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The Best Restaurant Burgers in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / October 31, 2012

best restaurant burgers torontoThe best restaurant burgers in Toronto are serious sit-down entrees. While burgers as a category still tend to carry a bit of a diner/pub food/quick eats connotation, the burgers on this list represent real, respectable meals. And though you certainly can't pay for these burgers with the extra change you find in your pants' pocket, the extra cost is easily excused by the homemade buns, decadent toppings, and freshly ground beef that goes into these burgers.

So go ahead and unfold that napkin on your lap (while you're at it, see if you can stealthily loosen the notch on your belt, too), and this time, let the burger come to you. Here is the list of the best restaurant burgers in Toronto.

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

Harbord Room

Harbord Room

Medium-rare is the way to go for this city-famous burger, which is known colloquially as “the” item to order at Harbord Room (sorry, Duck Bolognese, you’ll have your chance). The juicy patty comes topped with sharp cheddar and caramelized onions, then served on a fluffy egg bun, with fries and a salad on the side. With its helping of house-smoked maple bacon, this $16 burger plate is definitely a winner. More »

Bestellen

Bestellen

Bestellen does a much more refined take on your average burger and fries. Starting with a house-made brioche bun, Bestellen uses three types of beef (strip loin, chuck, and short ribs) ground in-house (sensing a theme?) to make its patties. Burgers are then topped with caramelized onions and Raclette, and served with a side of frites and smoked ketchup. It’s pricy, but most say Bestellen’s burger is worth the $18. More »

Marben

Marben

Braised ribs in the centre. I’m sure that’s all you really need to know, but I’ll go on. For brunch, lunch, or dinner, John’s Burger ($18) often beats out Zac, Gillian, and Grace’s less carnivorous menu options. With the aforementioned braised rib centre (you’re salivating already, aren’t you?) this burger is topped with aged cheddar and coleslaw, and served with fries or greens. I recommend you cut it into quarters for easy eating. More »

Bymark

Bymark

Bymark is home of the $35 burger, and no, it’s not meant to be a novelty. This 8 oz burger is made with grass-fed USDA prime, topped with soft brie de meaux, porcini mushrooms and truffle aioli, and comes served with a side of onion rings or fries. Keep in mind that this is one big burger, so prepare to stretch your jaw almost as much as your pocketbook. More »

Allen’s

Allen’s

A somewhat off-menu option but always asked for by regulars, Allen’s burgers are made with fresh ground sirloin, packed thick and juicy, and served on a classic bun. This burger comes plated alone for about $10 (with the option to add fries alongside for extra, of course) with topping options of blue cheese, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, and more. Enjoyed best with a cold one. More »

Parts & Labour

Parts & Labour

It’s the signature Parts & Labour tangy and kind-of-hot special sauce that makes this burger. And, I suppose, the half pound of Ontario beef. Parts & Labour’s burger is another biggie, smothered with aged cheddar and a couple other classic fixin’s wedged between a fresh egg bun. Served with a side of fries, naturally, for $18. More »

Queen & Beaver

Queen & Beaver

Greens? Who needs greens? This burger is a meat-lover’s dream, made with hand-chopped sirloin and topped with thick-cut bacon. The texture is a tad unexpected on a first bite, but its deliciousness soon overtakes any further thought. Tomato terrine and Stilton just add to the can’t-put-it-down goodness. The $17 plate comes with a side of freshly cut “chips” (this is a British place, after all). More »

The Gabardine

The Gabardine

Like Queen & Beaver, The Gabardine knows that sirloin and bacon simply make for a perfect burger match. This sirloin bacon cheeseburger comes thick and smothered with cheese, topped with roasted tomato adornment, plus a little aioli for extra flavour. A pile of fries, too, to decorate your plate, just in case that giant burger didn’t fill you up. Priced at $18. More »

Barberian's Steakhouse

Barberian's Steakhouse

Normally dismissed as the cheap option on most steakhouse menus, Barberian’s 14-ounce “steakburger” is not something to turn one’s nose up at. Unless you’re trying to fit it in your mouth, in which case, it's totally acceptable. This mammoth of a burger is left to shine pretty much on its own (with a few classic toppings available), and is normally priced at about $25 but available for lunch for $0.99 (…if you order a $100 bottle of wine). More »

