If there is one thing that we can all agree on in life, it’s that nothing beats the taste of a really good burger. Juicy chargrilled meat, a soft homemade bun and your toppings of choice – you really can’t go wrong.
Like many of the world’s great dishes, they are incredibly simple; but when done really right absolutely mouthwateringly beautiful.
The judging criteria:
- Finalists were selected from across Canada
- Votes were cast in poll of Big 7 readers, across our 1.5million community on social media and by a panel of food experts
- Online reviews, previous media coverage and notable blogs were also included in the overall rating
- The final list is subjective – if we’ve missed out on any must-try burger places across Canada, please do let us know
From bison to lobster, The Chic Shack’s mission is to use only fresh, premium ingredients and you can taste the passion in every mouthful. While it’s easy to get distracted by their fantastic Poutine or salads, you need to try their burgers. Buttery brioche buns, maple smoked bacon and a whole lot of flavour come together beautifully.
Big juicy burgers made with local ingredients are what these guys are all about and they’re absolutely delicious. Can’t decide what to order? Get The Charlevoix: a double patty (3oz.) of AAA ground beef, 1608 and Hercule cheese from the Charlevoix dairy farm, caramelized and fried onions, artisanal bacon and bourbon BBQ sauce.
Boogie’s Burgers is a “no-holds-barred burger emporium” that serves up huuuge burgers that are insanely juicy. These burgers are beasts – the ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’ comes with our all beef patties, four slices of bacon, a butterflied 100% all beef wiener, two slices of cheddar, a fried egg, boogies signature red sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion. Then to top it all, off a mini corn dog.
One of Montreal’s coolest burger joints, this spot has a retro vibe and a small-but-perfect menu of good things to eat. A casual snack bar, burgers are made with pure Canadian beef and absolutely everything is homemade. Burgers here are on a whole other level.
The Original Burger Joint is a fantastic little place with superb food quality and incredible flavours – the range of burgers here is unbeatable. Go wild and build you own, choosing from Hot Jerk Chicken, Lamb, Double Beef or Donair to make it 100% to your liking.
What started out as a tiny burger shack in Whistler soon grew legs and the owners opened up their store in Vancouver over 10 years ago. As well as their signature Splitz beef burgers (which are a must-try) you can also get tuna fillet or turkey sausage options if you’re on a health buzz.
Pinks Burgers is a casual burger restaurant in Hamilton, Ontario, that keep things simple. With just four burgers on the menu (single or double beef or black bean), you can change things up with classic toppings. They also do pretty tasty Gyros, but it’s their freshly made burgers that will win you over.
An absolutely classic local diner, Golden Star has been feeding generations their drool worthy burgers since 1964. The juicy, homemade burgers are legendary in the Thornhill area and it’s a much loved family eatery. Once you try the burgers you’ll understand why it’s so popular.
Located in the heart of West Island, Jukebox Burgers is a funky diner-style restaurant that excels when it comes to burgers. They bake their buns every morning, select only the finest cuts of meat, and use the freshest ingredients. The Poutine burger is a cheesy piece of heaven on a plate.
Pourhouse is a Gastown staple for a few drinks and a bite to eat. All of the food is made using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients, and it shows in the outstanding flavours. Their Pourhouse Burger with Pork Belly, Caramelised Onion and Gruyere Cheese is our top pick.
Nuburger aims to perfect the “guilt free” burger, and they’re actually succeeding. They make their own tasty sauces with less oil, salt, and sugar, pile on fresh wholesome toppings and seek out locally-raised grass-fed cattle. Burgers are made with wholesome, non-processed, the-way-it-should-be ingredients. Delicious.
Want 100% pure beef burgers, completely filler-free, that sizzle on the grill and melt in your mouth? Come to Krave Burger and you’ll never leave feeling let down. Burgers use Atlantic Beef and come sandwiched between a butter-toasted homemade bun.
Brazen Hall is the the first true brewpub in the area of Fort Rouge, so not only can you get a seriously great burger, you can also wash it down with a lip smacking beer. Burgers come with a uniquely tasty scallion potato bun and roast garlic aioli. A flavour powerhouse in a bun
This small Southern BBQ diner is a St. Clair favourite, with most people opting to get their perfectly charred meaty meals to take-out. The menu here is much the same as it’s always been—sandwiches, burgers, fried chicken and out of this world ribs. The burgers are thick, juicy and melt in your mouth.
