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The Burger's Priest

Posted by Gadjo Sevilla / Reviewed on June 26, 2010 / review policy

The Burger's Priest TorontoThe Burger's Priest, near Queen and Coxwell, stands defiantly between a McDonald's and a Harvey's. It's on a mission to redeem the burger one at a time.

Open for a couple of weeks now, this tiny cash-only take-out joint has already won over locals. On a recent visit there was a steady stream of customers and the cooks were kept busy flipping burgers throughout the lunch hour.

The Burger's Priest TorontoTo keep customers occupied while waiting for the food, the owners have decorated the restaurant's walls with photos of famed burger joints from around the world as a sort of homage to the art of a good burger. The overall vibe here is spartan, unpretentious and convivial. It's clearly all about the burgers and how to best enjoy them.

An efficient and friendly two-man operation, the Burger's Priest keeps things simple by offering a pared down menu. The beef they use is fresh ground in small batches throughout the day and it's supposedly never frozen.

As has become the trend recently, they also ask you how you want your burger done - and if you don't mind if it's a little pink on the inside.

The Burger's Priest TorontoDuring my first visit, I went for the Double-Double ($7.99) which is likely inspired by In-N-Out Burger's two patty, two cheese affair. The guy who took our order told us the burger's beef was ground just an hour earlier.

I ordered it with everything on - slivered onions, pickle relish, ketchup, lettuce, sliced tomatoes and two slices of perfectly melted cheese.

The burger itself isn't too large and is held together by a rather unremarkable plain bun. But the patties are amazingly soft and almost creamy. Hot off the grill, it tastes superb and despite being smaller than what I'd prefer, it's surprisingly filling. There's something to be said for freshly ground and grilled beef. Om nom nom nom.

The Burger's PriestAs anyone knows though, it doesn't matter how good a burger place grills their patties if they can't master the art of fries. The fries here are sliced skinny and are tasty but I found them a bit soggy and oily for my taste. It's just a matter of preference, but I like my fries crispy and a bit thick, especially if I'm getting take-out and won't be eating them until a little later.

For vegetarians, there's something on the menu called The Option ($7.99) which is a patty made from two large Portobello mushrooms filled with cheese, tossed in flour and deep fried. (I guess you're out of luck if you're on a wheat or dairy free diet)

The Burger's PriestA few days later I return for The Priest ($9.99) which is a best-of-both-world's choice that has The Option paired with a cheeseburger.

This was bigger than the Double-Double and loaded with cheese which began to seep out once I picked it up. The heady combination of beef, mushrooms and cheese is stacked high, difficult to handle but is bursting with flavour and cheese. Pass the Lipitor, please.

The Burger's PriestOverall, my verdict is that The Burger's Priest really does make much better than average burgers and they are different from anything I've found in Toronto. Firm up the fries; add some milkshakes and I'll be coming back regularly for more.

Hours: 11:30 am to 11:00 PM (or until food runs out). There are a limited number of stools for a handful of dine-in patrons although most customers take things to go.

Discussion

166 Comments

Seven Years / June 27, 2010 at 10:03 am
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Finally a review from blogto that's going to make me get off my ass and go visit a place. Those burgers look amazing, especially The Priest.

Some people like smaller, somewhat 'soggy' fries. They should be crispy and bendy. Classic.
Big D / June 27, 2010 at 07:12 pm
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Biggest complaint about this place seems to be the buns. Unfortunately though people couldn't be more wrong. A proper burger MUST have just such a bun. The end.
Andrew / June 27, 2010 at 07:49 pm
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Absolutely amazing food at this place. The owner is obsessed with burgers and the results speak for themselves. Try the chili fries!
david / June 27, 2010 at 10:05 pm
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The fries are indeed soggy and the bun is plain but what turned me off about this place was that the guy that seemingly runs the place has such a huge ego. He talks on and on about how everyone else serves you crap (I'm dulling down his language here) and only he knows how good burgers should be made. The food was alright (a bit overpriced), but I won't be going back to hear stories of his greatness EVER again.
jonathan / June 27, 2010 at 11:17 pm
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Stumbled upon this place and was delightfully surprised. Cheese burger and fries rivaled the best. Owner was cooking and cool. Hook me up with a Pepsi and it's 5 star.
Martin / June 28, 2010 at 08:28 am
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Wasn't this joint a KFC?
Dave M / June 28, 2010 at 09:38 am
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I went and had a double. Good burger, a tad on the greasy side but I guess that is the trade off for a burger done on a griddle versus a charbroiled one.

I have to agree with the Blog To reviewer, the fries were soggy.

Gadjo replying to a comment from Martin / June 28, 2010 at 10:14 am
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Hi Martin,
KFC is right next door.
Tim replying to a comment from Martin / June 28, 2010 at 10:41 am
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It used to be a George's Deli and BBQ
Michael / June 28, 2010 at 11:58 am
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Is this just a plain beef burger, or does it have onions and other spices mixed in like most of the burger joints in this city?
Gadjo replying to a comment from Michael / June 28, 2010 at 12:26 pm
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It is a plain beef burger and may be lightly seasoned with salt and pepper. Definitely no onion or spice in the patty.
Ryan L. / June 28, 2010 at 01:06 pm
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A positive review of something east of Coxwell? :P

It's interesting to see this place open as the corner at Coxwell and Queen tends to be a little bit seedy. Perhaps it's signalling a positive change in the area.
shar replying to a comment from Ryan L. / June 28, 2010 at 01:13 pm
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I think blogto should review the sex shops on this corner. With a name like Coxwell, it's a natural fit.
KL / June 28, 2010 at 01:15 pm
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What a terrible name for a restaurant.
Mike / June 28, 2010 at 03:23 pm
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I've been twice and loved it each time. The burgers are flippin' amazing. I found them a bit small initially as well but as the review mentions, they are filling and oh so tasty so I'm over that. I enjoyed the fries...Yukon Gold I think. I think I may need to try to veggie burger next time. Glad to have you in the neighbourhood Burger's Priest. BTW, love your posted hours with "Church" filled in for Sunday and hymnal menu boards.
William replying to a comment from Martin / June 28, 2010 at 04:00 pm
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No, the KFC is still there. It was George's BBQ.
Steve replying to a comment from david / June 28, 2010 at 10:02 pm
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I go to church with the owner so i do know him well. All I can say about your comment is that if you want to eat processed crap from Harvey's I recommend you order the 2 "burgers" from Harvey's for $5. What's wrong with PASSION? This guy quit his job and went to New York to study BURGERS!!!! Like Mario Batali went to Italy to learn how to create Italian food. Now im not comparing the owner to Mario Batali but at least he has a PASSION, at least he has a MISSION! What do you have? Do you work for other burger joints? I have had the priest burger and ALL the other burgers in Toronto and THE PRIEST's Burgers ARE THE BEST!!!
Tim / June 29, 2010 at 12:14 am
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Maybe they'll introduce The Altar Boy as a burger choice? It could be a 'slider' burger bun filled by a Priest?

