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 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
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
Address: 383 Jane Street, Toronto
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
Address: 586 Yonge Street, Toronto
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
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
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
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
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
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
Grilled with bacon on top so that delicious grease seeps into the beef patty as it cooks.
Address: 1033 Markham Road, Scarborough
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
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
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
Caramelized onions and raclette on top of a delicious, steakhouse-quality beef patty nestled into a brioche bun.
Address: 972 College Street, Toronto
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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