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Stampede Bison Grill

Posted by Tanja / Reviewed on March 18, 2009 / review policy

Bison Burger at the Stampede Bison Grill on Brock Street in TorontoParkdale's Stampede Bison Grill is located just off Queen St West on Brock and specializes in, you guessed it, bison burgers. I stopped in with a friend this past week to get my very own custom Bison Burger and see what else the Stampede has to offer.

The burger menu here offers a nice variety, aside from the bison and roast bison specialties. You can get beef, chicken, club and even veggie, all made the way you like with custom toppings (see the menu posted below for details).

We order up the standard Bison Burger and a Veggie Burger along with a side of Sweet Potato Fries and Onion Rings.

The Bison Burger ($4.75), pictured at the top, is thick and meaty but, thankfully, not as dry as I expected from my last experience with bison elsewhere. Size-wise, I like the patty thickness at Stampede. Thick enough to register with your taste buds (especially as the buns are a little on the huge side) but not so chunky that you need a couple litres of water to wash it down (you know you've been there). A slathering of "stampede mayo" along with pickles, lettuce, onions and tomatoes make this a well-rounded and tasty burger.

Veggie BurgerThe Veggie Burger ($4.50) shows that even this red-meat-loving kitchen knows how to treat its veggie friends. This has got to be one of my favourite vegetable patties in recent memory. Bits of zucchini, beans, carrots, mushrooms, etc are all visible to the naked eye. We topped this burger with roasted red peppers and loved every nutritious morsel.

Onion Rings
The Onion Rings ($2.25) are thick-cut and crispy coated -- no weak, stringy rings here. I made the mistake of eating one and then leaving the rest til after I'd polished off the burger, so the majority of the rings had grown a little soft by then. Word to the wise - have 'em while they're hot.

Sweet Potato Fries
And then there were the Sweet Potato Fries (also $2.25). What I liked about these was that they weren't deep fried to a blackened crisp like so many eateries are doing these days. They were full of flavour and soft with a slight crispiness around the edges.

What didn't work for me was matching them up with a burger. These tend to sit heavier than traditional fries and, as a result, really pushed us over the fullness edge. We couldn't finish them and I, for one, would go with the regular fries next time 'round.

Overall, I dig what the Stampede Bison Grill is cookin' up, especially on this strip of Queen that doesn't usually excite me in terms of lunch options. I'll certainly be back again.

Stampede Bison Grill

Stampede Bison Grill Menu

Food photos by Tanja-Tiziana.



Amanda / January 8, 2009 at 12:00 pm
Stampede Grill is delish. Need I say more?
Sam / March 18, 2009 at 10:53 am
I love all food that comes from Stampede Grill - I've walked in there before and said 'Surprise Me' and I always wolf down whatever comes out on the tray. There is not one thing that I do not enjoy from that place
sippy / March 18, 2009 at 11:08 am
It's pretty tasty here. I usually stop by when I'm en route to the LCBO next door. A little expensive for what you get, but overall, I think it's a great addition to the hood.
Courtney / March 18, 2009 at 12:22 pm
Hmm. If that Veggie burger is Vegan then that would be an awesome spot (I'll stop in and ask). Looks really good for the price, everything looks quality. But seriously, can you go wrong with 2.50 yam fries?
Carly replying to a comment from Courtney / March 18, 2009 at 01:03 pm
They've got vegetarian poutine as well, and it's AMAZING.
Parkdalian / March 18, 2009 at 01:11 pm
Did somebody say POUTINE?? Mmmmmmmmm
laurel / March 18, 2009 at 05:29 pm
veggie poutine! i have to try this place.
apetimberlake / March 18, 2009 at 10:33 pm
Ashley / March 19, 2009 at 01:53 am
I agree 100%.
I tried and will try again.
But to tell u guys honestly, nobody can beat karine's veggie burger. It's totally vegan and served with all and every requested custom toppings at no extra charge. Capers? My favorites.
I go there at least 3 times a week.
These people rock with their delicious and fit for all tastes dishes, salads and sandwiches.
Top on my list.
Matt / March 19, 2009 at 08:55 am
It's a great spot. I go there often with my most burger loving friend. The prices are great for the quality. However, I keep meaning to ask if I can get it to a different 'doneness', as opposed to the standard well-done. Does anyone know if they will take requests on that?
Amy J / March 19, 2009 at 03:37 pm
Slurp! Stampede is Yums!
hungrybum / March 20, 2009 at 12:06 pm
Please toast the buns!!
Davy / March 23, 2009 at 11:40 am
I'm not in the neighbourhood often but I've been to Stampede a couple of times and I have to say the veggie burger was delicious. Unlike many places it doesn't try to be meatlike at all - it's a vegetable patty with an Indian flavour that I really enjoyed.
pwok tok / March 28, 2009 at 07:02 pm
not the best burger i've tasted (Johnny's is way better and much better value), and not the worst either. the meat is dry, and the bun is your local supermarket variety (ugh). the fries are good, but way too oily.

