Top 5 Burgers in Mississauga
In 2020, it’s mind boggling that we are not a hotbed of burger joints like our neighbors to the east.
Long gone are the burger places like Fatso’s and Full Bite Burgers that would have for sure been on this list, but are now in burger joint heaven.
If a burger is on the menu, that is what I will order time and time again. I’m easy that way, but still hard to please. I always say you can tell how good a restaurant is by the way their burgers taste, and I know I’m right. So even though our burger scene has shrunk, there are still some gems out there that deserve recognition.
Here are the top five places to get a burger in Mississauga:
5 - The Wilcox
The Wilcox Gastropub is located on the corner of Hurontario and Eglinton and is situated in the Wilcox House - one of Mississauga’s oldest Heritage Homes which features Greek and Gothic detailing and was built by Amos and Charles Wilcox in 1850. In a place that serves everything from pork sliders to poutine, Scotch egg, ceviche, cassava frites, braised short ribs, an18oz bone-in rib eye steak and confit of duck leg I’m going straight to the burger. This is one of their signature dishes here called The Wilcox Burger and it didn’t disappoint. The beef is grounded daily and the only one on this list that actually bakes their brioche buns daily. Now that’s dedication!
What you have to try: The Wilcox Burger
(Pepper crusted Wilcox chuck, crispy onions, roasted red pepper aioli, goat cheese, arugula, and sunny side up egg)
On the east side of Dundas is an old-school burger joint that has been around since 1962, even though it’s only stood for 10 years in its current location (it occupied the house next door before that). C & Dubbs’ claim to fame is being in the Adam Sandler flick Billy Madison. It’s in the pickle racing scene on the window panes. This place is old-school and I love it. This iconic joint doesn’t offer anything particularly fancy - just great burgers! They have a Super Sumo Burger that is a 1 1/2 lbs, but I stuck to the 5 oz. Classic Burger. I didn’t need anything fancy and had it with onions, ketchup and tomatoes. You can tell that these guys have been doing it for a while, as the beef was cooked to perfection and melted in my mouth. It has enough grease to make your fingers a little moist without preventing you from picking up your drink.
What you need to try:
The Sumo Burger (1.5 lbs of beef, 3 patties)
3 - On the Bun Burgers
I honestly didn’t expect much considering the recent influx of subpar, over-priced chain burger joints popping up in Mississauga. I was greeted by Mo, the owner, and ordered a cheeseburger combo with fries. This is one of the best burgers in Mississauga. It’s also under $10, so it certainly doesn’t break the bank. The meat was nice and juicy, the cheese was melting off the patty, the bun was nice and soft and the fries were crispy and golden. In fact, the fries were actually as good as the burger itself. Be sure to check out the Off the Bun fry menu, which features unique recipes including masala fries and apple butter fries.
What you need to try:
Cheeseburger with apple butter
2 - The Burger’s Priest
I hate to sound like a broken record, but the truth is from The Priest! If you haven’t heard of this place, Burger’s Priest is a classic American cheeseburger joint that uses fresh ultra premium beef that is prepared and cooked with old school methods. The meat is ground almost every hour and the burgers are cooked on a flat top griddle using the old smash-technique. Shant Mardirosian is the brains behind what is known as one of the best burger joints around — and he’s a Mississauga boy himself. He opened up his very first location back in 2010 in The Beaches area in Toronto and is now working on his 10th location, just opening one in Edmonton. They also have a secret menu and if you know the answer to “How long was Noah on the ark?” you can access some of the craziest burgers you will ever sink your teeth into (don’t worry, it’s multiple choice and Google is always there to help you). Some of the celebrity sightings at Burger’s Priest locations include The Iron Sheik, the cast of Suits, Anthony Bourdain and The Food Network’s - You Gotta Eat Here. Daniel Radcliffe even told ET Canada that, “it’s quite simply the best burger I’ve had”.
What you need to try: The Pope
(Double cheese burger with a deep fried panko crusted portabella mushroom injected with cheese)
1 - Rick’s Good Eats
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.
What you’ve gotta try: Punjabi cheeseburger with tandoori bacon
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