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Where's the best burger in Montreal

I am looking for the best burger. I don't want gourmet - with seared foie gras and caviar - I don't want vegan tofu on gluten free buns - I want a real, honest to goodness burger that I can sink my teeth into. If there happen to be great fries on the plate alongside this burgerfeast - all the better.

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  1. I very much like the burgers at the Old Dublin on University.

    1. For pub burgers, I like the ones at McKibbins (the size of your head!), and the Lamburger at La Mère a Boire.

      The burgers at Meat Market are quite delicious, though I'm not crazy about the atmosphere.

      1. Here are a few of the many threads on this subject in the last 12 months:
        http://www.chow.com/topics/413318
        http://www.chow.com/topics/406684
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/368881
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/343927
        http://www.chow.com/topics/336175
        http://www.chow.com/topics/97719
        http://www.chow.com/topics/321298

        For more, do a search on burger.

        I've now had the lamb burger at L'Amère à boire three times. Twice it was perfection, once cooked a little more than I like but still very good. Plus L'Amère's the only place in town where you can order a Cerna Hora to go with your sandwich.

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          1. re: mainsqueeze

            I asked the last time I was there: the kitchen stays open till 11 p.m. If you hurry...

            1. re: carswell

              I went after work and my lamburger was succulent.

              My dinner partner, however, was quite disappointed with his fish n' chips. It was a tiny portion of tough, overcooked mystery fish.

              1. re: mainsqueeze

                Agree about the fish and chips. Lamb burgers rule!

                1. re: carswell

                  BTW you were quite right about the Cerna Hora. It's a perfect pairing for the lamburger.

                  1. re: mainsqueeze

                    Oh, the humanity. I went to L'Amère à boire this weekend, and they don't have the lamburger anymore.

                    1. re: mainsqueeze

                      Oops. Had been meaning to tell you. In May, I went to check on reports of its decline and learned it was extinct. The waiter didn't know why. Bummer, eh?

                      1. re: carswell

                        Yeah, and the burger I did have was mediocre, on a pale, lifeless bun, with a soggy piece of lettuce and a sad little slice of unripe tomato. Is it just my memory failing, or did the burgers used to be served with a side of fries or salad? This time, it was just the burger. For $8 or $9, it was not worth it.

                        The service was very disinterested, too. I probably won't go back.

                        1. re: mainsqueeze

                          Am pretty sure it came with fries. Didn't try a replacement burger. Sad to hear they've gone downhill. The bun used to be so good.

        1. I'm quite partial to La Paryse on Ontario near St-Denis. My vote also goes to Meat Market.

          1. The Olde Orchard pub- 2 locations now. Great, fresh burger AND homemade fries.

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            1. re: C70

              Thanks!!

              Guess what I'm going to have for dinner tonight..

            2. I just got an introductory issue of Canadian Wine Magazine (wait, I'm going somewhere with this) and there was an article on the best restaurants in Canada which also included a 'best of' section. Meatmarket is listed as best burger. I've never had the burger but will make it a priority note.

              By the way, the Montreal section was pretty solid (unlike En Route's survey) and Lesley Chesterman contributed to the article so I am guessing she had input into those choices.

              If you are interested I have my own survey on my blog : http://www.montrealfoodie.com/burgers...

              1. Hello,

                While it is difficult to say for certain which is the "BEST", I think it's fun to experience different styles of burgers, and I would recommend:

                Restaurant La Paryse
                302 Ontario St. East
                Montreal QC 514-842-2040

                http://tinyurl.com/2t7sgs

                Thanks

                Francois

                1. - La Paryse gets my vote for the best burger in town that I've tasted up to now. Not much as far as variety is concerned though, but, bah, that doesn't matter much, their good old classic burger is still great. ;)

                  - Comme Par Hasard comes close to kicking La Paryse from the top spot, with it's variety of burgers, which all taste amazingly good. If you're willing to go a bit further down to the south shore in Longueuil, it's definitely worth it. They've got a nice front-side terasse too.

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                  Comme Par Hasard
                  244 Rue Saint-Charles W, Longueuil, QC J4H1H3, CA

                  Restaurant La Paryse
                  302 Rue Ontario E, Montreal, QC H2X1H6, CA

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                  1. re: darwiner

                    I have to disagree about la paryse. My bun was soggy, the thing falls apart at the first bite, and it's just a mess.

                    1. re: mainsqueeze

                      I like the burgers at La paryse - but I believe their fried on a griddle. A true burger, needs to be grilled. I had a pretty decent burger at Café Locale on St-Viateur (where Zorba used to be located), service was professional and the terrasse was fine. I'll have to go again to verify consisitency, but first impessions were pretty positive. They even dealt well with the baby in tow....

                      1. re: mainsqueeze

                        Agreed, went once and the burger doesnt hold itself up at all, it just falls into pieces. To me that means the architecture of the burger is not right =P

                    2. I like the burger at l'auberge du Drangon Rouge on Lajeunesse street north of cremazie.
                      I like Harveys burgers also.

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                      1. re: maj54us

                        Double up on le Dragon Rouge! Unibroue on tap and a nice terrasse too!

                        1. re: maj54us

                          Thumps up for the Dragon Rouge! Plus, the saxon fries are just amazing with that sauce, *drools*.

                          1. re: Werzoth

                            I agree. Burgers and fries are very good at the Dragon Rouge.

                            http://www.oyez.ca/auberge/accueil.html

                        2. I like the burgers they serve @ Avenue on Mont-Royal.

                          1. OK PEOPLE,
                            LISTEN UP THE BEST BURGER EVER IS DILALLO'S ON ALLARD STREET IN VILLE EMARD.
                            THATS IT.PERIOD.
                            SO MAINBISTRO CHECK IT OUT.

