Vancouvers Best Burger Ratings April 26, 2018, 7:08 am +0800 April 26, 2018, 7:08 am +0800 Rating For Romer's Burger Bar - 88 / 100 Ambrosial - adjective - "exceptionally pleasing to taste or smell; especially delicious or fragrant." OR "worthy of the gods; divine."

The reason for this little english lesson is that, because Romer's has gone out and taken the ordinary and put a wonderfully delicious twist on it. I felt that my same old vocab just wouldn't do, so I went and found a new word that I felt may begin to describe my experience. From the moment my lips hit that velvety brioche, I was greeted so lovingly by the genuine beef flavor of the patty and those all important burg juices fell ever so gently to the plate below, I could tell that this burg was something special. The folks in the kitchen at Romer's could be called chefs but should be called artists as this burger is, simply put, a masterpiece. 92 2011-08-24 01:35:24
Rating For Uli's Restaurant - 87 / 100 To preface this, there is going to have to be a little editors note. I think I may have said it, but I normally don't do second ratings. However, in light of the fact that Uli's only releases a new and very unique burger once a year, I felt that this could qualify as a reason to bend the rules a little. I can say this. I was not disappointed in the least. This burger is out of this world good. The patty is quite simply perfect, the toppings a medley of amazing, the meal as a whole is stellar. I feel like I could rant and rave about this burger, but the words will still not do it justice. Let's just say that there is a reason these guys have been rated "Best in Surrey" for two years, and in my opinion, seem a lock for the three-peat. Then comes the kicker, Every Tuesday they discount the burger when you buy a beer. $15 for this burger AND a beer? Shut the front door. Actually, no, don't. Just go get a burger and a beer you damn fools! 130 2012-07-11 10:41:24 Rating For McJac's Roadhouse Grille - 86 / 100 Reading the menu, my burger choice was a no-brainer. Famous King George burger? Don't mind if I do. It had been at least 2 weeks since I last burged, so my expectations were already a little higher than usual, but I couldn't say no to a "Famous" burger. As soon as I saw it, I knew that I was in for a treat. The presentation of the burger, served open with its fresh and ample toppings on display, showed the care that the chef had put into building it. The first bite produced a noise similar to biting into a tomato, and burger juices nearly shot clear across the room. This was special. While the topping selection wasn't anything crazy, with each bite I could pick out the flavor from each topping melding together in sweet burger harmony. Nothing overpowered and nothing hid in the background, each of the toppings played their role and played it to perfection. The only problem I had was, halfway through the burger, when I realized I still had an entire Cesar salad. I wanted my last bite to be of burger, but my brain wouldn't let my grip loosen. After much internal struggle I placed the burger down, inhaled the salad, and saved my last bite of food for the burger. In hind-sight this was the greatest choice I could have made, as that may have been one of my all-time greatest bites. The bold smokey flavor of the beef and bacon, coupled with the subtle sweetness of the bun (As I am writing about the sweet intricacies of the near-perfect bun I am - no lie - salivating.) made for pure magic. Needless to say, this is a burger that I implore you to try. 148 2012-12-12 16:20:54 Rating For Burgers Etc - 85 / 100 Burgers Etc can pretty much forget about the 'etc'. I mean, I'm sure everything there is tasty, but I am not sure I will ever know, as I don't think I could go in and not order their burger. Outstanding is an understatement, and while burger perfection is nearly unattainable in my eyes, these folks are flirting with the concept and doing a bang up job of it too. 75 2011-07-12 16:18:14 Rating For Hamilton Street Grill - 85 / 100 I had definitely done some research when it came to to the Hamilton Street Grill, as they had been proclaimed the best burger in Yaletown, and even vancouver by some. Now it was time to find out how much truth lay in these claims. When you roll into a place like this, you shouldn't be looking to go wild and crazy with your burg. These folks make great food for a living and you should trust them when they serve something up. When it first came out, it looked like it was going to be tasty, but it almost looked timid on this monster plate heaped high with delicious frites. Oh was I in for a surprise, this was in no way a timid burg and it made it's point each time I bit into it. I noticed that the 'extra' toppings (onion, tomato, lettuce) are actually presented to you on the side, yet another student of the minimalist burger movement using the bold flavors of the cheddar, beef and bacon, all complimenting each other, to give you a little pop in the kisser. This burg can stand proud on the basics alone. 97 2011-09-14 11:55:15 Rating For Save On Meats - 85 / 100 I've been hearing about save-on for a little while now, a revived Vancouver landmark, I was curious to see what exactly they had to offer. I was not disappointed in the least. I got an out of this world burg and was only set back just over 6 dollars! Yes, you read it right. $6.71 and I was off to flavor country. Albeit I went on %15 off burger Saturdays, even if you pay full price you are getting the best bang for your burg buck in the city. After previous debacles in the 'cheap burg' arena I would be remiss to say I wasn't a little worried, until I saw Guy Fieri's spray painted stencil, and tasted the burg and then all worries were laid to rest in epic fashion. 