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Mar 3, 2006 03:04 PM

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