So you might be thinking… Isn’t this just a normal hamburger? What’s all the fuss about!? Well grabbing a Queenstown Fergburger has become as big a part of this special New Zealand city as bungee jumping and paragliding! Known for their diverse menu and pumping out burgers the size of your head, Fergburger has gained a massive following over the years. So it’s time to answer this question for all the food lovers! Is the Queenstown Fergburger really worth the hype?
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History of the Fergburger in Queenstown
This Queenstown staple started with humble beginnings in 2001. After seeing their impressive operation on Shotover Street, we were surprised to find out that they actually started nearby out of a garage!
Once the legend of the Queenstown Fergburger grew they expanded over to their current location. It’s quite common to see a line down the street on most days at Fergburger New Zealand.
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What Exactly is a Queenstown Fergburger?
Let’s start with the basics. The Queenstown Fergburger is made with prime New Zealand grass-fed beef. If you’re not familiar, New Zealand is known for having some of the freshest and best tasting meat in the world. So what makes it unique besides the meat?
For one, the size is gigantic and probably the biggest burger we’ve ever had! Outside you may see people comically holding the Fergburger up to their heads in comparison. The other delicious treat is the toppings. All Fergburgers are loaded up with tasty veggies like pickles, beetroots, and onions.
Although they are known for their amazing beef burgers, there’s more to the Fergburger menu. They have an assortment of other options including lamb, deer, chicken, tofu, falafel, and fish burgers.
All in all there’s a total of 19 different burgers on the Fergburger menu. So it’s definitely okay if you want to switch it up, or you’re not a meat eater. Also, make sure to order a side of french fries or onion rings to get the full experience!
More Than Just Burgers!
The Fergburger may be the star of the show, but that’s not all they do here. There’s also ice cream at Mrs. Ferg, the Fergbaker, and even a Ferg Bar for drinks. Honestly, if they open any more shops they’re going to own Shotover Street! The best part is they’re all next door to each other right in a row.
Mrs. Ferg: This gelateria is the perfect stop for after your Fergburger in New Zealand. We loved grabbing some dessert and exploring town with a yummy cone! The have everything from honey to mango flavors at Mrs. Ferg.
Fergbaker: Incredible bakery that serves fresh bread, meat pies, and other sweet treats. We stopped here at least twice a week for a loaf of sourdough, or baguette before our adventures around Queenstown.
Ferg Bar: The bar is the newest addition to the Queenstown Fergburger empire. Ferg Bar features craft beers, fancy cocktails, and a separate food menu from the famous joint next door.
Is the Fergburger Menu Worth the Hype?
While there is a crazy hype around the Fergburger we definitely think it lives up to it! I went in 2010 for the first time, took a funny photo with it over my head, and since then have always found myself comparing other burgers to this Queenstown restaurant.
It’s the combination of world class beef and amazing toppings that really make the Fergburger in Queenstown great! With that being said (gasp) I don’t think the “The Fergburger” is the best on the menu!
Our personal favorite is the Ferg Deluxe which comes with streaky bacon, cheddar cheese, dill pickles, lettuce, tomato, red onions, aioli, and tomato relish. Yes, it’s as good as it sounds!
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5 Quick Tips For Your Visit to Fergburger New Zealand
Skip the Line: If you call in your order it will be ready in 15 minutes,and you can pick it up at the outdoor counter.
Go Deluxe: As we mentioned above, it’s just a few extra NZD to turn your classic burger into something a little more elevated.
Sides & Sauces: Can you really eat a burger without fries? They also have amazing onion rings! Make sure to grab a side of the aioli or wasabi mayo with it for dipping pleasure.
Come Hungry: We can not say it enough… The Queenstown Fergburger is humongous! We usually plan on getting one after a long hike or save the experience for when we are super hungry.
Eating Lakeside: After you pick up your Fergburger the best place to eat it is right on the lake. On a hot summer day you will see the beach filled with swimmers, sunbathers, cold beers, and Fergburger’s! With the beach being just a block away, there’s really no place better to enjoy this popular meal.
Where To Stay In Queenstown New Zealand
Ultra Luxury – Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel – Looking for a little luxury in between all your Queenstown hikes? This beautiful boutique hotel has panoramic views of Southern Alps, a restaurant on-site, and is close to all the best ski resorts.
Fun Vacation – Kamana Lakehouse – Just 5 minutes drive from the center of Queenstown is this amazing accommodation right on Lake Wakatipu. Enjoy rooms with balconies and stunning views of the lake, and an art-deco style restaurant and bar.
Budget Travel – Mi-pad Smart Hotel – This high end, but budget friendly hotel is the perfect location near all the cities attractions. It’s just a short walk from start of the Tiki Trail in Queenstown, and all the best restaurants and bars in town.
Hostel Life – Tahuna Pod Hostel – This fun hostel is in the heart of Queenstown, and incorporates traditional Maori designs into its build. Choose from a multitude of pod rooms, or book a private room.
For more places to stay around Queenstown New Zealand you can explore the latest prices here!
What’s your favorite thing on the Fergburger menu? Let us know in the comments below!
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