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Best $10-20 burger?

Chester Eleganté | Mar 27, 2009 12:12 AM

Yes, some may blanch at paying for a burger in the mid-teens, but regardless, it seems like every other bistro is coming out with their own take on the gourmet hamburg. It's the elemental challenge that the chefs like throwing in. I haven’t gotten around to trying them all out yet, but perhaps in time. In the meanwhile, has anyone tucked most of these badboys away? If so, any standouts? Other contenders also appreciated.

Harbord Room $14 – sharp cheddar, caramelized onions on Fred’s egg bun, with fries and a little salad + Berkshire bacon ($2). Recent board favourite.

Nota Bene – $19 - Jennifer’s Stilton beef brisket burger. On a burger blog, the author remarked that "this is the greatest thing I've ever tasted. Best burger in Toronto. I'll fight you if you disagree...seriously."

Allen’s $10, various toppings. Longtime champ. Rare as ya like it.

Weezie’s $14 –with frites – 8oz. beef, cheddar, bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion. Gets love all around. Medium-rare and juiiicy.

Globe Bistro $15 - Ontario Rib Eye Burger - Northern Woods mushrooms, Québec cheese curds, Niagara pancetta, house made pickles, Yukon gold frites. Fancy new entry.

The Drake $16 - Kerr Farms - bacon, white cheddar, Russian dressing / $18 blue cheese, caramelized onions, house bacon, roast jalapeno & Kozlik’s dijon aioli

Beerbistro $11 – seasoned with belgian ale on a beer buttermilk bun (+ berkshire beer bacon/beer-braised mushrooms/imported guinness cheddar $1.95/1.50/2.75). Solid, tasty burger that gets slept on despite all the beerbistro fans.

EDIT: Okay, so there's another current thread on a similar topic...

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