Montreal ushered in September with the first annual Montreal Burger Week. Over twenty restaurants – some with specialty burgers specifically for this week – participated in this weeklong burger brawl, battling for the ultimate title. If you missed out, here’s a photo gallery of some of Montreal’s best burgers…
Bofinger BBQ Smokehouse: Smoked and grilled 100% all beef patty, with Bofinger’s famous pulled pork, house smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, Spicy barbecue sauce all on a toasted Portuguese bun. Awesome addition of tangy coleslaw, reminiscent of any classic pulled pork sandwich but with a burgery twist.
Restaurant Biarritz: Bulgogi marinated flank steak, homemade kimchi, topped with freshly chopped scallion and ginger drizzled with oil. Cooked to a perfect medium rare and served on a grilled sesame seed bun, the burger took first place in the only competition that really mattered… in my heart.
Café Pave: One of the three vegetarian options on the week – a patty comprised of braised black turtle beans, corn with a south-western kick, English cucumber, organic Roma tomatoes, spinach with roasted garlic, and dressed with a yogurt sauce. Between you and me, probably the only veggie “burger” I’ve ever eaten and enjoyed… ever.
Bistro le république: Beef patty, cheddar, crispy griddled cooked bacon, onions, with a dollop of homemade bbq sauce on a sesame seed Kaiser bun. Pretty basic burger until they sexed it up by braising the onions with beer.
Café Souvenir: Called the “breakfast burger”, this burger encompasses everything you think of eating first thing in the morning: pulled pork, topped with a sunny-side up egg, and guacamole.
Comptoir 21: From a fish and chip shop comes the fish and chip burger sans the chips… So basically it’s a fried fish burger. Topped with mesclun, tomatoes, sliced pickles and their house special sauce.
Diablos Smoke House BBQ: Called the sixth deadly sin, this monstrosity is AAA-beef patty, provolone cheese, smoked bacon, smoked tomato ketchup hugged in a pretzel bun. Only way they can push this burger over the edge is if they battered and deep fried it… wait a minute…
KONO Pizza: The only non-burger entry of burger week – A cone shaped pizza burger pizza cone. Grilled fresh ground beef, secret four-cheese blend, homemade tomato sauce wrapped in their signature pizza crust cone.
Le Gros Jambon: All beef patty, caramelized onions, topped with fried pickles and doused with a homemade Coca-cola mayo in a homemade hamburger bun. Yes, I said Coca-cola mayo.
M:Brgr: Kobe beef patty, topped with pecorino, arugula, grilled sweet cherry tomatoes, with a grilled slice of all beef salami slapped on top – the burger was decadent and lustful.
Nouveau Palais: This is a traditional burger topped with straight up classic fixings: lettuce, tomato, onions, bacon, and cheddar on a poppy-seed bun. Don’t get me wrong, by no means is this a simple burger, it makes up for its modesty in big flavor – don’t wear socks when eating this burger, they’ll probably be blown off.