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Feb 7, 2009 01:45 PM

Terra Burger: Anyone been lately?

After experiencing an awful, hard, dried-out burger when this place on Eglinton first opened a few months ago, I haven't returned. I'm wondering whether anyone's been there recently and if there's been any improvement.

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    1. No. Worst burger ever made. The place always looks dead--but apparently they have a decent takeout biz.

      1. Debated about getting a take-out order from here many times, but end up at The Burger Shack because they're always closed when I get there.

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          1. Is this the place where they don't have bacon for the burgers?

            1. re: duckdown

              It is in a Jewish area so not having pork/bacon would make sense....
              However, I was in this place last week and they have bacon. The burger was juicy and the topings were fresh. Give it a shot. I'll go back.

          2. Again, this place is not Kosher,
            and have 2 kinds of bacon,

            Tho they might not have the 'best' burger in the city (i find this board is full of burger snobs who will never find 'the burger' and if they have it isn't based on taste but emotional attachment to the establishment and are in denial), the fries are consistently good, I have been multiple times and all my friends that have come with me have enjoyed their food. especially the sweet potato fries.

            The burgers can be sometimes dry, and not cooked to your liking, and the price is a little steep, but they have good deals on some of their specials from time to time. Also their toppings and spreads are always tasty, fresh and top quality ingredients in my experiences.

            I have had, the beef (tasty, can be over cooked sometimes), bison (dry), and elk (over seasoned and very little 'elk' taste) burgers, and plan on trying the veggie patty on my next trip.

            Again only complaints would be the price, if you are used to spending under $10 on a burger and fries combo might have a hard time at this place.

            One of my friends really enjoys their milkshakes (I have never had one), and my 2 female friends that I have taken their (sorry to generalize) prefer the tine terra burger and find it the perfect size for them.

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            1. re: flying101

              Sorry, but your post was a bit confusing. Do you enjoy dry, expensive burgers?

              1. re: acd123

                Sorry, I re-read my post and see how it can be misleading,

                Yes it is more expensive then 'mom and pop' style burger places, and i don't mind paying the extra amount because if find the quality is worth it. But I can see how people who are on a budget or like stretching their dollar might disapprove of their prices. In contrast tho, I frequent Goldenstar, and even there in recent years they have drastically raised their prices as well... guess the burger industry isn't recession proof

                I have had perfect, well cooked burgers, from there, but I have also had dried out over spiced ones. But even in the worse case, i still enjoyed my meal. And will return.

                Bison is always going to be dryer then beef as it is leaner and an inexperienced chef would over cook it, as this place is new they are still working out their kinks, and I am sure they over season the Elk because some people don't like the 'gamey' flavor and they tried to hide it . Now while I am witting this I realize that they shouldn't be doing that, and I disapprove, but I am sure that is the reason for it.

                To sum up, Yes I enjoyed my meals at Terra Burger, even the dry and over seasoned one.

                1. re: flying101

                  I think ACD was teasing. As was I.

                  The bottom line is, if you like it and don't mind the price. Be damned about what others think.


                  1. re: Davwud

                    Yes, just teasing.

                    I've never been to Terra Burger so I'll have to try it. But that would be hard with Burger Shack being so close. That's the place I know and love, so why mess with that? Also, I usually enjoy 'diner' type burgers more than 'gourmet' ones. Exceptions: Allen's, and the burger at One was good but too $$$ (like over $30) if I remember correctly.

                    1. re: acd123

                      I'm with ya on the diner type burger. I'm not an "Organic" person per se. So that's a knock in my mind. It's too "Gourmet" for me so that's another strike and I'm guessing it's grilled not done on a flat top. I'll pass. I may or may not like the place but there are other options I'd rather explore.


                      1. re: acd123

                        I've had the beef burger at Terra and it wasn't very good. I requested medium rare, it was well done. Dry and flavourless. The toppings were okay. The bun didn't really help the burger out very much either. I almost wanted to dip the whole thing in ketchup or something...

                  1. re: Davwud

                    When I went in, I ordered my beef burger medium rare and got it medium rare. I wouldn't say it was dry but I wouldn't say the juice was dripping down my arm either. The meat is top quality though and the taste really comes through. Not sure what it's spiced with but it's addictive.... I would rank it in the top 5 burger places in the city. I think it got a ton of "haters" who never even tried the place.
                    The fries are fantastic. I haven't had better in Toronto.
                    A friend of mine told me the same thing about the Milkshakes (they are really good) but I've yet to try.
                    I had a meal and it came to about $8 with the special they had on. Not to bad at all...
                    If I had any thing to suggest it would be to get rid of the bun. I found it dry.