Back when we were in Perth, we decided to head to Ribs & Burgers which is a fairly popular burger and rib joint in Australia. Now I’m not a huge ribs fan, mostly because they’re really messy and I’m just not into that. But the Dan-man is really into ribs and at least this place combined two things that we love! We headed there with our friends and had a dinner fit for a king and left very full and happy. I had been wanting to try out this place for a while now and what better way to do it than with friends!
The vibe was cool and clean. There was a wall made of of vintage meat grinders that divided the seating area from the open kitchen. Metal pendant lamps hung from the ceiling, creating a cool “warehouse” vibe. Comfy booths with wooden plank tables invited you to sit down, a bit reminiscent of a large farmhouse table. The staff was not as knowledgable as I’d liked but were very friendly and accommodating. There were also pieces of meat on the floor, probably from some excited eaters who were chowing down on the massive ribs.
Divided evenly into burgers and BBQ, the menu had a lot to offer. There were a lot of burgers to choose from, and you could even add sliders onto a full rack of ribs if you wanted the best of both worlds. We were going to do the combo but I was more interested in trying the “Beef Short-Rib” burger to truly get the best of both worlds. Each rack comes with either fries or a salad, so the price was pretty reasonable and it was a lot of food. I really liked the range of options and how they all fit together; nothing seemed too “out there” that it could have gone wrong.
As I said, I ordered the “Beef Short-Rib” burger because I wanted the barbecue flavors without all the mess. The beef had been cooked for 5 hours and was fall apart, melt in your mouth goodness. It was so succulent, I thought I was in heaven. The meat was paired with a flavorful chimichurri sauce and an coleslaw. I wasn’t a big fan of the coleslaw because I felt that it needed more flavor but it did add a nice crunch to the burger. My only wish was that it needed more meat. As you can see in the picture, most of the “burger” was actually coleslaw and bun, which was just average in flavor. Maybe if they had shredded the rib or added 1.5 ribs instead of just 1, it would have been a more rounded out burger.
We also ordered BBQ pork riblets, which, according to the table, were really delicious and had a lot of meat on them. They came with their “famous chips” which were nothing too special in my opinion.
An order of super juicy, sticky soy chicken wings were also ordered and I was pleasantly surprised by them. I’ve had a lot of bad luck with chicken wings in Australia because they don’t seem to know how to sauce them up correctly and they end up being dry and weird tasting. But at Ribs & Burgers they were loaded with sauce, in this case sticky soy, and really juicy. They also came with house made ranch dressing which was so good that I proceeded to use it as a dipping sauce for the chips as well.
My friend, Sin, ordered the “Original” off the menu which was a classic burger. I didn’t have a chance to get a bite (because I was silly and forgot to ask) but it looked like a pretty solid burger and she definitely didn’t have any complaints about it!
Ribs & Burgers is a pretty solid choice if you’re too lazy to do research and happen to stumble upon one of their restaurants. They have solid menu choices and everything was really tasty. Every month they have a “special” burger (this month was a basic relish burger which didn’t interest me) so you can always try something different if you’d like. I wouldn’t say that their burgers or their BBQ was anything to boast about, but still a decent choice.