98 2011-09-22 11:31:05 Rating For Ace Burger Bar - 84 / 100 So, I got myself a little caught up with this burger, not realizing that the burger I ordered was the Full House burger with all the trimmings. First of all, I normally like to keep everything equal and get my regular bacon/cheddar burger, secondly I was not overly hungry. Not one to back down from a challenge, I accepted that I may have over ordered and eagerly awaited what was coming to me. I was not disappointed in the least. Full House burger? This thing looks like it weighs more than the Olsen twins combined. Measuring in at a minimum of 7 inches tall I was faced with the realization that this was going to be a battle of will and potential hand cramping. Extending my fingers to their fullest, I grabbed on to the beast and savagely bit in to the tower of burger toppings, releasing a cascade of burger juices and egg yolk down my wrists. For the next 5 minutes I put my game face on and did battle, unrelenting and delicious burger battle, and once the fog cleared I emerged the victor of a war with no loser. While I will admit that there are many more "challenging" burgers, I normally don’t get into the big burger ring, so this was on the larger side for myself. The only thing that Ace Burger needs to contemplate is perhaps a finger bowl to clean yourself off with. 144 2012-10-23 14:17:03 Rating For Burger Heaven - 84 / 100 All-in-all, this was outstanding. I haven't had a burger greet me with a rush of flavor like this in a long while. It's been almost an hour since I was there and I am still salivating at the hints of flavor still dancing around on my palette. So often people come up with the name of their burger joint with no real facts to back it. This time, my friends, they must have consulted with the burger gods because Heaven can't be far off from this. 78 2011-07-26 15:58:17 Rating For Splitz Grill - 84 / 100 If there were one word I could use to describe the flavor of this burger, it would be BOLD. Now, I'm not talking, "Oh, it was flavorful", no, I'm talking sensory overload. A barrage of flavors bouncing around in your mouth like a million little pin balls, and there you are trying to grab at each of them just to experience it. The burg is limited only by your imagination, so bring those crazy ideas and crush a burg you can call your own. 91 2011-08-18 17:29:21 Rating For Roxy Burger - 84 / 100 There is a reason that Roxy Burger comes up in conversation whenever the age old debate of “Best Burger” comes up and I feel ashamed that I am, in my estimation, well into this endeavor and still had not tackled this burger. Roxy Burger deals you a no frills burger that you may feel you could find at a patio fiesta of your own, if you knew how to create perfect burger harmony, that is. Don’t fool yourself here, while it is seemingly classic and simple in its flavor, the Roxy Burger is a great form of Burger Art melding just the right amount all of the classic burger flavors together in one beautiful creation. Now, this isn’t to say that there aren’t more adventurous offerings on their menu either because Roxy Burger will wow your senses not only with their classic burger flavor, but with their selection as well. With 17 different pre-determined burger creations and an ability to let your imagination run wild and create your own masterpiece, the burger section of their menu reads like a Star Wars intro scene. Simply Put, Roxy Burger RoxYour World. 115 2012-01-23 12:54:59 Rating For Red Onion - 84 / 100 I had been eyeing up Red Onion for a while now. In doing some research, this joint had been near the top of many people's list of must-have burgers in our fine city. Now that I've tasted it first hand, I can say that I understand why. Having my usual bacon and cheese based burger I was overly impressed with the burger from the outset. It arrived at our table looking the part of a great burg, and it didn't disappoint from start to finish. Overall, there were two things that stood out for me with the Red Onion Burger. Firstly, the burger I had was called the Manly Burger and a well named burger can do wonders to my excitement level. Second, when we got our burgers we were informed that we should probably be eating them within their wrappings. This tells me one thing "Sir, we jam packed this burger with an abundance of sloppy goodness, so please be wary of the potential aftermath of eating it without proper protection". After hearing that, it was only seconds before I had the wrapping off with thoughts of burger juices and tumbling toppings. While they are correct about the wrapper as it would obviously be cleaner to eat it that way, it would take away half the burg adventure. So, suffice to say, Red Onion knows their burgs. 136 2012-08-30 16:31:17 Rating For Earls - 83 / 100 As of now, the Bronx Burger is the most refined burger on the list, but it by no means lacks anything in the flavor department. The first bite provided me with a little shock and bewilderment and my first thought was "What is this amazing sensation in my mouth?!?" The bun was so tender, the relish so tangy, just everything melded together for this amazing flavor kick. From there, my second thought was "How can I keep this experience going?" So I did what any man in this situation would do, I buckled down and devoured the burger without shame. Now, I have to be honest, I wouldn't have expected this, and must admit that if it weren't for a gift card from friends, probably wouldn't even have gone to earls in my burger quest. This was not only a top-notch burg, but also a delightful surprise. Well done Earls, Well Done. 83 2011-08-11 11:08:00 Rating For Cannibal Cafe - 83 / 100 When the burger was set down in front of me, it seemed to be sending me telepathic messages, pleading "Eat Me" and I was only too happy to oblige. First off let’s get one thing straight here, this is a really good looking burg. It's the kind you almost feel bad destroying, but not really. As I got a hold of it and took my first bite I could have sworn I heard a water main burst in the back of the restaurant, until I saw the large puddle of burger juices overtaking my plate. It was right then that I realized how smart they were to keep both the salad and fries in containers which protect them from the rising tide. As for losing the burger beneath the waves, there was no chance I was putting it down before it was done, methodically devouring it bite by bite. The final moments were spent doing the last bite tango, where you try your best to maintain the form of the burg as it finally gives way, patty, bun and some remnant toppings all trying their best to slip from your grasp as you wrestle to get them all in one final, large-scale, full-flavored, bite. New to the burger scene here in Vancouver, Cannibal Cafe has landed on the right foot with their attention to detail and a desire to put out a quality burg. My only regret? I didn't get a milkshake. 