Looking for the best burgers in Vancouver? Look no further. 😀 After tens of thousands of calories padded in our bellies, prefaced with hours of web searches, direct recommendations, and careful scrutiny…we’ve found the BEST burgers in Vancouver. (so we think. I’m certain you’ll agree however.) 😀
A good burger is typically nicely seasoned and grilled to be perfectly charred on the outside but oh so juicy with flavor on the inside. Sandwiched between bacon, real cheddar cheese, freshly toasted and buttered buns, with the umami of ketchup topped with crisp lettuce, sliced tomato, a sting of onions, pickles and mustard if you fancy. Most Vancouver burgers today go beyond the basics; we’re spoiled for options from the Thousand Napkins burger at PourHouse to a good classic bacon cheese burger at Moderene Burger.
I always enjoy a good burger; it’s nutritious too and allows me to stay full and focused throughout the day. A worthy lunch and dinner option made even better with these stellar Vancouver eateries/restaurants.
What Makes a Good Burger?
In searching for the best Vancouver burgers, we’ve looked for (1) beef quality (2) taste and flavor (3) atmosphere. Among these three we also looked for creativity, consistency, complementing ingredients and general guest experience. On the side we factored the value and location accessibility because Vancouver foodies will gladly drive a little further for good burgers.
Here are the Highlights for the FIVE Best Vancouver Burger Restaurants:
1) To Dine For Eatery Burger: (Website|Facebook)
Actually known as To Dine For Eatery but their burgers are truly the specialty. If you’re looking for a classic American burger, then To Dine For Burger is where you want to visit for the best burger in Vancouver. A staple in Vancouver as far as burgers are concerned,.
To Dine For is a family-owned, local diner/restaurant in Vancouver (decked out to a 1960s theme) that serves great burgers, alongside crisp fries, and a variety of other delicious (sometimes fusion) menu items such as chicken curry on rice, Crying Chicken (grilled chicken, grilled spicy onion topping, mozzarella cheese), Korean rice bowl, or house spaghetti; don’t let that turn you off from their authentic American and delicious burgers however! The service is friendly (but occasionally messy) and the diner/restaurant is clean.
All their burgers start with a housemade beef patty, built on with greens, pickle, tomato, onion, mayo, and a special house sauce, topped with your burger customizations (You can try their popular PB+Bacon which adds smoked bacon and peanut butter for $15.95 or stay safe with a Classic Cheese which as it implies adds cheddar cheese to the perfectly hand-crafted burgers for $13.95) sandwiched between nicely grilled buns that are moist/soft/bouncy on touch. The perfect burger if you’re looking for the best burger in Vancouver. All their burgers are served with a side of house-made fries or salad; the fries are equally excellent with a crisp exterior but moist and mushy interior. (Just wanted to use the alliteration – moist may be a better description than mushy. It’s good fries essentially! Fries the way it should be. You can upgrade your side of fries to a not so traditional, but still tasty, poutine for just $3.)
To Dine For are known for seriously good burgers in Vancouver, if not the best burgers in Vancouver – locals who’ve tried this unassuming diner on Terminal Avenue often enthusiastically talk of it; it’s truly a burger restaurant in Vancouver that is worth trying. The go-to choice for those traditionalist is the Classic Cheese Burger at $13.95 (served with fries or salad) but those looking for the “best burger in Vancouver” should try the Bob’s Burger (60z house-made beef patty, smoked bacon, grilled mushroom, cheddar cheese, and the works of course… also served with your choice of fries or salad) at $16.95. Oh, to sweeten your day – you can try their house-baked pastries for dessert as well! (Watch your sugar however!)
Price: All burgers at To Dine For are served with the works (greens, pickle, tomato, onion, mayo, house sauce) and your choice of house-made fries or salad.
- Classic Cheese (6oz house-made beef patty, cheddar cheese) – $13.95
- Bacon + Cheese (6oz house-made beef patty, smoked bacon, cheddar cheese) – $15.95
- PB + Bacon (6oz house-made beef patty, smoked bacon, peanut butter) – $15.95
- Bob’s (60z house-made beef patty, smoked bacon, grilled mushrooms, cheddar cheese) – $16.95
- 6oz house-made beef patties that are juicy, grilled (slightly charred & crispy), and perfectly made for burgers.
- Bouncy buns – grilled with a nice moist interior. And house special sauce for a juicier burger.
- Crispy & moist house-made fries.
Address: 333 Terminal Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 4C1
The infamous “Bob’s Burger” at To Dine For Eatery.
The classic “Classic Cheese” Burger at To Dine For Eatery.
Fresh House-baked Pastries at To Dine For Eatery.