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                            1. re: heidi.dg

                              Heidi, I frequented the dilallo's here in NDG - it was good, but I'm looking for ultimate. Will be trying the Dragon Rouge next

                              THanks though

                              PS: And if anyone wants to suggest Dic Ann's don't - not my thing. AT ALL

                            2. I FOUND IT! Trust me..the best burger ever is at Santos at the old port. NOTHING beats it!
                              I know this is a bit late..but I just recently discovered this place, and had to share it.

                              1. I agree that the Burger @ Santos is amazing ( the fries too ).

                                Frite Alors have some "special" burger that are amazing too!

                                In few day the restaurant Brgr:M will open its door :

                                Its a "high-class hamburger bar"'.

                                You choose your bread, meat, stuff ect..

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                                1. re: Axefire

                                  Brgr:M this is the Moishes burger joint? I tried the burger at Santos today & I liked it.

                                  1. re: Axefire

                                    Is that the new place on Drummond near de Maisonneuve where Eden used to be? Passed by it and it was packed.

                                    1. I like La Paryse and L'Anecdote.

                                      1. Dusty's (4510 Park, corner Mt. Royal) makes a very solid hamburger. Good patty, fresh toppings and a plump bun. Best of all, it comes with fries, coleslaw and a coke for about $4.75.

                                        Go there for lunch, though, because the restaurant closes at 7pm.

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                                        1. re: KT MTL

                                          This does sound good! I only go there for breakfast, I'll have to branch out. Do they serve the burgers for breakfast I wonder?

                                          1. re: moh

                                            I think they start serving them at 11 or 11:30am, so if that's breakfast for you, then yeah!

                                        2. La Paryse on Ontario and Sanuinet. The special is a truly unique experience.
                                          The Old Orchard on Monkland makes excellent burgers, but Find that they are not always consistent.

                                          Have to try the Auberge du Dragon Rouge. I hear that they have great burgers as well. Same for Santos.

                                          The Millionaire Burger at Queue de Cheval is good, but would fall out of your criteria, as it has Servuga Caviar on top. This must be removed and eaten on its own as the Caviar just gets lost in the highly spiced burger.... which tastes very much like Choriso.

                                          1. Discovered on St-Laurent a venezuelian place called. Correct if I'm wrong BROCADILLO. It's next to buns between prince arthur and pine avenue on the east side of st-laurent.

                                            Their burger $6.50 (expensive for a student area in my opinion) is freakin GOOD. On the spicy side. Messy to eat with all the sauce. Almost asked for bread to dip in the sauce.

                                            Also tried empenada because the guy told me I will like his. Not a fan of south american empenadas because I find them bland to my taste. his had some taste to it. So Yes to venezuelian style empenada also.

                                            But the burger is a Big YES. I will try it again soon to make sure I wasn't high ;)

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                                            1. re: maj54us

                                              Bocadillo - it's owned by the people who run Sablo Kafe.

                                                1. I don't know if people are still reading this post but I find the old Harveys on st-Jacques west has the best burger and old fashioned fries that I have had in years. It's called Bistro something now, on the same side of st-Jacques as Super C. Just a little further west of Super C. The burgers are meaty and charcoal broiled and the fries are potatoey and different sizes like they used to be. Well worth the trip.

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                                                  1. re: yeggy

                                                    Yup, it's called BistroBurger (Formerly Harvey's)..great burgers & Fries..and veggie burgers too!
                                                    @ reasonable prices.

                                                    1. re: pierredowntown

                                                      Full name I think is Bistro Burger Plus.

                                                  2. My deck:)

                                                    Couple of teaspoons of Thai green curry paste mixed into the meat, and it just doesn't get any better.
                                                    Barring that, La Paryse is the closest thing to homemade I've had in Montreal.

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                                                    1. re: bomobob

                                                      Has anyone tried a place on St-Catherine near Faubourg called "Buns"

                                                      Menu is simple. Single, Double, Fries and Sodas...wondering if it's any goof.

                                                      1. re: krazykanuck

                                                        It's been discussed in depth, check out:

                                                        Pick's vs Buns: Burgers
                                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/616108

                                                        Buns: The burger joint!
                                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/593554

                                                        1. re: kpzoo

                                                          Hi! I haven't been to Buns, but I do frequent Picks which is just around the corner. They are simple, juicy and you can pick your toppings. The onion rings are delish too.

                                                          1. re: tuppertrash

                                                            I've attempted to try Picks at least 5 times, at different times of the day, different days of the week, and it has always been closed. Not sure how they expect to run a business if they think they can open/close whenever they want. The only thing Buns has been guilty of is running out of potatoes! Can't understand how they don't stock more (or run over to the nearby Provigo to buy a bag).

                                                        2. re: krazykanuck

                                                          Geez, we are truly deprived of quality burger joints in this city.
                                                          It amazes me that either Picks or Buns is worthy of a debate...
                                                          Such a mediocre, bland, frozen costco looking burgers.

                                                          1. re: J1836

                                                            Disagree there. Their buns are freshly homemade, meat is nice and Picks have some nice sauces and condiments (hmm fried rings). I don't see the bland and frozen you're talking about.

                                                            1. re: Werzoth

                                                              What do other burger joints in other cities serve, rotten buns?

                                                              Seriously - frozen burger patties from a box thrown onto a grill makes it far from a spectacular burger... Unless you have sort of rooting interest, I could not see how either of these places can satisfy a burger craving (unless you are a hungry student).

                                                              1. re: J1836

                                                                Most burger joints use crappy buns from a bag, not freshly homemade. Last I checked they don't use frozen patties, but I might be wrong.

                                                                What's with the attitude, relax a bit.

                                                                1. re: J1836

                                                                  Buns doesn't use frozen patties... that's one of their selling points is that they are freshly made.

                                                                  1. re: eoj

                                                                    Maybe I am wrong.

                                                                    I'll give it a shot next time I'm in the area... last chance.

                                                                    1. re: J1836

                                                                      the same with picks for that matter.

                                                                      1. re: mak2k

                                                                        And Le Gourmet Burger too. None of these 3 places use frozen burgers. Pick's uses custom made buns made by the owners mother.
                                                                        Bun's and LGB use custom made commercial buns, LGB uses a brioche bun.

                                                                      2. re: J1836

                                                                        You may not be wrong about the burgers being not good there...I have avoided both those places lately. The price is cheap but i've been a little disgusted by the interiors and i'm just not that into the burgers anymore.

                                                                        Having said that...just because you don't like the burger doesn't mean that it must be a frozen grocery store patty.

                                                                2. re: J1836

                                                                  You started a thread at the beginning of the summer looking for the best pub burger... did you find anything worthwhile?

                                                                  1. re: afoodyear

                                                                    To be honest I haven't looked much.

                                                                    I've tried mckibs and old orch. a long time ago, which was suggested I believe.

                                                                    I haven't had many burgers in this city that move me in any way... nothing that I can say " must have ".

                                                                    Maybe the best burgers are not on the island?

                                                                    I just think ppl forget what an awesome burger taste like vs a decent burger or bad...

                                                                    Too often I get overly sized greasy buns, minced meat that doesn't taste very meaty... and a sloppy mess of sauces and cold tomatos that seem to sog its way through the middle of the bun

                                                                    When I ate at Buns once, I asked " so what's the special hot sauce?"

                                                                    The guy pulls out a bottle of "Franks red hot" just off the shelf of a super market.

                                                                    I mean.. that stuff taste like spicy vinegar... any place that uses that as their signature hot sauce (either for wings, or burgers) has some serious issues in my book.

                                                                    There is no Schwartz's for Burger... and I just don't get why?

                                                                    It's not rocket science...

                                                                    1. re: J1836

                                                                      I see what you mean. The better burgers here almost seem like sliders compared to what I think you're looking for? :) I like the "steak" burger at Pick's and the burgers at Patati Patata, but if you're looking for a burger that's all about grilling up a nice patty of beef, places like La Paryse & Co. that are often touted as the best in the city are bound to disappoint.

                                                                      I've never been to Mechant Boeuf and always see advertisements for their burgers and wonder if they're any good. But their burger is $17. A bit of a step away from a smoked meat sandwich equivilent.

                                                                      1. re: J1836

                                                                        News from the industry: Most places good and bad use either Frank's or Durkee's Hot Sauce.

                                                                        1. re: bigfellow

                                                                          News from a consumer: Not everyone likes red hot sauce.

                                                                          But to its defense, I am going to admit that it also depends on how its prepared with whatever it's used for. Some chicken wings I can taste it right off the bat, and others seem to take it in a bit better. But when I order wings, and they give me the sauce on the side, that is not what I call a vintage hot sauce by any stretch of the imagination.

                                                                          The taste is not even a spicy one for me, but rather a tangy vinegary one...

                                                                          Again, this is my preference, my opinion... frozen pizza is a billion dollar industry too, doesn't make it better than delivery " in my book ".

                                                                          In any event, I would like to think that most people would admire the efforts of a restaurant creating their own signature hot sauce...

                                                                          1. re: J1836

                                                                            From my experience, Bun's only puts it on when you ask for hot sauce.

                                                              2. I love the burgers and fries at the place on St-Jacques west where Harveys used to be. It's called Bistro something now. . It's not too far from Picasso but still east of Macdonalds on St-Jacques. The burgers are meaty and the fries are the old fashioned kind, different sizes and really potatoey. (I think that's how you spell it). The last time I went I had the vege burger and it was great. too.

                                                                1. The best Burger i've had is either at Liverpool House for sheer intensity or Griffintown Cafe (east of Guy)....

                                                                  Liverpool is a monster to get through but worth it....

                                                                  Griffintown's is beef, lamb and duck....ohh and get it with Blue cheese and housemade bacon! :)

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                                                                  1. re: KzenCass

                                                                    Okay, let me take this thread further and inquire where the best DELIVERY burgers are... for the southwest Little Burg/St-Henri region?

                                                                    Copolli's doesn't count, that's not a real hamburger. None of the Restaurant Nick style greasy spoons either... I mean a real hamburger! Delivered to my door.

                                                                    B&M is horrible. I'll sometimes order a baked lasgna with mushrooms and pepperoni but other than that, just about everything on the menu is putrid.

                                                                    There's Dunn's through ALCE that I know of, but that's kind of overpriced and just decent at best. Plus their fries and greasy coleslaw tastes awful. There's Burgers and Benedicts also through ALCE that I've only tried once and it was pretty terrible... one of the worst cheeseburgers I've had if memory serves. There's also Cafe Republic through ALCE which is decent enough, a competent hamburger for what you're getting I suppose. But nothing beyond that and their soggy waffle fries stink! Rates under Dunn's imo.

                                                                    Finally the one restaurant I'd actually like to order from through ALCE is Mesquite as their burgers are top-notch but their is a minimum $50 order fee (less taxes, delivery fee, etc)... plus ALCE automatically charges 10% tip on the total which is robbery! On top of that, the delivery menu is slimmed down so that unless you are ordering for seven people, it's almost entirely impossible to spend that much. All of their tasty sides (mac 'n' cheese, creamed corn, fried onions, sweet potatoe fries, etc) are missing, as are their great salads. So this is o-u-t!

                                                                    Believe it or not, they used to deliver from Magnan's also but stopped for some reason. Their hamburger steak with fried onions and mushrooms was great but I never tried a straight burger from them.

                                                                    So now that leaves me with really only Dunn's to turn to for delivery and living so close to Dilallo's and Liverpool House, etc. seems like a crime! There's GOTTA be something better for hungover Sunday afternoons when you just can't pull yourself off the couch and don't want to have to think about things like putting on pants... where else will deliver a proper hamburger to the southwest??

                                                                    1. re: OliverB

                                                                      Well, I'm in luck!!

                                                                      After scrolling through the list of delivery restaurants through ALCE for potential hamburger winners I was sure I'd met defeat... Kansas, Nickels, Briskets, etc. yuck... But I was surprised to find Oyster Shack now on the newly updated list and their angus beef burger and fries for a measly $12!

                                                                      I know where my new go-to burger joint will be for delivery from now on!

                                                                      1. re: OliverB

                                                                        I think Buns is a great burger for $4! They get their buns specially made, and their patties are most certainly not of the frozen costco variety, at least not last time I checked. They are on the small side, but well spiced and made there. Are they the best burger in the city? No. I don't think this city really has a great burger joint. Meat Market is ok, but they use Portuguese rolls for buns which are delicious with the right filling, but don't stand up to a juicy patty. I've asked them to toast it, but they rarely seem to do that right (they toasted the top once) so the bun gets soggy and the burger falls apart. La Paryse is ok, but the patty lacks the charbroiled taste and it's too thin to really be in the same category as a burger you can sink your teeth into. Also, they put raw mushrooms on every burger which I think it disgusting.
                                                                        Marche 27 used to have a great burger stuffed with blue cheese. They use bakery style onion buns (unless they run out, which happens sometimes) and they toast them so they stand up well to the meat. Greasy Spoon (same owners) usually has a burger on it's daily menu and it's almost always good. I haven't tried to burger at Griffintown, but I know the chef cures and smokes a lot of his own meat so anything with housemade bacon is sure to be a hit. Not a huge fan of lamb meat though...does anyone know if the flavour is heavy on the lamb?
                                                                        Don't even get me started on the crap they serve at MBRGR. Granted, I've only had the AA meat and it's not terrible, but I just can't get over the fact that they serve their expensive burgers on an Italiano bun...the very same crappy kind you buy in the grocery store. Even toasted those excuses for buns fall apart after two bites. I can't justify paying $9 for a burger with no toppings and no sides when it has such a poor quality bun.

                                                                        I'm still searching for the perfect burger in MOntreal. I have yet to find it.

                                                                        1. re: Scrumdidiliumptious

                                                                          For Griffintown.... The duck meat gives the most enjoyable punch..... the lamb isn't a heavy part of the taste.... i think it just helps keep the burger together because the duck has such amazing fat and the lamb is lean.... i have the burger with Blue Cheese (and the house made bacon)... it's pretty good with Goat cheese.....

                                                                          1. re: KzenCass

                                                                            I take back my oyster shack comment... burger was a major rip-off! everything was, the crab cake = blech, coconut shrimp were soggy disgusting batter and the lobster roll was the worst Ive ever had. Will never order a burger or anything else from here again. Unfortunately it looks like Dunns is still the only option for decent hamburger delivery in the city unless you live downtown or the east end.

                                                                            1. re: OliverB

                                                                              anything fried will be soggy when you get it to take-out. bad idea.

                                                                          2. re: Scrumdidiliumptious

                                                                            I've always liked L'Anecdote's burgers.

                                                                    2. I had lunch at M:brgr today. A small Fiji water and a regular burger with smoked gouda, bacon, tomato, pickle and lettuce. No fries or anything else. The bill came to $22. plus tip.
                                                                      My problem was the burger wasn't that good. The bun fell apart on me halfway through.

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                                                                        1. re: bigfellow

                                                                          Never mind the price. What about the fact that it's a burger joint that only makes grey burgers? I mean, what about people who like a little juice in their meat. In my opinion, they're missing a key element in the made-to-order process!

                                                                          1. re: MTLinNYC

                                                                            You can say that for just about every eating establishment in Montreal that serves beef burgers(I can only think of maybe 3-4 joints in Montreal, that allows customers to specify doneness, besides well done).

                                                                            1. re: BLM

                                                                              I'd love to know which places those are...help!

                                                                              1. re: devilishlyj

                                                                                Mechant Boeuf in the Nelligan Hotel on St. Paul, Benedict's on Monkland and Mister Steet will all cook burgers to your specified doneness. I have had medium rare burgers at all three.

                                                                                1. re: davyboy

                                                                                  Also at Sparrow you can specify doneness for burgers.

                                                                          2. re: bigfellow

                                                                            Get the Kobe patty w/ truffled aioli..... well worth the $$

                                                                            1. re: Mourning_Light

                                                                              The 'Kobe' burger is far worse and drier than the regular one.... Mbrgr is a massive rip off

                                                                              1. re: Mourning_Light

                                                                                If it tastes good then by all means continue to eat it but don't kid yourself that you are actually eating Kobe beef. It is illegal to import real Kobe beef to Canada; see for your self : http://www.thestar.com/living/food/ar...

                                                                                1. re: J_Bean

                                                                                  Costco sells what they call "Kobe Classic Beef Sirloin".
                                                                                  Here's the product description:
                                                                                  Kobe Classic Beef is world renowned for its buttery flavour, velvet texture and succulent juiciness. Kobe Classic Beef originates from Japanese Wagyu sires and the best of North American Angus mother cows. This combination makes the best product available for the defined palette to enjoy. The animals are fed a special diet consisting of mixed grains along with high-fibre content, raised in a humane environment with plenty of fresh air and clean water to drink. NO artificial growth hormones are used in this Kobe Classic Beef program. Canadian product.
                                                                                  It's been reviewed at 5 stars. I wonder if it's worth the 140$ for 20 6oz patties.

                                                                                  http://www.costco.ca/Browse/Product.a...

                                                                            2. So I was at Buns today and they had the potatoes!! I had a medium rare burger with hot sauce and it was soooooo good for lunch!

                                                                              1. I can't say "the best" because I haven't eaten my way around town like some other CHders on this thread........I won't name names!!!! There is a new little burger joint called Burger de Ville that took over The Chien Chaud in MoWest on Westminster. Father & Son team, very nice folks! I had the black & blue burger which came with caramelized onions, black pepper mayo and I also added sauteed mushrooms. It was like a burger au poivre with a hunk of blue cheese. Hubby had bacon cheese burger. We split a big bowl of fries, 3 sodas. Came to $19.00. Mine was *really* tasty.....he didn't share, but it was gone in short order. They also have some steaks, salads, soups. Very simple and focused menu. Oh yes, they have like 18 items (like the sauteed mushrooms) to add for free!

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                                                                                1. re: minisma

                                                                                  Loved Burger de Ville. I would not say it's the best burger in town but it is quiet good and the price is right. Next time I will order the steak burger.

                                                                                  One thing for sure, if can keep the quality I will be a regular. For the price it beats any food chain by a mile.

                                                                                2. The best burger in town is Bun's. They have 100% natural beef; they make the buns themselves; it is made on charcoil, with charcoiled deliciously marinated potatoes. The ambiance is super cool and it was started-up by this young guy who had the genius idea of having a small burger shack that simply offered good quality burgers for $4, and for 6$ with potatoes. I love it. There is one on Ste-Catherine and St-Marc and one on the St-Laurent club strip.

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                                                                                  1. re: nanomed

                                                                                    I've eaten my fair shair of burgers around montreal in the last two weeks. Today I went to 'Gourmet Burger' on Bishop, I went to Dillalo and Buns earlier in the week.
                                                                                    Gourmet burger was a bit of disapointment, The brioche bun was an inch bigger than the patty, and it was quite a thick bun too, it sort of overwhelmed the rest of the burger. And the burgers come almost bare, no ketchup/mustard/mayo, just lettuce, tomato, onion. The patty was nice enough, good flavour from the wood grill. Fries are pretty good for frozen fries, I wish they fried there fries in duck fat / tallow / or horse fat.

                                                                                    Dillalo is great value, I love it, no frills or bs. I can't believe how tender their patties are. I love that they use iceberg lettuce, there fries need some improving. And I'm not sure if I really like there bun, its so soft in a wonderbread kind of way.

                                                                                    Buns was good value as well, they do have the best buns out of these three anyway, I got my buger all dressed, with bacon and cheddar. It tasted a bit like an A&W Teen burger, but in a natural more delicious way. There grilled potatoes are great too, they reminded me of camping and cooking potatoes in a cast iron frying pan over the fire. Some of the pieces are a bit charred, while others are still a touch raw.

                                                                                    1. re: jtothe

                                                                                      I thought the Buns potatoes were so-so, personally. I like their bun it's quite nice, plus you can add bacon, and that's always a plus for me. I wish they had homemade sauces though.

                                                                                      As for Le Gourmet Burger, they have several homemade sauces at the counter, that's what you put into the burger ;) They have a lot of stuff you can add to the burger, just pick what you want (of course it's extra, but you do have lots of choices). I liked the bun, it keeps everything in place, perfect balance (it is big though!).

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                                                                                      Le Gourmet
                                                                                      112 Av 3, Val-D'or, QC J9P1R5, CA

                                                                                      1. re: Werzoth

                                                                                        Went to Gourmet Burger yesterday for lunch. While the burger was not bad (more details below) the whole experience is somewhat disappointing.

                                                                                        Restaurant is tiny, so make sure you're not that big of a group when going (more than a group of 4 is a stretch) also one of their main feature being their homemade sauces in self service dispensers, at 12:30 almost half of them we're empty.

                                                                                        As for the food, burger was good, meat not too cooked (pass medium, no pink center, but still juicy) but the patty is a bit small for the size of the bun. Prices of certain toppings are alright, but things like coleslaw is a poor value considering the amount they give you. For a beef burger with blue cheese and bacon and a pickle on the side, 10$, drinks are another ripoff for that place at 3$ a pop

                                                                                        Will I go back, i don't know, but all i know is that's it's not a must add place to my list of frequent restaurants i'm going.

                                                                                        1. re: westaust

                                                                                          Went twice so far, and both times half the sauces were empty as well. Definitely disappointing.

                                                                                  2. There is a restaurant in the train station Gare Centrale with tables facing the train entrances. I forget the name...but it's a big place with self-serve salad bars and a grill at the rear. They grill your burger to order and dress it to order and it is without doubt the best urger in the city.

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                                                                                    1. re: SpellMan

                                                                                      It is called Dame Nature. Notwithstanding your certainty, I continue to have many doubts that it is the best burger in the city.

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                                                                                      Dame Nature
                                                                                      895 Rue De La Gauchetiere W, Montreal, QC H3B4G1, CA

                                                                                      1. I just discovered this Burger restaurant... http://www.legourmetburger.com/photos ... Never been there but the pictures are absolutely appétissante !!

