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The Best Burger in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / May 1, 2014

burger torontoThe best burgers in Toronto are mouthwatering icons that cover the gamut of American cheese singles topped dirty burgers all the way to fancy, foie gras crowned creations. Like your burgers old-school? We've got a separate list for those as well as a list of where to inhale some of the best burgers Toronto's finer restaurants have to offer. For this list we've kept our focus on the new wave of gourmet burger joints that now dot our city. Whether you're loyal to something that still resembles the humble classic or looking to sink you teeth into some innovative new riff, these are truly Toronto's burger kings.

Here are the best burgers in Toronto.

See also:

The best old school burgers in Toronto
The best restaurant burgers in Toronto
The best late night burgers in Toronto
The best turkey burgers in Toronto
The best veggie burgers in Toronto
The best cheeseburgers in Toronto

Burger's Priest

Burger's Priest

Prospering with multiple locations, this high-and-mighty chain has amassed a devoted following of burger fanatics. The standard menu kicks it old-school, while the (not so) secret menu offers playful west coast-style variations nestled between grilled cheeses or topped with panko-crusted jalapenos. More »

Holy Chuck Burgers

Holy Chuck Burgers

This midtown burger shop is known for epic and unapologetic burgers like the six-patty Go Chuck Yourself ($19.99) stacked between grilled cheese sandwiches, or the Holy Duck ($27.99) amplified with bacon, maple, seared foie gras and black truffles. More »

The Rude Boy

The Rude Boy

On Roncy, this burger shop makes its juicy patties daily from house-ground grass-fed beef. On offer are six selections like the classically dressed Au Natural ($7.25), or the Seoul Man ($9), which comes tricked out with bold kimichi and pickled cucumber. More »

The Stockyards

The Stockyards

This St. Clair joint might be best known for its fried chicken and smokehouse fare, but it also turns out standout griddle-smashed burgers. The Butter Burger ($11) is a critical hit, laced with bone marrow and dressed with blue cheese, red wine butter, onion frites and butter lettuce. More »

P&L Burger

P&L Burger

This offshoot of Parts & Labour makes a notoriously good burger in over half a dozen variations. Best bets include the namesake P&L Burger ($9) topped with bacon, cheddar and onion jam or the innovative Italian ($9) smothered with tomato sauce, mozza and peppers. More »

BQM

BQM

This local chain of burger outposts prides itself on using top cuts of meat and offering diners a choice between brisket, chuck or sirloin patties. Signature burgers include The Riverside ($9.50), crowned with bacon, mozzarella and a gargantuan onion ring, and the ultra-satisfying mushroom melt that is The Ossington ($10.50). More »

Woody's Burgers

Woody's Burgers

The wood grill imparts maximum flavour on patties made of ground beef, turkey, chicken or bison at this bar and grill on The Lakeshore. Specialties are globally inspired featuring unusual options like the chicken tandoori burger ($6.95), and the ginger and wasabi-topped Tokyo burger ($6.05). More »

Big Moe's Burgers

Big Moe's Burgers

This indie fast-food destination in Scarborough is home to a solid roster of classic cheeseburgers including the infamous Juicy Lucy ($6.79), a mid-west staple featuring an all-beef, cheddar-stuffed patty that oozes with hot melted cheese. More »

The Burgernator

The Burgernator

Situated in Kensington Market, this eatery offers an arsenal of classic burgers ($5-$8) and novel specialties like the Big Bang ($10.99) that melds fast-food staples by loading a juicy all-beef patty with spicy Buffalo chicken strips. More »

Discussion

72 Comments

Tim / May 1, 2014 at 01:58 pm
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Does Burger Priest on Queen West qualify as a best burger to? Or is it just their Queen East location that's on the map?
ABC / May 1, 2014 at 01:58 pm
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Good list but BQM sucks
matt / May 1, 2014 at 02:03 pm
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the whole church schtick in the burger's priest is funny. until you realize its serious. as much as i want to eat my lunch surrounded by bible verses and propaganda from the pedo-jesus set, i'll pass
Sarah / May 1, 2014 at 02:40 pm
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I tried Burgers Priest.. not that great.