;-)
Miriam / June 29, 2010 at 01:56 am
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I was so happy to see this nice burger after the many posts about the G20, it was a nice new thing. :p
seanm / June 29, 2010 at 06:20 pm
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Agreed Miriam, for a while this place was turning into a circle-jerk site for G20 moaners.

Queen East is certainly getting its fair share of burger joints, and this one looks like it's worth trying. For the price they're charging though, they should have a debit system. Don't like the fees? Boo-hoo, a lot of people don't carry cash nowadays. I hate walking into a place only to find out they don't have a debit system. And no, an ATM in the store wouldn't make me happy, unless the owners offered to reimburse me for the bullshit $2.00 fee.
Brahmos / June 30, 2010 at 11:41 am
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I donno, if someone's as passionate about burgers as this guy claims to be, there's no flipping chance in hell they'd cook burgers on a flat top.
the burgermeister / July 1, 2010 at 05:34 pm
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the odd thing is, the only one I know that deals exclusively in "cash" is my dealer ???
is this a meat money laundry?
also, what's up with the fries? frying in "lard" these days is really extreme!
irving b replying to a comment from the burgermeister / July 2, 2010 at 12:11 am
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They use vegetable oil for fries! Not Lard!
irving b replying to a comment from Brahmos / July 2, 2010 at 12:12 am
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Try the burger mr. "I donno"! its done old style American
paul s / July 2, 2010 at 01:33 am
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These are awesome burgers. Not dry tasteless patties of frozen ground beef,like I've had at many burger joints in Toronto. When you eat these burgers, you can taste the fresh ground beef. I find The Burger's Priest has the perfect ratio of bread to burger. The burgers are rich, full of flavor. The OPTION must be tried to be believed.It is without a doubt the best veggie burger ever. I also like their fries,which are more like frites. The only thing missing are milk shakes, it would make the Burger's Priest heaven on earth!!!!!!
the burgermeister / July 2, 2010 at 01:01 pm
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Hey Irv..... ever eat fries at the EX? I know that strong flavour and stench from lard!
O.K. how many of people on here are actually shareholders in this joint ?????
The bottom line is " EAT THIS STUFF ALL THE TIME AND IT WILL KILL YOU" ! LOL
denn / July 3, 2010 at 01:37 am
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Best burger in Toronto.
KL / July 7, 2010 at 09:11 am
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Burgers cooked on a flat top are a joke.
abby / July 8, 2010 at 09:41 pm
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cash only = please audit me Revenue Canada, pretty please!!!
Dan replying to a comment from Martin / July 17, 2010 at 05:12 pm
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@Martin, it used to be a bbq chicken shop until the owner retired and sold it. it is a few doors away from a kfc. i admire their bravery! opening up a small burger shop inbetween a mcdonalds, a harveys/swiss chalet, a kfc and a bunch of chinese restaurants. and unsurprisingly doing amazing business there
Steve / July 24, 2010 at 05:51 pm
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Just dropped in and had The Priest with fries. I'm a Burger Shoppe regular but felt this burger was definitely unique and tasty. The burger and fries were a bit greasy but I'd still go back for a second round.
Dave / July 26, 2010 at 02:11 pm
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The best thing you can do for fries is bake them (not deep fry!). Heart healthy. that slimy feeling you SHOULD feel after eating deep fried is often dulled by arterial apathy. Add some cayenne spices and the parishioners will be alive long enough for repeat business! Otherwise they could add "Last rites" happy meal to their offerings. If you feel slimy after eating you don't want to go back until your PH is mitigated!

regards

Fries and buns need salvation too.
Rico replying to a comment from KL / August 11, 2010 at 11:46 pm
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Yeah I agree. Some marks off for that, even before I go there. I'll give it a trial though.
David / August 13, 2010 at 08:18 am
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LOL at the people complaining about cash only. Welcome to the east end people. This is common in many places down here. Don't like it...too bad. Go to Harvey's for your burgers and Starbucks for you coffee. The both take debit. Actually, better yet, just stay out of the east end all together.
Rico replying to a comment from David / August 13, 2010 at 08:21 am
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East is to the right on a map, David. "Down here" is South. And not too many people lug around cash. Having alternative methods of payment is indeed significant. A bar at Broadview & Queen went under because they were cash only.

I went to The Priest, found their cheeseburger under par. 5 out of 10. Great Burger Kitchen, much better.
David replying to a comment from Rico / August 13, 2010 at 06:37 pm
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Bwahahaha Rico! You're really not that bright are you? "down here" is an idiom you tool and can be used in a variety of contexts not specific to compass points and directions on a map. Ah...that really made my day. Thanks for the chuckle retard.
Rico replying to a comment from David / August 13, 2010 at 08:45 pm
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Actually I'm quite bright. I'm sure I thump you in brains. I thought I'd give you an A in grade 2 Geography. Let us know if you graduate, and in the meantime, go ask your uncle father for a compass.
the burgermeister / August 30, 2010 at 05:38 pm
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WOW..... who hired that annoying and rude skater guy?
are you trying to drive away anyone that is still willing to eat here?
Rico replying to a comment from the burgermeister / August 30, 2010 at 06:40 pm
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LOL skater guy? Just stating an opinion. Are you offended that I don't like your service? How about all the people you obviously hired?
Japhet / August 30, 2010 at 08:29 pm
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Had the double cheeseburger with fries and a Fanta. One of the best burgers I've ever had in Toronto, rich, juicy and a little bit crumbly.
Brian replying to a comment from Dave / September 3, 2010 at 05:13 pm
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people dont go to burger joints for a healthy option, its a once in a while junk food treat. at least if you want a "good old fashioned burger"
cath / September 10, 2010 at 05:51 pm
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LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!
aser / September 13, 2010 at 12:20 pm
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wtf is up w/ all you whiners. boohoo I don't carry cash, boohoo it's not cooked on a grill. Seriously? Do you even know about "In & Out"/"Shake Shack"/"Minetta Tavern", etc? They're griddled to create more charring on the surface than on a grill. Also, if you can't even carry $20 around you for cash in your wallet for emergency purposes....

