Satisfy your cravings during Toronto's Le Burger Week

The Montreal-born burger festival stops into town for a week of competition among 18 top-tier restos and burger bars. Choose wisely, folks — many a mean burger awaits you out there. From brisket and lobster tails to your classic Angus beef to a stellar vegetarian option, here are some of the burgs we’re heavily anticipating. Remember though, this is but a taste. Be sure to check out the full line-up at leburgerweek.com.

The Burger's Priest

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463 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2A9

The guys behind this Toronto-born burger chain say that the process of eating a burger is akin to a religious experience – and the stacked menu will prove just how serious they are about fresh ground beef. Stop into the Queen West location for Le Burger Week and attempt to conquer the legendary High Priest, which features a double patty, special sauce, and an extra bun in the middle. Answer the skill-testing question correctly, and gain access to their secret menu online for a slew of additional mouth-watering options.

Colette

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550 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2V4

This hip Parisian café at the foot of Bathurst Street is better known for its beautiful and bright interior (think white marble tables, fresh flowers, and airy archways), and its traditional French fare, than for its burgers. But don’t be fooled by the menu of delicate meat and fish dishes and elegant pastries, these guys know how to do the burger right. For Le Burger Week, the resto adds a distinct French touch to the classic North American staple, topping their own with a pile of caramelized onions, dijonnaise and Gruyere cheese.

Big Smoke Burger

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573 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M1

Giddy-up guys. For a quick, casual stop-in on Le Burger Week excitement, visit this King West burger bar for the stuff-of-legend Urban Cowboy burger. The six-ounce AAA beef patty is topped with grilled jalapenos, bacon, smoky sauce, and a big ol’ slice of Havarti. This rough-rider is among the most affordable of the Le Burger Week options, priced at just $9.

Quanto Basta Enoteca

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1112 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W 2L6

Well, a single phrase says it all: Grappa-infused caramelized onions. This Italian eatery will overhaul your assumptions about the burger with its specialty Le Burger Week competitor. Angus beef cozies up to pork belly and a Gorgonzola dolce in the premium pick, available at the low-lit Rosedale spot. Plus, with its enviable menu, Quanta Basta has become a neighbourhood favourite for Italian fine dining in a sleek, romantic atmosphere, complete with hanging crystal pendants and a wraparound bar of white marble.

East Thirty Six

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36 Wellington St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C7

Well known as a prime spot to start off a night on King Street with a little gourmet dinner and drinks, East Thirty-Six is one part upscale resto with a stellar tapas and large plate menu, and one part sexy cocktail bar for a few sweet libations before your night out. The hearty lamb burger – complete with thick slices of smoked onion, goat’s milk gouda, and a hard-to-resist green goddess dressing – is a fixture on the lunch, dinner and late-night menus. But it also competes for top Toronto burger during this year’s Le Burger Week, available for $15.

Fresh on Bloor

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326 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W5

Toronto’s beloved chain of hip vegetarian restaurants jumps in on Le Burger Week festivities, with a gourmet option for those looking for a meatless alternative. Head to the Bloor St. West spot in the Annex to try their devilish The6 Burger, which includes a high-protein vegan patty, topped with a slice of grilled pineapple, crispy banana chillies, and chipotle mayo. Enjoy the near guilt-free option with a side of kale slaw for a cool $12, and if you’re in the mood, pair with one of the spot’s many delicious fresh juices or smoothies.

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