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Best Burger in Vancouver - what's your vote?

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Hi everyone,
Looking for a great burger in Vancouver (preferrably in Vancouver proper, not burnaby, richmond, etc).
So far I've been recommended to:

Red Onion
Moderne Burger

Any thoughts/comments/contributions?

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  1. I KNOW it's an American chain, but I ended up at Fatburger (on Denman) twice when I was in Van for a week earlier this month. It was absolutely incredible, the best burger I've had anywhere since the demise of Fatso's in Toronto (that was at St Clair and Bathurst if anybody wants to lay a wreath for me).

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    1. re: John Manzo

      For all you Fatburger fans, I note that a new outpost is going in on Broadway across from Mountain Equipment Coop. Too dark and rainy to investigate further but there is some signage...

      1. re: grayelf

        is it just me or do others find fatburger really overpriced

        1. re: vandan

          That's funny, vandan, I was sorting through receipts just now and found mine for Fatburger (we went before David Sedaris as it was handy). Do y'all think $12.98 is expensive for a bacon cheeseburger, fries and a refillable soft drink? This was only the second time I'd tried FB. The other time was takeout with rings and shakes added in. It seemed pricier that time, and also wasn't as good. This visit, while hardly revelatory, was a serious notch above any other "fast food" burgers I've had, and there was tons of food.

          1. re: grayelf

            I have been to Fatburger on a few work-related lunches. It isn't the best in town, but definitely better than most places.

            My new fave is Hamilton Street Grill's burger platter ($12 at lunch). You can ask for your patty to be done Medium Rare - which a rarity (pun intended) in this city.

            Hamilton Street Grill
            1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2R9, CA

            1. re: fmed

              hsg is a great spot and neil seems a great guy, re: fatburger, i still think its alot of $ for a fastfood place, and in my case even more so as a refillable soda means nothing as i'm not a big fan of them

              1. re: vandan

                How are the fries at HSG these days? Three v bad experiences there but a good while ago...

                I don't drink soda either but they do have iced tea and lemonade FWIW at FB. I'd still rather go to Moderne Burger :-).

                1. re: grayelf

                  fries weren't the best i've had but they did hit the spot

                  1. re: grayelf

                    If you are super nice you can actually ask for Onion Rings, if not super busy they will prolly make them for you :)

                2. re: fmed

                  Suanne always forbade us to have burgers made medium rare. That was from the safety side of her speaking. She made an exception when we had the $28 burger at DB Bistro Moderne because the waiter said that they made the patties in-house. I guess at a place like Hamilton Street Grill, they grind their beef in-house too.

                  1. re: chowtimes

                    Another safe place to order medium-rare is Refuel. Also Vera's has a sign that says "Pink is good" or something like that. (I'm not a fan of their food though).

                    1. re: fmed

                      I have had the Refuel burger twice. The first time, I ordered it medium-rare, and it came back pinker than I expected (near-translucent in the middle) and I was a bit hesitant (despite the fact that I am regularly a blue-rare steak eater)... but once I confirmed that this was intentional (they said something about the appearance being partially due to the dry aging and the fattiness of the meat), I really enjoyed the burger. It had a great texture and was deliciously rich and moist.

                      The second time, however, the burger wasn't as good. I'm not sure if it's because I forgot to specify the doneness, but it was much more cooked, and the surface was drier and crustier and quite quite salty.

                      I have found that Refuel in general tends towards the slightly salty side.

              1. re: ck1234

                It looked close to finished when I went by on Friday -- that sure took a long time.

          2. Feenieburger all the way.

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            1. re: goremay

              I agree. Feenie's has an amazing burger. Highly recommended!

              1. re: Pez

                my vote goes to moderne burger, despite the feenie-lovers. just keep on walking down the street, past feenies, over to modern burger! i just love how the patty is pure steak (that they ground themselves) without any seasonings or fillers--just the pure taste of meat! and i love their fries to death...just crispy enough on the outside, creamy on the inside.

                1. re: flowbee

                  Between Vera's (on Denman) and Moderne Burger, I much preferred Vera's. Please keep in mind that these two burgers are very different.

                  Moderne Burger is the "fresh” style with lettuce, tomato, onions, mayonnaise, house sauce and the option of adding: cheddar, swiss, bacon, mushrooms and home made BBQ sauce.

                  Vera’s is the "good & greasy” style with ad-ons like: fried eggs, chili, hotdog, salami.

                  I prefer the latter style so naturally Vera’s was my preference.

                  1. re: Roberto7

                    I agree Vera"s has the best burgers. Since Feeny was pushed out of his own namesake restaurant and replaced by a guy from Vegas the food is not nearly as good . no love

                  2. re: flowbee

                    moderne burger never ground their own meat

              2. Speakeasy on Granville

                Roxy Burger (might get flamed for that choice, but I still love 'em)

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                1. re: young lion

                  Has Moderne Burger finally re-opened?

                2. Hamburger Mary's - have always loved their burgers and the poutine.

                  1. Feenies burger is great, also would recommend red onion

                    1. Personally find the Fennies burger over rated ad over hyped.
                      I like the burger at the Hotel Vancouver bar of all places.
                      Also, for cheap and cheerful...Vera's

                      1. I went to Vera's on Commercial Dr when it opened. It was my first time in a Vera's. I was not impressed with the service. The serving staff were totally inexperienced teenagers. The burger was bland and rubbery.

                        Though not known for their burgers, I actually prefer Fet's just down the road - hand formed juicy, flavorful patties (whenever I have it, anyway) on a Portugese bun. Good fries, and good view of downtown on the heated patio.

                        Add another vote for Fatburger for me.

                        My favorite is the burger place in the Granville Island Market. The fries are amazing too.

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                        1. re: fmed

                          I almost forgot about the granville island burger place. I used to eat there once a week when I lived there. thanks for the reminder

                          1. re: alex8alot

                            Where can I find the burger place in Granville Island? Is it in the food court area? Do you remember what it's called? Must add to the list of places to check out!

                            1. re: twinkienic

                              It is not in the main food court area where Terra Breads is, but in the "mini" food court, kitty corner from the soup place and directly across from the pie kiosk. Sorry I don't know any of the names, I just know eveyrthing by sight (and smell ;)

                              1. re: alex8alot

                                Oh great! I know which area you're referring to. I'll keep an eye out next time.

                                1. re: twinkienic

                                  You've probably figured it out by now, but just in case, its called the Market Grill. The California beef burger is delish, as are the breakfast sandwiches.

                        2. Splitz Grill, which is known as the best burger joint in Whistler, is opening up any day now on Main Street, near King Edward. It was a couple of years ago, but it was so delicious! I mean, 6 napkins, juices running-down-your-arm delicious.

                          I know where I'm going this weekend....

                          1. This is a question I've been asking myself lately, so glad to see it. I think Moderne Burger closed down before I could make it there, I'm not familiar with the Red Onion, and while Vera's is all right, I find their fries disappointing. Looking forward to Splitz Grill, that's in my hood.

                            If you're whipping down to Bellingham for some cross-border shopping (Trader Joe's? Hell yes), you MUST try Fiamma Burger on Railroad Ave downtown. We decided to branch out from our usual Jack in the Box visits, and I did some research and found this place. All natural meat, locally sourced ingredients, and beautifully designed. This place was amazing on every level.

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                            1. re: lotuskitty

                              HAs the trader joe's opened up in bellingham? I had heard rumors but put it down to a cruel tease. Where is it?

                              1. re: alex8alot

                                Yes, I think it opened at the end of September. I just went to that location for the first time. It's in an area I'd never been to. You should look it up on the Trader Joe's website for the address.

                            2. Tried splitz today, overrated, dry burger smaller than every other "gourmet burger" place in town, I live in the hood so I was hoping that i could grab and go from there. Oh well I'll try it again in another couple of wweeks

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                              1. re: bigeaterjustin

                                Waaaaaaa! I was hoping it would be great. Please post again if you try it out again. I also live in the hood so I might try it as well.........

                              2. Fatburger is good, but not as great as their hype has you believe.... it does taste fresh though. Roxy Burger has my favorite burger, of all places, on Granville downtown.

                                1. Any opinions on fast food type burgers? Coming from the lands of In-n-Out and Dick's Drive In, I sometimes a a craving for a small, simple, and cheap burger. I'm looking for something along the lines of the "baby burger" at A&W, but hopefully made with fresher ingredients and more love.

                                  Any suggestions for sliders would be great also!

