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Best burgers in Vancouver

By Lindsay William-Ross, Jess Fleming Jun 02, 2016 2:30 am

Burgers can be a polarizing subject. Do you swear allegiance based on brioche buns? Are you a patty purist? Do you like them fast and greasy, or stacked and loaded? There is no doubt that restaurants across Vancouver turn out some pretty incredible burgers to please all sorts of palates, but the fact is, some are superior.

Here are our picks for the best burgers in Vancouver. Let the debates begin.


Photo courtesy Pourhouse (Christopher Flett)

Photo courtesy Pourhouse (Christopher Flett)

The Pourhouse Burger is a blend of ground chuck steak and brisket. It is sandwiched between a homemade Scottish bap bun and topped with aged cheddar, pork belly, sweet caramelized onion, and dijon mayo. It’s salty, juicy, and ultra satisfying. For extra gratification diners can add a fried egg onto the already hearty heap.

Address: 162 Water Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-568-7022

Moderne Burger

Photo courtesy Moderne Burger

Photo courtesy Moderne Burger

Moderne Burger is known for two things: shakes and burgers. Their selection of shakes are notable but their burgers are even better. The classic diner in Kits offers up a mean burger platter. Their hand-made steak burgers are prepared daily and contain no preservatives or fillers, and are sure to get your taste buds revving.

Address: 2507 West Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: 604-739-0005

The Cannibal Cafe

This popular burger bar is known for their appetizing menu of hand-ground beef burgers, brews, and milkshakes. Love a challenge? Why not tackle The Beast, a towering burger comprised of six beef patties, with six double slices of cheese and bacon layered on each one.

Address: 18181 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone 604-558-4199

Address: 433 Granville Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-620-3212


Upstairs at Campagnolo

If you find yourself “Upstairs at Campagnolo” for brunch consider sinking your teeth into the restaurant’s infamous “Dirty Burger.” Generally served on a Scottish Bap (a soft, floury bun) Upstairs at Campagnolo’s brunch burger is loaded with a 40 day dry aged beef patty (ground in-house), American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and the restaurant’s secret sauce. It is a deliciously messy affair, especially if you choose to add a perfectly runny egg into the already hearty mix.

Address: 1020 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-484-6018


Photo courtesy Buckstop (Sean Neild)

Photo courtesy Buckstop (Sean Neild)

In addition to offering a hearty venison burger (stuffed with mushroom and blue cheese and topped with arugula, caramelized onion, bacon, and dijon aioli) decidedly laid-back Buckstop also whips up a specially crafted $8 burger on Mondays. The West End haunt generally prepares between thirty to forty of these burger creations (think roasted red pepper, goats cheese, and smokey onion aioli) and serves them until they close.

Address: 833 Denman Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-2528

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

Photo courtesy of The Oakwood

Photo courtesy The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

While The Oakwood has gained quite the reputation for hosting a spectacular weekend brunch, the Kitsilano locale also offers a stellar burger. With house ground shoulder and beef brisket of AAA Canadian beef, aged cheddar, bacon, house-made garlic dill pickles, alfalfa, gulf island dressing, and a house-made buttered bun, this sizeable handheld delight with have you salivating.

Address: 2741 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-558-1965

Mamie Taylor’s

Photo courtesy Mamie Taylor's

Photo courtesy Mamie Taylor’s

With a deliciously juicy beef patty, Mamie Taylor’s burger is classic and delicious. Toppings include a bacon relish, sharp cheddar, rosemary aioli, and tomato slices. Skinny fries round the meal off.

Address: 251 East Georgia Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-620-8818

No. 5 Orange

Before you hurt your face raising your eyebrows on this pick, hear us out. A couple of years ago word got out that the food game at Vancouver’s well-known adult entertainment establishment (fine, it’s a strip club) had been much improved, and among the excellent offerings on their menu is a Bacon Cheeseburger that could make you forget where you are. Just kidding, you’re not likely to forget where you are here thanks to plentiful distractions, but at least you won’t be throwing your money away on lousy food.

Address205 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-687-3483

Big Smoke Burger

Lindsay William-Ross / Daily Hive

Lindsay William-Ross / Daily Hive

Sure, it’s a Toronto-based chain, but Big Smoke Burger delivers the goods. Grilled-to-order burgers (think luscious six ounce beef patties) come as straightforward as you’d like, or with custom toppings, or in popular topping combos.

Address: Simon Fraser Universitys Burnaby Campus – 8901 University High Street, Cornerstone Mews, Burnaby
Twitter: @Bigsmokeburger

Argo Cafe

This Mount Pleasant pleaser is a contemporary reboot of the classic diner, and their real beef burgers are humble but delicious. Expect a substantial gourmet-style burger minus the gourmet high-end price tag at this eclectic, casual joint.

Address: 1836 Ontario Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-876-3620

Deacon’s Corner

Photo courtesy Deacon's Corner

Photo courtesy Deacon’s Corner

For a jaw breaking feed wrap your hands around Deacon’s Corner’s Fat Cow burger. This huge stack is comprised of a giant double beef patty, a fried egg, cheddar, bacon, jalapeños, and onions. Complete the meal with the choice of fries, salad, or slaw.

Address: 101 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-684-1555

Address: 3189 West Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: 778-379-3727

Twitter: @Deacons_Corner

To Dine For Eatery

Don’t be fooled by To Dine For Eatery’s nondescript location; the casual restaurant serves a delicious range of comfort-driven meals, including a concise yet mouthwatering selection of burgers. For a traditional rendition tuck into the Classic Cheese Burger, which is comprised of a thick, full-flavoured patty topped with quality fixings (think melted cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion. pickles, and a special house sauce).

Address333 Terminal Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-568-7106

Lindsay William-Ross
Lindsay is a former Daily Hive Food Editor. A fourth generation Vancouverite, she has also lived in Toronto, NYC, and LA.
Jess Fleming
Jess is a former Staff Writer at Daily Hive. Originally from Sydney, she obsesses over where to eat and drink and writes about adventures near and far.

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