Ferg Empire: The Best Burgers, Pastries, And Gelato In The World!

Ferg Empire: The Best Burgers, Pastries, And Gelato In The World!

If you’re a huge burger fan, you’ve surely heard of Fergburgers, a humble burger joint in Queenstown, New Zealand, which has many people claiming it to serve the “best burger in the world”. Well, while we can’t say for sure that this is the best, it sure comes close to being the best. (It was the best I ever had!)

Like visiting the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, having a Fergburger is an unspoken ritual when you visit Queenstown. They say that these burgers will leave you coming back for more. And they are sure right!

Best burgers on the planet: Fergburger

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Ferg’s burgers are not only tasty (they are more than just tasty), but huge as well. You may be unwilling to share, but please do, because this is only the first course of the meal. They are famous for the “Little Lamby” (prime New Zealand lamb, aioli, tomato relish, mint jelly, and lettuce), and the staple “Fergburger”, which consists of prime New Zealand beef, lettuce, tomato, aioli and tomato relish. Let your teeth sink into the thick, mouthwatering, favourful burgers and enjoy the smooth, chewy texture of the meat and how well it goes with its toppings.

If you’re a huge eater, you can go for the “Big AL”, which is ultra massive and has double the serving of prime New Zealand beef, lashings of bacon, a “whole lotta cheese”, and a “big was of aioli”. (Aioli is a Mediterranean sauce made from garlic and olive oil … and it tastes amazing!) Complement your meal with tantalizing sides like fries (with a sauce of your choice, but choose aioli) and onion rings. These sides are so authentic and worth every calorie. You may be tempted to, but don’t over eat! You still have delicious goodies waiting next door.

History of the burger-making master

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Fergburger started in 2001 as a small burger joint, and it has remained pretty mysterious and confidential. If you’re wondering, “Why Ferg?” or “Who is Ferg?”, we’re sorry, but we don’t know the answer to that either!

Fergburger is not only special for selling some serious burgers, but keeping high confidentiality. This famous burger joint has only one outlet, and that’s none other than on Shotover Street in Queenstown, New Zealand. They have received plenty of offers on expanding and franchising, but Fergburger hasn’t been swayed. The world has criticized Fergburger for being exclusive, but I guess that’s the price to pay to ensure quality isn’t compromised!

Step into pastry heaven: Fergbaker

Fergbaker was an expansion of Fergburger, and it opened for business in 2011. They are located right next to Fergburger on Shotover Street, and you have to come here after chewing on your burger goodness. It’s pastry heaven in here. They sell plenty of pastries like pies, muffins, donuts, and more. And really, Fergbaker is not your usual bakery. Some favorites include the “Boston Cream Cheese Bun”, which is not overly creamy. For chocolate gluttons, you’ve got to try the “Sweet Muffin of the Day”, which is not just any chocolate muffin. Topped with chocolate cubes and powdered sugar, it already looks glorious. Heat it up for an even tastier treat, and don’t forget to share this as well. Fergbaker opens pretty early in the morning (6.30 am - 4.30 am) so it’s perfect for those who want to grab a bite before starting the day!

Chill-out with some chilly gelatos: Mrs Ferg

Just when you think you’re done, that’s not all. A scrumptious meal isn’t complete without some great gelato. An extension to the Ferg chain, Mrs Ferg, specializing in gelato, opened its doors in 2014 and is located right next to Fergbaker! (So all three Fergs are side by side.) Applying the same delicious-making magic to ice cream, this gelato joint sure doesn’t disappoint. While gelato is the king in Mrs Ferg, there are side characters like juices, smoothies, and coffee, which are equally good! They are open from 6.30 am to 2 am daily, making this place awesome for late night chill-outs!

The best three-course meal in Queenstown

For Fergburger virgins, this burger joint will not disappoint. Not many good burger restaurants have both quality and quantity, but Ferg has the best of both worlds! Ferg has always been hearty and generous with their portions, and (unfortunately) you will feel heavier after this three-course feast but it’s worth every single calorie!

Ferg is really worth the hype. Great food coupled with a vibrant atmosphere and friendly staff, you can already feel the good vibes when you’re approaching the Ferg trio. Despite how packed it is with tourists, you can feel the local vibe at the Ferg Empire, which makes your whole experience an even more enjoyable one. Plus, it’s affordable, given the portion sizes of the food.

Locals say there’s always a beeline to Fergburger, especially during lunch hour or dinner time, so visit early if you can! (We visited at around 11 - 12 on a weekend and it wasn’t very crowded though.) Seats are limited and the burger joint is rather small; there were only three tables and two bar counters that can fit a maximum of ten people. But fret not! There are seats outside, and good burgers can be enjoyed standing up as well. In fact, you’ll see several people standing around enjoying their burgers. The queue is no deterrent from trying these delicious burgers, so go ahead, and satisfy the glutton within you at the Ferg Empire!

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