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                                  1. re: jeffchuck

                                    I like Whitespot burgers in general, but the quality is inconsistent between the different locations. Tomahawk in North Van is good. I like the burger at Fet's on Commercial Dr. Vera's is inexpensive and many people seem to like them (I'm not a huge fan).

                                    Big Chains- I'm a fan of Wendy's burgers.

                                    Sliders - I had decent ones at (gasp!) the Cactus Club in Yaletown.

                                    1. re: jeffchuck

                                      Speaking of sliders, and this is a long shot, but I was reading the current issue of "West Ender" yesterday and came across an ad in the foodie section for $2.00 sliders (as a nightly special). I can't remember for the life of me which rest. it was except it the address was on Granville St., somewhere quite central. Wish I could remember more, but if you grab a current copy of the "WE" and turn the to the foodie section you will see the ad - good luck!

                                      1. re: jeffchuck

                                        I had the Save-On burger yesterday after all of the raves on the Save-On board.
                                        Two patties, cheese, lettuce, tomato plus fries for $4.50.
                                        It was quite tasty. And kind of homey if only because there is absolutely no show. It's just straight up burger. Fresh for sure (as they'll sell you the same ground beef raw at the other counter). But I think the ambience and the dining company really make the experience. I had a nice chat with an East Hastings local and Save-On regular.

                                        But Save-On is not a drive-in burger that you are looking for.
                                        White Spot doesn't seem right either-- although I haven't been because the chain-iness turns me off.

                                        I miss Dick's. That is my childhood burger.
                                        And I do love the burgers at the Shake Shack.

                                        Do we have anything close to drive-in style? Haven't been to Vera's or Moderne-- but I don't expect that they have what I'm looking for. Vera's because of all the options and that they call themselves gourmet. Moderne for its upscale "Pleasantville" image.

                                        However, Vera's just started serving sliders. Has anyone tried them?

                                        1. re: bigeaterjustin

                                          Cool. I'll check them out.

                                          So I was at Six Acres the other night for a drink and I met these two chefs and a sommelier from Vegas who opened the Brasserie down there. They were in town to drop by the opening, say hello to Daniel, and then to ski.

                                          But no, I haven't been. Probably warrants a new topic though. I'm home in Seattle for the holidays but I look forward to checking it out in January after it's had a few weeks to figure things out. Did Lumiere open the same night? I heard they were staggered...

                                          1. re: sophie.

                                            Shake Shack is horribly overrated! White Spot has a better burger and MUCH better fries. Actually, the fries are great if they are hot and crispy. They are the most like proper British chips that you can get in Vancouver. Shake Shack is trying to copy In n Out Burger but they fall well short. White Spot is closer. And, It actually started as a drive in. Vera's sucks! Haven't been to Moderne

                                            1. re: tdeane

                                              Of course Shake Shack didn't start as a drive in. It's basically an irony because New York does not have the car culture that the rest of America, LA especially, has.

                                              It was conceived more as an homage to Steak 'n Shake in Meyers's hometown of St Louis. Although orginally it was Meyers's reinvented hot dog stand.

                                              I agree. Shake Shack fries aren't all that.. I generally skip them. A burger and custard are enough. But I really enjoy their burgers because they are fresh, simple and delicious. And their custards, esp. the daily flavor specials.
                                              Granted for me it's also about the experience and the atmosphere. And the service. Legendary Danny Meyer service. I also like lines. And Madison Square Park.

                                              White Spot atmosphere is a major turn-off. Reminds me of A&W or Kidd Valley. Not the worst of the worst in fast food but just cheapo and phony. And plastic. I don't imagine the service is much better than A&W. But I'll def check it out next time I'm hungering for a burger.

                                              Haven't been but design at Moderne is overdone. Looks like Johnny Rockets. Over-sanitary lux fifties diner.
                                              Diners and soda fountains and what-have-you should feel lived in.

                                              I've only had In n Out once or twice. I was young; no burger epiphany.

                                              Maybe they are the "it" burger, but Dick's remains my favorite.

                                              1. re: sophie.

                                                Are you talking about Whitespot or Triple O's? Whitepot is a sit down restaurant but Triple O's is the fast food version. There is a big difference in the food. In n Out is a great burger and I would have to say much better than The Shake Shack. The original Dick's is in Spokane, I believe and is said to be much better than the Seattle Dick's.

                                                1. re: tdeane

                                                  I totally confused White Spot with Triple O's.

                                                  Have you been to Dick's?
                                                  The first Dick's Drive-In, founded by Dick Spady, opened in Seattle on 45th in 1954.
                                                  The Dick's in Spokane opened afterward and is unrelated. I'd never heard of it until now. And my foodie mother is from Spokane.

                                                  I'm feeling that hometown burger pride, twinkienic. Beyond the occasional Dick's or shackburger in NY I'm not really a burger person. And I agree with Kessler's parents in the following piece, eating a burger in a sit-down restaurant/diner seems over the top. Unappealing. Uncool. But maybe that's only because my hometown burger is drive-in.

                                                  Even after reading all the praise on this board, I feel like I'd have to have a serious burger craving to walk in and sit down at White Spot. Plus their burgers are a little pricey for my burger budget. $9.50 White Spot to $1.20 Dick's. I guess when it comes down to it, if I'm paying $9.50 I'd rather be getting handmade ramen or a tiffin full of curry and rice or scallop tacones. All of which are less than $9.50 in Van.

                                                  I don't have a strong enough burger drive. And while I did like Save-On for the quality/value ratio, I don't see myself going back any time soon. I feel like ramen.

                                                  "IT IS A TRULY American epiphany, the discovery of the Holy Trinity: cheeseburger, fries, and a shake. The formative moment occurs at your local burger shack--you know the one: the grease-saturated concrete, the employees in their boat-shaped paper hats. No other burger tastes the same once the palate absorbs and forms to your hometown's particular blend of pickles and special sauce, maintaining the superiority of the home burger shack to all subsequent burger shack encounters. That well-lubricated, womb-like hut evokes warm feelings. As an eight-year-old friend explained, 'You get to eat in the car.' " Rachel Kessler, The Stranger


                                                  1. re: sophie.

                                                    Whitespot's burger is nothing special -- but once again...it's nostalgic for may BC-ers. There are much better burgers out there.

                                                    I haven't been to Dick's, but my friend who works in the restaurant biz absolutely raves about it and will not pass through Seattle without a stop there. I'm looking forward to eating there.

                                                    1. re: fmed

                                                      You say Whitespot burgers are nothing special but i disagree. It is not nistalgia. I ate so many burgers in NY and other parts of the US and there the standard is bun, meat, cheese and ketchup. NOTHING ELSE!!!! Burgers like Whitespot and In n Out are special. The fries are great too.

                                                      1. re: tdeane

                                                        Well compared to the ones we make at home (home-ground beef, a bit of salt, then pan-fried in an iron skillet till it is still has plenty of pink in the middle) certainly :-).

                                                        Strangely enough, I like to dress up my home burgers just like Whitespot - using mayo and red relish...I also butter the bun which takes it closer to the Triple-O. So you see, I have a soft spot for the 'Spot.

                                                        tdeane...have you had the burgers at Hamilton Street Grill, Fets, Stella's, The Tomahawk, or the Argo...I think those are perhaps "better" than the Whitespot.

                                                        1. re: fmed

                                                          I like to butter the buns too! Whitespot and Triple O's both do that as do a lot of great burger places. I like it! I like the red relish and good quality mayo too. I've eaten at Stella's and Fet's and found the burgers to be just OK(Roxy burger is pretty good too). I think the problem with most Canadian burgers is the government. I doun't want a well done burger but the Canadian government says I have to. Whitespot burgers are at least juicy even though they are well done. My favorite fast food burger is Harvey's(in Canada anyway). They are charbroiled and juicy and filled with filler!!! LOL If the y have to be well done pork and bread crumbs make it better. That's what I say as a chef. If it's medium rare that I want pure beef.

                                                          1. re: tdeane


                                                            ground beef has to be cooked to an inside temperature of 71 celsius it can still be cooked juicy medium if its done right. Thats the problem, if its done right

                                                            1. re: bigeaterjustin

                                                              165 degrees fahrenheit is the required temp which is well done and I disagree that it can be just as juicy. A medium burger is how I like it and it is not possible to get a medium burger in Vancouver. A medium burger will have a ribbon of pink in the center. No one serves them that way in Vancouver.

                                                              1. re: bigeaterjustin

                                                                I never had a pink burger at Vera's and I've eaten there several times(although I think it is horribly overrated). Actually the only time I've been served a pink burger in BC was when it was a mistake. 160 is well done by the way.

                                                                1. re: tdeane

                                                                  I'm just telling you what the sign says, maybe you should ask for it that way. I happen to like Vera's (aside from the service being crap on occasion), What don't you like about them?

                                                                  1. re: bigeaterjustin

                                                                    I just think that the patties are bland and that is more about the toppings than the meat.

                                                    2. re: sophie.

                                                      Wow, I really was on my burger high horse last! Sorry about that, just ignore me.

                                                  2. re: sophie.

                                                    My feeling is that those of us who grew up in BC are generally partial to the White Spot burger... but I think this is based on nostalgic childhood memories (of pirate paks, etc). However, people who didn't grow up eating White Spot don't tend to like the burgers much if they are introduced to them as an adult.

                                                    Has anyone else noticed that?

                                                    1. re: twinkienic

                                                      For the most part - yes. I'm a fan of their burgers, but my wife (who grew up in the Eastern US) isn't a big fan.

                                                      I recall food blogger Chubby Panda's posting on Whitespot: http://www.chubbypanda.com/2006/09/wh...

                                                      He called the Triple O the best burger he ever had.

                                                      The White Spots restaurants themselves vary considerably in quality - probably as a result of franchising. My favourite location is the one closest to Stanley Park.

                                                        1. re: twinkienic

                                                          mehh I don't agree with this point. I grew up in Vancouver on Pirate Paks of White Spot but never had a White Spot burger. In fact stopped going to White Spot between the ages of... hmmm... 9-23yrs of age.

                                                          I rediscovered White Spot because there was a location very close to my work in Calgary. Ended up falling in love with their Monty Mushroom burger, almost as much as I enjoy my homemade bison burgers with topped with aged cheddar, avocado, bacon, and sauteed mushrooms.

                                                          Now if I get a burger craving, I usually think about White Spot.

                                                  3. I deviate, but Sophie's Cosmic Cafe? on 4th Ave. had an awesomely juicy fried oyster burger and an equally amazingly flavourful veggie burger when I lived there. Is that place still around? I always had a great meal there. I'd suggest it for a place to try and hunt down a great burger.
                                                    Moderne is overrated. Whitespot makes my skin crawl when I'm in there.

                                                    1. I know it's old school, but White Spot is the only burger that satisfies my delicious burger craving. The monty mushroom (sauteed mushrooms and cheese) with bacon. So delicious.

                                                      Also, I had a surprisingly delicious bacon cheeseburger at Cactus Club.

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                                                      1. re: angelicola

                                                        +1 for Fat Burger. Also I love Fresco's (Davie location) mushroom burger. Its awesome when your hung over and is just PILED with mushrooms and cheese.

                                                        1. re: bobbytomorow

                                                          I had a great burger experience at the Dockside Grill - good friends, hibiscus beer.

                                                          Also, I think Fresco's has become the Majestic - it was okay.

                                                          1. re: rtms

                                                            I was sad last year when I passed by and found that Fresco's was gone. Is the Majestic the same place with a makeover? Do they still have the same food (i.e. do they still have that hits-the-spot mushroom burger)?

                                                      2. Tonight was my first experience at Vera's Burger Shack and came away a very full and happy camper. Choosing from what appeared to be the regular side of the menu board, I picked mainly for the name, the "G-Money" though the double patty, double fried mushrooms, double cheese, and double toppings didn't hurt. :)

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                                                        1. re: jay_kay

                                                          I understand from Urban Diner that Moderne Burger is on the verge of (finally) reopening. I am a hardcore MB fan and have been in burger mourning since they shut down for renos over a year ago. Really psyched that they are coming back, but sorry to hear that Splitz is not meeting expectations as I had hoped to add it to my admittedly long list of Main Street options.

                                                        2. ooooh and how could i forget of course.......white spot, they have shitty fries but man those burgers, soooooo gooooood just the original or the full mushroom one, man i miss those

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                                                          1. re: busterbrown

                                                            I find their burgers to be dry about 9 out of 10 times. You need loads of the triple O sauce just to prevent choking.

                                                            1. re: busterbrown

                                                              Whitespot has shitty fries???????? They are the best fries in the city! They are like proper British chips. They are especially good when they are hot and crispy but they are at least fresh and not frozen.

                                                            2. OMG the best burger in Vancouver is def at Argo cafe. It's a little hidden gem for sure. you gotta get it served only one way. Order the bacon mushroom cheese burger add lettus, tomato and onin if ya like but I just love it the way it comes. Served with the best fries I have ever had. Order the gravy, its off the charts. It comes with the soup of the day and are you ready.....all for $5.95. Its located in a commercial area and the serve to all the rg, this is prob why nobody knwos bout it. I like it that way as they get busy. They many other specials that are amazing and the prices are insane...I HIGHLY recommend this place.

                                                              They are open mon to friday 7-3 only, i hear the breakfast is awesome but didnt ty.

                                                              Hope you go, you will love it. I have been to all the best burger joints and by far this is the best place by far.

                                                              P.S. if ya like espresso, its also the best i have ever had.



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                                                              1. re: shelleyo31

                                                                I love the Argo. The cooks there know what they are doing.

                                                                1. re: fmed

                                                                  Yes Argo rocks. The burgers are pretty good, but the fries are even better.\

                                                                  But Dicks in Seattle is the best for me...

                                                              2. Burger Heaven in New West is really good. I find White Spot is hit and miss! There doesn't seem to be any quality control at the WS on Kingsway in Burnaby anyway.

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                                                                1. re: foodsnobz

                                                                  We've been having pretty good luck at Splitz lately, but you need to avoid the fries. Luckily I prefer onion rings and they have a very nice version. Good value for these burgers but again don't be tempted to get the combo unless you go for the rings.

                                                                  I've been to Moderne a few times since they reopened in their new larger digs. Food is as good as ever with a slight caveat on the new buns (too sweet for me) but the service is really a problem. Long waits, confusion, duplication of tasks and general chaos lead to a 1-1.5 hour experience which is just too long for a burger IMHO. I think this is a classic case of expanding beyond management's capacity to manage, which makes me sad as the owners are incredibly sweet and obviously take great pride in their product.

                                                                  1. re: grayelf

                                                                    Do you mean long waits even after being seated? I've been and definitely had to wait quite a while sometimes, but generally find that things move quickly once I'm seated.

                                                                    1. re: twinkienic

                                                                      Pretty rocky all the way through, I'm afraid. Not just waits but service stumbles (wrong items, forgetting utensils etc). Makes me think very hard about going back...

                                                                      1. re: grayelf

                                                                        I've been lucky the times I've been, I guess... I generally have been served by the owners, and the only error I've had is that they gave us an extra side of fries (which they let us keep free of charge).

                                                                2. didnt reply about one of my choices before because i thought i wopuld get flamed , but now the cat is out of the bag because of anthony bourdain and i will say again like i said befor, save on meats burger is great............the white spot burger is so greasy but there is somethinga bout it....i love it , i always go with bc with the mushrooms mmmmm and miss it a lot. ive heard great good things about fetz and red onion is always good. to bad feenies is closed. but my spot to go is in n out, i know its in the states only but my friends that have been there say its the best

                                                                  1. My picks....
                                                                    The Tomahawk in North Van has the best burgers in the city hands down.. Try the Thunderbird burger.
                                                                    A distant second would be Moderne Burger in Van, followed by the burgers at Save-on-meats on Hastings is a close third.

                                                                    1. I love Moderne Burger. Their burgers are fantastic and they also do proper malted shakes. Yum!

                                                                      1. I wouldn't be so presumptuous as to call it the "best"...but it is certainly my "favourite" burger in town: Market Grill on Granville Island. The fries are equally good.

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                                                                        1. re: fmed

                                                                          I'll have to try one of their burgers, fmed. I used to get the BELTCH (bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato and cheese sarnie) but that's the only item I've sampled...

                                                                          1. re: fmed

                                                                            I couldn't think of what this place was called until you posted the pictures, as I have a burger there every time I make the trip from Edmonton. Haven't been disappointed yet, but that is really my only Vancouver burger experience.

                                                                            1. re: fmed

                                                                              good to know, im always in granville island everytime im home and have never tried it i will have to go next time......there is some great food in the island........

