Dukes Burgers, Sunshine Beach

Everybody loves a gourmet burger these days and Sunshine Beach locals and holiday makers are no exception.

Named after the street it overlooks, Dukes Burgers plays a day/night tag team with The Deck café. At around 5pm Dukes’ brightly coloured chairs clustered around pine tables and an assortment of comfy lounges and hessian-covered crates take over the area.  It reminds me of student décor – sturdy, practical and casual, yet comforting.

It’s operated by the same folk who churn out great food at Fratelini’s just a few doors up the street.

Duke Street has a good selection of dining options including Coconut Grove, Marble Bar, XO Bistro and newly opened Dragon Bull, which is also on my list to try.

The burger menu has five options including wagyu beef with mustard, pulled pork with Louisiana style BBQ sauce, shredded chicken with streaky bacon and avocado and a battered snapper burger with smashed peas and capers.

We sampled the pulled pork and snapper burgers and rated both 3.5 out of 5.

Also on offer are a couple of salads and fries pus Dukes Fried Free Range Chicken which is marinated in garlic, chilli and toasted spices.  Sounds like a special recipe that deserves tasting but that’s on the list for a return visit.

Here's the view from the deck - 

Bottom line: Burgers are well priced at $12 each

Best tip:  Dukes overlooks the Sunshine Beach common area, which is popular with families and dog lovers.  Grabbing takeaways and eating them at the tables in this area is a great option for those with active children.

Disclaimer:  Ed+bK paid for her meal.