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Good fries and burger on Browns Line

Once a month or so I go and get some fries at this very little joint on Browns Line, right next to Pizza Pizza. I can't remember what it is called, Burger something. The fries are quite good, made with Yukon Gold potatoes; they are best eaten right away. These fries are usually golden crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. I don’t believe they are deep fried in beef tallow, but none the less they are great fries.

Well I was in there today and there are new owners, the menu has changed, for the better imho. They now are selling buffalo burgers and soon will be also selling lamb burgers. I ordered the buffalo burger with bacon and cheese and it was very good. The meat was not tough and it did have a decent flavour. There are some testy grill marks on the burger. Besides cheese and bacon, you can of course have the usual toppings. They also have some interesting sauces; I had the red pepper catsup which was nice, not sugary sweet like bottled catsup.

Now the only downside is how the burger was cooked. No seasoning before hitting the grill, however, the bacon and cheese did add some saltiness but not enough. To test for doneness, the burger is cut open to see if it is done which allows for juices to leak into the fire. The burger did not stay very long on the grill after it was cut in to, thank god. But despite the lack of proper grilling technique (heck where can you get a burger cooked properly anyway!?) the buffalo burger was very good. Not some thin frozen patty, it is of a good thickness.

There is only sitting for 3-4 people at the counter and there is no other sitting inside, it is a takeout place. It’s not easy to see this place while driving down Browns Line; in fact I did not see this place for the first year or so of living in the area.

Great fries, good buffalo burger and a pop for just under $10.00, this is a good deal in my books. I’ll be back for more buffalo and to try the lamb.

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  1. So the burger is unseasoned and cut open during cooking and it's still good??


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    1. re: Davwud

      Yes indeed it sounds like an oxymoron. The meat itself is well seasoned, it just that any time your place meat on a heat source you always season all sides. This adds to the overall flavour and helps with a crust. So what I’m saying is that this burger was very good, but could be a little better with some proper cooking technique.
      It would appear that those on the grill are not trained, that cutting open the meat is way to tell if the meat is cooked. This is a shame that the meat is cut open, I did mention that the bottom of your palm is the way to tell weather it is med-rare, well-done etc… I don’t believe the person whom I told this too had ever heard of such a thing. Despite further butchering the meat while it was on the grill, the meat was done and was not dry. However, it would have been even juicer if it was not butchered again on the grill.
      Proper handling and cooking technique go a long way to bringing out the full flavour of food.

    2. I believe you are referring to Big Burger. Earlier this week they had a sign indicating they will also have organic burgers.

      Organic Big Burger
      602 Browns Line, Toronto, ON M8W3V5, CA

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      1. Oh, cool, it's good? I used to go by it constantly and it just looked so sketchy... Sounds good now, though, with the ownership change.
        Sounds like a reason to go Christmas shopping at Sherway and take a little lunch detour!

        1. I would tell the guy specifically not to hack up and cut into my burger.

          Maybe once a person or two complains about it, they'd get the hint: you're doing it WRONG

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          1. re: duckdown

            I most certainly pointed out and tried to explain the why and how, my mouth is as big as my belly! I believe they may think of me as being a pain in the butt customer. The one woman appears not take construct criticism well, so I believe. In any case the next time I'm in there, and I will be there very soon, I will order and tell them not to butcher my meat any further.

            1. re: Pastryrocks

              Yeah they are usually like that; just gotta hope that more than one person complains so you don't seem like the only one complaining. I'd definitely tell them to stop if I saw them do that

              Dunno what they find so hard about letting the grill do the cooking, rather than chopping up your burger and draining the juices just so it cooks 2 seconds quicker

          2. Here is an update

            Had a few buffalo burgers from Organic Big Burger, which I’ve really enjoyed. I’ve been in the place about four times. After the 2nd time, they now season my burger and do not cut into the meat without me saying anything. Since they make the burger and it is not made some where in the USA in a huge plant that makes 1000’s of pounds of hamburgers at a time. I’m quite secure with the quality of the meat that if they under cook the meat, it is quite safe to eat. I much rather have meat under cooked, med-rare would be nice.

            They have even brought in a hamburger bun with no cornmeal on the top of the bun; I’m allergic to corn, really nice touch!

            Since the new management has taken over, there has been a great deal of new additions to the menu. They are selling two kinds of fires, regular cut and skinny cut made with organic Yukon gold potatoes. The regular fries have always been good, but now I don’t have to worry about all the chemicals and radiation that are in non-organic potatoes. They are also selling Sweet Potato fries, which I have yet to try. Now these fries are cook in Trans fat free Canola oil. They have a little pamphlet that has the menu and some info on the organic ingredients.

