In a city known for its quality Canadian-raised beef, you can bet your bottom dollar there is no shortage of YYC restaurants and diners serving up incredible burgers.
From the thickest beef pattys around, to the vegetarian options that are right up to par – here are 18 must-try burgers in Calgary.
1. Hamburger from Clive Burger
There’s a reason Clive Burger is such a hotspot for hungry afterbar burgerlovers – and it’s not just its central 17th Ave location. A regular burger from this joint loaded with all the fixins and an egg is our go-to.
Address: 736 17th Avenue SW
2. Classic Burger from Alley Burger
This hole-in-the-wall burger joint – seriously, it’s a walk-thru window out of the Simmons’ Building – is an extention of the Charbar kitchen open for lunch (mostly) every day. Here you can pre-order and pick up big, sloppy, delicious burgers seven days a week.
Address: 618 Confluence Way SE
3. Cheeseburger from Peters’ Drive-In
Peters’ is a Calgary institution. With fresh hamburger on slow-rising sponge dough, and secret-recipe Peters’ sauce – there’s no denying a trip to this Northeast drive-thru is worth it. We’d highly recommend grabbing a milkshake to pair with your burger.
Address: 219 16th Avenue NE
4. Wickens Burger from Burger 320
With two locations in YYC, Burger 320 knows what its doing when it comes to making a mean dish. Named after the Burger 320 owner’s grandfather who founded the family farm in 1905, the signature Wickens Burger is a juicy beef patty with farm bacon, block cheddar, aioli, arugula, and BBQ rhubarb onion chutney.
Address: 126 10 Street NW
Address: 814 First Avenue NE
5. Chef’s Monthly Burger Inspiration from NOtaBLE
NOtaBLE switches up its burger every month and it’s always amazing. The basics always stay the same: naturally raised beef and pork with bacon, peppercorn aioli, Provolone cheese, and a sesame bun. Seasonal toppings and sauces are added by the chef each month.
Address: 4611 Bowness Road NW
6. The Buck Burger from The Coup
Just because The Coup is an ethical vegetarian restaurant doesn’t mean it doesn’t make a satisfying burger. Even meatatarians would agree – the vegan Buck Burger rivals a juicy beef patty. This dish consists of a roasted zucchini and pumpkin pesto patty with buckwheat, shaved onion, spicy seasonal greens, sunflower sprouts, and pumpkin seed sauce.
Address: 924 17th Avenue SW
7. Chuck Burger from Monki Bistro
The infamous brunch burger from Monki Bistro is a no-brainer for this list. You can’t really go wrong with a ground chuck burger with maple bacon, chipotle mayo, gouda, and a fried egg.
Address: 1301 10th Avenue SW
8. El Bandido Burger from REGRUB
This is one of those culinary creations that makes you ask, “Is this real life?” The El Bandido is a spicy burger consisting of Alberta Grassfed Beef, jalapeno jack mac ‘n’ cheese, hickory spiked fried avocado, jalapeno jack cheese, butter lettuce, and pico de gallo.
Address: 625 11th Avenue SW
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9. Brunch Burger from Holy Grill
The 10th Ave location of Holy Grill is open for brunch, (10 am to 4 pm Saturdays), so the race is on to get a seat and get this delicious creation in front of you: a grilled 6oz prime rib burger topped with cheddar, bacon, red onion, tomato, and a fried egg sunny-side-up on a custom black poppy seed bun.
Address: 827 10 Avenue SW
10. Hot Holly Burger from Belmont Diner
This bison burger is a masterpeice. This dish comes with onions, bacon, pickled eggs, banana peppers, siracha hollandaise sauce, and an egg.
Address: 2008 33rd Avenue SW
11. Block Burger from The Block Kitchen & Lounge
The Block Burger is a housemade all beef patty topped with aged white cheddar, block sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion, and a pickle. This is a lunch menu item so be sure to head to The Block between 11am and 5pm.
Address: 2411 4th Street NW
12. The Portabella Burger from The Fine Diner Bistro
The Portabella Burger is a delicious substitute for a beef burger. This lunch dish features a marinated portabella (their spelling) mushroom, basil aioli, arugula, tomato, caramelized onion, and goat cheese.
Address: #4 1420 9th Avenue SE
13. Brisket Sirloin Burger from Diner Deluxe
This classic burger will hit the spot every time. With a house ground patty topped with “the groceries” (their word for lettuce and tomato), pickles, french onion mayo, and mustard on a seeded bun, it’s hard to resist this baby once you spot it on the diner’s lunch menu.
14. Flames Burger from Yellow Door Bistro
The Yellow Door clearly has a hockey fan on its team, because the bistro has an entire menu dedicated to Hockey Night. Among the items on this list is the Flames Burger, a combination of patty, cheese curds, zucchini relish, and sundried tomato aioli all on a house baked bun.
Address: 119 12th Avenue SW
15. Mushroom & Swiss from Flipp’n Burgers
This is a good Flipp’n burger. The Mushroom & Swiss from this burger joint has sautéed mushroom melted under natural cheese. Choose your toppings and finish with a fresh and you’ll be in burger heaven.
Address: #103 330 10th Street NW
Address: 2308 4th Street SW
16. H&A Burger from Home and Away
Home of all your favourite staple dishes, it’s no suprise this restaurant has a classic burger that knocks it out of the park. The H&A Burger comes with all the classic toppings, and feel free to add eggs, smoked bacon, and even an extra patty.
Address: 1331 17th Avenue SW
17. Buttermilk Fried Chicken Burger from Blue Star Diner
The Blue Star has an impressive selection of burgers on both its lunch and dinner menus. One of the standouts standouts on the lunch version is the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Burger, made with Sous vide Moountain View chicken breast, pancetta, rosebud honey, butterleaf lettuce, tomato, pickled red onion, and roasted shallot aioli.
Address: 809 1st Avenue NE
18. Chorizo Pork Burger from Dairy Lane Cafe
The Chorizo Pork Burger combines Broek Acres ground pork, chorizo, peppered gouda, pickled banana peppers, crisp onions, butter leaf lettuce, tomato, sweet pepper mayo on egg-washed bun.
Address: 319 19th Street NW