Le Burger Week is done, but that doesn't mean you can't revel in some tasty memories. Some venues pulled out all of the stops and have made some meaty creations that will blow your mind and taste buds. Check out Diablos BBQ and M:Brgr's Le Burger Week entries below to see what I'm talking about.
Diablos BBQ: The Cheesus Burger
Imagine a burger without a bread bun. No, not that low carb bullshit, I'm talking a burger where the bun is replaced with, wait for it, cheese! That's right. Diablos' burger isn't called 'The Cheesus' for nothing. How do they accomplish this cheesy miracle? Diablos uses baked haloumi cheese, a Greek variety which is super firm, doesn't melt, and can hold in a burger with all the fixings. In between is a chicken fried triple A beef patty, white wine cream cheese and sour cream cheese sauces, bacon for crunch, and some smoked ketchup for added kick. I was a little worried that a burger with a cheese bun would be overly greasey/strongly flavoured and hard to handle, but my worries were unfounded. The haloumi cheese worked great as a bun, holding all of the tasty ingredients inside its bad self, while the cream cheese sauces balanced out the strong flavours. Needless to say this is a cheeseburger like you've never seen and it is no wonder Diablos claimed the top spot. Hopefully they'll keep the cheesus on the menu, so those of you who didn't get to experience this cheese-miracle will get a chane to say: praise cheesus!
M:brger's 'Zak Attack'
Ranking second in last year's competition, I expected for m:brgr to bring the heat, and my goodness did they ever. Inside a well sized bun, the Zak Attack is made up of a square mozzarella hashbrown (kind of like a fancy version of the ones at McDonalds, and much tastier), a triple A beef burger, pulled pork, cheese curds, a slice of tomato, and a specially made Zack sauce. All stacked together, this is one tall burger, and I wouldn't take anything out to make it shorter or less tasty. A solid amount of mozzarella is in the hashbrown, and inside the burger its like putting fries inside, something I personally love to do. The pulled pork adds some sweet smokiness and moisture, tieing together the cheese curds with the hashbrown and beef patty. Seemingly random ingredients synthesize into an awesome eating experience as the Zak Attack is yet another Burger Week win.
With the amont of flavour packed into both of these burgers, I sincerely hope that Diablos and M:brgr keep the Cheesus and Zak Attack around for a while longer, if not always. A burger lover can dream...
Did you try the Chessus or Zak Attack? Let us know your thoughts, or who you think should have won Burger Week in the comments below.
To get your free burger, head to Winneburger at Jean-Talon Market on Saturday or Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The earlier the better, though, because they're only giving out burgers while supplies last.
According to an email from Winneburger, each burger will contain a secret ingredient. But you won't find out what it is until you get there.
"The FREE burger is a burger with a secret ingredient. People who stop by [this] Food Truck will find out on the spot!" the email says.
Winneburger is located in a converted '80s RV that's been transformed into a commercial kitchen. It belongs to the folks at Nouveau Palais so — not only will your burger be free — you know it'll be damn good, too.
Free Burgers For Le Burger Week
When: Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (or while supplies last)
Address: Nouveau Palais Winneburger at Jean-Talon Market - Allée Verte, 7070, ave. Henri Julien, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: When free burgers are involved, do you really need a reason?
If you dream of eating burgers every day, then Le Burger Week is probably your favourite time of year. And this year, it's going to last for two weeks — meaning more time to taste test more burgers!
This iconic burger festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary and is going to be "bigger than ever before," so get your appetite ready.
"From September 1st to September 14th, 2021, burger-lovers can enjoy not just one but TWO WEEKS of delicious burger goodness. This year, the beloved restaurant food festival will host an expected 1,000 restaurants across the country - making this the largest burger event ever held in Canada," a press release read. And it will, of course, be happening in our favourite city: Montreal.
Le Burger Week's goal is to support local restaurants by raising awareness through the festival, and you can help do so by trying out some of the unique burger creations.
You'll also be supporting a good cause; "This year, Burger Week will again be supporting Anorexia and Bulimia Québec (ANEB), a Quebec-based organization that aims to fight and destigmatize eating disorders and, United Way Canada, a national non-profit organization that works to raise funds and invest in improving lives in local communities!"
