Baby G Burger founders Cam Blanchard and Greta Gregory have successfully surfed the gigantic burger trend wave ever since they started selling their signature smash burgers via Instagram in 2020.

This graduated to regular in-person pop-ups all over the city, which consistently sell out well before closing time. Usually one-day affairs, they find the team sweating over a portable flat-top grill under a temporary gazebo for hours. Baby G’s latest pop-up series is decidedly more large-scale – and it’s running for much longer.

Starting this Thursday, July 14, and running every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night until October (at this stage), the Baby G team is taking over Ponsonby Road venue Orphans Kitchen from 5pm until 9pm, or until sold out – which is still a real possibility given their popularity.

Blanchard says he’s looking forward to having full facilities at his disposal, as well as doing table service for the first time. “It’s pretty cool. I’ve never worked in a kitchen personally, so it’ll be pretty interesting to be in a kitchen three nights a week,” he says.

Instead of the usual single burger offering, the team will be cooking a menu with more choices – scaled back at first, while they get their bearings.

“For the first week we’ll just be running one cheeseburger, and you can get fries on the side. We’ll have truffle-parmesan fries with roasted garlic aioli as well as a loaded fry option.”

Then they’ll be expanding to specials and more sides, such as chilli-cheese fries and chicken tenders.

“We’ll be taking advantage of being in a full kitchen, that’s for sure. I’ve been meaning to do bacon for a long time, and it’s just been logistically sort of impossible with the pop-ups, but we’ll be able to run a bacon cheeseburger special. I’ve got a bunch of ideas.

Having opened in 2013, Josh Helm and Tom Hishon’s restaurant closed for dinner service in May 2020, now running solely as a daytime cafe with the occasional event. Blanchard says he and Helm became close during Baby G’s regular pop-ups at Daily Bread (the bakery also owned by the Orphans Kitchen duo) and moving on to the Ponsonby venue was the perfect transition.

Orphans is also fully licensed, so you can sip a wine or beer with your burger.

Baby G Burger x Orphans Kitchen – Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, 5pm–9pm, 118 Ponsonby Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland.