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Burgers cooked less than medium in Montreal

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Is it easy to find burger places in Montreal, that will cook their burgers on request less than medium(I prefer mine more towards medium-rare)? Considering that beef tartare is still being served at a number of Montreal restaurants, I would think getting a medium-rare burger wouldn't be too hard(but I could be wrong). Give me places to check in Montreal, that make great burgers & will cook it medium-rare?

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  1. The thing is with tartare, it's a piece of that's cut to order hence less prone to bacterias whereas burgers are made from meat that's already ground and more of a fertile ground for bacterias. But you could give the Meat Market a try, they might do it.

    1. Mr Steerburger on ste Cat will do a rare one. I can't remember, but Anecdote might, as well as La Paryse. They're tough to find...

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      1. re: MaeveH

        I think Mr. Steer grounds their own meat. They use kosher beef. I've ordered medium-rare burgers from them before.

      2. McKibbin's offers their burgers medium-rare and opt for the fries instead of the salad.

        1. My favourite by far is La Paryse, and their standard burger comes medium well (pink inside). It's a tiny little place, often with a line up (closed Mondays), but well worth the visit.

          1. Seeing a similar topic currently in the Toronto section, I'm wondering which burger joints in Montreal grind their own meat? If they grind their own meat, then it shouldn't be a problem for them to cook burgers less than medium.

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              1. re: ricardo4u66

                Nothing's 100% safe. I like to live dangerously. If everyone went nuts about food safety we wouldn't have things like sashimi and raw milk cheese. That would make life really boring.

                1. re: ricardo4u66

                  Raw berries, bean sprouts, spinach, lettuce and carrots are less safe. It's about informed choice and safe food handling. A competently run restaurant shouldn't have a problem.

              2. I just don't get it.....why don't people get informed about safe eating practices, rare,med-rare anything less than well done for a burger is not safe the burger does not have to be charred but it has to be cooked, high praises go out to those Resto's that don't offer a cooking on burgers.

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                1. re: ricardo4u66

                  You're absolutely right.You don't get it. All pleasure involves risk. I like nothing better than a rare burger. Please don't confuse ignorance with informed choice and don't presume to make that choice for me.

                2. Le Vieux Dublin asks how you'd like your burger done.

                  1. Benedicts on Monkland will do a burger for you however you want it done and they have a huge selection of different types. Also their french fries are amazing.

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                    1. re: crawkrock

                      One of the best burgers I've ever eaten was at the bar in the Hotel Nelligan. Outstanding.

                      1. re: Scotty100

                        Well, if you're going to charge 16 dollars for a hamburger...

                        1. re: SnackHappy

                          It was worth every dollar...quality of beef very good...huge pattie...chargrilled to perfection, excellent fries. Lately, nothing I've had in NYC has come close.

                    2. In Toronto it's tough to get one cooked to less than extremely well done, though it's absolutely legal to serve them cooked as you wish. Seems you have a better chance than we do.