their service is slow, too. i waited 15 min for my order, and they didn't seem that busy.

next time, i'm skipping this place. i can make a better burger at home.
Jo / April 28, 2009 at 12:27 am
My husband and I stopped by this place after I read a couple of the reviews on this thread. I was curious and wanted to check this burger place out. I was really looking forward to my meal, as was my husband. He ordered the bison burger with sweet potato fries and I had the veggie burger with onion rings. My burger was a bit too charred for my liking but it was a tasty burger nonetheless. The added condiments that are normally served with this veggie burger went very nicely with it....especially the tzatziki sauce. The onion rings were very greasy and huge...there were about 5 or 6 rings in my carton. The bison burger got two thumbs down from my husband. He did not like the game-y taste of the meat. The sweet potato fries on the other hand were exceptionally good and we both devoured them. I ended up tossing half my onion rings in the trash...I seriously felt ill after eating them.
Jo / April 28, 2009 at 12:31 am
Addendum: Service on Saturday was exceptionally slow. The house-made lemonade is really good and the bill was way too high for burgers and fries/onion rings!!
pwok tok / May 11, 2009 at 04:52 pm
i gave them another shot. after my disappointment on my first visit (thought the meat was dry), my second one was anything but. on my first visit, i didn't order any of the "free toppings" (thought they would be included like most burger joints), so things were a bit bland. well, my second visit i made sure to order all the toppings, and my burger ended up being great. i'm definitely going back.
Clive / May 15, 2010 at 12:42 am
Just came back from the Stampede after noticing the sign for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I agree with everything the reviewer said about the bison burger and the sweet potato fries 100%. My wife loved the poutine. We'll be back for more.
Steph / July 25, 2010 at 12:21 pm
My partner and I are Parkdaliens, and we have to say that Stampede is one of our favourite places in the 'hood. The bison burgers are always super tasty, (and less greasy than your average beef burger!) and they always seem to use very fresh, quality ingredients for their toppings. When you pay $0.95 for old cheddar, you get a HUNK of it, not some wimpy Kraft Single. I can't believe that some folks here are complaining about the prices, considering that it's only slightly more expensive than getting a combo from McDonald's. I'd gladly pay a few extra bucks for a far superior product, and I definitely enjoy the laid-back, friendly service.
CHE / August 16, 2010 at 03:55 pm
what clive and steph said... X's 6!
they made my burger medium-rare, something nobody is willing to do anymore (they must really really trust their meat, unlike other places...) and my gawd it was fantastic...
rings were great too... with taxes the two are now about $11, but its way better than buying two combos from some trashy place... quality costs, shitty stuff doesn't, no matter what you're talking about...
phil / October 4, 2010 at 07:20 pm
it doesnt matter how good the food is when they hang a painting of a man wearing a jacket that says "tattoos are faggotty" grossly offensive and i will not be going there ever.
Bryan / November 17, 2010 at 01:51 pm

Probably the most satisfying poutine in the city. They don't invent bizarr combinations of food with it, just lots of cheese, lots of layers, lots of love.