2) Moderne Burger: (Website|Facebook)
Moderne Burger is the go to place for classic diner burgers in Vancouver, BC. The diner decor will take you back to the 50s, while the burgers are a fusion of the old-fashion honest quality of the 50s with the modern trappings of grass-fed AAA beef. The location at 865 W Broadway is newly relocated from their former location in Point Grey/Kitsilano Neighbourhood due to redevelopment; this burger diner in Vancouver is attached to Tim Hortons, in the same unit. (Washroom and facilities are shared with Tim Hortons. Not that unusual because Tim Hortons has a few locations that are shared with Wendy’s… guess people take their burgers with donuts? Perhaps much like how To Dine For Eatery has baked treats and soup alongside their burgers.)
Moderne Burger is a favourite burger spot for burger enthusiasts in Vancouver, especially those living or working in the Fairview neighbourhood. Moderne Burger prides itself in the quality of their beef, making for a healthy burger – much different from your typical fast-food burgers processed en bulk; each burger at Moderne Burger in Vancouver is made by hand, without the use of microwaves, heat lamps, or hot holding units. They endeavour to deliver a classic hamburger (with good old-fashion honest quality of the 1950s, with a family recipe) in a classic setting (which in this case, as mentioned above, is a 1950s diner-style decor attached to a Tim Hortons.) The prices are much cheaper than any fancy burgers in Vancouver bellow this #2 Best burgers in Vancouver, however their patty (although quality Canadian beef) are also much thinner. If you’re a beef-enthusiast, consider doubling your patty for an extra $3.50.
A note however, the burgers and patties are small. (Despite being a good quality burger in Vancouver.) If you’re looking for one of the BEST burgers in Vancouver, Moderne Burgers is one for the books.
Price: All burgers come with hand-leafed lettuce, tomato, red onion, mayonnaise, and house sauce. Served on fresh baked bun. (Since each burger is made to order, you can customize your burger how you like it per usual of most burger restaurants.)
- “Steak” Hamburgers – $8.95
- “Veggie” Hamburgers – $7.95
- “Turkey” Hamburgers – $8.85
- Regular Fries – $3.00 (Large for $5.00)
- Milkshakes (Vanilla, Strawberry, Chocolate, Creamsicle, Coffee, Coffee Mocha, Chocolate Covered Cherry) – $4.95 (Large for $5.95, add malt $1.00)
- Further Customization Options – Double Your Patty @ $3.50, Cheddar Cheese @ $1, Bacon @ $1.25, Dipping Sauce @ $1.25
- So for relative comparison to To Dine For Eatery, a Bacon Cheese Burger w/ Regular Fries is $14.15 (Note, that the Bacon + Cheese burger served w/ fries at To Dine for Eatery @ $15.95, is slightly larger.)
- “Steak Burgers” are made from fresh, local, grass-fed AAA beef – with no added hormones, or antibiotics.
- Handmade fries from farm-fresh potatoes cut to order.
- Good burgers at a good price. (Made with old-fashion honest quality beef.)
- Most of their food are made to order.
- 1950s diner decor with clean surroundings; it is attached to a Tim Hortons, if you have a hankering for donuts for dessert.
Address: 865 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1J9
Moderne Burger’s “Steak Burger” with 3 Extra “Steak” Patties & Bacon ($20.70)
Moderne Burger’s “Steak Burger” with Bacon and Cheese ($11.20)
Moderne Burger’s Fresh-cut Fries ($3)
3) Market Grill @ Granville Island: (Website)
The Market Grill at Granville Island is an unassuming small stall within Granville Island’s food court; they are known for their delicious burgers. Market Grill earns its spot as the #3 best burger in Vancouver for its value, location, and burgers. Beef burgers are their specialty, but they also serve up a variety of chicken and salmon burgers, along with drool-worthy poutine (generous sized, excellent fries, but average gravy & curds). It is advisable however that you avoid the hot dogs which are nothing extraordinary. They are especially known for the Market Special Burger or the Black & Blue Burger.
The beef burgers are flame-grilled, made with 5oz of Alberta grain-fed beef, freshly grounded & hand-pressed, and served on a fresh homemade bun. The Deluxe Classic – which is their starter burger – comes with relish, red onions, mayo, dill pickle, mustard, lettuce, and tomato. Patrons can add cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, sauteed mushrooms, Swiss cheese, or Blue cheese for $1.25 each. All burgers come with a choice of fries or Caesar Salad. The fries, as a must with any good burgers, are made fresh from whole potatoes and cut into wedges; the poutine comes in a generous portion with overflowing gravy and a sprinkle of cheese curds beneath the savory gravy. You can choose to upgrade your fries to poutine, which is a highly recommendable choice.