The trump card is the dude saying they should bake the fries. Are you seriously retarded? Why would you even say something like that? You do not eat burger/fries for the health aspect.
burgerman / September 13, 2010 at 07:00 pm
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I LOVE IN-N- OUT BURGER..... TOO BAD THEY AREN'T IN CANADA YET!
BELIEVE ME THIS PLACE CAN'T HOLD A CANDLE TO THEM!
NOT EVEN CLOSE!
dman2 / September 13, 2010 at 07:07 pm
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I went on the weekend for the 3rd time(had the double cheese), very very good burger.

The fries on the other hand, are to small and just plain disappointing.

irving replying to a comment from burgerman / September 14, 2010 at 06:13 pm
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How can The Burger's Priest not even hold a candle to In and Out??? R u stupid or do you work for another burger joint, its one or the other, choose!!
irving lipshitz / September 15, 2010 at 11:02 am
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If this place is still in business by this time next year,I will go there and force down one of their greasy,unhealthy, meals..... just to celebrate .
irving buxbaum jr. / September 15, 2010 at 11:12 am
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wait.... am I missing something?

IN-N-OUT -250 locations-,in business since 1948
V.S.
the burger's priest-1 location,in business less than a year

IS THIS A JOKE?
kyle / September 17, 2010 at 04:53 pm
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Great burger. Greasy goodness. I gave it a "What A Treat" on my burger blog. http://wheresthebeefto.blogspot.com/search/label/The%20Burger%27s%20Priest
Nancy / September 20, 2010 at 09:14 pm
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The best burger I have had EVER. Juicy, fresh, so delicious and the buns are awesome. Soft and fluffy like Bhudda Dogs. GO!!!
Earl replying to a comment from kyle / October 4, 2010 at 10:57 am
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Kyle, ive read ur blog. it really sucks in my opinion. You have craft burger as #1? Have you ever been out of Toronto? Have you had burgers in New York City? If you had eaten a burger in NYC u would never have put craft burger at #1! Until u do U should honestly take down your site. You really dont know what your talking about. Ur miss informed!
mrspotato / October 16, 2010 at 12:08 am
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the burger was pretty good. but honestly, it's fried.
What the hell isn't good FRIED.

fries, blah.

the price?
$19.

Freakin' expensive for take out, if you ask me.
It's just beef. And honestly, it's just a burger.
I could make something very similar at home fried in a pan, too .. if i wasn't so lazy.

but the cost won't bring me back.
Desi667@hotmail.com replying to a comment from Seven Years / October 26, 2010 at 09:42 pm
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The burger is da size of a mc donalds cheese burger and it cost 6$. Is a rip offf
EARL replying to a comment from Desi667@hotmail.com / October 28, 2010 at 11:49 pm
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the biggest mcdonald's patty is 2 ounces. The Priest cheeseburger is 4 ounces.
SEPARATE CHURCH&BURGERS / November 7, 2010 at 05:23 pm
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OMG CHECK OUT BP'S WEBSITE...... YIKES!
IT HAS A SECTION CALLED "GOSPEL" WITH LINKS TO BIBLE SCRIPTURES ???
WHAT'S NEXT ,ARE THE MUSLIMS GOING TO USE SHAWARMA LOCATIONS TO RECRUIT
FOLLOWERS TO ISLAM?
EatMe / November 17, 2010 at 12:44 am
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Guys, the owner has tried to bring the real American style of hamburgers. If any of you have been to New York and have tried a hamburger there, then you would know that they are all cooked on a FLATTOP and medium rare.

Ex.
http://www.shakeshack.com/


The only two other places in Toronto that make real hamburgers is Stockyards and Allen's. They have to be greasy, slightly pink on a buttered bun.

Also, if you have a problem with the price from these places, then by all means, stay away and continue to eat your prefrozen cheap ass paties from the local diner/burger joint.

auntiekriste / November 18, 2010 at 04:35 pm
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... HALLELUJAH ......AND PRAISE JESUS!
NOW WE HAVE A GREASY,UNHEALTHY,EXPENSIVE BURGER!
porter / December 16, 2010 at 10:29 am
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The burger tastes great! People who really appreciate food know when something tastes great, money isn't an issue. If it is an issue than you could settle for a prefrozen burger.
The fact that the meat is prepared fresh for each and every customer means that they really care about doing a great job. The fact that they put a link on the website called the gospel...to me means that they still care. The Burger's Priest is a place that cares about serving great food and and a place that cares about the customer. I will continue to tell my firends and family about the Burgers Priest much like any other resteraunt that serves great food and cares about people.

auntiekriste / December 18, 2010 at 11:10 am
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GREAT PORTER...... NOW THEY'LL HAVE 3 NEW CUSTOMERS! WAY TO GO!
HE HAS BEEN SAVING UP FOR A NEW CASSOCK !
adrian / January 3, 2011 at 06:58 pm
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I went to the Burger's Priest with my wife today. Recently, for health reasons I've had to become a vegan. To make matters worse, I have also had to go gluten free. Before going any further let me preface my comment saying that I know it is a take out burger shop and went there expecting to eat nothing, I was more or less just along for the ride. Anyway, we get to the Burger's Priest, and lo and behold, they advertise on the front of the place that they have gluten free buns. Amazing. Almost nowhere in Toronto has gluten free buns. So now I'm thinking, oh, maybe I can eat something, maybe they'll have a vegan option. We get inside, sure enough, we're greeted by the smell of cooking portobello mushrooms. Amazing. Now it totally looks like I can eat there. The owner asks us if we've been there before. We say no. He explains the menu, which includes a portobello burger. BUT, it is made from 2 mushroom caps with a slice of cheese sandwiched in between. I asked if I could get a portobello burger without cheese. NOPE. My wife mentions that for health reasons I've had to go vegan, (health reason is inflammatory arthritis). The Burger's Priest very arrogantly tells us, "eat french fries). Even though there is a full tray of mushroom caps on the counter, he won't put one together without cheese. Uhm...hello? I'm here to pay you money to eat food. Do you not want my money? He explains that basically the mushroom goes with cheese and that's part of his whole philosophy. What a genius! That's way smarter than simply accommodating a paying customer with a simple request. If there's one thing I hate, it's the philosophy that the customer is wrong when it comes to restaurants. We aren't talking about Canoe or Biffs people, we are talking about a burger joint. Can you not put a mushroom no a bun? Does that go against your California patty ethos? (He actually used the term "California" to describe his food. Anyway, uhm...won't be going back to the Burger's Priest. Seriously, with the number of vegans and lactose intolerant people in toronto these days, AND for a place that goes so far as to source gluten free buns, (which again, is amazing) would it kill a person to make a burger with no cheese? Good luck to you Priest. 0/4 stars.
adrian / January 3, 2011 at 07:01 pm
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@Porter