                                                                              1. re: busterbrown

                                                                                Time for a bump on this thread though there's been another since I thought I'd post on this one with an updated comment on Moderne Burger.

                                                                                We went last night on the spur of the moment and got seated immediately in the front window booth (yes!). Now granted this was just before 6 which is not a time I normally dine but it had been a long week and my feet just walked in the door as I went by on my way home from work. A quick call to the SO who also happened to be pulling in to our driveway and we were on. Peter greeted us like old friends and we ordered our "usual": a cheeseburger platter with a side of mushrooms and a vanilla shake. We have learned that this is more than enough food for two people, and is a good way to enjoy what is admittedly high-fat treats occasionally. The shake came quickly and was as delicious as ever, followed very shortly by the burger, which though cooked more than I'd like (drat these e coli phobic times) was still juicy and beefy, with melty cheese, ripe tomatoes and "hand leafed" lettuce that was NOT iceberg. The fries were very much to our taste, not too crispy but very hot and creamy inside as a previous poster mentioned. If we could always go to MB this early, I think it would be back in the regular rotation with no service issues at all. It seems it's when they are busier that things unravel a bit... but maybe that has changed in the interval since our last primetime visit as well. A very satisyfing burger interlude for about $20 before tip.

                                                                                  1. re: grayelf

                                                                                    god i love their fries! straight-up good fries with no gimmicks. moderne's a damn good burger, but i miss the exotic meats of stormin normans on commercial.

                                                                                    1. re: flowbee

                                                                                      Because of recs here and elsewhere, we decided to try fatburgers the last weekish in May. Granted we had takeout so maybe dine in would be better, but overall a bit of a disappointment. It is literally 2 mins by car from SIL's so the transport shouldn't have been a huge issue, but the burgs were a bit dry and bland, and the buns... styro. The shake was nothing to write home about either, very mild vanilla taste. Thumbs up on the onion rings though -- as mentioned before I'm a Moderne B fan but wish they served rings for a change :-). The total cost seemed high as well for what we got. For the price, I think we'll stick with Splitz when in that 'hood. Here's a photo, to show how they turn the paper inside out to write on (good idea). I should also mention that the service was excellent, from the person who took our phone order to the estimated time ready being exact to the cheery and helpful staff.

                                                                                      1. re: grayelf

                                                                                        i went once and like you, found it way over-priced, i live right around the corner and am still in no hurry to return, btw i saw your pic and wondreed how much it set you back? i mean its not a real big portion is it...

                                                                                        1. re: vandan

                                                                                          Vandan, we are in the midst of yet another reno and I can't find my notes from a bunch of recent noshes so no exact amount but it was at least $10 per person, comparable to Splitz and maybe even a bit more. And not everyone ordered all three items...

                                                                                          1. re: grayelf

                                                                                            i remember mine being more like $13-14 , for pretty much what you had, i actually kept the bill (somewhere?) just to remind myself to not go back

                                                                                            1. re: vandan

                                                                                              We were doing some averaging with people ordering just a burger so your numbers sound about right (or wrong, depending on your perspective!). Way too much for the quality, at any rate.

                                                                            2. I enjoy the burgers at Crave on Main. They use organic beef, and a foccacia type bun. I think it used to be less expensive, but it is still pretty reasonable - $11 for burger and fries ($1 extra for cheese/bacon) and nice atmosphere.

                                                                              1. The best burgers I've tried in Vancouver have been:

                                                                                1. Market Grill
                                                                                2. Vera's
                                                                                3. Fatburger
                                                                                4. White Spot
                                                                                5. Harvey's

                                                                                I've heard that Burgers Etc. is good but I haven't been there yet.

                                                                                As for Moderne Burger, I was not impressed with the burger I had there. I found the meat to be gamy. Very disappointing.

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                                                                                1. re: Urban Cyclist

                                                                                  I hear Wally's Burgers has reopened in Deep Cove......I'm going to check it out by the end of the month and will report back.

                                                                                  1. re: rtms

                                                                                    What's the story with Vera's? My college job was at the original Vera's (at the time just called Dundarave Beach concession stand) in West Van and was surprised to see all the Vera's around town when I came back to visit last year...

                                                                                      1. re: fmed

                                                                                        Gerald Tritt and his partner Noah Cantor are busy franchising, with about 20 Veras at present I believe.

                                                                                  2. re: Urban Cyclist

                                                                                    As a follow-up to my original post, I've since tried Urban Burger.

                                                                                    I have to say that I am quite impressed with Urban Burger. Their burgers are simple, inexpensive, and delicious. Their buns are probably the best in town.

                                                                                    My revised rankings are below:

                                                                                    1. Market Grill
                                                                                    2. Vera's
                                                                                    3. Urban Burger
                                                                                    4. Fatburger
                                                                                    5. White Spot
                                                                                    6. Harvey's

                                                                                  3. I personally would rather have a thinner burger than the $8.95 big boy. Dicks and Inn/Out are more my style. Bubbas burgers in Kauai were quite good. I like the mayo/red relish combo.

                                                                                    I know I will recieve a lot of flack for this one, but McDonalds Double Cheese Burger is a fine burger. Sometimes they get a bit greasy, but in general it is a fine representation of a thinner style boiger.

                                                                                    Let the flack begin...

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                                                                                    1. re: jahvay

                                                                                      No flack here, I know many that are into mystery meat.... of course most still have quite a few number of years left in school. ; >P

                                                                                      1. re: jahvay

                                                                                        Yo jahvay...who's looking after your section? (Nice to see you around these parts...I still need to see your photos of Au Pied du Cochon.)

                                                                                        1. re: fmed

                                                                                          Okay, fmed, I'm holding you personally responsible for the fact that I forsook my desk today and hied myself to GIsle for a Market Grill burger. That'll teach me to read this board before lunch :-). It was tasty though I'd like to see a less disintegrating bun. I also was not a huge fan of the fries, finding them rather mealy. But I'd definitely try this again -- maybe go for the Californian next time...

                                                                                          1. re: grayelf

                                                                                            Ha! I was at G.I. today as well and had the chicken version of the Market Grill. Best Chicken Burger in town (if a grilled breast passes for a burger).
                                                                                            The fries were their usual piping hot and for the most part crisp, again for wedge cut fries I don't mind them at all.
                                                                                            Never really got into their actual beef burgers though 'cause the chicken one is so damn good.

                                                                                            1. re: grayelf

                                                                                              Haha...Sorry about that.

                                                                                              I quite like the fries - more fluffy than mealy to me and with a nice cruncy exterior. You can get it with a salad instead, IIRC. The combination of sauces in the burger is a one that works for me - particularly the mustard. The bun is quite soft and perhaps too soft to hold its own against the abundant saucing and the veggies.

                                                                                              It's a messy eat....but I like it that way. It wasn't love at first bite....it grew on me over time.

                                                                                            2. re: fmed

                                                                                              I'm kinda digging these parts. More ffod chat, less attitude. As for the pics for APC, I took one, and then kind of got into the food, and the show in the kitchen, so only one pic. Sorry. I have to work on my food pic blogging.

                                                                                          2. Save-On-Meats has the best burger in Vancouver, hands down. Better than burger specialty joints, better than high-end joints...even better than your mom's/dad's.

                                                                                            It doesn't need any fancy toppings, or a different kind of bun. It comes with some great hand-cut fries as well. It's just perfect.

                                                                                            So, if you can handle the location (right in the middle of the DTES), and the overall decor, you'll be rewarded. Highly recommended.

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                                                                                              1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                I believe that the burger lunch counter is still open. The meat counter is (was?) closed....but I hear that a new tenant is taking over that area (I haven't checked in a while - that may have already transpired.)

                                                                                                1. re: fmed

                                                                                                  the burger counter is indeed still going, although seems a bit weird cosidering meat and fish counter are long gone, last i heard was that the original owners wife was to be the "new tenant" and she actually told me that she was going to take some time off and thought it woud be up and running before summer , have not seen or spoken to her for a while so not sure if its still a go or not

                                                                                            1. The Tomahawk Grill remains the ULTIMATE Burger Joint in Vancouver. No one can top the Chief Mathias (sorry if my spelling is off) Platter. My parents went there in the 50"s for one of their first dates, and I have taken many a date there since. Other than that, any shitty Chinese restaurant that serves a "Western Menu" will have the most beautiful grease laden fantastic burger you have ever tried. Honestly.

