Ultimate Burger Experience

Welcome to my website - This is the place where I write about my quest to find the best hamburgers in Greater Vancouver (and sometimes beyond)

Please feel free to leave comments and suggestions. I’m always looking for ‘off the beaten track’ hidden gems that have amazing hamburgers.

I update my burger experience regularly, so come back often to find (and see) the greatest hamburgers in Vancouver!

My Ultimate Burger

There are so many ways to prepare a hamburger. Over the years, I’ve found out what works and what doesn’t. Here is my ‘recipe’ for the perfect burger…

The MEAT…

  • Whatever meat you choose, fresh is always best.
  • Both 6 and 8oz patty options should be available.
  • I prefer Prime Rib, but also love Angus beef.
  • Have at least 20% fat in your ground beef (add bacon fat if you like)
  • Always charbroiled ! No flat top please !
  • I don’t like greasy burgers.

The CHEESE…

  • Must be real cheddar (I prefer one slice, but shredded is good too).
  • I will not touch American Cheese (i.e. processed).

The BUN…

  • The bun must be big and strong enough to hold the burger; however, you don’t want it to over power the burger. At the same time, you don’t want a bun that falls apart.

The TOPPINGS…

  • This is where it gets very particular. Everyone has different tastes, but here are mine.
  • I like crispy iceburg lettuce, a couple slices of tomato and fresh avocado (no guacamole please!)
  • If I can’t get avocado, I will get pickles and onions.
  • Crispy thick bacon in 2 rows.
  • For sauces, the standard mayo is good, but something with a zing is preferable, like maybe a cajun aioli !
  • If I can’t get avocado, I will get mustard and ketchup.

FRIES…

  • You don’t want a side to ruin your masterpiece, so don’t use just plain fries. Cut them thick in house, double fry and season to perfection with sea salt. A house-made ketchup will give you bonus stars!

 

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    Gillnetter Pub – Pitt Burger

    007I had a groupon for this pub so I decided to go out today to try their burger. When it came, I  asked, “who stabbed my burger” But thee knife if just there to hold everything together. The burger is described as “6oz charbroiled prime rib patty, topped with cheddar cheese & bacon, served with  mayo and our special sauce”
    When I took my first bite, I could tell immediately that it was was cooked over a flame — I love that flavour. The burger was big and tasted great. I’d go back. The burger cost $11.95, so it sneaks in the cheapest category. !

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      Burger Burger – 6oz Burger

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      Well, I was in New West today and I wanted a fast lunch. Unfortunately, I came here. Sorry, I shouldn’t be so harsh; I mean for what I paid for ($4.45 + $0.85 for bacon and $0.85 for cheese), the burger was decent – good bun, not too greasy, ok taste. Its just not on par with an awesome hamburger and I’ve had my fair share of those ! I shouldn’t diss this place to much – They’re friendly, fast and cheap. Ive got to say, for the price, this is a winner. Overall, for burger quality, it doesn’t stack up, but of course, you’ll pay double for a awesome burger in this town. Burger Burger is located on 6th Street in New Westminster.

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        Stackhouse Burger Bar – Stackhouse Burger

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        I had some extra time for lunch today, so I decided to try Stackhouse Burger Bar. I heard it was getting some good reviews, so I just had to try it. I had the Stackhouse Burger, which is described as “6.5 oz local prime rib patty with pancetta, portabellini, Guinness cheddar, chipotle aioli and butter lettuce served on a brioche bun” I had their lunch special (from 11-3 pm) – the burger only cost $10 and it comes with fries or salad. This burger delivered on every level – it was cooked and seasoned perfectly, the pancetta was great and the bun was great. It just tasted great ! Not many places serve prime rib burgers, so this was a treat. They also have a Kobe burger that I must try !! Even at the full price of $15 this burger is a big winner, but at $10 it is out of this world – one of the best values in the city ! I’ll be back for sure !

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          Red Robin – Guacamole Bacon Burger

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          I’ve been to Red Robin many times, but not since I started this blog. They advertise as Canada’s Gourmet Burger Restaurant. T o tell you the truth, I’ve never had a bad burger here – They just know how to make a good burger. This time was no exception. I had the Guacamole Bacon Burger, which is described as having: zesty guacamole and thick sliced applewood smoked bacon topped with melted Swiss cheese, red onions, lettuce, tomatoes & mayo. Not much to say here – The burger was cooked fast, tasted great and I’ll come back ! The price was around $11.50 before tax.

