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The top 10 new burger joints in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / January 6, 2014

burgers torontoToronto 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.

See also:

The Best Burger in Toronto
The Best Cheeseburgers in Toronto
The Best Old School Burgers in Toronto
The Best Restaurant Burgers 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.

P&L Burger
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.

TAT Burger
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.

The Burgernator
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



AA / January 6, 2014 at 10:20 am
What a lazy list

Patty & Franks? Come on!

Joe's Burgers + Wings is outstanding
Elsae / January 6, 2014 at 11:35 am
Ooooh YUMMY!!
Lori / January 6, 2014 at 02:54 pm
Tat burger? That was the smelliest most discussing burger I have had in my life. Blah....... "This End Up" is my number one burger.
Dort / January 6, 2014 at 03:00 pm
Where can I find the burger in the picture above? Looks delicious!
Chad / January 6, 2014 at 04:12 pm
Joe's wings... Such a far drive but soooo worth it. Mmmmm... Drooling.
NMW / January 6, 2014 at 04:56 pm
Where is the burger pictured on this page, with the cheese and tomatoe sauce from?

Feedback for, please caption the photos
EphJ / January 6, 2014 at 05:05 pm
Avoid TAT burger - they've become notorious in the neighbourhood for hiring local kids on endless rotations of unpaid trial shifts. Alongside numerous health code infractions, these operators really are full of contempt for the public.
p / January 6, 2014 at 05:07 pm
Rory / January 6, 2014 at 06:38 pm
I'm glad Capitano's made it! Best. Bacon cheeseburger. Ever.
Ed replying to a comment from Simon Tarses / January 6, 2014 at 06:38 pm
Johnny's Hamburgers isn't new.
Lara / January 6, 2014 at 07:41 pm
P&L Burger is amazing and TAT Burger is not bad either but please NEVER EVER go to Gangster Burger on Queen West that place is disgusting and will make you sick.

Gangster Burger has received several conditional passes and health inspections.
Matt / January 6, 2014 at 10:10 pm
You should maybe include place that aren't within the hipster limits of the city. Check out Mama Boys Burgers in the Upper Beaches. Best in Scarborough which last I checked was in Toronto. 480 Danforth Rd. Just check it out for yourself or I'll email transfer you what your meal cost. You can hold me to it.
Anthony / January 7, 2014 at 01:40 am
wow... obviously nobody stopped by Café Piccolino to try their burger.. The BEST burger in the neighbourhood hands down!!!

GL replying to a comment from NMW / January 7, 2014 at 02:19 am
The photo above is definitely the "Italian" from P&L. In addition to the toppings (roasted peppers, carmelized onions, tomato sauce), the sesame seed bun and the plastic basket/tray are recognizable.
Nate replying to a comment from Matt / January 7, 2014 at 03:43 am
Oh yeah? Is it because you're the owner? Hahah, lame.
June / January 7, 2014 at 07:12 am
Joe's burgers are divine! For a real treat get yourself an order of their garlic parmesan wings and a Greek salad.
In addition to the rock solid delicious food, better service you will NOT find.
bill / January 9, 2014 at 12:09 pm
Toma sucked , 55 bucks for 2 burgers , an ice tea , a very small dead mac and cheese and a large poutine, very glad to pay that much but nothing spectacular here
ryan / October 16, 2014 at 01:03 pm
FRESH BUNS and a burger with gourmet toppings a bit pricy but a time to splerge is a time to eat good prbably one of the TOP 5 burgers in toronto. The buns are what make it such a great choice
Kelly / October 16, 2014 at 11:12 pm
Toma burger addiction is the number one. Buns are amazing and toppings incredible!
Number two : Burger priest. Look like Shake shake burger but very good!
Number three : The burgernator. Simple but good and cheap!
ryan / October 17, 2014 at 01:07 pm
Toma Burger ^^
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