Its location in the Granville Island Market food court leaves a lively, raw, West Coast themed dining environment with the “sea breeze” of the False Creek right outside; walking around the market is sure to build an appetite while exploring the many and varied local produces or artisan shops. If parties in your group are not craving for burgers, there are plenty of other dining options to be had in the food court at Granville Island including a selection of pies, pizza, pasta, hot dogs, pastries/bakery, fish & chips, or oriental cuisines from Pad Thai to Japanese Teriyaki or Chinese Take Out. After your meal, as with most good burgers in Vancouver – you can enjoy a sweet treat at Lee’s Donuts (one of the best donuts in Vancouver, famously featured on various TV programs) or right within the food court are located two bakeries; the mini cookies at Muffin Granny are notably worth having. The Market Grill at Granville Island is a great casual-dining burger spot with great value, making for a fun family-friendly outing or a casual get together with friends. It is not a tourist trap – as some may expect of Granville Island, the Market Grill truly as some of the best burgers in Vancouver with fresh-made fries. It is one of the best burgers in Vancouver, but better still, you can pair some of the best burgers in Vancouver with an enjoyable experience exploring Granville Island Market to build an appetite or indulge in the touristy, local, and lively atmosphere of the market – and try varied foods or desserts in the food court. If seating spaces are limited, as it would usually be – take your meal outdoors and enjoy the waterfront view of the False Creek looking across to Yaletown and Downtown Vancouver’s West End with the sea bus, kayaks, and yachts traversing the water… just make sure those pesky seagulls do not grab a bite of your food. Make sure to go for dessert after at Lee’s Donuts or cookies at Muffin Granny. It’s truly an experience to be had.
Price: All burgers are served with fries or Caesar Salad. (Great fries.)
- Deluxe Classic (5 oz beef patty, relish, red onions, mayo, dill pickle, mustard, lettuce, and tomato) – $12.95
- Add-On Options (Cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, Blue cheese, smoked bacon, sauteed mushrooms) – $1.25 each
- Add-On Options (Extra 5 oz Alberta beef patties) – $3.95 each.
- Market Special Burger (home-made BBQ reduction sauce, Swiss cheese, sauteed mushrooms, red onions, tomato) – $14.95
- Black & Blue Burger (Blue cheese, crispy onions, smoked bacon, sauteed mushrooms, tomato, mayo) – $14.95
- California Beef Burger (herb cream cheese, guacamole, sauteed mushrooms, smoked bacon, mayo, lettuce, tomato) – $14.95
- Bacon Cheese Burger (Deluxe Classic, add smoked bacon, add Cheddar cheese) – $15.45
- Side of Fries – $3.95 Small, $4.95 Large
- Poutine – $7.55
- Great atmosphere and lively casual dining experience, perfect environment to enjoy a delicious, juicy, freshly-made burger in Vancouver!
- Located in the Granville Island Public Market food court, which is right by the waterfront of the False Creek – providing opportunity for an enjoyable outdoor casual dining experience with incredible views of the False Creek, Burrard Bridge, or Downtown Vancouver’s West End.
- Varied options in the same location with an intriguing public market of local and artisan shoppes, and sufficient dining options to appease everyone’s palate or cravings… including some of the best donuts in Vancouver at Lee’s Donuts or mini cookies at Muffin Granny for dessert.
- Beef burgers are made with 5 oz of flame-grilled Alberta grain-fed beef, which are grounded fresh in the market and pressed by hand.
- Beef burgers are served on a fresh home-made bun and served with crisp freshly fried fries, or Caesar Salad. (go for the fries. The fries & poutine are great.)
Address: 104-1689 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9 (Located within Granville Island Public Market, in the food court which faces the False Creek. You can enter directly from there if you arrive by the sea bus which is conveniently located steps from the food court.)
4) Pourhouse Restaurant Burger: (Website | Facebook)
Pourhouse Restaurant is a hip restaurant in Gastown which specialized in unique & classic cocktails, with an infamous burger – The Pourhouse Burger – as their specialty dining option. It’s the perfect spot for burgers in Vancouver if you’re looking for a sit-down restaurant with something special to offer in an upscale but quirky atmosphere. Pourhouse Restaurant serves one of the best burgers in Vancouver; they are very well known for their Pourhouse Burger, among chefs and culinary experts in Vancouver.