If the priest "cared" about "people", the priest would make a veggie option that didn't have cheese. He would also lose the high and mighty attitude.
alex replying to a comment from david / January 4, 2011 at 10:34 am
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My 'beef' wasn't with the chef nor the price, but rather the lack of seating. That aspect is certainly not 'California style' ;D LOL
APOW / January 4, 2011 at 01:19 pm
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HEY ADRIAN, YOUZE A WEINER. REP DA PRIEST. SHAKE SHACK LOVERS' PRAYERS ANSWERED?
jimmy / January 4, 2011 at 01:31 pm
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Does anyone else find these burgers to be incredibly greasy? I have been three times and my lower bun is almost always soaked right through with grease. I will say that the burger is good but I don't understand how people can say it is the best burger they have ever had.

I suppose that the greasy mess is the style, and that is why people love the place so much.
nope / January 4, 2011 at 10:23 pm
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This is hands down the best burger in Toronto ahead of allans and the stockyard and miles away fr craft, bqm, and all that garbo
If you're not eating this burger you're not a real man
frank / January 5, 2011 at 01:18 am
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Uh, ok.... I don't really get the hype. I think people are confusing greasy with juicy. My burger just dripped fat all over the place and this was not helped by the soggy generic bun and processed cheese (yes, processed. I asked what kind of cheese they use and was told "American", i.e processed).
And what is with the weird religious links on the website? Just for curiosity, I checked them out and they link to some church that preaches against pre-marital sex and homosexuality. So unless you are a straight virgin, don't give your money to someone who thinks you are going to hell.
Chris / January 6, 2011 at 06:02 pm
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The best burger in Toronto? l think not ....not by a longshot!!!
Hate wasting my time trying something that doesnt live up to the hype.
jon / January 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm
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mediocre at best. That bald doucebag who runs the place needs to be kicked in the balls too.
Roger / January 9, 2011 at 01:07 am
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I've been three times over 2 months and each time I say I won't go back because the cook is such a dick, the burger is overpriced and it is way, way too greasy! Never again!
Serge / January 13, 2011 at 01:48 pm
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Today was my first experience but I can tell you it won't be the last! I had a simple cheeseburger and fries. The burger was heavenly and the fries divine. The burger was not greasy as some people commented on here. I do agree that I was surprised by it's rather small size but it was definitely satisfying. The fries were not soggy and I agree with the comment that they are more like frites. Ah! And the staff was pleasant and courteous. No attitude whatsoever... I would recommend this place without any hesitation.
irving lipshitz / January 13, 2011 at 04:41 pm
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Serge,with such a glowing review ,we know you've been sleeping with the priest ! YUK!
EatMe replying to a comment from Chris / January 14, 2011 at 12:03 am
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So where in your opinion is the best burger under $10 in Toronto. Wait. If $10 for organic/local burger is too much, then hit up any place that says "its the law to cook your meat to well done."

Ian / January 17, 2011 at 11:12 am
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I would like to echo Serge's sentiment above. My first visit was last week and it was nothing short of heavenly. I've been preaching about the experience all week. This definitely ranks on my list as one of the best burgers in TO, hands down.
fred / January 26, 2011 at 08:34 pm
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The burgers are greasy, the buns suck, the portion is too small for the price. Since when did fried burgers become better than grilled burgers??? People please keep it real and since when do we Canadians think burgers that overweight Americans who idolize fast food culture are better. What's up with all the religious stuff on their website, maybe we should get a bible and carry gun and join the NRA?
fred / January 26, 2011 at 08:36 pm
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By the way I have been to IN & OUT which these guys want to be so bad and their burgers were just fast food quality.
oimachi / January 29, 2011 at 09:14 am
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Fred! I could not agree more! All of your sentiments I just posted on Urbanspoon. American, greasy fried burgers are NO competition for a juicy, delicious burger fresh off the grill! And the religious propoganda is NOT cool!
mike k / February 1, 2011 at 08:40 pm
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Hello?????

