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The burger line at Uniburger
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Randall Brodeur

The 22 Hottest Burgers in Montreal

Montreal is burger city

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The burger line at Uniburger
| Randall Brodeur

Montreal, your burger game has come a long, long way. We may live in the age of izakayas and taquerias but look around — has there ever been a better time to love burgers in this city?

The climb to pinnacle burgerdom has been a slower creep than, say, the explosion of wine bars in Montreal but consider these 22 restaurants. Listed in geographical order, they cover every corner of the burger spectrum, from elevated diner burgers to brioche bun bistro burgers and Korean or Japanese fusion burgers. Some use Quebec-raised beef, some grind by hand, some make condiments from scratch, and some take customization to deranged, bewildering heights (note to burger joints everywhere: there is such a thing as too much choice, or too much meat). As a whole, they make Montreal a damn fine burger city. Enjoy — and sentimental fools take note: if it's the classics you're looking for, your iconic Montreal burgers are here.

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Brasserie T!

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Normand Laprise's Quartier des Spectacles restaurant makes what critic Lesley Chesterman calls the "second-best upscale burger in the city." Buns by Hof Kelsten.

Burger Bar

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Businessmen brothers Ari and Morris Baker must have been inspired by M:BRGR's downtown success when they opened Burger Bar on Crescent in 2011. The restaurant's poutine burger may defy common sense but the locale is canny — Morris owns a Ben & Jerry's around the corner. Guess where Burger Bar's ice cream comes from.

Burger Royal

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If you like the burgers at this Plateau up-and-comer, thank the Nordest farm in Mont Laurier, Quebec, where Roger Raymond and Céline Bélec have raised Angus cattle without hormones or antibiotics since 1982.

Dépanneur Le Pick Up

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Sandwiches at this soulful Mile-Ex lunch counter are on the up and up. No fuss, no fanfare, just a good, no-nonsense burger.

La Boulette

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Retired burger doyenne Paryse Taillefer tells Eater that a lot of former customers endorse La Boulette as the Montreal burger most faithful to her own at La Paryse.

Lawrence

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The Mile End restaurant that also runs a top-notch butcher shop serves a superb burger weekdays for lunch. Made with Quebec Angus beef from Ferme Nordest. Lawrence burger photo by Gabriel Couture.

Le Sieur d'Iberville

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Parfait. This was the word Le Journal de Montréal critic Thierry Daraize recently used to describe Le Sieur d'Iberville's freshly ground burger.

Les Enfants Terribles

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The burger at this auspicious, popular Outremont restaurant is a bestseller. Just scan the terrasse on Bernard when you walk by on a warm summer night.

Maison Boulud

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The poshest burger in Montreal was perfected by Daniel Boulud and Maison Boulud chef Riccardo Bertolino at db Bistro Moderne in New York and duly ushered in a new era of chef-driven burgers. The Ritz Carlton restaurant offers the signature db Burger, with braised short ribs and foie gras, for weekend brunch. There's also one with smoked pork belly and Vacherin.

Notre-Boeuf-de-Grâce

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This burger restaurant in NDG in the old D.A.D.'s Bagels is from partners with interests in Double Pizza and Kupfert & Kim. Beef is ground fresh daily on site and condiments and sodas are homemade as well. At least professional wrestler of note, however, has beef with this place.
NBG

QDC Burger

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After a long winter respite, this downtown back-alley burger bar is back. From the infamous La Queue de Cheval steakhouse, of course.

Uniburger

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Younes Bengeloune wisely chose to keep it simple when he made over La Paryse in the Latin Quarter. Consistently voted the best burger in Montreal, Uniburger uses a proprietary blend of fresh Canada AAA beef.
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Le Gourmet Burger

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Georges Najjar of Kafein Café is the man behind this Concordia University adjacent spot with organic beef, grilled over wood charcoal, and brioche buns.

Mile-Ex

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Voir restaurant critic Gildas Meneu calls chef Greg Paul's raunchily titled Motherf** Burger at Restaurant le Mile-Ex damn good and completely cochon.

Chez Tousignant

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Impasto chef de cuisine Yann Turcotte's casse-croûte dream has been fully realized, with assistance from Stefano Faita and Michele Forgione. The duo's mini Little Italy empire now numbers three restaurants.

ART: brgr

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Some Art: brgr creations are a little excessive (example: the "Elvis Presley", with banana and peanut butter), but pick something with a little restraint like the "Fumoir" with smoked brie and pesto and you'll be in Good Burger City.

Hachoir

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Although the menu verges on the annoying tendency for burger joints to slather meat and other symbols of masculinity (Jack Daniels) on their burgers, Hachoir's home-ground meat and nods to local produce like elk meat and wild mushrooms make for hearty fare with Quebecois flair.

Patati Patata

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Patati's micro-burgers are a Plateau staple — and toeing the line between a classic diner and cool burger-and-poutine innovator, it earns a coveted place on more than one Eater burger map.

