It’s hard to believe that the fine folks behind Le Burger Week, Tourisme Montreal, and even yours truly would have left any stones, err -- buns, unturned when it comes to burgers, but the fact of the matter is both they, and we have. And that's why we’re here to right these wrongs by uncovering the best of the not-on-your-standard "best of" list, the sandwiches that Montreal’s best-burger-list-makers don’t want you to know about -- so without further ado, here are Montreal’s best-kept beef secrets...
Montreal's 9 best under-the-radar burgers
The Burger: Asian PB&J Burger
You’d hardly expect to find a burger at this Mediterranean restaurant, let alone find a whole page in the menu dedicated to them, let alone find a number smothered with peanut butter and spicy jam. But you will. And it's basically the best PB&J sandwich you'll ever have.
The Burger: Beauty’s Burger
Maybe you’ve never ordered this beauty before because your brain’s been hardwired to associate Beauty’s with good ol’ greasy brunch -- and we can’t blame you for that. But one session with the no-fuss, add-the-condiments-yourself-so-they're-perfect, top-notch Beauty’s Burger ought to change that.
The Burger: The Cookies Burger
Gotta start by setting two things about this bunned treat straight. No, it’s not on a bagel. And no, it has nothing to do with cookies. We’d hold this against Bagel Etc. if it wasn’t for the fact that their hefty burger, topped with a BLT trio plus cheddar and red onion, is so damn good.
The Main Deli Steakhouse
The Burger: Main Burger
The Main’s burger gets chump-changed over their smoked meat the same way The Main gets chump-changed for Schwartz’s. It ain’t right. Especially when their burger -- layered with tomato, lettuce, onion, mozzarella, pickle, Dijon, and smoked meat (!!!) -- is the thing of beauty that it is.
The Burger: La Banquise Burger
After ordering the La Banquise Burger -- a patty topped with 'shrooms, fried onions, Swiss, tomato, lettuce, and a house spicy sauce -- you’ll realize that you’ve been doing La Banquise wrong all these years. Why have you been ordering just a poutine when it could be coming with this burger? Ask yourself that.
The Burger: 5 Napkin Burger
The only thing actually underrated about this burger is the amount of napkins the name implies -- especially if you do right, and order extra house BBQ sauce. Realistically, we're talking 10-15 napkin burger, minimum. And after you’ve had a taste of the Cajuny-spiced smokehouse sauce, you’ll realize that this beef puck exists basically as a vehicle of said sauce to your mouth... and that's no bad thing.
Chef On Call
The Burger: Big Chipper AND The Honey Boo Boo
It’s hard to choose a favourite between the Dorito-topped, Monterey jack cheesy, garlic-mayo-laden Big Chipper and The Honey Boo Boo: a crispy chick breast drenched in honey Dijon and cheddar. So take our advice: don’t. Best part about it: these babies are brought right to your door!
The Burger: Cheeseburger de Cerf
For those of you who don’t speak Franglais, allow us to translate: what we’re talking about here is a deer cheeseburger. And as if that wasn’t enough, it’s topped with bacon and onions caramelized in one of their house-brewed beers no less. You’re welcome in advance.
1. Chef On Call2055 Bishop St, Montreal
2. Sababa Grill4403 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal
3. Beauty's93 Ave du Mont-Royal Ouest, Montréal
4. Bagel Etc.4320 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
5. Main Deli Steak House3864 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
6. La Banquise994, rue Rachel Est, Montréal
7. Le Boucan1886 rue Notre-Dame-Ouest, Montréal
8. HELM273 rue Bernard O., Montréal
One of a handful of Chef On Call locations, this resto slings zesty and inventive sammies and burgers, like a Dorito-topped Big Chipper burger and their Honey Boo Boo: a chicken breast doused in honey Dijon and cheddar.
This fine resto doles out mostly Mediterranean fare, but you'll also find a whole page of their menu devoted to burgers, ranging from standard to exotic (like their Asian PB&J Burger).
This is the perfect diner to stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, offering daily specials and classics that have earned them quite the acclaim.
Bagel Etc. is a diner/cafe that's known for its brunch specials, and the bagels are all hand-rolled, Montreal-style. Grab a seat and admire the funky decor while you dig into your meal.
Since 1974, Main deli has been smoking meat for hearty sandwiches and cooking up other classic Jewish favorites like matzo ball soup and varenekes.
This Montreal Poutinery, to coin a phrase, is open day and night and serves up scrumptious curds 'n gravy fries in a variety of configurations. On top of that, there's a more general menu for traditional fare such as burgers and sandwiches, and they've got a number of microbrews to choose from as well. But really, lets cut the pretense, we know you're mainly here for the scrumptious and squeaky pouty-pouts.
Located in the heart of Little Burgundy, this smokehouse specializes in Southern-style BBQ dishes like melt-in-your-mouth ribs, pulled pork poutine, burgers, and the very meaty, mighty "pit boss platter". If you haven't gotten your meat fix yet, bacon brownies are for dessert.