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                                                                                        1. went to try picks today, and i've got to say, out of the many burger places i've been to in southern california, this place is pretty much up there with some of the best i've had. ordered a kimchi steakburger with mozzarella and a side of fries. bun was perfect consistency, thickness and flavor, toppings were fresh and crisp, bulgogi itself was greatly marinaded and the kimchi was wonderful. overall a great, fresh and cheap burger! the fries weren't too bad themselves, and i got loads for $2 but i probably will pass on it next time in favor of trying a kogo!

                                                                                          1. This is an old question you ask... but have you tried Typhoon on Monkland? Semi-creative, good size plate (option of fries or salad or both)... about $13.

                                                                                            1. I'm shocked that anyone is comparing Pick's to Cali burgers... it's a decent quick stop joint but there's really nothing special about their burgers at all. I'd take them over fast food options, but wouldn't go out of my way nor crave a Pick's burger in my life.

                                                                                              I finally tried Gourmet Burger a few days ago and I have to say, that out of all of these quick-stop options around the city... this is the winner so far! Only downside is I found the meat slightly overcooked and buns they use are a bit too much. Too large and heavy... you don't want the taste of the bun to be that prominent when eating a burger. Otherwise, it's an excellent value and the menu and topping options are fantastic! I also had a great iced tea and sweet potato fries which were addictive! This'll be my new go-to spot when I'm downtown and craving a quick burger... but believe it or not, I'd still rather eat at Mr. Steer's however popular it is to shoot 'em down. Their burgers still win out to my taste.

                                                                                              I'm off to Le Boucan for the second day in a row now to sample their "5 napkin burger" and see how it holds up... I will report back!

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                                                                                              1. re: OliverB

                                                                                                For my money, I still really like Mister Steer. I don't go often, but 2 Sundays ago, I had a craving (doesn't happen often) for a Mr. Steerburger and walked down around 1:00 p.m. The restaurant was quite empty which is usually not a good sign, but went in and ordered the double Steerburger with a baked potato, as, feeling guilty about having two burgers, I passed on the Suzie-Qs. I ordered the burgers medium rare and that's exactly how they were served. Absolutely delectable. I knew from going there for many years (starting with their original location across from The Bay 30+ years ago) that they used kosher meat which allowed them to serve their burgers at the desired degree of doneness. I had asked the owner during a previous visit if that was still the case and he confirmed it and actually showed me the meat invoice from a kosher butcher. Great value for a delicious burger(s). And, BTY, they still serve that iceberg with shredded carrot salad with the orange "French" dressing, but have oil and vinegar as well.
                                                                                                For my money, it beats M Burger any day for way less of my hard earned money.

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                                                                                                1198 Rue Sainte-Catherine W, Montreal, QC H3B1K1, CA

                                                                                                1. re: davyboy

                                                                                                  FYI The fact they can serve a hamburger at anything less than well done is not because its kosher meat; it is because the grind it fomr fresh meat on premises on the same day.

                                                                                                  My favorite burger is Dilalo's in Lasalle. A double, fried onions, no tomatoes unless its August. Miumm. Cheap too.

                                                                                                  1. re: davyboy

                                                                                                    Went to Mr.Steer for the first time today, and what a disappointment.

                                                                                                    On the menu, the burger and fries look really nice, but when it gets to your plate, it's a different story. The patty was about half the bread size, I could actually put the bacon strips around the burger and it still did not cover the bread, it was that tiny. Odd thing was, it was really high, so it made for the weirdest burger patty I've seen. I could not fit that thing in my mouth, had to eat it sideways.

                                                                                                    The fries did not look at all like on the photo either, all I had was tiny cuts, had to eat them with a fork since they were so small.

                                                                                                    The waitress took a 20-25 minutes break during the time she was serving me (could hear her chat at the back), so I had to get up and ask for the invoice at the cashier.

                                                                                                    Definitely will not return there.

                                                                                                    1. re: Werzoth

                                                                                                      Was there last Sunday (St. Catherine's street sale) and they had a stand out front which was jumping. We ate inside (too hot and humid to be on the street). As always, the burger was cooked to order and served promptly. Also, as always, the bill was put on the table when the food was served. I have no idea why Werzoth had to go looking for the bill. You may not like the food, or the service, but the bill you will always have promptly.

                                                                                                      1. re: Werzoth

                                                                                                        If the burger was that small....I would have sent it back and demanded another one. I've eaten at Mr. Steer many times and 9 times out of 10 the burger(s) are acceptable...but will not accept the "runt of the litter" because I work hard for my money and insist on fair value wherever I go.

                                                                                                        If I don't get it...I leave the food on the table and walk out.

                                                                                                        1. re: MISTER_C

                                                                                                          Yep, that's what I do at Mister Steer. I've returned if it's too small or not cooked to my like liking(I like it done medium-rare). It's never been a problem returning it. I've also returned fries, if it's not to my liking.

                                                                                                        2. re: Werzoth

                                                                                                          The burger is always smaller than the bun at Mister Steer but if your burger is that small I imagine that you likely took it med-well or well-done, this is not the restaurant to order your burger that way.
                                                                                                          Any time I have brought friends to this restaurant if they refused to order their burger less than med-well (because "OMG you can't EVER eat meat less than Medium -Well, you'll get sick" yeah, okay there lol) they didn't like the burger but anyone who followed my recommendation to order it Med-rare loved it. This is the best restaurant if you want a really good Rare - Medium cooked beef hamburger.
                                                                                                          If you can't handle there being any pink in your burger then go and eat at the millions of places that serve 4" diameter, super thin, frozen "gallettes" that absolutely must be served Well - Done (because the meat was butchered two years ago) at least at these places the meat is injected with products that keep them juicy to survive being frozen then cooked till their extra dead.

