Few foods are as divisive as hamburgers, so we’re wading into controversial territory with our take on Toronto’s top 10. Still, it must be done. If we missed a great one, let us know. Next week: part II of this series.
The impossibly thick, slightly spicy patty comes with aged cheddar, roasted tomatoes and caramelized onions on a light, squish-able bun. The burger comes halved, so you can take in the sight of its meaty, juicy height. With salad and frites, $16. 1154 Queen St. W., 416-516-2550.
Royal Meats Barbeque
This is the place for seriously hearty Serbian-style burgers. The one-pound pork-and-veal patty comes on a house-made, lepinya bun, (much like a thick pita), topped with kaymak (cream cheese-like spread). Meal, $15.80. 710 Kipling Ave., 416-251-1144.
Craft is quick and affordable, but fast food this is not. The flavours meld perfectly in the Craft Spicy, a six-ounce patty topped with caramelized onions and chipotle mayo. Meal, $10.15. 573 King St. West, 416-596-6660; 830 Yonge St. 416-922-8585.
The Queen and Beaver
Hand-chopped sirloin is mixed with bone marrow to make this rich burger. Throw on some house-smoked bacon and sharp Stilton cheese, and prepare for burger bliss, British-style. With chips, $17. 35 Elm St., 647-347-2712.
This old-school diner defies expectations with a juicy, herby patty made with eight ounces of Cumbrae farms beef on a bakery-fresh bun. Spring for cheese and mushrooms ($1). With fries, $14. 249 Victoria St., 416-364-7517.
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