Some food trends come and go, but others are forever. Whether it’s a barbecue, a pub with friends or sometimes a fancy restaurant, everybody can appreciate a good quality burger. While you can easily find high-cal, low price burgers at a million decent greasy spoons across the country, it’s always interesting to splurge a little bit on a basic comfort food that’s been elevated to the next level.
Here are 7 burgers that cost a bit more than a fast food drive-through, but are definitely worth sinking your teeth into.
What was probably the first ‘expensive’ burger in the country, celebrity chef Mark McEwan’s creation offers you 8 ounces of grass fed P.E.I. beef (what’s the deal Mark, no love for Alberta? I kid, I kid…) with creamy brie and grilled porcini mushrooms for a little extra umami. Oh yeah!
The unique thing about this popular menu item at Charcut is the fact that you can order it accordingly to appetite at the table. Stay reasonably priced at $20 (8 ounces) and spilt this hand-ground sausage burger with a pal, topped with fried eggs and cheese curds, but feel free to get exponentially larger, say $80 (32 ounces) for the wow factor with a group of 6-8. Get some house-made pickles on the side, you’ll need so acidity to cut the fatty goodness in this bad boy.
At first glance, this burger rings in at the lowest price point on this list, but if a couple of patties, bacon and cheese curds doesn’t quite do it for you, consider adding some sauteed mushrooms, pepperoni and a fried egg into the mix and then you’re looking at a $20 masterpiece. Wash it down with a milkshake because, well, that just seems like the right thing to do at this burger hot spot on the East coast.
One of Edmonton’s only gourmet burger spots doesn’t hold that with this filling dish. Caramelized onions, double-smoked bacon, kosher dill pickles, onion rings and smoked cheddar are just a few (yes, a few) of the topping for a big 8 ounce kobe beef patty. I think a side salad instead of fries may be a wise choice here.
Well, Montreal certainly likes to be gluttonous at times and this couldn’t be represented better than by means of this edible Frankenstein. Bacon grilled cheese sandwiches replace what would be hamburger buns to hold some smoked meat, pepperoni, bacon chili and more. Oh, and there’s two beef patties somewhere in the middle there too. If you can eat this one all by yourself (you win a t-shirt), I commend you.
This spot gained a lot of buzz internationally for adding a $100 burger onto their menu a couple of years ago. A little less shocking these days, but still pricey is the foie gras burger, which consists of a Kobe beef patty topped with foie gras, shaved truffles and a truffle aioli. Rich on rich on rich…Well, at least you’ll die happy!
Recently listed as one of the best drinking spots in Canada by enRoute Magazine, this neighbourhood pub does a lot of things right behind the bar and in the kitchen. If you’ve got 40 minutes to spare, try taking on ‘The Pig challenge’ where you try to devour a 16 ounce beef patty, pulled pork, house-made bacon, back bacon, onion rings, cheddar and the rest of the regular fixings stuffed into a gigantic bun. Few have succeeded, but worse comes to worse, you can just take your time, cut it in half and share with a friend.
Dan Clapson is a food writer and culinary instructor based out of Calgary. He is constantly creating new recipes and striving to expand his culinary horizons. He thinks yam fries are overrated.