February is time to shake it off. In the words of Tay Tay, we’re all about mixing things up this month with a round-up of a few of our favourite Aussie spots for burgers and shakes. Because, why not?!

Huxtaburger, Melbourne

This wouldn’t be a burger list without Huxtaburger. The OG of oh-so-good burgers has been serving up its famous American-style burgers since 2011, and now there are Huxtaburgers all over the city (and WA and NSW) so take your pick. Keep things old school with a classic Huxtaburger, try the Jane, or Cheesus, dip into chicken Bam Bam and Britney, or even the Megan Vegan burger. The thick shakes also have a dedicated fan base – classic chocolate, strawberry, vanilla or caramel are your choices.

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Milky Lane, Surfers Paradise

We can be team Taylor but still order a Kanye burger right? The Chic-Kanye is a Southern Fried Chicken, Double American Cheese, and crispy bacon burger that has helped put Milky Lane on the map. With burger joints around the country, the Surfers Paradise venue isn’t afraid to have a bit of fun. Settle in for a post-swim feast, opposite graffiti-style celebrity portraits. There are loaded signature thick shakes that aren’t for the faint-hearted so share one with your special someone and maybe, just maybe, you’ll have room for one of their famous ‘epic desserts’. They certainly live up to their name.

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Flave, Bondi Beach

This new Bondi Beach burger joint isn’t your average joint but it’s oh so Bondi, serving up plant-based burgers and spicy margaritas that already have a strong local following. Head Chef Scott Findlay cut his teeth in Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen and has been a private chef for plenty of plant-based celebs so its burgers are the talk of the town. Try a classic cheeseburger with all the trimmings (except the meat, there’s a soy-based patty instead), an Italian style Ballsy Burger or the So Su Me Japanese-style burger. Tropical and Acai smoothies are the healthiest shakes you’ll find and won’t disappoint.

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Mary’s Burgers, Sydney

If you’re the kind of couple that loves late nights and dive bars, put Mary’s at the very top of your list. First popping up in an old church in Newtown, the burger joint has stayed true to its Inner West roots even at its Circular Quay venue. At both bars you can tuck into baskets of juicy fried chicken and fries, but you have to save room for a burger. The Mary’s classic never lets you down. Shakes might not be on the menu, but if you’re a shaken cocktail kind of couple, you’ll find plenty of tipples to wash down your meal.

Burger Bones, Busselton

Busselton Jetty might be what put this Western Australian town on the map, but this burger joint is certainly helping it attract plenty of attention. What began life as a food truck is now a permanent fixture, with diners coming from far and wide to chow down on a Habanero Smack Patty burger which comes with the disclaimer ‘damn tasty’. It’s a popular pit stop for the drive down to the Margaret River region and a great way to get a head start tasting local drops like Shelter Brewing and Eagle Bay beer.

Burgers, fried, shakes, dessert, drinks… however you take your order, we’ve just scratched the surface of the great Aussie options around the country.

About Lisa Perkovic: Lisa has spent the past decade travelling the world writing for Australia’s leading newspapers, magazines, and blogs about all things travel. Her own honeymoon was her pièce de résistance – an epic journey to the Maldives and South Africa. Now she loves nothing more than sharing destinations and tips to help other newlyweds work out how to have the honeymoon of their dreams.