‘In Ferg we trust” it says on the sign above the door at Fergburger at 42 Shotover Street, Queenstown, and after a burger or two, you know that you can’t do anything else but trust. And love. And love I most certainly did.
There is so much hype that surrounds Fergburger. So much so, that when researching things to do, see, eat in Queenstown the first words uttered from every single one of my friends in Melbourne were “you MUST try Fergburger”. Every-single-friend. One friend even recommended eating Fergburger until we got sick and traumatised!! Ah huh!! So with that in mind, there was no need to do any further research, it was just simply something that one MUST do when in Queenstown.
Fergburger started as a late night, hole in the wall burger place for those spilling out of the numerous nightclubs and pubs drunk and in need of a decent feed to soak up the copious amount of booze consumed. It fast grew into a late night Queenstown institution and relocated to the spot it is in now on Shotover street.
We had been warned that there would be a wait for our burgers especially in peak eating times. Often the wait can be up to 45 minutes so Ferg now has an online ordering system to ease the congestion. Fresh from our flight and check in at our hotel, we arrived at Fergbuger at approximately 4pm with a line of approximately 20 people in front of us. Yes, at 4pm!! The line moves pretty quick as the staff behind the counter and grill move quicker than any I’ve seen in any McDonalds and I thought they were fast. It is a well oiled machine, so about 20 minutes later we had these famous burgers in our hands and were ready to see if they really were worth all the fuss.
And they are! They really really truly 100% are!!!
I ordered a ‘Ferg Delux’ which has NZ beef, streaky bacon, cheddar cheese, sweet dill pickle, lettuce, tomato, red onion, aioli and tomato relish. And I continued to order this every time I visited thereafter. I mean why order something else when this was literally my burger dream! You can check out the menu here.
I’ll tell you why this burger is so amazingly good. Everything is so so so soooooo fresh. The beef is cooked so that there just the right amount of red in the middle without it spoiling the rest of the burger. The pickles are a plenty and delicious, the salad is ample, the burger roll fresh (comes from the Fergbakery) and the sauces, really tasty. And they’re large! You know like the old school fish n chip shop burger large, not like these pissy little half burgers we seem to get these days in Australia.
But the best thing aside from the taste, and this is what really shocked us, was that we felt so great after eating it. Normally after a burger I have burger regret, they may taste good but I mostly feel bloated and gross in the stomach for having eaten it, even those small pissy ones. Not with Furgburger!! Uh huh, no burger regret whatsoever! Winning!
So that being said we just had to sample more of the Fergburger. We went back another two times during our week stay in Queenstown, hey I’d have gone more if it weren’t for the fact that 99.9% of food in Queenstown is ahhhh-may-zing!!! As I said I never deviated away from the delicious Ferg Delux, but my travel partner, Hannah did try the Cockaddodle Oink. She said it was quite delicious BUT, the Ferg Delux was hands down the winner. Now that I am home, I have serious FOMO over Fergburger. Why Melbourne? WHYYYYY can’t you do a burger as good as the Ferg? Actually, probably a good thing you don’t.
Believe the Fergburger hype people, it is very real! Check out Fergburger here and while you’re there, don’t miss out on Fergbakery which is right next door to Fergburger. Their pies are to die for!