All-Beef Party: Toronto’s 25 best burgers ranked in order of heart-stopping, messy magnificence

All-Beef Party: Toronto’s 25 best burgers ranked in order of heart-stopping, messy magnificence

Nine years ago, Mark McEwan scandalized Torontonians with his $35 truffled Bymark burger. That was before words like “grass-fed,” “heritage” and “dry-aged” entered into the burger lexicon. The city is now crammed with craft burgers, and carnivores no longer flinch at steep price tags. Competitive chefs bring in whole cows from nearby farms, bake their own buns, smoke their own bacon (twice), replace ketchup with tomato chutney and source the most pungent cheeses they can get their patty-flipping hands on. Thankfully, the mom-and-pop shops haven’t been artisinalled out of business—there are still plenty of sublime greasy-bag burgers around, as well as a few new-school diners ironically replicating them. Here, the very best of the city’s boundless burgerdom.

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1 | THE HARBORD ROOM
2 | MARBEN
3 | THE STOCKYARDS
4 | NOTA BENE
5 | HOLY CHUCK

6 | THE BURGER’S PRIEST
7 | BYMARK
8 | ALLEN’S
9 | THE COUNTY GENERAL
10 | GOLDEN STAR

11 | E11EVEN
12 | UNION
13 | ORIGIN
14 | BLUE PLATE
15 | PARTS AND LABOUR

16 | THE GABARDINE
17 | MILDRED’S TEMPLE KITCHEN
18 | HRVATI
19 | CRUSH
20 | THE DRAKE

21 | BESTELLEN
22 | APACHE BURGERS
23 | THE QUEEN AND BEAVER
24 | DRIFT
25 | TREVOR KITCHEN AND BAR

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