5 Under the Radar Burgers in Mississauga
When it comes to dining options, Mississauga is a mecca of diversity. It’s got a little bit of everything—fast food burger joints, sit-down steakhouses, fast-service pho hotspots, breakfast and brunch gems, renowned Indian restaurants and more.
But when you’re looking for a straight up good burger—that classic staple food beloved by so many people from all walks of life—you might not realize just how many options Mississauga truly has outside of the famous (and delicious mainstays).
Here’s a look at the top 5 under the radar burger restaurants in Mississauga.
Wally’s Family Restaurant, located minutes away from the Square One area, is one of the best and most well known greasy spoons. If there’s one thing everyone knows about a greasy spoon, it’s that they almost always offer satisfying burgers. Not only does this place satisfy, it impresses with its retro charm. With the orange seat covers adorning orange vinyl seats, this place is old school. You can get breakfast and dinner as well, but this is all about one of their classic dishes — the Wally’s hamburger and fries. You won’t be disappointed.
4) Union Social
Located in the northwest end of Mississauga by the huge Royal Bank building off the 401, is a non-chain restaurant called Union Social Eatery. This place is known for its almond crusted chicken tender, but it makes a ton of excellent burgers. If you’re in the mood for a succulent beef patty, you can get an Epic Cheeseburger, the Roasted Mushroom Melt Beefburger and even a veggie burger. Everything is made in-house, including their signature sauces, in-house smoked wings and hand-cut Yukon Gold fries. You know a place is doing well when they open up their first location in Mississauga and then expand into Toronto. Usually it’s the other way around.
Imagine you’ve been whisked away to a Queen West bar. This is one of Mississauga’s hottest bars because every aspect of this place — including the space and menu — has been designed with the utmost thought to detail. Although the food menu is small compared to the drink offerings, you will find interesting takes on southern classics, such as chicken and waffles, Boars Gone Wild smoked sausage, blackened shrimp and gumbo cheddar grits, the boss platter (BBQ sampler platter) and the fantastic Notorious B.I.G Burger. All of meat is smoked with SmokinLicious’ cherry wood and sugar maple wood chips, which “gives a nice sweetness to meat.”
Do you want a huge burger and a funnel cake? Surprisingly enough, the funnel cake at Burger Factory comes closest to that iconic Wonderland taste. You can actually decide what kind of cake you want and whether or not to add ice cream and strawberries. Ah, why is that even an option? Of course everyone wants all three! The Dixie and Eglinton area burger joint boasts a range of burgers and cheeseburgers, some of which go by decidedly cool names like The Compressor, The Utility and The Machine. The resto also offers veggie burgers and halal dishes.
This exceedingly creative gem sits on the Mississauga and Brampton border and offers an incredible array of North American and Indian fusion dishes. It’s truly one of a kind, and offers such creative concoctions as jerk chicken samosas, apple pie samosas, butter chicken mac n’ cheese, butter chicken loaded fries and, most importantly, the Punjabi cheeseburger with tandoori bacon. Founded by Rick Matharu, a Recipe to Riches winner who took the top spot for his butter chicken lasagna, the restaurant does something decidedly unique and pays homage to two distinct food cultures. This is not a burger you want to miss.