Victor’s Bar & Grill on Spring Garden Road has become a mecca of sort for Halifax’s burger fanatic. The comfortable, stylish spot offers dozens of gourmet options to customize your hamburger or veggie burger. Fixings include smoked gouda, pineapple salsa, fried eggs, smoked bacon and much more. Enjoy your creation on the patio, perched above the bustling city streets.
In Calgary, the new Loungeburger is giving the city unique alternatives to the typical beef patty with options like shrimp, Kobe beef, Ahi tuna and Pacific salmon. Meanwhile at Buchanan’s the house-ground sirloin burger is fresh and hearty, and is a favourite of local food critic, John Gilchrist.
What does Toronto’s $40 burger taste like? It’s a rich and succulent slab of USDA Prime beef topped with melted brie, grilled mushrooms and shaved truffles, created by renowned chef Mark McEwan for his downtown eatery Bymark. Or, for a more affordable but still excellent option, sink your teeth into the array of specialty burgers offered by the aptly named Gourmet Burger Company. Try the spicy Cajun with chipotle mayo, jalapeños and avocado slices, or design your own with any array of condiments, 9 Charles St W, 647-351-6408; plus other locations.
Vancouver & Whistler
Head to White Spot—a West Coast institution—in Whistler and Vancouver for some of the best burgers in the city. A tasty pick: the legendary with cheese, topped with the famous triple-o sauce.
Delux Burger Bar and Grill is hands down, one the finest burger joints in town. They serve up a bevy of delicious, juicy burgers, but one stands out in the crowd. The Kobe Stack features 8 oz. Kobe beef, topped with caramelized onions, double smoked bacon, Applewood smoked cheddar, and spicy mayo served atop a fresh baked Kaiser and finished with a kosher dill pickle & onion rings.
Expand your palate by trying a game burger while in the Canadian Rockies. In Banff, Elk & Oarsman has a Rocky Mountain Elk Burger topped with pineapple, melted Monterey Jack, onion crisps and chilli mayo (available every day, but cheaper on Everything Elk Wednesdays). In Jasper, De’d Dog Bar & Grill offers their juicy and generous Signature Game Burger (plus bison burger special on Tuesdays). Canmore’s Iron Goat Pub & Grill showcases their take on the Game Burger with a house-made bison, elk and blueberry patty with pepper jack, barbecue sauce, caramelized onions and chili mayo.
Locals always head to The Works for a gourmet twist on this barbecue staple. Choose from seven types of patties (including elk, veggie, and turkey), and order the ‘SK8R Boy’ with peanut butter, jack cheese, and strip bacon―just one of the 68 different ways to take your burger.
The best burgers in Victoria have to go to Veneto, where the common bar fare, sliders, are anything but common. Made from AAA Canadian New York strip loin, the trio of mini-burgers features one topped with a grilled jumbo prawn and ancho hollandaise, one with pancetta, smoked apple wood cheddar and crispy onions, and one with a portabella mushroom ragout and Brie.