            The regular fries are always good imho, they are slightly crispy and golden brown. I tried the skinny cut, but they where not fried enough. Imo skinny fires should be cooked like frites, quite crispy so that they can be picked up with a fork. These where under done, and would break when you try and pick them up with a fork, fingers would work but there is no place to wash your hands.

            Now the Bison burger is really lean, but it is also quite tasty. There cooking method is coming along, each time I order a burger they now season and don’t cut into my burger. I hope they do that with all the burgers.

            The organic beef burgers do come in different sizes, 4oz ($3.29), 6oz (4.29), 8oz ($5.29), double burger ($7.29) and the Organic Pounder Classic ($9.99). They also have combos which include drink and fries.

            They have yet to have the lamb burger ready for sale.

            This place not only sells organic burgers and fries, but they also have organic salads, pop, Milk Shakes and Organic Coffee. I had an organic root beer, which taste quite good, not so sweet and rich in flavour.

            For those who would rather eat meat for an animal that lives in such poor conditions that the animal needs to be fed antibiotics to stay alive, they do offer a non-organic burger. They also have chicken fingers, fish & Chips, etc… But for me the Buffalo burger and fries are very good. I can’t wait for the lamb burger!

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              1. re: Pastryrocks

                I went about 3 weeks ago.

                I love the concept of this place. Its quite cheap for an organic burger. They are still new and working kinks out of course. but I am happy to wait.

                The burger came "seasoned" there was like parsley and (I think) mustard seeds in there along with some other spices. To be honest, I was saddened to eat a baretta beef burger with all that stuff. I suggested that they should have a "seasoned" and "unseasoned" burger option, since their whole motif is about options.

                For the record, my burger wasn't cut. however, I asked for medium and I guess the heat wasn't high enough on the grill and by the time the outside was cooked, so was the inside. however, as we've noticed, things are improving with this place.

                I also have some more mean criticism, but I will save it for later, or hopefully, they will remedy it.

                1. re: Pastryrocks

                  i must try this place out but i am confused are they carrying both bison and buffalo and is the buffalo water (asia) or cape (african) anilmals??

                  1. re: Pastryrocks

                    Made a visit here this past weekend and they had the lamb burger available, which I tried. I'm pretty sure it was my first ever lamb burger and I liked it, and as JEB mentioned before, the meat has minced parsley (or similar green herb) mixed in. The (free) sauteed onions are a nice topping and I enjoyed their homemade chipotle mayo as well. I tried their sweet potato fries and they were okay - there were a lot of tidbit pieces, though. My SO had the organic beef burger and we noticed that it was done to a medium without us asking - fine by us! For both burgers, the meat:bun ratio could have been better (i.e. more meat), but they are offering a unique product in the area.

                    Note: as Pastryrocks mentioned, this place is now called "Organic Big Burger" instead of "Big Burger" as it's under new management.

                  2. It’s been about 6 months or so since I’ve been eating at Organic Big Burger. I eat here about 2-3 times a month. I either eat the Buffalo burger or Lamb burger, with fries and an organic Root beer. In the beginning there where some issues with seasoning the meat before it hits the grill, it seems that they have someone who is able to grill meat properly, which is good news for all!

                    Since the opening there have been many additions to the menu and also some changes with the cooking method, they now they deep fry the fries in organic rice bran oil which is a nice touch. They also season the fries while they are hot! They still have the thick and skinny cut fries, but have also added Sweet Potato Fries, which I have yet to try. The fires are still good, though I believe I prefer the skinny fries in the Rice Bran oil.

                    One recent addition to the menu is (wild) boar burger. Now I have only had the boar burger twice. I ate one tonight and I have to say that it was one of the best burgers I have ever eaten! I ordered the burger with the double smoked bacon and ‘Swiss’ cheese. Now the cheese is rather thin, so the flavour is not very pronounced. I'm fairly sure that this is not Emmental cheese from form the Emmen valley in Switzerland. For one it does not have that heavy flavour nor does it have large holes. Despite this, the melted cheese on the burger is really nice. Add double smoked bacon, and not that chemical smoke crap that sells in every supermarket. But real smoke bacon, smoke over wood because you can actually taste the smoke in the bacon. With some fired onions, Dijon mustard and thier BBQ sauce and you have a real winner here.

