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21 must-try burgers in Toronto

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Liora Ipsum Nov 09, 2016 4:52 am 484

Toronto is home to an astounding variety of burgers.

From classic, fast food standards that come with a song and dance, and no-frills favourites that’ll satisfy dirty burger cravings, to epic masterpieces elevated with gourmet ingredients and fantasy fusion creations that draw inspiration from around the globe, these burgers are as diverse and delicious as the city itself.

Add these burgers to your bucketlist, pronto.

The Homemade All-Star Burger from Golden Star

The iconic burger joint has still got it. Homemade beef charbroiled over an open flame and then dressed to order = one of the best old school burgers in The 6ix.

Address: 7123 Yonge Street, Thornhill
Phone: 905-889-6891

The Boom Burger from Woody’s

Beef burgers imparted with a smokey flavour as they grill over a wood fire is what makes Woody’s burgers so good. Personalize at will or opt for house creations like this beauty loaded with pulled pork, smoked gouda, fried onions, jalepenos, chipotle mayo and smoked ketchup.

Address: 3795 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto
Phone: 416-546-2093

Address: 383 Jane Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-761-9900
Instagram: @woodysburgersto

The Holy Duck from Holy Chuck

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Perhaps among the priciest ($32) burgers in Toronto, this ultra-indulgent creation starts with a single beef patty and is topped with a slab of seared foie gras, double smoked bacon, white truffle oil, maple syrups and fresh white truffles. Drool.

Address: 1450 Yonge Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-962-4825

Address: 586 Yonge Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-962-4825

Instagram: @holychuckburgers

Stn. Burger at Richmond Station

Lettuce, beet chutney and aged cheddar are delicious additions. The soft fluffy milk bun it sits on is pretty great too. But, the number one reason this burger stands out is the beef patty’s blissfully rosy centre.

Address: 1 Richmond Street West, Toronto
Phone: 647-748-1444
Instagram: @richmondstation

The Butter Burger from The Stockyards

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The smokehouse and larder has re-introduced the burger that started it all. This beef patty stuffed with blue cheese and bone marrow comes topped with a mountain of deep fried onion strings.

Address: 699 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto
Phone: 416-658-9666
Instagram: @thestockyards

The Monday burger from The Wren

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Go on Monday, get the feature. You can ask questions if you must, but you’ll always like the answer. Shown here; two patties, aged white cheddar, bacon, smoked apple mustard, onion rings, pickled and ranch.

Address: 1382 Danforth Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 647-748-1382
Instagram: @thewrendanforth

The HOTB from Home of the Brave

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A thick Triple-A ribeye patty, scratch-made American cheese, tomato, iceberg and pickle mayo on a toasty bun.

Address: 589 King Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-366-2736
Instagram: @thehotb

Classic Joe Burger from e11even

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Deluxe cheeseburgers are the standout on the lunch menu at this Financial District restaurant. Go classic or gourmand with toppings like smoked provolone and buttermilk slaw, or Guinness cheddar, bacon and roasted garlic aioli.

Address: 15 York Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-815-1111
Instagram: @e11eventoronto

The Bingo Night burger from Lisa Marie

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This Queen West snack bar throws their regular menu out the window every Tuesday to celebrate the three Bs; Bingo, Burgers and Beers. Food wise forget the meatballs and ceviche, on Tuesday the restaurant serves up an all burger menu.

Address: 638 Queen Street West, Toronto
Phone: 647-748-6822
Instagram: @barlisamarie

The Home Bacon Burger from The Real McCoy

Grilled with bacon on top so that delicious grease seeps into the beef patty as it cooks.

Address: 1033 Markham Road, Scarborough
Phone: 416-439-6804

Prime Beef Double Cheeseburger from Museum Tavern

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This $19 cheeseburger commands its price tag with  premium beef before slumming it with American cheese, shredduce, onion, pickle, and sauce.

Address: 208 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-920-0110
Instagram: @museumtavern

The Double Jackpot from Toma Burger Addiction

The Queen West burger joint tops its house-made brioche buns with a beef patty then lavishes it with foie gras, truffle mayo, cremini mushrooms, caramelized onions, bacon, Swiss, arugula, balsamic glaze and truffle oil truffle oil

Address: 712 Queen Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-901-1027
Instagram: @tomaburger

Pho Burger from Dac Biet Burger

Beansprouts, basil, lime, hoisin and Sriracha make unexpectedly great burger toppings plus this burger comes with a pho jus dip.

Address: 213 Church Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-703-8878
Instagram: @dacbietburger

The Burger from Bestellen

Caramelized onions and raclette on top of a delicious, steakhouse-quality beef patty nestled into a brioche bun.

Address: 972 College Street, Toronto
Phone: 647-341-6769
Instagram: @bestellen_to

The Coronary from Dangerous Dan’s

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Like a heart attack waiting to happen… but oh what a wonderful way to go. This signature offering from the Queen East burger joint features a pair of 8oz patties, four slices of bacon, two slices of cheddar and a fried egg on top. Fries, gravy and a can of pop included with each order.

Address: 714 Queen Street East, Toronto
Phone: 416-463-7310

The P&L Burger from Parts & Labour

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Monterey Jack cheese, bacon onion jam, iceberg lettuce and dill mayo loaded on top of a beautifully caramelized beef patty is the thing to from Matty Matheson’s Parkdale restaurant.

Address:1566 Queen Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-588-7750
Instagram: @partsnlabour

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from Burgers Priest

Off the not-so-secret menu; two beef patties slapped with cheese alternating with layers of cheese-stuffed, panko encrusted mushrooms are stacked high between grilled cheeses.

Address: Locations across the GTA
Instagram: @theburgerspriest

The Fortune Burger from Good Fortune Bar

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Serve late night along with a selection of finely crafted cocktails, this griddle-smashed dirty burger is most notable for delightfully crunchy, house-made hickory sticks applied as topping.

Address: 130 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto
Phone: 647-351-2130
Instagram: @goodfortunebar

The Mighty Burger from Almighty Bao

A perfectly seared burger with classic toppings loaded on top of a puffy steamed bun is among the specialties from this micro-restaurant operating from inside this popular DuWest bar.

Address: Inside Churchill Bar, 1212 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Instagram: @almightybao

Dry-Aged Burger from The Drake Hotel


The Queen West hot spot builds its crave-worthy burger with a juicy dry-aged beef patty on a milk bun dressed with bacon, cheddar, Russian dress, and pickles.

Address: 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto
Phone: ‭416-531-5042‬
Instagram: @thedrakehotel

The MTK classic burger from Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

The Liberty Village restaurant does more than just brunch. The namesake burger ($18) is topped with tobacco onions, aioli and tomato apple relish. Need cheese? Add on Monte Forte cheddar for $1.50 more.

Address: 85 Hanna Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-588-5695
Instagram: @mildredstemplekitchen

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Liora Ipsum
Daily Hive's Toronto Food Editor. Follow me on Instagram

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