Gangster Burger was amazing though. Highly recommend the Escobar.
Russ / May 1, 2014 at 02:41 pm
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BlogTO:

What is this triple decker burger in the photo at the top of page? and where can I get it?
Jay Z replying to a comment from Sarah / May 1, 2014 at 02:48 pm
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Burgers Priest>McDonalds>Gangster Burger.

List is well done for this vibe of burger, with the exception of BQM.

For epic restaurant style burgers Richmond Station, Bestellen, and Elleven ar epretty wicked.
The Answer replying to a comment from Russ / May 1, 2014 at 02:49 pm
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That is most certainly from Holy Chuck.
TorontoFoodBwoy / May 1, 2014 at 02:56 pm
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P&L gets my vote
mb / May 1, 2014 at 03:02 pm
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This End Up's chutney burger is pretty dope
Benjamin Allison replying to a comment from Ahh yes / May 1, 2014 at 03:03 pm
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Neither Parts & Labour nor Stockyards are "burger places." They're restaurants that happen to offer burgers, among other things.
Jesus save me (from your followers) / May 1, 2014 at 03:05 pm
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Just an FYI on Burger's Priest, your number 1 pick for this list.

They have videos on their site of a preacher who sarcastically mocks other cultures, backing up his mockery with dubious misinformation.

And, here's a quote from the website of the church Burger's Priest promotes:

We believe God created man and woman, and that marriage as instituted by God is the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

Just so you know what you are supporting.

Ivan / May 1, 2014 at 03:11 pm
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So far, The Grillway at Annette and Runnymede has the best burgers i've had in Toronto. Old mom and pop joint. WOW, and they are 7 bucks!, you will be full with out ordering fries!
Joe / May 1, 2014 at 03:12 pm
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TOMA deserves to be up there.
Stan replying to a comment from ABC / May 1, 2014 at 03:27 pm
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BQM Sucks badly.
Joe / May 1, 2014 at 03:32 pm
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P&L is #1
George replying to a comment from Benjamin Allison / May 1, 2014 at 03:33 pm
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P&L Burger... not Parts & Labour (the restaurant)... sam people though, they opened up a small burger place at Queen and Spadina... and their burgers are amazing.
BurgerMan / May 1, 2014 at 03:40 pm
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Allen's, Best Ellen, Big Moe's (good that it is on here), and Burger Stomper. That's the list.
Lauren Hughes / May 1, 2014 at 03:40 pm
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It's a sad day for Apache.
sprat / May 1, 2014 at 03:40 pm
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#1 and #2 are easily #1 and #2 as they should be and by FAR.
Stu / May 1, 2014 at 03:43 pm
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Burgers Priest is #1? Holy Chuck is #2? Both rank. The last (and only time) I ate at Holy Chuck I felt like I was gonna puke. Can't say anything better about BP. They're both greasy and over-hyped.
Jenkins / May 1, 2014 at 03:53 pm
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Holy Chuck is wildly overrated. I had their Burger Week burger last year - it was an absolute monstrosity that had me feeling sicker than I've ever been.

A shame that Frankie's Bar and Grill isn't on here. For my money, one of the best burgers in the city.
Joey replying to a comment from Jeff / May 1, 2014 at 03:57 pm
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Just because they're not shoving religion down your throat, doesn't mean they're not funneling money to religious groups and causes.
Matt / May 1, 2014 at 04:08 pm
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Replace BQM with the Wendy's Bacon Deluxe and the list is complete.
Akswun / May 1, 2014 at 04:09 pm
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Lol at the people wanting less greasy burgers. The common denominator here is that flat top burgers are the juiciest. Not that flame broiled sucks but flat top burgers trump most. And who complains about fat and grease on a top burger list. Fat and grease are not the culprit for obesity. Its sugar and processed food. Drop the everything bagel with garlic and herb cream cheese along with your double double/triple triple and enjoy a nice greasy but fresh burger from this awesome list.