The Pourhouse Burger price reflects its distinct quality. The Pourhouse Burger is made from 40 day dry-aged Cache Creek chuck steak, than your typical Alberta AAA beef (as good as that is); told you they’re hipsters ?. [Cache Creek is a city in interior BC; if you happen to be keen on visiting where your delicious burger beef comes from at Pourhouse Restaurant, you can stay at these best hotels in Cache Creek, and visit Cache Creek Natural Beef – grass-fed and raised without use of hormones, steroids, or antibiotics… or you can just enjoy a delicious one-of-a-kind burger at Pourhouse Restaurant knowing you’re getting quality 100% BC Beef. With it being BC beef, you can rest assure knowing you’re likely getting the freshest beef that has been carefully dry-aged for 40 days to make it even more beefy and flavourful.] Their Pourhouse Burger is served with aged cheddar for even more umami (flavour), and topped with pork belly in substitute to the traditional bacon (once again, told you they’re hipster ? – has to be different from the rest, and first to bat) which provides more juicy and fatty flavour to your burger in Vancouver.
The Pourhouse Burger is no ordinary burger and it’s truly one of the best burgers in Vancouver for burger enthusiasts; it is a burger in Vancouver worth trying for out of town guests. If you’re a tourist in Vancouver, looking for the best burgers in Vancouver and willing to splurge a little (still very reasonable prices for the quality of ingredients they use, mostly made from scratch) then Pourhouse Restaurant is where you’d want to go for Vancouver burgers. As it is located within the Gastown neighbourhood, you can also enjoy a leisurely stroll through one of Vancouver’s heritage neighbourhoods with the unique cobbled stone paths and the popular Gastown Steam Clock, one of the only working steam clocks in the world. You can walk off (part of) the calories! The Pourhouse Restaurant is also a popular restaurant among locals, and for locals to bring their out of town friends/guests to for something uniquely Vancouver; a one of a kind restaurant in Vancouver as these locally owned restaurants often are… than your cookie-cutter Fatburger chains. The character (interior design personality & flavour) of the restaurant has great synergies with the neighbourhood, truly providing a unique dining experience that’s “Very Vancouver” (Tourism Vancouver’s cheesy tag line).
It is without question that Pourhouse Restaurant serves one of the best burgers in Vancouver, with a fairly unique atmosphere to appreciate it in – both rustic and modern in the heritage Gastown neighbourhood of downtown Vancouver. This said, the prices reflect the quality of ingredients they use – with the standard Pourhouse Burger (served with fries, or more accurately – pomme frites) going for $24 on the regular menu. You can score a great deal, for the same great burgers if you dine during Happy Hour running daily from 3 PM to 6 PM (except Happy Hour starts at 2 PM on Friday, to 6 PM) or 10 PM to close. A temporarily-available 3 Course Menu which includes ANY burger with Appetizer and Dessert is only $35, which is a great value option. The 3 course menu is, “available while quantities last whenever full menu is available.” Their desserts are also worth a try, especially the Apple Crumble or the Mississippi Mud Pie. (Perhaps in substitute to the dessert pastries easily-available at To Dine For or Morderne Burger. ?)
Note – If you want something different (from the Pourhouse Burger) but the same (akin to what you may have at a traditional burger fast food), you can try the Double Cheese Burger – it is like your American Cheeseburger with elevated beef… for $16, with double Cache Creek beef smash patty and American cheese.
Price: The Pourhouse Burger is served with fries (frites as they call it… fancy ?). You can get a better deal on the Pourhouse Burger during Happy Hours. Happy Hour runs from 3 PM to 6 PM daily, and 10 PM to close daily. Friday’s Happy Hour is from 2 PM to 6 PM.
- The Pourhouse Burger (40 day dry-aged Cache Creek chuck steak, aged cheddar, pork belly) – $24
- Substitute Fries for Poutine – $5
- Poutine (Kennebec frites, roasted chicken gravy, squeaky cheese) – $13
- Squash Hummus (roasted squash, chickpeas, tahini, extra virgin olive oil) – $10
- Pourhouse Caesar (anchovy & schmaltz dressing, parmesan, hickory sticks) – $16
- Arugula & Frisee Salad (honey & herb dressing, seeds, dates, pickled beets, ricotta) – $16
- Happy Hour The Pourhouse Burger (40 day dry-aged Cache Creek chuck steak, aged cheddar, pork belly) – $19.5
- Substitute Fries for Poutine – $5
- Happy Hour Poutine (Kennebec frites, roasted chicken gravy, squeaky cheese) – $10
- Happy Hour Pourhouse Caesar – $10
- The Double Cheeseburger (Double Cache Creek beef smash patty, American cheese, ketchup, yellow mustard, onion, pickle) – $16
- Apple Crumble (granny smith, salted caramel, brown sugar crumble) – $10
- Mississippi Mud Pie (flourless chocolate cake, fudge, vanilla whip, Oreo crumble) – $10
- Creme Brulee (vanilla custard, torched sugar) – $10
- 3 Course Prix Fixe – $35
- Course 1 (Pourhouse Caesar, Arugula Salad, or Roasted Squash Hummus)
- Any Burger or Sandwich (Pomme Frites can be substituted for Poutine for $5)
- Any Signature Desserts
- Burgers made with 100% BC Beef from Cache Creek, 40 days dry-aged chuck steak.