Bells and Whistles serve juicy cheeseburgers made with organic BC beef that is superbly tender. Toppings include rosemary bacon and fried pickles, which take things up a notch. Throw in some of their soft serve ice cream to finish things off and you have yourself a very special place indeed.
1st RND pride themselves on their delectable beef chuck burgers that will leave you beyond satisfied. Go for a classic Bacon Cheeseburger or go wild with the Donut Burger: a signature beef patty topped with cheddar cheese, candied maple bacon, and served between two glazed donuts.
Did we mention they also have over 75 brands of beer? Because you’ll need something to wash those burgers down with.
If you’re looking for something slightly different then be sure to stop by Native Tongues. An authentic Mexican food joint with a focus on tacos and Mezcal, they also do a pretty damn great burger. Their Hamburguesa al Carbon comes with gooey melted cheese and potato chips.
Little Louie’s Burger Joint is Cambridge’s favourite place to go to for a satisfying juicy burger. Make your burger to your satisfaction with their Build Your Own, with a range of meats and toppings available. One bite of these bad boys and you’ll wish you had a Little Louie’s on your doorstep.
Tonic’s food menu evolves with the seasons featuring the freshest local products and super tasty burgers. Despite being located in Calgary Airport, it maintains a high standard that goes above what you expect from airport food.
The Burgernator is on a quest to rid the city of overcooked burgers, processed cheese and questionable toppings, and oh boy are they doing a great job. Bonus points for creative names such as Atomic Burger (which comes with a devilishly good deep-fried herb-crusted cheese) and Drop Down And Give Me Spicy.
What’s so special about Monarch Burger? How about the fact that they age their beef 45 days, grind it fresh daily and hand form every burger. Throw in the fact that start each service with buns still warm from the oven; soft, delicate, and lightly browned with butter, and you have something SO good.
Mister Steer has gone from a friendly little diner to full-blown Montreal institution in the 50+ years that it’s been dishing out its famously well-seasoned burgers. Its claim to fame is the famous #Steerburger, which uses only the finest kosher beef: hand shaped, deliciously spiced and char grilled to a state of perfection.
Big Boy’s Burgers do exactly what their name suggests – huge, meaty burgers that mean you’ll never this old-school burger joint hungry. Get a classic 1/2lb Big Boy Burger combo with home cut fries for the full whack.
Buns are made by local Maple City bakery, beef patties are always fresh – never frozen – and fries are hand cut to perfection. These three things come together to make a serious burger that you’ll be dreaming of for days after.
Burger Baron is a real burger king in Edmonton, with thick, chunky fries and even thicker juicy beef patties. Try one of their amazing burgers like the Canadian Burger (Baron sauce, ham, onions, pickles, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes) -the secret is in the Baron sauce.
Known for their unusual but delicious Peanut Butter burger, this place is a classic. Not feeling like pigging out? Darrell’s also has wide variety of healthy options for those who desire a healthy choice, including a gluten free bun option when ordering one of their famous burgers.
Alongside their unbelievably good classic burgers – thing toppings such as Siracha Mayo and Jack Daniels onions – Hachoir also does a weekly Chef’s Special burger. What a great excuse to eat a new and delicious burger every week that defies all the traditional burger laws.
Go upstairs in Campagnolo Restaurant (which has perfected rustic Italian cuisine) to their slick cocktail bar and a bite to eat. They are known across the city for the Dirty Burger, with limited availability every night so get in early.
BRGRZ inc. specialises in hamburgers made with 100% Canadian ground Black Angus sirloin beef and you can taste the premium ingredients each and every single time. They keep things simple on the menu, focusing instead of cooking up a truly perfect beef burger.
Burger 320 may have started off small, but with three locations in the city they’re proving their mightiness. We recommend the Wickens: juicy beef topped with thick, smoky bacon and a slice of cheddar and slathered in a barbecue-rhubarb-onion chutney, all on a freshly branded brioche bun.
