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The Best Late Night Burgers in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / February 22, 2013

best late night burgers torontoThe best late night burgers in Toronto seem to beckon as the night turns into the early morning. These burgers, in all of their diet-destroying glory, become evermore appealing after Friday night last call, when the only thing that will suffice is a little beef and a side of fries. These burgers range from classic diner, to sophisticated and decadently clad, and usually offer the perfect way to end off a night out.

Here is the list of the best late night burgers in Toronto.

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See also:

The best burgers in Toronto
The best old school burgers in Toronto
The best veggie burgers in Toronto
The best cheeseburgers in Toronto
The best restaurant burgers in Toronto

This End Up

This End Up

This burger is a mouth-watering seven ounces of fresh ground chuck, which is almost enough to distract from This End Up's delicious boozy cocktails. Topped with aged cheddar, house sauce, house pickles, arugula, onion, and shiitake and sundried tomato tapenade, it also happens to be a (relative) steal at $13 with a salad or fries on the side. Open past 1am Thursday to Saturday. More »

Jumbo Burgers

Jumbo Burgers

Jumbo Burgers does your classic, indulgent diner-style burger wherein a side of onion rings are pretty much a necessity. This late night spot (until around 2 a.m.) seems to have stayed the same for decades, with prices lagging nicely behind at $3.95 for your basic, minimally dressed burger. A milkshake here is always a good call, too. More »

Thompson Diner

Thompson Diner

For a burger at any time of night (or morning), there's always the Thompson Diner's list numerous and creative of options. The 24-hour spot offers beef, turkey, and veggie patties, wrapped in buns or lettuce, or (if you can stomach it) two grilled cheese sandwiches. Served with a side, burgers here start at about $12. More »

Burger Shack

Burger Shack

Never mind its somewhat-seedy sidewalk appeal, Burger Shack does a mighty fine take on a classic charbroiled burger. Your best bet here is the bacon and cheese-clad banquet burger, which, when paired with an order of crispy onion rings, is a no-fail choice for a late night bite around $10. Open until 3 a.m. on weekends. More »

Johnny Jackson

Johnny Jackson

Johnny Jackson sucks you in with its everything-ten-bucks late night menu (until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays), not the least of which includes its boxed-up six ounce burger. Paired with a side of fries, this patty comes topped with your requisite tomato, lettuce, and onion ring, and is dubbed, affectionately, "Brutus." All hail. More »

Dairy Freeze

Dairy Freeze

Paid for with pocket change, the classic old-school Dairy Freeze burger has been earning late night esteem for decades. This is a traditional mustard n' ketchup type burger, so those who crave arugula and brie toppings should probably look elsewhere. Best enjoyed on the patio picnic tables in the summertime. Open until 3 or 4am throughout the week. More »

Johnny's Hamburgers

Johnny's Hamburgers

For a time warp and a late night burger. Johnny's keeps retro charm alive in the form of paper hats, excessive orange decor, and a hot charbroiled burger for $3 and change. This is the type of place you stop by at 2 a.m. on Saturday night and devour your order in minutes in your car. And enjoy every second of it. More »

Gourmet Burger Co. (Adelaide St.)

Gourmet Burger Co. (Adelaide St.)

A step up, I'd say, from your average chain burger joint, but still open until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Here the beef patties are made fresh and packed loose, topped with premium ingredients and house-made sauces. Gourmet Burger also makes a pretty delicious fish burger for pescetarian customers, along with sides such as poutine, onion rings, and milkshakes. More »

Gangster Burger

Gangster Burger

Pick from a list of "bosses" that includes the Dillinger, the Lucas, and the famed Capone. This burger joint draws inspiration from the big boys of crime, somehow translating that history into 6oz beef patties with dill Havarti, caramelized onions, and Gangster Goo (spicy ketchup). Whatever. It's open until 4 a.m. on weekends. More »

W Burger Bar

W Burger Bar

W Burger Bar makes an incredible Kobe burger if you can spring for the cash ($19), and a pretty delicious regular organic beef burger to boot. Open late Thursday through Saturday (until 2 a.m. or later), it's a solid choice for sustenance on the way home from the bar. More »

Hero Certified Burgers

Hero Certified Burgers

Some people just love the Hero burger, I guess. With multiple locations around the city open until the wee hours (or some, in the case of Queen West, all night), Hero Certified Burgers does a pretty consistent patty, offered with all of the fixings and fries and onion rings alongside. Angus beef, hormone-free, and about $10 with fries and a drink. More »

ACME Burger Company Annex

ACME Burger Company Annex

This is where hungry students seem to settle for a little beef after last call. Open until 4 a.m. on weekends, ACME offers a pretty meaty burger for your buck, complete with pretty much any topping you could want (minus peameal bacon) including guac and mango chutney for no extra charge. More »