                                                                                                          1. re: J_Bean

                                                                                                            Thanks for assuming I ordered medium-well or well done, I did not. So there you go, that basically negated your entire post.

                                                                                                    2. I've tried a lot of them and in Montreal, the best one so far is at Brasserie T (that is, for a "normal" lettuce+tomatoes+onions+cheese+meat+bread burger). The bread makes everything.

                                                                                                      Second place goes to Gourmet but they are quite inconsistent in their offering.

                                                                                                      Special mention for Apollo Bistro.

                                                                                                      Bun's is easily last.

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                                                                                                      1. re: stagename

                                                                                                        There's a pop up burger shop that opened on saint-viateur between clark and saint-urbain where Mariska is usually. They'll close on the first of Sept. so you better go now.. I think it's for lunch only.

                                                                                                        3 burgers (beef, chicken, fish) between 4 et 5$ and they're goooood!

                                                                                                        1. re: stagename

                                                                                                          I finally got to try the burger at Brasserie T. It's a good burger, but it can't compete with the one at Lawrence and I really think I could justify paying $18 for it.

                                                                                                          They cook it to whatever temp you want, which is great, but my medium patty had no sear and there was too much bun compared to the meat. The meat wasn't particularly flavourful either. Or perhaps the beefiness got lost in the buns and toppings. Still, it was a decent burger, and the fries, while rather oily, were pretty good.

                                                                                                          As for the "tempura" clams appetizer that came before it, it was a disaster. They were fried dark brown and dripping with oil. Not quite my idea of tempura.

                                                                                                        2. Tried Burger de Ville recently (1st time) and while satisfied with the patty (size, freshness), the bun fell apart in my hands after a few bites which IMO is *a* cardinal sin in awarding the BEST OF. I wish they would add a bun option!

                                                                                                          HELM on Bernard St. - Hands down this is the best I've tried in the city. While small in size it leaps ahead of the burger pack in taste, freshness, and choice of bun (kaiser) and homemade chips.
                                                                                                          If anyone's in the area, do stop by for a taste and share your feedback and don't forget to try one of Quebec ciders!

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                                                                                                          5282 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC , CA

                                                                                                          1. I don't know montreal very well, any of these places downtown? I'm staying at sherbrooke and peel, and I'd love to have a tasty burger while in town.

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                                                                                                            1. re: cheesefries

                                                                                                              Couple of them in the downtown area. You can start off at Mister Steer(1198 Ste-Catherine, corner Drummond), not too far away.

                                                                                                              1. re: cheesefries

                                                                                                                i personally enjoy the bison burger at McKibbons (Bishop, between maisonneuve and ste-catherine)

                                                                                                              2. Try Steve Pizza (on St-Laurent corner Rachel) they make decent burgers there.

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                                                                                                                1. re: Har_Gow_Freak

                                                                                                                  seriously? i've only had their poutine and steak pepperoni sub and well, it's edible but nothing special

                                                                                                                  1. re: Har_Gow_Freak

                                                                                                                    tried their burgers and I don't know they feel pretty subpar, I asked for all dressed and it only came with onions, mustard and relish. And the beef patty felt so limp... almost like it was made of taco bell taco beef. I know that la Belle Province uses filler in their patties, but at least the texture was right, this one was just so limp...

                                                                                                                    their poutines are surprisingly decent though. Nice quantity of cheese, surprisingly fresh. Fries are a bit limp but other it's fine

                                                                                                                  2. The best I ever had was M:brg, followed by Buns if that tries I have some post on my blog and that pictures might help. The next one is suppose to be La paryse according to the picture

                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                    1. re: Gluttoners

                                                                                                                      Mburger is to expensive for the experience but a very good burger with top meat
                                                                                                                      Buns is okay nothing more in my book

                                                                                                                      La Paryse is a good burger but they have to do something about their buns that just fall apart.

                                                                                                                      I like Burger de ville but now instead I always have their delmonico steak (Rib eye steak a T-bone without the bone)

                                                                                                                      1. re: maj54us

                                                                                                                        I agree with you on La Paryse, a burger that completely falls apart like theirs is just not made correctly in my book.

                                                                                                                    2. When I was living in Montreal as a stone-broke student a few years ago I regularly went to "Tous Le Jours" on Mount Royal E.
                                                                                                                      For about 6 CAD at the time you got a huge, tasty burger with bacon and fries. Nothing fancy but it did the job every time.

                                                                                                                      1. The Main at 3864 Saint-Laurent has some of the best in town. Big, juicy, 4 kinds with interesting toppings without getting pretentious. Solid fries, too.

                                                                                                                        1. Restaurant Gregoire in Mercier. Service is good and the food is just what a good greasy spoon / patate stand (although it's a bigger operation than these) should do well. And they take pride in doing well. Note that the location is slightly off the island. They have just moved and expanded from their long-time Ste-Martine address.

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                                                                                                                          258 St A, Sainte-Martine, QC J0S, CA

                                                                                                                          1. Not saying any of those places have the best in Montreal, but my go to place for a great burger is the McCarold Pub in CDN. My favorite there is the Ballymore (bacon, saute mushrooms) and their buns are great. I don't really like cheese, but my friends can't stop raving about there Chèvre burger too. Price is pretty decent too, as a burger and fries will cost you around 10$, and the portions are huge.
                                                                                                                            Although I haven't been to both those places in years, I remember getting very good burgers at Le Barbare on St-Denis, and at L'Auberge du Dragon Rouge on Lajeunesse near the Cremazie subway station. L'Auberge is actually great, as you select the amount of meat you want (I think you can choose 1/3, 1/2 or a pound of meat) and they have a very good selection too. Their fries are pretty special, but tasty.