                                                                                              1. Urban Burger!!! It is the very best in Vancouver!
                                                                                                I used to live in California and really miss IN-N-Out burgers... I have been searching for 10 years for an exceptional burger in Vancouver. NOW there is a Canadian equivalent to IN-N-Out burger at Urban Burger on Davie!! I ate there in October for the first time, and have been back every weekend since. My search for a good burger in Vancouver is finally over! I always have the Deluxe with swiss and the fresh cut fries. It is a great tasting burger, moist and juicy meat on a very fresh bun. Urban's fresh cut fries are better than IN-N-Out, and better than any I have had at a burger place in Vancouver. The service is fast and friendly. Nicely designed space. I am happy that they are open!! I am addicted!

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                                                                                                1. re: wanekart

                                                                                                  Where on Davie is Urban Burger, wanekart (not in CH database that I can find)?

                                                                                                    1. re: fmed

                                                                                                      Thanks fmed -- I got a chance to google this Aussie chain.

                                                                                                        1. re: vandan

                                                                                                          I don't think it is actually. The branding looks similar though.

                                                                                                          1. re: fmed

                                                                                                            I emailed the restaurant and they are NOT affiliated with the Oz chain -- they are independent! I'm quite keen to try them out...

                                                                                                            1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                              i have been once and while i enjoyed it, wouldn't rave about it

                                                                                                              1. re: vandan

                                                                                                                Me thinks that Urban Burger post is spam...

                                                                                                                1. re: ck1234

                                                                                                                  good call ck, no wonder the pattie tasted a bit off, it wasn't beef at all, it was that dastardly SPAM, busted UB!

                                                                                                                  1. re: vandan

                                                                                                                    No idea if that post is spam but I needed a quick bite yesterday late afty and stopped in to Urban Burger (between Burrard and Thurlow on the north side of Davie). The service was fast and friendly (the owner), the bun was warm and fresh, the fries were tasty, the meat had a bit of char, the toppings were good quality, and the restaurant was clean and nicely appointed -- a real step up from any fast foodesque places I've been to in Vancouver. When I was ordering, John pointed me to the $5.99 special (4 oz burger, fries and a 16 oz fountain drink), noting that the burger size might suit me better than the larger one in the $8.99 combo. He was right -- I was nice and full but not overstuffed. I added bacon and cheddar for $1 each. When I noticed the sign that they now had onion rings after I had ordered, he commented that they were the frozen kind, to which I replied "as long as they are good!" and he also noted they are quite expensive for him to buy. He seemed keen for me to try the fries so I stuck to my first order. Then lo and behold, there were two plump and crunchy onion rings perched on top of my fries (see photo)! Not chain-like behaviour at all. Can't say it's the best burger in Vancouver without more personal data but it was very good and I'll be back for more.

                                                                                                                    PS yes that is a UB stamp on top of the bun -- they also sell UB paraphernalia.

                                                                                                                    1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                      I recently tried Splitz Grill on Main Street. It was good, but not my favourite.

                                                                                                                      Had a really good burger at White Spot recently. They are always good, and their fries are the best!

                                                                                                                      1. re: Urban Cyclist

                                                                                                                        Moderne is my fave. Also enjoy Splitz, Fat Burger, White Spot. Earl's makes a decent burger also.. Very disappointed by a burger at Cactus Club downtown recently. A far cry from the old Feenie burger.

                                                                                                                        1. re: waylman

                                                                                                                          Try the burger and fries at the bistro in the Fashion Xchange ?? building on Glen Drive, behind the Home Depot on Terminal, awesome fries.

                                                                                                                          1. re: steamboat

                                                                                                                            Oh man I've got to try this Urban Burger! It sounds awesome.

                                                                                                                            But a couple of places I'm suprised, astonished that no one's brought up; Red Robin (those friend onions on top of the burger (goodness!!!) and another place near west side: The Galley (Located in the Jericho Sailing Centre) have great burgers. That, with a corona and a killer view of the beach on a summer day. Nothing can be better than that.

                                                                                                                            And of course... white spot =)

                                                                                                                            1. re: LeviT

                                                                                                                              Red Robin does have a good burger (it's my daughter's favorite). The Galley, though - it's view is better than its burger, IMO (frozen patty, a bit "sausagey" in texture for me, etc.). The view cannot be beat - it makes the food taste better.

                                                                                                                              1. re: fmed

                                                                                                                                I haven't eaten at Red Robin since my teens so can't comment on that but I agree with fmed on the Galley. I often recommend it because of the setting but the food I've had there over the years has always just been good not great. I do have a Chowish friend who really likes the bison(?) burgers there but I've never tried them.

                                                                                                                                Also can't recall if anyone mentioned the burger at La Brasserie for a higher end experience. I've only had it once but I still think about it four months later.

                                                                                                                                1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                  I finally tried the burger at La Brasserie and I agree it was amazing. The house-ground hanger steak used in the patty was flavourful and cooked perfectly (still slightly pink the centre). The bacon, crispy onions and aioli were fabulous toppings and the brioche bun was lightly toasted but still soft and pillowy. Yum!

                                                                                                2. - altho this thread goes back to 2006, and the OP asks for options ' preferably ' located within the city of vancouver itself- i am going to go ahead and offer a ' lower mainland ' vote.
                                                                                                  - the ' monster burger ' at the big 6 restaurant ( 7066 6- th st. burnaby )
                                                                                                  - this grotesque swamp thing contains ( or it DID- last time i blundered thru one, maybe 5 years ago ) 3 slabs of anti- lean hamburger, one fried weiner, and one fried egg. sorry, no duck liver.
                                                                                                  - it is a b- movie in a bun. no need to phone ahead.

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                                                                                                  1. re: slugsunderfoot

                                                                                                    I adored the burger I had at Fatburger. Yes, the meal was expensive, but I'd gladly go back and pay again for a burger that good! Vera's is always decent. The burger that haunts my dreams though, is the burger they make at the Roxy on Granville. So good!

                                                                                                    1. re: cloudshoveller

                                                                                                      Burger Heaven is still my fave. I've had more lousy burgers at Red Robin and would never go back there. White Spot is hit and miss. It's always delicious at Burger Heaven.

                                                                                                      1. re: cloudshoveller

                                                                                                        Hey CloudS,

                                                                                                        Do you mean The Roxy Burger (as opposed to The Roxy (the nightclub). If so, I agree. My girlfriend worked there for a while. Their burgers are solid and you can order them medium rare.

                                                                                                    2. Adding some relevant links (leaving out the chains for now)

                                                                                                      Argo Cafe
                                                                                                      1836 Ontario St, Vancouver, BC V5T2W6, CA

                                                                                                      Hamilton Street Grill
                                                                                                      1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2R9, CA

                                                                                                      Dockside Restaurant & Brewing Company
                                                                                                      1253 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC V6H3R9, CA

                                                                                                      db Bistro Moderne
                                                                                                      2551 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2E9, CA

                                                                                                      Moderne Burger
                                                                                                      2507W Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6K2E9, CA

                                                                                                      Roxy Burger
                                                                                                      910 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z1L2, CA

                                                                                                      Speakeasy On Granville
                                                                                                      921 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z1L3, CA

                                                                                                      Big Six Restaurant
                                                                                                      7660 6th St, Burnaby, BC V3N3M7, CA

                                                                                                      Tomahawk Barbeque Ltd
                                                                                                      1550 Philip Ave, North Vancouver, BC V7P2V8, CA

                                                                                                      Burger Heaven Restaurant
                                                                                                      77 Tenth St, New Westminster, BC V3M3X4, CA

                                                                                                      Fets Pasta Bar & Grill
                                                                                                      1230 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L3X4, CA

                                                                                                      Splitz Grill
                                                                                                      4369 Main St, Whistler, BC V0N1B4, CA

                                                                                                      Granville Island
                                                                                                      1689 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H3R9, CA

                                                                                                      1. My home kitchen - and I'll hear no other!

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                                                                                                        1. re: mshumi

                                                                                                          Thanks Canuck, yes I meant The Roxy Burger on Granville (not the nightclub). I'm glad you mentioned being able to order them medium rare too, because that makes such a big difference in having the perfect bun/burger marriage of taste!

                                                                                                          Roxy Burger
                                                                                                          910 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z1L2, CA

                                                                                                        2. If you haven't tried Yucca Tree Cafe in White Rock it might be worth the trip. They make their Burgers from scratch (not the frozen patties from a wholesaler) and all the ingredients are fresh. It is stacked high with pan fries that are delicious. And the price is right all under $10.00. They also have a variety of burgers not just a plain burger so you can try a different one each time.

