The Best Old-School Burgers in Toronto
The best old-school burgers in Toronto might as well just flip the.. uh.. "bun" at rosemary-garlic mayo, balsamic reductions, and portobello mushroom toppings. There's nothing gourmet about these burgers; they're meat--fresh, charbroiled, and juicy--a messy slop of (mostly cold) toppings, and a white bun. That's it. Paired with some greasy fries and a thick shake, the best old-school burgers in Toronto are that classic guilty pleasure that never seems to change.
While Toronto proper is certainly dominating the gourmet burger scene, the best old-school burgers--according to this list, at least--are often found outside of the downtown bubble; in Etobicoke, Scarborough, or other areas that haven't yet been infiltrated by the powers of truffle paste. And perhaps as a rule, some of the best-tasting old-school burgers are made in some of the worst-looking places. Though who says plastic booths are out?
Here are the best old-school burgers in Toronto.
Apache Burgers conquered the Etobicoke arena for best old-school burger a long time ago, back when its fluorescent signage and tiled walls were still in style. The thin burger comes topped with all the regular fixings, sandwiched in a fresh, white bun, and priced at $4.19. Onion rings, which are massive, are a choice side. More »
There's something charming about those late-night burger spots with only outdoor seating, and something even more charming about a fantastic classic burger to be had for only $3.20. That's Johnny's. Juicy, flavourful, and always without lettuce. Most go with fried onions or fries (obviously) alongside. More »
While the company can be questionable (drunk teens or Coffee Time regulars), Burger Shack serves up one of the best old school burgers in the Yonge and Eglinton area. Charbroiled, meaty patties are placed in a regular bun, and customers can pick and choose toppings from a station behind glass. Just be on the lookout for mascara stains and sexting. $3.25 More »
Golden Star has barely changed at all since it opened in the '60s, and neither, for that matter, have its burgers. No frills or anything fancy, Golden Star's regular charbroiled burger starts at $4.20 and usually is a bit too big for the bun. Which, for me, is a good thing. More »
While Square Boy's souvlaki may be a huge draw for regulars, its burgers are definitely in the top-menu-item running. Or else, maybe it's simply the amazing prices. Square Boy's square charbroiled burger, paired with fries and a drink, can be had for $5 and change. Old-school taste with old-school prices. More »
Magoo's freshly made burgers are available in two sizes, 4oz or 6oz, and are certainly in demand in the Etobicoke area. Don't stop by around noon, in other words, unless you like big crowds. Magoo sauce, despite how totally unappetizing it sounds, completes the burger. Priced at $4.25 or $4.85. More »
To say the burgers here are the real McCoy would be cliche, so let's just call them real good. While the Mojo burger is definitely a favourite, the classic homemade burger will do more than satiate those meat-related cravings, topped with all the regular fixings and served on a fresh bun. More »
It might look a little scary from the outside, but Dairy Freeze's burgers are worth a saunter inside. (Though perhaps not alone after dark.) For just $3.49, you can indulge in a classic comfort food that will wreck your diet, and yet, fill you with all sorts of pleasure. Dairy Freeze's fries and/or onion rings are perfect companions. More »