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The Best Restaurant Burgers in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / March 9, 2015

burgers torontoThe best restaurant burgers in Toronto will come to you - no need to order at the counter. Just sit back, order a beer, and unfold your napkin over your lap. These burgers are surely pricier than their fast food counterparts, but justifiably so - they're served on house-baked buns loaded with decadent toppings, and already include all the essential sides.

Here are the beat 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

Topped with sharp cheddar and caramelized onions, the juicy West Grey Farms aged-beef burger ($18) at this restaurant on Harbord is served with sides of tangy slaw and crispy frites. More »

Drake Hotel

Drake Hotel

The Drake burger ($18) features a 6oz Cumbrae's dry aged beef patty, stacked on a house-made milk bun and dressed with bacon, aged cheddar, Russian dressing and a pickle. The whole thing is topped off with a side of fries. More »

Bestellen

Bestellen

The College Street steakhouse grinds its own meat to form the premium beef patties for its namesake Bestellen burger ($19). Seared to perfection, with a still-rosy centre, then nestled into a house-baked brioche bun, this baby is made better still by gooey raclette and caramelized onions. More »

Whippoorwill

Whippoorwill

Ground prime beef ($14) with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onions, and Russian dressing loaded onto a buttered bun is a house favourite at this Bloordale Village eatery. Upgrade your burger with house-smoked maple bacon for $2 more. More »

Queen and Beaver

Queen and Beaver

The public house on Elm St. serves up a deliciously refined take on a banquet burger featuring a thick hand chopped beef patty ($18) topped with just the essentials, including house-smoked bacon, cheese and ketchup. More »

The Saint

The Saint

This tavern on Ossington slaps its cheeseburger ($19) with American cheese then dresses it up with creamy bone marrow aioli and tangy dill relish. Fries on the side are included. More »

Mildred's Temple Kitchen

Mildred's Temple Kitchen

The MTK burger ($18) at this Liberty Village stalwart features a juicy, hand-formed beef patty on a pain au lait bun, dressed with sharp cheddar, caramelized onions, and apple tomato relish. Side options include a kale caesar salad or frites. More »

Stack Restaurant

Stack Restaurant

A section of the menu is devoted to burgers at this smokehouse at Yonge and Lawrence, where 16 different varieties include a classic ($10), a mushroom cheese melt ($12), and a number of patties stacked with house smoked meats ($13-$17) like bacon or brisket. More »

The Gabardine

The Gabardine

This Bay Street eatery is home to a juicy sirloin bacon cheeseburger ($19) served with fries. Have it layered with cheddar, lettuce, and tomato, then doused in house-made Thousand Island sauce. More »

Barberian's

Barberian's

The 14oz Barberian's Steakburger rings in at $25.75 - that is, unless you buy a hundred-dollar bottle of wine to go with it; then it'll only set you back 99 cents. It might be among the cheapest options on the steakhouse menu, but it's massive and should not be dismissed. More »

Museum Tavern

Museum Tavern

This restaurant opposite the ROM doubles up on prime beef patties when building its sky-high cheeseburger ($17). The jaw-stretching creation is stacked with a choice of American cheese or aged cheddar, and lettuce, onion, pickles and their own spin on Big Mac sauce. A side of fries and house slaw make for one serious sit-down entree. More »

Cluny

Cluny

This French bistro found in the Distillery District does a mighty fine double bacon cheeseburger with frites ($24). The delectable beef patty comes loaded onto a toasted bun with double smoked bacon, smoked cheddar cheese and chicharrons. More »

Discussion

69 Comments

J / March 9, 2015 at 11:58 am
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Marben and Richmond Station!
kelly / March 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm
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House on Parliament in Cabbagetown gets my vote. Great burger and fantastic fries. Nice atmosphere at a decent price.
dihedron / March 9, 2015 at 12:09 pm
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Allens on Danforth is one of the best. They grind their own beef and this means you can order your burger to any degree of rareness you like. Most importantly they don't overpower the taste of the beef with a whole lot of garlic or other seasonings (which many places do).
VeryFineHat / March 9, 2015 at 12:17 pm
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Allens?
nick / March 9, 2015 at 12:19 pm
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I wish the U of T students who vote in these polls would stop worshipping the Drake. Everything about it, with perhaps the exception of the rooftop patio, is terrible.

