It had been quite a while since we had visited our ol’ fave, Bayger Gourmet Burgers in Byron Bay. Bayger is a bit of an old dog in a world of young pups when it comes to the local gourmet burger scene and we were keen to suss out if they were still delivering the goods and cocking their leg all over the place, or if they had become incontinent and spent all day in bed licking their own gear…
The storm clouds rolled in from the south as we headed into “the Bay” to rekindle this old friendship. Storm clouds in the middle of spring! That did not deter us though.
The sky bellowed like the stomach of Thor himself was rumbling after he had eaten one too many shrimp surprise from the all you can eat buffet. It was sounding ominous that’s for sure, but still we did not falter.
It rained (and I am always a little suspicious when the bright blue skies of spring are smothered by the fluffy grey harbinger of wetness. Yes, the fluffy grey “pocket rocket” battery powered woman’s accessory if you will…) as if Thor was indeed displeased with me. Displeased with me. And I have no idea why. I mean, in the last two weeks I have sacrificed three perfectly good goats… three goats… I don’t know… it’s between me and Thor I guess. Needless to say, we soldiered on.
We made it to Bayger and promptly ordered our meal as we were quite hungry, but we are always pretty quite hungry it is true.
Not a single one of our number could go past the Bacon & Cheese ($12.90);
Prime beef, crispy bacon, melted cheddar cheese, salad & BayGer sauce with your choice of wholemeal, light sourdough or Turkish bun. We all added the chips and home made lemonade meal deal option for an extra $2.50, and we also had the beer battered onion rings with garlic aioli* ($5).
The burgers here are both delicious and tasty. The patties are well seasoned, juicy and just cooked past medium, I had the Turkish bun which was indeed Turkish bun like and the salad makes the burger appear to be healthy, which it probably almost is until we had the bacon and cheese option. I’m not sure what is in their Bayger sauce but it kinda tasted like it was mayonnaise with chopped pickle… maybe not, but it still worked well on their burger anyhow.
The shoestring fries were a nice change. I don’t see them around a lot anymore and they are quite possibly my second favourites after the crinkle cut chip. Crisp and damn tasty, covered with some kinda special seasoning and perfect for carrying condiments to my mouth just like a good chip should be. Good chip. Good chip.
The home made lemonade (which has a drop of rose water I think) is cracking. I seriously crave that stuff as much as I crave the burgers. I crave it like I crave just one day free of stupid people. It is deliciously refreshing and once again gives your brain the impression that you are being healthy! They even gave us free refills, which mad me feel extra special and like this place even more. I am a seriously fickle mother fucker and that is the sort of shit that is going to have me coming back for more.
Now this is the part of the really good report card that I never like. I know I am not a teacher and Bayger is by no means my student, but that is the best analogy I can come up with so that shall be how we roll today. The onion rings. No good. The batter was almost rubbery. I don’t know why, but that’s how it was. Onion rings are some of my favourite things (along with unicorns, fluffy bunny rabbits and waterfalls made of that kick-ass home made lemonade) and I really think they aren’t done well often enough. That is what I reckon people.
And I will tell you this for free; these guys are still rocking their OG styles. Great burgers with a bit of a healthy aspect to them, loaded with local produce and washed down with awesome home made lemonade. Bayger are indeed still rolling with the big dogs and delivering what your burger eating face needs… possibly as long as your face doesn’t really need onion rings, that’s all. This place is still well worth the visit for the rest of its offerings!
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*I love it when people call aioli “garlic aioli”. Aioli literally translates to garlic oil. Garlic garlic oil is funny. It’s like that whole ATM machine or PIN number thing. I know, I should just leave people alone.
11 responses to “Bayger Gourmet Burgers, Byron Bay… still delivering the goods”
Still wondering about why we have so many Byron burger joints here.. Hmm this one looks a doozy thoug! Shoestring fries! Yes please! A choice of bread with the burger? Off the chart! And you seem to have more than a single piece of tasteless iceberg and a lonesome white onion ring as a salad option.. Gods bless you..
Yeah that byron burger joint thing has got me beat… I’m just happy I’ve got a few to choose from here 😜
I think they just stole the name and tried associating it perhaps.. Seriously though they buy massive amounts of property from what I understand.. And some very pretty buildings in central London.. Maybe they belong to something g else… Hmm
Hmmm indeed. Illuminati??
Blacklist stuff I reckon .. What they called the car-bull or summat? Ask the ‘director’ #showbox
No, don’t leave them alone….I have the same thing with the pronunciation of bruschetta and prosciutto and the fact that people continue to call blue eye a ‘cod’ when it isn’t and it’s actually a member of the trevalla family and …well…you get the drift. I am very sad I don’t live close to this place for the unicorns, lemonade and burgers. Very sad. Good review Food.
Cheers my friend. Maybe you can visit it one day 😜
Those are insane, not gourmet…..but if that’s madness then I’m a friend of folly…:)
Bam. I couldn’t have put it better myself 🙂
This makes me want to a.) move to Australia or b.) just quit the day job already and open a burger bar. More of my (to be fair very limited) family live in Australia so maybe 1.) but as we have recently purchased a knackered old burger van that we are currently renovating (read totally ripping out and re-doing at vast expense) b.) is probably more likely.
A burger van! That is hot!! I am liking you guys more and more by the minute!!!