Things are getting pretty cheesy in Montreal this week.
And it’s the good kind.
The city-wide burger festival has kicked off in Montreal and it might be time to pull out those stretchy pants.
Le Burger Week has been operating since 2012, and the burger-palooza is taking on cheeseburgers this time around with 33 spots around Montreal participating in the annual event.
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The event, which was inaugurated in Montreal, has gone national for the 2020 edition as restaurants from all over the country put their own spin on the classic meal.
Each spot will offer a special creation, typically offered at a special “burger price” for the public to taste.
Le Burger Week is now in its ninth year, and the 2020 edition will replace the traditional call to vote for the best burgers with a call to help through the charity partnerships. A portion of proceeds from select burgers sold in Canada this year will be going to Centraide and United Way.
Here is a selection of all the participating spots around the 514, along with their burger creation’s name and price.
Ping Pong Club, “Smash Cheeseburger” – $8
Sometimes the simple things are the best. Ping Pong’s burger is a season smash patty on a soft burger bun with cheese, lettuce, onions, tomato, and the resto’s special Ping Pong sauce.
Les 3 Brasseurs, “Candied Bacon Smash Burger” – $16.95
100% Canadian beef (local from Quebec), double-stacked patties, melted aged white Cheddar, caramelized onions, house-made candied peppered bacon, topped with a soft-cooked egg. Served on a toasted sesame bun.
Restaurant BurgerBros Inc., “Burger Bros Special Burger” – $9.99
Foodies’ choice of protein (beef burger, crispy chicken, or grilled chicken), cheddar cheese slice, mild BurgerBros sauce, bacon (halal beef), onion rings, lettuce, tomato, and pickles.
L’Hamburger, “Triple B” – $9.55
Three beef patties smashed to perfection, on a potato bun with cheese and a chipotle-based sauce with onions, lettuce, and pickles.
Méchant Boeuf, “Méchant Burger” – $18 – $20
AAA beef, Québec-smoked Cheddar, caramelized onions, bacon and chipotle mayo.
Veggie option: Beet burger, black beans, smoked feta, butternut squash, onion shoots, black garlic mayo.
Notre-Boeuf-de-Grace, “The Concordia Puck” – $18
Six ounces of fresh ground beef patty, mustard apple relish, bacon Velveeta cheese spread. Served with your choice of side.
Taverne Gaspar, “BETTer Burger” – $18
Homemade beet patty, roquette, goat cheese, cumin and paprika mayo.
Bird Bar, “Le Cheesy Melt Down” – $19.50
AAA beef topped with a nacho-crusted Saputo cheese curd patty, spicy pickled carrot salad, lettuce, tomato, bacon, roquette, and “secret Bird Bar sauce.”
Lou, “Lou Burger” – $7.95
Specially seasoned meat, pickled jalapeno, kimchi mayo, lettuce, tomato, aged cheddar, and fire-roasted salsa served on a homemade brioche bun.
Clébard, “Burger Mrs. Trang” – $18
A beef patty, homemade kimchi, fried onions, lettuce, Asian mayonnaise, old Cheddar and served with a bundle of fries.
Le Gras Dur, “Pitmaster Burger” – $14
AAA Angus beef patty, maple wood low and slow smoked AAA Angus Brisket, Le Gras Dur Signature pulled pork, deep-fried mac ‘n cheese, crispy onions, and sweet BBQ sauce served on a brioche bun.
Maison Saint-Paul, “The Boujie” – $30
Beef burger, Quebec cheese, champagne-caramelized onions and pickles, prosciutto, grilled tomato, homemade foie gras sauce, arugula, black truffle from Périgord. Plus, foodies get a complimentary glass of bubbles with their ”Boujie” Burger.
LABARAKE Caserne à Manger, “LABARAKE Caserne à Manger” – $30
Ten ounces of lamb, red onions, bbq sauce, and a slice of grilled goat cheese with honey. Served with house fries and Greek salad; tomatoes, feta, olives, onions, cucumber, oregano, and a sherry-lemon vinaigrette.
Maggie Oakes, “Supreme Wagyu Burger” – $33
Wagyu beef, pan-seared foie gras, wild Quebec mushrooms, aged Cheddar, truffle mayonnaise, and potatoes straws.
