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Burger Stomper

Posted by Liora Ipsum / Reviewed on June 3, 2012 / review policy

Burger StomperBurger Stomper is now open for business on the Danforth just west of Chester. The 5-week old restaurant is co-owned by John and Nick who are both about as burger saavy as they get. John grew up in his family's Vic Park and Lawrence greasy spoon, Smiley's (sadly shuttered to make way for more condos), and is the former manager of the Real Sports Bar.

Nick on the other hand, has spent the last 6 years developing the restaurant's namesake Burger Stomper tool (a unique kitchen gadget that presses perfectly uniform burgers). He also notes that whilst developing the product, he's "eaten at every burger place across North America".

The concept is simple; they cook what they love, and these guys, LOVE burgers.

Burger StomperThe space is bright and fresh. Rustic barn board compliments stainless steel counters and poured concrete floors. The open kitchen seems atypical for a burger joint but it shows off the immaculate prep station and makes the space feel bigger than it is.

Though equipped for quick take-away, there is also ample room to eat-in. Place an order at the counter and find a spot in the 25-seat dining area - the staff will bring you your food when it's ready. High-top tables and comfy banquet seating line one wall and offer enough seats for a summer sports team to dine together. Opposite, tables of two or the window facing bar offer comfortable options for pairs and singles.

Burger StomperPrior to opening, Balkos tells me his team meticulously sourced and rated buns, meat and cheese from suppliers across Toronto. The resulting menu features soft doughy buns, real cheese and triple A meat that is never frozen. The perfectly formed patties are all meat; beef, sirloin, salt, pepper. That's it. No egg binder or bread crumb filler here.

The fries are exceptionally good - hand-cut from russet potatoes. But, it's the onion rings that are the standout. The secret, I'm told, is that they're soaked in Sprite and then individually hand battered so that they pop when thrown into the fryer, making them crispy and a little sweet.

In addition to the standard fast-food fare, the menu also features more than a few unique offerings. The Cheese Please ($8.50) comes surrounded in a "skirt" of bubbling melted cheddar frico and is topped with tomato, pickles, ketchup, mustard, mayo and of course, more cheese.

Burger StomperThe Secret Stomp ($11.50) is the wild card on the menu. John changes it up every week and loads it sky high with experimental and off-menu toppings like cheese and gravy stuffed onion rings. When ordering, all you're asked is if there are any toppings you'd rather hold off on - everything else is left to the cook's playful sensibilities.

The Nutella Chocolate Peanut Butter Heaven milkshake ($4 small or $5.50 large) is a meal in itself. The consistency is thick and creamy and it's served with a big, fat "bubble tea straw" that makes it easy to finish... too easy.

Though the Danforth location is only 5-weeks old, Nick already has big plans for the coming year. Patio seating out front is already in the works and there is talk of at least 20 new menu items including salads and grilled chicken sandwiches. The Burger Stomper tool is also set to make it's retail debut in Canada (currently, you can pick one up at the restaurant) and it will soon be featured on next season's Dragon's Den.