Think burgers have to be made of beef to be tasty AF? Think again. Planta Burger does incredibly tasty burgers, all without the use of any animal products. Mushroom and lentil patties, BBQ jackfruit and black kale slaw are just some of what’s on offer.
Auguste does things slightly differently than your typical burger joint – this is a sleek, fine dining-esque restaurant that takes things to a new level. Case in point? Their delectable fried duck hamburger, with BBQ sauce, onions, salad, tomato and french fries.
Their saucily named Mother F***ker Burger is as intense as it sounds: single, double or triple Canadian beef garnished with bacon, cheddar and spicy mayo with crispy shoestring. fries
Rouge Burger Bar has a huge focus on freshness by favouring local food and local producers in every one of their dishes. Crispy yet soft buns and burgers dripping with flavourful meat juices are outstanding. This ticks all the juicy burger-boxes.
A fun dive bar to come to for cocktails and a casual bite to eat, El Furniture Warehouse does an absolute banger of a food menu where every item is priced at just $5.95. While prices are low, the quality is high and they use only premium Alberta beef.
Burgers ‘n’ Fries offers some pretty out-there burger combos, all of which are to die for in terms of flavour and presentation. They handcut our fries, double fry them, and come up with a ton of crazy combinations. P.S. go online to memorise their secret menu, which includes The NSFH (Not Safe For Health): four beef patties, cheddar x2, swiss, mozzarella, bacon, and BFF sauce.
Uli’s take pride in their true farm-to-table values by sourcing products throughout British Columbia and using only the finest ingredients. They only serve their legendary burgers at brunch, but it’s well worth getting out of bed for – trust us.
The Carbon Bar is a Southern-inspired place where meat is king. The Smoked Bacon Cheeseburger comes with a 7oz. beef patty, smoked bacon, mustard, house made jalapeno cheese, dill pickle, burnt onion aioli, buttermilk fried shallots, iceberg lettuce, and side of fries. Drool worthy.
They call themselves Edmonton’s best burger joint and when your teeth sink into into that thick patty it’s really hard to argue with that assessment. Confident simple cooking with quality ingredients at the core, which constantly delivers.
Clive Burger is does super classic American-style burgers, where the focus is on top end local beef that’s always super fresh. The setting is all about minimum fuss, great service and getting you a seriously good burger every single time.
Burger Bar Crescent offers a unique dining experience, which blends traditional French bistro cooking with American comfort food. The result? A burger that’s big, rich and layered beautifully – only the hungriest of folk will get it all finished in one sitting.
Olympus Burger provides a world class burger experience; bonus points for them having a secret menu where you’ll find some serious add ons to pimp out your meal. Consistently brilliant and never lets you down.
Holy Chuck is often voted the best burger in Toronto and it’s not hard to see why. This is the place to come if you have a serious appetite to try their triple decker. So tasty that these burgers should nearly be illegal. But then where’s the fun in that?
They offer chicken, beef and even a vegan burger here, and with some super inventive toppings and a burger of the month you’ll never be stuck for choice. Packed full of creativity and flavour in equal measure.
The Burger Priest is a chain that has been spreading around the country in recent years but which still has that feeling of a local neighbourhood joint. They get the whole burger, fries and shake combo nailed perfectly and the burgers are so pretty you’ll always get that perfect Instagram shot.
This bad boy is a burger to save up for the weekend, as it features as the star of the show on the brunch menu. L’Abattoir is also a beautifully designed setting to eat this burger that is so technically brilliant you’ll want to come back every week.
2 Doors Down opened in 2013 and has been getting rave reviews ever since. The menu is extensive with lots of great options but you’d be foolish to ignore their burger. Wash it down with one of their superb cocktails and it’s just a spot that ticks all the boxes.
Rudy has two locations in the city, so they’re keeping their super loyal customers happy. The menu is small and concise and if you want an extra bonus, a side of their pickles will round off an incredible burger experience.
Burger Burger is a place where the room is stripped back and simple and all the focus is on the superstar dish… the burger. They make hand-crafted burgers fresh in-house every day with the perfect combination of sirloin, chuck and brisket. Melt in the mouth.
Uniburger is the top dog when it comes to burgers in Canada, beating off some serious competition. Consistently brilliant; when you throw in one of their famous shakes and those perfect fries you’ll leave a very happy customer.