140 2012-09-27 14:49:05 Rating For Five Guys Burgers - 82 / 100 Five Guy's does not mince words, or send mixed messages. They do traditional burgers, and they do them well. This joint serves up a bona fide all-american burger loaded to the brim with all the toppings you would expect to see. Grilled onions, bacon, mushrooms, etc. If your looking for that $50 burger with foie gras, I suggest you move along. If you're wanting good old fashioned burger goodness, then I highly suggest that you stop by and take it all in. I myself have been unable to resist going back, it just feels so right. Two things to remember though, 1. Their 'Little' burger isn't so little, and their regular fries will almost always satisfy 2. 73 2011-06-28 11:25:44 Rating For Stackhouse Burger Bar - 82 / 100 As soon as I picked the burger up, I already had a puddle of burger juices. By the time I was taking my third bite, I'm pretty sure the Canadian synchronized swimming team could have been practicing on my plate. Juicy is a slight understatement, but also a little mystifying, as when I did my usual squeeze test, the burger wasn't gushing as much as I expected. The flavor was definitely there, but it wasn't quite evident why, exactly, I had a small ocean on my plate. A top notch burger foundation, and above average toppings, overall a great burg. 100 2011-09-30 13:27:37 Rating For Urban Burger - 82 / 100 Overall, this burg did one thing. It satisfied. Prior to heading out to grab the aforementioned burger, I had checked it out on line and heard people refer to it as a ‘fast food burger’ and was a little less than enthused. Now, I feel there should a very obvious distinction between “fast food burgers and “good burgers, fast” with Urban Burger being, very much, the latter. Fast food burgs don’t drip like this, fast food burgs aren’t as fresh as this, and fast food burgs DEFINITELY don’t make my mouth water like this. Good Price Point and Great taste make for my favorite Davie Street Burg. 103 2011-10-31 14:13:41 Rating For Texx Big Burger - 82 / 100 Texx Big Burger is somewhat tucked away in so much as, it is not quite the neighborhood you would normally venture out to in search of a burg. However, this weekend provided a sunny day that was the perfect reason to make the trek. As I read the board, the prices were the first thing to catch my eye. A bacon cheese burger with any toppings I want for under $10? I've heard that story before, and it didn't end well. With cautious optimism, checked the boxes on what toppings I wanted for my bacon cheeseburger, placed the order and waited patiently. As the gentlemen next to be got his bag-o-burg, with a transparent spotted design from the fry grease, all worries melted away. It was obvious that there was care and attention paid to the art of the burger here. When I got my burger I peered into the paper bag with excitement and a bit of urgency, I needed to eat this burger now. As I unwrapped it, it looked like the epitome of a greasy diner burg with sauce, toppings, cheese and bacon poking out from all angles and the first bite confirmed all of my hopes, this was a choice burg. Still, the one thing that sticks out in my head is how well the flavours all melded together, including the processed cheese. I am not, and probably never will be, a fan of the use of processed cheese but this is the exact kind of burger it should be used on, and I am a fan of this burger. Next time though, the Super Texx is in my sights. 154 2013-03-11 12:18:30 Rating For Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar - 82 / 100 I wanted to make sure that my 60th burg was something special so when I came across some pictures of the Rogue burger online I knew what needed to happen. When we got there and ordered, the kind reminder that the burger was going to be slightly pink did nothing but ramp up my anticipation even more. A quality beef patty that can be served with a little pink in the middle is quite a treat. Once the burger came, my excitement was at its peak, not only did the menu list what sounded like quality ingredients, it looked amazing. It's tough to say that how a burg looks is how it will taste, but this burger did not disappoint. Fresh and flavourful from start to finish, with the star being the patty. It had great texture, was cooked superbly, and the strong beef flavour was prominent, making for a very enjoyable burg session. So, while it took a bit to get myself out there, I will say that it was worth the wait. Great Burg. 157 2013-04-01 10:37:26 Rating For Moderne Burger - 81 / 100 Kitsilano's Moderne Burger is a classic 50's style joint offering up handmade beef patties (lamb and veggie is available) that are made fresh on a daily basis. The burgers are served up on a grilled Kaiser bun with all the regular fixings. The basic burger costs 7.45 and it will fill you up; but I suggest you don't skip on the premium (1.25) toppings like warm homemade BBQ sauce, fried onions and of course hickory smoked bacon with melted cheese. The cook will do your burger to temperature if you ask, otherwise it will come medium (just right for most). The fries are cut to order and cooked in olive oil full of flavour but light and crispy. I opted for a Vanilla Coke (Classic Cherry is also available, both made with the retro syrups) and washed down the whole meal with a great chocolate milkshake (overflow tin provided). 72 2011-05-30 23:00:00 Rating For Red Robin - 81 / 100 I am not sure why, but Red Robin hadn't really been on my close-range radar as somewhere I MUST go. Then, as we drive by, I noticed something on their signage that I hadn't really paid attention to before... "Gourmet Burgers". Now, while I have been searching high and low for those hole-in-the-wall burger joints, I missed a very obvious one and I do apologize.