Monsieur

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Despite its very bourgeois pricetag, Monsieur's giant cheeseburger is worth it — and with a jalapeno-infused patty, panko-fried cheese and green tomato, adds just the right amount of twist to a classic.
Korean influenced burgers take the stage at this Shaughnessy Village casse-croûte, dressed with kimchi and wasabi mayo — or try a Kogo (Korean pogo).
This upscale Japanese restaurant downtown might be a controversial inclusion for its lack of beef-based burgers but their chicken teriyaki and shrimp burgers (pictured) fit perfectly on a menu more oriented towards ramen and okonomiyaki.

Bishop & Bagg

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Burgers might not be classic British fare but that's not stopping this Mile End pub from delectable albeit meat-heavy concoctions. There's a regular brunch burger and a rotating burger options on the pub menu — show upa t the right moment and you might be able to get the (in)famous "McDirtyBird All-Star Deluxe".

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Brasserie T!

Normand Laprise's Quartier des Spectacles restaurant makes what critic Lesley Chesterman calls the "second-best upscale burger in the city." Buns by Hof Kelsten.

Burger Bar

Businessmen brothers Ari and Morris Baker must have been inspired by M:BRGR's downtown success when they opened Burger Bar on Crescent in 2011. The restaurant's poutine burger may defy common sense but the locale is canny — Morris owns a Ben & Jerry's around the corner. Guess where Burger Bar's ice cream comes from.

Burger Royal

If you like the burgers at this Plateau up-and-comer, thank the Nordest farm in Mont Laurier, Quebec, where Roger Raymond and Céline Bélec have raised Angus cattle without hormones or antibiotics since 1982.

Dépanneur Le Pick Up

Sandwiches at this soulful Mile-Ex lunch counter are on the up and up. No fuss, no fanfare, just a good, no-nonsense burger.

La Boulette

Retired burger doyenne Paryse Taillefer tells Eater that a lot of former customers endorse La Boulette as the Montreal burger most faithful to her own at La Paryse.

Lawrence

The Mile End restaurant that also runs a top-notch butcher shop serves a superb burger weekdays for lunch. Made with Quebec Angus beef from Ferme Nordest. Lawrence burger photo by Gabriel Couture.

Le Sieur d'Iberville

Parfait. This was the word Le Journal de Montréal critic Thierry Daraize recently used to describe Le Sieur d'Iberville's freshly ground burger.

Les Enfants Terribles

The burger at this auspicious, popular Outremont restaurant is a bestseller. Just scan the terrasse on Bernard when you walk by on a warm summer night.

Maison Boulud

The poshest burger in Montreal was perfected by Daniel Boulud and Maison Boulud chef Riccardo Bertolino at db Bistro Moderne in New York and duly ushered in a new era of chef-driven burgers. The Ritz Carlton restaurant offers the signature db Burger, with braised short ribs and foie gras, for weekend brunch. There's also one with smoked pork belly and Vacherin.

Notre-Boeuf-de-Grâce

This burger restaurant in NDG in the old D.A.D.'s Bagels is from partners with interests in Double Pizza and Kupfert & Kim. Beef is ground fresh daily on site and condiments and sodas are homemade as well. At least professional wrestler of note, however, has beef with this place.
NBG

QDC Burger

After a long winter respite, this downtown back-alley burger bar is back. From the infamous La Queue de Cheval steakhouse, of course.

Uniburger

Younes Bengeloune wisely chose to keep it simple when he made over La Paryse in the Latin Quarter. Consistently voted the best burger in Montreal, Uniburger uses a proprietary blend of fresh Canada AAA beef.
Randall Brodeur

Le Gourmet Burger

Georges Najjar of Kafein Café is the man behind this Concordia University adjacent spot with organic beef, grilled over wood charcoal, and brioche buns.

Mile-Ex

Voir restaurant critic Gildas Meneu calls chef Greg Paul's raunchily titled Motherf** Burger at Restaurant le Mile-Ex damn good and completely cochon.

Chez Tousignant

Impasto chef de cuisine Yann Turcotte's casse-croûte dream has been fully realized, with assistance from Stefano Faita and Michele Forgione. The duo's mini Little Italy empire now numbers three restaurants.

ART: brgr

Some Art: brgr creations are a little excessive (example: the "Elvis Presley", with banana and peanut butter), but pick something with a little restraint like the "Fumoir" with smoked brie and pesto and you'll be in Good Burger City.

Hachoir

Although the menu verges on the annoying tendency for burger joints to slather meat and other symbols of masculinity (Jack Daniels) on their burgers, Hachoir's home-ground meat and nods to local produce like elk meat and wild mushrooms make for hearty fare with Quebecois flair.

Patati Patata

Patati's micro-burgers are a Plateau staple — and toeing the line between a classic diner and cool burger-and-poutine innovator, it earns a coveted place on more than one Eater burger map.

Monsieur

Despite its very bourgeois pricetag, Monsieur's giant cheeseburger is worth it — and with a jalapeno-infused patty, panko-fried cheese and green tomato, adds just the right amount of twist to a classic.

Picks

Korean influenced burgers take the stage at this Shaughnessy Village casse-croûte, dressed with kimchi and wasabi mayo — or try a Kogo (Korean pogo).