Grilled, toasted and burgered at Wellington On a Plate

Visa Wellington On a Plate features a 17-day burger trail with 180 burgers to trial.

If a burger fuels your happy place, you might want to plan a New Zealand visit this August during the capital’s annual food festival – Visa Wellington On a Plate – on a 17-day burger trail with 180 burgers to trial.

That’s seven options per day, and not one like another, to test your appetite’s limits. 

This year's event (10 – 26 August) will be the tenth edition of Visa WOAP!, a toast to the taste buds inspired by a creative community that comes together to celebrate their own culinary innovation – from fine dining to burgers and craft beer.

One of the most popular features on the packed menu of events and dining out opportunities, Burger Wellington challenges traditional burger perceptions as chefs put their creations to the test for keen public sampling and voting to determine the eventual winner. 

To help with consumption there are three unique festival brews from Garage Project to match with the burgers. To titillate your taste buds, here’s a preview sample of what’s on offer and where to find them. Prices range from NZ$15 - $25.

  • Burger Liquor, 129 Willis St: Party Popper - Beef patty with candied bacon, cheese, salt 'n' vinegar crisps, Fanta-BBQ sauce, in an Arobake 'lucky dip fun bun', with a take-home party bag
  • Fidel's Cafe, 234 Cuba St: The El Fidelito Waffler - Creole fried chicken with BBQ corn salsa, pickled red onions, cheddar, Fix & Fogg Smoke & Fire sauce and housemade ranch, served in between waffles and gravy on the side
  • Mr Go's, 59 Taranaki St: Holi Sheep: Indian-style mutton, Zany Zeus yoghurt and herb marinade, piko piko salsa and green chilli sambal in a rewena-style bao, with lamb fat fried chips
  • Spruce Goose, 30 Cochrane street​: Are You Being Surfed?: Whitebait fritter, prawn cocktail salad, chorizo, and buffalo tomato salsa in a Pandoro lemon and chilli milk bun, with fries
  • Logan Brown, 192 Cuba St: Wagyu Marrow Me: Wagyu and smoked bone marrow patty with aged cheddar, onion rings and prosciutto in a Pandoro bun, with handcut fries

Find out more about Burger Wellington and Visa Wellington On a Plate.

New Zealand’s hottest burger spots

WELLINGTON: Visa Wellington On a Plate’s Burger Wellington
10 - 26 August 2018 

Every year during the Visa WOAP! festival the heat is on to discover what’s best between two buns as 100-plus burgers take part in Garage Project presents Burger Wellington. 

Restaurants, cafés and food trucks battle for burger supremacy, with many matched to Garage Project’s unique Festival brews. More than 70,000 burgers are consumed over the duration of the festival, and diners rate each burger they devour out of 10 to determine the festival favourites.A lucky burger tasting panel then decides the supreme winners for best burger, and best burger and beer match.  

Visa Wellington On a Plate 2018 takes place 10 - 26 August.

AUCKLAND: Burger Burger

Ever since Burger Burger opened its doors in Ponsonby a couple of years ago, the rest of Auckland has been playing catch up. The now legendary (and super successful) Burger Burger dishes up simple burgers the way they are supposed to be. All the meat is free farmed, the veggie burger is epic and the sides take everything to another level.

Menu pick: The weekly special. Each week the Burger Burger team come up with a delicious burger a little bit outside the box. Try the charred broccoli side too, amazing. 


Ever had a burger delivered to you at 100km/ph? Innovative C1 Espresso in Christchurch has developed a burger delivery service that takes the term ‘fast food’ absolutely literally. The sliders at this iconic Christchurch café are delivered to your table by an antique pneumatic tube. Choose a combo of any three flavours, sit back and watch your burgers fly across the room onto your plate. 

Menu pick: Pulled pork shoulder with apple slaw & jalapeño for a combo of heat and speed. 

QUEENSTOWN: Fergburger

If you haven’t made it to Queenstown yet, someone you know has been there and tried a Fergburger. A classic refuel stop in New Zealand’s adventure capital, this burger is a rite of passage for every visitor. Don’t be put off by the queues outside and down the street, they’re worth it and an experience in itself.

Menu pick: Big Al (pictured). Yum - a double serving of prime New Zealand beef (1/2lb), lashings of bacon, a whole lotta cheese, 2 eggs, beetroot, lettuce, tomato, red onion, relish & a big wad of aioli.  Good luck with that.

DUNEDIN: Velvet Burger

Velvet Burger began in Dunedin and quickly gained a reputation as the best burger in the southern New Zealand city. Pretty soon tales of these burgers travelled north and Velvet Burger opened stores in Auckland and Christchurch. Dunedin was and will always be its home. 

Menu pick: The Stag - venison, salad, Portobello mushroom, blue cheese, with aioli and plum chutney. Oh deer, it is good.