- The Pourhouse Burger substitutes bacon for juicy pork belly, and topped with aged cheddar cheese to complement the dry-aged chuck steak and add even more umami/flavour.
- Burgers served with Pomme Frites.
- Excellent dessert options to sweeten your meal!
- Pourhouse Restaurant is a cocktail bar and restaurant so they have a wide variety of drinks and cocktails (or liquored coffee) available to complement your aged-beef burger.
- Great rustic atmosphere with good service.
- Located in the heart of Gastown for an added heritage feel (cobbled stone paths & heritage buildings) and walk-able neighbourhood. (…if you look pass the needles on the floor from the homeless drug addicts on East Hastings, actually make sure to look out for it to avoid stepping on the needles.)
- 3-Course Prix Fixe is a great deal with Appetizer, The Pourhouse Burger, and Dessert for $35.
- Unquestionably one of the BEST burgers in Vancouver! (Served in a rustic & hip sit-in restaurant – On a tangent, I’d personally do takeout where available because it’s not really my style of restaurant; just not a fan of old restaurant decors or liquored atmospheres, but certainly an experience for some. There are plenty of antiques, and 120 year-old planks of reclaimed Douglas Fir line the bar in a 100-year old building built in 1910, “supported by large wood pillars, and brick walls”. I personally prefer casual or light restaurants; thankfully, these are great burgers with poutine to enjoy from the comfort of home as well.)
Address: 162 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B2
5) Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar: (Website | Facebook)
Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar is a go-to staple for fine burgers in Downtown Vancouver. The burger restaurant in Vancouver is conveniently located, arguably at the heart of downtown Vancouver – right by the heritage Waterfront building. (Which for non-locals is also the main transport hub for Metro Vancouver’s Transit services. Waterfront Building hosts the Seabus that will take you across the Burrard Inlet to City of North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay Station <besides the Lonsdale Quay Market, which has a laid-back atmosphere very much like a resort village akin to Whistler> in a 15 minutes water crossing on a catamaran. It is also the terminus station for the Millennium & Expo Line SkyTrain which travels to Burnaby, New Westminster, Port Moody, Coquitlam, and Surrey. Lastly, it also bridges passengers to the Canada Line SkyTrain which brings travelers to Vancouver International Airport, or Richmond,BC.) It is quite a lively and crowded building on most days, and especially during the rush hour commute; thankfully, the Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar is located away from the crowd towards the North-East corner of the building, and accessible directly from the outdoor parking. The restaurant interior is upscale and dimly lit. There is a patio but there are better patios in the city; the patio is hosted on West Cordova Street and being that its downtown, isn’t a very inviting atmosphere – think street sleepers, rushed & busy crowds, traffic, traffic noise. All this said, Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar specializes in burgers, and they service excellent burgers in Vancouver at that! Top that with a side of excellent service (well familiarized with patrons of Rogue Kitchen &Wetbar) and you have an must-visit burger restaurant in Vancouver.
The signature burger at Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar is “The Famous Rogue Burger” which consists of “smashed” to order, slightly pink, smoked bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, pickles, sweet relish mayo, sesame brioche bun – and as all good burgers, served with fries. The burgers at Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar are one of the few burgers in Vancouver that are served medium-rare, which due to Health Canada regulations is illegal unless you ground your own beef. This reasonable burger rings in at $17.99 which is a steep price to pay compared to Moderne Burger however the dining experience is worthwhile with a casual upscale atmosphere and impeccable service, all while you savour good food made with top-quality ingredients. To get a better bang for your buck, visit during Happy Hours from 2 PM to 6 PM Mondays to Fridays, and all day Saturday & Sunday to enjoy a Poutine “For the Table” at just $7.99 instead of $11.99. Unfortunately, you’re unable to sub your fries for poutine, but their poutine is worth the separate order with real Quebecois cheese curds; the “For the Table” size is a share-able size poutine as oppose to “Side For You”. (During Happy Hour, you can also complement your meal with an 18 oz lager for $5.99 instead of $7.49, or 14 oz at $4.99 instead of $5.99.) Besides the perfectly crafted “smash” burgers, their specialty also includes the Lobster Mac N’ Cheese for $19.99. Another perk to dining at Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar when searching for the best burgers in Vancouver, is to end your meal well with a Hedgehog Ice Cream Pie (layers of latte, almond & hazelnut ice cream on espresso chocolate graham crust, nutella fudge, whipped cream) or their Salted-Caramel Apple Pie – both cost $7.99, but deliciously good.