"We claim this to be the best bacon cheeseburger is the city, province, country and all the world!" - Red Robin Menu

Boom. Point proven. After reading this, I immediately knew we had made the right call stopping in here. Now, if I didn't take this as a challenge, I feel that I would not be fit for the job at hand. I mean, the BEST?! Well, I must say I wasn't disappointed. So, while I can not go right out and say that this is in fact the best bacon Cheeseburger as my own research is not yet complete, I can say that it was pretty tasty. Overall, Red Robin is just an all-around good burg, from presentation through to flavor, they shake the stigma of being a 'chain restaurant' and serve up a top-notch classic burg. 96 2011-09-12 11:36:15
Rating For Original Joe's - 81 / 100 Original Joe's hadn't really been on my radar, but when a new restaurant opens up in my neighborhood, I like to take their burg for a little test drive. From the moment it pulled up it looked like I was going to enjoy it. The proportions were all on point, the toppings all looked fresh and that brioche bun almost glistened in the dim mood lighting. When I took her for the first few bites it was like I was in a burger themed water park. Burger juices streamed in all directions, and at one point I even got a healthy dose of reverse burger drippin's with a hot shot to the cheek. No complaints here though, as nothing is more tell-tale of a well prepped burger than a good share of burger juices. The slightly peppery seasoning of the patty, the bold bacon flavor and the tang of their own mustard sauce all came together in a very enjoyable ensemble of flavor. I can say that, with this burg within a few minutes of home, I will be back. 149 2012-12-31 13:30:16 Rating For Hilltop Cafe - 81 / 100 The Hilltop cafe is somewhat of a gem in my eyes, hiding out on the peripheral of Langley, quietly dishing out the epitome of a 'greasy spoon' burg. It's greasy, it's messy, it's loaded with fresh toppings, it's got flavor to spare and it's stupendous. My suggestion would be, if you, for some reason find yourself needing to head out past Langley city, do yourself a favor and stop by. Oh, they also have a 'challenge' burg of sorts... Well, no, I should say it is the pinnacle of challenge burgs. The Everest Burger is only a 3 5oz patties, baked ham, cheddar, mozza, bacon, farmer sausage, mushrooms, onions, lettuce, tomato, hilltop burger sauce, mayo and, lets not forget, ketchup all loaded up on a kaiser. The pictures show it all held together with 3 skewers, and after one glance at it I felt full. 102 2011-10-11 16:53:35 Rating For Speakeasy - 81 / 100 Overall speakeasy serves up a descent burg. You've got an unreal amount of variety when it comes to the toppings, a solid foundation on the burger itself and a good atmosphere. I do, however, get pretty nit-picky when someone deals out burger-chic, with their brioche buns and fancy toppings so I can't go so far as to say that the burger blew me away, but I will say I wouldn't say no if someone asked me to have another. 104 2011-10-31 14:41:16 Rating For Fatburger - 80 / 100 For a "chain" burger joint, Fatburger brings their A game to the table all the time. As soon as the burger hits your table you know that this is going to be tasty. You can smell the seasoned patty and can see each of the toppings and sauces peeking each out of a different spot on the burger, inviting you to dive in. Thank god for that beautiful paper wrapper that helps contain the sweet and lovely burger juices. 81 2011-08-08 16:55:07 Rating For Townhall Public House - 77 / 100 I'm not about to go out and check every pub for every burg in town, because we all know that many pubs don''t go that extra mile to make it special. Not the case here at Townhall Public House. They've taken the steps required to make a burger worth paying attention to. From a solid beef patty on a top quality bun to fresh and abundant toppings all at a great value, the burg speaks for itself. So, roll in, grab a beer and load that beast up. From first bite to last it didn't leave my hands, holding together like a champ, meaning the knife that comes stabbed through the heart of the burg, while aesthetically pleasing, is an absurd tool for the task at hand (as usual). 107 2011-11-17 11:07:57 Rating For Big Ridge - 77 / 100 The first thing I noticed when biting into the burger was the great contrast of the sweet, smoky bacon flavor and the punch of their special sauce. With each bite the quality of the ingredients came through, riding the flavor train of toppings. The only downfall was that the burger was a little heavy on the sauce, proving too much for the bun as the last few bites clocked in at sloppy. All in all though, I must say that, while the quality of all of the food at Big Ridge is very good, I didn't quite expect the burger to be as flavorful as it was, so I was pleasantly surprised. You'll probably catch me chowing down on a burg at this joint again in the future 150 2013-02-28 15:02:37 Rating For Rod's Kitchen and Grill - 77 / 100 A couple of times before, I've found myself in an industrial setting much like this looking for at least an average burg and was disappointed, so I approached Rod's Kitchen with my guard up. The first thing that caught my eye as I walked to the door was the sticker that read "Homemade Burgers". Could it be? Could there be something a little better than average behind these doors? I'd have to enter to find out, because both Homemade and Burger could be relative terms. As the burger was slid onto my table, I began to salivate as this burger looked like it was primed and ready to play the role of "Tasty Burg". As soon as I bit into the burger I knew that this place was better than your average diner. This burger, with its real beef flavor, classic burger toppings, and tasty brioche bun took me for a sweet 10 minute dance beneath those fluorescent diner lights. I can tell you this, If I happened to work in that area, you wouldn't catch me anywhere else once the lunch horn sounded. 153 2013-03-07 17:20:24 Rating For Suzie Q'z - 77 / 100 I wasn't too sure what to expect from this joint as we rolled up, but it is a new place and was recommended to me by a friend, so I was excited to try something new in the area. It’s a small place, with only a few people working behind the counter and only a few tables out front; your typical drive-in style restaurant. In listening to the owner talk, she definitely prides herself on having that home-style, made to order, feel to the food and it really shows in their burgers. All of the ingredients are fresh, and you can watch them start to make it after you've ordered. It’s served up to go with all of your regular toppings included, along with a healthy serving of delicious hand-cut fries. The burger was juicy from the first bite, and all of the toppings helped bring together all of the great flavours you would find in your traditional home-made backyard burg. It may take a little longer than some other places but on a sunny day, this burger really satisfies. 