Red Star Burger

Monday12:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Tuesday12:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Wednesday12:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Thursday12:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Friday12:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Saturday12:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Sunday12:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

26 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

03-443 9322

A Wanaka institution, Red Star has been filling hungry bellies with burgers for over 15 years. With cranking music, a hearty menu of quality burgers, local craft beer and arguably the best fries in town, it’s no wonder there’s demand for this burger joint to be open seven days.

Beef, chicken, lamb, venison, fish, vegetarian or breakfast style burgers, the choices are endless. A liquor licence means you can sip on a beverage whilst enjoying dinner or lunch, and every beer on offer is made locally in Wanaka. Non-alcoholic drinkers, however, should try out the locally made probiotic kefir drink by Revive.

Online pre-order is a popular option to satiate the burger cravings, and the team are well respected for their ease at cooking for gluten free customers or those with dietary requirements. If it’s a smaller meal you’re after, downsize your burger to a ‘bambini’ or you can go bun-less and order any of their burgers as a burger bowl. A specials board keeps things interesting, with a creative burger appearing every fortnight or so – the recipe chosen by the crew in the kitchen.

Most of the burger ingredients come from next door at The Mediterranean Market, while Red Star craft the rest of their sauces, chutneys and patties in-house each day. Transparency and authenticity has always been important at Red Star and owner and operator Scott used to work for the wild venison supplier, so when it comes to knowing where your food comes from, this place takes the prize.

Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Nancy Zhou

26 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

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