Black Burger




Thursday5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Friday5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Saturday5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Sunday5:00 – 9:00 pm.

172 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

Against all odds, a lot of good things came out of 2020’s COVID-19 nationwide lockdown. Of all those good things Black Burger might just be the best. Co-creators Sam Smith and Mitchell Ryder had been sitting on the idea for quite some time and six weeks with nothing to do left them thinking, “It’s now or never.”

Their LA style burger joint concept was born out of a love for some of the West Coast’s most iconic spots, like In-N-Out Burger. In true baptism by fire fashion, they launched Black Burger as a ghost kitchen (only available on Uber Eats) post-lockdown and served as the initial chefs. Those early drops saw the burgers sell out almost every night, making it clear that they were onto something.

And what makes these burgers so popular? They’re constructed from the ground up with some of the very best ingredients Canterbury has to offer. The patties are 100% Black Origin Wagyu beef. This Japanese Black Wagyu is widely recognised as the world’s most premium beef, famous for its flavour and melt-in-your mouth perfection. Black Origin Wagyu combines ancient Japanese breeding genetics and techniques with New Zealand’s incredible grass, grain, water and air to create world class Wagyu. To fully understand how this beef wins out over the average pattie, you’ll just have to experience it for yourself.

The beef, however, is just the beginning here. These made-to-order patties are then combined with a homemade burger sauce, crispy veggies and soft, pillowy buns baked by another Neat Place, Grizzly Baked Goods. Choose from the classic, cheese, vegetarian or vegan burgers, add some chips (obviously) and you’re away. All burgers are available on gluten free buns and the vegetarian/vegan patties from The Brothers Green pack their own kind of punch. With a limited menu and freshly sourced ingredients, Black Burger delivers on flavour and quality while also generating as little waste as possible—what’s not to love?

Order yours via Uber Eats or for takeaway Thursday to Sunday OR dine in at the Black Burger lounge Friday and Saturday evenings. This bespoke burger lounge is tucked away above Hide nightclub, seats just 24 people and offers a classic cocktail list. Order a burger, a Negroni, whiskey sour or whatever takes your fancy and you’ll soon forget you’re even in Christchurch, as this compact, upstairs spot takes on an NYC feel. Keep an eye out for upcoming new menu items (and maybe even ask for the ‘secret’ menu when you dine in).

Words by Olivia Sisson & Photography by Nancy Zhou

172 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

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