have experience when you’re in Queenstown.

Fergburger is featured in our article Top 10 Things to Do in Queenstown.

42 Shotover St
Queenstown Town Centre 9300
New Zealand
Ph: +64 3-441 1232

Gourmantic travelled to Queenstown, New Zealand as guests of Air New Zealand.

About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.

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