Toronto Sports Media Toronto Burger Update

Those of you who have followed this site regularly know that I have a few passions. Sports, Toronto Sport, Sports Media are the obvious ones. You know that I love the travel industry, especially the cruise industry, my kids and of course I am a foodie. Not the snobby Toronto Life foodie, but the kind that likes to eat (and cook) good food. If you follow me on twitter you will know that I tweet about great and not so great food all the time.

So, after talking about burgers a lot recently, I thought it was a good time to start actually recording my thoughts as I try the various burger joints in the GTA.

Today I tried The Gourmet Burger Co. on Yonge street just north of Eglinton.

To be fair, when I say I tried, I usually have a trust companion with me. He’s a Brit, so he tends to be a bit more snobby than I, but we usually agree on Burgers.

So Gourmet is the first burger that we’ve tried after our especially brutal trip to M:Burger (review to follow). It’s in a good location, parking is relatively easy, there is a Future Shop lot across the street. It’s a decent sized place, lots of room to eat on the spot and the guys working the counter told us that they have a 10 seat patio outside when the weather is good.

Ordering is pretty simple, they have a handful of signature burgers or you can custom create your own. They have regular beef burgers, chicken (breast) burgers, lamb burgers and a vegetarian burger. While I don’t see it on the take home menu I seem to recall a fish burger too (but I could be wrong). The a la carte burgers are reasonable priced at $5.50, $5.95, $6.75 and $5.75 per. Unlike other spots, they don’t kill you with the price of the toppings, most are free, the specialty ones are only $1.

I went for one of their Signature Burgers, the Spicey Cajun Burger which has lettuce, tomato (not for me), avocado, jalapenos, Havarti, Cajun spice &smokey chipolte & honey mayo all for $5.95. What a bargain!

My friend, let’s just call him William (he is British after all) went for the Aussie Burger, which has lettuce, tomato, fried egg, pineapple, bacon, beets, regular cheese and their house sauce all for $8.50 (the similar burger at M:Burger would run you close to $20)

We shared an order of fries and William wanted some poutine too.

So, here’s our take. The owner was there and he and the guy who served us couldn’t have been any nicer. Explained everything, took good care of us etc. The service was great. The restaurant itself is spotless. Not that I would, but you could eat off the floor.

Now the burgers.

The Burgers as sculpted were great. Everything on the burger was fresh. They are using good, quality products on their burgers. The buns are fresh, the veggies are all the right color and as a whole the burger tasted really good. Personally, I prefer the more traditional bun, which tends to be a little sweeter but that’s me. The actual burger itself is where Gourmet is weak. It’s not the best burger in terms of quality of the beef. Its a pre-cut patty and it tastes like it. It’s a step above Harvey’s, and certainly the Burger Shack, but there are better patties in Toronto. So, if your a traditional cheese burger or hamburger lover, I wouldn’t suggest the Gourmet Burger Co. for you. However, if you like the funky, kitchen sink burgers it’s great. Seriously, its really good. I would take my kids there in a minute too and it’s priced right.

I thought the fries were good, not the best I’ve ever had, but better than most. WIlliam was impressed with the Poutine, and while I am not a huge Poutine lover I thought they were pretty good too.

All in all I recommend the Gourmet Burger Co. as long as your not going for a standard burger/cheeseburger in which case you can do better.

TSM

@yyzsportsmedia

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Daniel
Daniel
May 2, 2011 3:53 pm

I’d have to say Craft Burger is the best of the ones I’ve tried in Toronto..

peteNgiz
peteNgiz
May 2, 2011 4:27 pm

They do have a fish burger… Had it the other day. Really good!

James High Park
James High Park
May 2, 2011 4:32 pm

Burger’s Priest 1636 Queen St. East
Dangerous Dan’s 714 Queen St. East
Apache Burger 5236 Dundas Street West

these are some my favorite places

each has what i like
thick juicy burgers stacked high

Rob in Aurora
Rob in Aurora
May 2, 2011 4:42 pm

I will look up craft burger…I live north of the city. Anyone have a suggestion (Steer Inn burger in Richmond Hill is pretty strong – Good old fashioned drive- in burger joint…

My thoughts:
If the price is low and the burger tastes “good” – they have to sacrifice something…the patties are a major cost, but if the toppings are the difference, there’s your answer.

Regarding Poutine:
“Real” poutine is not available in Toronto to my knowledge. For “real” poutine you MUST have fresh cut fries (preferably with skins on). You must have chicken gravy (similar to Swiss Chalet’s – Not nasty beef gravy) – and white cheddar curds are a definite must (not mozzarella) – and the fresher curds are, the better the product. When you have real, good quality potine, you’ll be hooked instantly…The best I ever had was in Granby…huge portion for about $5 – It was enough for 2 people.

cam
cam
May 2, 2011 5:31 pm

Tom’s Burger in Markham – the home made burger is the best but for atmosphere – it is straight out of SNL Olympia Cafe – a Markham institution

Sean
Sean
May 2, 2011 7:53 pm

Second on Craft Burger.

I live a block away from the King E location, and they get me at least once a week.

Best Ive had in a while

Bob
Bob
May 2, 2011 8:37 pm

Hope Y’all Survive Your Heart Attacks!

dsscpu
dsscpu
May 2, 2011 8:40 pm

I walk by Gourmet Burger daily now for the last 2 weeks since I moved (temporarily) back into the heart of the city… wanted to try it for a bit but the GF is gluten free and they don’t have any gluten free stuff for her on the menu. With that said, after reading this, I am not dying to sneak away one night and go grab one. TSM, great idea to start posting this on the website. Would love to hear more about good digs to go on game days.

dsscpu
dsscpu
May 2, 2011 9:20 pm

and by not i meant now

and fyi the fish burger isnt gluten free

Sam in Oshawa
May 3, 2011 12:33 pm

Now that you have filled-up with burgers(burp) what about a Howard Berger update.Is he even on the air during the play-offs.Not a big fan of his ,will give my head a shake-HC at noon is horrible and why oh why is Shannon back, is he really a FOB. Donald S. is as strong as ever.I am former military so i dig his act.

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