Thursday, November 27, 2014Cloudy -1°C
Best of Toronto

The Best Cheeseburgers in Toronto

Posted by Jen Hunter / February 5, 2014

cheeseburgers torontoThe best cheeseburgers in Toronto are in a somewhat philosophically distinct category from the purebred burger. The cheeseburger is, in essence, from a grimier universe where patties are thinner, grease is king, and buns are soft and floury. Most of these sandwiches involve the smash method of pressing the patty on a flat-top grill to produce a thin burger, though a couple opt for a conventional grill more reminiscent of a barbecue-style beef burger.

The type of cheese doesn't necessarily matter, though those who grew up loving Big Macs will probably appreciate the flavour nuances of processed varietals like Velveeta.

Here are the best cheeseburgers in Toronto.

See also:

The best burger in Toronto
The best restaurants burgers in Toronto
The best late night burgers in Toronto
The best old school burgers in Toronto
The best turkey burgers in Toronto
The best veggie burgers in Toronto
The top 10 new burger joints in Toronto

Burger's Priest

Burger's Priest

After experiencing wild success since opening in 2010, Burger's Priest has expanded with two additional locations that never seem short of packed. Winning touches include freshly grinding the beef in small batches throughout the day and cooking burgers on a flat top with mustard and onions. It's probably the city's best alternative to the famed Californian In-N-Out Burger, with light fluffy buns, and decadently greasy patties. My winner is The Priest riest ($9.99 for a single beef patty topped with fried portobello mushrooms and processed cheese). More »

Holy Chuck

Holy Chuck

This family style burger joint at Yonge & St Clair has made quite an impact on the Toronto burger scene since launching in 2011. They grind aged steak every hour for their burgers, and being able to add Italian black truffles to any burger or fries for only 3.99 is a fantastic option. They're probably best known for the Go Chuck Yourself challenge. Finish a heart-stopping combination of six patties, six slices of cheese, three pieces of bacon and caramelized onions, between three grilled sandwiches with one of their many milkshakes in just six minutes and you'll get yourself on the wall of fame. More »

The Stockyards

The Stockyards

The Stockyards is known for its excellent Southern-style BBQ, but it also makes one of the best burgers in town. The five ounce patties start their life as rolled balls of meat that are satisfyingly smash-fried on a sweeping flat top. The outside is seared to a wonderful crust that keeps in the juices and makes this burger worth the struggle for a seat in this tiny diner. The Butter Burger's patty is composed of 50 per cent chuck, 25 per cent brisket, and a secret cut for the rest. It's garnished with thinly sliced onions, butter lettuce and a bone marrow-blue cheese red wine butter. More »

Woody's Burgers

Woody's Burgers

Woody's seven ounce cheeseburger uses locally raised beef that's ground and pressed fresh daily. What sets Woody's apart is a rejection of the American flat-top take on burgers that dominate the other entries on this list. Instead they've embraced their Canadian roots by using a hardwood burning grill for a distinctive smoky flavour. The Beef Stuffed Cheddar ($6.95) is an inside-out cheeseburger (a cheddar-stuffed patty dressed with all the fixings). Also worth a try is The Bistro ($7.05) a beef burger topped with brie, sauteed onions and mushrooms, finished with a slathering of Dijon. More »

BQM

BQM

BQM has two locations (Queen West and Ossington) and long ago carved a niche for themselves with the option of picking the cut of beef you'd like the burger to be made from (chuck, brisket or sirloin). They were also one of the first to adopt a strict policy of using only locally-raised, hormone-free meat. The Big Cheese ($8 chuck, $10 brisket, and $12 sirloin) is topped with cheddar, red onion, pickles and garlic aioli. Fries are an extra $3 or you can try one of the five poutines on offer (or the excellent deep fried pickles). More »