Burger StomperPhotos by Stephani Buchman



Lidia s / June 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm
I had the Stompini Sliders (you get two). Burgers were juicy, gooey cheese and carmelized onions on top and the house mayo were all very tasty. I also tried a classic vanilla shake and it was pretty amazing! Thick and delicious. My friend took a chance and ordered the "Secret Stomp". This is a surprise burger because the chef decides what to put in there. It was a tower of deliciousness and the most original burger he’s ever had. The fries were really good too, well cooked & crispy. They cut their own potatoes and make them fresh on site. We will definitely go back and order again and see what we get the next time!! Service was very friendly. I found the atmosphere really nice and comfortable and the place had a nice vibe to it. Prices were very reasonable.
Neville / June 3, 2012 at 02:01 pm
It's west of Chester, not east.
loper / June 3, 2012 at 04:02 pm
I don't get why there is no picture of the burger in this review.
Hannah Scaberia / June 3, 2012 at 04:22 pm
Smiley's had the best onion rings ever. Does anyone know if they make thwm here?
lidia s replying to a comment from Hannah Scaberia / June 3, 2012 at 04:41 pm
they make the absolute best onion rings I've had. They were really crispy crunchy and delicious, and melt in your mouth soft on the inside. the dipping sauce that came with them was really good too. We loved them!!
Jamie / June 3, 2012 at 05:18 pm
This place rules. One of the best burgers I've had in a while. Great atmosphere. Everyone should go check it out.
Gordon / June 3, 2012 at 09:58 pm
Went there a few weeks back. Loved the milkshakes. Found the burgers to be slightly overpriced, the fries to be overcooked, and the amount of onion rings for cost was five or six rings total for $ 5-$6 was not worth it.
Next time we'll drop by, pick up the milkshakes, then grab McDonalds burgers. Overrated.
jd replying to a comment from loper / June 3, 2012 at 10:01 pm
Agreed. No pics of the actual food?
Gabe / June 3, 2012 at 11:37 pm
Went there Tried it - It was great! Good Burgers for the east end! Welcome!
Rob S / June 4, 2012 at 12:21 am
I really love this place - by far my favorite burger joint in TO. True burger perfection - my favorite is the Better Than the Other Guy bacon cheeseburger. They use AAA beef never frozen and you can taste the freshness. Their fries are also made in house and I think they are the best I've had. Their onion rings are also to die for! And on top of all this, the shakes are also awesome.
Steve A / June 4, 2012 at 09:52 am
I've been there 5 times so far and have had an amazing experience. Remember, these are gourmet burgers, not fast food chain frozen, re-cooked stuff. They focus on quality meat, taste and service.

The onion rings are indeed the Smiley's family recipe - perfection!

@Gordon: If your fries are overcooked, bring it to manager or owner's attention and I'm sure you will get a new order. That's service and commitment to the customer.
Kirsten / June 4, 2012 at 10:15 am
Are they still cash only?
lidia s replying to a comment from Kirsten / June 4, 2012 at 10:49 am
replying to Kirsten: No. they accept debit and cards.
Alex / June 4, 2012 at 11:23 am
He spent six years developing a cookie cutter with a top and a plunger? Really? That retailes for $30 on Amazon?

Lucas / June 4, 2012 at 11:27 am
Review of burger place... no burger pics? Thanks.
Gordon replying to a comment from Steve A / June 4, 2012 at 11:32 am
I would have complained but we were more unimpressed by the very small amount of onion rings received for the price. Burger was okay, not worth the hype.
Agreed though, where are the pictures of the food?
John / June 4, 2012 at 11:54 am
Meh... Not nearly as good as their competitors in the East end... In a city that is overflowing with gourmet burger spots, you can skip this one.
BillyO / June 4, 2012 at 11:55 am
Why is no one asking the question, is this better than the Priest? That really is all that matters.
Syncros / June 4, 2012 at 12:02 pm
Picture of the burger there? Sure, try this one from their website.. I'm half revolted and half intrigued at their Cheese Please burger,
rosalind T / June 4, 2012 at 01:04 pm
They have more pictures on their website:

we dropped by for lunch, there was a line-up. had the swiss mushroom melt and the mediteranean and sweet potato fries. They were very good. their milkshakes were really tasty, thick and delicious mmmm. I'd recommend the place. Can't wait for their patio! portion size of the fries was generous. the service was friendly.
rosalind T replying to a comment from BillyO / June 4, 2012 at 01:16 pm
reply BillyO -- Yes, I think Burger Stompers' burgers are better than Priests. Burger Stompers' were truly gourmet burgers. the size of the burgers is bigger than the Priest: 6 oz at Burger Stompers (listed in store and website)and I think 4oz at Priest (size not listed on their website). so, definitely better value for the money. I think Priest has more fat in their meat which is not a good thing. also Preist doesn't say what kind of meat they use which makes one wonder...