Honestly, any bad Ontario suburban chain has a better burger than the Drake.
Andrew / March 9, 2015 at 12:31 pm
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Some great choices but I'd add Richmond Station and Allen's to this list
P / March 9, 2015 at 01:02 pm
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The Drake's burger is unreal. Same with the fries.
joel / March 9, 2015 at 01:20 pm
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My vote goes to The Oxley (hand chopped burger, bacon and stilton)
jojo / March 9, 2015 at 01:22 pm
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nothing I hate more than a burger that's so big you can't fit it in your mouth and then it all falls apart.. some of those pictures are ridiculous, the one from Stack Restaurant is about 18 inches high
G / March 9, 2015 at 02:06 pm
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Parts and Labour!!!
Good call / March 9, 2015 at 02:10 pm
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Good call on the Oxley, but it's represented here by Queen & Beaver - they're owned by same people and the burger is the same spec in both.
kasual / March 9, 2015 at 02:23 pm
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No Allen's!? C'mmmmonnn...

No matter how well-seasoned a patty is (and all it needs is salt and pepper) a restaurant that wont cook it to anything but well-done isn't making a great burger. For that reason alone Allen's should be on here.
shay / March 9, 2015 at 02:53 pm
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The Emerson makes an incredible burger!!
PC / March 9, 2015 at 02:53 pm
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Whippoorwill for sure - awesome burger.

A couple I'd've added:

Farmhouse Tavern - let the egg yolk run!
Hole in the Wall - best "classic" cheeseburger in the city, man!

