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A long weekend & far-flung Burger Welly burgs

October 22, 2020

Labour Weekend is finally here, and, frankly, there was never a more deserved long weekend than this one. 

We all need to put our feet up - but don’t put your knife and fork down because Garage Project presents Burger Wellington is running all weekend long and up until the end of October! (Which, in that case, you can put your knife and fork down, because do you eat burgers with a knife and fork? We dunno. Some burgers actually call for it.) 

If you’re planning to stay close to home, but are still looking for a change of scene, why not pop out to some of the more far flung burgers around the Wellington region? 

Kāpiti, Wairarapa and the Hutt Valley always bring their burger game to the Festival every year. Last year, Cafe Medici in Martinborough won the best Burger Welly, taking out the coveted title with its Prawn Underbelly.

This year is no different - we’ve made our Regional burgies picks. So if you’re wanting to get out of the city, we suggest you drive in the direction of these Burger Wellingtons. 

(Please note: We recommend checking to see if these restaurants and other Burger Welly venues will be open on Labour Day - they may be putting their feet up for the day too!)


Fryday Donuts - Meatloaf - the Burger Not the Singer

Meatloaf with streaky smoked bacon, honey bourbon glaze, smoked cheese, pickles and mayonnaise in a crumbed housemade donut bun, with crinkle cut fries.

Beach Road Deli - Ngā hua o Aotearoa

Smoked Awatoru Wildfood kahawai with pickled organic watercress, flaxseed crisps and Kāpiti Island mānuka sweetened mayonnaise in a sweet potato bun, with kūmara fries and butter sauce.

The Salt & Wood Collective - The Big Schmack

Shaved smoked brisket with mac 'n' cheese, jalapeños, pickles and Havana 5-Star hot sauce in a milk bun, with shoestring fries.

Sandbar Mana - Saucy Mana Mama

Angus beef patty with bacon, cheesy jalapeño hash brown, Kāpiti Swiss and pimento sauce in a Zaida's turmeric and chilli bun, with potato medallions and salsa.

Boundary Tap & Kitchen - Getting Piggy With It

House-smoked roast pork shoulder, bacon, and pulled pickled pork with kawakawa slaw, cheese sauce, buttered sriracha, fried onion strings, smoked tomato relish and housemade black garlic aioli in a Bens Buns semi-sourdough bun, with handcut kūmara fries and black garlic aioli. Matched with Garage Project Hāpi Daze beer.

Lower Hutt

Bellbird Eatery -Smoked Out

Mānuka smoked beef patty with mānuka smoked bacon, ranch slaw, melted smoked cheddar, housemade smoked tomato sauce in an Arobake milk bun, with double cooked chips. Matched with Garage Project Hāpi Daze beer.

Comes & Goe - The Oh Sam

Korean style sweet 'n' spicy shaved pork belly with prawn and squid croquette, pickled daikon and housemade Zany Zeus cheese sauce in an Arobake brioche bun, with crisscut potato chips. 

Miss Fortune’s - Miss Saigon

Lemongrass and turmeric chicken with toasted cashew, green mango slaw, red nuoc cham sauce, mayonnaise and herbs in a Shelly Bay Baker organic sesame seed bun, with prawn crackers. Matched with Garage Project DFA beer.

The Speight’s Ale House - The Crayfish King

Grilled Cook Strait crayfish and Palliser Bay kingfish with buttercrunch lettuce and cheese sauce in a black sesame bun, with kūmara fries.

Rizzo’s at Station Gardens - Poppy Jallopi

Lamb patty stuffed with ragu, onions, garlic and basil with smoked Provolone in a toasted Brezelmania espresso bun, with potato gnocchi fries. *Available in kids and adult-sized portions. Matched with Garage Project Garagista beer.

Upper Hutt

Boneface Brewing - The Kiwi Stacker

Char-grilled Wagyu patty with pineapple-cured house-smoked bacon, bacon and egg puree, pickled beetroot, tomato, lettuce and onion in a Pandoro sesame bun, with criss-cross fries and Zany Zeus cream cheese and onion dip.

Tricky’s Sandwich Co. - Porchetta  

Roasted pork loin and belly, with bacon and herb stuffing, apple slaw, roasted potatoes and red wine jus in a Zaida's ciabatta bun.

Panhead Custom Ales - The Midnight Sandwich Run 

Smoked pork belly with Fix & Fogg peanut sauce, honey cured bacon, Memphis slaw, green banana and grape jelly in a toasted pretzel bun, with fried dill pickles and comeback sauce.


Cafe Medici - Tongue 'n' Cheek

Char-grilled beef patty with melted Kingsmeade Wairarapa Jack, slow-roasted beef cheeks marinated in Smoke and Oakum Gunpowder Rum, parmesan crusted ox tongue, green goddess aioli, housemade bread and butter pickles and fried onion rings in a Borough Bakery sourdough bun, with handcut chips. Matched with Garage Project Garagista beer.

The Greytown Hotel - Top Pub - El Toro

Porterhouse steak, beef brisket, pork scotch fillet and Spanish chorizo patty with housemade bacon jam, dill pickles, butter cheese, heirloom tomatoes, cider battered onion rings, salad, housemade aioli and BBQ sauce in a Clareville Bakery mixed flour bun, with paprika spiced fries.

Pinocchio Greytown - The Winey Lamb

Pinot Noir roasted Palliser Ridge lamb patty with The Drunken Nanny goats curd, beetroot relish, chilli mayonnaise, lettuce and red onion in a Clareville Bakery rosemary infused sourdough bun, with twice cooked handcut chips and aioli. Matched with Garage Project Fugazi beer.

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