T-Bones Restaurant

T-Bones Restaurant

If you can't quite stomach a 16-oz steak at 3 a.m. (who are you?) T-Bones' burger presents a much more reasonable option. This homemade burger comes hot and juicy, served with standard toppings, a side of fries, and a drink for less than $10. It's not a New York sirloin, but it'll certainly do. More »

Apache Burger

Apache Burger

Apache is Etobicoke's answer to the late night, old-school burger. Cooked up thin and wide, this burger is no-frills at its finest, best complimented by a mix of fries and on the side. This place hasn't changed in ages, and neither have the burgers. Open until around 3 a.m. on Fridays. More »

Discussion

50 Comments

Lawrence / February 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm
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Burger Brats???
Brandon / February 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm
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Hero Burger is gross and overrated. The meat is grey and obviously processed, and their fries are always soggy and greasy. Plus, after eating there you always feel like complete crap too.
willrideforfree / February 22, 2013 at 12:39 pm
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What happened to Johnny's? is it still open late?
Robert replying to a comment from Brandon / February 22, 2013 at 01:16 pm
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Can't believe people praise the slop they serve. Might as well have a burger at Johny Rockets.
Jose / February 22, 2013 at 01:16 pm
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I want 24/hr Philly Cheese steak
Matt / February 22, 2013 at 01:18 pm
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Dairy Freeze is the best. My GF and I have renamed their onion rings The Onion Rings Of Saturn. They're huge.
mdance / February 22, 2013 at 01:22 pm
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Hero Burger is without a doubt the worst burger I have ever had.
MixMaster / February 22, 2013 at 01:23 pm
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I'm assuming this is exclusive to late night burger joints, but if they stayed open later, The Works should definitely be high on this list.
BurgerBroads / February 22, 2013 at 01:23 pm
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agree with Brandon.with so many great places to choose from how the hell did Hero end up on the list? and other places no mention of? like Burger Brats? who comes up with these lists? has the author of this article been paid yet? Enquiring minds want to know.
terence / February 22, 2013 at 01:24 pm
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Buy a milkshake at johnny rockets get entre half price. Download speeker -go to deals and discounts- find the deal - pickup -redeem.
Kat replying to a comment from MixMaster / February 22, 2013 at 01:29 pm
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I was about to leave this same comment. Only open until 10 I think, but HOT DAMN.
RC / February 22, 2013 at 01:46 pm
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I agree with This End Up. Their Burgers are fantastic and they now are open late night Thurs- Sat until 1:30am.
EricM / February 22, 2013 at 02:11 pm
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So glad to see Dairy Freeze here! Love 'em.
Barfy / February 22, 2013 at 02:17 pm
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The one time I ate at Here Burger it gave me AIDS AND butt cancer... that was a bad weekend
HeyBarfy / February 22, 2013 at 02:18 pm
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Go eat at SLAB Burger. It will cure all your Hero Burger related diseases guaranteed
Barfy / February 22, 2013 at 02:20 pm
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OMG you were right! That was a fantastic burger and I can already feel my tumors shrinking and my immune system coming back online. Thanks SLAB Burger!
burgers replying to a comment from BurgerBroads / February 22, 2013 at 02:21 pm
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These lists are voted on by readers.
HeyBarfy / February 22, 2013 at 02:21 pm
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No problem Barfy. Just glad I could help out
Nick / February 22, 2013 at 03:49 pm
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Gangster Burger made this list?!?! If you need some serious entertainment, read the comments on the review of the place.

That place gave me the worst ass piss ever.
O.G. / February 22, 2013 at 05:24 pm
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BLAM! GANGSTA BURGAH BE ALL UP IN YO' GRILLZ, BUSTIN' DA REEL BURGAH FLAVAH IN YO' FACE, 24-7!!! DON'T BE HATIN', CUZ GANGSTA JUS' STRAIGHT UP REPREZENTIN'. YOU CAN'T DISPUTE THEIR ILL REPUTE!! WORD.
Aydin replying to a comment from MixMaster / February 22, 2013 at 06:34 pm
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The Works is great if you have TONS of cash burning a hole in your pocket. Example: Deep Fried Pickles on the menu - you get the equivalent of ONE (1!) pickle, cut into wedges for TEN DOLLARS!
Burgers are all over $12, and though good-ish, are not worth the $60 you'll end up dropping for 2 burgers, 2 beers and an app.
Toronto Fatman replying to a comment from O.G. / February 22, 2013 at 07:00 pm
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Can you maybe write that in English? No idea what the fuck you're supposed to have said.
BlogTOcop replying to a comment from O.G. / February 22, 2013 at 08:18 pm
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Hey OG, We all know you live in your parents basement, watch porn and play Modern Warfare 2 (not MW3 because you probably don't have a job and can't afford it). The truth of the matter is that the place you are talking about is a joke....kind of like how you are a joke. The burgers are so bad that they have become the laughing stalk of Toronto. You are a coward and if you were half a man you would put your address and phone number on here so that if we wanted to meet you face to face and kick the shit out of you we could. COWARD.
O.G. replying to a comment from Toronto Fatman / February 22, 2013 at 08:20 pm
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Loud explosion! Gangster Burger, the establishment that purveys some of the finest ground beef sandwiches in the city of Toronto, provides such excellent sandwiches that one inevitably feels positively overwhelmed by the savoury beefiness, at all hours of the day. Do not belittle said establishment, as the ground beef sandwich purveyor known as Gangster Burger is merely attempting to provide the highest quality victuals that are within their capabilities. One should not attempt to argue that Gangster Burger is more or less than the reputation that precedes them. Word.
Toronto Fatman replying to a comment from O.G. / February 22, 2013 at 08:26 pm
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What word?
O.G. replying to a comment from Toronto Fatman / February 22, 2013 at 08:33 pm
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To clarify, Toronto Fatman, you wanted an "English translation" of the vernacular in which I originally posed my opinions on the great establishment known as Gangster Burger. As such, I could find no immediate translation for the colloquialism "word". However, upon consulting the online Urban Dictionary, I do find myself able to shed some light on my initial intention upon using such phrasing: "Word" is the shortened form of the phrase: "my word is my bond" which was originated by inmates in U.S. prisons. The longer phrase was shortened to "word is bond" before becoming "word," which is most commonly used. It basically means "truth." Or "to speak the truth." I sincerely hope that this assists you in some small way.