Was i reading some of these comments correctly? This is a classic American burger done on a flat top as it should be. Canadians are predisposed to thinking that everything should be grilled. Well all of the flavour (flavor) just drips away into the charcoal (or some toxic facilimily of charcoal). I agree that you shouldn't probably eat this fine fare on a regular basis but they have re-introduced that American hamburger hands down. If you don't like it, don't eat there. Stay with Harvey's, McDonalds, Wendy's or the equaly dried up tasteless burgers at Craftburger. Think out of the box people. You can't sue anyone for cardiac arrest when you can't point a finger at the who caused it. YOU chose to want to eat this kind of food so enjoy it in all it's glory.
tiffany / February 2, 2011 at 04:00 pm
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Classic is not the word Canadians prefer grilled - Harveys is the classic canadian joint and that is what we Canadians want. Unfortunately Harveys has gone down in quality hence why gourmet burger joints are doing a better job. In my opinion Burger Priest is just another fast food joint and that is fine if that is what you want. But it is not a better burger - just what most people grew up on...
Natalie / February 9, 2011 at 02:27 pm
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Just went over to this burger joint for the first time ever, as I'd been hearing about it since it opened.
So, let's see:
Cute joint.
I got the cheeseburger. The burgers are definitely greasy. My burgers' grease was seeping into the bun...But it was still a moist orgasm in my mouth.
The fries are sooo yummy. Not soggy as i've been reading.
My boyfriend and i got 2 cokes, cheeseburger, double burger and fries = $21.00....
Too expensive!
Especially for a damn burger.
nahright / February 14, 2011 at 05:05 pm
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21 bucks for two people to eat quality food is too expensive? are you homeless? if you go to craft burger, stockyards, hell, fuckin mcdonalds, you're gonna pay 20 bucks for two people to eat. i need to get back to this joint soon. but it's sooooo faaaaar
C. El-Qaddafi / February 23, 2011 at 03:34 pm
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don't you dare compare this low end "American want-2-be" burger joint to The Stockyard.
The Stockyard has delicious, slow smoked ,high quality, BBQ ,with a friendly staff ,and awesome service.It is well priced and always delicious !
You don't get the attitude with the low end quality for a premium price.Not to mention the side of religious B.S. , that the Priest includes with every order!
Let him know that you believe in the separation of burger and state !
natalie replying to a comment from nahright / February 28, 2011 at 03:12 pm
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I'm talking about the quantity opposed to the price...u retard!
nb / March 17, 2011 at 10:14 am
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What I don't quite get is why there's an apostrophe-s in this business' name.
Is there a burger that has its own personal priest? *The* burger's priest?
Or is priest a new slang word for "cool" or "good", like "This burger's priest, man!"?
Sasha replying to a comment from the burgermeister / March 18, 2011 at 11:38 pm
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Fries can also get the lardy taste your describing if the oil isn't changed regularly.
Lopper replying to a comment from nb / March 20, 2011 at 10:35 am
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The apostrophe is there for pretty much the reason you suggest. The idea is that burgers in Canada were in need of salvation so to speak. So the owner of the restaurant is "The Burger's Priest"
Petero / March 29, 2011 at 03:54 pm
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I think this is amongst the best in the City. The bun is pretty much as it should be. That is, unremarkable. It is about the meat as it should be. The bun could perhaps be a tiny bit more substantial in that it has trouble holding together under the juicy medium rare burger I had. I will say that Stockyard is I think just as good, perhaps better. It is more substantial in any case. The obvious similarity is of course that they are both cooked on a flat top which is the "proper" method. I love a backyard char grilled burger too. But if you char grill a burger you better cook it right (med rare max) or it is a dried out abomination. I have yet to find any establishment in Toronto that does a char grilled one right. I myself do a beautiful one in my back yard though.
Sam replying to a comment from Natalie / April 10, 2011 at 09:34 pm
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You should probably cook at home if you can't afford $20 for dinner. Although I doubt you could put together a two burgers, fries, and drinks for a twenty. So, really, what was your stupid complaint about again?
king / April 13, 2011 at 07:49 pm
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This place is a joke. Tiny burgers that way are overpriced. The burger is delicious but man... they are small! Not worth it. With such a small store front, with next to no real seating (3 seat and a rail), cash only operation, you figure they would give their customers a better portion size. In comparison to places like Craft Burger,Dangerous Dans, Burger Shoppe. The Burger's Priest is a RIPOFF. IF YOUR GOING TO CHARGE THOSE PRICES MAKE THE BURGER BIGGER. I am certain that most of the reviews were done by friends and family to promote this joint.
Fred / May 15, 2011 at 03:00 pm
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Using the word "priest" isn't religious propaganda any more than using the word "king" is propaganda for monarchy.
fc / May 30, 2011 at 09:57 pm
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I checked out BP today after a recommendation from a co-worker. I swear, the cheeseburger tasted like a McD's cheeseburger and the portion seemed about the same. The onions were stringy and the fries soggy. The price seemed inappropriate for the food delivered, and there seemed to be quite a bit of attitude going on behind the counter. My friend and I were not impressed. Of the burger joints I've tried so far, Craft seems to deliver consistently positive experiences.
Jason / August 5, 2011 at 03:07 pm
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I placed an order with a large group willing to drive 20 minutes for pick-up. But wait! The TBP cashier (receptionist?) refused to honour my request for cheese-grill buns unless we could identify that option by name. Whether borne of a management culture or not, this act of defiance forced us to waste several minutes searching online for the Priest’s secret menu that identifies all mysterious monikers. Hey, Burger's Priest! Using code words to promote exclusivity is a great way to run a tree-fort, but also a potentially disastrous way to run a business. If customer loyalty turns you on, then follow this advice: if I KNOW you have an unlisted product available for purchase, then you should then SELL THE ITEM TO ME because your marketing ploy has ALREADY succeeded! Do not express contempt for me and others who have not the time, resources, or desire to memorize your self-aggrandizing labelling system. Do not scold big-paying customers for being a few minutes late (yeah, that happened, too). Your quality product speaks for itself but, delicious as your burgers may be, they will NEVER be more important than the people buying them. The Big Smoke (the entertainer formerly known as “Craft”) is just steps away from downtown businesses and attitude-free.
Rasaka / August 6, 2011 at 11:44 am
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I love love this place, there burgers are great and the fries back it up.
Highly recommended, must have the burger / fries combo..... Get ready to come back soon once you taste this product.
Abe / August 7, 2011 at 09:48 pm
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I was there recently and bought a cheeseburger, hamburger, and fries. It was pricey, but i thought to myself, it must be worth it because there is line up extending outside of the restaurant. The burgers were good and juicy, but really small, extremely small. The fries were salty. Overall, nice tasty burgers, but I won't be going back unless the price comes down or the burger is bigger.
Roctop replying to a comment from Abe / August 9, 2011 at 10:36 am
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Abe, so they serve tiny burgers. Maybe the high priest is aspiring to be the white castle of TO. His prices should reflect that, too.
JLankford / August 9, 2011 at 12:53 pm
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Given the great hype about this place, I should have known better. Tiny burgers on very plain buns, with soggy fries in a small bag. If I'm going to shell out $10-15 for a burger, fries and drink, it should at least be filling. The only redeeming part of the Priest is the meat is great.