Stay tuned for the list of participating restaurants!
Le Burger Week
When: September 1-14, 2021
Address: Participating restaurants to be determined
Why You Need To Go: To try local restaurants' different burger creations.
If you loved Poutine Fest last week you're going to love this festival that's back again this year, bigger and better than ever. Yup, Burger Week is returning and they've got some insane things planned for all of us!
Le Burger Week will be taking place from September 1st until September 7th all over the city! They haven't released all the amazing burgers that they have in store for us yet, but these are the ones they have release and they look insanely delicious!
Check out their Facebook page for updates leading up to the big event!
1. Medley Simple Malt
This burger is named "Pimp Your Burger" and they basically let you choose how you want your burger made. They serve the ground patty on top of a toasted bun and you choose from a list of amazing toppings to make your burger totally your own!
2. Pub McCarold
This burger is called "Boar Burger" because it's made with boar meat! They top it with wild mushrooms, Camembert cheese, arugula and fresh basil! It honestly sounds so juicy and delicious.
3. Cafe Vasco de Gama
This one is a totally unique burger made with cod cake! They then top this fish patty with lemon tapenade, parsley, aioli, watercress, allumette potatoes, and place it all on top of a toasted Portuguese bun.
This burger was dubbed "La Sammy Cavallaro" burger and it looks and sounds amazing. They beef patty is topped with marinara sauce, pepperoni, mozzarella, fresh basil, garlic butter buns and that's all topped with parmesan cheese! It's basically a pizza and a burger mixed together!
5. Baton Rouge Steakhouse
This is the Chili Tender Beef Burger that's topped with chicken tenders, general tao sauce and a whole lot of other good toppings! It looks and sounds like heaven on a plate.
6. Mckibbin's Irish Pub
Mckibbin's is making an insane burger called the "Guinness Fondue Burger". They're basically going to top the burger with tons of their Guinness cheese sauce and onion rings on top of a pretzel bun! Omg... doesn't that just sound ridiculously good?
7. Burger Bar Crescent
This burger is called the "Super Sharp Cheddar Black Angus" burger because it's topped with 10-year old cheddar! Of course they didn't forget the boar bacon and pickles.
8. Kampai Garden
9. Le Gras Dur
The recipe for this burger has not yet been released but it seriously looks insane. It's basically a fried burger slathered in cheese sauce.. enough said.
10. Vladmir Poutine
The recipe for this burger also hasn't been released yet but you can guess by the name that it's going to be a burger and poutine mixed together. Sounds just scrumptious.
11. Bar Sarah B.
This burger is called the "Quebec Waygu Beef Burger". It's Quebec Waygu beef topped with old cheddar, crispy Brussel sprouts, smoked pork cheek bacon, black garlic mayo and zucchini pickles!
12. La Coupole
This is the "Veal Burger of Quebec" and it sounds so amazing. It's a ground veal burger topped with melted Valbert cheese, oysters, Cremini mushrooms all on top of a toasted pretzel bun!
13. Irish Embassy Pub & Grill
The Irish Embassy is making a "Lamb Stew Burger" that sounds so good. Their lamb burger is going to be topped with sharp cheddar and crispy Brussel sprouts all on top of a pressed potato bun!
14. Station Ho
The recipe for this burger has not yet been released I'm sure you can see just how delicious it's going to be!
This burger is going to be called the "Burger Pac Mac Insanity" which is a pretty good name to describe how insanely delicious this burger will be. They're going to use deep fried mac n' cheese as buns!!! If that doesn't convince you, I don't know what will.
16. Le Renoir
This burger is called the "Imposter" and it's basically a sweet dessert burger. They top their chocolate ice cream patty with orange mango jelly on top of sweet brioche buns with a side of homemade churros as "fries". It's sounds amazing and totally unique!
17. Restaurant Emiliano's
This burger is called the "Al Pasto" burger and it's basically a braised pork shoulder topped with onion, pineapple, oaxaca cheese, jalapeno and lettuce all on top of a brioche bun!