Yesterday it was a zoo in there. you couldn't get into the place there were so many people there the lineup was going out the door.
carl8m / June 4, 2012 at 02:07 pm
this the most amazing burger I've ever seen. it's from Burger Stomper Gourmet Burger & Milkshake Bar twitter. their "Secret Stomp"!!!
LC replying to a comment from jd / June 4, 2012 at 09:00 pm
No pictures of food OR this amazing stomping device.
grimroseblackheart / June 4, 2012 at 09:02 pm
My boyfriend and I went Burger Stomper today and I must say this place is awesome. The service was very friendly and the food was amazing. I got the secret stomp It was bacon, cheese, western omelet, two onion rings, carmelized onions, banana peppers, ham, ketchup, mustard and mayo. I could barely eat a third of it the thing was so massive. We also got a Nutella Peanut Butter milkshake to split and it was hands down the best milkshake I have ever had. I will definitely be going back and bringing my friends.
Jim / June 5, 2012 at 01:30 am
This place doesn't compare to gbk. Do yourself the favour and bypass this place, the works and the priest. Go straight to gbk.
This place is rediculously over priced. Dumb name too... Naming the your gourmet burger shop after a product doesn't make much sense even if you did invent it.
Hepman replying to a comment from Jim / June 5, 2012 at 08:29 am
Jimmy-boy, how much did gbk pay you to shill for them, extra cheese and mayo in your pockets, maybe? What a tool.
Kiki / June 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm
responding to rosalind T...the place was a zoo on Sunday because they were doing a fundraiser for

they owners had an all day fundraiser where their profits on Sunday went to Jimmy.
Great to see that they are already helping in their community!!!
Jeff / June 5, 2012 at 03:19 pm
Great burgers, although they're really large and tough to finish. We suggested a "slider sampler" platter or something along those lines, it's too much to try every burger in the size they come in. Yes it's a little pricey, but not compared to the other gourmet burger places in the city.
I think it's better the GBK and the Priest. Friendlier staff and better burger over all. Way less pretentious than the Priest.
You're gonna wanna try their Milkshakes though... best in the city by far.
evan / June 5, 2012 at 06:16 pm
"I think Priest has more fat in their meat which is not a good thing"