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            Cannibal Cafe – American Classic Burger

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            There’s a new burger joint on Commercial Drive (1818) and its name is the Cannibal Cafe and they serve beef, not human, so its safe. I had their American Classic Burger, which comprises of a 6 oz house-made burger (or 2-3 oz patties if you prefer), with American cheese (processed), tomato, onion, iceberg lettuce, house ketchup, stone-ground mustard and mayo. I substituted for real cheddar cheese and added bacon and avocado for an extra $1 each. NOTE, with the additions, the price goes into the next category. As the meat is ground in house, you have the option to have it done to your preference – I had mine done medium – In retrospect, I should have have it med well, as I didn’t really like the blood dripping in the bun. Overall, the burger was very good, perfectly cooked and well presented. Bottom line… sure, I’d go back here again !

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              Five Guys Burgers and Fries – Bacon Cheese Burger

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              Ive been wanting to try this place out for a while now. They opened up a restaurant in Freemont Village in Port Coquitlam so I decided to take the plunge. When entering the restaurant, someone yells “DOOR”. You then have the option of a hamburger, cheeseburger or bacon cheeseburger and there are about 15 free toppings to choose from. The burger was great – very tasty – not too greasy. I will definitely be going back here !

              And, from now on, I won’t be ranking my burgers – I’ll just say whether I’ll go back or not.

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                Tomahawk Restaurant – Chief Dominic Charlie Burger

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                After watching some Vancouver Open Tennis Action up at Hollyburn, I decided to try this place, which has been on the radar for some time. They have a wide selection of burgers on their menu and I decided to go for the Chief Dominic Charlie Burger, which is described as “Lettuce, organic ground beef patty, grilled Yukon-style bacon, aged cheddar cheese, tomato and Tomahawk special sauce. I wasn’t too impressed with the burger – the taste just wasn’t there for me. It didn’t seem like the commanding burger the description set it out to be – just seemed kind of small, not much to it. The special sauce wasn’t anything special. Bottom line is I wouldn’t go back. I guess in my haste, I forgot to remember the price, so I don’t have that info !

                • Price: ????
                • Rating in Category: 6/10
                • Overall Rating: 5/10
                • Time from order to table: 15 mins
                • Address: 1550 Philip Avenue, North Vancouver

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                  Save-On Meats – The Burger

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                  Well, I finally got around to visiting the revamped Save-On Meats on West Hastings. From what I’ve read and heard, Save-On Meats prides themselves on their hamburger – they even claim it to be “The Best Damn Deal in town”. According to their website, the burgers are made with hand ground chuck steak and fresh herbs daily. The burgers are topped with their butcher shop bacon, melted cheddar, smoky BBQ sauce, tomato and lettuce. It comes with a choice of fries, mash, coleslaw or a green salad. All this for $6.00. Going in I thought to myself, how can you get a good burger for $6.00, so my expectations were not high. However, after having the burger, I was pleasantly surprised. This burger was great. The herbs in the burger and the sauce really make this burger. The beef was nice and moist too and not greasy, which is always a plus ! For $6.00, this is in the lower price category, but this would rank high in the $8.00 – $11.99 category too ! I highly recommend this burger if you’re in the area. Bottom line – We have a new #1 in the category “Less than $7.99”

                  • Price: $6.00
                  • Rating in Category: 9.5/10
                  • Overall Rating: 6/10
                  • Time from order to table: 10 mins
                  • Address: 43 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

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                    Splitz – Legendary Splitz Burger – Double Stacker

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                    Was referred to this place by another hamburger joint. Must say, I was hungry and it was a long time since I had a burger, so I had their double stacker – that’s 2/3 pound – that’s 10 2/3 ounces !! This burger was great – they use shredded cheese like another place I’ve been to and it really brings out the cheese flavour – makes sense – more surface area, more flavour. I couldn’t believe I ate the whole thing – it was really good. I wasn’t hungry for another 10 hours ! I would go back here any day and recommend it for anyone who likes burgers. I can’t remember the price for the burger alone, but with the extra cost for cheese, bacon, fries and a drink, the whole thing cost $16.74 – Can’t compare this with my other prices listed, as this was a double stacker and came with fries and a drink – The cost before all the extras is just in line with most burger joints. The photo doesn’t give the burger justice – must have had bad lighting !

                    • Rating in Category: 9/10
                    • Overall Rating: 8/10
                    • Time from order to table: 12 mins
                    • Address: 4242 Main Street, Vancouver

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                      Welcome to my website - This is the place where I write about my quest to find the best hamburgers in Greater Vancouver (and sometimes beyond)