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Relish Gourmet Burgers

Relish Gourmet Burgers has been in Canada since 2010 and Vancouver, with two locations, for the last couple of years. Today, I had the burger named "The Great One". It has their in-house made 6oz angus beef patty, cheddar cheese, bacon and roasted garlic mayo. I got fresh avocado added on. I always appreciate fresh beef for my burgers and I can tell you this burger was aptly named. It was great ! Just a great beef taste and the toppings were perfect. I can't wait to go back to either their Commercial Drive location or Davie Street location and try one of their other burgers or one of their monthly specials ! Looking forward to it ! Here is the burger...
"The Great One"

"The Great One"

Jimmys Taphouse

Jimmys taphouse burger Jimmys Taphouse is located on Homer Street, right across from the Vancouver Library downtown. This burger tasted as good as it looks. It has all the components of 'My Ultimate Burger' from the charbroiled in-house made 8oz patty, cheddar cheese, thick crispy bacon all on a brioche bun from a local bakery. It's been a long time since I've had such a great burger and I applaud Jimmys for constructing such a great burger. They even have fresh avocado for the burger, which is a plus in my books. In addition to the burger, the fries were great - they are cut in house, double fried and seasoned to perfection with sea salt. Come to Jimmys with your appetite, because you'll need it to finish that great burger and fries ! I will definitely be coming back. Here's a view from the patio... patio

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.
  • I always love an 8oz patty.
  • I like Prime Rib and Angus beef burgers..
  • Have at least 20% fat in your ground beef (add bacon fat if you like)
  • Cooked on an open flame is best ! 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).
  • Please no 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, unless it's made in-house)
  • If I can't get avocado, I will get pickles and onions.
  • Crispy bacon in 2 rows.
  • For sauces, the standard mayo is good, but something with a little 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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Tomahawk Restaurant – Chief Dominic Charlie Burger

Tomahawk BurgerTomahawk Restaurant 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

Save-on Meats BurgerSave-On Meats 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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Burgers Etc. – Charbroiled Burger

Nice, cozy little restaurant; friendly staff; quick service. Can be full at lunch time - be prepared to take out. This is not fast food - they take their time and its worth the wait ! The bun was lightly toasted and the burger patty was great . Unfortunately, they didn't have avocados (which I always ask for, but rarely get!). Overall, I enjoyed this burger very much and would go back anytime. I can see how this burger was rated (by CTV viewers) best in Vancouver. The fact that this is a mid price range burger adds to the overall value.
  • Price: $11.00 (I had mine with bacon and cheese)
  • Rating in Category: 9/10
  • Overall Rating: 8/10
  • Address: 4091 Hastings St, Burnaby
  • From the online menu:
Charbroiled 6 oz Ground Chuck Steak, secret spices, mayo, ketchup, lettuce, tomatoes, red onion and topped with a dill pickle, served medium well. Comes with one side order. Extra toppings include an extra patty, bacon, cheese, sautéed mushrooms, sautéed onions, pineapple ring, fried egg, jalapeño peppers, banana peppers and sauerkraut Burgers Etc. BBQ House on Urbanspoon

Vancouver Aquarium – Bacon Cheese Burger

LunchFlying high I usually don't go out of my way to get a burger at a place like this, but I was there, so... I did. The Bacon Cheese Burger Platter cost $10.95 and was very bland. But what choice does one have when at the Aquarium ? It wasn't 'spit out' bad - I mean, when you compare it to Vancouver's best burgers, it doesn't come anywhere near the top. But, hey - if you're at the aquarium, go ahead - have the burger !
  • Price: $10.95
  • Rating in Category: 5/10
  • Overall Rating: 3/10
  • Address: Stanley Park, Vancouver
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