As with any city, the debate over Calgary’s best burger is fierce. Unlike other cities, however, Calgary sits in one of the world’s best beef regions; the city has an embarrassment of beefy riches. We don’t purport to know which burger’s best, but there’s an excellent chance it’s on this list.
Peters’ Drive-In (pictured above)
Drive up and order from your car at this 45-year-old institution, where girls in retro candy-striped uniforms serve up patty-and-a-half single burgers and wacky marshmallow-flavoured milkshakes. Single patty, $3.30. 219 16th Ave. NE, 403-277-2747.
Avoid the slightly cramped, Norman Rockwell-esque dining area of this mom ’n’ pop shop; take out a burger with a meat of your choosing – ostrich, bison, wild boar or Kobe beef – and a hearty serving of home-cut fries. Single patty, $3.77. 1711 4th St. SW, 403-244-9293.
Local 510’s homemade patties come with tangy garlic aioli and a dollop of urban cool. This modern-day saloon also offers a solid beer selection, best enjoyed in the sunshine on their cushy patio. Single patty, $8 (with fries and slaw). 510 17th Ave. SW, 403-229-4036.
Ship and Anchor
The Ship Burger (mushrooms, bacon and cheddar) is acclaimed at this rowdy English pub; the veggie burger is a hidden gem: brown rice, mushrooms, whole grains, onions and mozzarella topped with homemade salsa and pineapple. Single patty, $6.95. 534 17th Ave. SW, 403-245-3333.
Flippin’ patties since 1969, these guys make human head-sized burgers; finish one and you can play some vintage Pacman and pinball games while you digest. Single patty, $4.50. A-908 Edmonton Trail NE, 403-230-7070.
Image courtesy of Are You Gonna Eat That.