The top 10 new burger joints in Toronto
Toronto has become a hotbed for burgers, and in the past year a whole new breed of reimagined malt shops, upmarket burger bars and low brow fast food franchises have ignited renewed confidence in the humble but iconic hamburger. These new patty purveyors are turning up the heat on the unapologetic junk-food staple, making it dirtier than ever or, conversely, elevating it with top-notch ingredients.
Here's a round-up, in no particular order, of the top 10 newly opened burger joints in Toronto.
The Rude Boy
This late night Roncesvalles burger shop forms its patties from top cuts of fresh-ground meat, cures bacon and peameal in house, and offers unique signature condiments like garlic aioli, beer mustard and Sriracha mayo.
From the team behind Parkdale's Parts & Labour, this burger shop opened in the fall to satiate the demand for the award winning, self-titled burger made of just-ground chuck cooked pink and loaded onto a Silverstein bun with bacon jam, lettuce, tomato, onion and cheese.
Toma Burger Addiction
Owned and operated by an ex-pat French chef, this burger shop house-bakes its brioche-style milk buns and makes everything from the ketchup to truffle aioli from scratch. Ultra premium toppings include Brie and Prosciutto di Parma.
At College and Dufferin, this bare bones burger bar is exceptionally budget friendly. On offer are customizable patties spiffed up via a vast array of complimentary toppings that span the standards (lettuce, tomato, pickles) to the deluxe (think sautéed mushrooms, onions, asparagus or blue cheese).
Patty & Franks
Located on The Danforth, this burger, hot dog and shake shop excels at hand-formed patties, charcoal grilled and customized per order on brioche, white, whole wheat or gluten free buns. Toppings are available in standard or signature varieties.
Situated in Kensington Market, this family owned and operated business offers a roster of house-ground chuck burgers that range from typical cheese-topped varieties to epic three-patty, grilled cheese sandwich monstrosities.
Clara's Gourmet Burgers
This cozy Brockton Village diner offers inventive burgers done up with thoughtful combinations of cheese, fresh veggie toppings and unusual extras like a fried egg or hickory sticks. Stuffed burgers are available too, loaded with things like pulled pork or gooey cheese.
Capitano Burgers and Gelato
As its name suggests, this joint on Yonge St. divides its focus between housemade gelatos and Angus burgers loaded between house baked buns. Here, combos are available with standard fries, onion rings or the option to sub in a cup of gelato.
Wallace & Co.
While not exclusively a burger shop, the aptly named "dirty burg" on the menu at this Junction diner is a standout for being an honest, greasy and exceptionally delicious specimen composed of a griddle-seared, ground-chuck patty topped with cheddar, house-cured bacon and fried onions.
Joe's Wings and Burgers
Newly opened on the East Danforth, this bar and grill keeps the options simple and straightforward; no gimmicks, no crazy toppings, The lineup includes burgers, cheeseburgers and bacon cheeseburgers, wrapped in paper and with golden delicious fries on the side.
Lead photo from our review of P&L Burger