For the month of November, participating restaurants offer up their most creative burger creations. Part of the proceeds from every burger are donated to the United Way. What’s not to love about stuffing your face and supporting a good cause? Last year 7000 Novemburgers were sold, lets kick butt this year and go for 10, 000. YAS?!
So, what do you get when you put four foodies & 30 days dedicated to burgers together?! A foodie tour (PART ONE) !! C’mon you saw that one coming right?
Jen, Ball & Chain, Andrea and myself did a bikes & burgers tour this past weekend. I know what you’re thinking, how am I not dead of a heart attack yet? Well, I’m pretty sure that’s in my near future and, we all shared one burger + rode sobi bikes all day, so that’s practically a diet compared to my usual dining festivities.
Here’s the run down of what we devoured.
Jack & Lois
| 7oz lean ground chicken & lean ground turkey patty, house-blend of secret spices, double cream brie, house made apple-bacon chutney, glazed kaiser bun ($16)
Kudos for straying from the typical beef option. The patty was seared absolutely beautifully and had good flavour. Diggin’ the slaw too but what lost me was the bun. I hated it. Completely fell apart and didn’t do the rest of the crew justice. #NoCrewLove
| 4 oz beef patty stacked, fried and grilled tortillas, queso fundido, spicy mayo, mule special sauce, pickles, lettuce, onion, and sesame seeds ($12)
The Mule’s ode to the Big Mac. The picture online looked like there was two patties but what we got was just one patty and one layer of fried & grilled tortilla. It was still a pretty decent portion. They nailed the mac sauce right on the nose. The sauce, sesame seeds and iceberg lettuce were all very nostalgic to the golden arches. Loved the thin crispy patty as well. That queso fundido cheese sauce is my jam. I could probably carry it in my pocket and dip just about everything in it. It’s definitely not a typical eat with your hands type ‘burger’ – but it’s still a pretty fun dish. If you’re a fan of the Big Mac flavours without the Big Mac guilt – this is your jam!
HAMBrgr | Double patty (4 oz. each), grilled onions, ‘merican cheese, mustard glazed bacon, brgr sauce, iceberg lettuce, classic grill bun ($13)
We all agreed this burger was the most “traditional” burger. Of course I’m using that term very loosely cause it was still pretty “gawdlike” as my friend Justin would say. Everything was just oozing sexy. The bacon, cheese, and yas, yas yas to that big ‘ol bun. The bun is SO important when it comes to the perfect burger. It held up beautifully up against the other ingredients. A few of us found the burger a bit too salty though.
Serve Ping Pong Bar & Lounge
| 6 oz angus ground beef patty, aged white cheddar, whisky candied baton, confit cherry tomatoes and a fried egg, house made dill hollandaise sauce, fried brioche bun, served with fries & creamy slaw ($12)
The confit tomatoes were my favourite part, it just worked so well with the beef patty. They were like beautiful little pops of sugar amongst the other savoury items. The hollandaise was a little lost and so was the bacon. Although the candied bacon here is like sweet, sweet, crack, we couldn’t taste much of it on the burger. The slaw was the perfect side dish. We all kept going back for more and more.
Although this one was a lot smaller than we expected, for $12 it came with fries and slaw, so a pretty good bang for your buck.
| Pork Patty with bacon aioli, smoked cheddar chipotle ketchup, and double smoked bacon ($12)
If you’ve ever been here before you know this place is big on mood lighting. Which is a foodie’s worst nightmare. So excuse the shit-tacular pics. But I guess the mood lighting makes sense cause once you see the food, you’re ready to suck face with anything that comes out on a plate. Oh crap, did I go too far?
The burger was juicy and messy and all sorts of dirty – which you know around here is a very good thing. The pork was so incredibly juicy and the side jicama salad ($3) was innovative and impressively refreshing. There was little notes of mint scattered throughout and the pops of pomegranate seeds added a nice sweet touch. Also, did I mention how massive it was?
Nellie James Too | handmade duck burger over savoury bread “bun” with bacon hollandaise (made with bacon fat) and pickled kale salad. A vegetarian version also available with a veggie burger, cambazola cheese hollandaise sauce with a pickled kale salad over savoury bread “bun”($16)
This is the only vegetarian burger during Novemburer – so heads up veggies, if you want to play along – this place is it. But since we were all meatatarians, we got the duck burger. No regrets, this was a beast. I had it earlier in the week already to be honest. Yeah, twice in one week!
It’s a giant ground duck patty on top of a savoury bread pudding and hollandaise made with pork fat. If you’re into ground meat you’ll be into this. Especially if you like the flavour of the little crispy seared bits you get when you fry up ground meat. Yum.
One Duke Restaurant & Oyster Lounge
| Two patties, fresh ground sirloin, potato cheese stuffed pierogi, applewood smoked bacon, sautéed onions, sour cream, sharp cheddar cheese, sauerkraut and sliced kielbasa. Garnished with arugula, field fresh tomato and diced green onions on fresh potato scallion bun ($14)
This next burger I’m sure, gives all vegans & vegetarians out there nightmares. It just gives me the meat sweats. I thought it was going to be more shock value than flavour, but dammit was I wrong. Can you believe all of that actually worked together? The sour cream, pierogi, kielbasa, it all worked beautifully together. Slighly over indulgent, but all worth it. I only wish the patties were made thinner, just so the meat covered the whole entire surface of the bun.
Acclamation Bar & Grill
| Juicy AAA ground beef with house seasonings, lobster butter and topped with creamy gouda, arugula on a grilled brioche with a citrus caper aioli ($16)
We were going to call it quits at our 7th stop, but we had about 40 minutes to spare so why not throw in another burger?! This was my first time at Acclamation but after Jen told me they have AYCE mussels on Friday, I foresee myself being here more often… like on Fridays.
I found the burger had really nice salty, buttery, flavours but the surf part was a little missed. The patty was good but not great. But that bun had to be the best looking of the day. Juicy and big, like the Kim Kardashian of all buns. Big. Round. Juicy.
Don’t think this is the end of my Novemburger Tour – we’re hitting up the mountain locations and Hess Village burgers before the end of the month. Watch my instagram and twitter for more #Novemburger.
Check out the 30+ participating restaurants on the site. Please do not judge the burgers by the pictures – they’re all absolutely horrid! (Sorry)
Also, not to get mushy or anything but thank you so much to everyone who’s been incredibly supportive of my return to blogging. I forgot how much fun it is to write again. Anyways, love you boo.
HOOOOLD UP!! — edit
I had my ninth Novemburger tonight and I had to include it. Fo reals, this is what foodgasm is all about. My eyes are literally rolling to the back of my head and my toes are … never mind
| 100% local hand cut beef blade burger, mountain oak Gouda, caramelized onions, baby spinach, grape tomato, crispy prosciutto, chopped sage, roasted garlic aioli and beef demi glaze topped w/hickory sticks ($12)
All the other basic b’s can step aside cause this burger hands down has got me head over heals. Hand ground patty, house made bun – well you read the description, it’s all the good stuff. Jonny isn’t the kind of guy that takes shorts cuts with his food, and you can truly taste it in every bite. I can’t event describe how juicy and flavourful the patty was – and that bun <insert unicorn emoji> . I mean, who the $%#& makes demi glaze and then throws it on a burger? – This effen guy! The catch is, he’s only serving it up Tuesday – Friday from 11-3pm in front of his soon to be brick & mortar joint on concession st. So whatever you have to do – get it.