159 2013-04-03 13:29:44 Rating For Kens Cafe - 77 / 100 It seems as though I've found another one of those "processed cheese allowed" burgers, greasy and delicious from start to finish. The melange of processed cheese, burger juices, sauce, and the hint of butter slathered on the bun hits you right in the chops, giving you a little taste of what a good old fashioned greasy burger is supposed to taste like, and always should taste like. Yes, I rag on the processed cheese, yes I will always choose any other cheese over it, but this burger works, plain and simple. A constant in the ever-changing burger landscape, these greasy spoon burgs need to stick around to remind us what a little artery hardening feels like. Overall, the burger was great from first bite to last morsel. Add in the fact that the burger, fries and pop were under $10 and you’ve got yourself a top-notch value burg. 161 2013-04-23 12:27:30 Rating For Sophie's Cosmic Cafe - 76 / 100 I think one of my new quests may be to find the best burger streets in Vancouver. As of this moment, West 4th has this locked down. Now, I can't say that Sophie's is the best burger on West 4th, but I can say that it's a contender. What you have here is another classic burger joint serving up another classic burger. However, this burg may just be a touch more 'classic' than the rest of the pack. Overall, definitely worth the trip, and taking advice from my server I can only suggest that you, yourself, try to 'Get it in ya'. 108 2011-11-17 11:44:51 Rating For Cactus Club - 76 / 100 First, let me clarify. Yes, I understand that this place is all the way out in Abbotsford, which may be outside the limits of even the greater Vancouver area but there are Cactus Club Cafes all over, so I figured it would be relevant. Now, when I sit down at a place like this, I’m not always looking for a burg on the menu. However, when you name a burger “The Burger” and then inform me that it is a signature dish of none other than Rob Feenie, well, you’re taunting me. At that point I am compelled to tackle this burger. When it comes down to the nitty-gritty, all the pieces are there for something special, and the foundation is built for a great burg. Unfortunately, in my case, something got lost in the preparation and I was overwhelmed with the sweetness of red pepper relish which, in moderation, would be delightful. With the last couple of bites I did catch glimpses of the overall burger flavor that I expected and was left yearning for more, but you can’t hang your hat on two bites of a burger. 106 2011-10-31 15:16:16 Rating For Carls Jr. - 76 / 100 I faced the age old dilemma of "what constitutes a fast-food burger?" when tackling this burger. On one hand, Carl’s Jr. is a large chain that flips burgs en-masse. However, on the other hand, they have a patty that is much bigger than your average fast-food joint, the produce is all very fresh and it had all the flavours you would expect from a higher class burger. The packaging spoke to their pride in having the original six dollar burger, and I can see why. As I chowed down on the burger, all of the signature burger flavours were front and center, with toppings falling all over the place. This is no mini, hand-held assembly line burg, you gotta grab hold with both hands when embarking on this burgventure. The original thick burger kicks the stigma and straddles the line of fast-food, bringing you a high quality burger in a fast-food setting. Well done Carl's Jr. 160 2013-04-05 13:14:19 Rating For Fresgo Inn - 76 / 100 The last time I was at the Fresgo, it was 3am on a Saturday after a night out maybe over a decade ago, so my only memory was obviously the glowing, rotating pie display. As a result, I didn't have this joint on any list of places to hit, and I actually argued that I shouldn't. However, it just so happened that last week I was privy to a photo of their burg, and not 3 days later I coincidentally found myself in the neighborhood. There was no fighting it at that point. We placed our order and a mere 10 minutes later our number was called. From across the room I could tell that this burger was going to give me a run for my money, it was huge! First bite told a tale of a greasy diner burg, loaded to the hilt with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion and processed cheese, almost dropping equal amounts of burg juices and toppings onto the plate. By the time I was done, it was all I could do to take the pic, pay the bill and get home to nap. I was delightfully surprised and very satisfied. If I were to sum up the burger in a few words? Big, cheap and greasy. Three words that are music to a burger lover's ears. 163 2013-05-28 16:18:48 Rating For Wally's Burgers - 75 / 100 I know the rant was kind of bland up top trying to break it all down, but it's because this place is simple, just how I like it. Their menu board is covered with the usual suspects and offers up the perfect answer when you're craving just a good ol' fashioned burg. When you can accompany your burg with a float, you know you're in a joint that knows what's up. Wally's Burger fits into what may now be my favorite burger niche, I'm calling it the "classic" burger joint. You've got a very tasty burger with combos that won't scare you away, in a size you can handle during your lunch hour, at a price that won't break the bank. From start to end, this meal screams "Burger Joint" to which I reply "Thank You, that was delicious". The only knock I have on them is that they're so cheap and close to work that I can't not go back. 80 2011-08-03 15:54:08 Rating For Rusty's Pub - 74 / 100 Overall, I was pretty impressed. I mean, it is a pub burger, so you're not getting wild and crazy, and the topping selection is pretty vanilla. However, in terms of a good ol' fashioned pub-fare burg, they do alright. 76 2011-07-18 11:08:20 Rating For Milestones - 74 / 100 I wouldn’t say Milestones was tops on my radar, as they don’t flaunt their burger and I haven’t really heard much about it. That said, there are locations everywhere you go and I knew I would eventually find myself there with an opportunity to burg. Now, I know that the location I went to was a fair ways outside Vancouver, but knowing that there are a fair number of Milestones in the lower mainland, I felt I could at least use it as a barometer. Myself personally, there are other items on the menu that I salivate over, so I can’t say that I would start going there with the sole purpose of ordering their burger, but if you’re unsure as to what you should get off the menu it is definitely worth a go. Also, don’t forget the water crest dip with your fries! 