Burgers Park near Consumers Road and Yorkland Boulevard takes a cue from Shake Shack, Five Guys, and other international fast-casual concepts like New Zealand’s BurgerFuel and Dubai’s SALT and does a few things well.
It’s not really near any kind of park per se, but the food and atmosphere is meant to convey the sense of relaxation felt when escaping the office for a while for a bite and a few moments outside.
This is emphasized by park-like decor including a grass bench and planters, the outdoorsy vision brought to life with the help of Design TWG.
This place is actually halal, and they use locally-sourced natural meats free of hormones and antibiotics. They’re also plastic-free with compostable and recyclable packaging.
Hot dogs ($6.49) are all ground-beef sausages split and cooked until crispy on the griddle, then served on a toasted bun with your choice of a standard range of toppings like house pickles, tomato, sweet relish, jalapeno and sauerkraut.
The Park Burger ($7.89) is made with local pasture-raised Angus beef that’s ground on-site and classically mustard-seared and smashed.
Served on a freshly toasted sesame brioche with sauteed onions and American cheese, this truly crushable burger actually manages to take the classic up a few notches.
The Spicy Chik’n ($8.29) uses a locally-sourced, never frozen breast filet brined in buttermilk and hand-breaded in house.
It’s pressure-cooked in 100 per cent refined peanut oil for succulence, and fun toppings for this juicy, crispy sandwich include succulent honey butter, zesty slaw, candied chipotle mayo and sauteed jalapenos.
Sweet potato ($3.99) and Yukon Gold ($3.79) fries are brought in from outside, but are nostalgically crinkle-cut a la Shake Shack or Culver’s.
It’s not just ketchup here, fries are served with house sauces like a secret zesty “fry sauce” with the Yukon Gold and complex curry ketchup with the sweet potato.
A Chocolate Coffee Milkshake ($6.75) made before our eyes with whole Canadian milk completes the elevated burger joint picture. And though I taste little coffee flavour, I’m never dissatisfied with a rich chocolatey shake after a burger.
They also have other flavours like Salted Caramel, and yogurt Fruit Shakes like Blueberry Spice and Mango Cream.
Though the logo stamped all over this place bears a striking resemblance to Shake Shack’s, it was apparently created before visiting the American chain, and the similar shade of green is pure coincidence.
Either way, Toronto now has another destination for old-school-style smash burgers.