                                                                                                          Yucca Tree Cafe
                                                                                                          1347 Johnston Rd, White Rock, BC V4B3Z3, CA

                                                                                                          1. One of the best burgers I had in a long while came from The Whip (http://www.thewhiprestaurant.com/) ... That alongside a good beer tasted pretty amazing. It was juicy, flavorful and completely satisfying. I last ate there half a year ago as I haven't been to that part of town in a while, but the memory of it are what present burgers are compared to.

                                                                                                            I find Vera's hit and miss. Sometimes the meat is a bit overcooked and dry.
                                                                                                            Same with Fatburger. I often find the meat kind of dry and not so juicy, yet the best ones I have had all came from the location on Denman down by English Bay.
                                                                                                            I have fond memories of Moderne Burger but I haven't been there in a couple years. The burgers were wonderful, though.
                                                                                                            Roxy Burger is another good bet, I have always enjoyed their burgers.
                                                                                                            Splitz Grill on Main Street is another tasty option that I remember. I have been there once and really enjoyed it.

                                                                                                            Moderne Burger
                                                                                                            2507W Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6K2E9, CA

                                                                                                            Roxy Burger
                                                                                                            910 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z1L2, CA

                                                                                                            Splitz Grill
                                                                                                            4369 Main St, Whistler, BC V0N1B4, CA

                                                                                                            1. La Brasserie on Davie has the best burger in town. Served on a cutting board & topped with aged white cheddar, bacon, truffle aioli, crispy onions and a wee gherkin on top. I'm sure they grind their own & throw some thyme in there somewhere. Comes with a huge side bowl of fries accompanied by mayo & homemade ketchup. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Go for lunch or brunch & get it $2.00 cheaper than the same dish on the dinner menu.

                                                                                                              La Brasserie
                                                                                                              1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA

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                                                                                                              1. re: Gursk

                                                                                                                Sadly. not a best rec but a thumbs down on Vera's again. Although there is a location in Kits very close to my home I rarely try them out as I have so often had a mediocre burger.

                                                                                                                Yesterday I was dying for a good burger and fries but had a tight time table and my only choice was to give Vera's another shot. Once again: fail!
                                                                                                                Their classic burger had a dry patty and a not particularly moist bun. The fries as well were ok but that's about it.
                                                                                                                I bother making any comment at all just because a place like this has the chance to be so much better but instead they just sail along on mediocrity. So that's it, no more business for these guys!

                                                                                                                On the other hand I am jonesing for that La Brasserie burger!

                                                                                                                La Brasserie
                                                                                                                1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA

                                                                                                                1. re: eatrustic

                                                                                                                  I find that different Vera's locations can vary widely in taste experience. I prefer the Denman St. location.

                                                                                                                  1. re: dvdowen

                                                                                                                    Soft yet firm buns, juicy patties...typically a 2-napkin meal with nice homecut fries and (my choice) very satisfying onion ring option. This is my choice for a burger lunch. Decent service for a hole-in-the-wall independent.

                                                                                                                    I find Vera's burgers to be dry. Fatburgers is expensive.

                                                                                                                    Roadrunner Restaurant
                                                                                                                    20475 62 Ave, Langley, BC V3A5E6, CA

                                                                                                              2. I disagree with fatburger being the best place for a burger. I find the burgers to be really greasy and is really pricey for what you get. Service is always friendly so that is a bonus.
                                                                                                                I think Vera's burger is outstanding. They have a simple enough menu which makes your decision making easy. Also its a comfortable environment to just go and hang out, or the one on Denman is anyways. But the burgers are delicious!

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                                                                                                                1. re: abiaandrews

                                                                                                                  where is Shake Shack located?? couldn't find it...

                                                                                                                  vera's is pretty good, the burger is always served nice and hot
                                                                                                                  splitz grill has variety but has bad parking...
                                                                                                                  never going to fatburger again after the first time...the banana shake is ok, but the teri-burger; chili fries are just too plain and bland...

                                                                                                                  1. re: mikeyjrd

                                                                                                                    Where did you read about Shake Shack on this board? The only one I can think of is the deservedly famous one in New York.

                                                                                                                    1. re: eatrustic

                                                                                                                      read the previous replies from this post....
                                                                                                                      it was mentioned a couple times

                                                                                                                      1. re: mikeyjrd

                                                                                                                        sophie upthread mentioned it (then a few other posters used it as a benchmark or comparison). She grew up in the US and waxed nostalgic. No Shake Shack in BC.

                                                                                                                        1. re: mikeyjrd

                                                                                                                          There you go dude, I'm happy to go back 6 months or so in the posts to help you out but past that........life's too short. Thanks for the research fmed!

                                                                                                                  2. Here is an unexpected one, at a place where I don't really like any of their other offerings: Marmalade Kitchen: http://www.marmaladekb.com/menu_lunch...

                                                                                                                    Their Marmalade Cheeseburger is a nice thick patty, done to my liking. They add a Persian spice to the mix which gives it a nice twist. $12 including fries.

                                                                                                                    I've tried other things on their menu and have never been terribly happy, but the burger always has delivered.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: YVRChow

                                                                                                                      Big thumbs up for the burger at La Brasserie. Finally made it there for one tonight and it's as good as previous comments suggested.
                                                                                                                      It comes cooked medium rare unless otherwise requested and is beautifully presented. The only thing I changed was to cancel the ketchup on the bun (homemade as it was ketchup does not touch my burger, ever).

                                                                                                                      We really need to break this down into categories though as this fits the premium price range at $17. (dinner). In the same league are the Fuel Burger and at close to twice the price the DB Burger. La Brasserie gets my vote -and their fries are really good as well.

                                                                                                                      La Brasserie
                                                                                                                      1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA

                                                                                                                      1. re: eatrustic

                                                                                                                        A burger with no ketchup? That's like a hot dog with no mustard!

                                                                                                                    2. What about Burgers Etc. on E. Hastings? Does anyone have any feedback?...it's close & claim to have been a recipient of 'Vancouver's best;'

                                                                                                                      Burgers Etc
                                                                                                                      4091 Hastings St, Burnaby, BC V5C2J1, CA

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                                                                                                                      1. re: badjack

                                                                                                                        We haven't had any burger porn on this thread for a while so herewith a shot of my favourite "everyday" burger at Moderne yesterday -- the steak with bacon and cheddar. I asked them to hold the olive that usually comes on top. Just the thing for brightening what is turning into a snow day here :-).

                                                                                                                        1. re: badjack

                                                                                                                          I have been going to Burger Etc for years and can confirm they have a great burger (the best I have had anyway). They also have really good bbq – I recommend the pulled pork sandwich.

                                                                                                                        2. The Prime Rib burger at the Fish House was the best burger to date that I've had in greater Vancouver


                                                                                                                          Fish House In Stanley Park
                                                                                                                          8901 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, CA

                                                                                                                          1. I had my first Vera's experience at the new Maple Ridge location. They had just opened, so the service was a wee bit, um, "scattered", but they were friendly and accomodating.

                                                                                                                            The burger was damned good. I had the basic burger with cheese, and it was such a change from the usual "hockey puck on bun". Fresh patty, which was rare-ish (which I love). It had other odds and ends and doodads....lettuce and so forth. Too much red relish; next time I'll ask for less. Cheese was sort of tasteless cheddar; I actually prefer processed cheese on burgers, philistine that I am.

                                                                                                                            This was the best restaurant burger that I've had in the Lower Mainland, and I've been here for 14 years. Can't wait to go back and try the chili, and the hot dogs, and so on.

                                                                                                                            1. I eat burgers everywhere I can find one and the best in Vancouver so far ( and Ive had thousands no word of a lie) is at La Brasserie on Davie street near the Starbucks at Thurlow. Its not the least expensive option ( $15) in town but it kills the competition hands down!! soft toasted bun, hand ground grade AAA beef, double smoked bacon, aged white cheddar, arugula, truffle mayo, home made spicy ketchup, crispy fried shallots and a side of some of the best frites in town. I always share with a friend and grab a salad ( the beet and endive is awesome) as well. Don't pass this place up it will change they way you eat a burger!!

