When it comes to burgers, Canada has a lot to offer. Whether you like your patties piled high with toppings or served up with some good old ketchup, mustard and melted cheese, there’s no denying that Canadians love their burgers. Across the country, there are countless diners and restaurants serving up burgers, but how do you find the best of the best? If you’re looking for the best burger in Canada, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite burgers from coast to coast.
MamO Burger Bar (Windsor, Ontario)
Located on Ottawa Street in Windsor, MamO Burger Bar isn’t just one of the best burgers in Ontario, it has made several “best of” lists on both a national and international level. They use local, naturally-raised beef that’s ground in-house daily, and their menu includes a dozen signature burgers, most of which are made with two patties. One of their most popular offerings is The Big Popper, featuring fried goat cheese, pickled jalapenos, hot pepper Colby cheese, bacon and chipotle mayo. People also love their Daddy Mac burger that includes house-made mac and cheese, smoked pulled pork and caramelized onions.
Q Burger (Qualicum Beach, British Columbia)
Vancouver Island’s Q Burger serves up award-winning fare in the heart of Qualicum Beach, using beef that is freshly ground in town every day along with locally-sourced ingredients when available. People flock there to try the signature Burgerittos, where a burger with all the toppings is wrapped in a tortilla and baked in the oven, bun and all. When it comes to the burgers that have made them one of the best in the country, their most popular option is the Q-BOOM!!!, made with hand-smashed beef, roasted garlic, cream cheese, fried mozzarella and candied bacon crumble.
Chez Tousignant (Montreal, Quebec)
Just steps from Montreal’s famous Jean Talon Market is Chez Tousignant, a snack bar-style restaurant from chefs Stefano Faita, Michele Forgione and Yann Turcotte, serving up classic burgers, hot dogs, fries and poutine. Their Burger Tousignant is a must-try, featuring a smashed beef patty topped with crispy maple ham, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle and their signature sauce on a freshly baked potato bun that’s been buttered and toasted.
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The White Top Drive-In (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
The White Top Drive-In is a family-owned restaurant that has been cooking up homemade burgers, hot dogs, hand-cut fries and real ice cream in Winnipeg’s North End since 1972. Home to one of the first drive-throughs in the province, everything is made fresh to order using only the highest quality ingredients. They are best known for the Fat Boy, a burger that has won awards and made headlines both in their hometown and across the country. It’s made with a hand-pressed beef patty, freshly baked bun, cheese, chili, mustard, onions, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes and mayonnaise.
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Jack’s Burger Shack (St. Albert, Alberta)
Jack’s Burger Shack is known for its delicious burgers, simply seasoned with a bit of salt and then cooked on a high-temperature grill to create a flavourful, caramelized crust. There are nine core burgers on the menu, including the Hangover Burger, made with a Canadian beef patty, ketchup, mustard and pickles between two grilled cheese sandwiches and the BBQ Crunch Burger that tops a patty with bacon, cheese, potato chips, and barbecue sauce. Brothers and co-owners Tu and Nihn Le also have fun with specials like pizza, croissants and Turducken (turkey, duck and chicken) burgers.
Darrell’s (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
A staple among locals and students for more than three decades, Darrell’s has gained praise for its burgers both in Halifax and across Canada. Located in the city’s South End, steps from the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, all of their burgers are made with fresh, never frozen, Certified Angus Beef. By far, their most popular option is their Original Peanut Butter Burger, topping their beef patty with crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese, and crunchy peanut butter with a side of seasoned wedge-style fries.
Ace Burger (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
Formerly one of Saskatoon’s most popular food trucks, Ace now serves its popular burgers from a brick-and-mortar location on Broadway Avenue that they launched in 2019. They feature a small but impressive selection of smash burgers, all made with fresh, never frozen, Triple A certified Angus beef. The burger that started it all is their Bacon Cheese Ace, a beef patty topped with bacon, Cheddar cheese, arugula, tomato, red onion and a homemade sriracha mayo.
Olympus Burger (Port Hope, Ontario)
About an hour east of Toronto in the picturesque town of Port Hope is Olympus Burger, which has made several best burgers lists in Canada since opening in 2013 (and is a leading favourite among our readers). With a menu featuring dishes named for the gods of Greek mythology, their burger patties are made daily in-house. Among their offerings is the Zeus, featuring a fresh beef patty topped with peameal bacon, caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, aged white Cheddar cheese, their signature Olympus BBQ sauce, lettuce and tomato. They also have a secret menu with creative toppings like saganaki cheese and Montreal smoked meat.
Tomahawk Restaurant (North Vancouver, British Columbia)
Vancouver’s oldest family-run restaurant, in operation for close to a century, is also home to some of Canada’s finest burger offerings. A community hub since 1926 and a celebration of Indigenous culture, many of their burgers are named in honour of local Indigenous leaders. Among the burgers on the Tomahawk menu is the Skookum Chief Burger, made with a certified organic beef patty, and topped with onions, lettuce, thick Yukon-style bacon, a free run egg, aged Cheddar cheese, a sliced wiener, tomato, and Tomahawk’s special sauce.
Chez Victor (Quebec City, Quebec)
Famous for its burgers since opening in 1991, Chez Victor‘s burger artisans use fresh ingredients and products local to the region surrounding Quebec City. If you find yourself in the area, stop in for one of their tempting selections, like the L’Inter, featuring a beef patty topped with cheese curds, beer-battered onion rings, lettuce and Cajun mayo, or Le Poulet Suisse et Champignons that combines a chicken burger with Swiss cheese, mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes, and a curry garlic mayo on a poppyseed bun.