Irresistible barbecue and burger joints in Halifax

When it comes to barbecue and burger restaurants, Haligonians are somewhat spoiled compared to the rest of the Maritime provinces. In addition to southern, slow-cooked fare such as ribs, brisket and pulled pork, Halifax features establishments that go above and beyond to create burgers using outstanding ingredients prepared with original recipes.

Boneheads BBQ

1014 Barrington St, Halifax, NS B3H 2P9

Boneheads BBQ is known across Canada for its southern-style, slow-cooked barbecue meats. Don’t miss its award-winning ribs, which are lovingly dry-rubbed before they’re smoked until the meat melts off the bone like butter. Go for the full slab, which is served with a couple of sides as well as cornbread. The dining space is a comfortable, crimson, dark-wood space that encourages you to stay and savour.

Ace Burger Company

2605 Agricola St, Halifax, NS B3K 4C7

For the past couple of years, Ace Burger Company, which was established in 1956, has been voted best burger joint in Halifax. Tucked inside the venerable Gus’ Pub & Grill, Ace Burger mixes a lunch-counter environment with a bit of a pub atmosphere. Give the lamb burger a shot – it features lemon-sumac mayonnaise, goat cheese, arugula and olive tapenade on an herb focaccia bun.

Darrell's Restaurant

5576 Fenwick St, Halifax, NS B3H 1P8

One of the best burgers in Halifax can be found at Darrell’s Restaurant, which is decked out with unique, green-themed upholstery and fixtures with red highlights. This old-school diner uses certified Angus beef and cheese freshly carved off the block. A unique, award-winning dish is the peanut-butter burger, a sweet-and-savoury alternative to the restaurant’s bacon, lettuce, tomato, cheddar and mayo burger.

Song's Korean Restaurant

6249 Quinpool Rd, Halifax, NS B3L 1A4

For barbecue cuisine that originates outside of the North American continent, head over to Song’s Korean Restaurant. With reservations, you can prepare your own barbecue dishes on a tabletop grill. Its signature, meaty fare includes sizzling, savoury galbi beef short ribs. This restaurant is known for offering a friendly, family environment, complete with traditional wood seating that’s heated in winter.


5680 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS B3J 1H5

This restaurant takes burgers seriously, purchasing locally raised, filler-free, grass-fed, steroid-free beef that’s ground on premises for the best, freshest patties. Challenge yourself to The Big Cheese, a dual-patty burger with a grilled cheese sandwich in the middle, garnished with bacon and pulled pork. Krave Burger also features a sleek, upbeat dining space that encourages excessive burger enjoyment.

Parkside Pub & Smokehouse

14 Highfield Park Dr, Halifax, NS B3A 4T6

In the northern part of Halifax Regional Municipality, Parkside Pub and Smokehouse is considered the best place to eat north of the Bedford Basin inlet, providing an unpretentious, wood-finished dining room. To achieve the deep smoky flavour the place is known for, it uses Tennessee smokers. Team up with a friend to take on the smoked feast for two, which includes half a chicken, ribs, brisket, wings and pulled pork.

Cheeky Neighbour

6024 Quinpool Rd, Halifax, NS B3L 1A1

Relish Gourmet Burgers is a bustling, energetic space with contemporary touches such as bright yellow exposed ductwork, earthy patterned walls and comfortable black-and-brown seating. The main event is the burgers, which are made with 100 per cent certified Angus beef mixed with secret seasonings and prepared to an internal temperature of 160 degrees for optimal juiciness. Try the Halifax Explosion burger, which has curried onion frites, pancetta bacon, aged cheddar and habanero pineapple.

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