                                                                                                                            Lately, I've tried Burger de Ville, and it is a pretty good burger too.

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                                                                                                                            4670 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2J2L3, CA

                                                                                                                            Burger de Ville
                                                                                                                            5282 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC , CA

                                                                                                                            1. It's a bit out of the way, but Jukebox in the west island (near marche de l'ouest) is pretty damn good. Mechant Boeuf is yummy too. Going there tonight!

                                                                                                                              1. My favorite burger is at Mister Steer. It's a bit on the small side, but if you are not satisfied with one just order two.

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                                                                                                                                1198 Rue Sainte-Catherine W, Montreal, QC H3B1K1, CA

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                                                                                                                                1. re: bar_b_q_steak

                                                                                                                                  I'm back in town after a long absence, and after living in the lands of no burgers (Germany and Japan). I have to go with one of L'Anecdote's 'classique' burgers (I think it's no. 4 or no. 3: it's the one with deer meat). That, along with a poutine (with emmenthal and gruyere so slightly healthy) is a perfect combination!

                                                                                                                                2. @deborahm Japan? That's surprising. I remember my quest for great burgers started in Tokyo after eating at The Great Burger. There's even a dedicated magazine for burger hunts in the city. Not kidding.

                                                                                                                                  I was at La Boulette yesterday, 2223 on Beaubien East. I haven't tried all the burger joints on this list, but for the last two years, every time I'm going to a restaurant that has a burger on the menu, I'm picking it up. That makes for a really long list of burgers I tried. La Boulette, I believe, so far has the best one. Highly recommended! I'm writing a review I'll update this post when it will be done.

                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                  1. re: stagename

                                                                                                                                    Stagename, you're right about Japan--Tokyo also had probably some of the best French and Italian cuisine I've ever had in my life, too. And, some of the best whiskey and Belgian beer bars, etc. In fact (as you probably know better than I do) the marvel of that city is that you can find any national culinary style only mastered beyond perfection. I just didn't go to Tokyo to eat burgers, although maybe I should have. And thank you for your review of Boulette--much appreciated as I had never heard of it before! It looks great, cheers!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: stagename

                                                                                                                                      @stagename Thanks for the pictures and mentioning La Boulette, I will now have to try it next time I crave a burger =) Looks very yummy, the fries as well. What kind of sauce is that (is it just mayo or)?

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Werzoth

                                                                                                                                        @deborahm Thanks! I hope you'll try it. And I'm sorry about Japan, I didn't know it was Tokyo-specific. Living burger-less must have been quite a struggle ;P Here's a pic from The Great Burger as an apology.

                                                                                                                                        @Werzoth It's bleu cheese! I had the blue cheese burger: the ingredients were caramelized onions, mushrooms and blue cheese.

                                                                                                                                        Also, I noticed that my pic of the menu was too small to see. You can find it on urbanspoon. The prices and some of the items have changed though. Price-wise, everything is around 11$ (burger+fries) now.

                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                        1. re: stagename

                                                                                                                                          Thank you so much for photo! Looks like I missed out on yet another interesting food phenomenon while in Tokyo. Next time...!
                                                                                                                                          I'm definitely going to try La Boulette, and I'll check out menu on urbanspoon. This is great info. Thanks again!

                                                                                                                                      2. re: stagename

                                                                                                                                        Tried their burger yesterday as I was on beaubien. I love their meat patty. Very flavorful. I wonder is they marinate it in something. Man it was good! Didn't like their bun, maybe it was the texture and the odd shape. I think I like a flat bun better but the taste also wasn't to my liking. Nonetheless the bun didn't steal the show. Good deal for 10$ with fries.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: maj54us

                                                                                                                                          Glad you like it! Actually the reason why I'm coming back is because of their buns, so there's truth to the saying that "tous les goûts sont dans la nature". I like them so much that I asked who made them for a burger contest I had with friends. Unfortunately they are made especially for the restaurant by I-don't-remember-whom. ;P

                                                                                                                                          BTW if you are burger fans I just discovered Mr Lew Great Burger Search (100+ burger reviews) website and The Montreal Burger Report on Facebook. Thought you might appreciate those ;P

                                                                                                                                      3. Nouveau Palais. Located on Bernard and Parc. Very satisfying.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: benila

                                                                                                                                          I prefer it without bacon and cheese

                                                                                                                                          1. re: benila

                                                                                                                                            I had a great burger today at MeatMarket, in my opinion the best I have had in Montreal.

                                                                                                                                            Large size, super juicy triple A beef paddie, with spicy mayo, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, red peppers etc.
                                                                                                                                            It came with potato & sweet potatoes fries, Harissa mayo & coleslaw,

                                                                                                                                            A bruschetta salad was also included in the table dhote at $13.95

                                                                                                                                            The service was very friendly and efficient.

                                                                                                                                        2. Went back to La Paryse last week after quite a while. We had the Special burger, Pinto burger, side of fries, poutine, a pint of blonde, and cafe milkshake. Burgers were amazing as usual, huge, not overcooked, flavourful, and juicy. Never had the Pinto burger before, and it was a great veggie burger, not dry and the patty did not fall apart. Fries were great per usual, the real fries, thick, crisp chunks of potato. The poutine was not a real poutine as the cheese were not curds (!) but melted, shredded mozzarella. Still, the quality of fries and gravy made up for it--almost. The milkshake was huge, enough for two servings, as they served it in a tall glass and another serving in the metal cup it was blended in. Happy to know this place still makes, in my opinion, the best burgers in Montreal that I have had thus far.