Food & Drink

Toronto’s best under-the-radar burgers

Published On 04/02/2014 Published On 04/02/2014
Daisho burger
Renee Suen
Renee Suen
Renee Suen
Renee Suen
Renee Suen
Renee Suen
Renee Suen
Renee Suen
The Chase Fish & Oyster
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1. Momofuku Daisho 190 University Ave, Toronto, M5H 0A3

One of the many spots from the Momofuku folks, Daisho is run by international Chef David Chang and is excellent for both large, family-style dinners or smaller individualized meals ordered from their a la carte menu.

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2. Richmond Station 1 Richmond St W, Toronto, M5H 3W4

Run by former Top Chef Canada winner Carl Heinrich, Richmond Station uses fresh, local ingredients to craft excellent dishes like their Richmond Station burger (short rib patty topped with aged cheddar, and sweet beet chutney on a house-baked milk bun) and other seasonal dishes.

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3. Splendido 88 Harbord St, Toronto, M5S 1G5 (Harbord Village)

This upscale contemporary resto uses both traditional and modern techniques to craft their scrumptious offerings, such as their VB Burger (an 8oz ground rib steak and braised short rib patty that’s dressed with garlic mayo, red pepper jam, and melted fontina cheese on a buttery homemade brioche bun).

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4. Guu Izakaya 398 Church St, Toronto, M5B 2A2

This fashionable izakaya sets the bar high for Japanese fare in the city, with an extensive menu of sharable "bar food" served up in an inviting ambience.

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5. The Beech Tree 924 Kingston Rd, Toronto, M4E (Toronto)

Every dish at this east side neighborhood bistro pub is made completely from scratch, from their char-grilled brisket burger to their crunchy and meaty triple-fried English-style chips.

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6. Greenwood Smokehouse BBQ 673 Danforth Ave, Toronto, M4J 1L2 (The Danforth)

This BBQ joint borrows flavors and cooking styles from North and South Carolina, Memphis, and Texas, making your visit here basically an international affair. And if you're a vegetarian or vegan? Don't fret, Greenwood also has offerings for you too, like their mushroom burger thats smothered in smoked pineapple-avocado salsa.

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7. District Oven 842 College St, Toronto, M6H 1A2 (Dufferin Grove)

Ever have Middleterranean food? You will once you visit District Oven, which slings a contemporary blend of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare that is as delicious as it is unique. Pro tip: try the kefta burger, made with a cumin & paprika spiced lamb and beef patty topped with arugula, fig jam, and Brie cheese.

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8. The Chase Fish & Oyster 10 Temperance St, Toronto, M5H 1Y5

Although this spot is known for its wide array of sustainable seafood dishes, there's no shame whatsoever in ordering their house burger, which consists of an 8oz beef patty with pickled jalapeño-parsley aioli and a pile of shaved PEI cheddar.