                                                                                                                              PS I don't work there I just LOVE it

                                                                                                                              La Brasserie
                                                                                                                              1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA

                                                                                                                              1. I can't believe I have not posted in this thread.

                                                                                                                                Refuel has changed my ability to order a burger in a restaurant. I am only disappointed in burgers that aren't true to the beef nor simple in their construction. I don't want pickles, tomatoes, greens, some sort of fancy mayo, ketchup, mustard, shortribs, truffles. It's all overkill without the burger itself being an homage to the cow that produced the meat.

                                                                                                                                Refuel presents a simple burger. A bap as a bun, 21 day aged, house ground chuck (with the occasional addition of extra fat), aged sharp cheddar and house made bacon. The bun is grilled on the plancha with the rendered fat from the burger/bacon. Order this medium rare. Anything else is a travesty. It might come a little pinker than you expect, but don't worry, it is going to be ridiculously good.

                                                                                                                                The best part? From 3-6 PM, they offer this with the beer for the same price as the regular a la carte menu price. Same for after 9 PM.

                                                                                                                                I have yet to try the Brasserie burger. From all accounts I have seen, it seems a worthy contender for top burger, but meanwhile, I will settle for my favorite.

                                                                                                                                In an attempt to ground my thoughts on the Refuel burger, I went to db Bistro Moderne to try the acclaimed db Burger. I left disappointed. Shortribs and truffle have no place in a burger. It was an overwrought piece of meat between a couple pieces of rather uninteresting bread. That experience has somewhat tainted my opinion of Boulud's operations (I will, however, entertain invites to tasting menus at Lumiere).

                                                                                                                                Let's just say I have eaten many a Refuel burger (and poutine). My waistline does not appreciate this.

                                                                                                                                db Bistro Moderne
                                                                                                                                2551 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2E9, CA

                                                                                                                                2551 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K2E9, CA

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                                                                                                                                1. re: peter.v

                                                                                                                                  My top two burgers are ReFuel's and Hamilton Street Grill's (minus the truffle mayo). I also have a soft spot for Market Grill in the market at Granville Island.

                                                                                                                                2. I've recently had a burger from five guys and thought it was a great burger. Simple, moist, and well seasoned.

                                                                                                                                  Another great choice would be the guiness burger at three lions.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: hamsup

                                                                                                                                    The Max's Deli location (long shuttered) across from Whole Foods will now become a Max's Burgers.....no indication as to when it'll open or whether it will find a place of honour on this thread.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: eatrustic

                                                                                                                                      So Max's Burgers has been open for about a month now with Connor Butler running the show.
                                                                                                                                      I tried the BC Burger with the Kennebunk fries. Their website takes great pains to say they're making the perfect burger. Guess that depends what your def is....

                                                                                                                                      The patties are 5 oz and come well done with Applewood Smoked bacon, bacon marmalade, cheddar and the usual toppings for $12.50.
                                                                                                                                      The patty was kind of firm and the whole thing was ok but no better than a lot of other places. At the price I'd hope for more.
                                                                                                                                      The Kennebunk (potato) fries which they brag about being double fried on their flat screen were pale and lacked any crunch or reason to be excited.

                                                                                                                                      I'd still go back and try the Rooster On a Tailgate burger which is made with grilled chicken thighs and I have hope for the Chili since Butler does have cooking chops from what I've read about his former restaurant on South Granville.
                                                                                                                                      Licensed as well.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: eatrustic

                                                                                                                                        Passed by Max's tonight (after eating at The Red Onion) when we went to get few things from Whole Foods. Place was empty (nada), just like the last two times I walked by. What gives ?

                                                                                                                                        1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                                                                          Strikes me as more of a lunch spot.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: eatrustic

                                                                                                                                            We went for dinner one Saturday night and it wasn't nearly as busy as I thought it would be. Location-wise, there's such high density in the area I'd be really surprised it he didn't make a go of it. I had a burger but chose my toppings, one of which was a fried egg which made the patty seem a bit moister. Fries were surprisingly good, as was service. I'd like to try the king crab burger, and I'm sure we'll be back again as it's close to home.

                                                                                                                                            I think for right now I'd have to say that Stackhouse edges out Max's but not by much. And I still have to try their Caesar's which are made with bacon-infused vodka.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Quattrociocchi

                                                                                                                                              Fray @ Fraser and 24th across from the Polish Hall makes a killer burger. Homemade and local ingredients with local brew on tap. Canucks on game night make it a local gem in the hood. Great mac and cheese too!! We get 1 of each, split it up and put a capitol C in comfort food.

                                                                                                                                        2. re: eatrustic

                                                                                                                                          If you ask for the fries "well done", you'll get a better experience :) and ask for the burger rare/medium-rare.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: flowbee

                                                                                                                                            Adding Max's to my very short list of Van restos that will do burgs to order -- thanks flowbee.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                              Not sure flowbee was referring to Max's for burger patties to order. That's the first thing I asked and they flatly stated they could not due to the health regs etc.

                                                                                                                                              They bring their meat in and don't grind on site which I believe is one of the criteria for cooking to "colour".

                                                                                                                                              1. re: eatrustic

                                                                                                                                                flowbee, would you kindly clarify?

                                                                                                                                                1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                  I've been to Max's a couple times and they've done my burger medium-rare both times when I asked. Actually, the second time I asked for rare but it came out med-rare. Pic of second time attached. Actually, while it was quite pink, it could've been more juicy. Pink yet a little dry.

                                                                                                                                                  Their default doneness of fries is definitely not enough for me. "Well done fries" came out much better for my taste.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: flowbee

                                                                                                                                                    Well, well. Looks like there's some staff training in order. I was in a couple of nights ago and the first thing I asked of my Aussie server was whether they could cook the meat to order and he almost blanched at the thought and then said they did not and could not.

                                                                                                                                                    Whatcha gonna do?

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: eatrustic

                                                                                                                                                      So, they *don't* cook the meat to order meaning the patties are pre-cooked, or that the customer can't specify the meat's done-ness ? Sorry I'm not following.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                                                                                        What I meant to say was I asked if they could cook the meat to my specification i.e. rare, med rare etc.
                                                                                                                                                        The server said they could not do that but apparently that was not true.....

                                                                                                                                    2. A few months ago I was at a diner called Rod's Kitchen & Grill, on Production Way just north of the Production Way-University SkyTrain station. Amazing burger for $7, a 1/3-lb patty made of in-house chopped steak, in a brioche bun, with golden crispy fries. I was in a hurry that day so I didn't take the time to take good mental nor written notes. But it was the best burger I had in awhile (at that price point).

                                                                                                                                      Another dang good burger can be had at Paul's Restaurant (Chinese-Canadian greasy spoon) on Hastings btwn Alpha and Beta avenues. Big juicy tender homemade patties grilled on flat top, with fixin's and fries for around $6.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                                                                        I think we had different burgers at Rod's. The one I had was over compressed, over cooked (actually burned a bit on the edges), with burned bacon, a mostly green tomato, and a brioche bun that was over toasted. And instead of $7 it was $10 with tax. The fries were very good though.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: YVRChow

                                                                                                                                          Yeah, mine didn't look quite like that ! Sorry to hear. Hope it was just an off-day for them.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                                                                            This was served to myself and friends at Maxs, we went there to try it. Ordered a bunch of burgers, and split them, this burger went out of the kitchen while "chef" Connor Butler was standing there watching them. Alot of burger places out there, that charge and overcharge alot of money. This was a joke!!!!!

                                                                                                                                      2. Extra crispy onions added on request to create the towering bountiful Brasserie burger of beauty.

                                                                                                                                        1. The 2 best burger joints in town hands down are Splitz Grill on Main St. and Stackhouse on Granville. My 3rd place place would be Red Onion. Fatburger and Vera's don't even come close to any of these 3.

                                                                                                                                          1. Glad to see someone mentioned Fray on Fraser... Their Tauntaun burger (full of pulled pork) is a meaty paradise. Even just their regular Fray burger is very tasty, and I appreciate their commitment to local food sourcing.

                                                                                                                                            1. Someone above mentioned Crave on Main. I concur. Their $11 organic patty burger platter (w. fries) is very good and great value.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                                                                                Just had the Crave Burger with the Blue Cheese add-on. I quite enjoyed it and would definitely order it again.

                                                                                                                                                I also had Five Guys South Surrey recently. The "regular" which is two patties and "the usual" toppings. It was tasty, quite messy (which is not necessarily a knock). I didn't completely blow me away but I would try it again. Maybe it was because I was thinking I was dining next to Barack Obama and the Russian President (like they did in D.C a few years back) and was distracted ...