With sweet potato fries at 5.65$ (tx incl)...Jackpot for 3am.
A / January 29, 2011 at 12:08 am
Mmmmm....poutine - so good!
Tim / March 5, 2011 at 11:44 pm
Bison burger & poutine, ever so good! Went once, and then brought 4 others back with me the next time!
Leah / April 7, 2011 at 11:30 pm
For those bothered by the wait for your order. Dont worry, call a head of time and then go pick it up. Its a bit of a wait cause its made to order, not put in a warming drawer or the corner of the grill like most places. My boyfriend, myself and friends have eaten here quite a few times and have always had great food and service.
The fries (both regular and sweet potato) were awesome, the burgers again awesome and the bison and regular poutine is amazing ( and super filling) Deal with it, great things come to those who wait.
jp / May 5, 2011 at 09:21 pm
very expensive, the only thing worth the price were the sweet potato fries. the cook was nice, the cashier, an ass.

don't think i'm ever coming back again. sorry.

the best burger i've ever had until now was at the Aunties and Uncles.
Rob / May 21, 2011 at 08:28 pm
Can't figure out what takes these guys so long just to make a burger. It's not difficult.
CHE / June 13, 2011 at 11:11 am
great great burgers, I'm taking my mom there this afternoon in fact and she can be a fussy/difficult one to please ("if its not homemade, then...) ... if you have no patience to wait, or think its too expensive for the quality of ingredients they use, then you can go back to McDonalds, there's one just south on Dufferin...
marj / September 2, 2011 at 07:56 pm
I am so, so, so bummed that they changed their fries. The poutine that these guys made was hands down the best poutine I've had in all of Toronto, and then something happened to the fries and pow... not so awesome anymore.

I'll still keep coming back though, because just even thinking about their bison burger makes my mouth water.
Lindsay / December 15, 2011 at 12:09 pm
Is their veggie burger vegan?
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andy / January 22, 2012 at 09:59 am
I was there on two occasions, three weeks apart, and they didn't have any bison on hand "at the moment". Apparently having trouble with their supplier. Note to owner: When you name your business "Stampede Bison Grill" and you can't figure out how to get bison into your kitchen, it might be worth considering another line of work... I won't be going back.

Stephanie / March 26, 2012 at 05:23 pm
Just had the poutine and a beef burger. Wanted a bison but they "didn't have any". Guess their supplier still hasn't filled their order since January (as per comment above). All in all the burger was good, a little dry for my liking but nonetheless a well-rounded burger. The cheese curds on the poutine were rubbery and not very tasty. The gravy was ok. I order regular fries for my sister and they were awesome.

To rate this place out of 10 I would give them a 7. Might consider trying them again in a few months.
dave / July 5, 2012 at 02:39 pm
all around amazing. great price, food is delicious and always great service. try some of their specialty poutines, they're great...burgers are tasty, the chicken blt with guacamole is unreal. salads are also very good. love that you choose all of your own toppings. i usually get my meal to go...but sit and enjoy a beer on the patio in the summer while i wait.
jameson / September 26, 2012 at 09:11 pm
odd to think people think this place is expensive, it's really great value for how good the food is. love it!
Gabe / October 10, 2012 at 10:23 pm
Stampede is amazing! One of the best spots in the neighborhood. Great Food, Patio, Licensed if you want a drink on a patio and a burger. Sounds great!
R. / December 15, 2012 at 01:40 pm
Mixed emotions to hear that Stampede's last day is Dec 23rd. Happy that Sean was rewarded for 5 years of hard work, but sad to see this great venture leave the neighbourhood.

Apparently a Parkdale couple is moving in with a new restaurant. Fingers crossed...
Jason / December 22, 2012 at 11:08 am
I just learned that Stampede is heading for the deadpool. I can't believe it. I'm so bummed. These guys made great burgers, great poutine (best in the city, IMHO) and had a great attitude. A real comfortable joint. Even brought my Mom here once when she was visiting from out of town. She loved it too.
Bill murray / December 24, 2012 at 07:19 pm
Most definitely a hipster haven
ChildishBambina / December 26, 2012 at 05:51 pm
Stampede has now closed... I was lucky enough to have a final burger there before they closed on the 23rd.

My bet is that with the rising costs of real estate, what with the neighborhood becoming more popular and such a "hipster haven" they couldn't make a profit when trying to cover the rent.

Sad because they made the best poutine in Toronto.
jameson / January 3, 2013 at 01:12 pm
I don't get the feeling this place is shutting down due to monetary problems.

The location next to the LCBO is truly an awful and on occasion going there I got the feeling like the owner really didn't enjoy the local wildlife out front his store hampering the potential. I hope he his next venture works out great. I will miss this place.

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