I guess people will line up for Burrito Boyz and Chippy's, so they'll line up for this place too. :/
BeefGlutton / August 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm
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Best burger I've eaten in Toronto. Fries have been improved. Ordered two cheeseburgers and one came slightly pink, exactly how I like to enjoy 'em. Peace.
j / August 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm
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I'm lost. The girl taking cash was surly; the burger (cooked on a flattop grill, was relatively flavorless and came on a what seemed to be a wonderbread bun. And the fries tasted like McDonalds. I'm baffled as to why anyone would include this restaurant in a "best burger"list when you can get this burger at most hockey rinks in Canada. Though having eaten at some of NOW's picks, I'm starting to get it (there may be little competition in t.o.). I'd encourage anyone who likes this burger to go to Hamilton and try Chuck's Burger Bar by comparison (or a million other burger restaurants in major American cities). I was really hopeful going into Burger Priest; really disappointed coming out.
LJi2011 / August 13, 2011 at 06:39 pm
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Enjoyed the burger, not the fries. decided to look up the secret menu so i didnt get rudely shut down when asking for the "burger with grilled cheese buns (if you cant name the secret menu item, you are apparently not good enough to eat it by their standards. Final straw was seeing religious crap posted on their website. Final verdict? Great burgers, Bad Fries, Nowhere to sit, and a smug biblethumper counting money
Jason replying to a comment from LJi2011 / August 15, 2011 at 01:10 am
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Dear LJi2011: Glad to see I'm not the only one who's ticked that I had to memorize the secret menu name for 'grilled cheese buns'. Like I said, if I know you've got it, the cat's outta the bag, so they should come off their high horse and sell it to me. Ironic that such surly service should come from a place espousing a higher calling, too. Go fig.
Just Me replying to a comment from Jason / August 15, 2011 at 09:11 am
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Maybe the devil is making them do it. Order the secret 666 combo and find out! Bwahahaha!
Anti-Priest / August 15, 2011 at 07:19 pm
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After all the hype I keep hearing about this place, I felt it was time to check if it lived up to it. Nope. Sadly, it didn't. Bland, tastless burger and nasty chili fries totally ruined my day. Best waste of 16 bucks.

Never again will I visit this pathetic slop shop.

0/5
Humiliated replying to a comment from david / August 25, 2011 at 08:54 am
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I wasn't going to comment but the comment from Dave prompted me to add my 2 cents. As a person who lives in the States and come to Toronto often my husband and I was curious about the review we seen in the paper. Our first experience was good, we love the burgers and the fries are soft but that's the way I like them. The second time we came with my daughter and her friend was a very disappointing experience. The first order was incorrect, I wanted 3 doubles, 2 doubles, plain no cheese, ketchup and mustard only but I ordered 3 singles, my fault. So I went back in and ordered 2 more doubles plain, ketchup and mustard only, to take back home. Well $50 later I got in the car and they had cheese on them. I went back in and was totally humiliated. The small guy Dave referred to acted as if I was trying to rob them of two burgers. He was loud and rude and told me to throw them away if I wasn't going to eat them. I promptly did that then the female behind counter seen the 1 correct burger in my hand and called me out on it. Like I was trying to keep the burgers still! I was sooo humiliated and didn't know what to do and was wondering if I should just ask for my money back but didn't want to make matters worse by causing a scene. #1 I had just ordered plain single burgers and #2 it’s obvious if it's my fault I take responsibility and ordered another at my expense. What ever happened to customer service and the customer is always right. Now, even though my husband and I like the burgers, I don't know if we'll be supporting a place where they have such little respect for their customers! Thanks for allowing me vent! :)
Roctop replying to a comment from Humiliated / August 25, 2011 at 01:21 pm
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I sympathize,humiliated one. Perhaps an exorcist needs to be called in to restore the possessed staff.
lindasinger / September 4, 2011 at 10:30 am
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Well, I've had the burger and fries 4 times, and last night will be the last. This time the burger was way too greasy, dripping off the paper, and the bacon wasn't cooked at all.somewhat raw.
as I continued my walk "afterbuger", I did not feel well. My ex felt the same. he said, "We're done". And we were big fans.
I really really wanted to love these burgers forever, well lve is not forever and neither is this burger.
Kent / November 25, 2011 at 07:13 pm
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That "secret menu" crap seems like a ploy to charge way too much. I ordered the "Tower of Babel" and was charged over eighteen bucks. Not to mention that a certain a-hole named Dmitri cut in front of me and the staff didnt say anything because apparently she "knew him." The burger was Ok but the cliquey attitude and horrendous price (do they have a different price for people they "know") made it sure that I would never go back. Typical pretentious Toronto BS. These people dont deserve to make the money they are making.
pk / December 5, 2011 at 01:40 am
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kent - at least your babel was 18 bucks.... mine was 22...explain that. i def wont be back
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Harry / December 22, 2011 at 09:07 pm
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lol anyone who can't make excellent fries simply can't cook; and judging by staff stupid comments should not be running a restaurant. where are the excellent restaurants in TO!
fuzzbucket / January 3, 2012 at 08:26 am
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Rachel / January 12, 2012 at 10:56 am
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Seriously Toronto, if you're going to make complaints about the service OR the food, make it to the restaurant directly. I live in Montreal and have never been to the Burger's Priest, but work in the industry and would have a hard time taking any customer's complaint on an blog comment board seriously. Did they ignore you when you complained? Did you confront the guy who cut you in line personally? If you have a problem, reconcile it personally, not passive-agressively over the internet.
Crystal / January 16, 2012 at 11:40 pm
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Tried the location at Yonge/Lawrence! Burger and fries were good … no where near as good as 5 Guys Burger and Fries though!!!
Dan replying to a comment from KL / January 18, 2012 at 08:50 pm
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you obviously don't have a clue what you are talking about. Read "Hamburger America". The top 100 hamburger joints in America, of which 90 plus are done on a flat top griddle. More even heat distribution, seal in the beefy flavor, no flare ups sending the temperature into orbit. Get educated my friend, the Priest rules.
TDC / January 24, 2012 at 07:01 pm
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Keep the jeebus out of my burger, please. The religious links on their website are enough to turn my stomach. I won't eat here.
WhatEv / January 26, 2012 at 07:22 pm
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I'd love to try one of their burgers but I wont support a homophobic jesus freak no matter how good it is
eva / February 8, 2012 at 01:02 pm
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Quality burgers, really? It must be the processed cheese that makes them so real! And all the flavour someone mentioned in the above comments, well, that too must be all the garbage processed seasoning that must go into them too. Folks in Toronto must be pretty naive to fall for a $10 burger with processed cheese! For that, you could go to Mc. D's! There are plenty of decent burger places in the city, and this doesn't seem like one of them...just another one trying to get on the 'burger fad' waggon!
Maureen replying to a comment from eva / February 8, 2012 at 02:58 pm
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Many thanks, Eva, for scraping away all the rancid BS encrusted around this fad palace. Yes, there are DOZENS of better places serving a great burger in town. Bet you that the cheese you see there is bargain store 'no-name' brand.
Deano / February 15, 2012 at 03:09 am
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WHERE'S THE BEEF? The burger I had there wins best burger that tastes like a soggy bun with lettuce and chewy bacon jerky. The fries (shiver) were the worst. Raw in the middle and burnt on the outside cooked in old oil for that wonderful aged oil bitterness we all love so much mmmm. Secret menu? Really? Who's running this place Harry Potter. Another I'm so neato hype machined best of dinning fiasco. Caveat emptor.
guide restaurant / February 17, 2012 at 02:56 pm
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Splendid photo presentation. Specialty burger restaurant are always a must to be known in any area where you are travelling. You can almost taste it with such a nice presentation.
chanci / February 24, 2012 at 10:38 pm
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Went today. The burger was very good. The fries were excellent. The overall experience was not great. I just didn't appreciate the ATTITUDE of the people who worked there.