Ya, I like my neighbourhood ...
Ceilagh / March 9, 2015 at 02:53 pm
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This End Up (Dundas/Dufferin) has the best burgers ever! The Better Mac is unreal!
Cristina replying to a comment from Ronald McDonald / March 9, 2015 at 02:57 pm
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I'm so sorry I clicked on your link. That is some racist, stupid and unoriginal stuff you post. Have a thought of your own for once (who's a sheeple, really.)
Emily / March 9, 2015 at 03:00 pm
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BAREBURGERS that recently just opened at Bay & Dundas, right by Danny's. (I'm salivating while writing this!) So good!
shannon / March 9, 2015 at 03:15 pm
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I love the Drake's burger & that pickle is deelish. But Parts & Labour should def be in this list, as should The End Up. Le Select's Lamb Burger is amazing too.
shannon replying to a comment from shannon / March 9, 2015 at 03:16 pm
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*THIS End Up -typo b/c I was salivating thinking about burgers.
Inron / March 9, 2015 at 03:18 pm
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I honestly don't think this list is about the best restaurant burgers in Toronto, and more "the most expensive and pretentious gourmet burgers in Toronto".
Ruth / March 9, 2015 at 03:30 pm
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Allen's on the Danforth. The only burger I dream about for which I will travel.
Petra / March 9, 2015 at 03:34 pm
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Richmond Station!!!!!
Harvey Big Bite / March 9, 2015 at 03:39 pm
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How about a poutine burger! C'mon now!
mariana / March 9, 2015 at 04:04 pm
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Stack's burguer is barely edible.
Matt M / March 9, 2015 at 04:28 pm
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Marben's the obvious miss on this list. Allen's has lost some of its luster after better burgers came around. A little known secret - Weezie's in Corktown has a fantastic restaurant burger that's just as good as these guys.
are you sure? / March 9, 2015 at 04:31 pm
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really surprised to see no allen's and I'm clearly not the only one. I'd be really surprised to hear this list is vote based.
The Chew Review / March 9, 2015 at 04:32 pm
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I have to say that I love Mildred's brunch, but there's absolutely no way that their burger should be on here over Marben and Richmond Station - easily two of Toronto's best burgers.
Why? / March 9, 2015 at 04:33 pm
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Typical blogto....leaving out anything from the East End.
Gary / March 9, 2015 at 04:52 pm
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Twenty bucks for a lousy hamburger? No thanks, I'll stick to my 4 dollar burger at Harvey's.
mike / March 9, 2015 at 05:00 pm
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Allen's.
Lesley / March 9, 2015 at 05:49 pm
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Whopper Wednesdays at Burger King for the win! Full Combo for only $4.99
philip / March 9, 2015 at 05:57 pm
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I thought gangster burger had great burgers and they should be on the list.
Shawn / March 9, 2015 at 06:05 pm
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I guess you all forgot to vote for Allens. Ha ha
Hindsight is 20/20
someone / March 9, 2015 at 06:19 pm
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I think you missed Island of Tino's which has the best burger of all time but I guess some people probably wouldn't like that I'm giving this secret place away but it's better than it closing down like I thought it would for so long but I don't have that much money to spend on that all the time and gain tons of weight but I think the fries and gravy is a must if you get the burger cause it's really cheap compared to the Greek salad and also comes with the meal although I guess it's healthier to order the Greek salad instead and pay the extra 4$ but I guess I also don't come here too much cause I'm scared of getting a heart attack and especially with the fries and gravy that wouldn't be too hard even though it's one of the best like all those Greek places with their delicious fries and gravies or poutines and they make some of the best ones I've had even with only feta cheese but I guess everyone will hate me once this place gets too busy cause I really used to like to eat there by myself at night or during the day sometimes although I only discovered their delicious burgers recently and before I used to only get fries and gravy and was pretty satisfied.
bartholomew / March 9, 2015 at 06:25 pm
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I really like Cluny's. The decor is terrific. The food is terrific, with an exception. The hamburger not so terrific. I tried it at lunch one day. It was the most expensive item on the lunch menu at $24. It looked good. The presentation was so spectacular I had to take a photo. It was large. You had to disassemble the burger to be able to get it into your mouth, but that's okay. What weasn't so okay was the fact it was dry (I ordered it medium rare) and tough. At that price you expect better. But that's just the burger.
Other dishes at Cluny's have been beyond reproach.
hmm / March 9, 2015 at 06:53 pm
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Whipporwool doesn't grind their burgers in house so don't expect it rare. A Best burger must be served rare.
Brian / March 9, 2015 at 09:13 pm
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The problem is a lot of places that do thier own ground just this a huge chunk of meat in a grinder. I've chopped down on gistle and bone too many shocking times to pay $20 for a burger. I'm taking a risk here...
Travis / March 9, 2015 at 09:17 pm
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Amatuer mistake, user error, rookie mistake. Forgiving. To to Allen's.

http://www.dine.to/sites/allens/menus/hamburgers/
rxsiu replying to a comment from someone / March 9, 2015 at 09:25 pm
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@Someone I'mma let you finish but punctuation is one of the greatest assets to communicating in text format.
simon / March 9, 2015 at 10:50 pm
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woodys bar and grill , lakeshore and brownsline mmmm
anonymous / March 9, 2015 at 11:18 pm
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Dangerous Dan's
AL / March 9, 2015 at 11:31 pm
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A & W is back! They some good burger.
Tyler / March 10, 2015 at 12:23 am
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Still a BK fan. Love to try the new places but Burger King still has it good, so does Harvey's!!

