Mr. Lew is a high school teacher from Montreal, Quebec. In 2009, after trying Montreal's supposed best burger, he decided to see what else was out there. So, every week, a new burger was added to the Great Burger Search. Since then, Mr. Lew has tried more than 100 burgers in cities across Canada, and hopes to one day expand to the rest of North America. Since Mr. Lew is part Chinese, the search isn't limited only to great burgers, but to other types of cuisine that makes Montreal one of the greatest culinary cities in the world.

The Philly Cheesesteak may be synonymous with the city of brotherly love, but there are plenty of intriguing burgers worth a trip.

Village Whiskey

Photo by dasvidas

Photo by dasvidas

Chef Jose Garces, the mind behind Village Whiskey, offers burgers with extravagant toppings, like the $26 Whiskey King with foie gras, applewood bacon, Rogue blue cheese, and maple bourbon glazed cipollini onions. If that’s not enough richness, order the duck fat fries with cheddar and short rib. You’ll bust a gut, and possibly your wallet, but it will all be worth it. (more…)

Posted by on November 7th, 2013

Photo by Sarah Biggart

Photo by Sarah Biggart

The patty melt, the cousin of the all-popular hamburger, is usually comprised of rye bread, cheese, onions, and a hamburger patty cooked in a frying pan. As the onions caramelize and cheese melts over the whole thing, the sandwich is then pressed much like a panini.

While many restaurants might offer a patty melt on the menu, few places have perfected it. Here are five places that do the patty melt justice: (more…)

Posted by on August 27th, 2013

The John Kerry at Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage. Photo by jbcurio

The John Kerry at Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage. Photo by jbcurio

The city of Boston has always been known for its resilient citizens. With the marathon events still fresh in our minds, there is no denying that Boston is strong and will always be. As the center of New England, the city of Boston has some of the best sports teams and most interesting places to eat. When it comes to their burger scene, you’ll find some of the more appealing choices out there. (more…)

Posted by on May 15th, 2013

Vegan Soy Burger at the Flaming Ice Cube. Photo by Genki Kitty.

Vegan Soy Burger at the Flaming Ice Cube. Photo by Genki Kitty.

The popularity of burgers has created a demand that goes far beyond traditional beef. And with the growth of vegetarian and vegan meal options, why should the carnivores get all the fun?

There are many ways to create a patty without meat or animal byproducts. While the many methods each have their pros and cons, there are some burger options that might even fool the average meat-eater. Here are five: (more…)

Posted by on April 16th, 2013

Photo by Daniel Roy

Photo by Daniel Roy

If there is one food item synonymous with the province of Quebec and the city of Montreal, it’s poutine. Poutine is a dish that marries a great deal of fries, squeaky cheese curds, and ladles of gravy sauce. Some people think the combination is disgusting, but a majority of Quebecers think it’s the holy grail of all dishes. Just four short months ago, the city of Montreal was introduced to its first ever Burger Week. Now it’s time to see what Montreal restaurants have to offer when it comes to the trinity of fries, cheese, and sauce. From February 1 to 7, 30-some restaurants will create poutines that stray from the norm, hoping to garner the elusive vote of the hungry consumer. (more…)

Posted by on February 4th, 2013

Black Label Burger from Minetta Tavern. Photo by Wally Gobetz.

Black Label Burger from Minetta Tavern. Photo by Wally Gobetz.

Without a doubt, one of the richest burger scenes in the world is found in New York City. The approximately 8 million people who live in the world’s premier city have easy access to its sheer litany of burgers. But a city’s inhabitants can’t keep their great burgers all to themselves.

Before I travel, I always research the most buzzworthy burgers. The following list comprises 10 New York City burgers that are currently tempting me to travel all the way from Montreal to the center of the world, because they stand out from the large pack of thousands. (more…)

Posted by on January 10th, 2013

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In 20th Century North America, the car ruled all. Most communities were developed to facilitate the use of the almighty vehicle. And at the same time, fast food and burgers shot into the spotlight. The union between the two would become not only reality, but an integral part of the daily lives of millions.

If we stop to think about it, nearly anything can be done without getting out of the car. While the hamburger is credited with launching the drive-thru system, you can now get your coffee, grab your groceries, and settle your bank issues all in a drive-thru. (more…)

Posted by on December 11th, 2012

In these tough economic times, one of the most talked-about burger subjects revolves around the most expensive burger offerings from around the world. Some chefs might be motivated by creating the world’s largest burger or the best tasting burger, but for these chefs, engineering something worth taking out a loan for is their raison d’être.

Here are just seven of the world’s most expensive burgers:

Le Burger Extravagant – Serendipity 3, New York, New York

In May 2012, New York’s Serendipity 3 established a new Guiness world record for the most expensive burger, coming in at a whopping $295. Boasting rare elements such as black truffles and a fried quail egg, some folks would give up their first born child for a taste of such extravagance. The inclusion of James Montgomery cheese leads me to wonder, who is this Mr. Montgomery and how important is this guy to get a cheese name after him? (more…)

Posted by on October 16th, 2012

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Food trucks have come a long way. No longer the “roach coach” of old, food trucks have elevated the burger to something worth tracking down — especially in these nine places.

Munchie Mobile – New York, New York

Offering five different burger combinations, New York’s Munchie Mobile is working to cure that age old problem: the munchies. Who better to deal with that affliction than the three NYU students who started the truck? One of the most compelling offerings is called El Chupacabra, a burger that contains cheddar, guacamole, red onions, lettuce, tomato, and jalapeño peppers, all topped with a spicy mayo. (more…)

Posted by on September 18th, 2012

At the end of May, when the city of Toronto concluded their burger week, people here in Montreal took notice. Social media discussions debated whether or not Montreal could handle a similar idea. Well, it wasn’t much of a debate since the idea was awesome. In the weeks that followed Toronto’s Burger Week, seeds of interest popped up, all pointing towards Burger Week MTL.

This week, from September 1-7, citizens of the island of Montreal are venturing to the 30-some different restaurants participating in the first ever Burger Week MTL. Each restaurant has created special burgers for the occasion, ranging from 5 dollars to 15 dollars. (more…)

Posted by on September 6th, 2012

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