The hipster Burger's Priest staff can take a tip from McDonald's where the smiles are free.
buddy hairdo / March 19, 2012 at 01:00 am
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i work as a film technician, and when we work more than 6 hours after lunch the production co.
order food. 80 or so burgers showed up and it was like a shark attack ! very filling ,fresh and sloppy . I'm getting hungry writing this . i have to go........
GL / March 20, 2012 at 10:31 pm
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I found that the burger was good but hardly worth the price -I paid $7 with tip for a smallish burger that I finished in no time. The bun and fixings were pretty minimal. There are other good places with better portions.
ouch / April 5, 2012 at 07:05 pm
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I went to BP today at lunch. I ordered a plain cheeseburger on a gluten free bun. I was VIOLENTLY sick an hour and a half later. If your celiac or gluten intolerant, don't trust the burger's priest gluten free buns.
Tadas / April 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm
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This place is rubbish. $35 for 2 burgers 2 fries and 2 pops. When im spending $35 for 2 burgers, it better be damn good... and trust me its not. Priest.. go preach something else cause burger isn't your thing!!
Tadas replying to a comment from irving lipshitz / April 21, 2012 at 12:17 pm
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hahahah... good one! seems like the priest has been sleeping around with a lotta ppl :)
Brian / April 25, 2012 at 08:21 pm
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Had the single burger with chili fries. Burger was taste perfection with oozing cheese but a little small for my liking. Next time, I'll have the double or the Priest. Fries were good but chili dry. Basic fries for me next time.
julia replying to a comment from ouch / April 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm
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There are signs on the door as you walk in stating that there may be cross contamination.... I have never had an issue with having a %100 gluten free meal there. They even wear gloves when making them! Ever think maybe its just you and your stomach adjusting to the meat, when was the last time you had a burger? Let alone an amzing gluten free bun that is as soft and fresh?cant find that in the city of toronto, ive tried. Also if it do find my gluten free meal contaminated at a restaurant you know right away not an hour and a half later( so specific) to each their own. Your loss.
tim / April 30, 2012 at 01:09 pm
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Best fast food burger in the City! Too bad no place to sit down!
The fries are also great!
Isaac / May 8, 2012 at 12:53 am
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I'm with Ouch with respect to the Gluten Free Claim-The first Time my son got sick, I thought it was a coincidence-This time it happened again and he was violently sick!They claim not to have cross contamination, but thats a total lie, as they make Bergers in a 10 Foot space-The Gluten free claim is a scam--DON'T risk it--I wish I had seen Ouch's claim prior--The Buns are disgusting-Shame on you Priest!
Jay / May 9, 2012 at 02:46 pm
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Went there today after I heard all the hype about this place for months now, and I got to say I was disappointed. The burgers and the chili fries I ordered were good and fresh, but man are the burgers small and overpriced. I understand the concept of paying more for good food but the burger patty taste plain; it was just beef - fresh though - but no seasoning at all. The price of the burgers do not justify the size, lack of seasoning and taste. Nothing special with the burgers, its just fresh lean organic beef. Add some seasoning please...
mayor dodge replying to a comment from Jay / May 9, 2012 at 02:59 pm
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Thanks no good. The Priest must have been invoking the sermons of Saint Skimpey, instead of Friar Wimpey. This is a SIN!
Julia replying to a comment from Isaac / May 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm
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Take a moment to read the gluten free bun and fries sign again. They are not claiming it will not be contaminated.
Holleden replying to a comment from Julia / May 18, 2012 at 01:51 pm
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Sheesh! ANY restaurant, especially a greasy spoon like this one, that can't keep forms of contamination OUT of the food being served should be avoided at all costs!
Blasphemy / May 30, 2012 at 04:34 pm
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I feel like everyone played a practical joke on me was the sentence my wife used to describe her experience at this place and I agree. We drove past many better places to eat in order to try 3rd best overall dining experience in To. This place is barley large enough to accommodate a line up and it is take out only. I can live with that, but then as I am waiting I notice the buns. McDonald's called they want them back. Using proper buns instead of pathetic yellow(from food colouring) McDonald's buns is not snobbery. I think its common sense. Next thing I see is a flat cook top. I guess a truck road house called as well...Burger is not horrible but most franchise places have better speciality burgers on their menu. It did however leave a horrible after taste. There are so few places in Toronto that get great reviews that do not disappoint and it is not even a matter of high expectations. Most hyped places are average at best. Very strange and thanks for nothing Toronto.
Shay / September 5, 2012 at 05:19 pm
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After, all the raves about this place I decided to go last Friday. It was tasty but the burger was sooo, soo small def not worth $9. The Tomatoes were so thinly sliced, it was pathetic. The fries were dry and they don't even sell gravy. If they did it would probably be $3 anyways..
Been there done that!! Never again..
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Blows / October 10, 2012 at 02:08 pm
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If you like overpriced, soggy and greasy food this place is for you.