                    The flavour of boar meat is not easy to pin down combine with all the toppings. One thing for sure is the meat is not fatty as a beef hamburger, as far as I can remember, nor as fatty as the lamb burger. It is somewhat juicer than the Buffalo burger. For me it is quite meaty but nothing like eating pork. In fact the smoky bacon is a great match for the boar meat. The meat was fully cooked, but not over done and was juicy. The meat to bun ratio was very good.

                    Also another new addition is Organic Ice Cream which I have yet to try. Since I make my own ice cream, I doubt I’ll ever try there ice cream. But if there ice cream is anything like there other foods, I believe it will be a tasty treat. They are also making Milk Shakes and Organic Smoothies.

                    It would appear that business is rather good with the new organic and healthy choices since they have taken over 6-7 months ago. There is now air conditioning while you wait for your order. There is still only room for 3 to sit at the counter but there is seating for 8 people outside. It would appear that there is a steady stream of people in this little burger joint.

                    Organic Big Burger
                    602 Browns Line, Toronto, ON M8W3V5, CA

                    1. Finally was able to try this place out yesterday! 4oz beef burger was tasty and juicy, though it was definitely med-well instead of the requested med-rare -- I'm not going to hold this against them, though, as a 4oz patty is pretty thin. Thick-cut fries were crispy, tasty and totally addictive -- better than most I've had in the past several months. Sauteed shiitake & oyster mushrooms were a nice touch on the burger; sauteed onions weren't particularly noticeable, but oh well.

                      Definitely worth a return trip. Next time maybe I'll try the boar. Good stuff!

                      1. I went tonight as I had a groupdeal site voucher to use. The place was really busy around 6pm. A ton of customers but only one employee when I got there. Another lady showed up near the end of my meal and I think someone else was suppose to be there but showed up late (saw him trying to get in through the side door when I was leaving). Anyway, that is why I am hesitant to give this place a bad review as the girl seemed to be running around like crazy but I felt like both the things I ordered were overcooked (Bison Burger.. they had sold out of the Wild Boar burger which I really wanted to try... and the pork schnitzel). On the other side of things I felt that the french fries were undercooked. They weren't to my liking, weird texture (i.e. I think undercooked). The salad was good though, had some radishes/peppers/etc and the Italian dressing was good). I think I should have stuck with just the basic beef burger and seen how it was.

                        In one of the other thread a poster mentioned that the other items of the burger (bun, condiments/etc) were not organic. The bun didn't seem like anything special (grocery store quality) but I did see there was a gluten free option for an additional $1.25 or $1.50.

                        Overall I am not sure if I will go back. I had a much better bison burger from Woody's down the street. Maybe I will give their normal burger a go if I am in the area again as people above seem to have had good luck in general.

                        1. I took my son once and my brother and cousin another time.Both times the burgers were excellent,the fries and onion rings were also good.My son and I also had an organic brownie and they were also very good.

                          1. I fear that this place may be closed; at the very least the name has been changed. The windows have been covered with brown paper and the sign has been changed. So I assume that there are new owners.

                            1. Sadly indeed this place is no longer, it was bought out by new people. Due to my special diet there is nothing that I can eat on the new menu. I don’t know if they have open elsewhere, through their web site (http://www.organicbigburger.com/) is still active with the Browns Line address. Also listed is a Jane address, however, I'm unsure if that location ever open.

                              Unsure why the sold, I guess everyone has their price, and I don’t mean this in a negative way. Though I do know that they tried to expand this past summer and the city of Toronto would not allow them to open a larger sit down at the same location. Something about traffic and noise, which seems odd to me considering the location, is on Browns Line. Maybe that had something to do them selling. Anyway Big Organic Burger is gone from Browns Line.

                              Since the new owners had nothing that I can eat, I did not try anything. There is a smaller menu and it looks that they are doing burgers and fries. I can’t eat what they are selling so I can’t comment on the new joint.

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                              1. re: Pastryrocks

                                I emailed organic big burger and they told me they closed,there are new owners doing burgers and that they will be opening somewhere downtown in the near future.

                                1. re: ninja5ca

                                  Yes I too was told that by a former cook who is now at Woodys Burger on Lakeshore. Woddys does have sweet potato fires that are good, not as good as Organic Burger but still close. Maybe the rice bran oil made the difference?

                                  Also I asked the first time I was in Woodys what was in the buffalo and turkey burgers. They use bacon fat in the buffalo burger and they are unsure if the ground turkey is ground without the skin. Organic big burger did not use bacon fat and was sure that the ground turkey was without the skin.