                                                                                                                                                Both environments are quite different of course. Crave is casual but more "upscale" compared to Five Guys.

                                                                                                                                                I'll add that Burger Burger in New West on 4th Ave and 6th St makes a great, cheap burger. Kind of like Chinese "greasy spoons" do it, it's an Asian couple (Korean iirc) that runs the joint. For something like 5.75 plus tax you get a mushroom burger, fries and a can of pop. Pretty insane price point. The fries are actually very good, the burger nice and mushroomy-sloppy.

                                                                                                                                                And you get to choose your can of pop! Sherman of Sherman's Food Adventures loves this place.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: bill_n_opus

                                                                                                                                                  Speaking of good Chinese diner burgers, try Paul's Restaurant on E. Hastings (@ Alpha) in Burnaby. Homemade patties, grilled on flat-top with nice charred edges. OK (Sysco-ish) fries. Fresh toppings, all for around $5, can't lose:


                                                                                                                                              2. I would like to throw my hat into this ring. When the thread started, my other half (a serious burger lover) and I started trolling the City looking for the best burger meal. Some places were had really good burgers and so-so chips and some were just "meh" mediocre at best. The other day, in a totally unexpected place, we found burger nirvana - the perfectly spiced patty on a housemade bun with onion jam and actual cornmeal crusted fried pickle chips - and seriously fab chips alongside - where? Cache Bistro in Yaletown. It's now become our go-to spot for burgers - surpasses all the others by at least a length!

                                                                                                                                                1. Two Chefs & a Table (Richmond) makes a wicked lamb burger for like $11 or so. Very lamby, juicy tasty patty, with homemade pesto, steak spice, feta cheese, garlic mayo, lettuce and red onion. The bun is kind of average Portuguese style.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the reminder, I also enjoy the burgers at the Wolf and Hound (Broadway @ Alma).

                                                                                                                                                  2. One more to throw in for consideration is Cannibal Cafe on Commercial Drive. I like the idea of this place. No, no, no, not a place for cannibals to enjoy dining on their own kind (it is named after the old punk rock song actually). But a place grinding its own meat to make fresh burgers that they can cook a bit on the rarer side (give a wink and a nod and they will go towards the rarer side) and serve it up in a casual atmosphere with walls lined with punk rock posters. Great idea (the grinding the meat fresh, I'm agnostic as to the poster choices)!

                                                                                                                                                    They get their beef from the Texas of Canada - Alberta - and do a daily custom grind of brisket, short rib, and chuck. Great idea!

                                                                                                                                                    When you order your burger you get your choice of how you want your 6 ounces of meat - either as two thinner patties (they call that "old school") or one thick one ("juicy"). Great idea!

                                                                                                                                                    There are a variety of pre-selected combinations of toppings, or you can have the freedom to build your own. Great idea!

                                                                                                                                                    I opted for the build your own, and added smoked gouda, applewood smoked bacon, and sauteed mushrooms to a "juicy" which was served on a brioche bun. They have a bunch of other toppings ranging from fried eggs to avocado to kimchi to basil pesto. Great idea!

                                                                                                                                                    They rest their burgers for a good amount of time to keep them nice and juicy inside. Great idea!

                                                                                                                                                    Their fries are dusted in herbs and served in a nice mini metal basket. Great idea!

                                                                                                                                                    So with all of these great ideas, I still have some good ideas for them to make the experience better:

                                                                                                                                                    1) While I'm really happy that they rest the burgers for a good amount of time to maintain the juiciness, I wish they wouldn't rest them on the bun (they only do this sometimes). That is a very bad choice as the bottom bun gets soaked in grease and juice that shouldn't have been there - making it mushy and starting to fall apart. When they rest the burger separately and then added them to the bun all is good.

                                                                                                                                                    2) I wish they were more careful on the amount of herbs added to the fries - there was one that was rather overpowering. I believe it was thyme. Just a bit too much, and a little bit goes a long way.

                                                                                                                                                    3) The bacon on the burger was a bit over-fried for my taste - perhaps a personal preference, but it was at the point of crumbling.

                                                                                                                                                    4) The cheese on the burger could have been melted more as it was still a bit too solid for my taste.

                                                                                                                                                    So all of the great ideas with this place have a really great potential. I think with a few minor tweaks and a bit more consistency this could be my favourite burger in Vancouver!

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: YVRChow

                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for intel on the Cannibal, first I've heard of it. I thought I'd given up on burgers in Vancouver but I may try this one based on your post.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                        Which ones have you tried and given up on, GE ?

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                          Will be curious to read your impressions! I've been a few times and when they are good they are very good. I've found that asking for it "as rare as possible (wink wink)" helps quite a bit.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: YVRChow

                                                                                                                                                            I tried the "rare as possible" tactic. Didn't really work. Patty was a bit on the dry side even though the colour was pinkish. I found the grind to be a bit too rough and chunky.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: flowbee

                                                                                                                                                              Did you forget the "wink wink" part? :)

                                                                                                                                                              I had one there once that was too coarsely ground as well. The issue I have with the place is that they simply are not fully consistent. But sometimes it has been VERY good.

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: YVRChow

                                                                                                                                                              I asked for 'rare' they said they could do medium, it was a little pink.

                                                                                                                                                              I find myself conflicted about their patty. Its got good flavour, nice crust, juicy, yet despite that, its a toothsome chew. Its weird. Maybe its the coarser grind as flowbee mentioned.

                                                                                                                                                              I liked the rest of it though. Bacon extra crisp like I prefer. Big thick slice of cheddar. Good brioche bun. Onion rings had a bit of herb mix in the batter.

                                                                                                                                                              I'll give them another shot.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mrbitterpants

                                                                                                                                                                We went today for a late lunch/snack. Still pretty full after breakfast at Red Wagon and anticipating our 7 pm reso at Tuc Craft Kitchen, we split one of the American burgers and added fries and onion rings.

                                                                                                                                                                Apparently they've been dinged for serving the burgers to order and can now only go down to medium, despite the fact that they grind their own meat. If they can reach the standard they did today, I'd call this a big win for Commercial Drive and burgers in Vancouver.

                                                                                                                                                                This is a straightforward burger, but I like that best. No crazy sauces, the only nod to "gourmet" being the brioche-ish bun. I liked that the patty was formed loosely enough not to puck up, and that she offered us the choice of the 2x3 oz patties it comes with by default or the 6 oz option. There was a decent bit of char, and I didn't find the grind too coarse today, though it certainly wasn't fine.

                                                                                                                                                                I LOVE that they use American cheese instead of real cheddar -- burgers are the one place where I prefer processed cheese to the real thing ; -). We eschewed the bacon as we had had it and pork belly for breakfast, with more pork belly to come at dinner. Nice that they have some very decent taps on the go here as well.

                                                                                                                                                                I appreciated the booth seating, The Princess Bride on the tellies at the back and the great vintage music posters on the walls. Attentive and friendly service sealed the deal. I would not hesitate to return for a burger on the Drive. Well spotted, YVRchow.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                  "I LOVE that they use American cheese instead of real cheddar -- burgers are the one place where I prefer processed cheese to the real thing ; -)"

                                                                                                                                                                  And I thought I was the deviant, just another reason why I love you GE! ; >P

                                                                                                                                                                  Taking it one step further, it's mandatory on my fried egg sands on toasted whole grain (Dave's Killer Bread ... no relation). Latest incarnation includes crisp bacon with a slice or two of heirloom tomato (Black Russians from our local FM)



                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: PolarBear

                                                                                                                                                                    You're a bear after my own heart, Dave! Now all you need to do is add lettuce to your sando and you will have the BELTCH...

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                      I think you should TM that name GE.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: PolarBear

                                                                                                                                                                        I'm afraid I can't take credit. There's a place on Granville Island, mentioned upthread, where I stole it from.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                          BELTCH's are quite common, esp. at pubs afterhours ........

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                                                                                                            I obviously don't get out much ;-).

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: PolarBear

                                                                                                                                                                      add us to the "American Cheese" preferred list. It just has a certain appeal - maybe a mark of our birth years - better living thru chemistry era!

                                                                                                                                                          2. Tried Dex Gourmet Burger Bar at the Lonsdale Quay Public Market in North Vancouver recently. They make a good quality burger. Definitely delicious and worth checking out.

                                                                                                                                                            1. Romer's near Marine Drive, not the Yaletown location.