Most hyped POS of the summer 2012.
Ernie / October 10, 2012 at 04:41 pm
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I didn't know Yonge / Lawrence is considered downtown. Times are a changin'.
Fred / November 2, 2012 at 11:20 pm
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The staff was friendly...the burger was at best ok, the fries again were just ok...i think it;s over hyped.
rob / November 10, 2012 at 03:10 am
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If you enjoy standing outside for 30 minutes to even get to order then this is the place to be, bring your umbrella or your warm underwear. soggy fries. small bun. not what it is suppose to be, so i disagree with BigD saying they should be small, what kind of burger are u use to, Mcdonalds or what?
Michelle / February 10, 2013 at 03:47 pm
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I really like the veggie "burger" at this place and my husband likes the burgers too. Get the battered and fried jalepenos on your burger - so good! The fries are ok and I don't find the wait to be that long (10mins average including the lineup to place the order).They are fast, just always really busy. In terms of fast food burgers, I don't think it can be beat.
Scusi / March 2, 2013 at 02:18 pm
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The bread is garbage. Beef is good but you need at least 2 or 3 to get full. Cheese is processed. Almost all ingredients are of mediocre quality. Owner is laughing all the way to the bank
Annonce / March 27, 2013 at 06:35 pm
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Best place to eat fast, in toronto. I strongly recommend.
Nova Scotia / April 18, 2013 at 09:36 am
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I can still remember eating at the Queen E. location summer 2011. I hope it still tastes as good as it was then. That was the best burger I've ever eaten. Scrumptiously delicious.
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Dan replying to a comment from Brahmos / May 23, 2013 at 10:53 pm
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actually the best burgers are usually done on a flat top. Read "Hamburger America" by burger expert George Motz. Of the 100 best burgers reviewed in America, about 90 were done flat top
Honest Lawyer / May 24, 2013 at 01:54 am
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Decent Burgers - Small Portion + Overpriced = Overrated / All Hype

Tash / June 14, 2013 at 08:42 am
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My god, Canadians are such a bitchy bunch
Tara / June 17, 2013 at 01:08 pm
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The fries are great the burgers are OK but the cheese is processed, YUCK!
Jp / June 21, 2013 at 08:55 pm
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Burger is good. Very small cheeseburger. Bread needs to be worked on and fries are great.
Need to get more exotic toppings or lower price. All in all 5.5 out of 10
Cbab / July 16, 2013 at 02:40 pm
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I'm probably late to the party on this one, but I tried them recently. I live in the immediate vicinity, so I waited for the insane line-ups to cease.

It's a burger. Nothing spectacular, I'm afraid. The burger was exceedingly small (at least, smaller than the mammoth-sized specimens on the website led me to believe). The fries were also nothing remarkable. Everything was good, mind you, just not "wait-in-line-for-an-hour" good. The price point was also quite high, for what you get. $3.59 for a handful of fries? Seriously?

The secret menu items are posted right on the wall. ... Am I missing something?

Ah well. If the prices drop significantly and the line-ups aren't inexplicably long, I may be back. I wouldn't go out of my way though.

6.5/10
Crumb / August 23, 2013 at 04:05 am
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Why such hype for this place? I went to the Yonge St location -- it was nothing special. Just a burger. An overpriced burger, on an overpriced menu. You want good eats? Not even a minute walk away is Belly Busters sub... for under $6, can get most of their footlong subs, and you'll be full after a footlong. I spent like $10 at BP on a burger and I was NOT satisfied.
Jose / September 12, 2013 at 06:32 pm
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I love burgers and went to try this place with my wife. What a waste of time! Why the hype, yes, well pointed out. Maybe my (our) bad. Burger was miles away of being a decent burger. Extremely overpriced for what we got. Fries, so, so (this day, maybe). But service!? God Lord. The girls should get an intensive course on costumer service (one of them kept talking to this other guy while glancing at me, standing by the register, waiting to put my order in). Won't go there anymore. By the way Big Smoke Burger is far, far better than burger priest, I believe. Lousy experience.
jay / October 12, 2013 at 12:16 pm
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I gave it a try - 5 hours later with a bloated stomach - guess these burgers are better off with 20 something year old digestive systems. My burger dripped of butter and grease. My partners order was WRONG. The whole experience was WRONG. NOT A GOOD EXPERIENCE. OVERPRICED.
jay / October 12, 2013 at 12:18 pm
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FYI, spent $30 on two burgers and one order of fries. HIGHWAY ROBBERY. And a dry cleaning bill cause the grease dripped on my hundred dollar jeans. Thanks Burger's Priest. Thanks...
Dean / November 25, 2013 at 04:45 pm
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Overrated. I'd put this place in the same category as 5 guys B&F. Flat top cooked with seemingly more grease than meat. Go charbroiled or go home.
Nigella / December 16, 2013 at 11:43 am
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Finally checked out the Queen St. West location, and it was absolutely awful. The burger is extremely greasy, and the staff are terrible. Waited about half an hour for the burger with the line up etc. Is it that difficult to get a decent burger in Toronto, without the side of Bullshit? I'll vote with my feet and go somewhere else next time.
ZuZu / January 4, 2014 at 12:04 am
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This was always my number 1 place but it might have some stiff competition from the newly opened Jacksons Burger, right across from Big slice near Yonge & Gerrard. Freshly ground beef, the grinder is near the grill, hormone free, antibiotic free and only $5 and owned by an actual chef, Burger's Priest might have some real competition. www.jacksonsburger.com

P.S try a burger with the bacon onion cake on top, yum
Tony / January 17, 2014 at 06:33 pm
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I'd have to agree with you zuzu I just had the burger with the onion bacon cake and Brie cheese sautéed mushrooms and spinach. God dam it was delicious. Burger priest you should be scared.
Justice / May 1, 2014 at 03:27 pm
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Is this serious, these people's burgers are the worst. I tried it after someone kept talking about how good it was. I must say, I was really disappointed after going there. That cheese one is the worst. It barely had any flavour, and the bread is hard, with a horrible texture, you could loose a tooth, literally. I regretted wasting my money and time there.
J / May 1, 2014 at 03:29 pm
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Honestly, rip off.
Burger Joker / May 27, 2014 at 04:31 am
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Over rated. Over priced. I make better burgers at home and as big as I like for cheaper.
Stace / August 29, 2014 at 06:57 pm
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Tried it today for the first time in the Port Credit area. The burger was tiny but it was good but how can they not have relish as a topping for a burger? They offer ketchup, mustard, mayo, tomato and onion but no relish. I'd still drive out of my way and go to Woody's in Mimico where I get a huge assortment of topping, a good size burger that is freshly made and cooked over a wood flame. Personally I'd say Burger Priest is over rated and I won't be back.
lero / August 30, 2014 at 02:31 pm
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RIP OFF ALERT RIP OFF ALERT
$9 for a bland and average taste but small sized cheeseburger and the cheese tasted like Walmart crap
We almost walked across the street to Harvey's to get a burger to get full
Al / September 9, 2014 at 02:08 pm
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What I find amazing is that they have found hamburgers that small to suit their hamburgers. Was not aware that someone sells slider buns in the city. Special order for the priest???
Al / September 9, 2014 at 02:12 pm
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No one is talking about the grouchy service here!
NOT returning

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