100 % Chuck Burger, photo by Dan Clapson
Finding a good burger across Canada isn’t that hard of a feat, but finding a truly memorable one to sink your teeth into? Well, that’s a different story. Here are seven especially delicious burgers, and the places to try them.
deer + almond‘s Royale, Winnipeg
Located in the Exchange District of downtown Winnipeg, this well-known restaurant goes for a Big Mac-inspired Manitoba beef burger that’s loaded with pickles, crispy iceberg lettuce, special sauce and American cheese, all on a house-made sesame seed milk bun. It’s a little messy, but worth every bite.
KRAFTY Kitchen + Bar‘s Shafty Burger, Kelowna
Head to the Okanagan’s lively KRAFTY to find the Shafty Burger, made from high-quality, grass-fed beef. It’s topped with beef pastrami, “millionaire” sauce (a chef’s spin on Thousand Island salad dressing), aged cheddar and pickled onions, all on a freshly baked bun. The weekend brunch version (the Straight Outta Compton Burger) is just as indulgent, with bacon and a fried egg.
Richmond Station’s STN. Burger, Toronto
A big and beautiful house-ground patty is stuffed with braised short rib and cooked just to your preference at this downtown eatery. It comes topped with beet chutney, aged cheddar, lettuce and house pickles, and is accompanied by an order of crispy rosemary fries.
Ace Burger Company‘s Deluxe Burger, Halifax
There are few things as indulgently fulfilling as a freshly grilled burger from Halifax’s popular Ace Burger Company. Order up the Deluxe at this North End eatery and get a big, meaty Nova Scotia patty topped with cheddar from Prince Edward Island and back bacon from Brothers Meats & Delicatessen (another Halifax staple).
Briggs Kitchen + Bar’s 100% Chuck Burger, Calgary
In the land of beef, there are many spots that offer up delicious burgers, but Briggs—located in Calgary’s Beltline neighbourhood—makes a satiating one that flies under the radar. Two chuck patties on an egg bun and the usual-suspect toppings (tomatoes, onions, cheddar and a secret sauce) join forces for a super-satisfying burger. If you’re extra hungry, tack on some mushrooms and a fried egg to really go for it.
The Belgard Kitchen’s The Belgard Burger, Vancouver
Head to the Railtown area to indulge in this meaty creation from popular The Belgard Kitchen. This burger, served only at lunch, highlights some great B.C. producers, like Pemberton Meadows Natural Beef and Village Cheese Works cheddar, and is topped with caramelized onions and house relish. Wash it down with one of the Postmark Brewing beers made right on-site.
Deville Dinerbar’s Inside-out Burger, Montreal
Bigger appetites should find satisfaction in Deville Dinerbar’s Inside-out Burger. This eatery, a chic spin on the classic diner, makes its burger from an eight-ounce beef patty (a short rib, chuck and brisket blend) that’s stuffed with a generous amount of cheese, then grilled and topped with black forest bacon, more cheese (sharp cheddar), mayonnaise, ketchup and a toasted, upside-down brioche bun.
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