118 2012-02-21 11:46:56 Rating For Biercraft - 74 / 100 Eying up the burger for the first time, I must say I was impressed. Great proportions from top to bottom, nicely sized patty, fresh and slightly crispy bun, great looking toppings and best of all, crispy onion strings. On first bite, I was impressed with the prep of the patty, the flavor of the beef coupled with the bold flavors of the bacon, onion strings and sauces was on point and oh was it juicy.. As I soldiered on however, the bold cumin flavor became more and more prominent. Now this may be a case of an unsophisticated palette, but the flavoring of those onion strings seemed to gradually overpower the rest of the burger to the point where I almost couldn't taste the sweet beef of the patty. While the burger started out very tasty, the game of onion string roulette ended poorly with me finishing a fairly single flavored burger by the end. Despite my initial burg here, I will most likely head back because all the pieces were there for a something well above average and I do enjoy me a good burg. 147 2012-11-14 13:29:39 Rating For Sammy Js - 73 / 100 As with most chain restaurants of this ilk, I don't really frequent them all that often, and I don't always order a burger here as it is normally assumed that the burger isn't their specialty per say. Of course there are exceptions, but this is usually a good rule of thumb. However, this rainy Thursday evening I found myself hungry and burger famished, having gone at least a week without beefy goodness. Upon glancing over the menu, I was greeted with the heading "Gourmet Burgers". At this point, it seemed inevitable that I would be partaking in said burger in hopes that it really was gourmet. I can say that, while it didn't blow my socks off, the burger was quite tasty, and didn't leave me wanting in any areas. Great bacon flavor and a good patty/bun combo will nicely compliment a ball game any day of the week. 143 2012-10-23 14:27:11 Rating For Fet's Bar and Grill - 72 / 100 On first biting into my fully suspecting prey I was bombarded with sauces and burg juices, to the point that I had to put it down. My plate appeared to be somewhat of a murder scene with all the sauce that was not only spattered across my plate, but covered my hands as well. I enjoy the sauces, so don't that that as a slight against the burg because I always enjoy a messy endeavor. All-in-all, it was a descent burg, and if you find yourself sauntering on down the drive you may want to pop in. 95 2011-09-08 18:47:05 Rating For Lucys Eastside Diner - 71 / 100 I didn't even have Lucy’s on the radar prior to this afternoon, but I in my last minute frenzy to find a spot to burg for lunch, I got a hankering for a milkshake. There are few types of establishments that are a stone cold lock for at least an average burg and a top of the line shake. A 50’s themed diner like this is one of those places, so off I went. The burger itself was good, but didn't blow my socks off. That said, there is nothing to complain about when it comes to a real good old fashioned burg complete with shake. With a couple of these types of diners under my belt in recent weeks, I really think it’s the mustard that sets apart this genre of burg from others. No fancy, grainy mustard, just bright yellow French’s. While I would have to say that I am a bigger fan of the hand ground beef, fresh bakery buns and higher end toppings, there is something to be said for taking a burg back to its roots. All in all it was a descent burg, a great shake and a good price. 155 2013-03-15 17:57:06 Rating For White Spot - 70 / 100 Whitespot, if nothing else, is reliable. This is a burg that is always as expected. Once you've had one, you will get those cravings for a spot burg and the spot is the only thing that will do. I'm sure that this rating is no news to many of you as this joint has been a burger staple for ages. It is a burger to enjoy in moderation though. As a wise burger man once told me, "It's a prefect lunch burg, just don't double up the beef or it'll ruin your afternoon" 90 2011-08-18 13:08:19 Rating For Dex Gourmet Burger Bar - 70 / 100 I have to make sure I put this caveat in right away. They're in a food court. I don't often go to a food court looking for a 'Gourmet' burger. I can say that the burg was tasty and the toppings were fresh, but 'gourmet' may be a bit of a stretch here. I don't want to come across as not liking the burg but, I'm sorry Dex, I've had gourmet burgers before and I can't, in good conscience go around agreeing with and flaunting your potentially false claims of gourmet-dom. This is a burg hunt for the people, and the people need to know truths. Now, if you named your joint Dex Gourmet (Food Court) Burger Bar, then I would have to agree, because you do top my food court burg list. 101 2011-10-05 12:07:10 Rating For Jimmy's Place - 70 / 100 Jimmy's Place is tucked away in a strip mall, which is not what I would call a tasty burger's natural habitat. I would be lying if I said that, when I rolled in, I wasn't questioning myself as to why I chose this joint. For starters, the sign out front ways "Best Handmade Burger in the West" so I was comforted in the fact that they had the confidence to make a claim like that. Unfortunately I can say, without much hesitation, that this is not the case. However, the folks here have got something going on in that they have broken the stigma that they face by being located where they are. From start to finish the burger wasn't overwhelming, but with the seasoning on the patty, the fresh produce, ample bacon coverage and steady drip of burg juices it put up one hell of a fight. Best in the west? No. Best in a Coquitlam strip mall? Probably. When it was all said and done I left with a sense of satisfaction and will most likely head back some time. 129 2012-07-06 16:43:18 Rating For Mr. Mikes - 69 / 100 First time going to a Mr. Mikes, was quite impressed with the service, but it was a grand opening so we take that in to consideration. The burger patty itself left a little bit to desire, It was a decent sized flame grilled 1/4 lb patty, but was an obvious chain restaurant special. That said, the patty was not poor quality, just seemed small, but maybe that was just due to the proportions, as it was buried deep within a massive piece of toasted garlic French loaf. Smothered in cheddar and a plethora of ‘shrooms, topped off with a pile of fresh tomatoes, onions and a crunchy dill, the burger was thoroughly satisfying. The end of the meal became a bit of a challenge due to slippery devil mushrooms and the juicy fresh tomato’s, but I would have to say that is the price to pay for satisfaction. The garlic loaf added a twist to what has become a stagnant market of generic middle class restaurant burgers. So, grab a chair on the patio, wash it all down with one of their special 22oz Steins of house brew and you have yourself a great evening meal at a brand name establishment without breaking the bank. 47 2011-05-29 23:00:00 Rating For Burger Burger - 69 / 100 When I sat down and glanced around this joint while I was waiting for my burg, I started to get a little nervous. This joint has all the markings of a greasy spoon, and a greasy spoon always runs the risk of shelling out burger bombs. While the menu board offered the hope that their variety meant that they know their way around a burger, I just wasn't fully comfortable with the scenario. On first sight, I was afraid that my worst fears had been realized. Processed Cheese. What did I do to these people? Actually, it wasn't that bad. Looking at the burg, you have what looks to be a typical greasy spoon hand made and flat-top smashed patty, in all it's misshapen glory. All-in-all, not a bad burg from a burger dive. Finally, while my meal itself wasn't the cheapest, they do offer a meal of their 4oz burg (without extra toppings), fries and a pop for under $6. Burger Burger's definitely got a great bang-for-your-buck burg going on. 94 2011-09-02 15:36:38 Rating For Vera's Burger Shack - 66 / 100 In summary, I would have to say that my experience fell quite short of my expectations. If I could sum up where I think it all went wrong with a single word? Commercial. Has Vera's fallen victim to it's own drive for growth? Has the quality and uniqueness gone by the wayside in favour of extra franchisees and a brand to market? Well, Unfortunately I hadn't experienced the burger before now, so I can't say much to that fact. That said, I will probably seek out a more seasoned location to see if the old flame is still out there. 