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Where to Find the Best Burgers in Toronto

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by Jessica Huras
Updated October 21, 2021

Few foods are more soul-warmingly satisfying than a well-made burger. This classic handheld never goes out of style — perhaps because the best burgers strike a delicate balance between the familiar and the novel. The beef-and-bun combo is timeless and comforting, but — from fancy wagyu patties to globally influenced condiments and housemade buns — there are endless ways to dress it up and intrigue diners’ taste buds.

Whether you prefer a locally sourced beef burger enjoyed in stylish surroundings or a light, alternative protein option that you can eat on the run, these 10 essential Toronto burgers satisfy every kind of craving.

A photo of Bymark restaurant
4.7 (1721)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Financial District
About the restaurant

Almost two decades into its run, celebrity chef Mark McEwan’s sophisticated restaurant remains a Financial District mainstay. Before the premiumization of the humble burger was de rigueur in Toronto, the signature Bymark Burger raised eyebrows with its elevated ingredients (and elevated price to match) in the restaurant’s early days. Finished with brie de meaux, shaved truffle, and grilled porcini mushroom, the burger has become an iconic menu staple that exemplifies Bymark’s refined take on classic cuisine.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We usually book Bymark for our client lunches - excellent everytime
A photo of Té restaurant
4.7 (366)
CAN$30 and under
About the restaurant

Chef-owner Grace Cho draws on her Korean heritage and Canadian childhood for Té’s creative menu. Dishes like the Korean barbecue burger, made with soy-marinated Canadian beef chuck, housemade sweet pickles, and wasabi mayo dip, bring Korean-influenced flavours to the North American favourite dish.

Dining at the restaurant: The restaurant’s minimalist, industrial-style interior or quiet back patio are both inviting settings for savouring imaginative fusion fare washed down with tea-infused cocktails, Japanese beers, and sake.

Top review
Dined 7 days ago
Te is simply amazing. When you walk through the door you're greeted with a pleasant aroma of Korean-Fusion cuisine. Every item on the menu has creative culinary thought behind it. Additionally the dishes come in at a very good price point. I highly recommend trying the Lettuce Wraps with Bulgogi and the 5 Spice Chicken both dishes are very unique and tastefully presented. Atmosphere is lively and overall this spot is a hidden gem will come back!
A photo of PLANTA, Toronto restaurant
4.8 (1594)
CAN$30 and under
Vegetarian / Vegan
About the restaurant

Notable chef David Lee’s restaurant Planta was a pioneer in Toronto’s plant-based scene when it opened in 2016, bringing fine-dining flair to vegan cuisine along with an emphasis on local, scratch-made fare. The Planta Burger is among the restaurant’s most celebrated entrees, regularly touted as one of the city’s best veggie burgers. It features a delicious black bean and beet patty topped with vegan queso and buffalo aioli.

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Dined 6 days ago
Fabulous time today. The brunch menu was fab as expected. Special shout out to Isaac, our server. So friendly and personable and if we’re being honest, it was nice to see a familiar face. He was just as amazing today as he was a few weeks ago when we were in for dinner. Love this spot and can’t wait to try more items off of the menu!
A photo of Skyflower restaurant
4 (179)
CAN$51 and over
Fusion / Eclectic
Harbord Village
About the restaurant

Skyflower offers a retreat from Toronto’s urban streets on its plant-filled rooftop patio. Helmed by MasterChef Canada winner Eric Chong, the menu brings an upscale, chef-driven approach to nostalgic dishes. The deluxe meltdown burger is a prime example, taking the beef-and-bun combo up a notch with black truffle fonduta, bacon jam, and truffle aioli.

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Dined on Nov 6, 2021
Cute brunch spot, great view. Service was A1. Would recommend to everyone!
A photo of 1 Kitchen restaurant
4.5 (287)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
About the restaurant

This stunning new restaurant set in the sustainably minded 1 Hotel focuses on farm-to-table cuisine. Much of the menu is plant-based, with many ingredients grown in an onsite garden, while meat dishes feature locally sourced proteins. The 1 Kitchen Burger is made from Nolan Farms Angus beef from Ontario’s Grey Highlands and other toppings are sourced through farm-fresh supplier 100km Foods.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jan 1, 2023
Great service
A photo of BlueBlood Steakhouse restaurant
4.7 (3836)
CAN$51 and over
Midtown / Uptown
About the restaurant

Casa Loma’s lavish steakhouse offers premium beef cuts sourced from across the globe. The restaurant’s burger is no exception to its splurge-worthy menu, featuring wagyu beef topped with aged cheddar and served with hand-cut duck-fat fries.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jan 2, 2023
Amazing experience
A photo of Fresh on Crawford restaurant
4.4 (380)
CAN$30 and under
Vegetarian / Vegan
Queen West
About the restaurant

Founded in 1999, plant-based mini-empire Fresh introduced Toronto to vegan fare before it became mainstream. The menu emphasizes hearty yet wholesome cuisine, including a selection of patties such as the barbecue burger, which sees a housemade grain burger topped with barbecue sauce, a pair of quinoa-breaded onion rings, garlic mayo, and napa cabbage. Cold-pressed juices and craft cocktails made with ingredients like turmeric and organic craft kombucha pair well with lunch or dinner.

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Dined on Nov 19, 2023
First visit there. Food was delicious, service was excellent. We sat in the patio area. Airy and bright. Would definitely recommend to friends.
A photo of Lee restaurant
4.7 (3964)
CAN$51 and over
Global, International
King West
About the restaurant

Star chef Susur Lee’s long-running King West restaurant blends Southeast Asian flavours with French culinary techniques on its playful, small plates menu. The signature cheeseburger spring roll is a light, fusion-style take on the beloved handheld featuring AAA Angus beef, smoked chile mayo, pickled veggies, and aged Canadian cheddar, all wrapped in a crisp lettuce cup.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great atmosphere and even better food. Presented very well💯
A photo of Roux restaurant
4.1 (190)
CAN$30 and under
Creole / Cajun / Southern
About the restaurant

This charming restaurant in the Junction specializes in French-Cajun fare and Southern-inspired classics. The piled-high Roux burger gets a savoury kick from chipotle mayo and pickled onions, plus there’s the option to up the ante by adding pulled pork, bacon, cheddar cheese, or a fried egg (or, if you’re particularly hungry, all of the above). Opt for hand-cut fries or balance out the meal with a light salad.

Top review
Dined on Mar 7, 2020
Perfect evening. Food delicious and flavourful. Clean establishment. Warm and cozy. Server gracious and pleasant. Can’t wait to go back
A photo of LOV King West restaurant
4.6 (823)
CAN$30 and under
King West
About the restaurant

Montreal-import Lov offers vegan riffs on comfort food in a stylish setting. The King Fu burger brings a flavourful and better-for-you spin to the often-indulgent dish with a crispy tofu patty that’s topped with lacto-fermented carrots and miso coleslaw.

Dining at the restaurant: The restaurant’s dreamy interior is decorated with natural materials, hanging plants, and soft gold accents, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering plenty of natural light. Pair your meal with a glass of organic wine or artful cocktail while dining in the Instagram-worthy interior or out on the equally airy patio.

Top review
Dined on Nov 16, 2022
Excellent service and delicious meals; we'll be back!
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