North America’s best burger bash, Le Burger Week, convened for the fourth time over the weekend in four Canadian cities—Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto and Winnipeg—plus Port-au-Prince, Haiti (an effort to stimulate the restaurant business there). More than 100 restaurants participated, each of them offering a special burger during the seven-day (Sept. 1 through 7) event. Organizers say the festival’s mission “is to find the real best burger in each city with the help of burger-lovers and to engage restaurants around something fun.” You can’t argue with that. Last year, more than 150,000 people participated, and organizers hoped to top that this year.
In the end there could be just one burger with the most votes in each city. This year’s top vote-getters as Monday’s closing came:
Le Gourmet Burger
Le Mykonos Burger
Beef burger cooked on real wood charcoal, topped with a sautéed onion, fig and walnut chutney on a bed of arugula leaves, served in a three-olive, rosemary and feta artisanal bun ($10)
Cooked onions, mushrooms, bacon, pickles, special house Delights Suace, ketchup, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, double meat and double yellow American cheese. ($12)
Elvis “The King” Burger
A 6-oz. beef patty topped with crispy Canadian smoked bacon, peanut butter sauce (no peanuts), strawberry fields jam, breaded and fried 1608 cheese, onion-flavor sour cream and crunchy Miss Vickie’s jalapeňo and green onion potato chips and chopped lettuce on a soft bun. ($10 a la carte; $15 with fries; $18.50 as poutine)
New Signature Thompson Fried Chicken Burger
Buttermilk Cajun flour dredged chicken served on a challah bun with spicy chili aioli, crisp leaf lettuce and sliced tomato. ($13.45)
The John Stamos
A 100% free-range Manitoba Red Angus beef patty, house-made roasted pepper n’ basil aïoli, creamy feta cheese, fresh tomato, & alfalfa sprouts, pilled high with a zesty cucumber mint salad. ($8.70)
As of late Monday night as voting closed, The John Stamos looked like the top vote-getter across all five cities.