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Burger Week 2014 - May 28 to 31st - $5 burgers at various restaurants

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Burger week is happening again. The "event"/Burger Day isn't AYCE this year. You have to pay an admission fee plus pay for your food. However, the $5 burgers for Burger Week look good. Figure it is worth starting a thread so people can share their burger finds during the week.


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  1. Must get the Barque burger. Smashed brisket burger with smoked, candied bacon and pommery BBQ sauce on a brioche bun. gah!!!

    1. This sounds good: FAT LOUIE'S BBQ

      The Smoked Belly Burger: two beef patties, smoked pork belly, American/cheddar cheese, jalapenos, onion, ketchup, and mustard.

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      1. re: GoodGravy

        Does anyone know how Olliffe in Rosedale is participating? I thought they were just butchers?

        1. re: sufficientlybuttered

          It says they are, though I wonder if their St. Lawrence Market location will be as well...

          1. re: sufficientlybuttered

            So as per description it will be a raw patty during burger Week which you can buy at the store

            "Raw in-store patty: Bison chorizo"

            And on Burger Day slider: Bison chorizo burger with smoked gouda, apple slaw, and spicy chicharróns.

          2. re: GoodGravy

            Never tried Holy Chuck before. Is it worth the trip? What's being offered as the $5 burger? Thanks.

            1. re: caitlink

              If you like Shake Shack-style burgers, or Burger Priest, then you'll like Holy Chuck.

              1. re: caitlink

                They are pretty awesome and for $5 its a steal....they are offering this on Burger week

                "The Misbred Village Bahahastard: Two patties of aged beef, Ontario lamb, and saganaki cheese ground together and topped with red onion, Greek olive oil, and sautéed peppers"

                1. re: warlock

                  Heard that last year there was over an hour wait for burgers at Holy Chuck during Burger Week (though, guess it depends on what time of day you go).

                  1. re: ylsf

                    I have gone at about 11ish the last two years....and on a saturday if i remember correctly.....no lineups at all.....but I guess the later you go the longer you wait...

                    1. re: warlock

                      The last two years the event was on the Sunday. I've worked both years and there were only not line ups for the first 15 minutes of the event.

                      1. re: LexiFirefly

                        Warlock was referring to the line up at Holy Chuck in response to my post about hearing there were long lines there.

                          1. re: ylsf

                            Yup ylsf....

                            LexiFirefly..I was referring to Burger week (which runs wed-sat) and not Burger Day (whcih runs on the Sunday)..

                            1. re: warlock

                              Again sorry! Saturday can be tough for the restaurants if you go to late a lot of them sell out, no delivery in time for the burger day. This is what I get for reading on my phone. Sorry!

                  2. re: caitlink

                    I think Holy Chuck is disgusting. Way salty and cheap tasting dry meat.

                    Burger's Priest is far better, with a thicker, juicier patty and high quality beef.

                    1. re: BigBabyYeezuS

                      To each their own but the last three visits to BP I found extremely disappointing. I'm far from a salt fiend, but they were all completely tasteless over cooked burgers. I used to love BP, can't say I care much for their product anymore.

                      1. re: BlackMambaSommelier

                        It's probably been almost a year since I was last at Holy Chuck, but I greatly preferred their burger to Priest. I've had a few burgers at Priest recently (Queen & Spadina location), and I didn't enjoy them.

                        I'll just save my fast food burgering for Shake Shack, I guess.

                        1. re: yakionigiri

                          Agree on Holy Chuck. I visited once also about one year ago and the burger was very good, definitely not dry or overly salty. Overall a decent experience. In any case, I'll save my burger eating for NYC as well.

                          1. re: yakionigiri

                            Have you walked over to P and L burger? I much prefer it to priest. Better value too.

                            1. re: chowfinder

                              Yes, many times. When they cook a burger rare, it's great. Unfortunately they aren't consistent. I prefer it to Priest as well, especially when they can "hit it."

                            2. re: yakionigiri

                              Shake Shack's the best of that group, no doubt, though I think it's overrated as well. I think burger's priest is good enough for what it is (a Shake Shack knockoff).

                              I think P&L is doing a really nice burger right now.

                              1. re: BigBabyYeezuS

                                I just wish they could consistently cook my burger rare, instead of well. It tends to be more problematic when ordering with other people who want different degrees of doneness. Every time I've gone alone they managed to cook it properly.

                                Shake Shack makes my favourite fast food burger after trying basically everything else... Too bad they changed their fries.

                    2. To make the deal even better, Paypal is doing a promo with select places for Burger Week where you can get a free burger by paying with the Paypal app:


                      1. This year i think the best burger is @ TOMA Burger Addiction

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                        1. re: mark22

                          Have you guys been busy so far?

                          1. re: mark22

                            I didn't like Tom A Burger at all! It is one step up from Hero Burger but not step enough.

                          2. Just had the Hogtown Smoke burger. Truly delicious!

                            Their $5 Burger Week special: Angus burger stuffed with pulled pork and topped with cheese, pork belly strips, and pulled pork infused with barbecue sauce and bourbon.

                            1. Had the burger at BeerBistro. A bison burger. Thought it was decent for $5 but wouldn't be too keen on spending over $10 for it. Not sure if it is on their regular menu.

                              Also, I think some places are not allowing any substitutions or changes at all (i.e. not even removing a sauce on the burger). A friend told me they went to Craft Burger Edit: sorry Big Smoke burger) and that was the case there.

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                              1. re: ylsf

                                It's a $5 burger, which is roughly what McDonald's charges for a Big Mac. They're probably pre-made because it's a "food festival," which in Toronto equates to list of many undesirable things (see: any failed festival, 'licious events, TUM).