Overall, the Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar serves a notably good burger in Vancouver but, slightly bellow the bar value-wise, yet still worthwhile with wonderful service coupled to a compelling dining experience. It is a common drinking spot for the office crowd but namely the Vancouver burger restaurant offers a great burger along with equally worthy desert options. So, if you plan for a drink or beer to complement your burger, then there’s possibly no better restaurant to enjoy a burger in Vancouver than at Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar – good burger and plentiful craft beers on tap. (It may however not be very suited for families, the better option in that case would be Moderne Burger or To Dine For Eatery – both on account of value, atmosphere, and great burgers.) Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar largely caters towards office crowds as well, so you can expect efficient and quick service if you’re trying out Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar for lunch service. In fact, you can also pre-order for lunch as a group of 8+, so the chef will prepare your order as you walk in the restaurant; presumably, this cuts down on service time with taking orders and the organizer also gets the lunch comped.
- The Famous Rogue Burger (“smashed” to order, slightly pink, smoked bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, pickles, sweet relish mayo, sesame brioche bun) – $17.99
- Poutine “For The Table” (cheese curds & house gravy) – $11.99
- Happy Hour Poutine “For The Table” (cheese curds & house gravy) – $7.99
- Session Lager 14oz/18oz – $5.99/$7.49
- Happy Hour Session Lager 14oz/18oz – $4.99/$5.99
- Lobster Mac N’ Cheese (high class meets down home. baked with a blend of four cheeses) – $19.99
- Hedgehog Ice Cream Pie (layers of latte, almond & hazelnut ice cream on espresso chocolate graham crust, nutella fudge, whipped cream) – $7.99
- Excellent burgers in Vancouver. Classic, but good.
- Good poutine and desert available on the menu to complement your meal.
- Happy hour discounts on beer and poutine. Varied menu option worth trying like Lobster Mac N’ Cheese.
- Unique dining atmosphere. Excellent service.
- Good option as an upscale casual restaurant dining.
- Great option if you want beer or drinks with your burger.
- Good location. Highly accessible by transit if you intend on drinking.
- (Namely, they were recommended on our best burgers in Vancouver article because the Rogue Burger comes highly recommended by a friend, as I remember while dining on burgers at the Hyatt Regency’s Mosaic Bar & Grille… who enthusiastically acclaimed Rogue’s burger were much better – of which I thought Mosaic had pretty good burgers already at that. The Rogue Burger was indeed a worthy contender for the best burgers in Vancouver. There may indeed be more notable burgers in Vancouver worthy of this spot <in terms of taste, quality, wow-factor, & value> as our #5 pick for the best burgers in Vancouver, but I’ll leave this here for now, as Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar does serve a good burger and as an ode to friendship recommendations.)
Address: 601 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1E1
Fin – The 5 Best Burgers in Vancouver:
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More Delectable Burgers in Vancouver:
Granted, delectable doesn’t seem to be the best word to describe a burger… (when we think burgers, we think unsophisticated, flavor-packed, meaty mess. Not so much your cocktail tidbits or finger sandwiches but delicious BBQ.) Nevertheless, here are more good burgers in Vancouver to consider on your quest to finding the best burgers in Vancouver.
The top 5 best burgers in Vancouver is a tight spot and a hard choice; there are many other good burgers in Vancouver that are worth a mention, and worth a try. While finding the best burgers in Vancouver, we tried to ensure that no stone was left un-turned (yes, finding good burgers is important work). Here are more excellent burger restaurants in Vancouver who didn’t quite make the cut for one reason or another – for example, some are worth a mention because they’re unbelievably cheap and reasonably good (WakWak BurgerS) but not exactly the best burgers in Vancouver. Others are a good burger, but not exception – still good… many fall in that category such as the Hendricks Burger at Hendrick Restaurant or Feast The Neighbourhood Restaurant’s Feast Burger!
To make it simple, we’ve highlighted the price category; first off, know that the traditional $, $$, $$$ is not gauged to restaurants in general but burgers specifically. $ is <$10 (Kind of what you’d expect to pay for a fast food burger), $$ is $10-$20 (Kind of what you’d expect to pay for an upscale burger at a restaurant), $$$ is $30+ (your fancy schamancy burgers). Yeah, I do realize $20-$30 is missing; make do with it, sometimes it’s under $$ but mostly categorized $$$… life is not black and white, lots of grey space.
Address of each restaurant is in underlined, next to the bold text.
We’ve also rated the burger which is NOT relative to the price scale BUT relative to how good a burger it is.
Lastly, a key point to tie things together and a link to the restaurant’s or burger restaurant Facebook page or website where you can learn more about their burgers or restaurant if you wish. The links are hyperlinked, so you can just click through than copy and paste the link. (hence the blue underline – you probably already know this, but in case you didn’t.)
