Prepare those appetites! Le Burger Week is back this year in Montreal and across Canada with a new challenge to chefs: inspire us with your best burger creations and be sure to cheese it up. For the 2020 edition, the late-summer, early-fall staple has officially become Le Cheeseburger Week.
In the first week of September, Montrealers will be able to fill their bellies with impressive creations from restaurants across the city.
The complete list of participating spots has yet to be released, but early entries include Brasserie 701, Taverne Gaspar, Lou, Méchant Boeuf, Brasseur de Montréal, Maggie Oakes, Paulo et Suzanne, the Marché des Artisans, McLean's Pub, and last year's Public's Choice winner, Brasserie des Rapides.
The week, sponsored by Saputo and Lightspeed, will work a little bit differently this year.
Some of the proceeds will go toward funding Centraide and United Way, "philanthropic organizations that collect donations to support a vast network of community agencies that help individuals and families," according to the press release.
Instead of voting for their favourite burger creations, participants will be asked instead to donate to these organizations.
Some participating restaurants will also be offering take-out options to adapt to the current context.
Last year's winners offer a hint at what kind of towering sandwiches and unique twists diners might expect this year.
While Paulo et Suzanne clinched the Judge's Choice prize with its classic burger, Z tapas lounge, Table 51, and Briskets Montreal rounded out the local top five with a burger quesadilla, sloppy "Village Burger," and black-bun burger, respectively.
This year's competing burgers are shaping up to be equally intriguing.
Like this one from Maggie Oakes.
Or try this version from Méchant Boeuf.
Or why not visit last year's Judge's Choice, Paulo et Suzanne to see what they're cookin' this year?
And while 2020's festival and this year, in general, may be different than years past, one thing that stays the same is our love of burgers.
"Le Burger Week began as a fun local food project to celebrate
our city’s (Montreal) love for burgers," says Na’eem Adam, co-founder of Le Burger Week.
"Over the years, we have grown into a national festival that continuously helps to
stimulate businesses across the nation."
Le Cheeseburger Week
When: September 1 – 7
Where: Various participating restaurants in Montreal
Why You Need To Go: To enjoy some of the best burgers this city has to offer!