Haven't been to BP in a minute along with Holy Chucks. And thank God that Johnnys Burgers is not on the list.
+1 / May 1, 2014 at 04:11 pm
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+1 stock yards! And you missed The Senator Cumbraes burger!!!
Leena / May 1, 2014 at 04:40 pm
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BURGER CELLAR on yonge/lawrence st. SO GOOD. AND they have gluten free, dairy free, and egg free options for the buns! Always have had fantastic service there, and they have an incredible house-made avocado/tomato dressing.
Jenn / May 1, 2014 at 04:58 pm
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I can't believe you people don't like BQM! This is the only burger on this list I would actually eat! The others are so greasy and have processed cheese! BQM tastes like beef, not fat, and you can get real cheese... I guess in the burger world it's cool to be gross....
Andrew / May 1, 2014 at 06:00 pm
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Richmond Station has the BEST burger.
Also good Burger Priest, Allen's, Drake Hotel, Stockyards, Queen & Beaver
n / May 1, 2014 at 06:27 pm
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Detroit eatery..best banquet burger in toronto..homemade..smoked bacon....simply the best
megf / May 1, 2014 at 07:20 pm
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I really like P&L. They get my vote. I've tried most of these guys on your list
BQM? / May 1, 2014 at 07:30 pm
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I've been to 2 BQM locations and they've both sucked. A total of 6 people were with me over the 2 visits and no one was happy with their burger. I'll try a place twice but never 3 times. This makes the list suspect.
... / May 1, 2014 at 08:37 pm
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Utopia on college is godlike
Also for the fiftieth time where is the title image burger from I want
SArah / May 1, 2014 at 08:54 pm
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Toma has the best burger
jess / May 1, 2014 at 09:00 pm
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best burgers are: yellow griffin, e11even, ember hot stove. worst burger is at joey's in yorkdale. best out of town is the pump house in port credit mmmmmm
Zi / May 1, 2014 at 09:50 pm
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I love the cheeseburgers at Burgers Priest & Holy Chuck. HC has better milkshakes.

The burgers at Burger Cellar are fine but for not as good as BP or HC.
Andrew / May 1, 2014 at 09:54 pm
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Top 2 rated spots both use fake, processed cheese. Both Holy Chuck and Burger Priest burgers are more hype than anything - best used for instagram pictures, not eating.
Chet / May 1, 2014 at 10:41 pm
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Burgers are so 2011. What's the matter with you people.
Chris / May 1, 2014 at 10:50 pm
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Got sick after eating the P&L burger and burgers priest is overrated. Had the Citizen burger, it was the old Brant House location, that burger should be on this list. Dope!
ANNA / May 1, 2014 at 10:52 pm
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HOLY CHUCK! HOLY CHUCK!!!!!!!!!!
Gotta hit it up tomorrow. Burgers Priest ain't got nothing on them!
WayCoolerThanyou / May 1, 2014 at 11:24 pm
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Toronto is full of hipster douchebags that wouldn't know good food or drink if it bit them in the ass.
alanna l replying to a comment from Matt / May 2, 2014 at 01:56 am
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thank-you! So, I'm not crazy... I've always thought BQM burgers were basically indistinguishable from Wendy's!
JC / May 2, 2014 at 07:15 am
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I've never understood the Burger Priest obsession, I find their burgers dense and heavy without much flavour. It's not a bad product by any means, but always topping out the best of lists is odd. Big Smoke (ex-craftburger) is better, and in North Toronto nearby Stack turns out much more flavourful burgers just a couple blocks away, especially when you add their in-house double smoked bacon. I agree with others that I don't know why BQM is on this list.
KAM / May 2, 2014 at 07:25 am
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No Bull burgers should get some recognition. They have great burgers that are consistently good all of the time. Their fries and onion rings are pretty great too! Can't go wrong with fresh, local and organic!
bb / May 2, 2014 at 09:52 am
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The "Blossington" at Tallboys Craft Beer House on Bloor is the best in the city! Features amazing beef from Vince Gasparro's butcher across the street.
Scott / May 2, 2014 at 09:52 am
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I agree with the people who think that the greasy, processed cheese burger is overrated. This is the classic American style burger, I get it. But you can get one at any diner across North America, for a fraction of the cost. And the atmosphere of a diner is a million times better than the throngs of Instagramers ranged into the Burgers Priest. Crazy to pay the price of what they charge for a low quality product. Give me a flame grilled burger with less grease and real cheese. I'm a Canadian not an American! Give me a BBQ not a griddle!
TJ / May 2, 2014 at 09:57 am
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Holy Chuck does not belong on this list. I've given them 3 tries and every time, I've been sick afterwards. I think it was because the burgers are so greasy. The burger would fall apart in my hands and the bun itself got incredibly soggy (presumably from the super greasy meat). Fries were limp and greasy mess.
To boot, their prices are ridiculous. Their competition at least use higher quality meats like angus, sirloin, organic/grain feed/DNA trace-back, no hormones, local, never frozen, etc to justify their higher prices. They also use processed, aka, fake cheese. Are you kidding me?
Tdot / May 2, 2014 at 10:08 am
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P&L burger is so bad, its a hipster burger joint. So dirty inside and the burger is weak.
DirtyT replying to a comment from Ivan / May 2, 2014 at 10:39 am
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Grillway (at Annette & Runnymede) = AMAZING

