– MARCH 17, 2015
FERGBURGER. It deserves it’s own blog post.
Jill mentioned FergBurger in the Bungee Jumping post, but please allow me to dig into this with a bit more detail.
FergBurger is simply the most amazing burger joint I have ever seen in my entire life. I faintly remember previously saying “Try a Japadog…it will change your life“….I think that has easily been surpassed by the fare in FergBurger.
This place opens at 5:30am and closes at 3:30am…almost open 24 hours a day. It is pretty much always lined up at any time you approach it. The restaurant is located on Shotover Street at the central street roundabout. This is the perfect location as everything goes through here one way or another. There are all of the adventure businesses on this section of street and the main hostels are here as well. Basically, if you’re doing anything in Queenstown you need to go through this intersection…and of course then you see the FergBurger lineup down the street to peak your curiosity.
We had not eaten out anywhere in New Zealand until we hit Queenstown. We had shopped for groceries and cooked with our little camping stove…but enough was enough and it was time to try something local. You see, the same type of stuff eaten in North America is all available in New Zealand, so we decided to spend our money on adventure-related items instead of food we can eat in Canada.
FergBurger is not in Canada.
The first time we had to choose from over 20 burgers on the menu. Our selections were:
Jill – “Holier Than Thou” – includes tempered tofu with a spicy satay, coconut/coriander sauce, lettuce, tomato, red onion, cucumber, snowpea shoots and aioli.
Kenneth – “Tropical Swine” – includes prime New Zealand beef, American streaky bacon, cheddar cheese, pineapple, lettuce, tomato, red onion, aioli and tomato relish.
Here is another shot at the Tropical Swine after a big bite was taken out of it.
Then the next on my hit list was the “Cockadoodle Oink” – includes butterflied and crumbed chicken breast, American streaky bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, red onion, aioli and tomato relish.
Then Jill and I had to come back for another round. Jill ate the onion rings, while the next on my hit list was the “Chief Wiggum” – includes slow roasted New Zealand pork belly, lettuce, tomato, red onion, hash brown, aioli and apricot seeded mustard.
This one had to be eaten out of respect for Wayne Bilawchuk and Alan Linsley…it was just as good as the pork belly we ate at Ki restaurant.
Then came the final round at FergBurger….the “Little Lamby” – includes Prime New Zealand lamb, mint jelly, lettuce, tomato, red onion, aiolo and tomato relish. I added American streaky bacon (nobody could explain why they call it American streaky bacon) and pineapple.
The lamb burger was the single best burger I have ever had in my life. If any of you come to Queenstown then you MUST go to FergBurger and wait the 45 minutes for your order…it will be well worth it.
I am already plotting how to organize the next two weeks to get back in that area of the island. 🙂
For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.