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

This burger is supposedly “Famous Around the World,” but I’ll contend that probably is true for Toronto, at the very least. Mildred’s starts with its delicious pain au lait bun, which houses a half pound of fresh beef, tangy tomato relish, and crispy fried onions. A good mix of textures, and served with the option of salad or frites, this Mildred’s burger rings in at $18. More »

E11even

E11even

This is one burger that potentially has the power to drag your eyes from that gigantic multi-screen wall showing the game. With a half pound of Canadian beef, this Maple Burger gets a little sweetness (and its name) from a crisp layer of double-smoked sherry-glazed maple bacon, paired with garlic aioli, Guinness cheddar, and a few other classic other burger toppings for $25. It would be impressive if you could still find room for dessert. More »

Discussion

41 Comments

Rej / October 31, 2012 at 09:58 am
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I wish we could see large versions of the burger photos.
James / October 31, 2012 at 10:11 am
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If you're ever in North York, head to The Abbot Pub (3367 Yonge Street) for an excellent burger. My favourite restaurant burger in the city.
Pk / October 31, 2012 at 10:25 am
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I hate really tall condos.
meat pucks! / October 31, 2012 at 10:48 am
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Now im hungry.
Terry / October 31, 2012 at 11:05 am
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Against The Grain (on waterfront, near Jarvis) has an awesome burger, too....
Cyril Sneer / October 31, 2012 at 11:10 am
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I'm not against high-end gourmand food per se, but is an $18+ burger really that much better than what you'll get at your local pub/bbq place?
Buttplug Andy replying to a comment from Cyril Sneer / October 31, 2012 at 11:16 am
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Cyril Sneer / OCTOBER 31, 2012 AT 11:10 AM
" [...] is an $18+ burger really that much better than what you'll get at your local pub/bbq place?"


Yes, b/c the $18+ burger place likely grinds their own meat. Meaning: likelihood of getting sick from uncooked meat is significantly lower, so you could have your burger blue/rare, if you want.
MrsPotato / October 31, 2012 at 11:30 am
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i hate rob ford.
Sarah / October 31, 2012 at 11:46 am
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Allen's is worth the trip - one of the few places you can order a truly 'blue' burger, as all meat is ground from the same animal. Mouth watering stuff here folks.
melikeydzzzz / October 31, 2012 at 11:49 am
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These are XL-cellent options.
utopia / October 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm
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No Utopia? Veggie burger is awesome and anything with meat is super amazing
Ben / October 31, 2012 at 12:06 pm
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Beer Bistro deserves a shout-out - their burger is incredible.
Jose / October 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm
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I'm sure all these places are great, but I'm assuming this is for the burger enthusiaste. Sure, $18+ brings about quality and prevention, but I would rather still spend that on a full meal that
Jose / October 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm
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Includes more than just a burger?
Michelle / October 31, 2012 at 12:31 pm
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If you're ever in Kensington market and have a hankering for a burger and are light on funds, head to KOS on Nassau. They have my favourite burger in the city. Freshly made patties every day. Where else can you get a really great burger and (ok) fries for $7?
Architectural Finishes / October 31, 2012 at 02:35 pm
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I'm drooling over here
AS_toronto / October 31, 2012 at 02:41 pm
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The burger at Nota Bene is very good. They can make it to your liking. I hate overcooked burgers.
Fool me Once / October 31, 2012 at 02:48 pm
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To Allen's:
You make a decent burger with high-quality meat, but you are by far not the only place to do so (see above). When I was a patron there, you made the incredibly off-putting move of charging me for ketchup. Not extra ketchup, just one small portion of regular ol' heinz to put on my burger. Are you serious? Isn't that like charging for salt?
I vowed never to return and never will. Enjoy the $0.75.
Dan / October 31, 2012 at 03:43 pm
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How is Burgers Priest not on here????
lricharz / October 31, 2012 at 04:02 pm
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I love when blogto takes images, doesn't give credit... two times in like a month, come on guys.
ohp replying to a comment from Fool me Once / October 31, 2012 at 04:27 pm
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Idiot tax.
Devin / October 31, 2012 at 05:23 pm
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This is atrocious. Even a huge, mouth-watering burger shouldn't top $15.
PDG / October 31, 2012 at 07:45 pm
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Is this supposed to make us feel better about not being able to afford anything else on these restaurants' menus??
Jer / October 31, 2012 at 07:49 pm
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You missed Weezies!

