Best burgers in Calgary you need to try at least once

Jul 25 2023, 6:30 pm

Are you desperately trying to find the best burger in Calgary?

Nothing hits the spot quite like a juicy, perfectly topped, fresh-off-the-grill burger, so it’s a good thing Calgary’s selection of this classic comfort food is incredible.

Calgary has every kind of burger you could dream of, covered in cheese or layered with bacon, from smashed patties to hidden gems.

Lucky for you, we’ve made our way through our fair share of spots to narrow down all the joints to know where to skip and where not to miss.

Here are some of the best burgers in Calgary.

Class Clown Hamburgers

This spot has wine, beer, and retro vibes to create an ideal atmosphere to stop in for a burger with a group or a quick one by yourself.

Address: 1711 4th Street SW #106, Calgary

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Lil’ Empire Burger

 

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Lil’ Empire Burger has three locations to get handhelds at, meaning you have triple the chance to lock down deliciousness.

Address: 4321 1st Street SE, Calgary

Address: 1105 1st Avenue NE, Calgary

Address: 1839 20th Avenue NW, Calgary

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Boogie’s Burgers

 

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This is where diets go to die, and you enter burger bliss guilt-free. From the fried mac ‘n’ cheese topped burger to fried mushrooms and melted cheddar stacked on top of a double patty, you’ll ask to skip the lettuce.

Address: 908 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary
Phone: 403-230-7070

Address: 2129 33rd Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-454-2902

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Clive Burger

 

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A classic spot to head to in YYC for a quality burger, be sure to eat it while it’s hot and get all the Clive sauce your heart desires on the side.

Address: 736 17th Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-229-9224

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Peters’ Drive-In

 

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You can honestly never go wrong with Peters’ Drive-In. This spot serves fresh hamburger patties on slow-rising sponge dough topped with secret-recipe Peters sauce and fixings. Plus, there are so many milkshake options here.

Address: 219 – 16th Avenue NE, Calgary
Phone: 403-277-2747

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Alley Burger

 

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This much-loved handheld purveyor is officially back in action on the west side of the Simmons Building at 618 Confluence Way SE.

Address: Simmons Building — 618 Confluence Way SE, Calgary (west side)

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Iyycburg

 

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Iyycburg is an excellent spot for no-fuss smash burgers and milkshakes that recently opened in Calgary, and you need to head in to grab some grub if you haven’t already.

Address: 19 Sunmills Drive SE, Calgary

Address: 220 129 Sage Valley, Sage Hill Common NW, Calgary

Address: 234 19th Street NW, Calgary

Phone: 403-287-0011

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N9NA Kitchen

 

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This spot stuffs burgers with whatever your stomach desires. A must-try is the Nainalicious stuffed with pulled pork, aged cheddar, caramelized onions, and granny smith apples.

Address: 121 17th Avenue SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-263-6355

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Dairy Lane Cafe

 

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This is where burgers can be breakfast, brunch, lunch, or a snack – no one is judging.

Address: 319 19th Street NW
Phone: 403-283-2497

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Regrub

When it comes to epic burgers, Regrub can’t be topped. This spot has two locations where you can grab its over-the-top beefy creations.

Address: 625 11th Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-475-2845

Address: 901 64th Avenue NE, Calgary

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Pigot Burgers

The Pigot Burger has become an icon in a super short time. Technically a pop-up, these smash burgers have been served in Toronto and Vancouver as well, operating out of CRAFT. If you’ve never had one, you’ve never had what is probably the best burger in Calgary (and Vancouver and Toronto).

Address: 345 10th Avenue SW, Calgary

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Alumni Sandwiches

 

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Known chiefly for sandwiches, but the burger is technically a sandwich, right? It doesn’t matter because Alumni has one of the most underrated burgers in Calgary. That’s what happens when the other menu items are just as good.

Address: 725 17th Avenue SW, Calgary

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Model Milk

 

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Many of the Concorde Group spots have fantastic burghers open on the menu, and the Model Milk option might be our favourite.

It’s topped with a morel mushroom ragout, cheese curds, and creme fraiche.

Address: 308 17th Avenue SW, Calgary

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The Burger’s Priest

The burgers here are served here with your choice of toppings, but there are also wilder options like double-stacked patties, deep-fried onion rings, using grilled cheese sandwiches as the bun, and also tasty vegetarian options.

Address: 4600 130th Avenue SE, Calgary

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Odd Burger Calgary

 

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This one is for the veggie lover!

The most popular option on the menu is called the Famous Burger, a double-decker play on a Big Mac with house-made chickpea patties, iceberg lettuce, pickles, and special sauce.

Address: 1515 – 14th Street SW, Calgary

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Billie’s Smash Burger

 

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Like all of the best smash burgers, these are made simple and with a variety of toppings and sides. You simply make a reservation to go in on Monday, and you can try the classic with double patty and double cheese or go for one of the weekly features.

Address: 2024 4th Street SW, Calgary

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Hi-5 Burgers

The hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, and burgers are all amazing here. The original with two all-beef patties, American cheese, onion, pickles, lettuce, and burger sauce, is our pick for our favourite item.

Address: 420 2nd Street SW, Calgary

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