74 2011-07-07 23:09:25 Rating For Harvey's - 66 / 100 Burging at Harvey's was a bit of an internal struggle as I want to be looking for the best of the best, not stuffing my face at fast food joints. Harvey's presented a unique argument because, while they could arguably be considered fast food, they only have 3 locations and their build your burger approach isn't all that fast food. Also, their current marketing campaign has been bombarding me with claims of Canadas Best Buger and the melodic catch phrase of them making my burger a beautiful thing. So, needless to say, I caved to the pressure and, seeing they pulled it out of my local Home Depot, drove myself out to the nearest Home Depot sporting the self proclaimed best burger in Canada. I can say that it was a little better than expected, but I can't say that this is going to be a burger that I fiend for. They aren't quite a quote-unquote fast food burger but they are dangerously close, with their prepackaged onion rings and their pre-made patties. If you do find yourself in one of the two Home Depots in town that have a Harvey's you might as well give it a shot, because nothing will top off a good Sunday like Home Depot and a burg. However, if you’re really looking for the best of the best, Harvey's is definitely in a lower tier. 125 2012-06-13 17:41:19 Rating For I:T Char Burger - 65 / 100 I randomly came across this joint and really wasn't sure about it to start. I did a little research and found an online review stating that some person frequents this place multiple times a week. I can definitively tell you that, based on the meat waddle I did walking out of that mall, multiple times a week is an unhealthy prospect. This joint deals you a seriously sloppy burger, with descent size and true sloppy burger flavor. There are two major flaws though that have to be noted. First off, the menu was so small and scatter-brained that I didn't even notice that there was bacon available. The main menu board itself has about 15 pictures of 3 different angles of the same burg, and not one item on there is a burger. You need to bring your gaze all the way down to the pieces of paper lining the glass windows on the counter to find the half-sheet of burgers. The second problem is the obnoxious amount of processed cheese melted throughout the burger and oozing out the back in a gooey orange tide of burger desecration. I am pretty confident that I lost more processed cheese off this burger than I'd eat if I'd had 3 fast food cheeseburgers. Putting my processed cheese bias aside, I won't go so far as to say that it's a diamond in the rough, but the burger was much more than I expected. 126 2012-06-22 17:53:03 Rating For The Back Forty - 64 / 100 Our trek to The Back Forty was fairly round-about, looking for a good place to grab a bite before a Saturday night Canuck's game we struck out three times before winding our way back to The Back Forty. My perusal of the menu kept me coming back to the Burger so, despite sitting down with the intention of specifically avoiding a Burger this night, I found myself ordering the Burg due to lack of another option I had an urge for. When it was all said and done, I can’t say that I am going to go out and tell anyone that the burger here is a must, but if you find yourself in the same position I did, and nothing else is calling out, you might as well give it a whirl, but keep your expectations low. 119 2012-03-05 12:21:21 Rating For Argo Cafe - 64 / 100 While The Argo cafe has the greasy spoon vibe, it is not your standard burger joint, specializing in the grasiest of the greasy. In fact, I'm not quite sure what the specialty would be as they make pretty much everything, so expectations must be adjusted accordingly. With that in mind, my rating may come off a little on the critical side, calling their burger small and lacking in some areas. However, there is something about the burger that still lingers with me almost an hour later, some enjoyable flavor and feeling still dancing around, maybe in my head, maybe on my tongue, I'm not quite sure. Wherever it is, it's still there and I am liking it. As I said expectations must be hedged slightly, but if you're in the neighborhood and are looking for a handheld burg that's got a bit of zip and won't break the bank, swing on by the Argo Cafe. 120 2012-05-11 16:10:31 Rating For Planet Java 50s Cafe - 63 / 100 It’s a place like this that I always look to for a tasty burger surprise, so when I am even slightly let down I feel that it gets magnified. However, when my first bite forces a snake of mustard to squeezed out of the hole I just removed a toothpick from, I think there may be too much of one condiment. I’m sure I saw bacon, cheese and even special sauce on the burg, but I couldn't make out anything except that tangy yellow spread. I mean, it even drowned out the bacon! In the name of all that is holy, you cannot over-power the bacon! I am pretty sure that’s a commandment. Mustard is one of the best burger condiments in my mind, but also one of the most dangerous because it has that very distinct and possibly overpowering flavor. Couple the excess mustard with a patty that I found to be lacking in flavor along with some less than stellar produce, and you've got yourself a recipe for a let-down. I’d been told to check it out by a friend, so maybe I just got the cook on a bad day, but I’m not sure that I’ll head back to check. Lucky for me their milkshake was straight-up delicious, so it wasn't a total disaster. 152 2013-03-04 18:25:55 Rating For Lost In The 50's - 62 / 100 Lost In The 50's is a staple in Burnaby and New West. I remember driving by that sign all the time as a kid, so when I found out they were open I knew that I had to get in for a burg. The signs out front claim they're currently in a "soft opening", having only re-opened last week, so the menu isn't completely finalized but the all-important burg is available. When I first saw the burger, I thought I was in for a treat. The stage was set for greatness, I mean, you've got yourself a nostalgic 50's style drive in, that's serving only burgers and shakes. Come on, that's right in my wheelhouse. With this build-up my expectations possibly could have been too high but, regardless, the burger left me disappointed. The burger looked like a contender, but fought like a has-been. There was little to no punch from the patty, I feel the bun only stayed together as long as it did by the grace of the burger gods and the toppings stole the show. Too many times I felt myself having to spend extra time chewing to combat the dryness I was experiencing. So, while this may be a soft opening, I hope they get it right by the time they have their real opening. 