P&L Burger

P&L Burger

After winning the coveted title of Best Burger on CMT's Burger Wars, Parkdale's Parts & Labour decided to open a dedicated burger shop in the former White Squirrel Snack Shop on Queen West (just a few hundred yards from Burger's Priest). The patty is six-and-a-half ounces of twice-ground Canadian chuck (done daily in-house). The Deluxe Burger ($9) is similar to a gourmet Big Mac, topped with bacon, tomato, red onion, iceberg lettuce, thousand island dressing and American processed cheese. For a different, yet equally tasty option, the Italian ($9) has onions, house tomato sauce, sweet and hot peppers along with mozzarella cheese. More »

The Rude Boy

The Rude Boy

This Roncesvalles burger spot has six burgers to choose from, and while none of them are labeled a "cheeseburger," you add cheese for merely a dollar. The Natural features fresh ground beef from Sanagan's Meat Locker and is served on a soft burger bun along with pickle, onion, tomato, housemade ballpark mustard and a smoked jalapeno ketchup. There's five cheeses to choose from including fried haloumi, Stilton, and smoked cheddar. The sides are great too, a favourite being the Blanche de Chambly beer-battered onion rings ($4.25) served with that ball park mustard. More »

Brock Sandwich

Brock Sandwich

Opening last summer in Bloordale Village, Brock quickly made an impression for having delicious sandwiches. The homemade cheeseburger ($10) is, in keeping with the rest of the menu, delicious. The beef is sourced locally and ground in house. It's served with smoked tomato jam, cheese, mustard, mayo, lettuce and onion with paprika-spiced Yukon Gold fries. More »

The Burgernator

The Burgernator

Kensington Market didn't have to mourn the loss of Big Chubby Burger for long, as the Burgernator opened up swiftly after its demise, with a firmly tongue-in-cheek military theme. The Commander Burger ($6) represents the entry level cheeseburger with a four-ounce patty, but the real reason to swing through the door is to dive into the eponymous Burgernator ($14.99). Three six-ounce patties are stuffed between two grilled cheese sandwiches, with sauteed mushrooms and onions, and house sauce. Wow. More »

Discussion

52 Comments

Alison / February 5, 2014 at 01:46 pm
user-pic
I have been to many of the places on the list, and think this is pretty perfectly ordered. Good job
Yum / February 5, 2014 at 02:01 pm
user-pic
Don't forget the Patrician diner. If price is factored in, I would rank it pretty close to #1. It is the Real McCoy.
Dave / February 5, 2014 at 02:21 pm
user-pic
I would recommend either burgers available at the Indie Alehouse too - absolutely delicious.
Rusty / February 5, 2014 at 02:44 pm
user-pic
It saddens me to see that Five Guys was not included on this list.
@myblocktyler / February 5, 2014 at 02:51 pm
user-pic
Allen's on the Danforth, 143 Danforth should be reviewed. Their burgers are insanely tasty.
Benedict / February 5, 2014 at 02:51 pm
user-pic
It never fails that I scroll down BlogTO pages and end up like this on the map http://i.imgur.com/bav6pVv.png
John / February 5, 2014 at 02:52 pm
user-pic
It saddens me that Steak Queen isn't on this list.
Osiem / February 5, 2014 at 02:52 pm
user-pic
Against the Grain, their ATG burger is pretty spot on.
Bingo / February 5, 2014 at 02:52 pm
user-pic
Why was not on this list? C'mon do your job!
Dave / February 5, 2014 at 02:55 pm
user-pic
I wish Burger's Priest would open their Etobicoke location already!
BOO / February 5, 2014 at 02:55 pm
user-pic
No Five Guys??
Movinny / February 5, 2014 at 02:58 pm
user-pic
I would also add the former food truck now Beach restaurant Hogtown Smoke to this list. The burger may not be the star of the show there, but it arguably should be.
Leah / February 5, 2014 at 03:00 pm
user-pic
No Capitano's?? Boo.
Malcolm / February 5, 2014 at 03:03 pm
user-pic
Ate at the Burger's Priest in the Beaches awhile back and thought it was good, but not much more than that.

When a friend wanted to try the Burger's Priest that recently opened on Queen West, I begrudgingly went along with it... but holy sh*tballs was it probably the best burger I've ever had.

