Last week we broke down our five favourite burger joints in Toronto. But of course they’re not the only spots for amazing grilled-meat patties. Lots of full-service restaurants—both casual and upscale—prepare excellent, mouthwatering specialty burgers with all sorts of elaborate ingredients.
If your wallet is as healthy as your appetite then you’ll want to head to celebrity chef Mark McEwan’s downtown fine-dining destination for the gourmet Bymark burger. For $35, you’ll get a eight decadent ounces of grass-fed striploin topped with French brie, king mushrooms and shaved truffles, all sandwiched between an artisan-baked bun.
The Harbord Room
Juicy and hearty, chef Cory Vitiello’s burger of naturally raised beef is grilled medium-rare and paired with pungent cheese and caramelized onions in a buttery egg bun. Accompanying each burger is a side of fries and a lightly dressed salad (plus whichever of bartender David Mitton’s amazing cocktails you decide to order).
This farm-to-fork restaurant’s burger—made with braised short ribs instead of traditional ground beef—is locally renowned, and justifiably so. Adorn the succulent patty with aged cheddar and sweet-and-sour branston pickle and you’ve got a recipe for a contemporary classic.
Adventurous carnivores come here for the tender trio of elk sliders. The appetizer-sized patties are given a Mirin galangal glaze (a Japanese rice wine and ginger-like sauce) plus a pickle, and served on fresh challah bread.
The Stockyards Smokehouse and Larder
Five griddle-smashed burger variations are available at this few-frills (but oh so delicious) barbecue joint. Try the Butter burger—it’s smothered with bone marrow, blue cheese and red wine butter—or keep it simple with the classic burger topped with lettuce, house mayo, ketchup, pickles, onions and tomato.