                                Even the switch at the end-of-week event demonstrates exactly what is wrong with food festivals in Toronto.

                                This isn't to say that some places aren't doing this to get people into their restaurants, but how entitled do you need to be to eat a burger that costs less than the burgers on the regular menu and expect them to accommodate your every food-related idiosyncrasy? Don't want the $5 burger at Big Smoke with whatever sauce? Order the more expensive one off their regular menu and get what you want.

                                I can just imagine someone screaming at the register at Holy Chuck or Big Smoke or wherever else, "But I don't want the sauce! I'm not tipping anyways! Where's my $5 burger? What? There's tax on that? This is the worst service ever! Wait until you see my food blog review/yelp review!"

                                1. re: yakionigiri

                                  Umm.. I was just posting for information purposes.... Better for people to know in advance that what you see is what you will get vs. going there expecting to remove something that you might not like/are allergic too, etc. Surprised by your reaction.

                                  1. re: ylsf

                                    As someone with food allergies: I wouldn't expect a $5 burger pre-made for festival participants to be remade for those with allergies. If I were concerned, I'd call ahead and make sure everything is okay. If I arrived and asked at the counter, and they said, "Our sauce is x and y and we can't remove it," I'd simply order a burger off the normal menu that fit my needs.

                                    Why would you expect a restaurant to accommodate your specific needs without asking ahead of time? It's common courtesy.

                                    Big Smoke makes other hamburgers. Don't want their LITERALLY ADVERTISED burger week special? Don't buy it. Buy something else. To complain that someone isn't accommodating your restrictions when you could just order something else off the menu and be accommodated is absurd...

                                    1. re: yakionigiri

                                      You are reading into my post something that is not there. There is no complaining. It is a comment/observation. I made no judgement on whether or not they should allow removing an ingredient or not. I am just telling people to expect to get the burger as described online. I don't recall it saying on the website "you can't remove ingredients listed here". I am just letting people know this so they know what to expect going into it. The burgers are not "pre-made". To get them to not put on toppings would seem like less work/less cost to me. Anyway, I am done trying to justify my post as this issue seems to be over and above what I posted (i.e. references to food events/etc...)

                                      1. re: ylsf

                                        I wasn't talking about you. I was talking about someone who would go to a restaurant advertising a specific (as advertised) $5 burger and expect substitutions for whatever reason (your friend). You shouldn't even need to state it; it's completely obvious.

                                        RESTAURANT: HERE IS OUR BURGER.
                                        FRIEND: BUT I DON'T WANT THAT. I WANT SOMETHING ELSE.
                                        RESTAURANT: WE HAVE OTHER THINGS TOO. FEEL FREE TO ORDER THOSE.
                                        FRIEND: BUT M-MUH PREFERENCES!

                                        It has nothing to do with you, but with a recent trend in dining. I've seen very few Toronto restaurant website menus that say, specifically, "YOU CAN'T/CAN REMOVE INGREDIENTS LISTED HERE." Maybe I'm wrong? Maybe I'm incapable of reading menus? It doesn't seem to be a common practice.

                                    2. re: ylsf


                                      To substitute, a hilarious post on TripAdvisor (the antithesis of any worthwhile food adventure planning). The review by "minivanride" speaks to your post directly. Viewing the history of the user, she chooses Montana's as a location with great food but poor service.

                                      If you're willing to deal with the surly, disgruntled Montana's employees, maybe your friend would enjoy their burger more. You know, they serve "great food."

                                  2. re: ylsf

                                    Let's remember these restaurants are people's businesses and they are putting creative capital into this promotion that maybe a loss leader as a gamble for new customers or reward for regulars.

                                    I would feel cheezy enough getting a $5 burger and I'd be appreciative, never mind asking for a substitution (or getting the free with paypal app option.)

                                  3. I walked by Toma Burger last night. They are one of the restaurants advertising free burgers when purchase with Paypal app.
                                    (thanks ylsf


                                    Huge lineup down the street. Teenagers with their smartphones taking selfies with their free burgers. Pass.

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                                    1. re: happycamper

                                      I wouldn't eat another Toma burger even for free. You were wise to pass on that one.

                                    2. I had County General's $5 lamb patty with flatbread. It was perfectly priced for the size (it was more like a 3-bite appetizer). Great house-made hot sauce, fries (not included with the $5 burger, of course) and micro-brews from these guys as always.

                                      1. Friends wanted to go to Holy Chuck last night so I decided to wait with them in line.

                                        They were definitely busy. Got there around 7:20pm (line up out the door) and ordered around 8:20pm and then maybe another 20 minutes to get the burgers. They asked how we wanted it cooked still. The staff was very pleasant considering I am sure it was chaotic all day. People in the line were patient too.

                                        I would say the burger itself was excellent. I wouldn't have waited in line without my friends there to pass the time but overall it was a nice experience. When we left the line up was even further out the door.

                                        We then hit up Daves which one of the free burger choices when paying with Paypal. Nice spot, we sat on the patio. I thought my burger was okay but my friends were not a fan of it (they had hit up already 6 spots over the two days and rated Dave's the lowest). I did use the paypal app myself and it is kind of a cool system. Definitely would use it again in the future for electronic payment. I wonder what kind of fees are involved for the merchant (i.e. vs credit card/debit).

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                                          1. re: ylsf

                                            I passed by Holy Chuck around 2 pm......lineup was out the door.....so decided to skip it....

                                          2. Another friend tried hitting up 4 different places on Thursday night and they were all out of burgers. I guess this promo is very popular. One place she was told had 70 a day (Hogtown).