Lola Rosa (Place des Arts),”Burger Le Local” – $15
All the ingredients are from Quebec. Lentil and barbecue tofu (from Gatineau), smoked eggplant, sautéed shiitake (from Longueuil), local tomato and lettuce (from Montreal). Served with potatoes and salad.
At Tousignant, “The Cottage” – $18.50
Double cheeseburger with Emmental cheese from France, small mushroom stew, and their secret mayo-based sauce.
Artisans Market, “The Canardien” – $18
Sesame brioche bread, foie gras mayonnaise, straw potatoes with parmesan, braised duck legs, eggplant confit, zucchini and sundried tomatoes remoulade. Served with romaine salad and balsamic vinegar.
The Virunga, “Kariba” -$14
Mini goat hamburger from St-Sylvestre (Quebec), pili-pili mayonnaise, smoked caciocavallo cheese, and mofo sakay waffle.
Pub McCarold, “The Hunter Gatherer” – $17
A generous duck and chanterelle mushroom patty with melted old cheddar and garnished with green pepper caramelized onions on top of a brioche bun.
Burger Bar Crescent, “Cheesie Does It” – $14.95
AAA Beef patty topped with three of Burger Bar’s homemade cheese sticks, arugula, spicy mayo and arrabiata sauce.
Les Enfants Terribles (Montreal), “The Goody-Two-Shoes” – $20
AAA beef, Sainte-Nitouche cheese (from Noyan), crispy shallots, leeks, and fresh herb mayo. Vegetarian options includes lion’s mane mushrooms, vegan cheese, shallots, melted leeks, and some herb Vegenaise.
Brasserie 701, “Hard Fat Burger” – $29
Wagyu beef, duck foie gras tempura, tomato sauce, garlic, sweet paprika, mustard seed, finely sliced celery, green shallot, and ground pepper.
Ninkasi Simple Malt, “The ISBA” – $15
The ISBA is filled with crispy beer-breaded onions, mushrooms fried in truffle oil, maple smoked bacon, and fresh arugula.
Faba Burger at Paquebot Bélanger, “The Classic” – $11
Everything is vegan here. A homemade vegan patty, Chao cheese, fermented dill pickles, tomato, red onions, organic lettuce, spicy vegan mayo. Served on a homemade sesame bun.
McLean’s Pub, “McLean’s Burger” – $15.99
McLean’s grilled 8-ounce beef patty is topped with cream cheese and bacon and is dressed with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, and pickles on a traditional sesame seed hamburger bun. It’s served with a healthy portion of home-cut Manitoba red potato french fries to really seal the deal.
Farsides, “Big Poppa Burger” – $27
Six-ounce Angus beef patty, aged cheddar, pineapple pico, yuzu mayo, and mama fries.
Rapides Brewery, “The Jerry Louis 3 in Italy” – $15.95
10-ounce beef patty topped with creamy Burrata cheese, crispy eggplant, Calabrese sweet peppers, Italian Heirloom tomato, arugula salad, pesto mayonnaise, and balsamic glaze. Served on a Sonoma Bun.
Imadake, “Imadake Burger” – $16
Crispy panko shrimp patty blended with coriander, jalapeno, onion and red bell pepper. Garnished with fresh Arcadian salad mix, red onion, cucumber, tomato, and sour cream goat cheese avocado spread. Served with garlic fried potato wedges, sea urchin dipping sauce, and an Imadake salad mix tossed with our house dressing.
Winneburger, “The Very Tasty” – $11
Lamb and beef, cumin, mint, paprika, red wine, bread, tomato sauce, tzatziki, and cheddar cheese on a kaiser bun.
Paulo and Suzanne, “The Orgasm” – $10.79
Featuring 100% Angus beef, fried macaroni and cheese, fried egg, triple cheese, smoked bacon, crispy onions, spicy banana peppers, pickles, lettuce, tomato, mustard, and the resto’s own spicy southwest sauce.
Montreal Brewer, “The Italian” – $18
Italian-style pork and lamb patty, sautéed peppers, onions and rapini, roasted garlic and olive ricotta spread, candied tomato.
New Palace, “Cheese Fish Burger” – $16.50
Halibut and turbot patty, orange cheddar served on a poppy seed bun garnish with tartar sauce, onions, lettuce, and tomatoes. It’s served with fries and coleslaw.
Bistro Brasserie Les Soeurs Grises, “Angels Burger” – $18
Beef meatball, Swiss cheese, aioli mayo, served on a toasty brioche bun and served with fries.