Must-try burgers in Toronto’s West Queen West

In a neighbourhood known for its food-savvy crowd, it’s no wonder the lowly burger has been elevated to an art form. From simple, yet mouth-watering cheeseburgers, to triple-decker, triple-meat monstrosities, here are a few burger joints on West Queen West that you won't want to miss.

Gladstone Hotel

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1215 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6

This refurbished Victorian hotel has plenty of funky charm, artist-inspired decor and tasty lunch and dinner fare. The classic buger features gouse ground beef, poblano pepper n’ onion jam, smoked bacon ad St. Paulin cheese. Vegetarians will love the meat-free texas tempeh burger topped with crunchy onion rings, wild mushrooms, BBQ sauce and aged cheddar.

Frank's Bar & Cafe

2
994 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H1

Recently overhauled on a popular reality television program, Frankie’s is not new, but more than 30 years old. Its bright white and minimalist decor still retains a certain retro charm that hints at the original design. The burgers are large, with a selection of patties from basic ground beef to a blend of chuck. The fries are hand-cut, but you could go with the beer-battered onion rings.

Drake Hotel

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1150 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J3

This boutique hotel might be known for its seasonally inspired fare and ever-changing art exhibitions, but the classic burger has remained a true constant on the menu for over 10 years. The eponymous Drake burger features a 6 oz patty made with dry-aged beef from local butcher Cumbrae’s. The meaty patty is topped with Perth bacon, aged cheddar and Russian dressing and served on a melt-in-your-mouth soft milk bun.

Feel Good Guru

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135 Tecumseth St, Toronto, ON M6J 2H2

Not a meat eater? That’s okay because these folks make a pretty fine vegan burger. Using all natural and, where possible, local ingredients, it may be the healthiest burger you’ve ever eaten. A patty made of sprouted grains and sunflower seeds is topped with tahini, homemade mustard and nut cheese, and served on a yam bun. Even carnivores will be completely satisfied

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