Their burger is SO beefy. So good. Don't know how to explain it better. Just go.
Donna / May 2, 2014 at 11:17 am
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Don't understand why everyone loves BP so much, its tasteless and overrated. Holy Chuck should be #1. Best burgers in town by far
burger man / May 2, 2014 at 11:30 am
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Why is BQM on this list?

it is quite possibly the worst burger in toronto.
Cbab / May 2, 2014 at 11:33 am
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Probably an unpopular opinion, but I think the whole "gourmet burger" trend is silly. I've yet to eat any restaurant burger that either amazed or revolted me. Burgers are designed to be easy; bread, meat, toppings. Assemble. If you can't manage to do that and make it palatable, then I don't know what to say.

I suppose I'm unrefined. I'm ok with that.
Adam replying to a comment from matt / May 2, 2014 at 12:25 pm
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Really, so you will pass on Toronto's best burger because they put bible verses on the wall?
Adam replying to a comment from Donna / May 2, 2014 at 12:27 pm
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Donna, the big difference is that Holy Chuck is more of a "sandwich" than a real hamburger. Yes, they use a patty, but they are more focused on all of the extras that go into the sandwich rather than on the actual patty and taste of the meat. BP is a patty/beef first approach and for the purist who is out there to taste the meat, not the foie gras or other additions they mask the taste of the meat with
Adam replying to a comment from Andrew / May 2, 2014 at 12:41 pm
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You sir don't know what a good burger is! Do a bit of reading on the history of hamburgers, where they come from, and whats considered a true purist burger.

- flat top griddle cooked and smashed
- small squishy processed bun
- American processed cheese
Ky / May 2, 2014 at 12:50 pm
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Have you tried burgers at 'The Works'? Delish.
WitDickman / May 2, 2014 at 03:10 pm
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I'll take a Quarter Pounder with Cheese or an Angus Third Pounder from McD's over these places any day of the week.
Stan / May 2, 2014 at 10:53 pm
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Magoo's.
LoveBurgers / May 4, 2014 at 09:24 am
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BQM is the worst. How can anyone who has eaten one voted in a positive way? I don't know anyone who hasn't gotten sick after one of their burgers. Service is surly, at best. At least at their Queen/Spadina location.

