T.O.s Best Burgers

Craft Burger573 King W, at Portland, 416-596-6660. A spin-off of Burger Shoppe, Mustafa Yusuf's west-side take-away gets its rep for.


Craft Burger

573 King W, at Portland, 416-596-6660. A spin-off of Burger Shoppe, Mustafa Yusuf’s west-side take-away gets its rep for 6-ounce Healthy Butcher organic ground beef burgers topped with caramelized onions, roasted garlic mayo, Gorgonzola cheese, lettuce, tomato and crunchy pickle ($9.65). Also: 830 Yonge, at Cumberland, 416-922-8585. Open Monday to Thursday 11 am to 10 pm, Friday 11 am to 11 pm, Saturday noon to 11 pm, Sunday and some holidays noon to 9 pm. Unlicensed. Access: two steps at door, washrooms on same floor (King) barrier-free, washrooms in basement (Yonge). Rating: NNN

Gourmet Burger Company

482 Parliament, at Carlton, 647-344-5103. The pride of Sydney: the flagship Aussie burger, 6 ounces of aged, lean never-frozen farm-raised house-ground Canadian beef topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato, ketchupy mayo, gooey cheddar, runny fried egg, caramelized grilled pineapple and honey-poached beets ($8.50) Also: 9 Charles West, at Yonge, 647-351-6408. Open Sunday to Thursday 11 am to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am to 11 pm (Parliament) Monday to Friday 11 am to 10 pm, Saturday 11:30 am to 10 pm, Sunday 11:30 am to 9 pm (Charles). Closed some holidays. Unlicensed. Access: bump at door, no washrooms, counter seating (Parliament) five steps at door, washrooms in basement (Charles). Rating: NNNN

The Grindhouse

365 King W, at Peter, 416-977-3010. Preservative-free 4-ounce ground turkey burgers infused with black truffle and cranberries on a grilled house-baked bun dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickle ($10) and upgraded with pan-seared foie gras ($9). Open Sunday to Wednesday 11 am to midnight, Thursday to Saturday 11 am to 3 am. Licensed. Access: five steps at door, washrooms on same floor. Rating: NNN

OddFellows

936 Queen W, at Shaw, 416-534-5244. Chef Matty Matheson’s seasonal game burger, currently 8 ounces of grilled-to-order ground venison shoulder on Fred’s Bakery brioche, is garnished with cremini ‘n’ red wine ragout, house-cured smoked bacon, Emmental and lettuce, served with homemade relish paired with skin-on Yukon Gold frites ($22). Open for dinner Monday to Wednesday 7 to 11 pm, Thursday to Saturday 7 pm to midnight. Brunch Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 3 pm. Closed some holidays. Licensed. Access: barrier-free. Rating: NNNN

Pulp Kitchen

1129 Queen E, at Bertmount, 416-461-4612. It’s Back! The Meat Lover’s Veggie Burger, a whopping 7-ounce high-protein all-veggie patty dressed with organic mesclun, slow-roasted tomato, vegan coriander Dijon mayo and sweet balsamic-caramelized onions on a two-fisted whole wheat kaiser ($8.50). Open Monday to Friday 8 am to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 4 pm. Closed some holidays. Unlicensed. Access: short step at door, washrooms on same floor. Rating: NNN

Queen & Beaver Public House

35 Elm, at Yonge, 647-347-2712. Jamieson Kerr’s gastro pub specializes in upscale takes on UK comfort food like cooked-to-order hand-chopped sirloin burgers laced with marrow, dressed with thick rashers of house-smoked bacon and fabulously stinky melted Stilton and sided with chunky hand-cut chips and artisanal pickles ($17). Open for lunch Monday to Friday 11:30 am to 3 pm, dinner Monday to Saturday 5 to 11 pm, Sunday 5 to 10 pm. Brunch Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 3 pm, breakfast both days from 9 am in soccer season. Bar till close. Closed some holidays. Licensed. Access: five steps at door, washrooms on second floor. Rating: NNNNN

School

70 Fraser, at Liberty, 416-588-0005. Ex-Xacutti chef Brad Moore lends an Indo twist to his 6-ounce cooked-to-order house organic burgers, dressing them with lemony guacamole, spicy mayo and tomato chutney before siding them with crisply executed skinny bistro frites ($12). Open Monday to Friday 8 am to 4 pm, bakery and cocktails till 7 pm. Brunch Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am to 4 pm. Closed some holidays. No reservations. Licensed. Access: barrier-free. Rating: NNNN

Senator

249 Victoria, at Yonge-Dundas Sq, 416-364-7517. Executive chef Bob Bermann’s updated version of the legendary Senator Burger is now a beefy grilled-to-order Cumbrae custom-ground 8-ounce patty on a quality bun, topped with super-caramelized onions, house-made corn relish and Swiss, cheddar or bacon, all sided with crisply perfect fries ($11.95). Open Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 2:30 pm dinner Tuesday to Saturday 5 to 9 pm brunch Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 2:30 pm. No reservations. Licensed. Access: barrier-free, booth seating, washrooms in basement. Rating: NNN

Union

72 Ossington, at Humbert, 416-850-0093. At lunch, chef Teo Paul’s Pimp Burger, a massive bun-free ground pork and minced shrimp patty dressed with a perfectly timed runny sunny-side-up egg, served over crisply fried rosti in spicy aioli and sided with buttery baby bok choy ($16). Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch noon to 3 pm, dinner 6:30 pm to midnight. Closed Sunday, Monday, holidays. Licensed. Access: two steps at door, washrooms in basement. Rating: NNNN

Weezie’s

354 King E, at Power, 416-777-9339. Owner/chef Constance Guitard’s acclaimed house burger is 8 ounces of ground cooked-to-order beef on a regulation kaiser, topped with aged cheddar, double-smoked bacon, leaf lettuce, ripe field tomato and red onion, sided with skinny cookbook-correct Yukon Gold frites ($14). Open Tuesday to Saturday 5:30 to 10 pm. Closed Sunday, Monday, holidays. Licensed. Access: two steps at door, washrooms in basement. Rating: NNNN

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