I definitely disagree with this statement.
Mika / June 5, 2012 at 07:27 pm
Most of the above comments are obvious shills by the owner or employee.
Demetri / June 6, 2012 at 01:10 am
@Mika. Every website that comments on products will likely have employees/friends who will post positive comments about their product. Apple, Dell, McDonald's...they all do it. There are even computer programs that find appropriate websites and can post positive comments automatically. Go to the place and have a burger and give us your opinion. Really not looking for a course in marketing 101 just your honest opinion. Thanks
mayor dodge replying to a comment from Mika / June 6, 2012 at 08:32 am
Prove it.
Rahdoo replying to a comment from evan / June 6, 2012 at 10:12 am
Evan, man, youse got it offside. You shoulda said: "I think Priest has a ton more fat in their meat which ain't a good thing" See, dat works better.
Eric26 / June 7, 2012 at 02:22 pm
Low fat burgers are dry burgers.
Val Dodge / June 8, 2012 at 11:52 am
I have to say that I don't understand the raves posted for Burger Stomper here and elsewhere. We ate there for the first time yesterday; the burger was middling and the bun was limp. The sweet potato fries were okay and the milkshake was good, but neither of us thought the burgers were remarkable in any way. There are far better burgers on Danforth, never mind elsewhere in the city.
GranVizeer replying to a comment from Val Dodge / June 8, 2012 at 01:24 pm
Are you a smoker by any chance? That might explain the lack of appreciable taste of the great food this fine establishment offers.
Val Dodge replying to a comment from GranVizeer / June 8, 2012 at 01:48 pm
I taste good food in plenty of other establishments, but not this one. And no, I don't smoke. Nice misdirection.
annetta / June 8, 2012 at 03:29 pm
really enjoyed mediterannean burger and vanilla milkshake. it was really good. nice flavours.succulent burger.
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Gordon / June 9, 2012 at 02:01 am
Thinking back over my visit. I'd only buy the milkshake next time. Really not impressed with the prices.
Karl Munchausen / June 11, 2012 at 08:27 am
Tried to go there on Saturday, but it was closed (opens at noon and we were there at 11:30am). If it wasn't for the rain, we might have waited. Humbly suggest opening at 11am on weekends.
Dylan Gillis / June 13, 2012 at 12:35 am
Burger stomper is awesome, there milkshakes are soo good, and the burgers are amazing, I don't know how anyone could dislike their food one of the best burgers in the city, especially when made by the cute girl with the awesome heart tattoo
Isaac / June 14, 2012 at 11:25 pm
nice place to grab a bite after work. I Like that you can sit down and eat there. burger was juicy and seasoned just right for me (had the Sweet Onion D) Overall I enjoyed my food and wood definitely go back. now i understand why everyone raves about the milkshakes. They talk about it here
naiomi / June 19, 2012 at 01:09 pm
just had a milkshake nutella chocolate. wowww.. very refreshing in this heat. and delicious.
decent / June 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm
Food is pretty great but I waited over 20 minutes for my meal and there were only three other tables there, and 4 staff members. Not cool guys. Also, poutine made with shredded cheese and not curds? This is a travesty, especially as Alex Farm cheese right across the street has great curds.
Lauren / June 28, 2012 at 07:11 pm
Tried this place out primarily because of their gluten-free buns, which already (if you are gluten-free) sets them above their local competition. I loved my burger (Sweet Onion D) and my wife felt so-so. We both really enjoyed the sweet potato fries. We will definitely go back. Loved the beef's simplicity and lack of crumbs/egg.
dwight / July 30, 2012 at 01:30 pm
Had lunch there yesterday with my family....great food and service. I would definitely go back and would recommend it (loved the nutella peanut butter milkshake and Secret Stomp). Kids loved it. Location is very convenient, so is parking. Totally recommend Burger Stomper.
emily / August 13, 2012 at 05:07 pm
the sliders we had at the Taste of the Danforth yesterday were absolutely delicious. the milkshakes were really good too, thick like a shake should be. we'll definitely be going back to the restaurant. some interesting items on menu. can't wait to try the nutella peanut butter shake and thier Secret Stomp.
Lou / August 16, 2012 at 12:10 am
The burger stomper device is so awesome. Got one at home and it works amazingly, I hate those cookie cutter ones that you can only make a certain amount.
JOANN / October 18, 2012 at 01:01 pm
The milkshake are very delicious. I had the chocolate shake, it's think and very delicious.
Peter B / November 6, 2012 at 11:02 am
Truly the best burgers in the city - I've tried them all, and continue to, and I always come back to this place for more. Swish Mushroom Melt and Cheese Please are my favorites.
Zoe / March 29, 2013 at 09:39 pm
I've been here a few times now, and seriously tasty food. But I have some complaints, at least twice my burger has been almost inedible because it has totally fallen apart within the first bite. burger, bun... a terrible demonstration of the burger stomping device. This is so frustrating because it's really delicious, but makes it miserable to eat... and then I have to knife and fork it, which isn't the just can't get all the stuff on a plastic fork like you can in a real burger bite.

next, the music. Last time it was SO loud, and really bad (popular, top 40 club, super auto tuned---polarizing stuff) and it was so loud, it made the dining experience kind of awful (and I wont take out a $12 burger, it'll get soggy).

The actual taste of the food though, amazing. But where's the crispy/onion rings ON the onion burger?????
Doodle replying to a comment from loper / March 20, 2014 at 06:51 pm
You dont see the burger because you would quickly realize its average, looks like a Presidents Choice burger. True
Doodle replying to a comment from loper / March 20, 2014 at 06:54 pm
Anyways, I have had burgers at Family restaurant on Broadview AND Danforth and the 2 are the same, the only difference is price, while you pay large sums at Stomper to make you feel all high society and crap, the same sad sod who goes down the street will pay half that for the same burger, I wont be eatin there again
Lisa / April 10, 2014 at 05:22 pm
What other milkshake flavours is there? Says they're on the menu but just printed it out and they aren't on there.

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