If you’re a burger-lover, then you’ll want to mark this upcoming gourmet event in your calendars.
Le Burger Week returns to Vancouver this weekend (September 1 to 7), where nine restaurants around town will be offering a unique burger that reflects their overall menu and concept.
Established in Montreal in 2012, this popular festival has expanded to 13 Canadian cities including Winnipeg, Calgary, and Saskatoon. This year, it will also be taking place in two cities in Haiti: Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitien. More than 400 restaurants are participating in this year’s event, which means burger fans will get to indulge in plenty of mouthwatering creations.
Local participants include Fable Diner, Pourhouse, Rosemary Rocksalt, Bells and Whistles, Romer’s Burger Bar, Vera’s Burger Shack, the Canadian Brewhouse and Grill, Chop Steakhouse and Bar, and the Dunbar Public House.
The dining spots have come up with some creative items, such as Rosemary Rocksalt’s “Bagel Burger” aka “the BB” (Montreal smoked meat, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and crispy hash brown patty), and Bells and Whistles’s “Dragon Slayer” (two seared Cache Creek organic beef patties, American cheese, HP mayo, deep-friend pickles, rosemary bacon, onion rings, on a milk bun).
Each burger will be offered at a special price, and the public will be able to vote for their favourite one online. At the end of the festival, each participating city will crown its burger champions in various categories—“people’s choice” and “most creative” are on the list.
Here are all of the confirmed creations for Vancouver’s Le Burger Week.
1. The Dragon Slayer from Bells and Whistles (3296 Fraser Street)
This baby features two seared Cache Creek organic beef patties, American cheese, HP mayo, deep-fried pickles, rosemary bacon, and onion rings all sandwiched between its signature milk bun.
2. Korean Fried Chicken (KFC) Burger from Chop Steakhouse & Bar (10251 St Edwards Drive, Richmond)
Made with Korean-fried chicken breast brushed in gochujang (red chili paste) sauce, kimchi aioli, house-made slaw, chili peppers, and topped with a pickle spear, this burger really brings on the heat.
3. Chimichurri Burger from Fable Diner (151 East Broadway)
You can’t go wrong with two local grass-fed beef patties with aged white cheddar, crisp red onions, cucumber, lettuce, and chimichurri mayonnaise.
4. Pourhouse Burger from Pourhouse (162 Water Street)
Housemade ground chuck and brisket topped with pork belly, caramelized onion, and cheddar. Guests have the option to add a fried egg to this creation. It’s also served with a side of French fries and homemade ketchup.
5. Ultimate Kobe classic from Romer’s Burger Bar (various locations)
A fresh-baked brioche bun glazed with housemade truffle oil aioli and grainy mustard sauce, filled with a local organic beef patty infused with premium ground Kobe, melted sharp horseradish jack cheddar, and sautéed Portobello mushrooms.
6. Bagel Burger aka “the BB” from Rosemary Rocksalt (various locations)
Customers can choose the bagel they want for the burger creation, which will feature Montreal smoked meat, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup and mustard, mayo, and a crispy hash brown patty.
7. Taco Burger from the Canadian Brewhouse & Grill (1305–4755 Mcclelland Road, Richmond)
Mexican flavours shine in this burger, which pairs seasoned beef with spicy jalapeno cheese, onions, lettuce, tomato, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, and crunchy Doritos. Served with a side of fries, rice, or salad.
8. L’Hamburger Del Diavolo from the Dunbar Public House (4497 Dunbar Street)
An Italian-inspired menu item that features a hand-pressed 100 percent beef patty served on a brioche bun, nduja (spicy pork salumi spread), Parmesan crisps, balsamic glazed onions, and home-made basil aioli. Served with fresh-cut fries or salad.
9. The Skirt from Vera’s Burger Shack (various locations)
Be prepared to get messy with this tuxedo bun filled with a blackened six-ounce, fresh-pressed burger patty, topped with shredded cheddar cheese, fried onions, and bacon.