Yours,

O.G.
Curiously Satisfied replying to a comment from O.G. / February 22, 2013 at 08:46 pm
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Mmm... victuals.
GAbe / February 22, 2013 at 11:48 pm
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I'm DOIN THE APACHE SHUFFLE!!!!
Mark / February 23, 2013 at 01:16 am
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You have to be kidding me. The Stockyards on St Claire at Christie. Untouchable.
John / February 23, 2013 at 02:38 am
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I lived across the street from Burger Shack for two years, best damn late night burgers in this city hands down and the folks there were always so damn nice. Looks like a hole in the wall but great burgers and fries.
Joe Tackspaier / February 23, 2013 at 07:38 am
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Hero burger?? Are you effin kidding me? They make the worst burgers in the northern hemisphere! Plus their overpriced. This list has no credibility now. Might as well put McDonald's on this list.
bill / February 23, 2013 at 08:25 am
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Agreed. Hero Burger verges on the vile. Such a disgustingly processed patty, it's shocking much of their advertising touts how real it is. And, processed pattys can actually be done right, i.e. Johnnys and even Harveys, but most def. NOT Hero.
Graeme / February 23, 2013 at 11:27 am
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hero burger? you can't be serious. That is probably one of the worst burgers in the city. It doesn't belong on any best list.
KSS / February 23, 2013 at 12:22 pm
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O.G. "Word" = "truth be"
Notsobeefy / February 23, 2013 at 08:17 pm
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At least half of the burger on this list are frickin' terrible. Johnny's, ACME, Hero, Gangster, and Apache all make horrendous burgers. There are a few places on the list that I haven't tried, so I can't speak for them, but seriously, what's wrong with you people?!?!
GAbe / February 23, 2013 at 11:22 pm
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I'm still DOIN THE APACHE SHUFFLE!!!!
GAbe / February 23, 2013 at 11:29 pm
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Saturday Night and I'm Feelin alright. Saturday, Saturday
BKBitty / February 23, 2013 at 11:46 pm
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People! - a burger should be good anytime of the day or night. Not just a late night burger. I understand if it is burger spots that are open late... But you can actually get a pretty good tasting burger at Harvey's or still the Whopper at Burger King. Both are still great options. I'm a long time Burger King fan, insider secret is to order heavy tomato or onion or add mustard then you'll get a fresh burger as its custom made...
Davina replying to a comment from BKBitty / February 23, 2013 at 11:50 pm
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Burger King's Whopper is great, love it. Especially Whopper Wednesday - Great Value! So is Licks. Was just at the Licks in Burlington, great burger built in front of you with the toppings of your choice. VERY GOOD.
Me / February 24, 2013 at 12:29 am
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And Harvey's. YUM!!
Inanity / February 24, 2013 at 02:28 am
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The next "Best Of" will be "Best Late Night Cheese Burgers in Toronto", followed two weeks later by "Best Late Night Cheese Burgers with Onion Ring on Top of Bun in Toronto".
Gotti / February 24, 2013 at 10:27 am
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Hero burger was actually voted on here!
Shame on you BTO readers!
Shame on You!!
Sadie / February 24, 2013 at 01:25 pm
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Mmmm Burger Shack is great any time of day!!
Monique / February 25, 2013 at 10:49 pm
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I don't think I'd sleep with any guy that ate burgers at 2-3am. There's something just wrong with that...
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S / November 9, 2013 at 09:04 am
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Rude Boy in Roncy!
Terence / December 1, 2013 at 10:23 am
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Capitano's! Though, they're not late night yet..
Orson / February 28, 2014 at 11:34 pm
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Please, I'm begging you guys. Do a "Top 100 park benches to chug listerine on." PLEASE.

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