Savour the meaty patties at these Montreal burger joints

There's nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a really good burger — the combination of a juicy, thick patty, a chewy bun and an assortment of condiments is oh! so good. These Montreal burger joints certainly do the classic proud.

Restaurant Burger Royal

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3820, boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1X6

To the question, "What makes a burger tasty?”, Burger Royal answers "the simplicity, trimmings, texture, temperature and flavours.” Frozen meat is most certainly not part of the answer, and is rightly prohibited at this establishment. Here, you eat local and you eat well! If you’re up for something truly different, go with the Création de Mark – a burger with fried banana, bacon, cheddar cheese and peanut butter.

JUKEBOX BURGERS

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11798, boul de Salaberry, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC H9B 2R8

This place claims to offer the best burgers in town. And you get to be the judge, by having a burger made to your liking. You choose your meat (beef, turkey, chicken, veggie patty) and bread (including white, honey brown, rye, gluten-free, or wrapped with lettuce) and then you top it off with the condiments of your choice. You can also try their specialties or their burgers for big appetites, including the BRGR Tower with 6 patties, 6 slices of cheese, 6 slices of bacon, and some lettuce ... for a semblance of a health component.

Maam Bolduc

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4351, av de Lorimier, Montréal, QC H2H 2B3

At our dear little dame’s establishment on De Lorimier Avenue, the burger comes in a variety of ways. Do you prefer beef, lamb, veal, fish or a vegetable patty? You can top it all off with a delicious homemade dessert.

Old Dublin Pub

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636, rue Cathcart, Montréal, QC H3B 1L9

If you have never set foot in Old Dublin other than to knock back a few pints of Guinness, take the time during your next visit to look at the menu. It’s hard to miss: it's the placemat. The burgers are something to talk about, the onion rings are probably the best in town and – surprise – the few Indian dishes on the menu are truly worth it. Be brave and face the Walsh burger, with its smoked meat (or bacon or ham) and its fried mushrooms.

Burger De Ville

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59, av Westminster N, Montréal-Ouest, QC H4X 1Y8

Always fresh, never frozen; the menu for this establishment may not contain 134 kinds of burgers, but the quality supersedes the quantity. Try the Black & Blue burger (blue cheese, pepper, and crust-caramelized onions), the Saint-Paulin burger (with St-Paulin cheese and harissa mayonnaise) or the Mediterranean burger (goat cheese and grilled vegetables). You will not be disappointed!

BurgerBar Crescent

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1465, rue Crescent, Montréal, QC H3G 2B2

Face the crowds of Crescent Street to make your way to the Burger Bar for a serving of AAA beef on a bun. Order the winner of the 2013 edition of Burger Week: the Morning-after Burger, made with beef, American cheese, smoked bacon, mini classic poutine, a fried egg, caramelized onions and truffle oil. We suggest you avoid going swimming or taking the elevator for the 12 hours that follow.

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