Partly the reason for doing this is also the process of finding the best burgers in Vancouver and scouring every option available; it’s a way to organize the search process and it’d be a shame to put the effort to nothing.
Hendrick Restaurant (433 Robson St) – The Resto-Lounge is located within Westin Grand hotel in downtown Vancouver on Robson Street. Their specialty burger is the Hendricks Burger which features mozzarella and cheddar cheese, onion marmalade, smoked bacon, and a beef patty on a brioche bun served with Kennebec fries for $20. You can upgrade to truffle fries for $4. It’s a solid burger in downtown Vancouver, albeit on the pricier side for burgers generally, but it’s a quality burger, and it is a 4* hotel restaurant, and it is downtown Vancouver… so the prices are actually fairly reasonable, relatively; most of the menu items are ~$25.
Price – $$
Best Burgers Rating – 4/5
Key Point – Great burgers in downtown Vancouver with mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Convenient spot in downtown Vancouver, excellent restaurant interior design. Great burgers, easily their specialty.
More Info – http://hendricksrestaurant.com/
Feast The Neighbourhood Restaurant (2423 Marine Dr, West Vancouver) – Excellent burgers in West Vancouver made from 7oz house ground beef, bacon weave, smoked cheddar served with Parmesan fries for $19. A little pricey for burgers but a good burger that’s definitely worth a try if you’re around the Dundarave neighbourhood.
Price – $$
Best Burgers Rating – 3.5/5
Key Point – Great burgers in West Vancouver. Bacon weave so you get bacon with ever bite!
More Info – https://www.feastdining.ca/
Wak Wak Burger (Street Cart usually located at Granville Street & West Georgia, right outside Pacific Centre Starbucks) – WakWak Burger may not be the BEST burger in Vancouver but it’s a popular burger stop for locals. As its name may imply, it’s a Japanese-themed burger stand serving Teriyaki burgers and Croquet burgers alongside a sweet-glazed burger; you can also top your burgers with Japanese mayo, nori and various condiments. However, what it’s really known for is the incredibly cheap price for burgers in downtown Vancouver at just $2.85! It may not be a Michelin Star burger, but it’s the best bang for your buck burger in downtown Vancouver and very popular among locals for a quick & light bite on the go. It’s a good and cheap burger in essence.
Price – $
Best Burgers Rating – 3/5
Key Point – Unbelievably cheap burgers, that taste good too.
More Info – https://www.facebook.com/wakwakburgerdesu/
Argo Cafe (1836 Ontario St) – A little ruddy around the edges, this “Vancouver Family Run Diner”, is covered with graffiti but serves an equally colourful burger. The Argo Best Burger comes with bacon, cheese, fried onions, and fried eggs served with hand cut fries for $15. As all lunch entrees are served with a complementary small soup, you get fries & soup on the side. It’s a solid diner-style burger – messy, a bit greasy, but good. Overall you can expect excellent value, and good quality food.
Price – $
Best Burgers Rating – 3/5
Key Point – Good burgers, great value, honest food.
More Info – https://www.facebook.com/argocafe/
Fets Whisky Kitchen (1230 Commercial Dr) – The raw exterior gives way to a warm and welcoming interior of Fets Whisky Kitchen which as its name implies, specializes in Whiskey, boasting the largest whiskey collection in Vancouver. This Commercial Drive restaurant also serves a good burger, not the best but good. The Classic Deluxe is made from Blue Goose Ranch organic beef, with cheddar, arugula, tomato, red onion, smoked tomato aioli and served on a ciabatta bun with fries or greens. This rings in at $16; more if you choose to accompany it with a glass of whisky ?. They clearly prefer quality ingredients at Whisky Kitchen with most meats being “free run” or “organic” – there’s no reason to doubt the same applies to their produces and carbs.
Price – $$
Best Burgers Rating – 3.5/5
Key Point – Quality burger, quality ingredients, interesting interior design… whisky?
More Info – https://www.facebook.com/whiskykitchen/
Red Wagon Cafe (2128 E Hastings St) – This all-day diner in East Vancouver serves a good burger. The Wagon Burger is a 7oz Pemberton, BC Beef Patty on a Brioche bun with bacon & cheese, which is served alongside a side of fries for $18. The burger is juicy and flavourful; it’s a quality and well-made burger. The drawback however with its location nearby to DTES, you are more than likely to face unsavoury characters along the way, or have your car broken into.
Price – $$
Best Burgers Rating – 3/5
Key Point – Local BC Beef, quality burger. Generous portion. They also serve excellent brunch!