131 2012-07-25 16:22:49 Rating For Belgian Fries - 58 / 100 So, before I get criticized for criticizing a fry place on their burgers. I had tried, unsuccessfully, at two other places on the Drive and I have also heard stories about the burgers here so, when it came time for my third swing of the bat, it was a matter of proximity and a familiar name. Again, it's a fry joint so I don’t want to get too down on them, but the pieces were there for a descent burger just the prep of my burg really missed the mark. A little toast on a burger bun is necessary, but this was overboard. Really, when one is left to think about it, not many things go with fries like a burger does, so putting a little more effort into the burg would almost seem logical. While I probably won’t go back for the burger itself, that poutine was top notch, a true representative for a poutine movement within our country. Don’t be fooled by the fast food gimmicks, this place is the real deal. Enough of that though, I’ll leave the poutine rating to (No, it doesn’t exist) . I guess one could sum it up to unrealized potential. Maybe one day we can go out in this fair city for a mouth watering burg washed down with a bowl of gravy and cheese curds over fries... A man can dream, right? 124 2012-06-08 17:00:45 Rating For Moxies Bar and Grill - 58 / 100 Well, this was the definition of an impromptu burg, showing up 50 minutes before a show and grabbing a bite from the closest thing. While Moxie's is all over the place, they hadn't really even been on my radar prior to this visit, mostly due to the fact that I wouldn't know them for their burgs. I'm sure there are some great things on their menu, as most of the other things on the table looked good. However, their burger? Not so much. I also understand that it is a large chain, so your local Moxie's may make an unreal burg and you may think I'm a raving idiot, but I can't change the burger I ate. 137 2012-09-13 12:31:41 Rating For Tomahawk Diner - 56 / 100 After seeing Tomahawk Diner on multiple television shows, hearing of their local accolades for 'Best Burger' and seeing some online reviews, I felt that a 40 minute trek out there was necessary. After waiting almost an hour for the meal to actually arrive, I was more than disappointed at the presentation and manhandling of my burg. I know I don’t have a specifically trained or professional pallet, but I couldn’t get over the overwhelming similarities between Chick Chamberlain's 'Legendary' burger and the equally legendary burger from Nat Bailey. I feel that some digging in the Vancouver archives could even find a feud between the two with one claiming the other stole his recipe, they are that close. Needless to say the burger left a lot to be desired, as did the service from the staff. Finally, and this may be a little out of line, but the burger brings two things into question. First, how many burger joints are actually on the north shore? And secondly, what level of burger standards does it take to be crowned "The Best"? This burger wouldn't stand a chance vs. any other city's top burg that I have tackled. I myself will not be making the trek out again, as I feel that I can get an equal, if not better, burger within 5km from my home. 121 2012-05-20 18:51:40 Rating For Boston Pizza - 54 / 100 Overall? Well, if you hadn't guessed it, I was pretty unimpressed. Actually, I was downright disappointed. First of all, I had done some research on this burg and had found some fond reviews, so I felt I was making an educated decision, then they trick me by making me thing they know what they're doing. The patty was dry and the flavor was, well, masked by the overwhelming salty seasoning. I mean they even called me out. The menu explicitly says “Recommended for burger connoisseurs.” Now, I know I am not a full-out connoisseur, but I like to think I know a thing or two about burgs by now. Also, and this may be the worst part, there are two things in this world that I like as much as burgers and they are perogies and pizza, which BP meld together in sweet flavor harmony. So, not only did I have to endure sucking back a salt-block disguised as a burger, I had to do so at the expense of a perogy pizza! Admittedly, I may have just gotten a bad seed, but this was the first burg I did not finish, and no other burger on my list has gotten more than one chance. So, if you find yourself at a Boston Pizza, and are pondering the burger, their name is Boston PIZZA, go with what they specialize in. 117 2012-02-02 22:54:02 Rating For Astros Kitchen - 52 / 100 I face a bit of a dilemma when writing a review like this. On one hand, what does one honestly expect to find when detouring off the beaten path to find a burger in a hole-in-the-wall diner. On the other hand, how do you find a diamond in the rough without wading through the rough. I did do a little back checking before heading out there as this joint is next door to another failed burg attempt, and found a description online that claimed they were "Known as a classic 'burger joint' and diner". The burger left a LOT to be desired from top to bottom, not the least of which being processed cheese. On a list of ways to ruin a burger, processed cheese comes in right after "serving it raw". Your mediocre to bland burgers could be much improved by simply melting a quality product on their beef. The only upside was that it only cost $10.00. I won’t go into too many more details, because it can be simplified with just saying it wasn't that good. 151 2013-03-01 16:09:00 Rating For Billys Family Restaurant - 52 / 100 My original stop on the road-trip would have taken me somewhere I had tried to get to twice in the past 12 months, so I was already in a let-down mode. That said, when the burger landed in front of me I wasn't anticipating what I was about to experience. The burger itself looked quite tasty, it wasn't until I bit right through that I was greeted with that over-seasoned, rubbery textured patty that brought everything to a screeching halt. Let's just say, next time I’ll be getting a club sandwich. 162 2013-05-28 15:12:18 Rating For Cafe Burger Time - 48 / 100 Well burger time. You got me. I'll be the first to admit it. You hooked me with the name and then reeled me in with the prospect of a $6 cheeseburger. Yes, that's right, I just said $6, and that's WITH fries. I mean, for $6 I really can't be expecting the world, but I did expect a little more than what I got. Don't think there'll be a chance to fool me again. 79 2011-07-28 17:27:35