King of the monster burger, Ze Pickle, is jumping on the mobile food bandwagon and launching their own food truck.
Owned and run by three quirky Gold Coast lads (Aaron, Nathan and JD), Ze Pickle is known for its over-indulgent wacky burger creations — and by wacky, we do mean wacky.
If you’ve never visited one of their burger joints (on the Gold Coast or in Brisbane), we’ll enlighten you.
Their menu boasts burgers like the 3AM, featuring a waygu beef patty, maple smoked bacon, Kayne’s fried cheese sticks, guacamole and sauce, and the Triple Loco, featuring three wagyu beef patties, triple jack cheese, triple maple smoked bacon, pulled pork, smoked jalapenos, tomato, lettuce, mum’s slaw and ZP sauce between two grilled cheese sandwiches (you can breathe now), as well as snacks like cheesy Ze chips and buffalo chicken wings.
Owner Aaron Wilson says the burger business started because he and the boys really wanted a place with cool vibes, where they could chill out with crafts beers and eat great food.
“Basically our menu is just full of stuff us guys would really like to eat, we don’t really follow any trends or anything like that,” he says.
“I’m a real foodie and struggled to find somewhere good to eat so I’d always go to buffets all the time, so we thought if we try to incorporate as many styles of food as we could into burgers, that would tick a lot of boxes, and it does.”
Last year, Ze Pickle collaborated with Messina Gelato, taking a peanut butter gelato and a salted caramel white chocolate fudge patty and sticking it between a cinnamon-dusted cronut, set in a milky bar half-dip and rolled in crushed Oreos. Oh. My. God!
They’ve recently collaborated with Doughtnut Time as well, creating the Doughnutfukwitdis burger — a wagyu beef patty with nutella-smoked bacon, double jack cheese between a grilled original glazed DT doughtnut.
Things are about to get a whole lot better for Ze Pickle fans when their food truck hits the road, boasting a range of exclusive new and insane burger inventions.
“The truck will have a rotating menu, but it’s somewhere we can really push the crazy ideas we’ve been thinking about,” Aaron says.
“We’ve actually just opened a new factory called Ze Lab, which is where we go and drink beers and come up with all the new ideas.
“The food truck will be somewhere we don’t have set-in-stone menus. We may upset some people, but the creations will mainly just be out of the food truck.”
Aaron says some of the favourites might be available on the menu as well.
With a team full of crazy ideas, you can imagine the food truck will take up the same sort of theme.
“There’s a street style element to Ze Pickle, we often have classic cars and motorbikes out the front of our Burleigh shop, so we’ve always wanted to do a food truck,” Aaron says.
“We had to find a food truck we really wanted, though; something that really goes hand and hand with the brand and it’s definitely going to be quirky.”
Aaron says the van they settled on is being shipped over from California and will arrive in Australia in four weeks.
“It’s a Chevy step van with a sliding side door on it, it almost looks like a US mail van with doors that are open when you drive. We’ll have to do a few things to it though and it has to be modified,” he says.
“It’ll be one of those food trucks that you pull up to a food truck rally or festival in and it’ll stand out from everyone else and draw a crowd.”
Aaron says once it’s up and running, he and the boys will take it on a road trip down to Sydney.
“We are really excited about doing a road trip; we’ll head down through Byron Bay, stopping at Coffs Harbour, Newcastle and Sydney. We always get asked a lot when we’ll be opening down in Melbourne, so we might even go down there.”
To start with, though, the boys will have a resident spot at Currumbin’s Balter Brewery and Green Beacon Brewery in Teneriffe. Aarons says they will also be attending RNA Showground events, Splendour in the Grass, as well as a range of Gold Coast and Brisbane festivals and markets.
The boys hope the food truck will be up and running within the next two months. For deliciously wacky burgers in the meantime, you can visit their Burleigh Heads restaurant at 1/37 Connor Street or their Fortitude Valley joint at 1 Prospect Street.