Nice to see BP up their game with expansion... usually it goes the opposite way.
sw / February 5, 2014 at 03:20 pm
user-pic
Woody's is sooo good. I love holy Chuck and burgers priest, but Woodys takes the cheeseburger to a whole other level. Their four cheese stuffed burger is insane! Worth the trek to long branch, or if you're a humber lakeshore campus student :)
Jamie / February 5, 2014 at 03:21 pm
user-pic
Recently had the burger at Richmond Station and have to say it was one of the best I've had in the city. If you're looking for one to try, head there!
Anna / February 5, 2014 at 03:29 pm
user-pic
HOLY CHUCK!

Best burger I've ever had. No contest.
Nigel replying to a comment from BOO / February 5, 2014 at 03:49 pm
user-pic
They missed McDonald's too :(
Oh Boy / February 5, 2014 at 03:55 pm
user-pic
Seriously BQM is better than P&L?
W. K. Lis / February 5, 2014 at 04:07 pm
user-pic
We deserve a break today. Lets go down to the MacDonalds Station for a hamburger and fries. 😄
Andrew / February 5, 2014 at 04:17 pm
user-pic
Agree with Jamie, Richmond Station has 1 of the best (if not the best) in the city!
Tom / February 5, 2014 at 04:19 pm
user-pic
The Riverside Burger at Burger Shoppe is my all time favorited cheeseburger!
Brian / February 5, 2014 at 04:24 pm
user-pic
its WHOPPER WEDNESDAY idiots
Brandon / February 5, 2014 at 04:34 pm
user-pic
Five Guys is decent on a good day, but last couple times I went to the Yonge/Dundas location, I was very unimpressed. The bun was dry and stale, and the burger was also dry and overcooked.
p / February 5, 2014 at 04:37 pm
user-pic
Five Guys will never be on the list as long as they use processed cheese. This city is lousy with burgers, no need for that crap.
Jeffrey Beaumont replying to a comment from p / February 5, 2014 at 04:44 pm
user-pic
shut up, you're an idiot.
Bobby replying to a comment from p / February 5, 2014 at 04:47 pm
user-pic
I only want processed cheese on burgers, regular cheese separates when it's melted and doesn't have the same mouth feel as processed. All the best American style burgers in the world used processed cheese. You're misguided, sorry. Five guys is better than 80% of the burgers on this list.
Howard the Pig / February 5, 2014 at 05:05 pm
user-pic
What's that smegma that McDonalds puts on its grey, imitation meat slices? Anyone else use smegma on burgers?
Beefy Bob / February 5, 2014 at 05:14 pm
user-pic
This is a decent list but Harbord Room has the best burger in the city. Richmond Station is a close second.
j / February 5, 2014 at 05:16 pm
user-pic
The Harbord Room has the best burger, HANDS DOWN! Close second, Bestellen Breakfast Burger!
lol / February 5, 2014 at 08:02 pm
user-pic
lol "seal in the juices". The maillard reaction doesn't seal in juices... Food articles spreading food myths...
Ash replying to a comment from lol / February 5, 2014 at 08:47 pm
user-pic
Trying to sound smart will get you nowhere,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maillard_reaction
Rick / February 5, 2014 at 09:37 pm
user-pic
Woody's gets my vote, I had the coronary burger - cheese, bacon, and a runny fried egg - OH MY GOD was this thing freakin delicious!!!! The ground was excellent - flavorfull and juicy. The the fries are simply incredible - their dusted in a chile/cumin dusting and they go real well with the burger. I have to go back here soon!!!!!
Lover / February 5, 2014 at 09:58 pm
user-pic
Why didn't Capitano's make the list? Their burgers are delicious, huge, and costs about $6.5

Holy Chuck's is terrible - overpriced, tiny burgers. I paid over $11 for a tiny greasy burger.
Ken replying to a comment from Malcolm / February 6, 2014 at 01:05 am
user-pic
Oddly enough, I swear by the original Queen East location, finding all the other locations just not-quite-as-good -- be it overcooked, or buns not as pillow-soft, or the meat grain being a bit too coarse.
Caroline / February 6, 2014 at 06:17 am
user-pic
Yeah. I love a bunch of these places.
Brock Sandwich does go great burgers - good chicken sandwich too! Nice guys.
A few other places overlooked in the hood are - The Piston - which really does do one of the best burgers I have ever found in the city - and I like my burgers. It doesn't do the 'make a mountain out of a burger' to impress. It just rocks. I don't know what they do - but I hope they don't stop. Great burger - great bun - homemade toppings. Yum!!
The Whippoorwill also does a fine burger. Very simple - but satisfying. Some crazy delicious bacon too!!

