Gourmet Burgers Newest Trend in Toronto

Gourmet Burger shops have been popping up all around Toronto for the last few months with promises of providing customers with gourmet toppings such as rosemary mayo, avocado and caramelized onions with an expanded meat options that include organic beef, lamb and turkey for an affordable price.  Gourmet burgers in Toronto is not a new thing as Mark McEwan has been serving gourmet burgers at the Bymark restaurant for years, but for the hefty price of $37.

Today, the Toronto Star’s Amy Pataki wrote an article Ranking Toronto’s gourmet burger joints with Oh Boy Burger taking the reign as Toronto’s best gourmet burger.  She goes on to say about Oh Boy Burger:

Open Since: Nov. 12, 2009
Beef: Premade Leavoy Rowe patties developed by chef Paul Boehmer from AAA and Prime ground chuck
Price: $7.50 for 8-oz Oh Boy Burger, $3.25 for onion rings
Atmosphere: Haute barn with open kitchen, exposed lightbulbs, loud Michael Jackson and friendly counter service
Licensed: Pending
Minutes to order: 13
Served on: Square wooden plate
Burger: Squirtingly juicy, as tender as the finest filet mignon, well-timed on grill and nestled with picture-perfect garnishes into soft, eggy Ace Bakery sesame bun — only a missing dash of salt keeps this burger from perfection
Onion rings: Frozen McCain Beefeater thick-cut rings emerge from deep fryer blessedly greaseless and fantastically crisp, with melting sweet Spanish onions inside
Signature burger: Oh Boy Classic, $7.50, is a basic burger with roasted garlic mayo
Overall score (out of 4): 3.5

Personally, I’m not sure how Oh Boy Burgers can even qualify for this ranking since its been open for just a little over a month, but I digress.  A quick look at the food enthusiasts at Chowhound have mixed reviews of Oh Boy Burgers and are consistently benchmarking any Toronto burger to Craft Burger, which has been getting rave reviews all year long.

Craft Burger provides quite an extensive menu

It’s not only the burgers themselves that has separated Craft Burger from the rest, but it’s created a natural “local burger joint” type feel, which is reinforced by getting their organic beef from The Healthy Butcher.

With affordable gourmet burger joints being relatively a new thing in Toronto it will be interesting to see which ones will stick around in a year from now.

As an aside, if you feel that the best burgers are the ones made at home, take a look at Mark McEwan’s recipe of his Bymark Burger and also check out Hubert Kellers video below on how to make the perfect burger at home.


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