http://www.burgerking.ca

http://www.harveys.ca/eng/index.php

JC / March 10, 2015 at 08:37 am
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Thanks for finally getting Stack in there. Their burgers (along with the smoke house meats) have always easily outshone the local options, including the press favourite Priest (which is just up the street and is heavy, bland and greasy compared to pretty much any of the Stack offerings). That said, is this burger thing over yet? It's become the Italian resto of the "trendy" food circuit.
Rory / March 10, 2015 at 08:41 am
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Joeys Eaton Centre
Phil / March 10, 2015 at 09:24 am
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I nominate the Dirty Burg @ Wallace & Co. in the Junction Triangle. It heals what ails ya.
janitor replying to a comment from Why? / March 10, 2015 at 10:07 am
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How easy would it be to just add "as voted by you"?
Bob / March 10, 2015 at 10:40 am
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What the actual F?! No Allen's?! People of Toronto, you need to get out more.. Hang out in different hoods.. Explore the city. This list is atrocious.
Yuri / March 10, 2015 at 10:41 am
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I wonder - does this Allen's place pays separately to all of those who mention it or is it a retainer with some stupid PR firm?
jill / March 10, 2015 at 11:10 am
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DRIFT has thee best burger I've ever had. Homemade buns. Homemade sauces. So delicious and succulent. I venture there a couple times a year just for the burger.
Robb / March 10, 2015 at 11:31 am
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What about Wallace & Co in the west end - Perfection if you ask me. It is exactly what a burger should be.
Robb replying to a comment from Bob / March 10, 2015 at 11:33 am
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Sorta 'kinda agree.
Bob replying to a comment from Yuri / March 10, 2015 at 11:44 am
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Yuri.. Don't be ridiculous. Go to Allen's. Have a burger. I DARE you not to come back here and express you're frustration that Allen's didn't make this list. That burger will change your life.
yep replying to a comment from shannon / March 10, 2015 at 11:59 am
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agreed, awesome awesome burgers
Bittles replying to a comment from shay / March 10, 2015 at 02:16 pm
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I second that
M / March 11, 2015 at 12:05 am
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Amsterdam Brewhouse has one of the best burgers I've ever had in Toronto!
LD / March 11, 2015 at 11:02 am
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Marben!
James / March 11, 2015 at 12:39 pm
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Get to these burger spots with Uber:

https://www.uber.com/invite/uberfreerideontario
pz / March 11, 2015 at 02:06 pm
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the worst burger i've ever had was at the saint. not trying to be a troll or spread bad juju, but i was so shocked -- the meat was overcooked, the bun wasn't fresh. i didn't end up paying the bill i was so disappointed. really low quality.
Mark / March 11, 2015 at 02:39 pm
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The lack of Allen's on this list disturbs me.

I did enjoy the Queen and Beaver burger though.

And no I'm not part of a PR firm nor do I work for Allen's! :( The burger is just magnificent there.

The medium-rare patty is just great... it's simple, it's flavourful and I've just never had anything as good as it in the entire city. It doesn't have to be #1, but how it wasn't mentioned on a TWELVE restaurant list is nuts, in my opinion.
lightsweetcrude / March 12, 2015 at 07:01 am
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The Chorizo Burger @ La Cubana !!
bestof ellen / March 12, 2015 at 11:10 am
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The bestellen burger is perfect. also Allen's of course. These are grail burgers
Northside / March 12, 2015 at 12:04 pm
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Bareburger. Bay & Dundas. That is all.
bartholomew grace / March 12, 2015 at 11:00 pm
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I would cast a vote for the lamb burger at East 36 on Wellington St East, which all you could ask for in a burger and more.
sprat replying to a comment from G / March 16, 2015 at 02:13 pm
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really not that great...
J / March 16, 2015 at 04:43 pm
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No Bull Burgers is my current favorite
Hilary / March 22, 2015 at 09:22 pm
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Why isn't Richmond Station on this list?? Their burger is literally to die for!
wes / March 31, 2015 at 07:10 pm
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One new burger to check out. Restaurant salto on Davenport. They have the best most unique burger in the city. You to try it to believe it. They are also on justeat so you can get that sucker delivered. Once you try it you'll never go back.
Roland / June 17, 2015 at 09:17 pm
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I disagree that Rude Boy got n.3. I had the 'best burger of the house' according to the chef which was the Rude Boy. It was an okay burger, but nothing special, quiet boring. Together with a beer I dined for under 20$ which is totally fine but I would not reccomend this place to anyone else. Just a boring burger at an average burger place. Service was average, nothing special either. I came here because I read a positive review from this site but it dated from 2013. I cant compare this one to the other burger places in the list because I havent seen them yet, but being a citizen of Amsterdam I can show you way better gourmet burgers over there with far better and friendlier service for a similar price. So my advice, skip this one and check out the rest on this list.

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