Queenstown’s Burger Battle: Fergburger Vs. Devil Burger
August 26, 2018
Where can you eat the best burger in Queenstown? Well, it is at one of two places – Fergburger which is internationally famous, or Devil Burger which is the local favourite. I recently tried both places and this blog is my unbiased opinion about where I think you can get the best burger in Queenstown.
What is the Best Burger in Queenstown?
As New Zealand‘s tourist hotspot, Queenstown offers some awesome food! There are literally dozens of restaurants and bars in Queenstown all within walking distance. You can find basically any kind of food you could ever want – and a huge gourmet burger is no exception!
Fergburger Vs. Devil Burger
While there are several places you could eat a good burger in Queenstown, two places in particular have claimed their name to fame, Fergburger and Devil Burger. These two burger joints are very similar but also very different. It is the ultimate question in Queenstown “do you prefer Devil Burger or Fergbruger” and everyone has their favourite.
Last week I ate at both burger joints, I have carefully compared them and have decided who I think makes the best burger in Queenstown.
*Note, neither Fergburger or Devil Burger have endorsed this post and my opinion is entirely non-biased.
The Wait time and Line-Up
The first thing that I must address when comparing Fergburger and Devil Burger is the wait time. Fergburger has become internationally famous. Many blogs have written about how you must have a Fergubuger while in Queenstown, people take selfies with the burgers and post them on Instagram, and Fergburger has even earned itself a spot on TripAdvisor in terms of things to do in Queenstown!
For this reason, Fergburger is always busy! It isn’t just a restaurant, but a tourist attraction! If you are a tourist in Queenstown then waiting in the line for a Fergburger is something you should do – you can’t come to Queenstown and not try Fergburger right?
Fergburger during peak lunch hours and dinner hours is crazy, the line goes down the block just to order, let alone wait for the food. I have never walked by Fergburger and there wasn’t a line, even at 10 am in the morning. It isn’t a question as to if there is a line-up, but rather how long is the line? To be fair, they do staff the place very well and generally, the wait isn’t too bad.
Devil Burger is definitely less busy, it is located on a less popular street and not as well known by tourists. In fact, Devil Burger is commonly referred to as “the local’s Ferg” as it often visited by locals instead of just tourists like Fergburger.
The main reason why locals don’t go to Fergburger is due to the wait. You can still phone your order in so then you just have to pay and pick it up, which is great! But if you are out about already and looking for a place to eat and don’t want to brave the hectic crowds of selfie-taking tourists, Devil Burger it is!
If you want a quick feed, skip Ferg, Devil Burger takes the win on wait time.
Devil Burger has a bigger building with lots of seating and even a fireplace whereas Fergburger has a couple wooden chairs that are always full.
The atmosphere at Ferburger is always crazy, there is nowhere to sit and people are everywhere, waiting in line, and eating burgers standing in the middle of the sidewalk. Fergburger and its craziness have become somewhat of a novelty, and as a tourist, it is something you should experience at least once!
While Devil Burger sometimes does get so busy that there aren’t enough seats for everyone, this is rare, and the location makes it a lot less chaotic.
Both places serve beer and other drinks, but without a place to sit, I’m not sure having a beer is worth it.
Fergburger serves all their burgers in packaging for takeaway whereas Devil Burger asks if it is to stay or go, and if you stay you get your burger served on a proper plate. Devil Burger is definitely set up to be a place to sit down and enjoy more than Fergburger where they are just pumping out as many burgers as humanly possible.
I don’t overly enjoy having to eat standing up while being pushed around by tourists. Listening to music beside a fireplace is more my style, and for that reason, Devil Burger definitely has the better atmosphere.
This is the ultimate question though, who actually makes the best burger in Queenstown? Both places have amazing burgers, large patties and tons of options to choose from.
Devil Burger has a slightly larger selection, but I must say that I am disappointed by their bun. It is less fluffy and isn’t nearly as good as the freshly baked Fergburger bun (likely made at the neighbouring Ferg Bakery.)
The best chicken burger I have ever had in my life was at Devil Burger, much juicier and tasty than the one I had at Ferg’s. However, the actual meat burgers at Ferg are tastier than Devil Burger. The bun makes a huge difference and Devil Burgers are too sloppy and too full of sauce. Ferg even wraps their burgers in a tight little pouch to make eating it much easier.
Somehow, even with producing so many burgers in a day, Fergburger has the burger recipe down pat and takes the win for the best burger in Queenstown in my opinion.
My overall favourite?
While the burgers at Ferg are better, I would actually go back to Devil Burger first. The chaos at Fergburger is just too much for me. I enjoy the experience of eating out just as much as the food itself, so being able to sit down and enjoy my burger without having to wait too long is a huge factor for me. That being said, during non-peak hours sometimes Ferg’s isn’t actually too busy, and the next time I see Ferg Burger without a huge line I will be there grabbing my favourite, the Blue Cheese Classic Ferg!
Who wins the battle for you, Fergburger or Devil Burger? I’d love to know your opinion in the comments.