Seven burgers you should try during Wellington On a Plate 2021

Macs Brewbar’s Samba burger

Every year Burger Wellington comes around, and picking just a few burgers never gets any easier. As we kick off into 2021’s VWOAP, we asked some locals where they’re eating next month, and why these burgers should be on your must-try list.

Mary Guo

Mary Guo is a local artist, who likes to draw animals visiting Welly cafes. Check out her work on Instagram @totoroguo. 

She’ll be eating:

Baobab Café

Because: I live in Newtown, a short walk away from Baobab Cafe. I often pop in there for a coffee. Next time I’ll try the Dwaejigogi—a spicy, green burger!  

Sean Aickin

Sean is a photographer and one of the founders of Splendid Photo, an analogue loving photo shop. @seanaickin

He’ll be eating:

The Sister of the Smokey
Burger Liquor

Because: I’ve chosen the Sister of Smokey by Burger Liquor, mainly because I love the Smokey and I especially love fried chicken! And I think this is gonna be a mess to eat and if you don’t eat messy burgers during VWOAP are you even eating burgers?!

Jessie Wong

Jessie is the founder and director of luxury leather goods label Yu Mei. @jessieyumeiwong @yumeibrand

She’ll be eating:

Bunnings Warehouse Burger

Because: I love a Bunnings snag, surely I am not alone in this childhood nostalgia. The sound of this burger evokes memories of driving in my Dad’s work van to pick up garden supplies for weekend projects, and while I know that white bread is generally frowned upon, anyone who doesn’t love it as a vessel for sauce or Nutella is not to be trusted.

Well played, Shepherd.

Tim Yama

Tim runs @Titty.Eats on Instagram. A hardcore food enthusiast, this is far from his first burger rodeo.

He’ll be eating:

The Baller Burger

Because: The burger I’m looking forward to the most is Atlas’ The Baller Burger. It’s the poster boy for this year’s Burger Welly.  Fried chicken and caviar housed in a potato bun, now that’s comfort and luxury! The real bad and bouji right there.

Lydia Harfield & Mat Watkins

Lydia and Mat run Apostle Hot Sauce, a small batch sauce range handmade in Paekākāriki. @apostle_hs

They’ll be eating:

Hebridean Heilan Coo
The Botanist

Because: The Botanist are renowned for their creative and amazingly delicious plant-based foods, so when VWOAP comes around we’re so excited to try what they’ve whipped up for the event.


Campbell Barry

Campbell Barry is the Mayor of Lower Hutt, and one of the youngest mayors in our nation’s history. When he isn’t exercising his mayoral duties, he’s out exercising on the rugby field as a referee and running his new puppy Oliver. @campbellbarry

He’ll be eating:

Well Proppa Toppa
Gorilla @ Rizzo’s – Station Gardens

Because: Not only does the Well Propper Toppa from Rizzo’s look delicious, if the recent Euro Football Tournament is anything to go by, its Italian inspired ingredients have to be a winning formula. 

Tess Eden

Tess Eden is a Wellington food and lifestyle blogger who shares how easy it is to be vegan on Instagram @eden.vegan. Read more about her here.

She’ll be eating:

Ndu York, Ndu York

Because: I love the sound of a spicy vegan burger that pushes the boundaries with flavour, but it’s the battered dill pickle and side of chilli parmesan fries that wins me over.

All these burgers are available during VWOaP, August 13 – 31. Win a voucher for you and a friend by entering our Burger Wellington giveaway here.


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