I think I know what I am gonna have for lunch today.
Mich / February 6, 2014 at 07:45 am
user-pic
Great Burger Kitchen at Gerrard/jones needs to get some recognition, as does No Bull Burger (cork town and beaches locations). No Bull does the grilled cheese buns like burger priest but is completely under the radar.
Matt / February 6, 2014 at 08:16 am
user-pic
Difficult as it is to distill a list like this down to 9 burgers, still a shame that The Emerson and This End Up were overlooked.
Rob, King Ford / February 6, 2014 at 09:07 am
user-pic
Love that McDonald's smegma burger! Mmmm, smegma! Doug loves smegma, so does Kathy, Randy & Mom!
The Burgernator / February 6, 2014 at 09:15 am
user-pic
Thanks for the love BlogTo!

We're celebrating our 1st anniversary this Sunday! Check out our new and improved menu, and enjoy 50% off all our new burgers!

https://www.facebook.com/events/538042709648192/?source=3&;source_newsfeed_story_type=regular

rsb / February 6, 2014 at 10:03 am
user-pic
Nothing north of Eglinton? Your toronto STILL does not include North York!
LoveYourToronto / February 6, 2014 at 11:18 am
user-pic
This is a magical city. LOVE Burgers Priest and Holy Chuck
Nic / February 6, 2014 at 11:19 am
user-pic
The staff at BQM on Queen are atrocious. Great burgers, but good luck trying to order said burger. I swear they leave the phone off the hook to avoid phone orders and if you do get through, be prepared to be left on hold for eternity. I've given up on this place and switched to BP, which is basically across the street.
Yasmine / February 6, 2014 at 11:36 am
user-pic
Holy Chuck FTW! Their fries are the best fries in the city too! Just wish there was a location closer DT, but its worth the trip up
Timmy / February 6, 2014 at 05:14 pm
user-pic
Somebody has never ventured to Etobicoke before....what about Apache Burger!
Jake replying to a comment from John / February 6, 2014 at 05:27 pm
user-pic
Can anyone explain to me why Apache Burger is not on this list???
Cambie / February 6, 2014 at 08:16 pm
user-pic
Please, Apache burger is awful, frozen pucks, like Johnny's and steak queen. These places are only good for nostalgia. I've had better burgers at a hockey rink.
Timmy / February 6, 2014 at 09:23 pm
user-pic
Love woody's.... amazing original gourmet burgers, a rarity in Etobicoke!
Rick / February 7, 2014 at 08:16 am
user-pic
Apache Burger is pretty damn good, I dont understand why idiots have to post retarded comments about a place that is an institution in Etobicoke. The burgers are good quality chuck, charcoal broiled, and god do they have great O-rings.

To me the majority of burger joints in the downtown core are for hipster trash that need to be seen at a burger joint and blog about it being the best burger since burgers. Its the super tight chick pants they all wear that is seriously cutting off much needed blood to their balls. Might as well just castrate themselves. Have at it Haus.
flat lander / February 7, 2014 at 12:47 pm
user-pic
Dirty Burg at Wallace & Co......
Damn fine!!!
Dee / February 8, 2014 at 02:52 pm
user-pic
Hey "The Burgernator" if your still reading this stop forgetting things on take out orders! First time you forgot my garlic aoli sauce, and last time I paid for sweet potato fries and you gave me regular fries! Now I have to open up my bag to double check my order like an obese McDonald's customer.
Rob, King Ford / February 16, 2014 at 11:52 am
user-pic
Not enuf smegma @ Apache.

Add a Comment

Other Cities: Montreal