Today I had Harvey’s ‘Bacon Cheddar Great Canadian Burger’. This is considered their Premium Burger. As with all of Harvey’s burgers, this is a charbroiled, cooked-to-order burger and there is a choice of nine toppings. I had mine with lettuce, tomato, pickle, banana peppers and their mesquite hot barbeque sauce – which isn’t too hot by the way. It was tasty, but in this category (under $7.99), McDonald’s Angus burger wins hands down. Update: McDonald’s new ‘Third Pounder’ is not as good as the Great Canadian !
- Price: $6.79
- Rating in Category: 8/10
- Overall Rating: 5.5/10
- Time from order to table: 5 mins
- Address: They have locations all over the place – mostly in malls and Home Depots
McDonald’s came out with their Angus burger in May 2008 (apparently after years of development !). The 1/3 pound, 100% Angus beef patty – lightly seasoned with salt and pepper – is one of many elements which give this new burger a homemade look and taste. With fresh ingredients including ripe tomato slices, crisp whole leaf lettuce, rings of red onions, sliced pickles, savoury garlic mayonnaise and tangy mustard on a toasted bakery-style bun exclusive to McDonald’s. Bacon & Natural Cheddar Cheese is optional for an extra charge of about $1.00 (the price below is for the bacon, cheddar Angus burger).
In its price range, this burger ranks at the top, but overall, not so much. I’ve had this burger in the past and the patty was quite dry, but this time, it was juicy and flavourful. If you’re in a rush and you want a good, decent, cheap burger, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this one.
NOTE : This burger no longer exists. McDonald’s new Third Pounder is reviewed here…
- Price: $6.38
- Rating in Category: 9/10
- Overall Rating: 6.5/10
- Time from order to table: 5 mins
- Address: They’re everywhere
This pizza place has put a hamburger on the menu and I can say without a doubt – they did it right !
This 1/2 pound, 100 % Canadian Prime Rib burger oozes with flavour. The burger has fresh lettuce, tomato, red onion and pickles. Plus, BP’s secret ingredient – a zesty sauce that simply defies description. I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to recommend this to all hamburger connoisseurs ! And they have a great take-out container as well !
UPDATE. I CAME BACK HERE, AS I LOVED THIS BURGER LAST TIME. THIS TIME – NOT SO MUCH. MAYBE I WAS EXPECTING MORE – MAYBE I HAVE SAMPLED SOME TRULY GREAT BURGERS IN THE MEANTIME. THE BURGER PATTY JUST TASTED SO PRE-MADE – NOT FRESH AT ALL. AND AT THIS PRICE POINT ($14.00 WITH CHEESE AND BACON) THIS IS NOT A GOOD DEAL AT ALL. i CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS BURGER ANYMORE. BP – STICK WITH PIZZA !
Okay. I have found the best burger in Vancouver to date. Funny that its in a place that specializes in seafood, but they had it ! It was a beautiful 8 oz prime rib burger, served with great presentation. They even had fresh avocado, which I always ask for, but rarely get (and the didn’t charge extra). Yes, its also the most expensive burger I’ve had, but in this case, you really do get what you pay for. The service here is always great as well. I will go back every year for sure !!
UPDATE: THE FISH HOUSE HAS CHANGED THEIR BURGER TO A REGULAR NON PRIME RIB BURGER; I WENT THERE LAST SUMMER AS I ALWAYS DID AND I WAS SO DISAPPOINTED – THE BURGER WAS TERRIBLE. I SENT THEM AN EMAIL TO TELL THEM OF THEIR BIG MISTAKE CHANGING THE BURGER – I GOT NO REPLY – BIG SURPRISE. I GUESS I’LL CROSS THIS PLACE OFF MY LIST – THERE’S MANY BETTER BURGERS OUT THERE ! THEIR NEW BURGER IS SHOWN BELOW… THE PRESENTATION IS EVEN WORSE THAN BEFORE !
Well, I was out in Chilliwack today, so I decided to try out Duke’s Pub, near the Chilliwack Golf Club. I had the Canadian Burger, which is a 6 oz lean beef burger with cheddar and bacon. The presentation was great and it tasted great too. The burger, being a lean cut, wasn’t too juicy and flavourful, but the bacon and cheddar really helped this burger out. If I’m in the area, I would definitely go back here – Its a great tasting burger and I don’t have a greasy feeling in my stomach !
Inside, the pub is dark (as many pubs are) and the country music was a blaring ! There’s also a huge steer horn over the back of the bar. Generally, this is a great pub.
- Price: $8.99
- Rating in Category: 7.5/10
- Overall Rating: 6/10
- Time from order to table: 8 mins
- Address: 41582 Yale Rd Chilliwack, BC
The Pit Pub at UBC has themed burgers for each day of the week. Today, I had the Mexi-Burger. For the price ($4.95 inc tax), this was a great deal and not a bad burger. In fact, the price was the same 16 years ago when I attended UBC !! Definitely worth the price and I will definitely go back !
- Price: $4.50
- Rating in Category: 6/10
- Overall Rating: 5/10
- Address: Student Union Bldg, UBC
Small place – Big taste !
This cozy little burger shack, located near the foot of 10th Street in New Westminster, will satisfy your burger cravings! The interior features several hanging plants, loads of photos and commendations on the walls.
I had the BBQ Cheddar and Bacon Burger (Its #1 on their top ten list).Â This burger has 5 oz of meat and comes with wedge fries or a tossed salad. When biting into this beauty, you’ll notice the steaming hot juices running out of the burger and into your mouth.
- Price: $11.99
- Rating in Category: 8.5/10
- Overall Rating: 7.5/10
- Time from order to table: 12 mins
- Address: 77 10th Street, New Westminster
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, sautÃ©ed mushrooms, sautÃ©ed onions, pineapple ring, fried egg, jalapeÃ±o peppers, banana peppers and sauerkraut
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