It's my favourite burger in the city. Slightly edging out the Harbord room.
Jer replying to a comment from Devin / October 31, 2012 at 07:50 pm
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Disagree. If you tried the burger at the Harbord Room you'd see why. It's basically a ground up AAA sirloin.
Bill / October 31, 2012 at 07:54 pm
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OMG MARBEN BURGER....SO Good I want one now!
Captain Awesome / November 1, 2012 at 01:17 am
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The burger at The County General in the West Queen West / Bellwoods area is amazing. It's a little bit small (if it were any smaller, I'd classify it as a slider), but don't let the size put you off. Inside that burger is pure, unbridled, meaty goodness.
LOLCATS / November 1, 2012 at 11:00 am
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Yo come on son, where's the The County General at? Ya'll need to put them on this list.
Sharon Ricci / November 2, 2012 at 04:00 pm
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Hi Robyn,

Way before any of these burgers were born, one burger place was grilling up the best burgers in Toronto. That place? Shamrock Burgers. For 42 years, Shamrock has been an icon of premium burgers featuring the best beef and toppings plus open grill cooking.

We'd love to treat you to the granddaddy of burgers...a Classic Rock Burger from Shamrock. With your choice of bacon, cheese, sauteed onions, sauteed mushrooms and 18 other great toppings! We'll even throw in our famous hand cut fries and hand dipped onion rings.

Plus, the everyday burger lover can afford our prices. Always an appetizing detail!

Tell us when you're coming, we're in Scarborough and in Whitby (Brooklin) and we'd love see you,

Shamrock Burgers!
ys replying to a comment from Jer / November 2, 2012 at 04:12 pm
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Boom! Good call.
Joel / November 2, 2012 at 06:06 pm
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I have to agree about Shamrock Burgers in the east end of Toronto. The burgers are fantastic and your need to see if you can eat the Monster Sham Burger- 20 oz of meat.

Now that is a burger.
bill / November 2, 2012 at 06:17 pm
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I've never had an e11even burger but it looks very unattractive.
rakshi / November 16, 2012 at 05:04 pm
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I love THE WORKS for Burgers, wide variety for the whole group, Beef, Chicken,Elk, Veggie and Halal Beef Patty with umpteen toppings. Milk Shakes are divine to go along with them as are the onion rings. Its 888 Danforth in Toronto.
Bruce Domingez / January 13, 2013 at 07:47 pm
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Check out Royal Meats Barbeque in Etobicoke, best place ever
King Candy replying to a comment from Devin / January 13, 2013 at 11:46 pm
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You're paying for a burger that isn't a patty from some company (like Mickey D's and Harvey's) which is spiced and sauced, then cooked just like a steak; I'd say that justifies the $18.00, wouldn't you?

That said, although these places are amazing, I wouldn't eat at them that much, and anybody can make a great gourmet burger at home with the right spices, bread, cheese, and a ton of ground beef.
Matt / March 18, 2014 at 07:48 pm
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If anyone's looking for an east end spot, Wheezie's in Corktown/Distillery is right up there with Harbord Room. It's a toss up for best burger between the two of them and I usually go to which ever one I'm closer to when I want a gourmet resto burger.
emmay / March 18, 2014 at 08:01 pm
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Hogtown. Peppercorn burger. Best ever!
pat eh / March 18, 2014 at 08:25 pm
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what about the yellow griffin? haven't been in a while. hope it's still there!
Graham / March 18, 2014 at 08:47 pm
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One Restaurant has a great burger. So does The Saint.
Mike / March 19, 2014 at 10:31 am
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My mouth is watering.

I would like to hear of the healthiest burgers in Toronto. Many on this list would make that too, because it's all about quality ingredients
Craig / March 19, 2014 at 03:24 pm
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Museum Tavern on Bloor should definitely be on this list!

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