More Info – https://www.facebook.com/redwagoncafe/
Kobob Burger –
Romer’s Burger –
American Grille –
The Point Grille – Cattle Hog Burger
Apple Back Grill –
C Prime –
Steamworks Brewing Company –
Local Public Eatery –
Burger Heaven –
Sunshine Diner –
Red Onion –
The Dirty Burger –
The Cove –
Big Louis Butcher Shop –
Mamie Taylor’s Market by Jean Georges
Save on Meats – Good and cheap burgers
Meet on Main –
Texx Big Burger –
Mooyah – The Bottleneck – Bino – Hawksworth – Tipper – Cactus Club – Black Frog – Mcjac’s Roadhouse Grille – Hamilton Street Grill – Rusby’s Pub – Jimmy’s Place – BierCraft – Eddie Burger Bar – Docker’s Family restaurant – The Tipper Restaurant & Review room – Roundel Café – Relish Gourmet – G Sport Bar & Grill – Falconetti East Side Grill – Kingston Taphouse & Grille – Forage – Mahony’s and Sons – Miss Me Yet –
Yaletown Brewing Company (1111 Mainland St) – Yaletown Brewing Company is a Brewpub located at the epicentre of Yaletown, along Mainland Street lined with countless restaurants; expectedly, you’re paying a premium price for its location in Yaletown but their burgers are an exception if you’re looking for a (relatively) cheap & good burger in Yaletown. Their feature lunch special M-F from 12-2 PM is a bacon cheddar burger for $14, or a beef burger for $12; it’s not exactly the best burger in Vancouver, but it’s a quality burger. During the Lunch Special, Yaletown Brewing Company serves a solid burger for a good price in an upscale neighbourhood with usually pricey tabs. All burgers are served with a side of fries. (The usual YBC Cheeseburger made from chuck beef patty on a brioche bun is $17.99, not so worth while then but still a good burger.)
Price – $$
Best Burgers Rating – 2.5/5
Key Point – Good deal for burgers in the Vancouver Yaletown neighbourhood for lunch specials. A solid burger. Regular menu item YBC Cheeseburger may not be as worthwhile but you can substitute fries to a poutine for just $3.50!
More Info – https://twitter.com/yaletownbrewing
Butchers Block BBQ (4091 Hastings St, Burnaby) – We’re stretching the definition of a burger a little bit here by mentioning Butchers Block BBQ, and this will be the only exception. Butchers Block BBQ is a hole-in-the-wall located in Burnaby Heights that serves primarily house-smoked BBQ; they also feature “sandwiches”, which happen to include beef brisket. The beef brisket “sandwich” features their smoked beef brisket place between a kaiser bun with coleslaw; it’s a far-fetch definition of a burger, but it’s a worthy substitute if you’re craving a burger in Burnaby. It’s kind of like a burger, but a whole slice of brisket instead of ground patty? What matters is that it’s delicious.
Price – $$
Best Burgers Rating – 4/5
Key Point – Beef Brisket burger with a side of fries; you can substitute fries for BBQ pit beans, macaroni salad, or potato salad. $15.45 for a good “burger”. We’re mentioning it as a burger because it will satisfy your cravings equally if you’re looking for a burger.
More Info – https://www.facebook.com/ButchersBlockBBQ/
Village Taphouse (900 Main St, West Vancouver) – It’s your typical run of the mill drinking well, much like Brown’s Social House. The Backyard Bacon & Cheese Burger comes with a Hand-pressed patty, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar, secret sauce, on a brioche bun with fries. It’s a good burger but not anything fantastic, and perhaps on the pricier side for the value (it’s worthwhile paying for a good burger as at Pourhouse Restaurant or Fets Whisky Kitchen – however, as common with these drinking wells, it’s mostly good to standard food for a higher premium; you’re paying for a gathering spot, and maybe service). It’s still a good burger in West Vancouver right by Park Royal and common choice for locals.
Price – $$
Best Burgers Rating – 3/5
Key Point – Good burger.
More Info – https://www.facebook.com/villagetaphouse/
Much Ado about Burgers:
Knowledge makes our lives a little more colorful. In planning and writing an article on VancityAsks, we seek to educate ourselves on the specific topic matter if not already experienced (or find a local who is an expert in the field for such topic – thankfully more than happy to be well versed in most food related topics).
In the process of finding the best burgers in Vancouver, we first sought to identify what is considered to be a good burger. The genesis of doing so, we took to learning about the history of burgers. Where did it sprout from? Why was it created? What was the original burger?
Then in identifying what makes a good burger, we also give consideration to service, atmosphere, experience, and location as other important factors when looking to find the best burgers in Vancouver. Presumably, you’re looking for more than just a burger but a total value package. The target audience for this article is considerably tourists or locals looking for a nice burger joint/restaurant in Vancouver to experience with friends and families so definitely the service, experience, prices, and location matters! (Such as when you can hop on over to get some Earnest Ice Cream after some burgers. Win!)