The chilly winter temps have us hankering for a taste of foods synonymous with comfort… and what spells out comfort cuisine like biting into a fully loaded, perfectly prepped juicy burger? Tasked with the challenge of hunting down some of Vancouver’s best burgers, we happily hunted around the city searching for the perfect burger to satisfy any appetite!
Located in the heart of Granville Island is Edible Canada, the bistro where passionate foodies congregate to experience new Canadian cuisine. Recently added to the menu is the Boar Bacon Cheddar Burger, featuring a juicy Heritage Angus beef ground chuck patty, a thick slice of Quebec wild boar bacon, grilled onions, tomato, aged white cheddar, and a Swiss Bakery brioche bun. Accompanying this delicious burger is Edible Canada’s signature fries, cooked in duck fat, which are a real treat.
Romer’s Burger Bar
Romer’s Burger Bar is the creation of Executive Chef Jim Romer (of Milestones) who has employed a simple philosophy: keep it fresh, simple and let the seasons be your guide. With their Man’s Man Burger (using meat ground in-house and made fresh daily), bite into ground Heritage Angus beef topped with amber ale cheddar, thick applewood bacon, smoked alder salts, vine-ripened tomato, onion strings, whole-grain mustard served on a fresh baked brioche bun. When Chef Romer told us that his burgers offered ‘layers of flavour,’ he wasn’t kidding. This burger is a party in your mouth!
Earls Kitchen + Bar
Earls began life as a laid-back burger and beer joint in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1982. Now some 30 years later there are currently 65 restaurants – 61 of those in Canada and 4 in the United States, with a menu that now extends to include seemingly endless options. In keeping with our burger quest, we suggest you bite into their Bacon Cheddar Smashed Burger that features a certified Angus beef hand smashed patty, melted cheddar, dry cured bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, all on a house-baked brioche-style bun. It is juicy and flavourful, and huge… so good luck saving room for one of their delectable desserts.
If you are a burger purest and prefer a classic tasting burger to that of the newer “gourmet burgers” offered by many restaurants, Moderne Burger is the place to go. Since opening its standalone location in Kitsilano in 2001, Moderne Burger (modeled after a 1940’s style diner) has developed a cult following of burger aficionados. Owned by Peter Kokinis (a self-professed ‘Burgerologist’), expect to have your taste buds seriously wowed. Hand-made steak burgers are prepared fresh daily and are free of preservatives and fillers. If steak isn’t your thing, you can also choose from Santa Fe-seasoned ground turkey, wild salmon filet, or a veggie patty. And you can customize your burger with one of their “extras,” such as cheddar, mushrooms, their homemade BBQ sauce or coke caramelized onions. Take it from us, there’s a reason Moderne Burger is on every “Best Burger” list in town.
Story contributed by Lesley Mirza / Image courtesy of Romer’s Burger Bar