Bite Burger House
One of Ottawa's newest burger joints, Bite Burger House has been turning heads in the ByWard Market thanks to its bodacious burgers and creative cocktails, including booze-spiked milkshakes. Beef patties come in two sizes; pork belly, herbed chicken and vegetarian beet and black bean patties are options, with housemade condiments as tasty accompaniments. Whatever your burger selection, be sure to order a side of scrumptious truffle fries. Planning a picnic this summer? Bite's Burgers are also available for takeout. Bite Burger House is at
108 Murray Street.
Vera's Burger Shack
Vancouver's favourite burger chain - started over 30 years ago as a beach concession - is also a hit in the Nation's Capital. Nestled inside The Butchery in Bell's Corners, Vera's may be small, but it dishes up big flavour. Freshly made beef patties are grilled up while you wait then garnished with your selections from a wide range of toppings, including delicious Vera's sauce. Crispy, twice-cooked fries are fantastic; chicken burgers and hotdogs are also available. You can also pick up Vera's house-made patties to grill up at home. Vera's Burger Shack is at 3657 Richmond Road.
Burgers n' Fries Forever
One of Centretown's most popular burger spots is Burgers n' Fries Forever, affectionately known as BFF. From halal ground beef to egg, nine grain and gluten free buns, it's very customer-focused. Handcrafted burger balls are cooked in butter then smashed into patty shapes; these are served with both regular and premium toppings. There's a build your own burger option, along with hot, crispy hand-cut regular and sweet potato fries and a generous selection of other tasty sides and drinks. Burgers n'Fries Forever is at 329 Bank Street.
Dick's Drive-in and Dairy Dip
Dick's charcoal-grilled burgers are happily reminiscent of a bygone era. Angus Pride beef may take centre stage, but don't overlook the other possibilities - vegetarian, chicken, turkey, salmon, veal and Mediterranean-inspired lamb burgers are available. Even better, Dick's serves up such exotic fare as bison, ostrich, and kangaroo burgers. Round out your order with fries or onion rings and be sure to try one of their old-fashioned milkshakes, complete with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Dick's Drive-in is at 1485 Merivale Road.
From its humble beginnings in small shack to its present home in a repurposed KFC location, Hintonburger has developed a loyal following. Its freshly-made burgers are worth the wait, slathered in delicious toppings including signature barbeque sauce. The menu includes thick milkshakes, Harvey & Vern's soda, chicken and veggie burgers as well as hot dogs, chili, pogos, fresh-cut fries, onion rings and poutine, but it's the burgers - solo or in combo meals - that keep drawing rave reviews. Hintonburger is at 1096 Wellington Street West.
Luxe Bistro's burger menu features everything from classics to contemporary favourites, such as the duck confit and cheese curds Luxe Burger, the sausage and egg Breakfast Burger and the vegetarian Portobello and halloumi cheese creation. Luxe Bistro is at 47 York Street.
Union: 613 has a special late-night menu which frequently features their ever-changing Dirty Burger. Variations include a juicy patty resting on house-made cornbread, topped with caramelized onions and other goodies.
Union: 613 is at 315 Somerset Street West.
Absinthe Café's Benevolent Burger is packed with flavour, comes with extra-old cheddar and double-smoked bacon along with stellar fries and salad. Since 2011, Absinthe has donated $1 for every burger sold to Cornerstone Housing for Women. Absinthe is at 1208 Wellington Street West.