BP & P&L are your best bets imo. Someone mentioned Queen & Beaver. 100%. They have a chopped serlion burger that is amazing.
TO_Foodie / May 4, 2014 at 10:09 am
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Half of the Burgers on this list, and certainly the top two, are so greasy they have ruined my clothing from the drips. I don't understand the enjoyment of eating that much fat. It tastes good at the time but I regret it afterwards every single time. P&L was slightly better, but I work in the neighborhood and it is empty all the time, can't see it lasting. My go to for burgers is Gangster. Delicious, but too fatty, and friendly service minus the hipster pretension.
garneau / May 4, 2014 at 01:23 pm
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Tried a classic burger at Stockyards last week, and really thought it waz the best I've ever had. Holy Chuck was outstanding too, but was a little off-putting with the artery clogging celebration. Without knowing whether Stockyards is any healthier, the understated excellence (a vibe more and more characteristic of SCW) makes it a cut above.
v79 / May 4, 2014 at 06:45 pm
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Burgers Priest, while a decent burger, is about as flavourless and average as they come. Having fresh meat doesn't make it unique or gourmet, and certainly not worth the price. The meat is essentially unseasoned and tasteless. The burger is entirely forgettable. P&L on the other hand was a much better experience. Thick, flavourful patties with exceptional milk buns and premium toppings. If you're going to waste nearly $15 on a burger meal, definitely go there over BP.
Chris Browne replying to a comment from Cheesed Off / May 5, 2014 at 01:44 pm
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I'm fine with calling the "processed cheese product" that isn't actually cheese "American Cheese"; I'm fine with the dig that while the Americans may imagine it's cheese, really it's not.

(It's a happier thing that "Canadian bacon" represents a rather nice, substantial piece of ham!)

BTW, I'd rather have seen Real McCoy over Big Moe's as a Scarborough destination. (Though I'd sure vote Big Moe over Johnny's!!!)
Lucas / May 5, 2014 at 04:13 pm
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BlogTo taking photographs from flickr and not crediting the owner since... Forever.
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Noah / May 10, 2014 at 12:38 pm
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I'm sorry but Priest and Holy and some of these other griddle burgers as just to greasy. They are ok taste, but can't seem to really get that old taste with a bit of crisp on the burger. I prefer the charbroiled burger, just tastes better in my opinion. I wish there was a place that did burgers on charcoal.

Personally you should have Golden Star on your list. Their Homemade burger is jucy (not greasy) and has great flavor and is just as fresh as Priest.

My 2 cents.
Dimitry replying to a comment from KAM / May 13, 2014 at 11:04 am
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2nd vote for No Bull Burger!

Awesomely delicious, organic, and very creative options.
Janey / May 13, 2014 at 11:15 am
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Agree with the others. Claiming these burgers are the "Best" because they are the "Classic American Burger" is just weird. Since when is anything better simply by being American? And even if I did buy this argument, if I wanted a classic American greasy burger, I'd go to MacDonalds. Because it's the same thing as these greasy, greasy modern burger joints (Ill give that the Burgers Priest has a slightly higher quality of beef, but it is no healthier, dont kid yourself there is a TON of fat in there. Plus, THE CHURCHY STUFF IS CREEPY).
Charbroiled burgers simply taste better. Processed cheese is not delicious people. You are fooled by you need to be cool.
Your friend replying to a comment from Jesus save me (from your followers) / May 25, 2014 at 08:44 pm
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What does this have anything to do with how it tastes.
Costa / May 27, 2014 at 02:16 am
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we are pretty sure our burger is not the best but at least WAY better than couple in the list. Disappointed.
Jamaal replying to a comment from Noah / May 27, 2014 at 06:48 pm
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Though it's technically in Markham (just north of Yonge & Steeles), Golden Star should have definitely made this list. Especially considering BQM and Holy Chuck are there.
jeff / June 15, 2014 at 03:45 pm
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i found your choices, and the order in which you choose them. HOWEVER it would appear that you missed one of the best buger and fries joint in this city. Bishop Burger. i stopped by there because someone told me about this new place that just openned, WOW. i really suggest you try this place before your next rankings. and you must try the chicken strips.
anthony / July 16, 2014 at 08:46 pm
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Just got back from Holy Chuck. WAAAAAAAAY too greasy. Do people really like this greasy salty sludge? Never going back. Allen's on Danforth is far superior as is Joes Burger and Wings- also on the Danforth. Burger priest could be better if they didn't put the condiments on with an eye dropper. Holy Chuck is total garbage. The lamb burger was terrible as well at Holy Chuck. C'est What on Front does it right. Saty clear of Holy Chuck if you have an educated palate.

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